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MLB roundup: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. belts 3 homers in Toronto Blue Jays’ win

Apr 27, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (R) and infielder Bo Bichette (L) celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a career-best three home runs, including a grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 9-5 Tuesday night at Dunedin, Fla.

Guerrero had a career-best seven RBIs and teammate Cavan Biggio contributed three singles and a sacrifice fly in the opener of a two-game set.

Trea Turner hit two home runs for the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer and Yadiel Hernandez hit a solo shot.

Washington starter Max Scherzer (1-2) allowed seven runs (five earned), five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. Tommy Milone (1-0) took over for opener Trent Thornton in the third inning and gave up one run on three hits in one inning of work for the win.

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Reds 6, Dodgers 5

Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead double in a three-run seventh inning as Cincinnati rallied for a victory at Los Angeles.

Jesse Winker hit a home run on the first pitch of the game and added an RBI single as the Reds won consecutive games following a seven-game losing streak. Cincinnati can sweep the three-game series Wednesday afternoon.

Will Smith had a three-run home run for the Dodgers and Matt Beaty added a two-run single. Los Angeles lost for the seventh time in the past nine games and fell to 1-5 on a seven-game homestand. Los Angeles is on its first three-game losing streak since Aug. 29-31, 2019.

Rockies 7, Giants 5 (10 innings)

Ryan McMahon delivered a two-run homer in the 10th inning and C.J. Cron followed with a solo blast as Colorado evened its three-game series against host San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford had three hits and forced extra innings when he tied the score at 4-4 in the ninth with a leadoff home run against Daniel Bard (1-1). Garrett Hampson put the Rockies ahead in the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit homer off former Colorado reliever Jake McGee.

Colorado’s Yonathan Daza began the 10th inning as the automatic runner at second base, and he scored on McMahon’s 449-foot blast off rookie Gregory Santos (0-2). Cron then added an insurance run with a blast to right field.

Braves 5, Cubs 0

Ronald Acura Jr. broke out of his mini-slump with a tape-measure home run and Ian Anderson threw seven scoreless innings to help host Atlanta top Chicago.

Acuna crushed a 481-foot home run off Chicago starter Trevor Williams, the second-longest recorded in the major leagues this season, behind only the 485-foot blast by Yermin Mercedes of the Chicago White Sox.

Anderson (2-0) allowed only one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Williams (2-2), who pitched five innings and allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.

Astros 2, Mariners 0

Cristian Javier twirled seven shutout innings and Houston scratched across a pair of runs in the fourth inning in its victory over visiting Seattle.

The Astros improved to 5-1 on their current homestand, mustering enough offense to support another strong outing from Javier (3-0), who produced his third consecutive scoreless outing and extended his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 17.

Marco Gonzales (1-3) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings for Seattle. The Mariners dropped their third straight game for their first three-game skid of the season.

Rangers 6, Angels 1

Texas got two home runs from Nick Solak and one from Joey Gallo, giving starter Mike Foltynewicz more than enough support in a victory over Los Angeles in Arlington, Texas.

Solak homered in the first inning off Angels starter Jose Quintana and in the seventh off reliever Junior Guerra, increasing his season total to seven. He is tied with several others for the American League home run lead.

David Fletcher, Jared Walsh and Mike Trout each had two hits for the Angels, with Trout raising his season batting average to .431.

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Red Sox 2, Mets 1

Garrett Richards produced his first double-digit strikeout game in three years and Rafael Devers delivered the tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lift visiting Boston over New York.

Bobby Dalbec homered in the third inning for the Red Sox, who have won three of four. Jeff McNeil homered in the second for the Mets, who have dropped five of seven.

Richards (1-2), who signed with the Red Sox in February but entered Tuesday with a 6.48 ERA after his first four starts, allowed seven hits and walked none in seven innings. It was his longest outing of the season. The 10 strikeouts were his most since he whiffed 11 on April 21, 2018, when he was pitching for the Los Angeles Angels against the San Francisco Giants.

