Astros win 11th straight, beating Royals to finish trip 10-0

Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino, left, celebrates with first base coach Steve Buechele after collecting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

 

By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a 10-0 trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday. The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35. Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.

Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after missing four games with discomfort in his right side. He had a first-inning single and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Gattis hit .366 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the Astros’ trip. He singled home Yuli Gurriel in the eighth, and Marvin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the inning. The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped 26 of 36 home games. Brandon Maurer (0-3) took the loss, facing two batters and having both score. Tony Sipp (2-0) picked up the victory. Hector Rondon closed for his fourh save.

RAYS 3, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check in the latest Tampa Bay game “started” by a reliever, and the Rays held off New York to avoid a sweep.
Matt Duffy drove in two runs with a second-inning single for his first multi-RBI game in over a month. Carlos Gomez had an RBI double as Tampa Bay scored all three runs in the second against CC Sabathia (4-2). Tampa Bay beat New York for the first time this season. The Yankees opened the season with five straight wins, outscoring the Rays 31-10 over the games, and was trying for a four-game sweep. Font turned in his best performance of the year in any role, allowing just one run in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Tampa Bay used a reliever to open for the 15th time in 29 games. Entering the day, relievers working as starters had allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings. Chaz Roe (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Sergio Romo, who has also drawn five starts this season, closed for his third save. Aaron Hicks homered off Font in the fifth — it was actually the second homer of the day. Hours earlier, the Yankees held the 72nd Old-Timers’ Day and Nick Swisher hit a long drive to right field. Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson were joined by the likes of Don Larsen, Willie Randolph, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi. Current New York manager Aaron Boone took part for the first time.

RANGERS 13, ROCKIES 12
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Trevino blooped a two-run single, capping a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent Texas past Colorado. Rockies closer Wade Davis (0-2) retired only one batter while walking four and allowing singles to Rougned Odor and Trevino. A rookie catcher, Trevino entered his third major league game in the top of the ninth. He is 2 for 8 for Texas, including a tying single in Saturday’s 5-2 victory. Colorado took a 5-1 lead in the seesaw game. The Rangers scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead in the sixth, including Jurickson Profar’s three-run homer off starter Jon Gray. The Rockies responded with a five-run seventh to go ahead 10-6. Colorado’s Gerardo Parra drove in four runs, three on a bases-clearing double in the seventh. Texas pulled to 10-9 with three runs in the seventh. Trevor Story hit a two-run homer in the Colorado ninth against Jesse Chavez (3-1).

RED SOX 9, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered to help Boston rout Seattle. Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4). The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs. Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen for his 12th of the season.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) picked up his sixth straight win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine.

BLUE JAYS 8, NATIONALS 6
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte hit consecutive homers in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat Washington to complete a three-game sweep. The game was tied at 6 before Hernandez and Solarte connected against Ryan Madson (1-3). Hernandez hit his 12th homer and Solarte belted his team-leading 15th. Randal Grichuk added a pair of solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have won seven straight home games. Ryan Tepera (4-2) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win. Washington has lost five of six. Slumping Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .218.

ANGELS 6, ATHLETICS 5, 11 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning in Oakland’s comeback victory over Los Angeles. The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, then took advantage of control problems by a pair of Angels relievers to win. Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases. Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it. Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth. Blake Treinen (4-1) pitched the final two innings for the victory. Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run, Chris Young also went deep and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos homered and Blaine Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth, leading Detroit past Chicago for its fifth straight win. Jose Iglesias added an RBI single to help Detroit improve to 8-1 against the White Sox this season, including 6-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Castellanos homered twice Saturday and connected again in his first at-bat Sunday. Before Saturday, he was mired in a 1-for-21 slump over the previous five games. Hardy (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. James Shields (2-8) was the loser. Matt Davidson hit his 12th homer and Kevan Smith had two hits for Chicago, which has dropped four straight.

INDIANS 4, TWINS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, helping Cleveland beat Minnesota. Bieber (1-0) scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow. Yan Gomes’ three-run double in the third snapped a 1-all tie. Cody Allen, the Indians’ third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.
Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings.

ORIOLES 10, MARLINS 4

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jace Peterson and Mark Trumbo homered, and Baltimore beat Miami to snap a nine-game losing streak. Baltimore also ended a string of 11 straight losses at home, which tied a club record. The Orioles’ last win at Camden Yards was May 13 against Tampa Bay. Dylan Bundy (5-7) pitched six innings of four-run ball for last-place Baltimore. He has accounted for one-quarter of his team’s victories this season. Justin Bour homered twice for the Marlins, who went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Trevor Richards (1-4) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.