Jacob deGrom tied his personal record by striking out 13 batters in seven strong innings on Friday night when the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 at Citi Field.
The Mets won for the tenth time in 28 games after an 11-1 start. The Diamondbacks have lost eight of nine.
DeGrom (4-0), who missed a start earlier this month due to a hyperextended right elbow and threw 45 pitches while only one inning on Sunday returned, allowed one run and six hits without bases balls while throwing 71 his 100 strikes pitches. The 13 strikeout effort was the fourth of his career, including one in the 2015 playoffs, and the first since he threw 13 against the Miami Marlins on April 15, 2017.
The Diamondbacks have only one runner beyond from first base in the first five innings before scoring in the sixth, when Steven Souza Jr. singled with one out and scored with Jake Lamb's double. The race broke deGrom's goalless scoring in his 24 2/3 innings career. Later, Souza abandoned the contest after reaffirming a right pectoral injury.
Astros 4, Indians 1
Charlie Morton extended his winning streak to nine games when Houston recovered on his behalf, scoring two goals in the seventh inning to score a victory over Cleveland visitors.
Morton (6-0) was exceptional again at home, improving to 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA at Minute Maid Park this season. He limited the Indians to four hits and one base on balls in seven innings, recording eight strikeouts while throwing 97 pitches.
Cleveland designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the opposite field on the right with one out in the seventh to sully Morton's ledger. It was the tenth home run by Encarnación in the season.
Royals 5, Yankees 2
Whit Merrifield had three hits and tied the best record of his career with three stolen bases to propel host Kansas City to victory over New York.
Merrifield helped the Royals stop a five-game losing streak with a double and two singles in his first three at-bats against CC Sabathia (2-1) to extend his batting streak to 11 games. Merrifield also stole three bases for the third time in his career and for the second time this season (also on May 6).
Neil Walker hit a RBI single and Miguel Andujar raised a sacrifice fly for the Yankees, who played for the first time since Tuesday due to rain in Washington. New York also lost for the fourth time in its last 23 games.
Orioles 7, Red Sox 4
A fourth inning of four runs helped Alex Cobb win his first victory with Baltimore at the expense of Boston, breaking a 13-game losing streak in the Orioles.
Cobb (1-5) allowed three runs on 10 hits and one base on balls with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. It was the Boston native's first victory since Sept. 22 with Tampa Bay versus Baltimore. Cobb had a 7.06 ERA through six starts after joining the Orioles in March.
Mookie Betts hit a solo homer and had two RBIs, and both Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Nunez drove in one for Boston, which had won four of six. The Red Sox are 13-13 since their best franchise record, 17-2.
Cubs 8, Red 1
Addison Russell tied the best record of his career with four hits and Jon Lester (4-1) allowed only two hits in six innings while the host of Cincinnati defeated Chicago.
Russell's opportunity in the first five-hit game of his career ended with a walk in the eighth inning. By then, the game was well in hand, with Chicago collecting 15 hits from three Reds pitchers. Willson Contreras went 3-6 with a run-up, while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo packed two hits apiece.
After a 93-minute rain delay before the first pitch, the first five Cubs at bat touched Homer Bailey (1-6) for the hits. Ben Zobrist hit a single and Bryant doubled to set the table. Rizzo, Contreras and Russell dug and took bites with RBI singles for a 3-0 lead before Bailey got his first out.
Mariners 5, Tigers 4
Mitch Haniger's scoring double in the seventh inning capped a five-run rally when Seattle defeated visiting Detroit.
Losing 4-0, the Mariners scored all of their runs in the seventh. Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, who had allowed just two hits to whiten Seattle in the first six innings, led Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager to the start of the inning. The runners advanced on a groundout, and Ben Gamel hit a two-run single to right field, cutting Detroit's lead in half.
The right-hander Buck Farmer (0-2) replaced Fulmer and walked Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia to load the bases. Left-hander Daniel Stumpf faced Dee Gordon, who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 4-3. Right-hander Warwick Saupold served a single-handed producer to Jean Segura before Haniger's double in the left-field corner led Seattle to a coming victory.
Brewers 8, Twins 3
Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs with two homers, driving Milwaukee to victory over Minnesota in the first game of a series of three interleague games in Minneapolis.
After Ji-Man Choi, retired from Triple-A Colorado Springs early in the day, snatched a single shot in the second inning, the Brewers added three against Twins starter Kyle Gibson (1-2) in the third to go up 4-0. Orlando Arcia had a double and Christian Yelich a RBI single before Aguilar took Gibson to left field for a two-run homer.
