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MLB roundup: Josh Hader’s scoreless streak ends in Brewers’ loss

Jun 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling homered in the ninth inning for the first runs all season off Milwaukee closer Josh Hader as the visiting Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Bohm tied it with a leadoff homer off Hader (0-1), who Sunday tied the major league record of 40 consecutive scoreless appearances, dating back to last July 28.

After Bryson Stott flied out, pinch hitter Vierling ripped a 1-2 pitch 416 feet to left-center for his first homer of the season. It was the first blown save for Hader, who had converted his first 18 opportunities this season and 32 straight overall.

Corey Knebel walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but he struck out Pablo Reyes for his 10th save in 13 chances. Phillies starter Ranger Suarez allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none. Connor Brogdon (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth.

Red Sox 6, Angels 5 (10)

Christian Vazquez’s one-out single in the 10th inning drove home Trevor Story from second base to lift Boston to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

The Red Sox registered their sixth consecutive win, while the Angels took their 13th loss in a row, setting a single-season club record. The game was the first for Angels interim manager Phil Nevin, who took over for manager Joe Maddon, fired earlier in the day. To make matters worse for Los Angeles, center fielder Mike Trout had to leave the game in the third inning due to a left groin tightness.

The Red Sox rallied from a 5-3 deficit with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, sending the game to extra innings. Story began the 10th inning on second base as the designated runner, and one out later, Vazquez’s single to right field off Jaime Barria drove home the game-winner.

Astros 4, Mariners 1

Justin Verlander struck out a season-high 12 batters over seven strong innings as Houston topped visiting Seattle.

Verlander (7-2) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 108 pitches. Kyle Tucker and Jeremy Pena hit RBI singles for the Astros, and Yordan Alvarez added a two-run homer. Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect ninth inning, fanning two, for his 11th save.

Abraham Toro drove in Seattle’s only run with a groundout. Chris Flexen (2-7) yielded two runs on five hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out two.

Guardians 6, Rangers 3 (Game 1)

Cal Quantrill won his second consecutive start and the Guardians reached the .500 mark after topping visiting Rangers. The right-hander pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, eight hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Cleveland recorded six stolen bases, as Myles Straw and Amed Rosario each had two. Straw also made a sliding catch in the sixth inning that saved one or possibly two runs with a drive off the bat of Texas’ Nathaniel Lowe.

Rangers rookie Steele Walker’s first major league hit was a 349-foot homer into the bleachers in right to lead off the seventh. The Rangers have now hit home runs in 10 consecutive games.

Rangers 6, Guardians 3 (Game 2)

Visiting Texas blasted four home runs, including two by red-hot Marcus Semien, to defeat Cleveland in the second game of the doubleheader.

Semien was 4-for-4 with two homers in the second game. The infielder was 7-for-8 in the two games with three home runs. He is the first player since 1973 to have seven hits and three home runs on a single day and he also tied the franchise record for hits in a doubleheader.

Left-hander Taylor Hearn (4-4) was in total command through five innings before Cleveland touched him up for three runs in the sixth. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four hits, three runs and two walks while fanning six. The Guardians finally broke through with an RBI base hit from Amed Rosario.

Marlins 12, Nationals 2

Jazz Chisholm Jr. blasted his first career grand slam and added a two-run shot, leading host Miami to a win over Washington in the opener of a three-game series.

Marlins rookie Edward Cabrera (2-0) earned the win in his second start of the season. He allowed just two hits, two walks and one run while striking out four in six innings. Nationals rookie Joan Adon (1-10) gave up seven hits, two walks and eight runs in three-plus innings. He fanned two.

The Marlins, who have won six of seven games against Washington this year, lost center fielder Jesus Sanchez to a back injury in the second inning.

Braves 3, A’s 2

Guillermo Heredia, a late insertion into the starting lineup, hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to help Atlanta beat visiting Oakland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Braves also got a pair of long solo home runs from Ronald Acuna Jr. He hit a 435-footer in the bottom of the first and a 464-footer in the third inning, giving him a homer in three consecutive at-bats dating to Sunday’s game.

The winning pitcher was Kyle Wright (6-3), who won his second straight start. Wright pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits and seven strikeouts. Lou Trivino (1-4) suffered the loss after one inning of relief.

Rockies 5, Giants 3

Charlie Blackmon swatted a pinch-hit, three-run homer into McCovey Cove in the sixth inning to lead Colorado to a victory at San Francisco.

