Braves Edge Bucs for Sweep
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit another leadoff home run and Freddie Freeman had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lift Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Acuna hit the fifth pitch out to right-center off Trevor Williams. It was the rookie’s 21st homer and sixth leading off the first inning, including four in the last two weeks.
The NL East leaders went ahead 2-1 in the eighth when Freeman, who leads the league in hitting, sent a fly ball to deep left field off Edgar Santana. That came after Atlanta loaded the bases against Kyle Crick (2-2), who did not retire any of the three batters he faced.
Freeman’s sac fly made a winner of Teheran (9-7), who allowed one run and two hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking one. Teheran is 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in his last five starts.
Brad Brach struck out pinch-hitter David Freese with a runner on third to end the eighth. Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless ninth, surviving Gregory Polanco’s double off the top of the 21-foot wall in right field with two outs, to complete the three-hitter and earn his second save.
Atlanta also mustered only three hits but won for the 17th time in 25 games.
The Pirates got their run in the fifth when Colin Moran broke up Teheran’s no-hit bid with a two-out RBI single. Pittsburgh’s only other hit was a two-out single by Francisco Cervelli.
The Pirates have scored just 16 runs in their last 10 games, going 2-8.
Williams had another strong outing, permitting one run and two hits in six innings, but again was hurt by a lack of run support. Williams’ ERA is 0.97 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, yet his record is just 3-2. He is also 1-2 in four August starts despite a 1.44 ERA.
Red Sox 10, Indians 4
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit two solo homers, Andrew Benintendi had a three-run double to cap a big fourth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians to halt their three-game losing streak.
Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who lost the previous two nights in a matchup of AL division leaders.
East-leading Boston, which owns the majors’ best record, is the only MLB team without a four-game losing streak.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers in his first game off the disabled list for Central-leading Cleveland. The Indians are 17-5 since July 1.
Cubs 8, Tigers 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jon Lester pitched into the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs homered three times, finally breaking out of their offensive funk in a victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Mets 5, Giants 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier homered and hit an RBI double, Noah Syndergaard pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3.
Dominic Smith and Jose Bautista also went deep for New York. Jeff McNeil singled his first two times up to set a Mets rookie record with a hit in eight consecutive at-bats. The 26-year-old second baseman grounded out in his next chance at the plate.
Rays 6, Royals 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Lowe and Mallex Smith drove in two runs each, and the Tampa Bay Rays moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.
Lowe, who drove in the first two runs with a second-inning single off Jakob Junis, and Smith were among six Rays who had two hits each.
Rangers 4, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Minor pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight, Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run and the Texas Rangers snapped out of their offensive slump to avoid a three-game sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics.
Astros 10, Mariners 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado and Tyler White each homered and had three hits, helping the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7 on Wednesday night.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 0
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales homered for the fourth consecutive game, Thomas Pannone and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore, completing a 10-game season sweep of the Orioles in Toronto.
White Sox 7, Twins 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Engel broke a tie with a two-run homer in a five-run fifth, Carlos Rodon continued his torrid stretch with six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins.
Brewers 4, Reds 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rookie Freddy Peralta tossed seven scoreless innings and drove in a run with his first career hit, combining with two relievers on a five-hitter to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Cincinnati Reds.
Marlins 9, Yankees 3
MIAMI (AP) — Hours after All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis, Yankees starter Lance Lynn gave up five runs in the sixth inning and New York lost to the last-place Miami Marlins.
Nationals 8, Phillies 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Washington Nationals past Philadelphia Phillies.
Rockies 6, Padres 2
DENVER (AP) — Ian Desmond laced a two-run triple in the sixth inning and Jon Gray threw effectively into the seventh in leading the Colorado Rockies past San Diego.