Cardinals 5, Phillies 2

Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt hit two-run doubles as St. Louis defeated visiting Philadelphia. The Cardinals scored all of their runs with two outs while winning for the fourth time in their past five games.

Carlos Martinez (1-4) earned his first victory as a starting pitcher since July 7, 2018. The right-hander, who struck out four, allowed two runs (one earned) on just two hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings. Alex Reyes closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save.

Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin (1-1) allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked none.

Brewers 5, Marlins 4

Leadoff man Tyrone Taylor went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, leading host Milwaukee past Miami.

Milwaukee’s Luis Urias hit a two-out, go-ahead double in the fifth inning, and the Brewers led the rest of the way.

Adrian Houser (2-2) earned the win and also slugged a 418-foot solo homer. On the mound, Houser struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.

Yankees 5, Orioles 1

Corey Kluber pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than two years, Kyle Higashioka homered and visiting New York beat Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Kluber (1-2) allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, and allowed three runs or less in his seventh straight start against the Orioles. Throwing mostly cutters and curveballs, Kluber struck out five, walked two and threw 96 pitches.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Yankees, who hit more than two homers for only the second time this season. Gio Urshela drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single as New York snapped a four-game losing streak in Baltimore.

Pirates 2, Royals 1

Pinch hitter Wilmer Difo blooped a hit into short left field in the seventh inning to lift host Pittsburgh past Kansas City, ending the Royals’ five-game winning streak.

Colin Moran had three hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who held the Royals to four hits using four different pitchers.

The Royals suffered just their third road loss of the season and their first one-run loss of the season after six wins.

Indians 7, Twins 4

Franmil Reyes belted a pair of solo homers among his three hits to fuel host Cleveland past Minnesota for the Indians’ third straight win.

Aaron Civale (4-0) overcame a rocky start to allow four runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings. He retired 13 batters in a row at one point before Byron Buxton belted a solo homer in the eighth to trim Cleveland’s lead to 5-4.

Nelson Cruz ripped an RBI triple and Willians Astudillo and Alex Kirilloff each had a run-scoring single for the Twins, who have lost four in a row and 13 of their last 15 games.

Rays 4, A’s 3

Brett Phillips stroked a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning to lift Tampa Bay to a victory over Oakland in St. Petersburg, Fla. Joey Wendle added an insurance RBI single in the eighth.

Francisco Mejia went 3-for-4 for the Rays, who won for the second time in six games and evened the four-game series at one apiece. Jeffrey Springs (1-0) earned the win despite allowing a run in his lone inning. Diego Castillo served up a solo homer in the ninth but posted his fifth save.

Sean Murphy was 2-for-4 and went deep for the second straight game, and Matt Olson tallied two hits for the A’s, who lost for just the second time in their past 16 games.

Tigers 5, White Sox 2

Niko Goodrum hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and visiting Detroit overcame five errors and snapped a five-game losing streak by downing Chicago. The White Sox had won their past nine meetings with the Tigers.

Goodrum’s homer, his third this season, broke a 2-2 tie. Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Schoop hit solo home runs for Detroit, which had lost 10 of its past 11 games.

Jose Urena (1-3) pitched seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits for his first victory as a Tiger. Gregory Soto got the final three outs for his third save.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1

Catcher Carson Kelly capped a three-run sixth inning with a two-run homer and right-hander Merrill Kelly held visiting San Diego to one run on four hits over six innings to lead Arizona to a win.

Merrill Kelly issued two walks while striking out five. Relievers Caleb Smith, J.B Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke retired nine of the 10 Padres they faced to close out the win.

The Padres scored their only run off Merrill Kelly (2-2) in the sixth. Fernando Tatis Jr. opened the inning with a double, advanced to third on Trent Grisham’s flyout to deep right and scored on Manny Machado’s grounder to third.

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