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Dodgers C Martin placed on bereavement list

Dodgers C Martin placed on bereavement list

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Russell Martin on the bereavement list prior to Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.

Catcher Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the roster vacancy.

Martin, 36, is batting .207 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 69 games.

His playing time has diminished due to the breakout experienced by rookie catcher Will Smith. Martin is just 8-for-59 with two homers and nine RBIs since the start of July and is 0-for-16 over his last seven appearances.

Barnes, 29, is batting .196 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 70 games for the Dodgers. He has spent the last month at Oklahoma City, batting .250 with six homers and 16 RBIs over 20 games.

Mariners RHP Bradford undergoes Tommy John surgery

Mariners RHP Bradford undergoes Tommy John surgery

Seattle Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford, out since June with an elbow strain, underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the 2020 season.

Bradford, a 30-year-old righthander, pitched in just 12 games for the Mariners in 2019. He posted one save and an ERA of 4.86 in 16 2/3 innings of relief.

Last season, his first with Seattle, Bradford was 5-0 with a 3.69 ERA in 46 games.

"Not how I wanted 2019 to go but I'll be back," Bradford tweeted. "Thank you to everyone for the love and well wishes."

Marlins' Anderson breaks hand, season likely over

Marlins' Anderson breaks hand, season likely over

In the midst of perhaps their greatest victory of 2019, the Miami Marlins may have sustained their greatest loss of the season, as right fielder Brian Anderson's left hand was broken Friday when hit by a pitch.

Anderson, one of the few bright spots for a team sporting the worst record in the National League, was plunked with the bases loaded in the third inning of a game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. He stayed in and eventually scored a run before exiting.

Postgame X-rays revealed a broken left hand. Expected to be sidelined at least six weeks, Anderson is likely done for the season.

"It was a rough day for me," Anderson told reporters following the Marlins' 19-11 win. "But I keep looking at it like it was a great day for our team. The way we fought back, that helped (my spirits) a lot. ...

"It will probably be it for the season for me. Obviously, not the news you want to hear, but at the same point, it's baseball, and stuff like this happens."

The pitch that struck Anderson was a 93 mph Vince Velasquez fastball. The resulting run was Miami's first in a game the Phillies led 7-0 after 2 1/2 innings. The Marlins would score six more runs in the inning, and they wound up with their highest run total of the season.

Anderson leads the Marlins in home runs (20), doubles (33), RBIs (66) and runs scored (57). He has a .261 batting average.

For his career, the 26-year-old Oklahoma native is a .267 hitter with 31 home runs and 139 RBIs in 307 games spanning three seasons.

MLB roundup: Cardinals ride Flaherty into first place

MLB roundup: Cardinals ride Flaherty into first place

Jack Flaherty struck out nine in six shutout innings and the host St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Friday night.

Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in three runs, Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 and three other St. Louis batters had two hits each. The Cardinals moved a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central Division.

Nolan Arenado had two hits and reached all four times he came to the plate for Colorado, which has lost four of five since sweeping a home series against Miami.

Flaherty (8-6) didn't allow a hit until Yonathan Daza led off the fifth inning with a single. Before that, the Rockies only had three base runners -- one on a walk and two hit batsmen.

Red Sox 11, Padres 0

J.D. Martinez hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Eduardo Rodriguez blanked San Diego on five hits over seven innings as visiting Boston won in a rout.

Rodriguez (15-5) entered the game with the highest run-support average in the major leagues at 7.85 runs per game. The Red Sox scored three runs in each of the first two innings, one in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first off Padres starter Chris Paddack, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a three-run homer in the sixth off Eric Yardley. He finished the night 3-for-4.

Nationals 9, Cubs 3

Anibal Sanchez held Chicago to one hit in 8 1/3 innings, and Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered to lead visiting Washington to victory.

The sizzling Nationals have won 10 of 12 and kept their hold on the top wild-card spot in the NL. Chicago's five-game winning streak came to an end.

Sanchez (8-6) struck out six and allowed a single earned run in his longest outing of the season, and also logged his second career two-hit game. He hasn't taken a loss since May 10.

Braves 2, Mets 1 (14 innings)

Billy Hamilton laced the tiebreaking single in the 14th inning night to cap a taut pitchers' duel and lift visiting Atlanta to a win over New York in the opener of a three-game series.

The Braves have won six straight. The Mets had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Tyler Flowers led off the 14th by drawing a walk against Jeurys Familia (4-2), the Mets' eighth pitcher. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was designated for assignment by the Mets on Aug. 9 and signed by the Braves seven days later, followed with a ground-rule double to center field that got wedged in the bottom of the fence. After Rafael Ortega struck out, Hamilton followed with his single past a drawn-in infield.

Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 1

Jordan Lyles pitched six no-hit innings, and Eric Thames and Keston Hiura homered to help Milwaukee cruise past visiting Arizona. Lyles (8-8) struck out five and walked two before being pulled after 99 pitches.

Left-hander Juan Nieves pitched Milwaukee's lone no-hitter on April 15, 1987, against the Baltimore Orioles. Brewers right-hander Ben McDonald also worked six frames without allowing a hit on July 11, 1997, against the Orioles.

Three relievers followed Lyles and finished a combined two-hitter. Lyles, who also had an RBI single, is 3-1 in five starts since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline.

Astros 5, Angels 4

Zack Greinke remained unbeaten over his four starts since joining Houston at the trade deadline despite pitching in and out of trouble in a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

After falling into a 2-0 hole in the second inning, Greinke (14-4) darted in and out of effectiveness and departed with two outs in the seventh inning with a one-run lead despite allowing 10 hits and recording only one strikeout.

Greinke induced an inning-ending double play in the third, worked around leadoff doubles from Kole Calhoun in the fourth and Matt Thaiss in the fifth, and initiated another inning-ending double play in the sixth after the Angels scratched across an unearned run in the inning that cut the deficit to 4-3. Greinke helped his own cause by not allowing a walk.

Tigers 9, Twins 6

Ronny Rodriguez hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run sixth inning, and Dawel Lugo and Harold Castro each had two doubles and a single to lead Detroit over host Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base, and Miguel Cabrera, Jordy Mercer and Travis Demeritte each had two of Detroit's 17 hits.

Drew VerHagen (4-2), making just his fourth start of the season and the eighth of his six-year career, held the Twins to three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high 11. He fanned five in a row during the third and fourth innings.

Rays 7, Orioles 1

Austin Meadows belted a grand slam, the key hit in a seven-run second inning that helped visiting Tampa Bay defeat Baltimore.

Meadows also homered in Thursday's come-from-behind 5-2 win, but that was a solo shot. This game was a different story, as Meadows' first career grand slam broke things open pretty quickly and gave the Rays command.

Tampa Bay also received a strong effort from starter Trevor Richards (4-12). This was just his second game -- and start -- since coming to the Rays from Miami in a July 31 deal, and he threw six shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five and walking one.

Marlins 19, Phillies 11

Starlin Castro came off the bench to slug two homers and drive in five runs as host Miami rallied from a seven-run deficit with 19 hits to set a season high in runs and defeat Philadelphia.

The Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League, rallied from a 7-0 deficit, tied the score with a seven-run third, fell behind again and then produced a five-run fifth. The Phillies never recovered, and the 19 runs were the second most the Marlins have ever scored at home.

Not all news was good for the Marlins, however, as Brian Anderson was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken hand, likely ending his season.

Indians 4, Royals 1

Francisco Lindor belted a two-run homer to highlight a four-run second inning and host Cleveland beat Kansas City as Tyler Naquin also drove in two runs, and Carlos Santana had two singles to post his seventh multi-hit performance in 12 contests.

The offense proved to be enough for the Indians, who snapped a three-game losing skid overall and improved to 11-6 against the Royals this season.

Rookie Zach Plesac (7-4) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win. The 24-year-old improved to 3-0 in four starts against Kansas City this season, including permitting a total of three runs (two earned) and 10 hits in 13 innings in two wins last month.

Pirates 3, Reds 2

Pablo Reyes' pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning gave Pittsburgh a walk-off win over visiting Cincinnati.

With the Pirates trailing 2-1 in the ninth against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (2-9), Colin Moran led off with a single, then left for pinch runner Erik Gonzalez. Jose Osuna singled, and Adam Frazier tied it at 2-2 with a bloop single to drive in Gonzalez.

Joe Musgrove replaced Osuna at second, and he and Frazier moved up on Jacob Stallings' sacrifice bunt. Reyes then lined a 1-1 slider to left to give the Pirates eight straight home wins against the Reds. Rookie sensation Aristides Aquino was 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI double for Cincinnati, which had its two-game win streak snapped.

White Sox 8, Rangers 3

Right-hander Dylan Cease struck out a career-high nine batters in six strong innings, and Yoan Moncada homered for the second time in as many games since returning to from the injured list to lift host Chicago over Texas.

The White Sox won their second straight to open the four-game series and prevailed for the fourth time in five games overall. Moncada, Leury Garcia, Tim Anderson and Jon Jay had two hits apiece, and Anderson extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The White Sox scored eight unanswered runs to close the game. Moncada punctuated Chicago's three-run sixth with a two-run home run against reliever Shawn Kelley. Moncada also hit a home run in Thursday's series opener, his first action since sustaining a strained right hamstring on July 30 against the New York Mets.

