Orioles end 19-game skid by getting past Ohtani, Angels

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BALTIMORE (AP)The Baltimore Orioles snapped their 19-game losing streak Wednesday night, rallying to beat Los Angeles 10-6 after a shaky start by Shohei Ohtani left the Angels’ bullpen with too much to do.

The Angels were up 6-2 in the fourth inning and 6-4 when Ohtani left the game after the top of the sixth. But Baltimore scored a run in the seventh and five in the eighth. Ramon Urias and Kelvin Gutierrez drew bases-loaded walks to put the Orioles up 7-6, and pinch-hitter Austin Hays added a two-run double.

The Orioles were two losses shy of the American League record for the longest skid – which they set themselves in 1988 when they started 0-21.

Ohtani allowed three homers on the mound and struck out three times at the plate.

It was 6-5 when Jake Petricka (0-1) allowed a single, a double and an intentional walk to start the bottom of the eighth. He then walked Urias, his final batter, on four pitches to tie the game.

Tanner Scott (5-4) won in relief for the Orioles.

DODGERS 5, PADRES 3, 16 INNINGS

SAN DIEGO (AP) – AJ Pollock led off the 16th inning with a two-run homer and Los Angeles outlasted San Diego in by far the longest major league game since pandemic rules were implemented last year.

No game had gone longer than 13 innings since MLB began putting an automatic runner on second base to start extra innings before the shortened 2020 season.

This one started at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday and ended at 12:59 a.m. Thursday. It took 5 hours, 49 minutes to play.

Pollock’s 16th homer came off rookie reliever Daniel Camarena (0-1), the ninth Padres pitcher. The Dodgers used 10, including winner Corey Knebel (4-0) and Shane Greene, who worked the 16th for his first save.

Greene was the 47th player of 52 on the two active rosters to appear in the game.

Pinch-hitter Billy McKinney and Trea Turner gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead with consecutive RBI singles in the 15th. Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it with a two-run homer off Knebel in the bottom half, his NL-leading 35th.

Tatis’ home run was just the fourth hit for the Padres and their first since the fifth.

The Dodgers won for the 11th time in 12 games. The Padres have lost three straight and 11 of 13.

San Diego starter Blake Snell and Dodgers ace Walker Buehler were brilliant, but both were long gone by the time the game ended.

GIANTS 3, METS 2

NEW YORK (AP) – Jake McGee induced a game-ending popup from Pete Alonso with the bases loaded, and San Francisco turned five double plays to beat freefalling New York.

Brandon Crawford hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning after New York manager Luis Rojas gave starter Taijuan Walker an aggressive hook.

In the ninth, McGee jammed Alonso with a 1-2 fastball and his soft flare was caught easily on the infield by second baseman Tommy La Stella. It was McGee’s 29th save.

Walker (7-9) overpowered San Francisco through six innings but was pulled in the seventh with 74 pitches after runners reached on an error by third baseman Jonathan Villar and a popup that fell between three Mets defenders in shallow center.

Tony Watson (5-3), the third of six Giants pitchers, got the win.

CARDINALS 3, TIGERS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and scored the game-ending run on Lars Nootbaar’s single in the 10th inning as St. Louis beat Detroit.

Nootbaar lined a two-out single to right field off Michael Fulmer (5-6) in the 10th to score Goldschmidt, who had been intentionally walked.

Tigers pinch-hitter Harold Castro tied it 2-2 in the ninth with a soft single to center off closer Alex Reyes, who blew his third save in 31 chances.

T.J. McFarland (3-0) pitched a scoreless 10th.

Goldschmidt homered in the first and third innings.

RAYS 7, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Francisco Mejia hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth inning, Brandon Lowe connected for his 30th of the season and AL East-leading Tampa Bay beat slumping Philadelphia.

The Rays have won eight of nine.

Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight.

Mejia broke a 4-4 tie with no outs in the ninth, driving an 0-2, 96-mph fastball from Phillies starter Zack Wheeler (10-9) into the second deck in right.

Collin McHugh (5-1) allowed the tying run in the eighth but pitched a scoreless ninth.

BREWERS 4, REDS 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 in six shutout innings and Milwaukee extended its NL Central lead over Cincinnati to 9 1/2 games.

Avisail Garcia hit an RBI double and made two big defensive plays in right field for the Brewers, who have won 12 of 15.

Woodruff (8-7) permitted only four hits and retired 13 straight batters during one stretch. He struck out four Reds, including Joey Votto, two times each.

Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (7-13) gave up two runs and had six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

ASTROS 6, ROYALS 5, 10 INNINGS

HOUSTON (AP) – Alex Bregman had two hits and an RBI in his first action in more than two months, and he scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a groundout by Jake Meyers to lift Houston over Kansas City.

