Cooper Criswell earned his first big league win, Yandy Díaz homered and drove in two runs, and the major league-best Tampa Bay Rays beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 on Friday night.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay in six games in the 2020 World Series.
Criswell (1-1) replaced opener Jalen Beeks with two outs in the second and allowed one run, four hits and three walks in four innings. In all, eight Rays pitchers gave up nine hits and six walks, but limited Los Angeles to 3-for-14 hitting with runners in scoring position.
Jose Siri added a two-run homer in the eighth for the Rays (38-15).
Noah Syndergaard (1-4) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings in the loss.
Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going 2 for 4 with a walk.
Yandy Diaz (R) and Wander Franco celebrated big time during the Ray’s huge win vs. Dodgers
REDS 9, CUBS 0
Hunter Greene threw six hitless innings and Cincinnati came within six outs of the first no-hitter of the season in a victory over Chicago.
Greene (1-4) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in picking up his first win in 11 starts this season. The hard-throwing 23-year-old right-hander walked two while throwing 110 pitches.
The Cubs got their only two hits in the eighth against Eduardo Salazar as Christopher Morel lined a single to center leading off the inning and Miles Mastrobuoni singled with one out.
Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, Tyler Stephenson and Stuart Fairchild each had three of Cincinnati´s season-high 19 hits.
Cubs starter Justin Steele (6-2) got tagged for a season-worst six runs, five earned, and gave up 10 hits.
Hunter Greene threw six hitless innings as Cincinnati shut out the Chicago Cubs Saturday
NATIONALS 12, ROYALS 10
Lane Thomas opened the game with a home run, Corey Dickerson´s three-run shot highlighted an eight-run sixth inning and Luis Garcia had six hits in Washington’s win over Kansas City.
The eight-run inning was the largest scoring inning in Nationals´ history and came against Kansas City´s Jordan Lyles and Josh Staumont. Lyles (0-9) allowed five earned runs in five innings, giving up six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Bobby Witt Jr. had two homers for the Royals (15-37), a solo shot in the sixth inning and a three-run blast in the seventh, finishing with a career-high five RBIs.
Jeimer Candelario added a two-RBI triple for the Nationals. Patrick Corbin (4-5) worked 6 1/3 inning, allowing six runs, seven hits, four walks with six strikeouts.
METS 5, ROCKIES 2
Francisco Lindor homered and drove in four runs, leading Max Scherzer and New York past Colorado.
Brandon Nimmo tripled twice, walked three times and scored three runs during a perfect night at the plate for the Mets, who have won seven of nine following a 6-16 skid.
Scherzer (4-2) struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball. Adam Ottavino got two outs against his former team for his fifth save, aided by Nolan Jones´ baserunning blunder in the ninth.
Ryan McMahon and Charlie Blackmon homered for Colorado. Jurickson Profar had a single to extend his on-base streak to 33 games.
Scherzer set season highs in innings, strikeouts and pitches with 102. He scattered six hits, didn´t walk a batter and worked out of a jam in the seventh.
Francisco Lindor homered and drove in four runs as the New York Mets won 5-2 in Colorado
PADRES 5, YANKEES 1
Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two-run homers and San Diego beat New York.
Soto put the Padres ahead in the fifth inning against Randy Vásquez (0-1), who was making his big league debut. Tatis boosted the lead to 4-0 in the sixth against Ron Marinaccio.
Joe Musgrove (2-2) ended a four-start winless streak. He allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Anthony Rizzo had an RBI grounder in the sixth for the Yankees.
Rougned Odor added a run-scoring single in the ninth for San Diego against Ryan Weber, giving him 12 RBIs in his last five games.
MARLINS 6, ANGELS 4
Jorge Soler homered for the fourth straight game and Miami snapped Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.
Bryan De La Cruz had four hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Miami improved to 3-5 on its 10-game trip. Jesús Luzardo (4-3) allowed one run in five innings and struck out seven.
Mike Trout had an RBI single, Brandon Drury homered and Gio Urshela had three hits for the Angels.
Soler became the first Marlins player in six years to homer in four consecutive games with a solo shot in the third. The outfielder crushed a changeup down the middle by Reid Detmers (0-4).
ASTROS 5, ATHLETICS 2
Hunter Brown struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings and retired 16 straight during one stretch, Corey Julks drove in three runs and Houston sent Oakland to its season-worst ninth straight loss and 12th in 13 games.
The A´s (10-43) own the worst 53-game start since 1901. The 1932 Red Sox won their 53rd game to move to 11-42, then lost the next eight and 13 of 14.
After Esteury Ruiz singled to leading off the A´s first, Brown (5-1) didn´t allow another baserunner until a one-out walk in the sixth. Ryan Pressly earned his ninth save.
Seth Brown hit a two-run homer in the seventh for Oakland. James Kaprielian (0-5) made it 12 straight losses by the A´s starters over the past 19 games since their only two wins May 5-6 at Kansas City.
Hunter Brown struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings during the Astros win in Oakland
PHILLIES 6, BRAVES 4
Craig Kimbrel became the eighth pitcher in major league history to earn 400 saves, Brandon Marsh hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and Philadelphia topped Atlanta.
Making his 730th career appearance, the 34-year-old Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth to get his sixth save in six chances this season. Of the seven previous relievers to reach 400 saves, only Mariano Rivera (697 games), Trevor Hoffman (706) and Kenley Jansen (778) hit the threshold in under 800 appearances.