Aguilar completed the third game of two home runs of his career with a single shot in the seventh for a 6-1 lead. Max Kepler's two-run homer, his sixth of the season, put the Twins to 7-3 in the eighth inning before the Brewers joined the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Villar.
Rangers 12, White Sox 5
Shin-Soo Choo's Grand Slam featured a third inning of five runs, and Texas beat harbaded Chicago.
Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar had three runs batted in for the Rangers, who bounced back from a loss in the first game of the series. But it was Choo who threw the big bang, pulling a big platform on the seats in right field in the third inning for his sixth homer of the season.
White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico left the game in the second inning after being hit by a pitch that fractured his right hand. It is expected to lose four to six weeks. Chicago starter Carson Fulmer (2-4) received an option for Charlotte Triple-A after the game after allowing eight runs with only three hits in more than two innings.
Rays 8, Angels 3
Wilson Ramos homered twice and Blake Snell threw 6 2/3 strong innings to help lead the Tampa Bay hosts to Los Angeles for their fifth consecutive victory.
Ramos 'home runs were the 99th and 100th of his career, part of a 15-hit attack for the Rays' offense. Six different players had at least two hits, including three from Brad Miller and Mallex Smith. Daniel Robertson also homered for Tampa Bay.
Snell (5-3) followed the solid performance of Chris Archer in the first game of the series on Thursday with one of his own. He kept the Angels scoreless until Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in the fifth. Before Simmons' two-run single, the Angels had scored just one run in their previous 26 innings. Los Angeles has lost four in a row.
Marlins 2, Braves 0
Right-hander Dan Straily pitched seven innings without allowing runs and retired the last 11 batters he faced to help Miami beat Atlanta.
Straily (2-0) limited the Braves, the highest scoring team in the National League, to three hits and three walks. He struck out six. It was only the second time that Atlanta has been shut out this season.
It was the second time that Straily has beaten the Braves this season; He pitched five innings in the 6-3 win last week in Miami. Straily improved to 4-2 in his career against Atlanta.
Rockies 6, Giants 1
Ian Desmond drove in four runs with a ground rule double and a home run, lifting Colorado to a second consecutive victory over host San Francisco.
Lefty Kyle Freeland (4-4) limited the Giants to a run in 6 2/3 innings, and reliever Bryan Shaw came out of a headache in the seventh inning to hit the mighty Brandon Belt, delivering the Rockies a third victory in four games to start a nine-game trip. Belt had homered in each of his four previous games.
Nolan Arenado got a rally in the third inning by taking a walk, and then Trevor Story hit a single. One out later, Desmond hit a three-run homer to center field, putting the Rockies ahead for good at 3-1. Desmond put the score 4-1 in the sixth inning with a double with two bases on the ground, again scoring to Arenado, who had led the inning with a double.
Cardinals 12, Phillies 4
Jose Martinez had four hits, including a homer, to go with five RBIs when St. Louis defeated visitors to Philadelphia.
Tommy Pham added three hits, Francisco Peña had three hits, including a homer, and scored three runs, while starter Michael Wacha allowed two earned runs in six solid innings. Wacha (5-1) struck out eight and threw 101 pitches, 65 for hits.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (3-2) struggled in three hesitant innings by allowing five hits and four runs (two earned). Reliever Drew Hutchison allowed six hits and five earned runs in three innings.
Athletics 3, Azulejos 1
Dustin Fowler hit his first major league home run and added a double-producer to lead Oakland to victory over Toronto.
The A's, which ended with a six-game losing streak at the Rogers Center on Thursday, won the first two games of the four-game series and are 5-3 with two games remaining on a 10-game trip .
A's starter, Brett Anderson, who allowed two hits and no runs in the first inning, left the game after one inning. The southpaw began to warm up during the bottom of the second but left with a shoulder strain. Right-hander Josh Lucas, recently retired from Triple-A Nashville, replaced him.
Padres 3, Piratas 2
Franchy Cordero's impulsive single in sixth place when San Diego overcame a two-run deficit to stop Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak.
San Diego's Tyson Ross (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits, with two strikeouts and four walks. He made 100 pitches and reached that number in seven of his nine starts. Brad Hand threw the last 1/1 inning for his 13th save.
Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows, making his major league debut with Starling Mars on the 10-day disabled list due to a right oblique injury, went 2-for-4 with two singles and one stolen base .
Dodgers at Nationals, ppd.
The game between host Washington and Los Angeles was postponed due to inclement weather and will be composed from a doubleheader divided on Saturday. The Nationals have played only 5 1/2 baseball innings since Sunday due to postponements.
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