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Thursday's Baseball Capsules

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit his 537th home run Thursday night to move ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place on the all-time list and complete the scoring for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pujols' 17th home run of the season, which came in the ninth inning off Preston Guilmet, was his 1,122nd extra-base hit, tying Manny Ramirez for 14th place in that category. The 35-year-old first baseman has 1,685 RBIs, one short of Ernie Banks who is 29th on the all-time list.

Mike Trout drove in two runs with his 17th home run and a double.

Trout, who had three straight hits, hit his sixth homer in 11 games off Rays starter Alex Colome for the Angels' first run. Trout's two-out double off Brad Boxberger drove in another run in the seventh after rookie Kyle Kubitza's single had given Los Angeles its first lead of the game, 3-2.

Garrett Richards (6-4) pitched seven innings for the Angels, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out seven.

Former Angel Kevin Jepsen (1-4) took the loss after giving up all three runs in the decisive seventh.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and New York beat San Francisco to prevent a three-game sweep.

Curtis Granderson scored twice and drove in a run to help the Mets win on a 91-degree night when chants of "Let's go Giants!" rang out at Citi Field.

Sergio Romo (0-3) hit Granderson in the back on an 0-2 pitch with one out in the ninth. Granderson advanced to second on Andrew Susac's passed ball and third on Juan Lagares' groundout before Lucas Duda was intentionally walked.

Cuddyer, who had a go-ahead double in the fifth, stroked a sharp single into center field and raised his arm as he headed for first base, just ahead of the swarm of teammates that chased him down to celebrate.

Jeurys Familia (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Scooter Gennett drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth, capping Milwaukee's rally from a four-run deficit for a win over Washington.

Gennett's bouncer trickled just inside the third-base bag and into left to drive home Shane Peterson from third. A throwing error by second baseman Anthony Rendon that allowed Peterson to reach two batters earlier proved costly for reliever Aaron Barrett (3-2).

Gennett smiled when he reached first. It was his first game back in the majors since being sent down to Triple-A for 17 games to work on his swing.

Will Smith (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth -- ending that inning by picking off Bryce Harper -- for the win in his first appearance since returning from a six-game suspension for being caught with foreign substance on his arm.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, and San Diego beat Atlanta following a benches-clearing incident and the ejection of manager Bud Black.

Players left dugouts in the first after Julio Teheran hit Matt Kemp with a 90 mph fastball. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected.

Black was tossed in the seventh for arguing with umpires Jordan Baker and Jerry Meals.

Craig Kimbrel, facing his former team for the second time in the series, earned his 15th save in 16 chances with a perfect 11th that included Andrelton Simmons' groundout and strikeouts by Christian Bethancourt and pinch-hitter.

Atlanta's struggling bullpen, which began the day with a major league-worst 4.75 ERA, combined with Bethancourt to blow a 4-1 lead during San Diego's three-run eighth.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Adam Jones hit the first of Baltimore's three home runs off Wade Miley, and the Orioles beat the Boston for its first sweep of the season.

Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado also homered for the Orioles, who squeezed out a pair of one-run victories during the three-game series. Baltimore has won a season-high four in a row and six of seven.

Miley (5-6) allowed five runs and nine hits over four innings. After finishing the fourth, the left-hander engaged in a heated exchange with manager John Farrell in the dugout. Still screaming, Miley walked into the tunnel with Farrell in pursuit.

David Ortiz hit his seventh home run and Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs for Boston. The defeat left the Red Sox seven games under .500 (27-34), matching their low point of the season.

Chris Tillman (4-7) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings to improve his career record against Boston to 9-3.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Giovanny Urshela hit his first major league home run, Shaun Marcum and his bullpen combined on a two-hitter and Cleveland beat Seattle.

A 23-year-old from Colombia who made his big league debut Tuesday, Urshela grounded an RBI single past shortstop Brad Miller in a four-run third, the first batter after Tom Wilhelmsen relieved J.A. Happ (3-2). Cleveland saved the ball for Urshela, who then hit a solo homer off Vidal Nuno in the sixth.

That ball just cleared the 19-foot fence in left and rebounded onto the field, providing a second memento for Urshela, who smiled widely as he slapped hands with teammates in the dugout.

Urshela is 2 for 8 with three RBIs. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was sent down.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Kazmir allowed one hit in eight innings to end a nine-start winless streak and lead Oakland Athletics over Texas.

Kazmir (3-4) retired 13 of his first 14 batters around a second-inning walk by Adam Rosales and didn't allow a hit until Elvis Andrus' one-out single to center in the fifth.

Texas' only other runner was Prince Fielder, who walked leading off the seventh.

Kazmir struck out six and threw 105 pitches. Evan Scribner needed nine pitches in a perfect ninth that completed the one-hitter.

Kazmir defeated Texas and Houston in his first two starts of the season but had been 0-4 in nine outings since beating the Astros on April 13, although he had a 3.78 ERA in that stretch.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler each homered, and Chicago Cubs ended banged-up Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.

With the rebuilt right-field bleachers in use for the first time this season, the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games.

Montero's three-run homer in the first off Michael Lorenzen (1-2) gave Chicago an early lead, and Fowler's third-inning drive put the Cubs in front 4-2.

Kris Bryant added an RBI double in the fifth for the Cubs, who overcame a rough night from their starting pitcher.

Tsuyoshi Wada was coming off his worst start with the Cubs when he allowed five runs in 3 2-3 innings on June 5 in Washington, and he wasn't much better Thursday. He allowed three runs and four hits in three-plus innings before being replaced by Travis Wood (3-2) following Chris Dominguez's home run to begin the fourth.


MIAMI (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs with his 22nd homer and a 40-foot single, and Miami broke a three-game losing streak by beating Colorado.

David Phelps (3-3), rocked by the Rockies at Coors Field last week, pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing four hits. Chris Rusin (2-1), who beat Phelps last week, gave up 11 hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Stanton came into the game leading the majors in home runs and RBIs, and he pulled a liner into the Rockies bullpen for a three-run homer in the first inning. It was only his second homer this year with more than one runner on base.

Stanton drove in another run in the second with two-out swinging bunt that rolled to a stop on the foul line. He has 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 35 career games against Colorado.

Updated : 2021-09-24 08:56 GMT+08:00