Pirates Fall to Dodgers in 12 Innings, 6-5
PITTSBURGH — Yasiel Puig homered in the 12th inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers top the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night.
Puig drove a 1-0 pitch from rookie Dovydas Neverauskas (1-1) over the wall in center for his 22nd of the season. The Pirates threatened in the bottom half, putting runners on first and second with two out, but Ross Stripling retired Max Moroff on a liner to right for his second save.
Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam off Gerrit Cole in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh, and Luis Avilan (2-1) pitched one inning for the win.
The Dodgers avoided taking a second consecutive loss for the first time since losing two straight to Atlanta on July 20 and 21. The Pirates have lost seven of their past nine games.
Granderson’s second homer in three games since he was acquired in a trade with the Mets lifted the Dodgers to a 5-3 lead. But the Pirates responded with two in the eighth on Josh Harrison’s RBI double and a run-scoring fielder’s choice for pinch hitter Josh Bell.
Tony Watson came in to pitch the eighth for Los Angeles, but was pulled after recording just one out in his return to Pittsburgh. The left-hander, who was traded to the Dodgers on July 31, was charged with one run.
Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He gave up three home runs for the second time in his 134 major league appearances.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead when Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning. Harrison made it 3-0 when he connected in the third for his career-high 15th home run.
Cole allowed five runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw, who has been on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lower back since July 24, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. He threw 55 pitches during a four-inning simulated game at PNC Park on Monday.
The Dodgers are expected to recall right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start in place of Yu Darvish on Tuesday. Darvish, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury, is expected to return against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Dodgers: Stewart (0-0, 1.64 ERA) last appeared for Los Angeles on Aug. 10, when he allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief against Arizona.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.64 ERA) will look to continue his recent string of solid starts when he faces the Dodgers on Tuesday. He has allowed two runs in two of his past three starts and has surrendered eight total runs across those three appearances.
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 10 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a three-game skid with a victory over the New York Mets.
J.D. Martinez had an RBI single and left fielder David Peralta threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate for the Diamondbacks, who began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. They are 4-0 against the Mets this season and have won nine of 10 meetings over the last two years.
White Sox 7, Twins 6, 1st game
Twins 10, White Sox 2, 2nd game
CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Polanco hit his second three-run homer of the day as the Minnesota Twins scored six times in the second inning and routed the Chicago White Sox to split a doubleheader.
Brian Dozier added a three-run drive off Carson Fulmer during the rally, and Minnesota bounced back from a 7-6 loss in the opener.
Twins starter Dillon Gee (1-0) retired the first 12 Chicago batters before rookie Nicky Delmonico homered leading off the fifth. Gee allowed only two hits and walked none through six innings while striking out four.
Indians 5, Red Sox 4, 10 innings
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Guyer scored when first baseman Brock Holt threw away Roberto Perez’s bunt in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox in a matchup of first-place teams.
After Guyer’s leadoff double against Brandon Workman (0-1), Holt fielded the bunted ball and tried to throw out Guyer at third. Guyer slid into the bag as the throw skipped past third baseman Rafael Devers, then got to his feet and raced across home plate. Teammates ran onto the field and doused Perez with water and white powder.
Orioles 7, Athletics 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a pair of home runs, Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics.
Wade Miley held the A’s to two runs on five hits and four walks over six-plus innings to pick up his first win at Camden Yards since June 17. Miley is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland this season.
Mariners 6, Braves 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Andrew Albers worked into the sixth inning for his second straight win since coming up from the minors, leading the Seattle Mariners to a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Albers (2-0) also had the first hit and RBI of his career — in his first big league at-bat.
The 31-year-old left-hander beat his former organization, having spent most of the season at the Braves’ Triple-A club. He went 12-3 but never got a call to the big leagues.