Agencies Los Angeles
‘He pitched beautifully. No
hits through five innings. We
probably should’ve escaped with just giving up one run’
Milwaukee pitcher Jimmy Nelson’s two-hit gem saw the Brewers down the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday, the Dodgers’ first back-to-back defeats in five weeks.
Nelson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before it was broken up when pinch hitter Chase Utley singled with one out. He allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.
“Jimmy was really good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He pitched beautifully. No hits through five innings. We probably should’ve escaped with just giving up one run. He pitched beautifully.”
The Dodgers, who own the best record in baseball at 91-38, hadn’t lost consecutive games since July 20-21.
Los Angeles activated Yu Darvish from the disabled list on Sunday and the Japanese pitcher allowed three runs in five innings in his fourth start since he was acquired from the Texas Rangers.
Darvish, who landed on the DL with a sore back, threw 95 pitches and worked to get out of several jams. He was done after striking out seven and walking three.
“The overall stuff was really good and the fastball had life,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think in talking to Yu and talking to (pitching coach) Rick (Honeycutt), there was a mechanical adjustment he’s been working through over the last 10 days with his bullpens. To take it from a bullpen to a game, obviously things speed up.
“He was trying to find a rhythm and some consistency. Toward the end of the game, he felt more comfortable and slowed the game down a little bit.”
Marlins 6, Padres 2
Giancarlo Stanton belted his 50th homer of the season, a two-run, go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, as the Miami Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 6-2 victory at Marlins Park on Sunday afternoon.
Stanton had three RBIs and has a team-high 108 for the season. He went 3-for-3 with a walk to raise his batting average to.296. He leads the National League in extra-base hits and OPS, and he needs 10 more homers to become just the sixth player in major league history with 60 in a season.
After Stanton’s homer put Miami up 4-2, the Marlins added two more runs in the inning. Christian Yelich grounded a triple and scored on a throwing error by Carlos Asuaje on a relay play. It was Yelich’s first triple this year. Two batters later, Derek Dietrich drilled his eighth homer of the season and his second in two games.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 2
Byron Buxton hit a career-best three home runs and had five RBIs, Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning and Minnesota defeated Toronto.
Buxton added an RBI single in his four-hit game as the Twins took the rubber match of the three-game series. With homers in the fourth, seventh and ninth innings, Buxton become the eighth player in Twins history with a three-homer game.
Gibson (8-10) allowed seven hits, one walk and two runs while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. One of the hits was a solo homer by Norichika Aoki.
Orioles 2, Red Sox 1
Wade Miley’s effective start and timely hits by Adam Jones and Trey Mancini helped Baltimore complete a three-game sweep of Boston at Fenway Park.
Miley (8-10) worked five innings, surrendering one run, seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Brad Brach got the final five outs for his 17th save.
Jones and Mancini each had one RBI for the Orioles. Rafael Devers doubled twice and drove in the Red Sox’s only run.
Indians 12, Royals 0
Yan Gomes capped a nine-run, three-homer second inning with a grand slam as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City.
Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana also homered in Cleveland’s second inning, when the Indians sent 12 men to the plate.
The Indians shut out Kansas City in all three games of the series: 4-0, 4-0, and 12-0. The Indians have won four games in a row. Cleveland pitchers, who lead the major leagues with 15 shutouts, have pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings, their longest such streak since a 31-innings scoreless streak in June 2008.
The Royals, who have lost four in a row, have gone a franchise-record 34 consecutive innings without scoring a run.
Yankees 10, Mariners 1
Starlin Castro went 4-for-4 and New York scored six runs in the first inning when Seattle committed five errors.
It was the 16th career four-hit game for Castro and helped the Yankees win for the ninth time in 13 games. New York is 2 1/2 games behind Boston and 3 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota for the first American League wild-card spot.
Seattle’s Jean Segura was charged with three errors, becoming the first shortstop to make three errors in an inning since Castro did for the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 2011 at Colorado.
The Mariners are 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second wild card.
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