Torres, Gregorius lead Yankees past Twins, into ALCS

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After completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in Minneapolis, the New York Yankees get a four-day break before opening the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Where and against whom they will play has yet to be the determined. The Houston Astros, who own the edge for home-field advantage by virtue of their major-league-best 107 wins, hold a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays heading into Game 4 of their ALDS on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We’ll enjoy watching that series unfold and we’ll get ready for whoever it is,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after getting doused with beer and champagne. “We’re going to spend the night here and fly back tomorrow. We’re going to try and shut it off for the next 10 or 12 hours.”

Gleyber Torres homered and doubled twice, and Cameron Maybin also hit a home run as the New York made it 13 playoff wins in a row over Minnesota, which also lost its 16th consecutive postseason games to extend its major league record.

Didi Gregorius also had two hits and two RBIs, and Brett Gardner added an RBI single for New York, which became the first team to sweep a 100-win opponent in a division series.

Chad Green (1-0), one of six pitchers used by New York on Monday, picked up the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief. Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs to get the save, striking Nelson Cruz out looking with runners on first and second to end the game.

“The way we played tonight was championship-caliber baseball,” Boone said. “The amount of big-time plays these guys made on defense, the amount of big pitches they made in big spots … Minnesota brought it tonight, but our guys time and time again were able to make a great defensive play or a big-time pitch.”

Eddie Rosario singled, doubled and homered, and Luis Arraez had a double among his two hits, but Minnesota finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out five and not walking a batter.

“I mean it when I say to you that I do not sit here frustrated at all,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli of his team, which set a major league record with 307 home runs, including five players with 30 or more, while winning 101 games. “Our guys should be walking out of that clubhouse with their heads held high. They never stopped playing.”

Torres (22 years, 298 days) gave New York a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish in the second inning with a 376-foot home run barely over the glove of Twins left fielder Jake Cave, becoming the youngest Yankee to homer in a postseason game since Derek Jeter (22 years, 105 days) did so in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS.

That Jeter homer is well-remembered because 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to pull the ball into the stands, with the umpires failing to call fan interference.

“He loves the stage,” Boone said of Torres. “What more can you say? He’s such a great two-way player and clearly loves playing in the postseason.”

The Yankees extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Gio Urshela led off with a double and scored two outs later on Gardner’s single.

New York made it 3-0 in seventh when Torres lined a double off the left field wall and scored one out later on a single by Gregorius.

Rosario cut it to 3-1 in eighth when he lined a 412-foot homer to dead center off Zack Britton. Maybin answered with a home run just inside the left field foul pole in the ninth off Sergio Romo, and Gregorius added an RBI single to end the scoring.

Including the playoffs, Gregorius has 30 RBIs in 13 games vs. the Twins since the start of 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Top 25 roundup: Florida loses Franks, rallies past Kentucky

No. 9 Florida, with backup quarterback Kyle Trask under center, scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for a 29-21 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night in their SEC matchup in Lexington, Ky.

Trask, who entered the game after third-year starter Feleipe Franks dislocated his ankle and was carted off, completed 9 of 13 passes for 126 yards. He also rushed 4 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:11 remaining.

Running back Lamical Perine cut Florida’s deficit to 21-16 with 12:41 remaining in the game when he scored on an 8-yard run, capping a six-play, 62-yard drive that required just 2:15. Trask put the Gators (3-0) up for good eight minutes later.

Kentucky (2-1), which dominated the first three quarters, had a chance to retake the lead late when the Wildcats marched 58 yards to set up a 35-yard field-goal attempt with 33 seconds remaining. But Chance Poore’s kick sailed wide right, and Josh Hammond put the game away with a 76-yard rushing touchdown.

No. 1 Clemson 41, Syracuse 6

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the Tigers extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 18 games with a victory over the Orange at the Carrier Dome.

Despite being intercepted twice, Lawrence completed 22 of 39 passes for a career-high 395 yards, hitting Amari Rodgers for touchdowns of 16 and 87 yards.

Clemson (3-0, 2-0 ACC) has not lost an ACC game since a 27-24 setback against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Oct. 13, 2017. The Tigers’ 18-game winning streak is the longest in school history and the second-longest by an ACC member.

No. 2 Alabama 47, South Carolina 23

Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for five touchdowns as the Crimson Tide shook off the Gamecocks in the second half for in their Southeastern Conference opener in Columbia, S.C.

