MLB roundup: Cubs’ Drew Smyly flirts with perfection vs. Dodgers

MLB roundup: Cubs' Drew Smyly flirts with perfection vs. Dodgers

The Chicago Cubs defeated the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 13-0 on Friday, with Drew Smyly pitching a perfect game into the eighth inning while giving up only one hit and striking out 10 batters over 7 2/3 innings.

At one point, Smyly (2-1), who defeated the Dodgers on Sunday in Los Angeles, struck out six straight batters. David Peralta reached on a broken-bat infield single that just made it halfway down the third-base line to start the eighth inning, the only baserunner he allowed in the 24 batters he saw. The Dodgers only managed three baserunners during the day and had one hit in total.

Hoerner led Chicago with four hits and four RBIs, and Trey Mancini added a home run to his three hits and three RBIs. For the Cubs, who, according to Marquee Sports Network, tied a franchise mark by scoring at least 10 runs in six of their first 19 games, former Dodger Cody Bellinger also went deep for the team.

In 3 1/3 innings, Los Angeles starter Julio Urias (3-2) surrendered five runs, seven hits (including two home runs), and two walks. Urias has given up seven of his season’s ten earned runs to Chicago.

Royals 0; Angels 2

In seven innings, Shohei Ohtani struck out 11, helping Los Angeles defeat Kansas City in Anaheim, California.

Edward Olivares singled with the bases loaded in the third inning, and Vinnie Pasquantino singled with one out in the fourth. Ohtani (3-0) tossed 102 pitches, walked two, and allowed two hits. His ERA dropped to 0.64.

Six hits from the Angels against four pitchers from Kansas City did not amount to much offense. However, one of those hits came in the third inning against Royals reliever Ryan Yarbrough (0-2) when catcher Chad Wallach homered for two runs.

Giants 0, 7, Mets

Joey Lucchesi pitched seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, Pete Alonso hit his tenth home run of the year and drove in four runs, and New York made it seven wins out of eight on its tour of California by blanking the host San Francisco.

For the Mets, Jeff McNeil had two hits and two runs scored. Lucchesi (1-0) gave up four hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts. He was making his major league debut after having Tommy John surgery in June 2021.

The Mets’ second shutout of the year was completed with scoreless innings from Brooks Raley and Tommy Hunter. Anthony DeSclafani, the Giants’ first-round starter, gave up four runs in five innings.

Rockies 3, Phillies 4

In the eighth inning, Edmundo Sosa hit the winning single, lifting Philadelphia over Colorado.

For the Phillies, Kyle Schwarber notched two hits, including a solo home run, while Jake Cave added an RBI single. Aaron Nola, the starting pitcher for Philadelphia, pitched a season-high seven innings while giving up four hits, three runs, three walks, and three strikeouts.

Despite only getting four hits, Ryan McMahon hit a three-run home run for the Rockies.

Braves 4, Astros 6

Houston completed its comeback with a two-run home run in the ninth inning, starting its weekend road series against Atlanta.

Mauricio Dubon was brought home by Alvarez’s game-winning home run, his fifth of the season, which came on a full count with two outs in the top of the ninth. When Ryan Pressly entered the game to secure the Astros’ third victory in four games, he recorded a strikeout and his first save of the year.

For the Braves, Bryce Elder pitched six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and six strikeouts, but Houston’s powerful top half of the seventh cost him the game. A.J. Minter (1-1) suffered the defeat. Atlanta had an eight-game winning streak before suffering its most recent two losses.

Reds 2, Pirates 4

Cincinnati was defeated by Pittsburgh, which had won five straight games thanks to two RBIs from Mark Mathias.

In six innings, Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher Mitch Keller (2-0) gave up two runs, four hits, five strikeouts, and a walk. It was the group’s 11th consecutive strong start. For his seventh save, David Bednar pitched the ninth inning.

The Reds, who have lost four straight games and five straight, were helped by an RBI single from Nick Senzel.

Gray Sox 7, Rays 8

The ninth inning walk-off home run by Brandon Lowe gave Tampa Bay the victory over Chicago in game one of their three-game series in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) had a two-run advantage going into the ninth, but he failed to get an out while giving up a leadoff home run to Christian Bethancourt and a two-run bomb to Lowe. For the Rays, who are 11-0 at home, Josh Lowe had two hits and two RBIs, Harold Ramirez had two hits, including a two-run home run, and scored two runs.

For Chicago, Eloy Jimenez homered, Yasmani Grandal had two hits and two runs, and Andrew Benintendi had two singles and an RBI.

Cardinals 2, Mariners 5

Seattle overcame visiting St. Louis in the first game of a three-game interleague series thanks to AJ Pollock’s game-winning, two-run double in the sixth inning and a three-hitter by four pitchers working together.

