Athletics 13, Twins 12 (10 innings)
Ramón Laureano thought there was something in the air. He smelled victory.
“It's like the Bay Area wind. It just smells like you're going to win,” Laureano said Wednesday after the Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11 with a 10th-inning rally fueled by two errors for a victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Luis Arraez threw away Laureano's grounder for Minnesota's second error the 10th inning as two runs scored.
“It's just baseball and it's hard to understand,” Laureano said. “We were still loose and having fun, so we knew we would win.”
Nelson Cruz had two home runs and four RBIs for the Twins, and Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer against Lou Trivino for a 12-10 lead in the 10th.
Alex Colomé (1-2) got the first two outs in the bottom half with the automatic runner on second, then walked Seth Brown and Elvis Andrus, loading the bases.
Mark Canha hit what should have been a game-ending grounder to second baseman Travis Blankenhorn, who entered as a pinch runner for Josh Donaldson in the 10th, but Blankenhorn allowed the ball to bounce off his glove for a run-scoring error.
Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored.
“Talk about a complete flip of the script,” A's manager Bob Melvin said. “It felt like the game would end in some unorthodox way, like it was the whole game.”
Oakland started the season 0-6, split its next two games, then went on the 11-game winning streak, the longest in the major leagues since the A's won 11 in a row from May May 16-27, 2019. No other team had lost its first six games and have an 11-game winning streak later that season, STATS said.
Deolis Guerra (1-0) got the final out of the 10th.
Minnesota was swept in the three-game series, the first time the Twins were swept this season.
“I wish we could be talking about game-saving plays,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “And Taylor Rogers really stepped up for us. He was impressive.”
Donaldson had four hits, including a home run, and is hitting .556 (10 for 18) since coming off the injured list. He’s reached in 18 of his last 31 plate appearances against his former club.
Matt Chapman tied the score 10-10 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Colomé, who blew a save for the third time.
Matt Olson homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s, who allowed more runs than they had in seven previous games combined. Jed Lowrie doubled twice and drove in two runs.
Kenta Maeda gave up a career-high-tying seven runs and eight hits in three innings.
“I could not set the tone,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “If I had done that, we would have gotten that W.”
A's starter Frankie Montas allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings.
“That was fun to watch,” Montas said. “It was really cool.”
The A's are 34-16 against the Twins since the beginning of the 2013 season. The Twins .320 winning percentage is their second-lowest to any team during that span (they are .304 against the New York Yankees).
Royals 9, Rays 8
Salvador Perez hit a game-ending RBI single, and Kansas City avoided a sweep by topping Tampa Bay.
Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier and Carlos Santana homered for Kansas City, which trailed 6-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. Scott Barlow (1-0) allowed Joey Wendle's tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth but got the win when the Royals rallied.
Michael A. Taylor sparked the game-ending rally with a leadoff single for Kansas City. Jarrod Dyson then came in to run, swiped second and advanced to third on Hanser Alberto's sacrifice bunt against Diego Castillo (0-1).
Dyson then slid home safely on Nicky Lopez's safety squeeze, tying it at 8. After Lopez advanced on a groundout, Santana was intentionally walked before Perez lined a 2-1 pitch up the third-base line for the winning hit.
The Royals have won 54 straight when leading after seven innings, the longest active streak in baseball.
Wendle had two hits and three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which had won five in a row. Brandon Lowe hit a two-run homer during the Rays' four-run first inning against Jacob Junis.
Tampa Bay right-hander Michael Wacha permitted three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Austin Meadows' RBI double gave the Rays a 6-3 lead in the seventh. But the Royals responded with four runs in the bottom half.
Alberto hit a two-run triple, and Santana connected for a two-run drive with two out.
Rangers 7, Angels 4
Adolis García hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning in Texas’ victory over Los Angeles.
Nate Lowe also homered immediately after García’s drive for the Rangers. They have won six of nine after jumping on Los Angeles’ bullpen for six late runs to take two of three at Angel Stadium.
García added his 411-foot, go-ahead homer off Mike Mayers (1-1) to his impressive list of big hits for Texas since coming up last week for his first significant big league action since 2018.
Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and José Iglesias hit solo homers for the Angels.
John King (2-0) was the winner.
Phillies 6, Giants 5
Andrew Knapp hit the winning single in the ninth inning, Bryce Harper had a tying solo homer in the seventh and Philadelphia beat San Francisco.
Harper walked off Wandy Peralta (2-1) to open the ninth, and Brad Miller’s fourth hit of the game put two runners. Knapp hit a one-out single to left, and Harper beat Alex Dickerson’s throw him, scoring standing up and touching the plate with his fingertips to help the Phillies avert a three-game sweep against their former manager Gabe Kapler and the Giants.
Hector Neris (1-1) struck out two in a scoreless ninth for the win.
Darin Ruf had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh off Brandon Kintzler and the Giants went ahead 5-4 in the inning after left fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped a routine flyball for an error with two outs.