Playing in the fourth quarter for the first time this season, Tagovailoa completed 28 of 36 passes for 444 yards to help the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) outscore the Gamecocks (1-2, 0-1) 23-13 in the second half. Tagovailoa registered his eighth career game with at least four touchdowns passes.

Receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris had two touchdown receptions each while combining for 13 catches for 223 yards. Receiver Henry Ruggs III had six catches for 122 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

No. 3 Georgia 55, Arkansas State 0

Quarterback Jake Fromm completed 17 of 22 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of work as the Bulldogs rolled over the Red Wolves in Athens, Ga.

Backup quarterback Stetson Bennett completed 9 of 10 passes for 109 yards for Georgia (3-0), which piled up 656 yards (388 passing, 268 rushing). Georgia led 34-0 at halftime, and Fromm’s day was finished after James Cook scored on a 37-yard run to cap the Bulldogs’ first possession of the third quarter.

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift had nine carries for 76 yards and had two receptions for 64 yards, including one catch that he took in for a 48-yard score.

No. 4 LSU 65, Northwestern State 14

Joe Burrow and the Tigers’ passing game continued rolling in a demolition of the visiting Demons from the FCS in Baton Rouge, La. It was the 800th victory in LSU history.

Burrow, who passed for the second-most yards in school history (471) in a 45-38 victory at then-No. 9 Texas a week earlier, was nearly flawless against the in-state rival Demons (0-3). He completed 21 of 24 for 373 yards and two touchdowns with one interception before leaving the game late in the third quarter.

Terrace Marshall Jr. caught both of Burrow’s touchdown passes as he had his second multi-touchdown game and increased his season touchdown-reception total to six as LSU improved to 3-0. Justin Jefferson added 124 receiving yards on five catches.

No. 5 Oklahoma 48, UCLA 14

Jalen Hurts passed for 289 yards, rushed for 150 more, and accounted for four touchdowns to lead the visiting Sooners over the Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Hurts set the tone rushing for 99 yards on five carries on the opening possession. The Oklahoma drive officially went 89 yards, but a holding penalty provided the nation’s fifth-ranked player in total offense coming into Saturday with an opportunity to further pad his lofty stats.

With Hurts clicking, the Sooners (3-0) scored on every first-half possession en route to a 34-7 halftime advantage. Hurts found Charleston Rambo and CeeDee Lamb on scoring passes of 48 and 39 yards, respectively, and Lamb finished a short, 36-yard drive just before intermission with a 1-yard rush.

No. 6 Ohio State 51, Indiana 10

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields passed for 199 yards and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes dominated in all phases in a win over the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.

Junior running back J.K. Dobbins added 193 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Master Teague had 106 rushing yards and a score.

On defense, Ohio State (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had five sacks and scored on a 96-yard interception return by cornerback Damon Arnette, the fifth-longest interception return for a TD in school history. On special teams, Ohio State blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety, helping first-year coach Ryan Day pick up his second career Big Ten coaching win. Day led Ohio State to a win over Rutgers as interim coach last season.

No. 7 Notre Dame 66, New Mexico 14

Ian Book passed for 360 yards and five touchdowns, and the Irish crushed the Lobos in South Bend, Ind., in the first meeting between the programs.

Javon McKinley had two touchdown receptions for the Fighting Irish (2-0), who won their 12th consecutive game at home. Chase Claypool led all Notre Dame receivers with four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame outgained New Mexico 591-363.

Lobos quarterback Tevaka Tuioti completed 6 of 13 passes for 132 yards after coming in to replace starter Sheriron Jones. New Mexico (1-1) played under Saga Tuitele, who coached in place of Bob Davie as he recovers from a health scare.

No. 8 Auburn 55, Kent State 16

A week after losing two of three fumbles, sophomore running back JaTarvious “Boobee” Whitlow led a trio of 100-yard rushers as the Tigers crushed the visiting Golden Flashes.

With its top deep threat, receiver Seth Williams (NYSE:), out injured, Auburn (3-0) emphasized its running game. Whitlow went over the 100-yard mark with an 11-yard run on his first carry of the second half.

Running back Shaun Shivers and backup quarterback Joey Gatewood each rushed for 102 yards on 12 runs, and running back Kam Martin rushed for 71 yards, with 35 coming on a first-quarter touchdown run. The Tigers ended up rushing for 467 yards of their 633 yards of total offense.

No. 11 Utah 31, Idaho State 0

The Utes started fast, built a big lead and never looked back in a rout of the FCS Bengals in Salt Lake City.

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley completed 15 of 19 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, including two long TD passes in the first half. He played three quarters before exiting.

