Baseball Roundup: Bullpen Carries Yanks – Valley News

New York — Starlin Castro drove home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning with a sharp one-hopper scored an error on shortstop Eduardo Escobar, and the New York Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Saturday with more dominant pitching from the back end of their bullpen.

Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller (5-0) and Aroldis Chapman combined to throw three scoreless innings for the third straight game.

They had teamed up to set down 26 consecutive batters during that stretch before Joe Mauer singled on a 99 mph fastball from Chapman with two outs in the ninth.

The left-hander then struck out Brian Dozier, who homered earlier off a very effective Michael Pineda, for his 15th save in 16 tries.

The 100 mph fastball that ended it was the only pitch Chapman threw that reached triple digits — after his first 10 on Friday night were all 100 mph or more on the scoreboard.

Orioles 5, Rays 0

Baltimore — Kevin Gausman took a two-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win of the season, and Baltimore extended Tampa Bay’s losing streak to nine games with a victory in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Gausman (1-5) was lifted after giving up a pair of singles in the eighth. The right-hander went 7 innings, striking out seven with no walks in his 13th start of the year.

He received a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,229 as he walked off the mound following his 113th pitch.

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 8

Chicago — The White Sox tied a team record with seven home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs, Devon Travis homered and Toronto B held on to beat Chicago.

All seven homers were solo shots. Brett Lawrie became the first White Sox player since Ron Santo in 1974 to hit inside-the-park and over-the-wall homers in the same game, and Chicago hit three straight home runs in the second inning.

Indians 6, Tigers 0

Detroit— Francisco Lindor homered twice and Carlos Carrasco pitched a four-hitter to lead the Indians to their eighth consecutive win.

Cleveland also improved to 8-0 against the Tigers this year, outscoring them 51-16.

Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 6

Denver — Tony Wolters hit his first major league home run and drove in four runs, helping Colorado beat Arizona.

Wolters hit a two-run double in the fourth off Shelby Miller and a two-run homer in the sixth that boosted Colorado’s lead to 7-1.

DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

Marlins 9, Cubs 6

Miami — Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton each drove in three runs, Paul Clemens got his first big league win in more than three years and Miami erased an early deficit to beat Chicago.

Bour hit his 14th home run for the Marlins, who got to 40 wins in 75 games — or 20 games faster than they did a year ago. Ichiro Suzuki’s infield single in the fifth sparked what became a four-run inning that put Miami ahead for good.

The Cubs, with the best record in the majors, lost for the fifth time in six games. .

Brewers 6, Nationals 5

Milwaukee — Chris Carter hit a three-run homer, Matt Garza pitched six innings for this first win of the season, and Milwaukee beat Washington.

Carter connected for his 19th homer with two out in the first. Jonathan Villar had three hits for Milwaukee, including an RBI single in the second.

Padres 3, Reds 0

Cincinnati — Drew Pomeranz drove in a pair of runs and pitched seven innings, leading San Diego.

Pomeranz hit his second career homer and had an RBI single against left-hander Brandon Finnegan (3-6)..

Notes Mets Sign Reyes

Atlanta — The New York Mets signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday, creating a reunion with the team’s former star who now must overcome a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career.

Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11, but may be used in a utility role in his return to the organization. Alderson said Reyes will play this base in his first minor league game with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday.

Reyes was cut by Colorado after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He became a free agent on Saturday.

Nationals Scratch Strasburg

Milwaukee — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start today at Milwaukee.

Manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.

Baker said right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg’s place, pitching on regular rest.

Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA. Baker said he is day to day.

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