Mickey Moniak hit his first career home run for the Phillies five years after they made him the No. 1 overall pick in the amateur draft.
Nationals 1, Cardinals 0
Max Scherzer struck out nine in six innings to move up to No. 21 on the career list, and Alex Avila drove in the lone run with one of his two doubles, helping Washington edge St. Louis.
Scherzer (1-1) retired 12 of his last 13 batters, working in short sleeves in gusts of 30 mph on a 50-degree late afternoon.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out Dylan Carlson swinging through a 93 mph fastball with his 109th and final pitch. The righty’s strikeout of Justin Williams to end the fourth gave Scherzer 2,814 for his career, moving him one ahead of Hall of Famer Mike Mussina. Next up: Mickey Lolich, whose 2,832 strikeouts rank 20th in MLB history.
Washington scored in the second off Carlos Martínez (0-4) on Avila’s two-out double to left.
Brad Hand worked the ninth for his third save this season. It’s his 24th successful save chance in a row, the longest active streak in the majors.
Brewers 4, Padres 2
Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer, Jace Peterson added a solo shot and Milwaukee beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep.
San Diego right-hander Dinelson Lamet left his season debut after two scoreless innings due to right forearm tightness. The Padres closed out a 1-5 homestand with their seventh loss in nine games overall.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler was ejected in the eighth after he calmly walked out to argue balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tom Hallion.
The Padres loaded the bases in the eighth and ninth innings but failed to score. Eric Hosmer struck out to end the game, giving Josh Hader a hard-earned third save. Brent Suter (1-1) got the win with four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Keone Kela (2-1) took the loss.
Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4 (completion of suspended game)
Diamondbacks 8, Reds 5 (10 innings)
Josh VanMeter hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth inning against his former team and Arizona beat Cincinnati for the second time Wednesday.
In the conclusion of Tuesday's night's suspended game, Arizona held on for the victory. Stefan Crichton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save.
The Diamondbacks trailed 3-0 heading to the ninth in the regularly scheduled contest. But Amir Garrett issued two walks before VanMeter drove a 2-2 pitch deep to right for his first homer of the season. VanMeter broke into the majors with Cincinnati in 2019 and was traded to Arizona on Aug. 31.
The Diamondbacks broke it open with five runs in the 10th. Pavin Smith scored on an error on second baseman Alex Blandino, and Wyatt Mathisen had a key two-run single.
The Reds scored two runs in the bottom half of the 10th, but Taylor Clarke (1-0) got Eugenio Suárez to ground out to shortstop and retired Joey Votto on a fly ball to left to end it. Cionel Pérez (1-2) got the loss.
Tuesday's night's game was halted because of heavy rain, and soon snow, after Reds reliever Lucas Sims walked in a run to give the Diamondbacks the lead in the eighth.
J.B. Bukauskas (1-0) got the third out in the seventh for the win in his major league debut. Garrett (0-1) took the loss.
Rockies 6, Astros 3
Austin Gomber got his first victory for Colorado, allowing two hits over six innings on a wintry afternoon to send Houston to its ninth loss in 10 games.
It was 34 degrees at first pitch and light snow fell throughout the game, gaining in intensity.
Gomber (1-2) allowed Yuli Gurriel’s two-run homer in the second but just one hit and a walk after. Houston starter José Urquidy (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings,
Gurriel drove in all three runs for the Astros. Houston also was 7-10 last year before winning eight in a row.
Yonathan Daza hit his first major league home run in his 58th big league game. Dom Nunez doubled, singled and drove in two runs for Colorado.
Marlins 3, Orioles 0
Rookie Trevor Rogers didn’t allow a runner past second base while pitching a career-high seven innings in his 11th major league start, and Miami split the two-game series with Baltimore.
Jesús Aguilar broke a 0-0 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth.
Rogers (2-1) allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.64 as he gained his third career win. The other two came against two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.
Yimi García completed the four-hitter by pitching a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.
Bruce Zimmermann (1-2) allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Pirates 3, Tigers 2, first game
Tigers 5, Pirates 2, second game
Tyler Anderson pitched five solid innings and Pittsburgh beat Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader.
Detroit rallied to win the second game, with Jonathan Schoop hitting a go-ahead home run in a three-run fifth inning.
In the opener, Pittsburgh scored all of its runs in the fourth inning after Michael Fulmer (1-1) retired the Pirates in order through the first three. Pittsburgh has won five of its last seven to pull within a game of .500.
Anderson (2-2) allowed two runs and three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Kyle Crick worked a perfect sixth, and Richard Rodríguez retired the Tigers in order in the seventh and final inning for his second save.
Spencer Turnbull (1-0) allowed one run and two hits in five innings to win the second game, his season debut after recovering from COVID-19. Gregory Soto pitched the seventh for his second save. Miguel Yajure (0-1) gave up four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings in his Pirates debut.
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