Connor Joe reached base three times and had a leadoff homer among his two hits for the Rockies, who halted a four-game slide. German Marquez (2-5) allowed three runs and four hits over six innings, and Daniel Bard struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

Wilmer Flores had a homer among his three hits for San Francisco. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford departed in the fifth inning due to right quadriceps tightness.

Yankees 10, Twins 4

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo homered and New York pulled away for a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

DJ LeMahieu, Jose Trevino and Joey Gallo added one RBI apiece for the Yankees, who won their seventh game in a row. Lucas Luetge (2-2) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Jorge Polanco finished 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and two RBIs to lead the Twins. Cole Sands (0-2) surrendered four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Orioles 9, Cubs 3

Jorge Mateo’s three-run home run was one of five long balls as Baltimore romped past visiting Chicago. The first batter for both teams homered, but the Orioles had a steadier power display as Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini, Austin Hays and Ramon Urias all went deep.

Cubs starter Keegan Thompson (6-1), who entered the game with a 1.99 ERA, allowed seven runs in three innings. He gave up five hits, walked one, hit two batters with pitches and struck out one.

Bryan Baker (2-3) was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Kyle Bradish, who lasted 4 2/3 innings. Bradish gave up two runs on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Baker yielded on run in 1 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays 7, Royals 0

Alek Manoah spun six shutout innings as visiting Toronto blanked Kansas City for the second straight night.

The Blue Jays, who earned an 8-0 win on Monday in the opener of a three-game series, won back-to-back shutouts and Toronto won for the 11th time in 13 games. Alejandro Kirk went 4-for-5 with a run to lead the Toronto offense. Manoah (7-1) kept the Royals off balance while scattering six hits and three walks.

Royals starter Brad Keller (1-7) allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings. He got the Blue Jays to ground into three inning-ending double plays.

Tigers 5, Pirates 3

Tarik Skubal pitched seven strong innings as visiting Detroit broke a three-game skid with a win over Pittsburgh.

Harold Castro had a two-run single and Jonathan Schoop, Spencer Torkelson and Tucker Barnhart hit RBI doubles for the Tigers. Skubal (5-2) was a last-minute starter. That didn’t seem to cause problems for the 25-year-old left-hander, who allowed three runs and six hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Cal Mitchell hit a two-run homer and Yu Chang had an RBI double for the Pirates, who were 5-1 in their previous six games. Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana (1-3) pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Reds 14, Diamondbacks 8

Joey Votto got the offense rolling with a three-run homer in the first inning and rookie Graham Ashcraft tossed six shutout innings as Cincinnati routed visiting Arizona.

Ashcraft (3-0) retired the first 10 batters he faced, extending Cincinnati’s perfect streak to 30 batters, including the last 20 retired by Hunter Greene on Monday night. Ashcraft didn’t allow a batter to reach until Pavin Smith singled down the left field line with one out in the fourth.

The Diamondbacks finally ended their scoreless drought at 26 innings when Geraldo Perdomo hit his first career grand slam and first homer of the season off reliever Jared Solomon in the eighth as part of a five-run frame to make it 9-5.

Rays 4, Cardinals 2 (10)

Taylor Walls stroked a three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the 10th inning as Tampa Bay beat St. Louis in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Manuel Margot doubled and scored a run, and Ji-Man Choi doubled as the Rays broke a two-game skid with just three hits — all for extra bases. In his seventh start since being moved from the bullpen, Jeffrey Springs posted six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and two walks. The left-hander struck out five over a career-high 92 pitches.

Albert Pujols recorded his 3,320th career hit with a fourth-inning single, moving him past Paul Molitor and into ninth place in all-time base hits.

Padres 7, Mets 0

Yu Darvish blanked weakened New York, allowing just two hits over seven innings and the host San Diego rolled to its fourth win in five games.

Darvish (5-3) had a no-hitter going until Mark Canha singled with two out in the sixth. The San Diego right-hander opened the game by hitting three of the first five Mets he faced. He then retired 14 straight hitters before Canha’s single.

The Mets lost Pete Alonso and Starling Marte to injuries in the game’s first two innings. Alonso left the game in the second inning after being hit on the right hand by a Darvish pitch, and Marte exited after the top of the second because of left quad tightness.

–Field Level Media