MLB roundup: Stats, scores from April 17 games

Apr 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Marwin Gonzalez (12) is greeted by second baseman Enrique Hernandez (5) (center) after his home run against the Chicago White Sox as manager Alex Cora (20) looks on during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Marwin Gonzalez led off what turned into a four-run eighth with a home run to lead the host Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox Saturday at Fenway Park.

The win was Boston’s 10th in its past 11 games. After an 0-3 start, the Red Sox rattled off nine consecutive wins before losing to Minnesota on Thursday.

The White Sox, who led 2-0 after the top of the first, have lost three of their past four.

Boston starter Nick Pivetta threw 83 pitches in 3 2/3 innings of work, allowing two runs off four hits with three strikeouts. Chicago starter Dylan Cease, who was recalled off the COVID-19 list on Friday, went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs off six hits with six strikeouts.

Cubs 13, Braves 4

Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant each slugged two homers to help Chicago defeat visiting Atlanta.

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Javier Baez and David Bote also hit homers as Chicago smacked six overall while notching its highest scoring game of the season. Bote and Bryant each had four RBIs.

Contreras hit a solo home run in the first inning to mark the first time in his career he has gone deep in three straight games. He followed that up with another solo shot in the third inning to give Chicago a 3-0 lead and account for his ninth career multi-home run game.

Rays 6, Yankees 3

Tyler Glasnow allowed one run in five innings, Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning, and visiting Tampa Bay beat New York.

Glasnow (2-0) held the Yankees to two hits and won his seventh straight decision. His gritty outing helped the Rays improve to 14-3 in the past 17 regular-season meetings. Francisco Mejia and Joey Wendle also added homers.

D.J. LeMahieu hit an RBI single and Rougned Odor homered for the Yankees, who lost their fourth straight.

Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2

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Washington right-hander Erick Fedde matched his career high of nine strikeouts over five innings and Yan Gomes had three hits, including a home run, in a win over visiting Arizona.

Fedde (1-1) scattered five hits and allowed a walk. The lone run the right-hander allowed was Kole Calhoun’s first home run of the season in the third inning that tied the game at 1.

Five relievers limited Arizona to one hit over the last four innings.

Blue Jays 5, Royals 1 (Game 1)

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Stephen Matz didn’t allow a hit for the first 5 1/3 innings as Toronto defeated host Kansas City in the first game of a doubleheader.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 2-for-3 with a home run for Toronto.

Matz (3-0) walked Whit Merrifield leading off the first inning. But he got Andrew Benintendi to ground into a double play when the middle infielders shifted to cover second as Merrifield broke on the pitch. He retired the next 11 hitters before walking Jorge Soler in the fifth.

Royals 3, Blue Jays 2 (Game 2)

Salvador Perez hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Kansas City defeat visiting Toronto in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

It was the Royals’ first walk-off win since 2019. Perez’s home run traveled 459 feet and landed in the fountains in left-center field. Greg Holland (2-1) pitched a scoreless top of the seventh to pick up the win.

Joel Payamps (0-1) gave up Perez’s home run to take the loss for the Blue Jays.

Athletics 7, Tigers 0

Left-hander Cole Irvin outdueled highly touted Casey Mize with six shutout innings as host Oakland recorded its second straight shutout and third straight win over Detroit.

Matt Olson, Aramis Garcia and Mark Canha all homered in the first two innings, getting the A’s on the way to their seventh straight win.

Robbie Grossman accounted for two of the Tigers’ four hits, both singles. For the second straight day, Detroit went without an extra-base hit.

Reds 3, Indians 2

Tyler Stephenson delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single in the 10th inning, and Cincinnati rallied to defeat Cleveland for its seventh straight home victory.

Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds, while Sonny Gray tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits to go along with six strikeouts in his 2021 debut.

Andres Gimenez homered for the Indians in the loss.

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Mets 4, Rockies 3 (Game 1)

Jacob deGrom struck out 14 in six strong innings, Pete Alonso homered, and visiting New York rallied to beat Colorado.

Michael Conforto had two hits for the Mets, who were playing for the first time since Wednesday due to back-to-back postponements.The right-handed deGrom (1-1) struck out nine in a row from the start of the second through the fourth and finished one shy of the major league record set by former Mets great Tom Seaver.

Raimel Tapia homered for the Rockies, who have lost seven straight.

Cardinals 9, Phillies 4

Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs as visiting St. Louis won to even its series with Philadelphia.

Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong also homered for the Cardinals, who led 9-3 after hitting back-to-back homers twice in the first four innings.

Tommy Edman reached on an infield single in the top of the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for St. Louis. Rhys Hoskins led the Phillies with three hits and three runs.

–Field Level Media