Mariners stay hot while Jays lose 6th straight

Mariners stay hot while Jays lose 6th straight

Omar Narvaez and J.P. Crawford hit home runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Friday night.

The Mariners have won five of their past six games while the Blue Jays have dropped six in a row.

The Mariners broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dee Gordon led off with a double to right and advanced to third on Mallex Smith's sacrifice bunt. Crawford grounded out to first, with Gordon holding at third. Austin Nola walked against right-hander Sam Gaviglio (4-2) to load the bases. Kyle Seager then drew a walk on a 3-2 count to give the Mariners the lead.

Left-hander Tim Mayza replaced Gaviglio and threw a wild pitch that scored another run, giving the Mariners a 6-4 lead. After a walk to Narvaez and Daniel Vogelbach striking out, Mayza was replaced by right-hander Neil Ramirez, who also uncorked a wild pitch, making it 7-4.

The Mariners' Matt Wisler (3-2) was credited with the victory, and fellow right-hander Matt Magill pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first inning off left-hander Justus Sheffield, who was making his first major league start. Bo Bichette and Derek Fisher led off with singles. A two-out single by Justin Smoak scored the first run and Teoscar Hernandez's double to left field made it 2-0.

The Mariners tied it in the second. Narvaez led off with his 18th homer of the season. With two outs, Jake Fraley singled to right and scored on a triple by Gordon.

The Blue Jays regained the lead in the third as Randal Grichuk led off with a double and Smoak walked. Hernandez grounded a run-scoring single to left to make it 3-2.

The Mariners tied it in the bottom of the inning as Crawford drew a leadoff walk and advanced on an errant pickoff attempt by Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton. Seager drove in the run with a one-out double.

Seattle took its first lead in the fifth as Crawford hit a leadoff homer to center field, his sixth.

The Blue Jays tied it at 4-4 in the sixth as Reese McGuire reached on an infield single with one out, advanced to third on Bichette's single and scored on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s infield single.

Gregorius’ slam helps Yankees overpower Dodgers

Gregorius’ slam helps Yankees overpower Dodgers

Didi Gregorius hit two home runs, including a grand slam, while Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres also went deep Friday as the visiting New York Yankees took the opener of a showdown series by crushing the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2.

In an interleague battle between the teams with the best records in the majors, Gregorius followed an intentional walk to Sanchez in the fifth inning with his 12th home run of the season and fifth career slam. He hit a solo shot in the ninth inning to give him 13 this season.

Three of the home runs, including one by Gregorius, came against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who entered with a National League-leading 1.64 ERA that increased to 1.95.

Yankees starter James Paxton (10-6) gave up two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, with 11 strikeouts, including three against NL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger. The Yankees won after getting swept in a three-game series at the Oakland Athletics earlier this week.

Ryu (12-4) matched a season high with seven earned runs, the same number he gave up June 28 at Colorado. That outing was the only other time he went less than five innings in a start, not counting his 1 2/3 innings at the St. Louis Cardinals on April 8, when he left early with a groin injury.

The Dodgers, who were coming off a home sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, lost in their ballpark for just the second time in their last 12 games. They are now 51-17 at Dodger Stadium.

The Yankees, one of two major league teams with more home runs than the Dodgers, first showed off their power in the third inning, when Judge and Sanchez went deep.

Judge's low line drive into the seats in left field was his 14th of the season, while Sanchez hit his 29th and the 100th of his career.

With the bases full against Ryu in the fifth, Gregorius hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in right-center field for a 6-1 lead. When Gio Urshela followed two pitches later with a double, Ryu's day was done.

Torres hit his 32nd home run of the season in the sixth inning off Yimi Garcia, giving him nine in his past 12 games. He has hit safely in 14 of 17 interleague games this season.

Enrique Hernandez had two hits for the Dodgers, while rookie Will Smith struck out four times.

The Yankees have won 10 consecutive games against left-handed starters.

Martinez (2 HRs, 7 RBIs) powers Red Sox past Padres

Martinez (2 HRs, 7 RBIs) powers Red Sox past Padres

J.D. Martinez hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Eduardo Rodriguez blanked the Padres on five hits over seven innings Friday night as the visiting Boston Red Sox routed San Diego 11-0.

Rodriguez (15-5) entered the game with the highest run-support average in the major leagues at 7.85 runs per game. The Red Sox scored three runs in each of the first two innings, one in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first off Padres starter Chris Paddack, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a three-run homer in the sixth off Eric Yardley. He finished the night 3-for-4.

