Escobar HRs as Mets end 3-game skid, rally Rangers 4-3
Eduardo Escobar hit a game-breaking three-run homer, father-to-be David Peterson tied a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings, and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night to put ending a season-high three-game losing streak.
Mark Canha hit an RBI tie single in the fourth that ended an 0-for-14 slide. Two batters later, Escobar broke an 0-for-10 rut by hitting a 3-2 lead from Glenn Otto (5- 5) in the second bridge from right field for a 4-1 lead.
Escobar’s 417-foot drive gave the Mets their first victory since beating the Marlins on Saturday in Miami.
Peterson (5-1) took the mound after slated starter Chris Bassitt went on the disabled list; manager Buck Showalter hinted the right-hander was dealing with COVID-19.
While his wife Alex was expecting the couple’s first child, Peterson allowed three runs and five hits, including solo home runs to Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe. Edwin Díaz netted two in a ninth 1-2-3 save for his 17th in 20 chances.
Otto made his second start since missing three weeks on the COVID-19 disabled list and allowed four runs and four hits in four innings.
PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darick Hall’s game-breaking homer was his third homer since being called, and Rhys Hoskins went deep to add an insurance run, leading Philadelphia over Nolan Arenado and St. Louis.
Hall broke a 3-all tie in the sixth when he started by driving a 79 mph switch from Miles Mikolas (5-6) in the right seats. All three of Hall’s hits have been home runs since arriving from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Hall, 26, went deep twice in Philadelphia’s 14-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Hoskins gave Philadelphia a two-run cushion in the seventh by a home run in his third straight game, a solo shot to deep left center. Mickey Moniak added an RBI brace for Philadelphia, which is 19-8 since interim manager Rob Thomson replaced fired Joe Girardi last month.
José Alvarado (2-1) pitched two-third scoreless innings in relief for the victory, and Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in four chances.
Arenado hit for the cycle for the second time in his career and the 17th time in Cardinals history. He hit a triple RBI in the first, a two-run homer in the third, doubled in the sixth and was credited with a single in the eighth after his hard-hit grounder hit third baseman Matt’s glove. Vierling.
BRAVE 9, RED 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Max Fried won his eighth straight decision, Austin Riley put Atlanta ahead to stay in the first inning with his 19th home run, and the Braves routed Cincinnati.
Dansby Swanson added a three-run homer in the seventh for the defending World Series champion Braves, who are 22-6 since the start of June to close within 3½ games of the New Mets. York, leaders of the NL East.
Fried (8-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
Mike Minor (1-5) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, his first quality start this season.
BLUE JAYS 9, RAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos ended his three-start winless streak, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three points and Toronto celebrated Canada Day by beating Tampa Bay for its fourth win in five games.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3 for 3 with a solo home run and also walked. Cavan Biggio was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two walks, and also scored twice. Seven of Toronto’s 11 hits were for extra bases.
Berríos (6-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings for his first win since June 10 at Kansas City.
Corey Kluber (3-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings, extending his winless streak to four starts.
MARLINS 6, NATIONALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Anderson homered and Miami beat Washington for its ninth win in 10 games against the Nationals this season.
Jon Berti stole two bases to bring his major league-leading total to 24.
Keibert Ruiz homered for Washington, which fell to 6-25 against the NL East. Washington lost its 50th game on the first date since the 2009 Nats were 22-50 after games June 26.
Trevor Rogers (4-6) allowed one run and two hits in five innings. Tanner Scott worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
Washington starter Josiah Gray (6-5) retired Miami’s first six batters before giving up Anderson’s solo shot to lead the third. The Marlins had two more runs with two outs in the inning when Joey Wendle hit an RBI single and scored on Garrett Cooper’s double.
SMALL 6, RED SOX 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Christopher Morel had his third straight game and Chicago rallied to beat Boston.
Jarren Duran, back in the Boston lineup after missing a three-game series in Toronto because he wasn’t vaccinated, led Adrian Sampson’s first pitch of the game for a home run. Jackie Bradley Jr. made it 4-0 with a three-point brace in the second.
Rich Hill went through the first four innings before coming out with a sprained left knee in a fifth from three-run. He allowed three runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out three.
The Cubs scored three more goals with two outs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. Morel slammed a two-point drive on the left against Hansel Robles (1-3). Willson Contreras then walked and scored on wild pitch, sending the Cubs to their fourth win in five games.
Brandon Hughes (1-0) had three outs for his first career win, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 10th save of 13 opportunities.
ROYALS 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Vinnie Pasquatino hit his first major league home run and Hunter Dozier followed it up with a drive in the bullpen, leading Brad Keller and Kansas City over Detroit.
Brad Keller (3-9) allowed five hits and two walks in addition to six scoreless innings.
The Tigers scored in the ninth on Eric Haase’s sacrifice ball. The closest to the Royals, Scott Barlow, made his 11th save.
Michael Pineda (1-3) threw 65 pitches in his return from the disabled list, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three scoreless on walks.
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