MLB ROUNDUP: League-leading Rays keep up winning ways vs. Blue Jays

Jose Siri, Randy Arozaena and Luke Raley homered, as the major league-leading beat the sliding 6-4 on Monday night.

Tampa Bay leads the major leagues with 94 home runs.The Rays opened a three-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East.

After opener Trevor YouTube Ads Kelley pitched two scoreless innings, Josh Fleming (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits over the next six as the Rays improved to 22-4 at home.

Toronto’s Chris Bassitt (5-3) pitched 28 consecutive scoreless inning before the Rays scored three times in the second.He allowed six runs – two earned – and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Whit Merrifield and Daulton Varsho homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of eight.

Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco (5) and Jose Siri celebrate after a win over the Toronto Blue Jays


Freddie Freeman’s three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Los Angeles the lead, J.D.Martinez had four hits, including two homers, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Monday night.

The Dodgers, who trailed 4-0 in the first, won the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the National League.Freeman, a longtime Braves star, made the most of his second Atlanta homecoming with three hits to join Martinez in leading the comeback.

Dodgers rookie Gavin Stone allowed five runs on five hits and five walks in four innings in his second start for Los Angeles. 

Stone threw 34 pitches while facing nine batters in the first. 

Freddie Freeman gave the Dodgers the lead in the fifth inning with a three-run home run


Tucupita Marcano hit his first career grand slam, rookie Luis Ortiz pitched into the eighth inning and earned his first major league victory as Pittsburgh beat AL West-leading Texas.

Ortiz (1-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the win in his eighth career start.The 24-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two in a 93-pitch effort.

Marcano’s slam to center field off Joe Barlow capped a five-run seventh inning and put the Pirates ahead 6-1.

Earlier in the inning, Carlos Santana singled to drive in Bryan Reynolds with the go-ahead run with two outs on a play that was overturned after a video review.Reynolds was originally called out on right fielder Adolis Garcia´s throw to home plate, a play that would have ended the inning.

Josh Sborz (1-2) allowed three runs in one inning of relief and took the loss.

Texas rookie Josh Jung hit a two-run homer – his 10th of the season – off closer David Bednar in the ninth inning, pulling the Rangers within 6-4.Bednar then retired the final two batters.

Pirates’ Tucupita Marcano (30) celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a grand slam


Rookie Hunter Gaddis pitched six strong innings for his first major league win and struggling Cleveland catcher Mike Zunino connected for a two-run homer.

Gaddis (1-1) was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and gave the Guardians a badly needed quality start after they were swept over the weekend in New York.He gave up just two hits, combining with four relievers on a three-hitter.

Zunino hit his third homer – first since April 28 – in the seventh off Gregory Santos. Sam Hentges, Nick Sandlin and Trevor Stephan combined for two scoreless innings before Emmanuel Clase worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances.

The Guardians scored their first run in the second on a wild pitch by Jesse Scholtens (0-2).

Cleveland Guardians’ Mike Zunino hit a two-run home run for the Guardians on Monday


Yordan Alvarez had a grand slam among his two homers as the Houston Astros pounded the Brewers 12-2 on Monday night for their eighth consecutive victory. 

off Corbin Burnes in the fifth inning and capped a five-run outburst in the sixth with a  against Hoby Milner.

The game marked the third time in his career that Alvarez homered in back-to-back innings.He has 12 homers this season. Over his last four games, Alvarez has gone 7 of 15 with three homers and seven RBIs. 

Yordan Alvarez hit two home runs, including a grand slam, for the Astros as they won Monday


Lourdes Gurriel Jr.extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 15 games with a homer, double and two RBIs to lead Arizona.

Pavin Smith also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won eight of their last 10 games.

Kyle Schwarber and Bryson Stott hit solo homers for the Phillies, who have lost six of their last eight games.

Gurriel went 4 for 4 and improved his average to .321.During his hitting streak, Gurriel has a .416 average (25 for 60) with six doubles, seven homers and 14 RBIs.