He was far from the only Boston batter who feasted on Padres pitching in a 14-hit assault. The Padres also committed two errors.

Rafael Devers was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs.

Rodriguez ran his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings. He issued one walk while striking out six. The left-hander threw only 93 pitches with the Red Sox turning four double plays during his stint. Right-handed reliever Josh A. Smith worked the final two innings to complete a five-hit shutout.

Betts opened the game with a double and moved to third on a single by Bogaerts. One out later, Martinez went deep to left-center.

Mitch Moreland drew a walk to open the second and advanced to second on a single by Brock Holt. After a sacrifice bunt by Rodriguez, Moreland scored on a sacrifice fly by Betts. Devers and Bogarts followed with back-to-back RBI doubles.

Martinez's 30th homer of the season, a three-run shot, followed a run-scoring single from Bogaerts to cap the sixth.

Paddack had the shortest outing of his 22 career starts -- giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk in just 2 1/3 innings. The rookie is 0-2 with a 10.06 ERA in his past four starts.

Rodriguez, Tigers slam Twins

Rodriguez, Tigers slam Twins

Ronny Rodriguez hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run sixth inning, and Dawel Lugo and Harold Castro each had two doubles and a single to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base, and Miguel Cabrera, Jordy Mercer and Travis Demeritte also had two hits of Detroit's 17 hits.

Drew VerHagen (4-2), making just his fourth start of the season and the eighth of his six-year career, held the Twins to three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high 11. He fanned five in a row during the third and fourth innings.

Miguel Sano hit two home runs and drove in three runs, and Jake Cave had two solo shots for Minnesota, which saw its American League Central lead shrink to 2 1/2 games over Cleveland.

Jose Berrios (10-7) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Berrios, winless in four starts this month, has allowed 24 runs, 20 earned, over 21 1/3 innings during that span, an 8.44 ERA.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead behind a first-inning RBI double by Nelson Cruz and solo home runs by Sano in the second and Cave in the fifth.

Detroit then scored five in the sixth to chase Berrios while taking a 5-3 lead.

Castro and Cabrera opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Lugo, who replaced Niko Goodrum (left groin tightness) in the fourth, then doubled to drive in Castro.

One out later, Demeritte walked to load the bases. Rodriguez then followed with his 10th homer of the season, a towering 420-foot drive down the left field line.

The Tigers extended their lead to 7-3 in the eighth on Castro's two-run double to right.

The Twins cut it to 7-5 in the bottom half of the inning on Sano's second homer of the game and 25th of the season, a 402-foot, two-run drive into the third deck down the left field line.

Detroit answered in the ninth on a two-run single by Demeritte. Cave hit his second homer of the night and fourth of the season to end the scoring in the bottom of the ninth.

Lyles, Brewers limit D-backs to two hits

Lyles, Brewers limit D-backs to two hits

Jordan Lyles pitched six no-hit innings, and Eric Thames and Keston Hiura homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers cruise to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Lyles (8-8) struck out five and walked two before being pulled after 99 pitches. The right-hander is the third hurler in franchise history to finish a start without allowing a hit in six or more innings.

Left-hander Juan Nieves pitched Milwaukee's lone no-hitter on April 15, 1987, against Baltimore. Right-hander Ben McDonald also worked six frames without allowing a hit on July 11, 1997, against the Orioles.

Three relievers followed Lyles and finished a combined two-hitter.

Lyles, who also had an RBI single, is 3-1 in five starts since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline.

Arizona's first hit came with two outs in the seventh inning when Christian Walker blooped a single to center off right-hander Devin Williams that went past the reach of Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia.

The victory pulled Milwaukee within three games of the Chicago Cubs for the National League's second wild-card spot.

Jay Jackson struck out two in the eighth, and fellow right-hander Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth, allowing an unearned run on an RBI single to Ketel Marte following a walk and a passed ball.

Arcia, Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal had two hits apiece as the Brewers totaled 11. Mike Moustakas had two RBIs.

Arizona has lost six straight games at Miller Park.

Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (9-13) allowed six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings while losing for the seventh time in his past nine decisions. He struck out five and walked four.

Walker reached base three times, also drawing both walks that Lyles allowed.

The Brewers loaded the bases with one out during a three-run first inning. Moustakas stroked a two-run double to right-center, and Braun made it 3-0 with an infield single that caromed off Kelly.

Thames belted a two-out homer to center in the third inning, his 18th, to make it 4-0.

Hiura led off the fifth by hammering a sinker 423 feet over the fence in left center, his 15th of the year. Lyles hit his run-scoring single to right-center later in the inning to make it 6-0.

