MLB Recaps: Reds’ Gennett hits 4 HRs, drives in 10

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June 06, 2017 at 8:23 pm.

Jun 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett hits a grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 6, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Scooter Gennett hits a grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

CINCINNATI — Scooter Gennett became the first player in Reds history to hit four home runs in a game, leading Cincinnati to a 13-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The left fielder also drove in 10 runs and went 5-for-5, including an RBI single in the first inning. He became the first player ever to collect four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.
Gennett hit his second career grand slam in the third inning off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. He homered twice off John Gant, in the fourth and sixth innings, then went deep off John Brebbia in the eighth to cap an historic night in which he became only the 17th major league player to homer four times in a game.

With the crowd on its feet with two outs in the eighth, Gennett took a called strike from Brebbia, then swung from his heels and missed to make the count 0-2. He lined the next pitch just over the right field wall, sending Great American Ball Park into delirium.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

NEW YORK — Craig Kimbrel struck out Aaron Judge on three pitches for the final out and recorded a four-out save as Boston held off New York.

The Red Sox slugged three homers against a struggling Masahiro Tanaka (2-6), who allowed five runs and five hits in five innings and is 0-5 with a 10.50 ERA in his last five starts. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez went back-to-back in the fourth, and Andrew Benintendi hit a long solo home run in the fifth.

Drew Pomeranz (6-3) made those homers stand by allowing two runs and six hits in a laborious five innings. He won his third straight start despite throwing 123 pitches and reaching several full counts.

Orioles 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)

BALTIMORE — Mark Trumbo hit the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning to lead Baltimore.

Jonathan Schoop tied the game for the Orioles with a two-run homer off Pirates closer Tony Watson in the ninth — his second of the game. Adam Jones singled with one out in the 10th and took second on a long fly out by Manny Machado before Trumbo delivered a liner to center field off Wade LeBlanc (3-1).

Brad Brach (1-1) threw a scoreless 10th inning for Baltimore, which improved to 8-1 in extra innings. David Freese belted his sixth homer of the season for Pittsburgh to provide an early 4-1 lead.

Angels 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT — C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer as Los Angeles snapped Detroit’s four-game winning streak.

Kole Calhoun homered and drove in two runs for the Angels, who are 4-4 since franchise player Mike Trout tore a thumb ligament. Jesse Chavez (5-6) gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings while collecting the victory.

Alex Avila had two hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice for Tigers but struck out with the bases loaded to end the game. Daniel Norris (2-4) gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out seven in six innings.

Phillies 3, Braves 1

ATLANTA — Aaron Nola allowed one run over a career high-tying eight innings to help Philadelphia win its fourth consecutive game.

Nola (3-3) gave up five hits and one walk and struck out six. He became the first Phillies starter to throw a pitch in the eighth inning since Jeremy Hellickson pitched a complete-game shutout against the Marlins on Sept. 17, 2016.

Howie Kendrick was 3-for-4 and Freddy Galvis had two hits for Philadelphia. Jaime Garcia (2-4) pitched 7 2/3 innings, the third time in four starts that he lasted at least seven innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits.

Brewers 5, Giants 3

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Hernan Perez hit his seventh home run of the season as Milwaukee defeated San Francisco.

Anderson (5-1) didn’t allow a run for the third consecutive start, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out four in 7 2/3 innings. He got plenty of help from his defense, which turned four double plays.

The Brewers collected 11 hits, including 10 off Matt Cain (3-5), who gave up five runs, struck out three and walked two over five innings.

White Sox 4, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yolmer Sanchez, Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia homered as Chicago ended its five-game losing streak.

Sanchez led off the game with a shot to center field that landed in the field of play but was called a home run and upheld upon review. He stopped at third base but was waved home as if the ball had hit one of the catwalks above the field despite replays seeming to show it didn’t hit anything.

Frazier led off the ninth with his ninth home run after Tampa Bay pulled within a run. The Rays’ bats couldn’t do much to help starter Chris Archer (4-4), who struck out 11 and held the White Sox to five hits and two runs in seven innings.