Hendriks gets win, Burger hits grand slam as White Sox sweep

Chicago White Sox's Jake Burger (30), center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago, Sunday, June 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Burger’s game-ending grand slam handed Liam Hendriks his first win since returning from cancer, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep.

Hendriks (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. It was the third big league appearance for the All-Star closer since he missed the start of the season after he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson walked with one out to load the bases for Burger, who hit a drive to left-center off Alex Lange (3-1) for his 12th homer of the season. It was his first career slam and game-ending homer.

Spencer Torkelson hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which has dropped five of six. Matthew Boyd struck out nine while pitching five innings of one-run ball.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Semien extended MLB’s longest hitting streak this season to 23 games, Jonah Heim homered and drove in five runs, and Texas’ offense kept rolling.

Corey Seager also went deep as the Rangers won consecutive games by a combined score of 28-9 after taking the series opener 2-0. Nathan Eovaldi (8-2) pitched six scoreless innings for his seventh consecutive victory.

The AL West leaders scored at least 10 runs for a major league-leading 16th time in 58 games.

Seattle rookie Bryce Miller (3-3) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.


BOSTON (AP) — Yandy Díaz’s sixth-inning RBI single turned into a two-run Little League homer, and the major league-best Rays beat the sloppy Red Sox.

Josh Lowe, Luke Raley and Díaz each had two hits for the Rays (42-19), who are 6-1 against AL East rival Boston this season.

Alex Verdugo had two doubles, a triple and scored twice for the last-place Red Sox.

Rays rookie Taj Bradley (4-2) gave up two runs and six hits in five innings.

Red Sox starter Tanner Houck (3-5) allowed four runs and five hits over five innings.


HOUSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning, and the Angels avoided a four-game series sweep.

Ohtani was hitless before clubbing a pitch from Phil Maton (0-1) off the wall in right field, driving in Gio Urshela for a 2-1 lead. The clutch swing gave Ohtani 41 RBIs on the season.

Luis Rengifo hit his third homer for Los Angeles, which stopped a three-game slide. Chris Devenski (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win against his first major league team, and Carlos Estévez got four outs for his 14th save.

Yainer Diaz connected for Houston, and Alex Bregman also had two hits. Bregman extended his hitting streak to 11 games.


NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Belt broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays finished a three-game sweep.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep for the Blue Jays, who blew a four-run lead but quickly recovered. Toronto has won four straight and six of seven.

Tommy Pham hit two of New York’s four solo homers. Pete Alonso and Starling Marte also connected for the Mets, who completed a 3-3 homestand that started with a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.

Nate Pearson (3-0) gave up Alonso’s major league-leading 21st homer and Marte’s tying drive in the sixth before Toronto regained the lead against Dominic Leone (0-2). Jordan Romano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Triston McKenzie tossed five scoreless innings in his injury-delayed season debut, and Cleveland’s Josh Naylor delivered a breakthrough RBI double in the seventh.

McKenzie had 10 strikeouts and only one baserunner, a two-out single by Michael Taylor in the third. The 25-year-old right-hander had been sidelined by a muscle strain in his shoulder.

Twins starter Joe Ryan (7-3) was just as sharp as McKenzie until José Ramírez drew a two-out walk in the seventh. Naylor followed with a drive off the limestone facade that juts out over the right-field wall, putting the Guardians on the board.

Andrés Giménez then greeted Caleb Thielbar with an RBI triple.

Willi Castro homered for the Twins.

James Karinchak (2-4) got the win, and Emmanuel Clase posted his MLB-best 19th save with a scoreless ninth inning.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rich Hill pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Pirates beat the Cardinals for a three-game series sweep.

Ji Hwan Bae’s two-run single off Miles Mikolas (4-2) in the first provided all the offense Hill would need. Ke’Bryan Hayes singled three times and is hitting .562 (9 for 16) over his last four games.

The 43-year-old Hill (5-5) struck out six in 6 2/3 innings. David Bednar worked the ninth for his 13th save and third in as many days.

Andrew Knizner hit his seventh homer for St. Louis in the seventh inning. Luken Baker — called up to the majors for the first time early Sunday — picked up the first two hits of his career. But the Cardinals lost for the fifth time in six games.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Adrian Houser pitched seven sparkling innings and Andruw Monasterio hit his first career homer, leading the Brewers to the victory.

Victor Caratini also went deep as Milwaukee (32-27) won for the fourth time in five games. The NL Central-leading Brewers also clinched their first road series win since they swept a three-game set at Seattle from April 17-19.

Houser (2-1) allowed six hits, including Jake Fraley’s seventh homer in the seventh.

Cincinnati (26-33) dropped its fourth straight game. Reds right-hander Ben Lively (3-3) was charged with five runs and six hits in seven innings in his first loss since May 19.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit two three-run homers, and the Phillies beat the Nationals in the rubber game of their weekend set.

Philadelphia’s Drew Ellis hit his first two homers of the season. J.T. Realmuto went deep for the second day in a row for the Phillies, who finished a 4-6 road trip. Nick Castellanos had three hits.

Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez (1-2) pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer for Washington. Trevor Williams (2-4) was charged with four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.


MIAMI (AP) — Luis Arraez hit a tiebreaking infield single in the eighth inning, and Miami beat Oakland to complete a three-game series sweep.

Joey Wendle doubled against A’s reliever Austin Pruitt to lead off the inning, and then advanced on Jacob Stallings’ single. Stallings took second on right fielder Ramon Laureano’s throw to the plate as Wendle remained at third.

Sam Moll relieved Pruitt (1-3) and struck out pinch-hitter Jorge Soler before Arraez’s hard smash over a drawn-in infield bounced off second baseman Aledmys Diaz’s glove to give Miami a 6-5 lead. Nick Fortes ran for Stallings and scored from third on Shea Langeliers’ passed ball.

Garrett Cooper went deep for the Marlins. Tanner Scott (4-1) got the win, and Dylan Floro closed with a perfect ninth for his sixth save.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Singer pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning, leading the last-place Royals to the victory.

Michael Massey hit an RBI single in the fifth for Kansas City. Maikel Garcia led off the eighth with his first major league homer.

Singer (4-4) struck out seven and walked none in 5 2/3 innings. Scott Barlow worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Mike Moustakas and Nolan Jones each had two of Colorado’s eight hits. Kyle Freeland (4-7) allowed four hits in seven-plus innings.