Pittsburgh Swept By Los Angeles
Turner compiles five hits, Beaty plates four runs for Dodgers
PITTSBURGH — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ decision to give Justin Turner a breather Saturday paid off nicely.
Not that the Pirates were putting up much of a fight.
Turner had five hits after taking a rest, Joc Pederson homered during a six-run sixth inning that featured consecutive bases-loaded plunkings and Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh 11-7 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Turner had a perfect day at the plate, bouncing back nicely after taking a day to deal with discomfort in his left shin.
“He just does so many things to help us win the ballgame,” Roberts said. “I thought he was recharged. His legs were under him today.”
Matt Beaty had four RBIs and Corey Seager drove in two for the Dodgers, who got five innings of three-run ball from Kenta Maeda (6-2) in his return from the injured list. Los Angeles has won nine of 11.
Chris Archer (1-5) lost his fifth straight start. He allowed six walks and six hits over five innings of four-run ball, striking out just three while throwing 105 pitches.
“Way too many free passes,” Archer said. “Playing with fire the whole game and finally it all caught up to me in the fifth inning.”
Max Muncy led off the fifth with a 12-pitch walk.
“It was just, go to work,” Muncy said. “At that point, you just try to grind out the at-bat and then hopefully force something to happen there. I didn’t realize it was 12 pitches, but in the moment, you just kind of focus on trying to get the job done.”
The Dodgers scored three runs in the inning to end Archer’s day.
“The at-bat that Max put on completely flipped the game,” Roberts said. “It stressed (Archer), and you could see he was frustrated. Getting ahead in the count, spoiling pitches. It was four, five, six pitches he spoiled with two strikes. We broke open right there.”
Los Angeles poured it on against Montana DuRapau and Dovydas Neverauskas in the sixth. Two batters after Pederson’s leadoff homer, Turner singled and went to third on Cody Bellinger’s double, then scored on Adam Frazier’s error at second base. DuRapau walked Seager, then plunked KikÈ Hernandez with a 3-2 pitch to put LA ahead 7-3.
Neverauskas relieved and hit Austin Barnes with a bases-loaded pitch while giving up three more runs.
Barnes was injured running the bases and left the game with left groin soreness.
Bryan Reynolds had a two-run homer for Pittsburgh in the second inning, the rookie’s fifth. Colin Moran added three hits.
Los Angeles tallied 12 hits and outscored Pittsburgh 28-11 during the series to improve to 6-0 against the Pirates this season.
Top pitching prospect Mitch Keller will make his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.
The 23-year-old Keller is being called upon to help a depleted rotation that has struggled without injured Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams. He’ll start the nightcap after Nick Kingham pitches the opener.
The Pirates have been reluctant to rush Keller to the big leagues. He struggled in spring training but regained some confidence in Triple-A, where he’s 5-0 with 47 strikeouts in his last seven starts after adding a slider/cutter to his pitch arsenal.
“In a perfect world, we would’ve given him some more time,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “We’re not in a perfect world. We feel like he’s ready to come up here and compete.”
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 7-day concussion list. C Jacob Stallings and utility man Jose Osuna were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, while utility man Jake Elmore was designated for assignment.
Dodgers: Return to Los Angeles for a four-game series against the Mets starting with an intriguing matchup between Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 3.33) and Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.72).
Pirates: Kingham (1-1, 8.76) will pitch the afternoon game followed by Keller’s major league debut at night.
Reds 10, Cubs 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Senzel had three hits, scored four times and cut down a runner at the plate, helping Tanner Roark and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs.
Led by Senzel, the top third of Cincinnati’s lineup collected seven of the Reds’ season-high 17 hits. Joey Votto singled twice in his third consecutive multihit game, and Eugenio Su’rez finished with two hits and three RBI.
Brewers 9, Phillies 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff allowed a solo homer but was otherwise perfect over eight innings, Christian Yelich hit his NL-leading 21st home run and the Milwaukee Brewers went deep five times in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Woodruff (7-1) retired his first 15 batters before Andrew Knapp opened the sixth with his first homer.
Nationals 9, Marlins 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Howie Kendrick hit his eighth homer, drove in three runs and finished with three hits as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins.
Brian Dozier doubled in two during Washington’s four-run rally with two outs in Caleb Smith’s third and final inning, his shortest outing of the year.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ketel Marte homered for the third time in three games, Eduardo Escobar had three hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks tied a franchise record for scoring in a three-game series as they beat the San Francisco Giants to finish a sweep.
Mike Yastrzemski, the 23-year-old grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, had the first three hits of his career for the Giants, who lost their fifth straight and finished a 1-6 homestand.
Rays 6, Indians 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Austin Meadows led off the game with a home run and was 4 for 4 with three RBIs, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the reeling Cleveland Indians.
Tampa Bay (31-19) is a season-high 12 games over .500 after taking three of four in the series.
The Indians (26-26) fell to .500 for the first time since April 4, when they were 3-3. Cleveland has dropped six of seven and finished 4-7 on its longest homestand of the season.
Red Sox 4, Astros 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers homered off Justin Verlander, and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of two errors by the Houston Astros to avoid a series sweep with a victory.
Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3) held Houston to one run and four hits in six innings, improving to 5-1 in his last eight starts.
Royals 8, Yankees 7, 10 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield got a lucky hop on an RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees despite blowing a six-run lead.
Merrifield hit a sharp, two-out grounder toward third baseman Gio Urshela with speedster Billy Hamilton at second.
Twins 7, White Sox 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi allowed one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each hit three-run homers as the Minnesota Twins completed a sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a win.
Odorizzi (7-2) won his seventh straight decision and finished without allowing a run for the fifth time in his past six starts.
Angels 7, Rangers 6
ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun scored on wild pitches in a six-run seventh inning that gave the Los Angeles Angels a comeback win over the Texas Rangers.
Trout hit a solo homer in the first off Ariel Jurado to give the Angels an early lead. It was Trout’s 12th home run of the year, tied for the team lead with Tommy La Stella.
Athletics 7, Mariners 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman homered for the second consecutive day, Josh Phegley also went deep and had three RBIs, and the streaking Oakland Athletics won their ninth straight, beating the Seattle Mariners to complete a three-game sweep.
Brett Anderson allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings to win after being forced out of his previous start with a cervical strain. Anderson (6-3) struck out four and walked four, but got the Mariners to hit into double plays in three straight innings.
Rockies 8, Orioles 7
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game, pitcher German Marquez tripled and drove in three runs, and the Colorado Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally past the Baltimore Orioles.
Ian Desmond drew a bases-loaded walk from Mychal Givens to tie it, and Tony Wolters hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch-running pitcher Jeff Hoffman with the winning run.
Mets 4, Tigers 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning, Todd Frazier delivered a clever push bunt and the New York Mets kept up their run of comebacks, beating the Detroit Tigers for their sixth win in seven games.
Adeiny Hechavarria’s three-run homer helped the Mets rally from an early 3-0 deficit and reach the .500 mark. New York has trailed in all but one of these recent victories, with each of them coming at Citi Field.
Blue Jays 10, Padres 1
TORONTO (AP) — Cavan Biggio had three hits, including his first career home run, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four hits and homered for the third straight game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Diego Padres, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Toronto’s Justin Smoak hit two home runs, a two-run blast off Luis Perdomo in the fifth and a three-run drive off Adam Warren in the eighth. The homers were his 10th and 11th of the season.