MLB roundup: M’s win pitchers’ duel vs. Braves

By Thomson Reuters Apr 30, 2024 | 2:19 AM

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Atlanta Braves 2-1 Monday night in a pitching duel in which both starters had no-hitters through six innings.

Seattle’s Jorge Polanco grounded a single to left field leading off against Atlanta’s A.J. Minter (5-2). Garver then hammered a 3-2 cutter an estimated 412 feet off the facade of the second deck.

Neither Atlanta’s Max Fried nor Seattle’s Bryce Miller allowed a hit until the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the seventh with an infield single, stole second and third and scored on Ozzie Albies’ double to right field. Braves reliever Joe Jimenez lost the no-hitter in the eighth but got out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the shutout.

Fried pitched six hitless innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts, while Miller allowed one run on two hits, walked one and fanned 10 in seven innings.

Cubs 3, Mets 1

Christopher Morel hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning for the Cubs, who were no-hit by Luis Severino into the eighth inning before coming back to beat host New York in the opener of a three-game series.

Mike Tauchman doubled with one out in the ninth against Edwin Diaz (0-1) before Ian Happ struck out. Morel followed by hitting a 3-1 pitch well into the left field seats. Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) got the final two outs of the eighth and Hector Neris earned his fourth save in the ninth, when he walked two batters before closing out the win by whiffing DJ Stewart and Brett Baty.

Brandon Nimmo led off the first with a homer for the Mets. Nick Madrigal tied the score 1-1 by hitting into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth.

Orioles 2, Yankees 0

Gunnar Henderson homered, Grayson Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings and Baltimore beat visiting New York.

Rodriguez (4-1) gave up five hits. The right-hander struck out three and walked three, throwing 101 pitches in the first meeting of the season between the teams. After scoring 15 runs in each of their past two games, the Yankees were shut out on seven hits.

New York had at least one baserunner in every inning except the eighth but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Yankee starter Clarke Schmidt (2-1) allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking three.

Rays 1, Brewers 0

Ryan Pepiot and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as visiting Tampa Bay beat Milwaukee.

Pepiot (3-2) allowed two hits over six innings before yielding to Shawn Armstrong, Kevin Kelly and Jason Adam. With the bases loaded in the ninth, Adam struck out Blake Perkins on three pitches for his first save.

The game’s lone run scored on a first-inning, double-play grounder from Isaac Paredes, who had two hits. Brewers starter Bryse Wilson (2-1) gave up one run in six innings.

Nationals 7, Marlins 2

Jake Irvin responded from his worst outing of the season to pitch six solid innings and CJ Abrams smacked a two-run homer to help Washington complete a four-game sweep of host Miami.

Irvin (2-2), who gave up four hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk, was unscathed until Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s two-out, two-run home run in the sixth. Dylan Floro and Matt Barnes completed the combined four-hitter.

The Marlins, with the worst record in the National League, have lost seven consecutive games. Miami starter Trevor Rogers (0-4) had another five-inning outing, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 4

Andy Pages drove in three runs and Teoscar Hernandez stroked a two-run double as Los Angeles notched a victory over Arizona at Phoenix.

Will Smith homered to help the Dodgers win for the seventh time in the past eight games. Shohei Ohtani, Enrique Hernandez and Teoscar Hernandez had two hits apiece for Los Angeles. James Paxton (3-0) gave up four runs and six hits over five innings for the Dodgers.

Ketel Marte had two hits for the Diamondbacks as the defending National League champions lost in their first meeting of the season against the perennial powerful Dodgers. Blaze Alexander walked three times and scored twice for Arizona, which has dropped four of its last five games.

Blue Jays 6, Royals 5

Justin Turner hit two homers and drove in three runs as Toronto defeated visiting Kansas City.

Danny Jansen added a solo homer for the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Davis Schneider and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had two hits for Toronto, which has won two straight since dropping five in a row.

Kyle Isbel and Freddy Fermin each had a solo homer and a single for the Royals, who took their third consecutive loss. Maikel Garcia also finished with two hits.

Twins 3, White Sox 2

Max Kepler hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning as Minnesota beat host Chicago for its eighth consecutive victory.

With the score 2-2, Byron Buxton led off the top of the ninth by slashing a double into left against White Sox reliever John Brebbia (0-1). Kepler then drilled a 2-2 fastball into right to score Buxton. Griffin Jax (2-2) got the win after throwing a scoreless eighth inning and Caleb Thielbar secured his second save.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run shot in the second for Minnesota, which ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series. Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn notched two hits, including an RBI single in a two-run first inning.

Angels 6, Phillies 5

Taylor Ward, Brandon Drury, Ehire Adrianza and Zach Neto had two hits each to help Los Angeles earn a come-from-behind win against Philadelphia in the opener in their three-game series at Anaheim, Calif.

Jo Adell homered and Luis Rengifo doubled and scored for Los Angeles, which had lost four in a row and nine of 10. Hunter Strickland, Adam Cimber (2-0) and Matt Moore each threw a scoreless inning of relief before Carlos Estevez gave up a run in the ninth before closing out his fifth save.

Alec Bohm, who extended his hitting streak to 13, also had a two-run single in the three-run first and Trea Turner had two hits and scored twice for Philadelphia, which had won four in a row and 11 of 13.

Athletics 5, Pirates 1

Joe Boyle overcame a wild start to throw five innings of one-hit ball as Oakland opened a 10-game homestand with a victory over Pittsburgh.

Dany Jimenez and Michael Kelly combined for three strikeouts over four shutout innings to put the wraps on a two-hit performance for the A’s, who won for the fourth time in five games. Oakland’s Tyler Nevin homered, singled and drove in two runs.

Coming off dropping two out of three games across San Francisco Bay against the Giants, Pittsburgh jumped on Boyle (2-4) for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Ke’Bryan Hayes leadoff single, two walks and two wild pitches.

Reds 5, Padres 2

Nick Lodolo gave up a leadoff homer, then didn’t allow another hit in seven dominant innings as Cincinnati won at San Diego.

Lodolo (3-0) walked two and struck out 11. Elly De La Cruz homered for the Reds, Santiago Espinal drove in two runs and Jeimer Candelario and Will Benson had two hits apiece.

Jurickson Profar opened the first inning with a homer for the Padres. Matt Waldron (1-3) permitted four runs in six innings.

–Field Level Media