Raimel Tapia had a career-best six RBIs, including four on an inside-the-park grand slam, and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays pummeled the Boston Red Sox 28-5 Friday night.
The 28 runs scored and 29 hits were both Toronto club records. The 28 runs allowed were the most ever by the Red Sox.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added six hits to match a club record for a game and had five RBIs. Danny Jansen added two home runs and a career-high six RBIs. Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez had solo shots for Toronto.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer, Christian Vazquez had two solo shots and Rob Refsnyder had a solo blast for Boston.
Astros 5, Mariners 2
Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Martin Maldonado hit solo home runs and Jose Urquidy pitched six quality innings as Houston ended host Seattle’s 14-game winning streak before a sellout crowd.
Mariners All-Star Julio Rodriguez, the rookie who became a sensation when he reached the final of the Home Run Derby earlier in the week, was a late scratch with left wrist soreness.
Ty France homered for Seattle, which fell a game shy of tying the franchise record for most consecutive victories set in 2001. Urquidy (9-4), a right-hander who had lost his three previous starts against Seattle this season, allowed one run on four hits. Hector Neris worked the ninth for his first save of the season.
Yankees 7, Orioles 6
Aaron Judge belted a pair of homers, giving him a best-in-the-majors 36 this season, to help New York defeat host Baltimore.
Judge launched his second three-run homer in as many days in the third inning and crushed a solo shot in the fifth. Joey Gallo added a solo homer as the Yankees beat Baltimore for the 10th time in 14 meetings. Lucas Luetge (3-3) picked up the win after allowing one hit over 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Jameson Taillon.
Anthony Santander launched a three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning, but Clay Holmes got the final five outs — three via strikeout — to secure his 17th save of the season. Yankees reliever Michael King left in the eighth inning with an arm injury.
Cubs 15, Phillies 2
Nelson Velazquez hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Willson Contreras hit a solo home run and a double and Chicago crushed host Philadelphia.
Seiya Suzuki added four hits, including a two-run homer. Ian Happ contributed four hits and two RBIs, Nico Hoerner added a two-run double and Christopher Morel had three hits and an RBI for the Cubs. Starter Justin Steele tossed five solid innings and gave up four hits and one run. Steele (4-6) walked four and struck out two.
Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run for the Phillies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. The Phillies swept a three-game series on the road against the Miami Marlins before the All-Star break.
Padres 4, Mets 1
Yu Darvish took a shutout into the seventh inning while pitching seven stellar innings and bested Max Scherzer as visiting San Diego opened the second half with a victory over New York.
Darvish (9-4) improved to 5-0 in eight career starts against the Mets and won his third straight start against the NL East leaders. Darvish allowed two of his four hits to Starling Marte and struck out nine, walked one and threw 99 pitches.
Scherzer (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He also struck out eight and walked one in his fourth start since returning from an oblique injury July 5.
Rays 7, Royals 3
Yandy Diaz’s three-run double helped starter Drew Rasmussen win for the first time in nearly two months as Tampa Bay beat host Kansas City.
Diaz went 1-for-3 with a fourth-inning double that broke open a 2-1 game. He also walked twice. Rasmussen (6-3) scuffled through five innings but only surrendered one run. Francisco Mejia was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for the Rays.
Royals All-Star Andrew Benintendi had two hits and two RBIs, and Nick Pratto doubled twice. Brad Keller (5-10) battled command issues throughout — plus a nosebleed — before leaving after four innings. He gave up four hits, walked five, hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches.
Brewers 6, Rockies 5 (13 innings)
Luis Urias delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give Milwaukee a victory over visiting Colorado in the opener of their four-game series.
With pinch runner Jonathan Davis aboard at second to open the 13th, Jake Bird (1-2) intentionally walked Kolten Wong. Urias then battled back from an 0-2 count to drop the game-winner into shallow right-center, scoring Davis. Brent Suter (2-3) pitched the final two scoreless innings for the victory.
Colorado went ahead 5-3 in the top half of the 10th on an RBI single by Charlie Blackmon and a sacrifice fly by Brendan Rodgers.
