MLB Recap
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Daniel Bard picked up his first save in almost a decade, Garrett Richards earned his first win in a couple of years and Manny Machado is now teammates with his brother in law. A lot happened in baseball Tuesday night. Read all out it down below in the MLB Recap.

MLB Recap: Blue Jays 5 – Marlins 4 (F/10)

It was the start of something new the Toronto Blue Jays, as they played their first home game in Buffalo when they took on the Marlins. After the Canadian government would not allow them to play at home, and the Pennsylvania state officials rejected their attempt to play at PNC Park, the Blue Jays were forced to renovate their Triple-A stadium quickly.

Toronto broke in their home stadium with a walk-off, 5-4 win in 10 innings courtesy of a Travis Shaw bases-loaded single, scoring Anthony Alford.

“We’ve lost a couple of games late, so it was nice to come back. My job was just to try to get the ball to the outfield, and thankfully with two strikes, I was able to do that.”

Shaw said

Brian Anderson scored the first run of the game on a solo shot in the second inning, giving the Marlins their first and only lead. Bo Bichette put the Blue Jays on top for good in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run home run, and a Cavan Biggio RBI single the following inning gave Toronto a three-run lead.

Growing up, players dream of crazy scenarios like being down two or three runs, with one out remaining and they step up to the plate, hit a home run and tie the game. Marlins catcher Francisco Cervelli lived that moment Tuesday night, as he walked up to the plate with runners on first and third and two outs. Four pitches in, he crushed the ball to left field, game tied at four. 

Cervelli’s late-game heroics blew Hyun-Jin Ryu chance at the win, after pitching six solid innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven. 

With the loss, the Marlins (7-4) have now lost three-straight games after winning their previous six. Toronto currently sits at 6-8.

MLB Recap: Reds 6 – Royals 5 (F/10)

Nick Senzel, the designated runner, scored on a Joey Votto double in the bottom of the tenth to give the Reds a 6-5 victory over the Royals. 

“Joey came through as he has so many times in his career. That was a great at-bat for us as a team.”

Reds manager David Bell said

The Reds jumped out to an early 5-1 lead by the end of the third inning, courtesy of a pair of home runs, a solo shot by Jesse Winker, and a two-run homer by Matt Davidson and a two-run double off the bat of Kyle Farmer. 

But Royals would not go quietly, chipping away at the four-run deficit. Whit Merrifield drove in a run on an RBI single in the fourth, Adalberto Mondesi singled home a run in the fifth, to pull within two. Ryan McBroom hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the eighth, to tie the game at five.

The Reds are now 8-9, sitting 4.5 games behind the Cubs for first place in the NL Central, as the Royals (7-11) enjoy last place in the AL Central. 

MLB Recap: Orioles 10 – Phillies 9 (F/10)

During the ninth and tenth innings, eight runs were scored in the Orioles victory over the Phillies in extra innings. 

Hector Neris came into pitch the ninth inning, as usual, seeking his third save. Renato Núñez and Pedro Severino had other plans in mind. Nunez singled in a run to tie the game at six. The game got a little crazy though when Severino, with the bases loaded and two outs, hit a pop up right behind the pitcher’s mound. A catch of the ball would end the game. But two different Phillies infielders called for it, and neither caught it, with the ball dropping, and two runs crossed the plate.

Neris would get the final out of the inning striking out the next batter. Didi Gregorius saved Neris in the bottom of the ninth, singling in two runs to tie the game at eight, but the Phillies would not walk off.

An inning after the bloop two-run single, the Orioles pulled another trick out of their hat when Austin Hays hit an inside the park two-run home run. Roman Quinn, the Phillies centerfielder, dove to catch the Hays hit, but the ball bounced bellow his glove and rolled to the wall, allowing Hays and Andrew Velazquez to score.

Jay Bruce singled in Jean Segura in the bottom of the tenth, but that was not enough as the Orioles walked away with the 10-9 win.

Baltimore (8-7) has won its last three games and is now only two games back in the AL East, while the Phillies are (5-7) 2.5 games back in the NL East.

MLB Recap: Cubs 7 – Indians 1

Jon Lester and the Cubs used a five-run sixth inning to power their way to a 7-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.

Jayson Heyward singled in a run in the second inning, while belting a three-run home run in the sixth to lead Chicago’s offense. 

The Indians scored their lone run of the night on a Franmil Reyes double, which drove in Francisco Lindor. 

Lester picked up his second win after pitching six innings of three-hit ball, allowing one run while striking out four and walking two. 