Flaherty shuts down Rockies as Cards get offensive

Flaherty shuts down Rockies as Cards get offensive

Jack Flaherty struck out nine in six shutout innings, and the host St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Friday night.

Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in three runs, Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 and three other St. Louis batters had two hits each. The Cardinals moved a full game ahead of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central Division.

Nolan Arenado had two hits and reached all four times he came to the plate for Colorado, which has lost four of five since sweeping a home series against Miami.

Flaherty (8-6) didn't allow a hit until Yonathan Daza led off the fifth inning with a single. Before that, the Rockies only had three base runners -- one on a walk and two hit batsmen.

The Cardinals had no problem getting to rookie right-hander Peter Lambert (2-4). With one out in the first, Kolten Wong reached on an error by second baseman Ryan McMahon. After Paul Goldschmidt lined out, Ozuna homered to left-center field to put St. Louis ahead 2-0.

It was Ozuna's 24th home run of the season.

It stayed that way until the fourth, when the Cardinals loaded the bases on a double and two walks. Lambert hit Wong to score Tommy Edman and make it 3-0.

St. Louis broke it open in the fifth against Lambert and reliever Wes Parsons, who was making his Colorado debut after being claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. Molina started it with a single off Lambert and Edman followed with a single off of Parsons.

Harrison Bader drove in Molina with another single and Edman came home on a throwing error by Parsons. Flaherty drove in Bader with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth on Ozuna's double that scored Goldschmidt from first followed by Paul DeJong's single to drive in Ozuna.

Lambert allowed four runs but only two were earned.

The Rockies scored three in the ninth on McMahon's RBI single, a passed ball and a groundout.

White Sox, Cease stymie Rangers

White Sox, Cease stymie Rangers

Right-hander Dylan Cease struck out a career-high nine batters in six strong innings, and Yoan Moncada homered for the second time in as many games since returning to from the injured list to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 8-3 victory against the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Chicago won its second straight to open the four-game series and prevailed for the fourth time in five games overall. Moncada, Leury Garcia, Tim Anderson and Jon Jay had two hits apiece, and Anderson extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The White Sox scored eight unanswered runs to close the game. Moncada punctuated Chicago's three-run sixth with a two-run home run against reliever Shawn Kelley. Moncada also hit a home run in Thursday's series opener, his first action since sustaining a strained right hamstring on July 30 against the New York Mets.

Chicago collected 11 hits against Texas righty Lance Lynn (14-9), who yielded seven runs and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Although Lynn struck out 10 -- notching double digits in that category for the seventh time this season -- he ultimately lost his third consecutive decision.

Texas struck first with one out in the first inning, as Willie Calhoun drilled a three-run home run to right-center on 2-1 pitch. Shin-Soo Choo opened the game with a walk ahead of an Elvis Andrus single two batters later, setting up Calhoun.

It was the 11th home run Cease has yielded in nine starts covering 50 innings. The rookie rebounded after that, however. He wound up allowing just the three runs on four hits and one walk.

Cease (3-6) retired 11 consecutive Rangers after the home run, including six via strikeout. Logan Forsythe and Delino DeShields ended the run of dominance with consecutive singles to open the fifth.

Relievers Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome struck out a combined four and allowed just one baserunner in the final three innings.

Adam Engel delivered a two-run double in the second inning to put the White Sox on the scoreboard. Yolmer Sanchez tied the game with a run-scoring single in the third before a Garcia RBI double gave Chicago the lead for good two batters later.

Rangers reliever Luke Farrell retired each of the six batters he faced in his first outing of the season after a spring training line drive broke his jaw and gave him a concussion. The Rangers activated Farrell from the 60-day IL before the game.

Astros hold off Angels despite shaky Greinke

Astros hold off Angels despite shaky Greinke

Zack Greinke remained unbeaten over his four starts since joining the Houston Astros at the trade deadline despite pitching in and out of trouble in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

After falling into a 2-0 hole in the second inning, Greinke (14-4) darted in and out of effectiveness and departed with two outs in the seventh inning with a one-run lead despite allowing 10 hits and recording only one strikeout.

Right-hander Will Harris handled the final bit of drama Greinke created with Anthony Bemboom at third base by striking out Shohei Ohtani to preserve the lead.

Between the second and seventh innings, Greinke induced an inning-ending double play in the third, worked around leadoff doubles from Kole Calhoun in the fourth and Matt Thaiss in the fifth and initiated another inning-ending double play in the sixth after the Angels scratched across an unearned run that cut the deficit to 4-3. Greinke helped his own cause by not allowing a walk.

The Angels finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded six baserunners.

