Braves’ Austin Riley belts two 450-foot HRs
Austin Riley hit a pair of tape measure home runs and Travis d’Arnaud drove in two runs with a pinch hit in the eighth inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.
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With the bases loaded, d’Arnaud singled to left field against reliever Gregory Soto (1-4), Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna to break a 5-5 tie. Matt Olson followed with a long sacrifice fly.
Riley went 2-5 and hit his eighth and ninth homers of the season. The first explosion traveled 459 meters, the second 458 meters. It was the fifth time he had hit multiple times — the first since June 15, 2022, in Washington.
Nick Anderson (3-0) earned the win and Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Atlanta starter Dylan Dodd pitched five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola worked six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits — including three home runs — and two walks. He struck out seven. It was the first time he allowed multiple home runs this season and he tied his career high with three.
Sailors 3, Athletics 2
Ty France hit two home runs and Logan Gilbert pitched eight strong innings as Seattle completed a four-game sweep of visiting Oakland.
Eugenio Suarez walked with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth to bring home the tying run. Gilbert (3-2) allowed two runs on three hits. The right-hander gave up no bases on balls and fanned six batters. Paul Sewald pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, for his 11th save of the season.
Seth Brown hit a two-run homer for the Aks, who suffered their eighth straight loss.
Orioles 3, Yankees 1
Kyle Gibson allowed two singles and issued four walks in seven scoreless innings as surging Baltimore defeated host New York.
Anthony Santander had an RBI single and Austin Hays had a two-run double as the Orioles won the three-game series, tied the season series at three games and won their 11th in 15 games since a three-game losing streak in May. 6-8.
Gibson (6-3) won his second start after allowing 12 runs in 17 2/3 innings during a three-game losing streak May 3-14. New York’s Clarke Schmidt (2-5) pitched Gibson until the fifth, allowing one run on five hits in five innings. Schmidt struck out four and walked two.
Tigers 7, White Sox 2
Alex Faedo had a career-high 10 at-bats and picked up his second career win as Detroit defeated visiting Chicago.
Faedo (1-2) gave up two runs and three hits with no walks in six innings. Javier Baez and Zack Short each drove in two runs and Akil Baddoo hit a solo home run. Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson both reached base four times, scored a run and had another hit for Detroit.
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (3-4) gave up four runs and six hits while walking a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings. Gavin Sheets hit a single and Tim Anderson had the other RBI for Chicago.
Padres 8, Nationals 6
Rougned Odor capped a five-RBI day with a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and visiting San Diego defeated Washington to take the rubber contest of the three-game series.
Washington scored five runs in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but Jake Cronenworth and Juan Soto singled off Hunter Harvey (2-2) to start the ninth. Harvey bounced back, striking out Xander Bogaerts and Matt Carpenter, but Odor lined a 1-0 fastball to right for his second homer in as many days.
Drew Carlton pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Josh Hader worked the ninth for the 13th save for San Diego, which has lost five straight. Padres starter Blake Snell had four hits in five innings. Joey Meneses, Dominic Smith, Jeimer Candelario, Keibert Ruiz and Corey Dickerson all had one RBI for Washington.
Rockies 7, Marlins 6
Ezequiel Tovar hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Colorado recovered from a four-run victory over Miami in Denver.
Tovar had two hits, Elias Diaz homered, Randal Grichuk had three hits and two runs and Ryan McMahon also had two hits for the Rockies. Marlins reliever Huascar Brazoban (0-1) walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Tovar singled through a five-man infield to left to bring home Kris Bryant with the winning run.
Jorge Soler had three hits and Garrett Cooper had a pinch hit for the Marlins. Jonathan Davis also had three hits, and Xavier Edwards and Yuli Gurriel had two hits each in Miami.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 3
Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings to lead Tampa Bay to a win over Toronto in the finale of the four-game series in St. Petersburg.
Eflin (7-1) allowed just one run on six hits to pick up his third straight win. He walked two and did not record a strikeout. Randy Arozarena had two hits and two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which won three games in the series to improve its current 10-game homestand to 5-2.
Alejandro Kirk had three hits and Brandon Belt went 1-2 with an RBI and two walks for Toronto, which has lost seven of its last eight games. Toronto starter Alek Manoah (1-5) exited in the top of the fourth after allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits in three innings. He walked five and struck out six.
Cardinals 2, Reds 1
Nolan Gorman drove in a run and scored another as visiting St. Louis outlasted Cincinnati to salvage a four-game losing streak.
Gorman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with the RBI double. Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (3-1) shut out the Reds for seven innings after five hits. He struck out five and walked none. Giovanny Gallegos got the final four and picked up his fifth save.
Reds starting pitcher Luke Weaver pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six, walked one and gave up three hits. Reliever Luca Sims (1-1) allowed two runs and took the loss. In the ninth, the Reds’ Spencer Steer doubled and Stuart Fairchild scored with two outs, but Gallegos struck out Luke Maile to end the game.
Mets 10, Cubs 1
Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, Pete Alonso belted his major league-leading 19th home run and visiting New York beat Chicago to avoid a three-game sweep.
Making his second start since missing more than a month with elbow inflammation, Carrasco (1-2) pitched the best of his five outings in 2023. Right fielder Dansby Swanson had a first-inning solo homer, four other hits and struck out four while walking two. New York’s Jeff McNeil had three hits and scored for the third time in Alonso’s two runs in the seventh.
Taking the mound for the first time since July 5 due to a shoulder injury, Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (0-1) had his moments of success Thursday, at one point retiring seven Mets. However, he was charged with five runs, three earned, six hits and two walks while striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.
Giants 5, Brewers 0
Six San Francisco pitchers combined for four hits to power the visiting Giants to a shutout win over Milwaukee, spoiling Julio Teheran’s return to the major leagues.
Teheran (0-1), signed by the Brewers earlier in the day, had four hits in five innings for the first time since April 2021 with Detroit.
The Giants scored four runs in the eighth inning off Tyson Miller to take a 5-0 lead. Jakob Junis (3-2), the Giants’ third baseman, allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings for the win.
— Field Level Media