Sophomore Bryan Thompson’s only two catches of the afternoon were for touchdowns, one for 82 yards in the first quarter to give the Utes (3-0) a 17-0 lead, and the second midway through the third quarter for 23 yards and a 31-0 lead.

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13

Sam Ehlinger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns — two to freshman Jake Smith — in less than three quarters of play as the Longhorns overwhelmed the winless Owls in Houston.

The Longhorns (2-1) bounced back in a big way after a seven-point loss at home to No. 4 LSU last week, making things look easy in taking a 31-0 lead by halftime and strolling to the finish against the Owls. Texas has now defeated Rice in 42 of 43 meetings since 1966.

Ehlinger connected on 23 of his 27 throws without an interception (he’s still without one for the season), and did not get sacked. Tom Stewart passed for 179 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Rice (0-3), but the Owls were never in the game.

No. 13 Penn State 17, Pitt 10

True freshman Devyn Ford and Noah Cain each rushed for one touchdown to lift the Nittany Lions over the Panthers in University Park in the 100th meeting between the programs.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was 14 of 30 for 222 yards. The Nittany Lions (3-0) received the opening kickoff of the second half and proceeded on a 13-play, 88-yard drive that ended with Cain’s 13-yard run for a 17-10 lead.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was 35 of 51 for 372 yards, but his last-play pass from the Penn State 26 was knocked down in the end zone.

No. 15 Oregon 35, Montana 3

Justin Herbert threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Ducks over the Grizzlies in Eugene, Ore.

Herbert completed his first 10 passes of the game, finishing 30 of 42. He threw two touchdown passes each to tight end Jacob Breeland and wide receiver Johnny Johnson III, and had five touchdowns for the second straight game.

It’s the first time an Oregon quarterback has thrown five TD passes in back-to-back games. Herbert did so despite four receivers and a top tight end out with injury. The Ducks (2-1) extended their non-conference home win streak to 26 games, dating back to 2008.

No. 16 Texas A&M 62, Lamar 3

Isaiah Spiller rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while Kellen Mond added 317 passing yards and another score through the air as the Aggies routed the FCS Cardinals in College Station, Texas.

Mond and Jacob Kibodi added rushing touchdowns for the Aggies (2-1), who outclassed the Cardinals (2-1) from the opening kickoff. Doing what a ranked team should do against a foe with 23 fewer scholarships, Texas A&M outgained Lamar 633-197 and picked up 35 first downs to the Cardinals’ nine.

The Aggies scored 13 points in the first quarter and led 27-0 at the break. They turned it into a laugher with three touchdowns in the final 7:39 of the third quarter.

No. 17 UCF 45, Stanford 27

Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw four touchdown passes, and the Knights scored on six of their first seven possessions while defeating the Cardinal in Orlando.

In just his second start, Gabriel completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 347 yards. UCF amassed 413 yards in the first half and finished with 545 total yards on a humid day with game-time temperatures in the high 80s.

The Knights (3-0) have now outscored their three opponents 155-41 and have scored at least 30 points in 29 straight games, the longest streak in Football Bowl Subdivision since 1936.

Arizona State 10, No. 18 Michigan State 7

The Sun Devils marched 75 yards for the winning touchdown, a 1-yard run by Eno Benjamin, with 50 seconds to play to knock off the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich.

The drive was highlighted by Arizona State’s conversion on fourth-and-13, leading to the winning score. Freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels dropped back to pass but took off running with a wide-open field in front of him, picking up 15. Four plays later, the Sun Devils (3-0) were in the end zone.

Michigan State (2-1) appeared to tie the game in the final seconds on a 42-yard field goal from junior kicker Matt Coghlin, but the Spartans were flagged for too many men on the field. His 47-yarder as time expired went wide left. The loss kept Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio from becoming the winningest coach in program history.

No. 19 Iowa 18, Iowa State 17

Keith Duncan kicked four field goals, including the go-ahead boot inside the final five minutes, to lead the Hawkeyes past the host Cyclones in a game delayed twice by lightning in Ames, Iowa.

After Duncan’s 39-yard kick gave Iowa the lead at 4:51 — the third lead change of the fourth quarter — the Hawkeyes forced a turnover on downs and recovered a muffed punt at 1:29 to preserve the win.

Nate Stanley rushed for a score and passed for 201 yards for Iowa (3-0), which won for the fifth straight time and the sixth in seven games over Iowa State (1-1), improving to 45-22 in the series.