Kyle Tucker singled with no outs in the 10th to send automatic runner Bregman to third. Meyers then hit a comebacker that struck pitcher Joel Payamps (0-3) and pulled him toward first base. Payamps tossed the ball to first for the meaningless out as Bregman slid home.

Kendall Graveman (5-0) struck out one in a scoreless 10th.

Whit Merrifield hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh to put the Royals up 5-3.

CUBS 5, ROCKIES 2, GAME 1

ROCKIES 13, CUBS 10, 10 INNINGS, GAME 2

CHICAGO (AP) – Ryan McMahon lofted a two-run homer in the 10th inning, Brendan Rodgers followed with a two-run double that gave him five RBIs for the game, and Colorado split a doubleheader with Chicago.

The Cubs won the opener 5-2 in a tidy 2 hours, 9 minutes, thanks to Patrick Wisdom’s tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning.

The nightcap lasted exactly twice as long – 4:18. McMahon hit a high drive to left field off Jake Jewell (0-2) for his 19th homer. Rodgers, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning, ripped his double down the left-field line.

Ben Bowden (3-2), the eighth of nine Colorado pitchers, got four outs for the win.

Connor Joe hit his first career grand slam in the fourth inning for Colorado.

In the opener, Wisdom took Austin Gomber (9-8) deep to left.

Reliever Codi Heuer (5-2) got four outs for the win. Adam Morgan pitched a perfect seventh for his first save.

BLUE JAYS 3, WHITE SOX 1

TORONTO (AP) – Alejandro Kirk broke a tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning and Toronto beat Chicago.

After Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray matched his career high by striking out 14 over seven innings, Tim Mayza (4-1) worked a perfect eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his 13th save in 14 chances.

White Sox left-hander Aaron Bummer (2-5) struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth before giving up singles to Teoscar Hernandez, pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera, and Kirk.

AL Central-leading Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.

TWINS 9, RED SOX 6, 10 INNINGS

BOSTON (AP) – Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer to lead off the 10th after Boston rallied from a four-run deficit to send the game into extra innings, and Jake Cave added a three-run shot for Minnesota.

Donaldson and Jorge Polanco homered for the second straight game, and Miguel Sano hit a 495-foot homer that is the longest in the majors this year and one of the longest in the history of Fenway Park.

Minnesota led 4-0 before Boston scored one in the seventh, one in the eighth, and then tied it on Kyle Schwarber’s two-run homer off Alex Colome (4-4) in the ninth inning.

Hansel Robles (3-5) gave up Donaldson’s game-winner.

INDIANS 7, RANGERS 2

CLEVELAND (AP) – Franmil Reyes drove a 451-foot home run into the left field bleachers, one of four homers by Cleveland against Texas.

Reyes’ blast off Wes Benjamin in the seventh landed about two-thirds of the way up the bleachers and was his 23rd of the season.

Yu Chang homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs. Oscar Mercado and Austin Hedges also homered off Jake Latz (0-1), who gave up three home runs in his major league debut.

Zach Plesac (8-4) dodged trouble in each of the first five innings before giving up Jason Martin’s two-run homer in the sixth that cut Cleveland’s lead to 3-2.

MARLINS 4, NATIONALS 3, 10 INNINGS

MIAMI (AP) – Jorge Alfaro singled with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and Miami beat Washington to snap an eight-game skid.

Right fielder Jesus Sanchez threw out automatic runner Carter Kieboom at home plate as he attempted to score from second on Riley Adams’ single in the top of the 10th.

Sanchez was placed on second base to begin the bottom half and advanced to third on Lewis Brinson’s sacrifice bunt against reliever Kyle Finnegan (4-5). Brian Anderson and Isan Diaz were intentionally walked before Alfaro’s smash got past shortstop Alcides Escobar into center field.

Dylan Floro (5-4) pitched the 10th for the Marlins, who won for the first time since defeating the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Aug. 15.

Josh Bell and Yadiel Hernandez homered for Washington.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Carson Kelly and Pavin Smith homered and Arizona rallied against Pittsburgh’s bullpen.

Kelly’s homer came in the seventh against Pittsburgh reliever Anthony Banda (2-1) to give the Diamondbacks the lead for good. Smith took Nick Mears deep in the sixth.

Smith walked to lead off the eighth, Josh VanMeter singled and David Peralta drove them both in with a double to left off Kyle Keller.

Six Arizona receivers combined to keep the Pirates off the board, including Brett de Geus (3-2). Tyler Clippard worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

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