Charlie Blackmon’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth capped a five-run rally and lifted the Colorado Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night in Denver.
The Rockies entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3 after Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom homered in the top of the inning off Daniel Bard (3-2). Ryan McMahon’s one-out homer off Angels reliever Ty Buttrey got the Rockies even in the bottom of the ninth, but they weren’t finished.
After Josh Fuentes doubled and pinch hitter Daniel Murphy walked, Angels manager Joe Maddon removed Buttrey (1-3) in favor of Jose Quijada. The lefty struck out Raimel Tapia for the second out but walked Trevor Story on four pitches to load the bases for Blackmon. Quijada fell behind in the count 3-1, then grooved a fastball that Blackmon hit over the fence in right-center field to end it.
Tapia, Story, Blackmon and Fuentes each had two hits for Colorado, while Jared Walsh and Mike Trout had two hits apiece for Los Angeles.
Brewers 1, Cubs 0
Ryan Braun hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee over visiting Chicago.
Christian Yelich drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Jedd Gyorko’s single to right against Rowan Wick (0-1). Jeremy Jeffress came in to face Braun, but his third pitch was the last of the game.
Josh Hader (1-1) earned the win with a perfect inning. He and fellow reliever Devin Williams followed starter Brandon Woodruff, who struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings while yielding just one hit, two hit batters and no walks. Cubs starter Jon Lester tossed six scoreless innings.
Mets 18, Blue Jays 1
Dominic Smith hit a grand slam, Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Jacob deGrom struck out nine and visiting New York defeated Toronto at Buffalo.
Wilson Ramos added a three-run double in New York’s 10-run fourth inning in the opener of a three-game series. Ramos finished with two doubles, a solo homer and four RBIs.
It was the second straight lopsided win in a start by deGrom (4-1), who allowed one run, three hits and two walks in six innings. The Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 14-1 on Sunday. Toronto starter Chase Anderson (0-1) allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Blue Jays shortstop Santiago Espinal pitched the ninth and allowed one run.
Yankees 6, Orioles 0 (Game 1)
Gerrit Cole pitched a dominant two-hitter and New York beat visiting Baltimore to open a doubleheader, winning for only the seventh time in its past 22 games.
Cole (5-3) held the Orioles hitless for 4 2/3 innings until Hanser Alberto cleanly singled to right field. Before Alberto’s hit, Ryan Mountcastle was the lone Oriole to reach as he reached on a throwing error by third baseman DJ LeMahieu in the second and walked in the fourth.
LeMahieu hit a solo homer. Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka slugged two-run drives for New York, which won consecutive games for the first time since …read more