Houston tallied run-scoring singles from Jose Altuve in the third inning and Jake Marisnick in the fourth against Angels left-hander Luis Suarez (2-5). Suarez departed after surrendering a two-out double to Alex Bregman in the fifth just prior to first baseman Yuli Gurriel greeting Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right.

For Gurriel, it marked his 26th home run on the season. But the Angels did not relent, clawing to within 4-3 on a fielder's choice groundout by Justin Upton in the sixth before Calhoun capped a 4-for-4 effort with a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the eighth against Hector Rondon.

The Calhoun blast, his 28th, negated the insurance run the Astros tallied in the bottom of the seventh when Bregman plated Altuve with another two-out hit, a single to center field.

Rondon recovered from the Calhoun homer with three successive outs and closer Roberto Osuna notched his 31st save while making his fifth appearance in six games.

Marlins unload on Phillies with season-high 19 runs

Marlins unload on Phillies with season-high 19 runs

Starlin Castro came off the bench to slug two homers and drive in five runs as the host Miami Marlins rallied from a seven-run deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 19-11 on Friday night.

Isan Diaz added a three-run homer as Miami banged out 19 hits and set a season high in runs. Castro, who has 13 homers this season, went deep twice for the fifth time in his career.

The Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League, rallied from a 7-0 deficit, tied the score with a seven-run third, fell behind again and then produced a five-run fifth.

The Phillies never recovered, and the 19 runs are the second most the Marlins have ever scored at home.

Philadelphia played without star right fielder Bryce Harper, who left the team for Las Vegas, where he and his wife Kayla are expecting their first child, a son.

Both starters were hit hard, but both escaped with no-decisions.

Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, one walk and seven runs while striking out two.

Miami's Hector Noesi, who hasn't won a major league game since 2014, went three innings, allowing six hits, three walks and seven runs with two strikeouts.

Noesi got in trouble immediately as Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a bunt single. After Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch, ex-Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI double to left. The inning then continued with Brad Miller's two-out walk, and Scott Kingery followed with a three-run triple to right.

The Phillies increased their lead to 6-0 in the second on Corey Dickerson's two-run double.

In the top of the third, Velasquez picked up a bunt RBI, but he did not complete the bottom of the inning as Miami rallied for seven runs, with Diaz's three-run shot the big blow.

It was Diaz's second major league homer, and it came on a full-count fastball after he had fouled off two consecutive pitches.

Philadelphia surged back on top 9-7 in the fourth, starting a rally with none on and two outs. Pinch hitter Maikel Franco, recalled from the minors on Friday to take Harper's roster spot, and Adam Haseley produced RBI singles.

Miami loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before pinch hitter Castro's hard grounder down the third-base line went off Franco's glove for a two-base error, tying the score 9-9 with one out. Miami then took the lead for good later in the inning when Neil Walker pulled a two-run double to right.

The Marlins added three runs in the sixth and four in the eighth to complete the rout.

Lindor’s homer caps 4-run 2nd as Indians top Royals

Lindor’s homer caps 4-run 2nd as Indians top Royals

Francisco Lindor belted a two-run homer to highlight a four-run second inning as the host Cleveland Indians recorded a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

Cleveland's Tyler Naquin also drove in two runs, and Carlos Santana had two singles to post his seventh multi-hit performance in 12 contests.

The offense proved to be enough for the Indians, who snapped a three-game losing skid overall and improved to 11-6 against the Royals this season.

Rookie Zach Plesac (7-4) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win. The 24-year-old improved to 3-0 in four starts against Kansas City this season, including permitting a total of three runs (two earned) and 10 hits in 13 innings in two wins last month.

Two relievers bridged the gap to Brad Hand, who rebounded after blowing his previous three save opportunities by working around a leadoff single in the ninth inning to secure his 30th save of the season.

Cleveland answered being shut out for the 11th time this season in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the New York Mets by erupting for four runs in the second inning.

Jason Kipnis singled and Franmil Reyes doubled off the wall to lead off the second against Jakob Junis (8-12) before Naquin plated them both with a single to right field.

Lindor doubled the advantage just two batters later after hitting an 0-2 fastball over the wall in right-center field. The homer was the 22nd homer of the season for Lindor and fourth versus Kansas City.

Junis' streak of eight straight starts of pitching six or more innings ended. The 26-year-old allowed four runs on six hits in four innings.

Aquino homers again, but Pirates edge Reds

Aquino homers again, but Pirates edge Reds

Pablo Reyes' pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning Friday gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 walk-off win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

With the Pirates trailing 2-1 in the ninth against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (2-9), Colin Moran led off with a single, then left for pinch runner Erik Gonzalez. Jose Osuna singled, and Adam Frazier tied it at 2-2 with a bloop single to drive in Gonzalez.