Temple 20, No. 21 Maryland 17

The Owls put the clamps on the Terrapins and their high-scoring offense in an upset in Philadelphia.

Maryland (2-1) entered the game averaging 71 points, and Temple (2-0) scored 56 in its win over Bucknell.

But Temple’s defense stole the show, holding Maryland without an offensive score in the first half, also recording four sacks and stopping the Terrapins twice in the final minutes on fourth-down attempts deep in Temple territory.

No. 22 Boise State 45, Portland State 10

John Hightower caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for another score to help the host Broncos paste the FCS Vikings in a non-conference mismatch.

Curtis Weaver recorded four sacks for Boise State (3-0) to match the school’s single-game record. Chris Wing had four in 1996, also coming against Portland State (1-2).

True freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns in two-plus quarters for the Broncos. Junior receiver CT Thomas had two scoring receptions.

No. 23 Washington 52, Hawaii 20

Jacob Eason completed 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the Huskies defeated the Rainbow Warriors.

Washington (2-1) scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions and took a 38-7 halftime lead in rebounding from an upset loss at home last weekend to California in its Pac-12 opener. Salvon Ahmed rushed eight times for a game-high 83 yards for the Huskies.

Hawaii (2-1) failed to make it three wins in a row against Pac-12 competition after defeating Arizona and Oregon State at home in its first two games of the season.

BYU 30, No. 24 USC 27 (OT)

Zach Wilson threw for 280 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score to help the host Cougars (2-1) upset the Trojans (2-1) in overtime in Provo, Utah.

BYU’s Jake Oldroyd made a 43-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, and safety Dayan Ghanwoloku intercepted a third-down pass from USC quarterback Kedon Slovis to clinch the victory, the Cougars’ second straight win in overtime.

Slovis, a true freshman, completed 24 of 34 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Michael Pittman. But he threw three interceptions, the first two of which led to 10 BYU points in the first half.

No. 25 Virginia 31, Florida State 24

Wayne Taulapapa rushed for two of his three touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to rally the Cavaliers to just their fourth win in 19 meetings with the Seminoles, as host Virginia improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005.

James Blackman passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns and had Florida State (1-2, 0-1 ACC) in front 24-17 in the fourth quarter before another defensive collapse. The Seminoles were outscored 21-7 in the fourth quarter and have been outscored 75-31 in the second half and overtime this season.

Bryce Perkins completed 30 of 40 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Virginia (3-0, 2-0). The Seminoles had first-and-goal at the 4 with just a few seconds remaining but elected not to spike the ball to stop the clock, instead direct-snapping to running back Cam Akers, who was stopped short as time expired.

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Biden’s criminal justice plan counteracts past anti-crime efforts

Decades removed from the nascency of the “tough on crime” political era, elements of the 1980s and 1990s laws once championed by former Vice President Joe Biden are now being addressed in his new criminal justice plan.

The 10-page plan was released on Tuesday — weeks after Biden told a crowd in Sumter, Carolina that the sweeping 1994 crime bill he spearheaded was “another part of my long record that is being grossly misrepresented.”

Some effects of that legislation and other anti-crime laws of the time are considered the nexus of the ills that now plague the American justice system, criticism which has been slowly circling Biden’s third campaign for the presidency via critiques by both his Democratic rivals and President Donald Trump.

Overall, the Brennan Center for Justice states the 1994 crime bill aided in quelling crime while raising mass incarceration.

 “It worked in some areas but it failed in others,” Biden said standing by some parts of the legislation like the early version of Violence Against Women Act and banning assault weapons, but added, “Like every major change you go back and make it better.”

If elected next year, Biden plans to do exactly that and essentially counteract laws he once supported.

A Biden Administration would aim to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses, a provision Biden supported by cosponsoring the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, and also end how federal charges for crack and powder cocaine are distributed, a delineation Biden also supported via the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act.

At the federal level, Biden hopes to do away with the death penalty, which was expanded under the former Senate Judiciary Chairman’s 1994 crime bill, according to the Brennan Center. Federal executions are very rare, as most take place at the state level. The Trump Administration has nonetheless pushed for more federal death sentences, the AP writes.

A “three strikes” rule, which increased life-sentences for habitual offenders as a major pillar of the 1994 bill, was nixed by bipartisan legislation crafted with help of the Trump Administration last year.

Notable in this Democratic primary is the overwhelming support for marijuana legalization, a stance where Biden diverges from his rivals as he advocates in the plan for cannabis decriminalization and the expungement of all prior marijuana use convictions. A senior campaign official explained that Biden believes “we need more research to study the positive and negative impacts of cannabis use.”

