MLB Recaps: Hicks homers twice, Yanks drub O’s

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June 09, 2017 at 11:37 pm.

Jun 9, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 9, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — Rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched a career-high seven innings and Aaron Hicks homered in consecutive at-bats to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Montgomery (4-4) won his second straight start since laboring through 4 1/3 innings and throwing 98 pitches on May 29 at Baltimore. He followed up six scoreless innings in Toronto last Saturday by allowing two runs and five hits.

Montgomery set a career high with eight strikeouts and issued one walk. He threw 94 pitches and pitched quickly after allowing both runs in the second. The left-hander allowed a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop but with two on in the second, he began a stretch in which he retired 17 of the final 18 hitters.

Hicks turned in the 10th multi-homer game by the Yankees, matching their total from last season. He hit a solo shot off Dylan Bundy (6-5) into the “Judge’s Chambers” section in right field to start the sixth and added a two-run drive into the second deck in right with two outs in the seventh off Edwin Jackson.

Rangers 5, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON — Catcher Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and three RBIs and batterymate Andrew Cashner gave up one run in seven innings as Texas beat sloppy Washington.

The third-place Rangers improved to just 10-18 on the road while the first-place Nationals are 17-10 at home. Washington made three errors, including two by shortstop Trea Turner.

Cashner (3-5), who gave up 11 hits and five runs in his last start, allowed just six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Alex Claudio struck out two in the eighth inning and Matt Bush got the last two outs for his seventh save after Stephen Drew drove in a run when his popup fell between two Texas outfielders in the ninth.

Rockies 5, Cubs 3

CHICAGO — Charlie Blackmon and Ryan Hanigan each hit a two-run homer and Colorado hung on to beat Chicago for its sixth straight victory.

The Rockies, who lead the National League with 40 wins, cobbled the victory and improved to 23-10 on the road. After starter German Marquez lasted just three innings, five relievers allowed just one hit and one run.

Veteran closer Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his majors-best 23rd save in as many chances despite walking the bases loaded with one out. He escaped by getting Ben Zobrist to pop out and before striking out Jason Heyward, who had two RBIs as the Cubs lost their third straight following a five-game winning streak.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 3

BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. ripped a long two-out, two-run home run to cap a three-run eighth-inning rally and lift Boston over Detroit in the opener of a three-game series.

After Mitch Moreland, who homered and doubled earlier, tied the game with an RBI single, Bradley hit a 1-1 pitch from Alex Wilson (1-3) over the visitors’ bullpen in right field for his eighth homer of the season.

Matt Barnes (4-2) pitched the top of the eighth and got the win and Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for the 18th save of his dominant season. He had two strikeouts, ending the game with Miguel Cabrera’s fourth whiff in five at-bats in the game.

Rays 13, Athletics 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay slugged five home runs en route to its rout of Oakland at Tropicana Field.

Steven Souza Jr., Tim Beckham, Logan Morrison, Corey Dickerson and Mallex Smith each hit homers while Rays starter Alex Cobb (5-5) gave up one run over six innings.

Athletics starter Andrew Triggs (5-6) lost his fourth consecutive start. Stephen Vogt homered for Oakland while Khris Davis and Adam Rosales each had RBI hits.

Marlins 12, Pirates 7

PITTSBURGH — Miami pounded out 18 hits, including a monster homer by Giancarlo Stanton and two by Tyler Moore, to beat Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Every starter had a hit for Miami, which is 11-4 in its past 15 games. The Marlins won the first two contests of a four-game weekend series by a combined 19-6.

Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight to drop to a season-low nine games under .500. The Pirates, who had 13 hits, clawed back from a five-run deficit to come within 7-4. Miami, however, tacked on three more in the sixth, Moore’s second homer in the seventh and another run in the eighth for a 12-4 lead.

Indians 7, White Sox 3

CLEVELAND — Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including a two-out, go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning, to lift Cleveland over Chicago at Progressive Field.

Corey Kluber (5-2), in his second start since coming off the disabled list, pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Miller pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four, and closer Cody Allen, in a non-save situation, pitched the ninth.

Miguel Gonzalez (4-7) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss, Chicago’s third in a row. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was removed from the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left leg by a pitch from Miller. Abreu has a bruised leg, and will be evaluated further on Saturday.

Braves 3, Mets 2

ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Rio Ruiz had the first game-ending hit of his career, scoring another rookie for Atlanta’s third walk-off victory of the season.

Dansby Swanson hustled an apparent single up the middle into a double with one out in the ninth inning and Ruiz singled to the opposite field on reliever Josh Edgin’s first pitch to give the Braves the victory over New York.

Swanson had a two-run double, and Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud hit homers for the Mets. Jim Johnson, who pitched the top of the ninth for the Braves, got the victory and Fernando Salas, who gave up the one-out hit by Swanson, took the loss.

Cardinals 3, Phillies 2

ST. LOUIS — After making a series of moves among the 25-man roster and coaching staff in response to a winless seven-game road trip, St. Louis made one more to snap their longest losing streak in 10 years.

Michael Wacha worked six solid innings and a bullpen which has been torched lately followed up with three scoreless innings to seal the Cardinals’ victory over Philadelphia at Busch Stadium.

Wacha (3-3) allowed five hits and two runs in six innings, walking two and fanning two as he made it through the fifth inning for the first time in four starts. Matt Bowman struck out the side in the seventh. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a leadoff single in the eighth to maintain the lead.