Joe Musgrove replaced Osuna at second, and he and Frazier moved up on Jacob Stallings' sacrifice bunt. Reyes then lined a 1-1 slider to left to give the Pirates eight straight home wins against the Reds.

Rookie sensation Aristides Aquino was 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI double for Cincinnati, which had its two-game win streak snapped.

Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller, pitching in his sixth big-league game, pitched six-plus innings and struck out a career-high nine. He allowed one run and six hits, with one walk.

Felipe Vazquez (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani gave up one run and five hits in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.

In the second, Aquino and Keller faced off, rookie against rookie, for the first time. On a 1-0 pitch, Aquino uncorked a shot to left for his 12th homer in his 22nd career game -- all coming this month -- for a 1-0 lead. As he has with earlier home run totals, Aquino set a record as the fastest major leaguer to reach 12 homers.

The Pirates tied it in the sixth. Bryan Reynolds drew a leadoff walk. Starling Marte followed with his 20th infield hit. They advanced to second and third on Josh Bell's flyout to center. Moran's groundout to first base was enough to get Reynolds home to make it 1-1.

In the eighth against reliever Keone Kela, Cincinnati's Freddy Galvis doubled to right with one out. After Eugenio Suarez struck out, Aquino doubled to the corner in left to drive in Galvis to make it 2-1.

Braves edge Mets in 14-inning pitchers' duel

Braves edge Mets in 14-inning pitchers' duel

Billy Hamilton laced the tie-breaking RBI single in the 14th inning Friday night to cap a taut pitcher's duel and lift the visiting Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

The Braves have won six straight. The Mets had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Tyler Flowers led off the 14th by drawing a walk against Jeurys Familia (4-2), the Mets' eighth pitcher. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was designated for assignment by the Mets on Aug. 9 and signed by the Braves seven days later, followed with a ground-rule double to center field that got wedged in the bottom of the fence,

After Rafael Ortega struck out, Hamilton, who was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 16 and claimed by the Braves -- who are behind the Mets in the waiver process -- on Monday, followed with his single past a drawn-in infield.

Luke Jackson (7-2), the Braves' sixth pitcher, allowed one hit over two innings. Mark Melancon earned his fifth save with a perfect 14th.

Mets pitchers tied a big league record by striking out 26 batters.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom made some history during his no-decision by striking out 13 in seven innings and homering in the sixth for his team's only run.

DeGrom, who gave up one run on four hits and walked one, is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to strike out 13 and homer in the same game twice in a season. DeGrom struck out 14 over seven scoreless innings and homered while earning the win as New York beat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, on Apr. 3.

On Friday, deGrom energized the crowd of 31,437 by striking out eight straight batters between the third and the sixth, two shy of the major league record established by Mets icon Tom Seaver on Apr. 22, 1970.

Remarkably, it was the second time deGrom has whiffed eight straight batters. He opened a start against the Marlins on Sept. 15, 2014 by striking out the first eight batters.

But Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings) matched zeroes with deGrom and the Braves struck first in the sixth, when Ozzie Albies ended deGrom's streak with a one-out single. He stole second and scored on a single by Freddie Freeman.

DeGrom wasted literally no time getting the run back by leading off the bottom of the inning with an opposite field homer on the first pitch he saw from Foltynewicz.

Meadows' grand slam keys Rays' win over Orioles

Meadows' grand slam keys Rays' win over Orioles

Austin Meadows belted a grand slam, the key hit in a seven-run second inning that helped the visiting Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Friday night.

Meadows also homered in Thursday's come-from-behind 5-2 win, but that was a solo shot. This game was a different story, though, as Meadows' first career grand slam broke things open pretty quickly and gave the Rays command.

Tampa Bay also received a strong effort from starter Trevor Richards (4-12). This was just his second game -- and start -- since coming to the Rays from Miami in a July 31 deal, and he threw six shutout innings, giving up only two hits.

Richards had a no-decision in his first start but shut down the Orioles in this one. This victory also ended a personal seven-game losing streak for Richards. He had not won since June 2 while starting in a game for the Marlins at San Diego.

Aaron Slegers threw the final three innings and earned his first career save.

Baltimore starter Ty Blach (0-2) gave up seven runs -- all in that second inning -- and nine hits in his four innings of work. Blach threw 47 pitches in the second inning alone.

The Orioles did get some help from their bullpen after that. Rookie Dillon Tate, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk, threw three scoreless innings of relief after Blach left. That was Tate's fourth major league game.

Kevin Kiermaier started things in the second with an RBI double that gave the Rays a 1-0 lead. After that, Tampa Bay scored six times with two outs.

