MLB roundup: A's tie Astros atop AL West

MLB roundup: A's tie Astros atop AL West

Aug 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (53) pitches to the Houston Astros in the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Trevor Cahill gave up only an infield single over seven innings Saturday afternoon, and the Oakland Athletics completed a 10-game climb into first place in the American League West with a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Oakland, Calif.

With the win, the A’s are now tied for first in the division with the defending champions, who had held a solo lead in the division since June 14.

Khris Davis doubled twice and drove in two runs as the A’s knocked out Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel (9-10) in the sixth inning en route to their second straight win against the Astros in the three-game series.

The A’s, who trailed the Astros by 10 games on July 10, moved into at least a tie for first place in the AL West in any month after April for the first time since Aug. 25, 2014. Cahill (5-2) faced 22 batters and got 21 outs.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 2

Miles Mikolas pitched six effective innings and won his fifth straight decision as St. Louis beat visiting Milwaukee.

The latest solid showing by Mikolas helped the Cardinals win for the 14th time in 17 games. St. Louis also improved to 21-10 since interim manager Mike Shildt replaced Mike Matheny on July 15 and inched ahead of Milwaukee for the second National League wild-card spot.

Mikolas (13-3) improved to 5-0 in his last nine starts since a 5-1 loss to Atlanta on June 29 by allowing one run on five hits. He struck out seven without a walk and threw 62 of 91 pitches for strikes.

Mariners 5, Dodgers 4 (10 innings)

A bases-loaded balk by Dylan Floro with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning brought home the winning run as Seattle defeated visiting Los Angeles.

Mitch Haniger led off the 10th with a single off Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson (3-2). Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder’s choice, just beating the throw to first to avoid a double play. Robinson Cano reached on an infield single, sending Maybin to second. The Dodgers brought on the right-handed Floro to face Nelson Cruz, who walked to load the bases.

With Kyle Seager, who homered earlier in the game, at the plate and an 0-1 count, Floro came set and then stepped awkwardly off the mound, with first base umpire Andy Fletcher calling the game-ending balk.

Rockies 5, Braves 3 (10 innings)

DJ LeMahieu hit a long home run to straightaway center field to highlight a two-run rally in the 10th inning and give Colorado another late victory at Atlanta.

In addition to LeMahieu’s 10th homer, the Rockies added another 10th-inning run on a single by Nolan Arenado and defeated the Braves for the third straight night. Wade Davis earned his 34th save by working a perfect 10th inning.

Atlanta led 3-0 going into the ninth, when the Rockies tied the score against closer A.J. Minter. After retiring the first two batters, Minter allowed a double to Trevor Story and a single to David Dahl. Ian Desmond doubled to left to drive home two runs. Gerardo Parra tied the score by lobbing a single to left field.

Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6

Pinch hitter Christian Villanueva singled home Travis Jankowski from second with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give host San Diego a walk-off victory over Arizona, snapping a five-game losing streak.

The loss reduced Arizona’s lead over Colorado in the National League West to a half-game.

Paul Goldschmidt tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the seventh with his fourth hit, a single that drove home A.J. Pollock for his fourth RBI.

Red Sox 5, Rays 2

Boston scored four runs in the first inning and added J.D. Martinez’s major-league-leading 38th home run later in defeating visiting Tampa Bay.

David Price (13-6) went seven innings in winning his fourth consecutive decision. He hasn’t taken a loss since July 1. Price gave up two runs on five hits with two walks. He fanned eight as the Red Sox won for the 13th time in their last 15 games.

Boston also maintained its 10 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East by going 52 games over .500 in running its record to 88-36.

Yankees 11, Blue Jays 6

Rookie Miguel Andujar homered, drove in three runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle as New York powered past Toronto in a matinee at Yankee Stadium.

Andujar became the fifth Yankee to reach 20 homers with one out in the fifth when he drove an 0-1 changeup from Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) into the left field seats to make it 8-0.

