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Pitchers Lose Control, Pirates Lose Ballgame

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ben Gamel makes a running catch on a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 11, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich hit a bases-loaded double and Pittsburgh relievers issued three consecutive bases-loaded walks in a five-run seventh inning that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 7-4 on Friday night.

The Brewers tied a franchise record by drawing six walks in the seventh-inning rally that put them ahead for good. They also walked six times in an inning May 19, 1977, against Toronto and Sept. 21, 2006, against San Francisco.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer, and Ben Gamel and Gregory Polanco added solo shots for the Pirates, who lost their fifth straight. Pittsburgh pitchers issued a total of 11 walks.

Yelich’s hit off Clay Holmes (2-1) broke a 2-2 tie after he delivered what initially looked like a slow-rolling single. But he kept running and made it to second for a two-run double.

Pittsburgh’s inability to throw strikes helped the Brewers add insurance runs as they won for the 12th time in 14 games. The Brewers and Chicago Cubs are tied for first place in the NL Central.

After striking out Avisail Garcia and walking Omar Narvaez intentionally to load the bases with two outs, Holmes walked Willy Adames unintentionally to extend to Milwaukee’s lead to 5-2.

Trevor Cahill replaced Holmes and walked Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley Jr. to bring home two more runs.

Hayes’ homer to left-center off Koby Milner cut the Brewers’ lead to 7-4 in the eighth.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff (5-2) gave up the homers to Gamel and Polanco, but allowed only two other hits in a seven-inning stint that brought his ERA to 1.52. He struck out five and didn’t walk anyone.

This was the first time Woodruff had allowed multiple homers in 2021.

Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 15th save in as many opportunities.

Pirates starter Chase De Jong allowed two runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked four.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom was pulled from a do-it-all gem with right flexor tendinitis, a troubling diagnosis for the New York Mets that clouded a victory over the San Diego Padres.

DeGrom (6-2) faced the minimum over six innings and ripped a two-run single, giving him five RBIs this season — compared to four earned runs allowed. He struck out 10 in the abbreviated outing.

DeGrom left after 80 pitches and extending his scoreless streak to 22 innings. He had a no-hit bid until Wil Myers beat the shift with a weak grounder in the fifth.

Billy McKinney drove in a run with the first of his two doubles in the fifth, and deGrom followed with his two-run hit.

San Diego dropped its third straight. Blake Snell (2-3) allowed three runs in four-plus innings, and the Padres couldn’t do enough damage against New York’s bullpen.


CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a tying home run in the sixth inning on the 14th pitch of his at-bat against Daniel Ponce de Leon. and Joc Pederson and Willson Contreras also went deep to lead Chicago over St. Louis.

With Wrigley Field allowed 100% capacity for the first time since 2019, the Cubs rallied from a 5-1 deficit before a crowd of 35,112.

Pederson drove in three runs and gave the Cubs a 7-5 lead in the seventh with a two-run double against Genesis Cabrera (1-2).

Tommy Nance (1-0) threw two innings to win his first major league decision. and Craig Kimbrel retired three batters for his 16th save.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington ace Max Scherzer left after just 12 pitches because of groin inflammation, Buster Posey homered and San Francisco beat the Nationals on Anthony DeSclafani’s career-best two-hitter.

A crowd of 18,029 attended the first game at Nationals Park without capacity limits since the 2019 World Series.

Scherzer retired leadoff batter LaMonte Wade Jr. on a fly ball to left and had a 3-2 count on Brandon Belt when he stretched his body. He took a warmup toss before exiting.

DeSclafani (6-2) struck out eight and walked on his his third career shutout and complete game.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Aaron Civale gave up a single to start the game before dominating Seattle’s light-hitting lineup for eight innings, leading the Cleveland to the win in front of the largest crowd at Progressive Field since 2019.

Civale (9-2) allowed J.P. Crawford’s leadoff hit and nothing else to become the first AL pitcher with nine wins. He struck out a career-high 11 and retired 22 in a row after loading the bases in the first. Blake Parker worked the ninth to complete the two-hitter.

Cleveland’s Bobby Bradley homered in the third off Justin Dunn (1-3) and Amed Rosario had four hits for the Indians.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Yarbrough pitched six solid innings and Tampa Bay became the first team to reach 40 wins this season.

Yarbrough (4-3), the first Rays’ pitcher to go the distance in five years in his previous start, gave up two unearned runs and three hits, striking out six.

Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who are 21-5 since May 13.

Baltimore got a home run from Trey Mancini. Keegan Akin (0-1) took the loss.

Andrew Kittredge, J.P. Feyereisen and Pete Fairbanks, who worked the ninth to get his second save, completed a three-hitter.


MIAMI (AP) — Jazz Chisholm’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning put Miami ahead to stay, and the Marlins beat Atlanta for the fourth time in five meetings this year.

Sandy Alcantara (4-5) allowed two runs in six innings. Yimi Garcia, the Marlins’ fifth pitcher, earned his 11th save in 14 chances.

The Braves have lost three consecutive games by a run each.

Ozzie Albies drove in two runs with two hits for Atlanta. Ronald Acuna Jr. doubled twice, scored twice and had an RBI.

Charlie Morton (5-3) gave up four runs in four innings. He walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in the fourth, when Miami scored three runs to take the lead.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto’s three-run blast highlighted a five-homer effort as Cincinnati extended Colorado’s road woes.

Nick Castellanos, Scott Heineman, Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson also went deep against Kyle Freeland (0-2), who set a career high for home runs allowed in a game. The Reds fell one short of matching their single-game season high for homers.

The Rockies fell to 5-25 away from Coors Field and have lost every road series this season.

Tyler Mahle (6-2) allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, retiring 12 straight batters in one stretch.


BOSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo hit a line drive off the Green Monster to drive in the game-winning run in the ninth inning and Boston rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Toronto.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three of Toronto’s 16 hits, including his major league-leading 19th homer of the season, to help the Blue Jays open a four-run lead in the sixth inning. The Red Sox scored three in the bottom half and tied it on Christian Arroyo’s towering solo home run.

Verdugo’s single off the wall in left was his third hit, and pinch-runner Danny Santana scored easily for Boston’s major league-best 23rd comeback win of the season.

Garrett Whitlock (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. Rafael Dolis (1-2) pitched the ninth for Toronto.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a go-ahead double in the ninth and Houston beat Minnesota.

Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered and Alex Bregman drove in two runs for Houston, which won for the fourth time in five games. Michael Brantley added three hits for the Astros.

Ryne Stanek (1-1) allowed a tying homer to Josh Donaldson in the eighth but earned the win in relief of starter Jose Urquidy. Ryan Pressly notched his 10th save in 11 chances.

Donaldson homered twice and Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano also connected — alll four drives were solo shots for Minnesota, which has lost three of four.


DETROIT (AP) — Liam Hendricks angrily threw a wet ball into foul territory after his first pitch of the ninth inning, leading to a lengthy rain delay, then gave up a tying two-run homer to Daz Cameron before Chicago beat Detroit in 10 innings.

Chicago led 4-2 when Hendriks entered to start the ninth, seeking his AL-high 17th save.

Hendriks (3-1) had entered with 14 straight scoreless appearances and had retired 26 of his previous 28 batters.

Yoan Moncada hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th off Jose Cisnero (0-4), sending Danny Mendick across the plate with a headfirst slide.

Adam Engel homered in the second, but Nomar Mazara’s homer tied the score in the bottom half.

Isaac Paredes hit his first homer for the Tigers.


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