NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Cole Calhoun hit home twice and scored four runs, Martin Perez won his seventh straight decision as the Texas Rangers beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Saturday.
Calhoun hit a three-run shot from spot starter Trevor Williams in the second innings and third-year catcher Jonah Heim scored his career-high 11th home run to give Rangers a 4-2 lead.
Starling Marte launched the opening two-run homer and Eduardo Escobar also went deep against Perez (7-2), who had left only two long deliveries in 15, coming 93 1/3 innings. But the 31-year-old lefty gave nothing more, allowing seven hits and two walks with four strikes in 6 2/3 innings. He leads 7-0 in his last 11 games, making a strong bid for his first All-Star selection this month.
Perez is unbeaten in his last 14 matches – a career best. His seven-match winning streak matches a career-high set in 2017. Texas has won 11 of its last 12.
Williams (1-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings in his seventh start of the year.
Twins 4, Orioles 3
MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) – Jorge Polanco hit a homer and Jose Miranda delivered a game-ending single as Minnesota again scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
A day after Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer for a 3-2 win off George Lopez in the ninth match, Minnesota were back once again. Polanco started ninth with a home run against López (4-4) that made it a 3-all. Alex Kiriloff doubled with a single out, Gary Sanchez took a single and Miranda won it with a single.
Miranda entered the game at third base on top of ninth after Gio Ursella was pulled for a pinch-runner in eighth.
Minnesota starter Sonny Gray played five innings, conceding six hits and three runs on three walks. Jharrel Cotton played three no-scoring innings in relief and Emilio Pagan (4-4) worked in ninth.
Anthony Santander hit his 15th home run for Baltimore. Orioles star Trey Mancini was back in the lineup after being restricted to pinch-hitting duties with a right arm injury on Friday and was 1 for 3. Nick Gordon hit a solo home run in the seventh, leaving the Twins’ deficit 3–1. ,
Marlins 5, Nationals 3
WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run home run in the first innings and scored in the seventh, Daniel Castano scored his first win of the season and Miami continued to dominate Washington.
The Marlins have won 10 of 11 games against the Nationals this season, but are 26-39 against everyone else.
Miami’s latest win came in a muddy game that included four throwing errors and some wild pitches. Washington’s Juan Soto also provided some holiday weekend fireworks with his 15th home run of the season.
Soto’s homer was the only earned run for Castano (1-1), solid hitting three and allowing four hits in more than five innings. He and the Marlins bullpen were backed by 2 runs for Aguilar’s 5 run performance, as well as two runs by Avicel García and a second run on a sacrificial fly by Miguel Rojas.
Second baseman John Bertie also stole his major league-leading 25th base of the season, and designated hitter Garrett Cooper hit his 20th double. Tanner Scott finished ninth to save his ninth year.
National starter Jackson Tetrault (2-2) struggled with his command, delivering four hits in four innings and four runs from five walks.
Yankees 13, Guardians 4
CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Gerrit Cole shrugged off delivering back-to-back home runs and worked six strong innings as New York overtook Cleveland in the first game of a split doubleheader.
Cole (7-2) was tagged for successive homers in the second inning by Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before being settled. The right-hander gave Cleveland just one more hit and hit a six.
Matt Carpenter hit home twice – his second was off utilitarian Ernie Clement in ninth – and he had four RBIs. DJ LeMahieu added a single shot by rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) for the Yankees.
Jose Trevino also added Clement, giving New York a major league-leading 131 home runs.
Winning 24 of their last 30 games, New York improved to 57-21, tying the 2001 Seattle Mariners for the second-best start after 78 games since 1930. Only the 1998 Yankees (58-20) were better.
Tigers 4, Royals 3
DETROIT ( Associated Press) — Victor Reyes and Riley Greene hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift Detroit.
With one in the ninth, Reyes leveled the game with Royals reliever Joel Pemps (2-2). This was the first homer allowed by the Payamps in 26 1/3 innings this season. Green followed up with the first homer of his career.
Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez (3-0) took a perfect ninth and took the win as Detroit pitchers faced 17 batters past.
The Royals took a 2–0 lead in the first innings on a base-loaded double from Hunter Dossier. In the bottom half of the win, Green led with a triple and scored on Xavi Baez’s sacrificial fly.
Kansas City in fourth place made it 3-1 on an RBI single from What Merrifield.
Mariners 2, Athletics 1
SEATTLE ( Associated Press) — Pinch-hitter Justin Upton made it home to tie it in the eighth inning and Abraham Toro scored the winning run to lift Seattle in the ninth.
In the ninth when Lu Trivino (1-6) Eugenio Suarez, Carlos Santana singled out and Cal Raleigh reached the fault of shortstop Nick Allen, the Mariners loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs.
Toro picked home pinch-runner Marcus Wilson for the win.
Diego Castillo (6-1) won.
