MLB Recap: Astros win 10th straight

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June 04, 2017 at 10:56 pm.

Jun 4, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 4, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas — George Springer homered twice as the Houston Astros ran their winning streak to 10 by pounding the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.

The 10-game winning streak matches a run by the Rangers for the longest of the season. The Astros also tied a franchise best by winning their 10th straight road game. Houston won 10 straight away from home in 1989.

Carlos Correa homered in the third, Springer hit another solo shot in the fourth and Yuli Gurriel’s solo homer came in the fifth.

The Astros scored at least six runs in all three games in the series and haven’t scored fewer than six runs in a game since May 27.

Nationals 11, Athletics 10

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor homered in the final two innings, and Washington held on for a victory against Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s scored six times in the bottom of the ninth, four of those coming on Matt Joyce’s fifth career grand slam that made it a one-run game. But reliever Shawn Kelley retired Chad Pinder and Jed Lowrie to end the game and record his fourth save.

Bryce Harper returned to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for charging the mound and fighting Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, who hit him with a pitch on Monday at AT&T Park. Harper went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three walks, including one intentional, and scored twice.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 6

CHICAGO — Ian Happ went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs, and Chicago held on to complete a three-game sweep over St. Louis.

Pinch-hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the Cubs. Chicago improved to 17-11 at Wrigley Field and climbed above .500 for the first time since May 28.

Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run home run to lead the Cardinals at the plate. St. Louis suffered its eighth loss in the past 11 games. Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop (2-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.

Mariners 7, Rays 1

SEATTLE — Ariel Miranda pitched a four-hitter and struck out a career-high nine as Seattle defeated Tampa Bay at Safeco Field.

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 14th home run of the season, as the Mariners completed a three-game sweep.

Miranda didn’t allow a hit until Kevin Kiermaier’s infield single with one out in the fifth.

Twins 3, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Minnesota beat host Los Angeles for its 17th road win of the season.

Jason Castro and Miguel Sano hit home runs off Ricky Nolasco (2-6), who is among the major league leaders in dingers allowed this season, and 22-year-old right-hander Jose Berrios (4-1) allowed two runs in six innings for his fourth win.

It was the Angels’ eighth loss in their last 12 games, and the 31st time this season they have scored three runs or less in a game. Los Angeles is 6-25 in those games.

Indians 8, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Kipnis homered and drove in two runs and six Cleveland pitchers combined on a shutout of Kansas City.

After a nearly two-hour rain delay in the bottom of the second, Indians starter Trevor Bauer did not return after giving up two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Relievers Dan Otero, Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen held the Royals scoreless for 7 1/3 innings. Otero (1-0) picked up the victory, allowing one hit in 2 1/3 innings. His previous win was Sept. 22, also against Kansas City.

On the flip side, the Royals’ bullpen allowed four runs in seven innings. Travis Wood, who had not pitched since May 28, gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings, his ERA climbing to 9.31.

Tigers 7, White Sox 4

DETROIT — Justin Upton’s three-run homer to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Detroit a victory over Chicago and a sweep of a three-game weekend series.

Upton drove a 1-2 curveball from David Robertson (3-2) into the left-field seats to give the Tigers their fourth win in a row and send the White Sox to their fifth straight loss. Upton also led off a three-run Detroit sixth inning with a single.

The White Sox had tied the score at 4 with doubles by Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson and Devan Smith in the eighth. Frazier also homered in the third for a 2-0 Chicago lead.

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2

TORONTO — Josh Donaldson hit the go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and Toronto came back to defeat New York.

The home run came against reliever Tyler Clippard (0-3) and enabled the Blue Jays to salvage a split in the four-game series. Joe Smith (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 13th save.

Justin Smoak hit a first-pitch slider to center for his 14th homer of the season with two outs in the sixth inning to tie the score at 2. Donaldson led off the eighth with his sixth homer of the year.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE — Chris Sale won his sixth straight decision, Andrew Benintendi homered twice and Boston split a four-game series with Baltimore.

Sale (7-2) has won his past four starts against Baltimore. He allowed three runs and six hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

The Red Sox took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning when a pickoff throw by Orioles catcher Francisco Pena sailed into left field and scored two runs. An inning later, Benintendi had the first multi-homer game of his career with a solo shot that made it 6-3. He also had an RBI single in the ninth.

Marlins 6, Diamondbacks 5

MIAMI — A.J. Ellis fouled off 10 pitches before driving home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, leading Miami past Arizona at Marlins Park.

Tyler Moore hit a three-run homer as the Marlins won their third consecutive series. They have also won seven of their past eight games and closed out an 8-2 homestand.

The Diamondbacks got two doubles and two RBIs from Daniel Descalso and a double, a single and two RBIs from Paul Goldschmidt.

Braves 13, Reds 8

CINCINNATI — Ender Inciarte drove in a career-high five runs while matching his career best with five hits, including a three-run homer, to spark Atlanta to a win over Cincinnati.

Danny Santana hit his first home run since being acquired from Minnesota on May 8 and finished with four hits and three RBIs, and Matt Adams homered for the third time in the last two games for the Braves, who pounced on Amir Garrett for nine runs in the first three innings.

Zack Cozart hit two home runs and a triple and drove in five runs to lead a Reds attack that reached Julio Teheran for 11 hits and seven runs in five innings. The Reds outhit the Braves, but they couldn’t avoid suffering their fifth loss in their last six games.

Pirates 11, Mets 1

NEW YORK — Rookie Trevor Williams allowed one run in a career-high seven innings and David Freese collected three hits and three RBIs as Pittsburgh cruised past New York at Citi Field.

Williams (3-3), who lasted six innings for the first time as a major leaguer in his previous start on Monday, scattered seven hits and issued two walks while striking out three. He induced three double plays and retired 12 of the final 15 batters he faced.

Freese gave the Pirates a lead they never relinquished with an RBI single in the first inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI single in the seventh. Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Pittsburgh.

Phillies 9, Giants 7

PHILADELPHIA — Freddy Galvis hit two home runs, and Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera also homered as Philadelphia outlasted San Francisco at Citizens Bank Park.

Franco launched a tiebreaking home run in the eighth. Two batters later, Galvis hit his second home run of the game — his first career multi-homer game — to extend the lead to 9-7. Herrera had three hits and three RBIs.

Pat Neshek (1-1) picked up the win with a clean eighth inning. Hector Neris notched his fifth save.

Brewers 3, Dodgers 0

MILWAUKEE — Home runs from Eric Thames and Domingo Santana supported Zach Davies, who pitched six shutout innings as Milwaukee avoided a sweep with a win over Los Angeles at Miller Park.

Davies (6-3) held the Dodgers to three hits and a walk while striking out six to win for the sixth time in his last nine starts.

Thames slugged a solo home run in the first inning and Eric Sogard doubled the lead with a run-scoring single in the second. Santana homered in the eighth.

Rockies 3, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO — Jeff Hoffman held San Diego to one run on three hits over seven innings as Colorado won the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Hoffman, 24, was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday morning to take the place of left-hander Tyler Anderson in the Colorado rotation. Anderson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee. He retired the Padres in order in five of the seven innings he worked.

Padres starter and loser Jarred Cosart (0-2) again struggled with his command after a fast start. The right-hander retired eight of the first nine hitters he faced. Eight of the last 11 hitters he faced reached base via five hits and three walks.