Giancarlo Stanton homered again when he connected on Reid-Foley’s 2-0 fastball, sending it into the Toronto bullpen beyond the left-center-field fence with two outs in the fourth. It was Stanton’s 32nd homer and seventh in his last 12 games.

Orioles 4, Indians 2

Jonathan Villar and Cedric Mullins each homered, and Alex Cobb went the distance as Baltimore defeated host Cleveland.

Villar’s three-run shot and the solo homer from Mullins — his first in the major leagues — gave Baltimore all of its offense and proved enough for Cobb, who turned in one of his best efforts this season as the Orioles ended the Indians’ six-game winning streak.

Cobb (4-15) gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He needed just 100 pitches (69 strikes) for the complete game, his first since 2013 when pitching with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pirates 3, Cubs 1

Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings for Pittsburgh in a win over visiting Chicago.

Adam Frazier was 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and Corey Dickerson was 3-for-3 with a walk and a double for the Pirates, who ended a five-game losing streak.

Ben Zobrist homered for the Cubs, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

Marlins 7, Nationals 5 (10 innings)

Isaac Galloway hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, and JT Riddle drove in four runs to lead Miami to victory at Washington.

Drew Steckenrider (4-2), who blew a save chance in the ninth, picked up the win. Brett Graves pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up his first career save as a pro. The Marlins snapped a six-game overall losing streak and a 12-game road losing skid.

Riddle gave Miami a 5-4 lead with a solo homer in the top of the ninth, and Adam Eaton matched him with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, setting up Galloway’s heroics.

Mets 3, Phillies 1

Jacob deGrom continued to make his case for the National League Cy Young Award, shrugging off a 41-minute rain delay and tossing his third career complete game to lead New York past host Philadelphia.

The Mets have won six of 10. The Phillies, who remain atop the NL wild-card race by a half-game, have lost six of 10.

DeGrom (8-7) allowed an unearned run — due to an error questionably charged to him — on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine. It was the third straight win for deGrom, who lowered his major-league-leading ERA from 1.81 to 1.71 while reaching 200 strikeouts for the second straight season.

Angels 11, Rangers 7

Albert Pujols had a solo home run and four RBIs, Shohei Ohtani hit a pinch hit three-run homer, Taylor Ward added his first career major league home run and Los Angeles won in a slugfest at Texas.

Pujols ended a 6-6 tie with an RBI single, Ohtani followed with his 13th homer of the season and Ward had a solo shot to complete a five-run top of the seventh against reliever Eddie Butler (2-3).

Rain delayed the start of the game by 2 hours, 26 minutes.

Tigers 7, Twins 5

Mikie Mahtook homered and drove in four runs, and Ryan Carpenter collected his first career victory as Detroit held off host Minnesota.

Mahtook’s second homer of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth, gave Detroit a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Ronny Rodriguez contributed a two-run double, and Jim Adduci added two hits and a run scored.

Carpenter (1-1), a rookie left-hander, gave up three solo homers but lasted 5 1/3 innings. Shane Greene got the last four outs for his 26th save.

Royals 3, White Sox 1

Alex Gordon homered, and Jorge Bonifacio drove in the go-ahead run as Kansas City held on at Chicago.

Nicky Delmonico homered for Chicago’s only run. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the White Sox.

Royals starter Brad Keller (6-5) limited the White Sox to one run on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out five to collect his second win in as many starts.

Reds 7, Giants 1

Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera homered off Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Harvey took a shutout into the seventh inning as host Cincinnati downed San Francisco for a second straight night.

Harvey (6-7) retired the first 10 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the sixth before Joe Panik beat out an infield single with two outs.

Bumgarner (4-5) went six innings and gave up six runs (five earned) and eight hits. He walked two and struck out six.

–Field Level Media

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Carpenter (1-1) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out three over 5.1 innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday. He did not walk a batter.

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Balk-off: Mariners beat Dodgers on Floro's flinch

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SEATTLE — Cameron Maybin scored with one out in the 10th inning when Los Angeles’ Dylan Floro was called for a balk, giving the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night.

