Verlander and Alvarez beat Astros to Athletics 5-4


Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros throws against an Oakland Athletics batter in the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


Justin Verlander took a hit in the seventh inning, Yordan Álvarez cleared the bases with a brace in the ninth and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Elvis Andrus ended Verlander’s no-hitter bid with a seventh-inning RBI brace that tied the game at 1. Christian Bethancourt followed with a two-run homer, his first drive since 2016, to give Oakland a 3-1 lead.

Houston responded with four runs in the ninth against Dany Jiménez (2-3), scored by Álvarez’s three-run brace. Aledmys Díaz and Alex Bregman also had points for the Astros, who won their fourth in a row.

Verlander finished with six strikeouts in seven innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits for a no-decision decision. Reliever Bryan Abreu (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Ryan Pressly closed for his 10th stoppage.


NEW YORK (AP) — Tomás Nido went 4-for-4 with three RBIs down the batting order, and Carlos Carrasco combined with three relievers on New York’s second consecutive shutout to complete a perfect homestand.

Francisco Lindor extended his RBI streak to 10 games, tying Hall of Famer Mike Piazza for the second-longest in franchise history. New York went 6-0 against NL rivals East Philadelphia and Washington for its first undefeated homestand of six or more games since a 10-0 run in April 2015.

National left-hander Evan Lee (0-1) went 3 2/3 innings in his big league debut after being called up from Double-A Harrisburg. He allowed two runs and four hits.

Carrasco (6-1) tied his career high with five walks and got away with it all afternoon against the last-place Nationals. He needed 95 pitches to go five innings but failed eight runners.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Nick Maton homered to help Philadelphia snap a five-game losing streak with a win over San Francisco.

Phillies star Bryce Harper was dropped from roster late with right forearm pain, and second baseman Jean Segura was ruled out for up to three months with a fractured right index finger .

Maton, Segura’s backup at second base, also had an RBI bunt single as Philadelphia avoided a three-game sweep and won only the fifth time in 17 games while likely cooling calls for the work of the manager Joe Girardi – at least for now.

Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola (3-4) was cruising until he allowed five runs in the sixth inning. The Phillies recovered it late in the period against reliever Jarlin Garcia (1-2).


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and drove in three, Dakota Hudson threw seven good innings and St. Louis beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep.

Nick Wittgren made his first save by getting the last out of the game when he retired pinched hitter Robinson Canó on a fly ball with the bases loaded. The Cardinals have won five of six games. The Padres have lost four of five.

Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 23 games and safely hit a career-best 37th straight game. Hudson (4-2) allowed a run in the first inning but shut out the Padres over the next six innings. He allowed one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Yu Darvish (4-3) pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.


TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run homer, Danny Jansen added a three-run shot and Toronto won its seventh straight streak, its longest since an eight-game streak last September.

Santiago Espinal added a solo shot as the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 14 games. Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu left after four innings due to tightness in his forearm. Ryu missed 24 games in April and May due to forearm pain.

Ross Stripling (1-1) replaced Ryu and went 2 2/3 scoreless innings. David Phelps pitched 1 1/3 innings and Yimi Garcia finished.

Michael Kopech (1-2) walked four times, struck out four and threw 85 pitches, 46 strikes. His ERA went from 1.29 to 2.20.


BOSTON (AP) — Garrett Whitlock threw six solid innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in four runs to help Boston beat Cincinnati.

Whitlock (2-1) allowed five hits and an unearned run before two relievers rounded out the seven batters.

Boston beat Hunter Greene (2-7) in the fourth inning. Greene struck out seven batters in the first three innings before the Red Sox broke through.

Rafael Devers opened the fourth with a brace. JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts followed with singles and Alex Verdugo scored a brace. Two outings later, Bradley chose Verdugo to end Greene’s night. He allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings. He withdrew eight.


CLEVELAND, AP — Rookie left-hander Konnor Pilkington struck out eight of five innings for his first major league victory and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.

Pilkington (1-0), making his third career start and sixth appearance, worked from a goal-laden jam and a strikeout in the fourth. The left-hander takes the place of rotation of Aaron Civale, injured.

José Ramírez had a fifth-place groundout for his 52nd major league-leading RBI. Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez and Richie Palacios also had points for Cleveland.

Brad Keller (1-6) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle and Ramón Urías hit two of Baltimore’s four homers with back-to-back sixth-inning homers to pass Seattle.

Rougned Odor and Trey Mancini also connected for the Orioles, who rebounded from a 10-0 loss the previous night. Reliever Cionel Perez (4-0) took the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Baltimore trailed with five runs in the sixth. Mountcastle and Urías gave the Orioles a cushion with back-to-back homers. Cedric Mullins hit an RBI double and Mancini connected for a two-point shot that made the lead 9-2.

Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray (4-6) allowed four runs and six hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings.


DETROIT (AP) — Tarik Skubal allowed just two hits in seven innings in Detroit’s win over Minnesota.

Jonathan Schoop, who is hitting .438 with a home run and six RBIs in the five-game series against his former team, drove in two of Detroit’s runs. The Tigers have won three of four games in the series ending Thursday, including back-to-back shutouts.

Skubal (4-2) scored one goal and struck back six to improve to 3-0 with a 1.22 ERA in his last six starts.

Minnesota’s Bailey Ober (1-2) allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings. The Twins haven’t scored in 20 innings.


DENVER (AP) — Rookie right-hander Edward Cabrera had a hit in the sixth inning and struck out nine for his first big league victory, Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered and drove in four, and Miami had 21 hits in Colorado. in the first match of a doubleheader.

Cabrera (1-0), a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, used a 99-mph fastball with a slider and change to confuse Colorado’s roster.

He allowed one hit in six innings, overcoming four walks and two hits in the Marlins’ second win in seven games.

Chisholm hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning against starter Antonio Senzatela (2-3), who allowed a career-high 13 hits and six runs over 5 1/3 innings in his first start after being put away with a bad back.


PHOENIX (AP) — Austin Riley hit a three-run homer, William Contreras had three hits — including two of Atlanta’s five doubles — and Kyle Wright threw six scoreless innings for Atlanta.

Riley’s home run opened up a tight seventh game for the Braves, who salvaged the final game and avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Adam Duvall, Michael Harris II and Guillermo Heredia also doubled for Atlanta.

Wright (5-3) received more than three runs for the first time this season while allowing three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in his seventh quality start.

Atlanta’s five doubles — all with an exit speed of at least 105 mph — came in the first four innings against Madison Bumgarner (2-4), who had won her last eight decisions against the Braves.


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