Adam Plutko got the start for the Indians after Mike Clevinger landed on the restricted list for violating team rules by leaving the team’s hotel room over the weekend to celebrate with Zach Plesac. 

“They hurt us bad. They lied to us. They at here in front of you guys and publicly said things that they didn’t follow through on. It’s gonna be up to them. It really is. I’ll let them sit here and tell you how they’re gonna earn their trust back.”

Plutko said

The Cubs sit atop the NL Central with an 11-3 record, while the Indians are in the middle of the AL Central pack at 10-8.

MLB Recap: White Sox 8 – Tigers 4

Eloy Jiménez and Edwin Encarnación each hit home runs as the White Sox defeated the Tigers, 8-4. 

Encarnación scored on Jiménez’s three-run shot in the first inning and hit a solo shot in the fourth. 

Austin Romine put the Tigers on the board with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth. 

Chicago would add three insurance runs, heading into the ninth inning up 8-2. But the Tigers attempted a comeback in the ninth, scoring two runs, one of which came on a Romine fielder’s choice. 

With the win, Chicago (9-6) snapped Detroits (9-9) four-game winning streak and moved a half-game behind the Twins for first place in the AL Central. 

MLB Recap: Nationals 2 – Mets 1

Despite not giving up a run in the first two innings, Nationals starter Max Scherzer threw 60 pitches. 

In the first, Scherzer walked Dominic Smith to load the bases with two outs before striking out Wilson Ramos. Brandon Nimmo walked in the second following a Luis Guillorme single, but Scherzer escaped that jam, striking out Jeff McNeil. 

“There were some big spots where the game really could have changed course there. I was able just to get some big strikeouts.”

Scherzer said

Over the next four innings, Scherzer required only 45 pitches. He finished the night allowing one run on six hits, striking out seven while walking two in six innings of work, earning his first victory in 2020. 

Trea Turner hit a leadoff home run, his 10th career leadoff home run, and Victor Robles singled in a run for the Nationals, while Guillorme hit a sacrifice fly for the Mets, as Washington eked out a 2-1 win. 

The Mets (6-7), losers of their last two, are now in last place in the division, while the Nationals (6-7) sit two games behind the Marlins.

MLB Recap: Rays 8 – Red Sox 2

The Rays scored early and often in their 8-2 win over the Red Sox.

Michael Brosseau got the scoring started with a solo shot in the top of the first, only for Sox second baseman Michael Chavis to single in a run to tie the game in the bottom of the first. But from there, the Rays took over.

“It’s a good feeling knowing the manager has the confidence to put you in the leadoff spot,(Manager Kevin Cash) made a little joke with me prior to that first at-bat, about making him look good. I’m glad I was able to do that.”

Brosseau said

Brosseau scored on a single in the third, but the seventh inning is where Tampa Bay busted open the gates, scoring six runs to take a seven-run lead. Alex Verdugo singled in a run in the eighth, but that was nowhere near enough for Boston. 

Tampa Bay (10-8) find themselves 1.5 games back of the Yankees are winning their last four. Boston is now 6-11.

MLB Recap: Rockies 8 – Diamondbacks 7

Colorado used a six-run eighth inning to top the Diamondbacks, who responded with a five-run ninth inning, in an 8-7 win Tuesday night. 

The score was tied at two, heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning. Trevor Story gave the Rockies the lead on an RBI single before coming around to score on a Charlie Blackmon double. Following three hits in four at-bats, Blackmon’s batting average on the season is now .500. 

Phillip Diehl and Jairo Diaz gave up five runs on six hits in the top of the ninth before Daniel Bard came on for a one-out save. It was Bard’s first save since 2011, and only his sixth career save. 

Luke Weaver seeks his first win as he takes the mound for Arizona (7-11) on Wednesday as he faces off against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies (12-5). 

MLB Recap: Rangers 4 – Mariners 2

Mike Minor pitched four scoreless innings, while Nick Solak singled three times and drove in three runs, as the Rangers defeated the Mariners 4-2.

Minor left the game after throwing 76 pitches, allowing one hit while striking out four and walking three batters. Minor experienced a dip in velocity in his previous start, something manager Chris Woodward kept an eye on. 

“He [Minor] talked me into going back out for the fourth, It wasn’t a health concern to not let him go back out. It was just more of what we had talked about before the game. Still tried to beg me to go out for the fifth. I had to be the bad guy to not let him.”

Woodward said

Seattle scored both of their runs in the fifth inning, one via a J.P. Crawford single and the other on an Elvis Andrus throwing error to first base that brought home Tim Lopes.

Texas is now 7-9, while the Mariners are 7-12.

