MLB roundup: Yankees extend winning streak to 8 with 14-2 rout of Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka each hit two home runs, and the Yankees’ long-ball outburst against the Baltimore Orioles reached historical proportions Wednesday night in a 14-2 blowout that extended New York’s winning streak to eight games.
Urshela had a pair of two-run drives, and Higashioka totaled five RBIs with his two shots. It was the first career multihomer game for both players.
The Yankees have 11 players with multihomer games against Baltimore this season, breaking the record of 10 set by San Francisco against the Dodgers in 1958.
Cameron Maybin also went deep for the Yankees, who tied a major league record with 16 home runs in a three-game series. New York has hit 52 homers against the Orioles this season, breaking its own major league mark of 48 against the Kansas City Athletics in 1956.
The frustration of being dominated in this lopsided three-game series reached a boiling point for the last-place Orioles in the middle of the fifth inning. After manager Brandon Hyde leaned over and said something to Chris Davis, the first baseman lurched in Hyde’s direction and had to be restrained by teammate Mark Trumbo and hitting coach Don Long.
James Paxton (7-6) allowed one run (a homer by Trey Mancini) over 6 2/3 innings to help the Yankees roll to their 15th straight victory at Camden Yards and 12th in a row overall against the Orioles.
John Means (8-7) took the loss.
METS 7, MARLINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto homered twice, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil hit two-run shots and New York completed a four-game sweep of Miami.
The Mets posted their sixth straight victory, winning for the 13th time in 14 games.
Steven Matz (7-7) won again at Citi Field, helping New York stay in the thick of the NL wild-card race.
Matz (7-7) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
Lewis Brinson put Miami on the board with an RBI single in the second. Brian Anderson added a solo homer in the sixth, his 18th.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Martin drove a two-run, two-out single up the middle for the Dodgers’ 10th walk-off win of the season, and Los Angeles swept St. Louis.
Casey Sadler (2-0) pitched the ninth for Los Angeles, which avoided its first shutout loss since May 18 in dramatic fashion for its fifth straight win.
Dustin May threw 5 2/3 innings of five-hit ball in a strong second career start for the Dodgers, who called up the redheaded power pitcher last week. May had seven strikeouts and held his own with Jack Flaherty, but remained winless in the big leagues.
St. Louis’ bullpen couldn’t come through for Flaherty, who struck out 10 with just one walk.
WHITE SOX 8, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched eight scoreless innings, and Chicago beat Detroit.
Nova (7-9) allowed five hits, walked three and struck out one as he picked up his third win in four starts.
Former Tiger James McCann had three RBIs, while Tim Anderson reached base five times and scored three runs.
The White Sox took three of four games from the Tigers and went 5-2 on their trip to Philadelphia and Detroit.
Detroit has lost six of seven and is 5-21 since the All-Star break.
Tyler Alexander (0-3) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Brock Stewart allowed two hits over four scoreless innings in his Toronto debut and win over Tampa Bay.
Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette set a team record with a double in eight straight games, breaking the mark of seven set by Carlos Delgado in 2000. The 21-year-old Bichette also extended his career-opening hitting streak to 10 games.
Ken Giles picked up his 15th save.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Randal Grichuk and Derek Fisher homered for the Blue Jays.
Rays two-way player Brendan McKay (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits in five-plus innings. Tampa Bay has won nine of its last 12.
ASTROS 14, ROCKIES 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel drove in a team record-tying eight runs, Gerrit Cole won his 10th straight decision and Houston routed Colorado.
Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a sacrifice fly in the third, a three-run double in the fourth and an RBI grounder in the sixth. He tied Houston’s RBI record set by J.R. Towles in 2007 against St. Louis.
Cole (14-5) struck out 10 in six innings. He allowed three hits and two runs to make Houston’s starters 16-1 in their last 19 starts.
The Astros swept the four-game interleague season series from Colorado. Trevor Story hit his 26th homer and Nolan Arenado added his 25th for the Rockies, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
BREWERS 8, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Keston Hiura hit two home runs and drove in three runs, powering Milwaukee to a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Hiura hit a two-run homer with two out in the first inning and his second homer, the 13th of his rookie season, was a solo shot in the fifth. He also had a double in the third inning for the Brewers, who moved past the St. Louis Cardinals and into second place in the NL Central.
The Pirates fell to 4-21 since the All-Star break.
Junior Guerra (5-3) picked up a second win in as many nights. He allowed one hit and one walk in two innings in relief of Drew Pomeranz.
Williams (4-5) allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings.
Jacob Stallings hit solo homer and Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte had RBI singles for Pittsburgh.