Mike Zunino lined a two-run single to right that made it 3-0. Meadows later got his grand slam, a blast to right-center that gave the Rays a 7-0 lead.

The Orioles now have given up 261 home runs this year; they set a new record in that category when allowing two home runs in Thursday's loss.

Baltimore scored its only run of the night on a home run, from Jonathan Villar, in the eighth.

Orioles GM Elias fires 11 in effort to retool

Orioles GM Elias fires 11 in effort to retool

Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias announced that 11 members of the team's scouting department and front office were fired Friday as part of the organization's effort to rebuild.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Elias met with the media for eight minutes on Friday and confirmed that baseball operations director Tripp Norton was among those let go. The report also indicated that scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette and Nathan Showalter, the son of former Orioles manager Buck Showalter, were among those fired, according to an industry source.

"We're in a period of change right now with the industry, and we're in a period of change right now with the Orioles," Elias said. "This is sports. Changes happen frequently, especially when you're in a situation where the team has been losing, and it's kind of what we all get into when we get into this business, but we are trying to make changes to the way that the organization conducts business in a lot of ways to adapt to the competitive environment that we're in.

"Sometimes, to make changes, you've got to make changes. It's difficult. It's the worst part of my job or anyone in my position's job, but these are really good men who had a lot of really good contributions to the organization, and we'll help them land on their feet."

Elias added, "There are changes going on in the scouting business in terms of greater availability of information in general, video and data. It just changes the way that scouts do their job. There are instances where we will replace people's roles kind of man for man, head for head, spot for spot, but there's other instances where we're reconfiguring the way the scouts go about their business."

Elias indicated that the moves were made now not only to give those who were fired ample opportunity to look for work, but also to give the organization a jumpstart on retooling its staffing.

"We are reconfiguring quite a bit. We're going to be very busy bringing people into this organization," he said. "This is just the organization moving along and adapting to the sport today."

Elias joined the Orioles last November following a 2018 season in which they finished 47-115, the second-worst record in franchise history. Only the 1939 team, then the St. Louis Browns, was worse at 43-111. This year, Baltimore was 41-87 entering play Friday, ahead of only the 38-87 Detroit Tigers.

Sanchez helps Nationals trounce Cubs

Sanchez helps Nationals trounce Cubs

Anibal Sanchez held the Chicago Cubs to one hit in 8 1/3 innings, and Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered to lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Cubs Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The sizzling Nationals have won 10 of 12 and kept their hold on the top wild-card spot in the National League. Chicago's five-game winning streak came to an end, though the Cubs entered Friday atop the NL Central by a half-game over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sanchez (8-6) struck out six and allowed a single earned run in his longest outing of the season, and logged his second career two-hit game. He hasn't taken a loss since May 10.

The Cubs didn't score until the ninth, their rally extended by a throwing error with one out.

The Nationals broke open the game in the fifth inning, already ahead 4-0. They chased Cubs starter Jon Lester (10-9) with a pair of one-out singles.

Pedro Strop relieved and got an out, then struggled with his control. He hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch, uncorked a wild pitch to allow Anthony Rendon to score, walked the bases loaded again and surrendered a Victor Robles two-run double, giving the Nationals a 7-0 lead.

Lester lasted 4 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs on nine hits, the second time this month he's failed to make it through five innings.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead on Eaton's two-out solo home run in the first inning, Eaton's 12th of the season. They made it 2-0 by manufacturing a run with Robles' single, stolen base, a sacrifice bunt from Sanchez and Trea Turner's sacrifice fly.

Washington added two more runs in the fourth on Suzuki's single, one of five singles and a walk in the inning. Sanchez laid down a bunt that died on the fair side of the third-base line to drive in Suzuki before the inning was over.

Soto's 29th home run of the season flew into the bleachers in left-center field in the seventh. He had three hits on the day.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer played catch before the game, a day after his four-inning start, as he works his way back from an upper back injury. He's in line to make his next start next week.

Both teams wore the monochromatic Player's Weekend uniforms with their preferred nicknames on the back, the first two big-league teams to do so since theirs was the first game of the weekend. Chicago wore all-white with while helmets and caps, while the Nationals wore all-black.

Phillies' Harper goes on paternity leave

Phillies' Harper goes on paternity leave

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper was placed on the paternity list prior to Friday's road game against the Miami Marlins.

Harper was in Philadelphia, where his wife Kayla was scheduled to give birth to the couple's son.

The Harpers announced in April that they were expecting a boy.

Harper, 26, can miss up to three games while on paternity leave.

Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies last offseason, is batting .254 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs in 125 games.

Philadelphia recalled infielder Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco was demoted in early August after batting .231 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games.

Franco topped 20 homers in each of the three previous seasons.