The Mariners ended a three-game losing streak thanks to Teoscar Hernandez, who hit a double and a home run and scored three times. George Kirby (2-1), the starter for Seattle, went six innings while giving up two runs on three hits. The right-hander retired five batters while walking none.

Steven Matz (0-3) of the Cardinals was tagged with four runs on four hits in five and a third innings. He also had two walks and seven strikeouts.

Yankees 1; Blue Jays 6

In the first inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smashed a two-run home run to help Toronto defeat the home team, New York.

Guerrero said before the game how much he enjoys hitting there but reiterated how he will never play for the Yankees. He then smashed his 11th career home run in his 32nd game at Yankee Stadium. For the Blue Jays, who are 11-5 in their last 16 games, Brandon Belt blasted a two-run homer and a two-run double. In six innings, Yusei Kikuchi (3-0) gave up one run on four hits.

The Yankees lost the first game of the series for the seventh time in a row despite Oswaldo Cabrera’s home run. Domingo German (1-2) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two.

Brewers 3, Red Sox 5

As Boston beat Milwaukee in the first game of the three-game series, Alex Verdugo hit a two-run home run, and Nick Pivetta pitched well into the sixth inning.

In 5 2/3 innings, Pivetta (1-0) gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking one. Josh Winckowski pitched the next two and a third shutout innings while striking out four times, and Kenley Jansen closed the game with a spotless ninth inning for his sixth save.

Freddy Peralta (2-2), a starter for the Brewers, went 5 2/3 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four, and took two expensive walks.

Tigers 1; Orioles 2

On a fielder’s choice in the ninth inning, Adam Frazier scored the go-ahead run to give host Baltimore their eighth victory in the previous ten games.

For Baltimore, Austin Hays hit a solo home run and Ryan Mountcastle scored the winning run. Tyler Wells pitched seven innings without surrendering a run while giving up just three hits and five strikeouts. Javy Baez’s ninth-inning RBI single ended the Orioles’ 34-inning scoreless streak, giving Felix Baustista (1-2) the victory despite blowing the save.

Michael Lorenzen, the Tigers’ starting pitcher, went five innings while allowing three hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. With one out in the ninth, Tigers fifth pitcher Jason Foley (0-1) entered the game. Before Frazier’s grounder, Mountcastle welcomed him with a single and moved up to third on Anthony Santander’s base hit.

Twins 2, Nationals 3,

In order to defeat Minnesota in chilly Minneapolis, Joey Meneses homered in the seventh inning, and Washington created offense for the first time recently with a two-run rally in the eighth.

The Nationals won for just the second time in their previous eight games after being blanked in back-to-back contests. In relief, Erasmo Ramirez (1-1) earned the victory. Both Kyle Finnegan, who recorded his fourth save, and Hunter Harvey, who struck out the side in the eighth, both pitched a scoreless inning.

The Twins have lost five of their previous six games. Joey Gallo’s fifth home run of the season and Max Kepler’s sacrifice fly, both in the third inning, gave them an early lead. Griffin Jax (1-2) was defeated.

Rangers 4, Athletics 5

With one out in the ninth inning and the score tied at seven, pinch hitter Jordan Diaz blasted a tiebreaking solo home run to help Oakland defeat Texas in Arlington, Texas, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

For Oakland, Tony Kemp added a solo home run. A scoreless inning was pitched by Zach Jackson (1-1), while Jeurys Familia earned his first save. Jose Leclerc struck out Esteury Ruiz to end the top of the ninth inning before Will Smith (0-1) entered to face Diaz. He sent a 1-2 slider over the fence in left field.

The Rangers had two on with no outs in the eighth inning when Jackson retired the next three batters in order, scoring three runs on a home run by Jonah Heim. Jon Gray, the Rangers’ starting pitcher, went 5 1/3 innings while allowing four runs (three of them earned), five hits, five walks, and two strikeouts. Over six innings, A’s starter JP Sears recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts against only two walks. He gave up five hits and four runs.

Padres 0, Diamondbacks 9

With seven scoreless innings to lead Arizona to a 3-0 victory against visiting San Diego, Zac Gallen extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 2/3.

Gallen improved to 3-1 on the year while giving up just two hits, no walks, and 11 strikeouts. Since April 4, he hasn’t allowed a run. In the Diamondbacks’ seven-run eighth, Gabriel Moreno finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single.

Seth Lugo (2-1) of the Padres, who pitched against Gallen in a pitching matchup, lost the contest after giving up two runs on six hits, a walk, and six strikeouts in six innings.

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