Dodgers 5, Giants 1
Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning and Los Angeles pulled out a victory over visiting San Francisco.
Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman each had two hits as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to six games with 13 victories in their last 14 contests and 17 in their last 19. The Dodgers also improved to 4-0 at home against the rival Giants this season.
Yermin Mercedes drove in a run for the Giants.
Athletics 5, Rangers 4
Ramon Laureano and Seth Brown hit home runs, left-hander Cole Irvin pitched three-hit ball for seven-plus innings and Oakland opened a three-game series against visiting Texas.
Vimael Machin and Stephen Vogt chipped in with RBI hits and A.J. Puk escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his first career save, helping the A’s win a second straight game for just the eighth time this season.
Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe had two hits each and Leody Taveras scored twice for the Rangers, who had opened the second half with an 8-0 win at Miami — 3,000 miles away — on Thursday.
Braves 8, Angels 1
Matt Olson and Orlando Arcia both homered off Shohei Ohtani to highlight a seven-run seventh inning and help Atlanta defeat visiting Los Angeles.
The inning started when Dansby Swanson ended Ohtani’s streak of retiring 15 straight batters with a leadoff walk. Olson followed with his 18th homer high into the right-field stands that broke the scoreless tie. Arcia ended Ohtani’s night when he added a three-run shot, his fifth.
Ohtani (9-5) was cruising until the seventh and looked visibly stunned at Olson’s towering home run. He pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed six runs — matching his season high — on six hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts. It was his fifth straight game with 10-plus strikeouts. He had not allowed a home run since June 2.
Reds 9, Cardinals 5
Tyler Naquin drove in four runs and Donovan Solano homered and added three more RBIs to power Cincinnati to a win over visiting St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series.
Joey Votto and Jonathan India added solo homers for the Reds, who had the win tempered by the loss of their starting catcher Tyler Stephenson to a broken right collarbone just three batters into the game.
After striking out the first two batters to start the game, Graham Ashcraft and the Reds ran into bad luck when the third batter, Paul Goldschmidt, fouled a pitch off Stephenson’s right shoulder. Moments later, Goldschmidt hit a dribbler in front of the plate and Stephenson fielded the ball but fell to the turf in pain, unable to make a throw to first for the final out.
Marlins 8, Pirates 1
Joey Wendle hit an RBI double and an RBI single, and Avisail Garcia homered to help visiting Miami snap a four-game losing streak with a win over Pittsburgh.
Nick Fortes added three RBIs, including a two-run single, and Miguel Rojas hit an RBI double for the Marlins. Miami starter Braxton Garrett (2-3) allowed one run over six innings, allowing two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.
Jason Delay homered for the Pirates, who have lost five of six. Pittsburgh starter Zach Thompson (3-7) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.
Guardians 8, White Sox 2
Andres Gimenez hit a two-run home run in a four-run first inning and visiting Cleveland went on to the victory over Chicago.
Steven Kwan had three hits and Josh Naylor drove in three runs as the Guardians increased their winning streak to four games. Cleveland has won seven of the 10 games against Chicago this season.
Tim Anderson had a pair of hits and a run as the White Sox failed to resume their pre-break run of success. Chicago won five of its last six games before the All-Star Game, including two consecutive against the Guardians to close a four-game series last week.
Diamondbacks 10, Nationals 1
Zac Gallen pitched seven shutout innings and Ketel Marte and Daulton Varsho each homered to lead Arizona’s romp over Washington in Phoenix.
Gallen (5-2) gave up just a pair of singles and no-hit the Nationals for 5 2/3 innings before Cesar Hernandez beat out a comebacker that deflected off Gallen’s glove. Marte also tripled, had four RBIs and scored twice. Carson Kelly and Varsho each finished with three hits.
Juan Soto had a line single leading off the seventh to extend his on-base streak to a major-league-best 27 games, and Hernandez also had a double to finish with two hits. Patrick Corbin (4-13) suffered his major-league-leading 13th loss, allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
–Field Level Media