Kimbrel, the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, played his first five seasons in Atlanta, was a four-time All-Star with the Braves and still holds the franchise record with 186 saves.
Facing reliever Joe Jiménez (0-1) with the bases loaded in the sixth, Marsh made it 4-3 with a single to left field that scored Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto. The Phillies scored twice in the seventh off Lucas Luetge on Trea Turner´s RBI double and Bryce Harper´s sacrifice fly.
Atlanta’s Michael Harris II snapped a 1-for-28 slump with a two-run homer.
WHITE SOX 12, TIGERS 3
Andrew Vaughn hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Yoan Moncada also had three RBIs and Chicago routed Detroit.
Lance Lynn (4-5) allowed three runs – one earned – on three hits and five walks while striking out five in six innings.
Joey Wentz (1-5) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks over four innings for the Tigers, who also had chances to score a lot of runs, but squandered many of the opportunities and finished 1 of 9 with runners in scoring position with eight left on base.
To save the bullpen, Detroit put shortstop Zach Short on the mound and he threw pitches in the mid-40s and Chicago hit three singles off him – giving it 17 hits – to go ahead by nine runs.
RANGERS 12, ORIOLES 2
Corey Seager hit his third career grand slam to highlight an eight-run fourth inning as Texas beat Baltimore for its ninth win in 12 games.
The Rangers’ fourth inning featured a two-run homer by Robbie Grossman, two hits apiece by Josh Jung and Josh Smith, and Seager´s bases-loaded shot to deep center.
Jon Gray (5-1) won his career-best fourth consecutive start. He gave up one run and four hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one.
Leody Travers hit a two-run homer in the second to give Texas the lead for good, and Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an eighth-inning single.
Orioles rookie Grayson Rodriguez (2-2) allowed eight earned runs and six hits, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings.
Corey Seager’s grand slam put an exclamation mark on the Rangers’ huge win in Baltimore
GUARDIANS 4, CARDINALS 3
Shane Bieber worked into the seventh inning, Amed Rosario hit a three-run double and closer Emmanuel Clase survived another stress-filled ninth inning as Cleveland held on to beat St. Louis.
Bieber (4-3) limited the Cardinals to sacrifice flies by Nolan Arenado and Alec Burleson before a pair of two-out walks got him into trouble in the seventh.
Rosario´s bases-clearing double in Cleveland´s four-run fifth came off St. Louis rookie Matthew Liberatore (1-1).
Bieber allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings before being pulled. He´s 9-1 in his career against NL Central teams. Clase picked up his MLB-leading 17th save in 22 chances.
RED SOX 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2
Chris Sale threw five strong innings, Kiké Hernández smacked a two-run homer and Boston snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Arizona.
It was Sale´s fourth consecutive impressive outing, and the 34-year-old gave up one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one.
The Red Sox jumped ahead 3-0 in the second. Rookie Triston Casas and Connor Wong hit run-scoring doubles, while Raimel Tapia drove home the third run with a single through the right side. Boston finished with 14 hits, including three each for Alex Verdugo and Casas.
It was another mediocre outing from D-backs rookie Brandon Pfaadt (0-2), who gave up five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Arizona´s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit an RBI triple in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to a major league-best 17 games.
GIANTS 15, BREWERS 1
Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs as San Francisco moved above .500 for the first time this season with a win over Milwaukee after the Brewers lost Willy Adames when he was struck by a foul ball while in the dugout.
Adames got hit by a line drive from teammate Brian Anderson in the bottom of the second inning. Adames left the stadium to receive more tests and evaluation.
Haniger went 3 of 5 with the homer and a two-run double. Patrick Bailey went 4 of 5 with three RBIs. J.D. Davis went 3 of 6 with three runs and three RBIs, including a two-run homer. Brett Wisely hit a three-run homer and went 2 for 5. Mike Yastrzemski was 3 of 5 and scored two runs. Michael Conforto scored three runs.
San Francisco´s Alex Wood (1-0) worked 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run and three hits. He struck out five and walked five.
BLUE JAYS 3, TWINS 1
Kevin Kiermaier and Bo Bichette homered in a three-run third, Kevin Gausman won for the first time in more than month and the slumping Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Friday night.
Gausman (3-3) allowed a run and struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings for his first victory since April 23. Jordan Romano worked the ninth for his 11th save.
Kiermaier got the scoring started with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field with two outs in the third. George Springer followed with his second double of the game and scored on Bichette’s 10th home run, a 424-foot blast to straightaway center.
Kevin Kiermaier homered in Toronto’s 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis
PIRATES 11, MARINERS 6
Andrew McCutchen hit the 21st leadoff homer of his career, the first of four home runs off Seattle starter George Kirby, and the Pittsburgh Pirates matched a franchise record with seven long balls on their way to an 11-6 win over the Mariners on Friday night.
The seven home runs more than doubled Pittsburgh´s previous high for a game this season (three) and marked the third time since 1901 the Pirates hit seven in a game. They previously did it in 2003 and 1947, both against St. Louis.
McCutchen´s towering drive on the second pitch of the game was his eighth of the season and just the beginning for the Pirates. Jack Suwinski had his second multi-homer game of the season, with a two-out, two-run shot to center field off Kirby in the fifth inning and a long solo homer to right in the seventh.