Zack Wheeler (3-4) was slowed by a fielding error by Stott on a possible double play ball in the second. It proved costly when Geraldo Perdomo doubled into the right field corner, scoring two runs.

Schwarber and Stott cut the deficit to one run with solo homers in the fourth inning off Diamondbacks left-hander Tommy Henry (2-1).Smith answered in the fifth with a leadoff solo shot off Wheeler.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Pavin Smith points to the heavens after his home run in Philadelphia


Nick Senzel hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a four-game losing streak Monday night, Target audience cooling off the St.Louis Cardinals with a 6-5 victory.

Spencer Steer launched an early two-run homer and scored the winning run for the Reds. Ian Gibaut (4-1) struck out two in a hitless 10th to keep it tied.

Paul DeJong homered and drove in four runs for the Cardinals, who had won 11 of 14 since a 10-24 start.

St.Louis had the bases loaded in the ninth and two runners aboard in the 10th, but failed to score.

Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Senzel watches his walkoff sacrifice fly during the 10th inning Monday


Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and the first four San Francisco Giants batters scored in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

San Francisco has won six of seven and at 23-24 is one game under .500 for the first time since the Giants were 5-6.

Lamonte Wade Jr.walked on eight pitches and Mike Yastrzemski on five, and J.D. Davis doubled on the 15th pitch from Bailey Ober (3-1) for the go-ahead run. 

Conforto hit a belt-high 1-0 fastball into the visitors bullpen in left-center for his ninth home run this season.

The Giants’ LaMonte Wade Jr.rounds third base and scores vs. the Minnesota Twins Monday


Mickey Moniak homered in the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels won for the fourth time in five games, beating the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Monday night.

Moniak drove a changeup from Kutter Crawford (1-2) over the wall in the right field to lead off the eighth.Moniak, the top pick by Philadelphia in the 2016 draft, was acquired from the Phillies at the trade deadline last year. He is batting .429 (12 for 28) with three home runs and six RBIs since being called up on May 12.

Masataka Yoshida had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who have dropped two straight after winning four in a row.

Angels’ right-hander Jaime Barria tossed five shutout innings in his first start in two years.

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout runs to catch a fly ball hit by the Red Sox


Javier Báez hit a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning for his third hit of the night to lift the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.

Báez had three hits in the game, but the first two combined for an exit velocity of about 112 mph and didn’t leave the infield. 

His third hit was a line drive over the left-fielder’s head.

Matt Vierling had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs for the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers’ Matt Vierling hits a two-run single during the first inning vs.the KC Royals


Elías Díaz homered and doubled to drive in two runs and Jurickson Profar doubled twice to extend his on-base streak to 30 games and drive in another pair as the Colorado Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Monday night.

Bryan De La Cruz had four hits for the Marlins, scoring twice and Jacob Stallings had two RBIs on an infield force play and a single.

With the score tied 2-all going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Díaz connected for his fourth home run, driving an offering from Edward Cabrera (3-4) into the left field bleachers.

Profar, whose on-base streak is the longest active streak in the majors, added a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh.

Pierce Johnson got three outs for his ninth save and Jake Bird (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the victory.

Colorado Rockies’ Elias Diaz drove in two runs vs.the Miami Marlins in a home win on Monday


Luis Castillo pitched six scoreless innings and Jarred Kelenic and Jose Caballero each hit a home run as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Oakland Athletics 11-2 on Monday in the opener of a four-game series.

Julio Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs for the Mariners, who improved to 4-0 against Oakland this season.

The A’s took their fifth straight loss and fell for the 13th time in 15 games.The Mariners had lost four of their previous five games.

Castillo (3-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight. The right-hander fanned Shea Langeliers leading off the fifth inning for his 1,000th career strikeout.

Luis Castillo blanked the Athletics as he allowed just four hits in six innings on Monday night

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