Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and rookie Jacob Faria outdueled Red Sox ace Chris Sale as the Tampa Bay Rays pulled off a 4-1 victory over Boston on Thursday night.
Ramos, whose RBI double tied the game in the fourth, gave the Rays some separation in the sixth. Faria (4-0) made his sixth consecutive quality start to begin his major league career, holding the Red Sox to one run on four hits in six innings.
Brad Boxberger pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, Tommy Hunter a scoreless eighth and closer Alex Colome the ninth for his 23rd save. Sale (11-4) lost for only the second time in his past nine starts. He yielded four runs on seven hits and no walks, and struck out 12 to extend his major-league-leading total to 178. Sale had limited opponents to three runs or fewer in each of his previous six outings.
Brewers 11, Cubs 2
CHICAGO -- Domingo Santana went 4-for-5 and first-place Milwaukee jumped on two Chicago pitchers in a seven-run third inning en route to victory.
The Brewers opened a 4 1/2-game lead over the Cubs in the National League Central. Zach Davies (10-4) worked six innings to win his third straight game and fifth in his last seven starts.
Jesus Aguilar was 3-for-5 and Hernan Perez added two hits to lead a 13-hit Milwaukee attack. Chicago's Mike Montgomery (1-6) suffered the loss in a 2 1/3-inning start, his shortest of the season.
Blue Jays 7, Astros 4
TORONTO -- Russell Martin had three hits, including a home run and Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning as Toronto won its third straight.
Liriano (5-4) allowed nine hits, one walk and three runs in six-plus innings while striking out four. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season and the 21st in a row.
Marwin Gonzalez homered in the second inning and was ejected in the sixth inning after striking out for arguing balls and strikes for Houston. The Astros' Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2) allowed six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Indians 11, Padres 2
CLEVELAND -- Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez combined for seven hits and two home runs as Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep.
Yan Gomes also homered for the Indians, whose slumbering offense stirred to life, producing 14 hits. Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (5-9) pitched seven-plus innings, giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
San Diego's Dinelson Lamet (3-3) allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks in four-plus innings. It was an ugly game for the Padres, who were held to five hits and committed three errors.
Reds 6, Rockies 3
DENVER -- Sal Romano, recalled from Triple-A Louisville to make the start, allowed six hits and two runs in five innings to record his first major league victory and help Cincinnati earn a split of the four-game series.
The Reds banged out 13 hits, seven for extra-bases. That output included five doubles and Adam Duvall's 20th home run.
Colorado's Tyler Chatwood (6-10) allowed a season high-tying eight hits and three runs in six innings with four walks and four strikeouts. The Rockies have lost 12 of their past 15 games.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 3
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Luke Voit drove in three runs as St. Louis salvaged a split of their four-game series with Miami.
Michael Wacha (6-3) earned his third straight win, tying a season high by fanning nine over 5 2/3 innings. Brett Cecil pitched 1 2/3 innings to record his 13th straight scoreless outing.
Marcell Ozuna drove in all three runs for the Marlins, and Ichiro Suzuki collected a pair of hits, giving him 3,054 in his major league career and allowing him to pass Rod Carew for the most hits by a foreign-born player.
Pirates 6, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and drove in the eventual game-winning RBI as Pittsburgh won its third straight game.
Bell (2-for-5, three RBIs, two runs), Gregory Polanco (4-for-4, two RBIs, two runs) and McCutchen (3-for-4, two runs, walk) accounted for almost all of the Pirates' offense. The rest of the Pittsburgh lineup totaled two hits and a walk.
Bell's one-double in the eighth inning made it 4-3. Polanco, who hit a solo home run in the fourth, and Elias Diaz followed later in the eighth with RBI doubles to chase Joaquin Benoit (1-3).
Tigers 6, Giants 2
DETROIT -- Dixon Machado hit his first major league homer, and Anibal Sanchez collected his first victory of the season for Detroit.
Machado's two-run homer off San Francisco emergency starter Chris Stratton highlighted a three-run second inning for the Tigers, who finished off a 5-4 homestand. Sanchez (1-0), who was making his 15th appearance this season, recorded his first victory since Aug. 23.
Stratton (0-2) made his first major league start and lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits while walking five. Johnny Cueto was a late scratch because of an inner ear infection.