Upton sent off AK reliever AJ Puck in left field to tie the first pitch he saw at Edgar’s cantina. It was his first homer of the season and the 325th of his career.
White Sox 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Gavin Sheets doubled and scored two runs, and Chicago beat San Francisco.
Dylan Siege conceded one run in five innings for his third consecutive win. The major league leader in strikeouts per nine innings, Seas (7-3) had only four against San Francisco – his lowest since May 24 – and improved to 4-1 ahead of Lamonte Wade Jr.’s home run. Happened. Seven road starts.
Tanner Banks followed suit with two unscored innings. Joe Kelly retired three hitters and Kendall Graveman finished ninth for his fifth defense.
Tim Anderson added two hits for Chicago. Yoan Moncada and Leuri Garcia each scored as the White Sox beat the Giants for the 10th time in 12 games.
San Francisco scored a run in the ninth and was runners-up on base with two outs before Graveman was grounded by Mike Yastrzemsky.
Logan Webb (7-3) allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. He hit five and walked one.
Brave 4, Red 1
CINCINNATI ( Associated Press) — Spencer Strider posted a career-high tally of one hit in six innings and 11 strikeouts as Austin Riley homed for the second straight game and scored two runs to lead Atlanta .
Strider (4-2) did not allow a hit until two outs in the fifth inning, when Nick Senzel drove a single at Matt Reynolds, who entered the game when Kyle Farmer hit the pitch.
AJ Minter placed seventh, Jesse Chavez eighth, and Will Smith placed ninth for his fourth defense.
The Braves, second in the NL East behind the Mets, moved a season-high over .500 in 13 games with their fourth win in five games and are 2 1/2 games behind New York.
The defeat was Cincinnati’s fourth straight overall and 10th straight at home, the team’s longest home defeat since the 1986 11-game skid at Riverfront Stadium.
Tyler Mahle (3-7) set a season high with four walks, including a Harris II run in the second run of a loaded base Atlanta in fourth. Mahle conceded five hits and two runs with five strikes. He also hit a batsman.
Astros 9, Angels 1
HOUSTON ( Associated Press) – Martin Maldonado homed twice and Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick added a home run each as Houston quickly took a big lead and didn’t give up.
The Astros extended their winning streak to five games with another one-sided victory after their 8–1 win in the first match.
Houston starter Jose Urquidi (7-3) conceded two hits and a run with eight strikeouts in six innings and improved the team’s starts to 7-0 in the last nine games.
The Astros were already up 3-0 when Maldonado, who had just one hit in his last four games, added Patrick Sandoval (3-3) to start the second innings. In the sixth, Maldonado hit Andrew Vantz’s first pitch straight into the wall in center field and made it 6–1 for his fourth career multi-homer game.
After four pitches, Altuve delivered back-to-back homers to Houston when he hit an opposite field shot into the seats in right field.
Taylor Ward hit a solo home run in the third for the Angels, who continue to struggle on the offensive. Mike Trout went 0 for 4 with four strikes and is 0 for 7 with seven strikes in this series.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO ( Associated Press) — Shane McClanahan allowed one run in seven innings, reducing his AL-leading ERA to 1.74, Vander Franco and Isaac Paredes scored singles home runs, and Tampa Bay scored a season-long run in Game 1. High broke a four-game losing streak. A double header.
Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gossman left after injuring his right ankle by Franco’s 100 mph line drive in second. X-rays were negative. The Blue Jays said Gossman had an injury to his right ankle.
McClanahan (9-3) allowed three hits, made a walk and scored 10 runs, facing five of the last six batsmen. The left-hander has not allowed more than one earned run in nine of his last 10 runs.
Javi Guerra got three outs and Phoenix Sanders was eliminated as Ray ended his longest losing streak in a year, a five-game drop from June 27 to July 3, 2021.
Right-hander Casey Lawrence, who joined the Blue Jays as the 27th man on Saturday, replaced Gaussman in third. Lawrence (0-1) conceded six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Pirates 7, Brewers 4
PITTSBURGH ( Associated Press) — O’Neill Cruz got his 12th RBI in 13 games this season, helping Pittsburgh bounce back from a shock defeat.
The 23-year-old prospect put the Pirates 4-1 on the right to lead 4-1 in a 392-foot single blast with an exhaust velocity of 112.3 mph that helped Brewers starter Aaron Ashby (1- 6) followed.
It was Cruise’s third homer of the year. He has had at least one RBI in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 20, and at least one in each of his first nine games at PNC Park.
Cruz uses his glove to help Pirates right-hander Bryce Wilson (1-4) secure his first win since September 18, 2021. The shortstop extended every part of his 6-foot-7 frame to prevent a line drive from Christian. Yelich finished the double play to end the second inning, before moving to third in the scoring position with two men.
Wilson was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start, and allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings with four strikeouts.