Seattle loaded the bases with one out, and with a one-strike count on Kyle Seager, Floro initiated his delivery before stepping off the mound. First base umpire Andy Fletcher called him for the game-ending balk. There was little argument from Floro, although Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts sought an explanation as Seattle celebrated the odd victory.

Seattle led 4-1 entering the eighth inning, but Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy all hit solo home runs to force extra innings. Seattle improved to 12-1 in extra-inning games this season.

Mitch Haniger led off the 10th with a line-drive single to right on the first pitch from Caleb Ferguson (3-2). Maybin hit into a fielder’s choice. Robinson Cano followed with an infield single, but Brian Dozier‘s diving stop of the grounder kept Maybin from reaching third.

Floro entered and walked Nelson Cruz to load the bases before his mistake.

Muncy’s clubbed a 3-2 fastball from closer Edwin Diaz into the right-field seats with one out in the ninth. It was Muncy’s 28th homer of the season and second in as many days. It was the fourth homer allowed this season by Diaz, who ended a streak of converting 28 consecutive save opportunities. Diaz leads the majors with 47 saves, with four blown chances.

Seager hit a three-run homer in the first inning, but Seattle’s two most consistent arms in the bullpen had shaky nights at the same time.

Turner led off the eighth with his eighth home run of the season off Alex Colome, the first run allowed by the right-hander since June 28, a span of 19 appearances. Two batters later, Bellinger’s 20th homer nearly reached the third deck of right field at Safeco Field.

Adam Warren (2-1) allowed a leadoff walk but finished off the 10th untouched to get the victory.


Seattle added to its bullpen by calling up right-hander Matt Festa from Double-A Arkansas and sending RHP Christian Bergman to Triple-A Tacoma. Bergman worked extensively in relief on Friday. Festa was with Seattle earlier this season and appeared in one game before being sent back to Arkansas.


Dodgers: RHP Yimi Garcia, RHP Josh Fields and LHP Tony Cingrani are all continuing their injury rehab assignments in the minors, but manager Dave Roberts said none of the three is expected to be ready in the next week. Garcia is likely the first to be ready to rejoin the club. Garcia has been on the DL since July 4, Fields since June 28 and Cingrani since June 7.

Mariners: Manager Scott Servais is hopeful LHP James Paxton will be able to start throwing in the next couple of days. Paxton is on the 10-day DL with a left arm contusion after getting hit by a line drive. Servais said the swelling is down and Paxton is working on range of motion with the arm, but has yet to pick up a ball.


Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (5-5) faces Seattle for the first time since 2012. Kershaw threw eight innings, allowing one run, in his last start against San Francisco, but did not factor in the decision.

Mariners: Roenis Elias (2-0) will come off the disabled list to start. Elias was placed on the DL on July 31 with a triceps strain. Elias has a 2.88 ERA in 13 games this season, with all but one of those coming in relief.

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Garcia has a balky knee but wants to keep playing and believes he can manage the pain without it affecting his performance. While Manager Rick Renteria seems on board with letting Garcia continue to play through the issue, he left the door open for the team to potentially shut him down early if Garcia continues to scuffle, saying “if it becomes so problematic that you can’t perform, then obviously we can (react) at that point.” Garcia will have the knee scoped in the offseason.

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WATCH: Mariners walk off Dodgers with a . . . balk

WATCH: Mariners walk off Dodgers with a . . . balk

Dylan Floro’s flinch finished the Dodgers on Saturday night.

The reliever moved his back leg and separated his hands before stepping off the rubber with the bases loaded. First base umpire Andy Fletcher called him for a balk, which forced home Cameron Maybin with the winning run in a 5-4 Mariners 10-inning victory.

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A walkoff balk is one of the rarest occurrences in baseball. Reports late Saturday said Floro’s was the 22nd in MLB history.

Floro was reacting to Maybin bluffing a steal attempt down the third base line. He and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts argued to no avail.

Roberts said after the game that a replay appeared to support Fletcher’s call.

The victory allowed the Mariners to keep pace with the A’s and Astros in the American League West. Third-place Seattle is 3 1/2 games behind both teams.