MLB Recap: Giants 7 – Astros 6 (F/10)

Hunter Pence started the season hitting 2 for 32, before getting a hit in both of his at-bats on Tuesday night.

Pence hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the seventh to pull the Giants within a run of the Astros. 

“We were all pretty happy for Hunter. Obviously that changed the game for us and put us right back where we needed to be.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said 

Darin Ruf tied the game at six in the top of the ninth with an RBI single, before Brandon Crawford singled in Wilmer Flores in the top of the tenth to give the Giants a 7-6 win in Houston.

The Astros built a 6-2 lead through six innings, thanks in part to an Alex Bregman home run, RBI doubles from Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado and a couple of RBI singles from Jose Altuve and Myles Straw. 

San Francisco is now 8-11, while the Astros are 7-10.

MLB Recap: Angels 6 – Athletics 0

Dylan Bundy pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Angels to a shutout, 6-0 win against the A’s. 

Bundy finished the night striking out ten while giving up four hits, as four different Angels batters hit home runs.

“I’m feeling pretty good, as good as I can right now. If you’re throwing the ball good, the confidence is high. You just try to stay in the middle and not get too high, not get too low.”

Bundy said

Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin hit solo shots, while Jason Castro hit a three-run home run in the Angels, five-run, fourth inning.

After arriving in Anaheim on a nine-game winning streak, the Athletics (12-6) have now lost their last two games to the Angels (7-11). 

MLB Recap: Brewers 6 – Twins 4

The Minnesota Twins jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but that was not enough, as they fell to the Brewers, 6-4.

Eddie Rosario, who hit a grand slam Monday night, followed up with two homers on Tuesday night, a solo shot in the first and a two-run bomb in the third.

Brewers catcher Manny Pina matched Rosario’s two home runs, hitting a solo shot in the fifth and a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth. 

Jedd Gyorko hit the go-ahead two-run dinger in the eighth. All ten runs scored in the game came via the long ball.

“It felt good off the bat. I know that guy out there in center field [Byran Buxton] for them pretty much catches everything. So, you’ve got to hit it about 10 feet past the fence or he’s going to catch it. But off the bat, I thought it had a good chance and fortunately it went out.”

Gyorko said

Kenta Maeda seeks his third win on Wednesday as the Twins (11-7) go up against Eric Lauer and there Brewers (7-8) in the series-deciding game three. 

MLB Recap: Padres 6 – Dodgers 2

Manny Machado crushed a grand slam in a five-run third inning for the Padres Tuesday night, mere hours after the team acquired brother in law, Yonder Alonso from Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.

“I’m definitely excited to have my brother-in-law finally on the same team,”

Machado said

Machado’s homer off of Dodgers starter Ross Stripling was his 10th career grand slam. 

Chris Taylor singled in Justin Turner in the top of the second to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, but Austin Hedges tied the game up at one the following inning.

Garrett Richards picked up his first victory in two years, after giving up one run on six hits, striking out three and walking two in six innings of work.

After losing two out of three against the Dodgers (11-7) last week, the Padres (11-7)have a chance to sweep the series on Wednesday night. 

MLB Recap: Yankees 9 – Braves 6

Through the first five innings of the game, the Yankees dominated, thanks in part to a Luke Voit three-run home run and an Aaron Judge solo shot. 

But things started to unravel from there. Marcel Ozuna hit a three-run blast of his own for the Braves in the top of the sixth inning, before Mike Tauchman pinch-hit for Judge in the bottom of the sixth.

Atlanta would pull within four runs in the top of the seventh on a Dansby Swanson fielder’s choice. Mike Ford doubled in a run in the bottom half of the inning, but once again, the Braves would answer with two runs in the top of the eighth. But they could not complete the comeback, falling to the Yankees, 9-6.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery earned his second win, pitching six innings of four-hit ball, allowing three runs while striking out four and walking one. 

New York manager Aaron Boone pulled Judge, whose home run put him atop the leader board with his ninth of the season because he wanted to make sure the Yankees were “being smart with everyone,” after playing four games on turf over the weekend. 

The two teams close out the two-game series Wednesday night with Masahiro Tanaka taking the mound for the Yankees (11-6) and Huascar Ynoa on the hill for the Braves (11-8).

Top Performers:

Dylan Bundy: 7 innings pitched, 4 hits allowed, 0 runs, 10 strikeouts

Eddie Rosario: 2-5, 2 home runs, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs

Jason Castro: 2-3, 1 home run, 3 RBI’s, 1 run

Eloy Jimenez: 2-4, 1 home run, 4 RBI’s, 1 run