05/18 20:53 CDT Paul DeJong homers, drives in 4, Cardinals beat Texas 8-2
Paul DeJong homers, drives in 4, Cardinals beat Texas 8-2
By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Paul DeJong homered and had a season-high four RBIs,
Matt Carpenter's opposite-field double off the very top of the outfield wall
ignited a decisive inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Texas 8-2 on
Saturday, getting their first victory over the Rangers since the 2011 World
Carpenter was initially given a two-run homer in the fifth after his drive hit
the wide pad atop the 14-foot left field wall, bounced up and then came back
down into the field of play. That was changed to an RBI double on replay review
after the Rangers challenged. It was the first run in a five-run outburst.
Thunderstorms with heavy rain delayed the start of the scheduled midafternoon
game by 2 hours, 11 minutes. There was no more rain until the game finished in
a downpour that started when the Rangers were batting in the ninth.
The Cardinals had lost seven regular season games in a row against Texas since
their World Series title eight years ago. They were swept in three-game home
series in 2013 and 2016, and lost the opener of this series Friday night in
what was St. Louis' first regular season game in Arlington since June 13, 2004
--- a gap of 5,451 games.
Cardinals rookie right-hander Dakota Hudson (3-3) struck out five and allowed
two runs over six innings.
Ariel Jurado (1-2) was lifted in the fifth inning and DeJong greeted reliever
Jeanmar Gmez with a two-run double into the left field corner that made it 4-0.
RAYS 2, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) --- Austin Meadows homered off Luis Cessa in the 11th inning for
the Tampa Bay Rays, who regained the AL East lead after dropping behind New
York for a day.
New York's bullpen retired 13 in a row before Meadows lined a slider from Cessa
(0-1) into the right-field seats for his ninth homer.
Hunter Wood (1-0) pitched a perfect 11th in his first appearance since May 1
following a stint on the injured list caused by right shoulder soreness.
Meadows saved a run in the sixth when he charged Gleyber Torres' two-out single
to left and made a one-hop throw to the plate to get Aaron Hicks, who tried to
score from second and ran past third base coach Phil Nevin's stop sign.
Brandon Lowe tied the score in the seventh, homering on the second pitch from
reliever Tommy Kahnle.
Masahiro Tanaka outpitched AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell for the second
time in less than a week and was provided a lead when Snell threw a run-scoring
wild pitch in the third. Jos Alvarado notched his fifth save in six chances.
Tanaka allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, struck out six and walked
none. He left with a bruised shin after getting hit by a hard grounder up the
middle in the sixth. The Yankees said X-rays of the shin were negative.
Athletics 4, Tigers 1
DETROIT (AP) --- Daniel Mengden pitched seven impressive innings and Nick
Hundley and Chad Pinder homered to lift the Oakland Athletics to their 15th
straight win over Detroit.
If the A's beat the Tigers on Sunday, they would tie a franchise record for
their longest winning streak against one team. Oakland won 16 in a row over the
New York Yankees from 1989-91.
Mengden (1-1) allowed a run and three hits. Lou Trivino worked the eighth
inning, and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine
Matthew Boyd (4-4) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who have
dropped six straight. Boyd struck out eight.
Making his 100th career appearance, Boyd retired his first seven batters before
allowing a single to Jurickson Profar, the first of three hits for the Oakland
infielder. Hundley followed with his first home run of the season, which barely
cleared the wall in right field.
Profar hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it 3-1, and Pinder added a solo
homer in the seventh
The only run for Detroit came in the fourth when Ronny Rodriguez scored on
Mengden's wild pitch.
REDS 4, DODGERS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) --- Jesse Winker's homer ended LA's stretch of scoreless
pitching and Yasiel Puig singled home a pair of runs as the Reds snapped the
Dodgers' four-game winning streak.
The Reds beat the Dodgers for the first time in five games this season,
including LA's three-game sweep in April. The Dodgers are 34-23 at Great
American Ball Park, the second-best mark by an NL team behind the Mets.
Tyler Mahle (1-5) got his first win in his ninth start, allowing four singles
and a pair of walks in five innings. The Dodgers got a base runner in each of
the first five innings Saturday but Mahle escaped a pair of scoring threats.
Three relievers completed the Reds' sixth shutout, tied with the Cubs for most
in the NL. The Dodgers were blanked for the fourth time.
Winker's solo homer in the second inning off Walker Buehler (4-1) ended the
Dodgers' streak of 23 scoreless innings.
Cody Bellinger had a pair of singles, leaving his batting average at .409. He
fouled a ball off his right foot in his final at-bat but stayed in the game and
INDIANS 4, ORIOLES 1
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Adam Plutko, making his first appearance of the season,
allowed one run in six innings --- a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore's
Called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Plutko struck out four,
walked two and was pulled after throwing 83 pitches.
Cleveland used three relievers to finish it. Oliver Perez struck out three of
the four hitters he faced. Adam Cimber retired a batter in the eighth, but a
fielding error by third baseman Jose Ramirez and a walk put two runners on.
Brad Hand struck out Jonathan Villar to end the inning and worked the ninth for
his 12th save in 12 chances.
Jordan Luplow and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland, extending Baltimore's
major-league-leading total of home runs allowed to 93.
John Means (5-4) took the loss.
WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 1
CHICAGO (AP) --- Lucas Giolito threw five solid innings, Leury Garcia homered
and the Chicago White Sox won a game that was stopped after 4 innings because
Giolito (5-1) struck out the side in the top of the fifth before play was
halted. The game was called after a wait of three hours. Giolito gave up a run
and three hits and was credited with his first career complete game. He struck
out four and walked two.
Yonder Alonso had two singles and two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won five
Ryan Feierabend (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings for
Toronto in his first start in the majors since 2008. He struck out two and
walked one. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of 13.
Garcia homered to left field on Feierabend's second pitch for his second home
run this season and second career leadoff drive.
Alonso and Charlie Tilson singled to drive in two runs for a 3-1 lead in the
second inning and Alonso added another RBI single in the third.
MARLINS 2, METS 0
MIAMI (AP) --- Miami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a double on his first pitch,
then combined with the Marlins' bullpen to hold the New York Mets hitless the
rest of the way.
The Marlins, with the worst record in the majors, beat the Mets for the second
straight day after entering the series with a seven-game losing streak. The
Mets lost their fourth in a row.
Jeff McNeil sliced the first pitch of the game just inside the left field line
for a double, but that was all the Mets managed against Lopez (3-5) and two
relievers. Lopez pitched seven innings and tied a career high with seven
Tayron Guerrero got four outs and Adam Conley finished for his second save.
Jon Berti hit his second home run of the season and Brian Anderson knocked in
the other Miami run with a single in the third.
Steven Matz (3-3) was activated from the 10-day injured list to make his first
start in two weeks. He allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings and
struck out six with two walks.
PHILLIES 2, ROCKIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Bryce Harper homered over the batter's eye in center
field in the first inning, a drive estimated at 466 feet, and Aaron Nola tied
his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning to
lead the NL East-leading Phillies.
Nola (4-0) allowed one run on eight hits while walking one. He notched
double-digit strikeouts for the 10th time but first this season and got past
the fourth inning for the seventh time in 10 starts.
Philadelphia went in front 2-0 in the third with the help of the Rockies. Jean
Segura walked, went to third on Rhys Hoskins' single that was booted in left by
Raimel Tapia, and scored on a wild pitch by Antonio Senzatela (3-3).
Tony Wolters tripled in the seventh and scored on a double by Ryan McMahon for
Colorado, which has lost three straight.
Hector Neris retired six straight batters in the final two innings for his
seventh save in as many chances.
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