Biden will also “continue the tradition” of using clemency power, as President Barack Obama did much more than his predecessors, for certain non-violent drug related crimes, according to the campaign official.

The “Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice” reiterates his prior position of ending the use of private prisons on a federal level and eliminating almost all uses of solitary confinement.

New in this plan is a $ 20 billion investment in a grant program for states, counties and cities to “receive funding to invest in efforts proven to reduce crime and incarceration.” One of the preconditions for the program is these localities would also have to eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes.

Biden, a former public defender,  also wants the Department of Justice “to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices” by putting more requirements on consent decrees, for instance. Additionally, the creation of a task force outside of the DOJ would examine discrimination throughout the justice system.

A $ 1 billion dollar investment earmarked for “juvenile justice” has been touted by the campaign as an element Biden officials believe separates his plan from his Democratic rivals. This investment tackles care and services of juvenile offenders on the state level.

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MLB roundup: Story walk-off leads Rockies past Orioles

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Trevor Story hit two home runs, including a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Friday night in Denver.

Nolan Arenado also homered twice for the Rockies, and Scott Oberg (2-0) pitched the ninth to get the win.

Keon Broxton, Dwight Smith Jr. and Renato Nunez went deep for the Orioles, who have lost seven straight. John Means scattered seven hits over his five innings for Baltimore, giving up three runs.

Ryan McMahon started the rally in the ninth with a single off Mychal Givens (0-3). One out later, Story homered to right to win it. It was the second walk-off homer of his career.

Astros 4, Red Sox 3

Wade Miley worked six strong innings, Jake Marisnick clubbed a home run, and Houston capitalized on spotty defense from visiting Boston in the opener of a three-game series between the last two World Series champions.

Miley (5-2) was strong early and resilient late, striking out five of his season-high eight batters during his first trip through the Red Sox order.

In his rematch with Red Sox ace Chris Sale, Miley allowed one run, four hits and two walks on 102 pitches, including 61 strikes. He struck out eight batters. The Red Sox committed three errors behind Sale (1-6), who gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings.

Dodgers 10, Pirates 2

David Freese hit a grand slam, and Cody Bellinger cracked his 18th home run as visiting Los Angeles clobbered Pittsburgh in a faceoff of sluggers and early MVP contenders in Bellinger and the Pirates’ Josh Bell.

Bellinger, who entered the game hitting .394, was 1-for-5 with the homer, a two-run shot. Bell, who began the game with a .339 batting average, went 1-for-4 with a double.

The Dodgers, who have won eight straight games against the Pirates, piled up 13 hits. Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler (5-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk.

Reds 6, Cubs 5

Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give visiting Cincinnati its first lead of the game, and the bullpen made it hold for a win against Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.

Willson Contreras gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead in the eighth with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single on an 0-2 pitch from David Hernandez (1-2).

Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Steve Cishek (1-2) was three outs from his fifth save for Chicago, but he walked Joey Votto to start the inning before Suarez hit his towering blast to center.

Twins 11, White Sox 4

Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler each hit home runs as Minnesota became just the second team in major league history to reach the 100-homer mark in the first 50 games of the season, helping produce a win over Chicago in Minneapolis.

The Twins, coming in off their second eight-homer game of the season in a 16-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, increased their 2019 total to 101. They joined the 1999 Seattle Mariners (102) as the only teams in major league history to hit the century mark in their first 50 games.

Minnesota, which improved to a major-league-best 34-16, has scored 300 runs this season and has produced at least 10 runs in a game six times. Jose Berrios (7-2) picked up the victory, overcoming a four-run second inning that saw Chicago bat around. He gave up just the four runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings.

Padres 6, Blue Jays 3

Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and visiting San Diego defeated Toronto. Matt Wisler (2-1) pitched one-third of an inning to get the win.

Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson (3-2) walked Manny Machado with one out in the eighth and threw errantly to second on Eric Hosmer’s comebacker to put runners at the corners for Renfroe, who hit his 12th homer this season.

Robbie Erlin pitched a perfect eighth for the Padres. Craig Stammen came in for the ninth to earn his second save of the season after pitching around a hit batter and striking out one.

Phillies 6, Brewers 4

Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a home run, lifting Philadelphia past host Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. Andrew McCutchen and Scott Kingery each added two hits, including an RBI double apiece, to help the Phillies win for the sixth time in eight games.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff lasted only three innings as he allowed five hits and four runs. Vince Velasquez (2-2) tossed two scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia bullpen blanked Milwaukee for six innings.

Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich each homered for the Brewers, who got two hits apiece from Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal.

Braves 5, Cardinals 2

Dansby Swanson hit two home runs, and Atlanta beat host St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 for their eighth win in 10 games.

Swanson launched a solo homer in the sixth inning, part of back-to-back home runs with Freddie Freeman. He added a two-run shot to dead center field in the eighth, giving him 10 homers this season and three over his past three games.

The two-homer game was Swanson’s first since August 2018 at Pittsburgh. The consecutive homers by Freeman and Swanson marked the second time in three days the Braves have gone back-to-back.

Tigers 9, Mets 8

JaCoby Jones collected a career-high four RBIs, when his two-run double in the seventh inning gave visiting Detroit the lead for good in a wild win over New York.

The Tigers snapped a nine-game losing streak and ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak. Jones, who also had a two-run homer in the second, entered Friday with three career three-RBI games.

His go-ahead double off Drew Gagnon (3-1) provided the final lead change in a hectic sequence in which the Mets took the lead three times and the Tigers tied the score twice between the fourth and sixth. Buck Farmer (3-3) earned the win despite allowing one run in the sixth.

Indians 3, Rays 1

Roberto Perez’s infield single plated the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cleveland snapped a season-high four-game losing skid with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Jordan Luplow belted a solo homer, and Shane Bieber struck out 10 in a no-decision for the Indians, who evened their four-game series with Tampa Bay at one victory apiece.

Avisail Garcia had an RBI single in the first inning, and Tommy Pham doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Rays, who have dropped three of their past five games.

Nationals 12, Marlins 10

Juan Soto and Matt Adams hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to lift Washington to victory over visiting Miami, snapping a five-game losing streak.

With Washington trailing 9-8, Adam Eaton (NYSE:) and Anthony Rendon walked with one out against Nick Anderson (1-2) before Tayron Guerrero came on to face Soto, who lifted a three-run shot to left center on a 100 mph fastball. Adams followed with his 100th career homer to right-center.

The Marlins had taken the lead on Starlin Castro’s single in the top of the eighth. Eaton and Anthony Rendon also homered for Washington.

Yankees at Royals, ppd.

Kansas City’s scheduled home game against New York Yankees was postponed Friday due to the expectation of heavy rains in the evening.

The teams will make up the contest as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

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MLB roundup: Rodriguez guides Red Sox past Tigers

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Eduardo Rodriguez shined over six innings, and J.D. Martinez collected a season-high three hits to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Rodriguez (2-2) struck out seven while allowing one run on two hits and three walks. He kept the Tigers hitless over his first 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.

After Brandon Workman struck out the side for Boston in the seventh, Matt Barnes did the same in the eighth, though Detroit had loaded the bases with two outs while down 4-1. Barnes fanned Ronny Rodriguez on three pitches to escape the jam.

The Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a blowout. Three came home on bases-loaded walks.

Yankees 6, Angels 5

DJ LeMahieu’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning capped New York’s rally from a five-run deficit for a win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

The Yankees trailed 5-0 after five innings but scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh to tie the game. In the ninth, Tyler Wade singled with two out and stole second. LeMahieu’s line drive to right field off Angels reliever Ty Buttrey (1-1) drove in the winning run, helping the Yankees to their sixth win in a row and eighth in nine games.

Jonathan Loaisiga (1-0) threw three scoreless innings to get the win, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Astros 7, Twins 1

Justin Verlander gave up four hits and a run over eight innings to pick up his fourth win, and Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each homered to lead Houston to victory over visiting Minnesota.

It was the seventh straight victory for Verlander (4-0) dating back to last season. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while improving to 20-9 all-time against the Twins and becoming the first Houston starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season.

Brantley, Reddick and Robinson Chirinos each had two hits for Houston, which won the series 2-1. Jorge Polanco homered for Minnesota. Kohl Stewart (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day, took the loss.

Phillies 6, Mets 0

Vince Velasquez combined with four relievers on a six-hit shutout for visiting Philadelphia, which blew open a close game by scoring three times in the eighth inning to beat New York.

The Phillies, who were outscored 14-1 in losing the first two games of the three-game series, won for just the second time in the last seven games.

Velasquez (1-0) danced around trouble all night and had just one 1-2-3 inning, but he stranded seven baserunners in his five innings, including five in scoring position. The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six.

Padres 1, Mariners 0

Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack allowed one hit over seven shutout innings and Ian Kinsler homered on the first pitch he saw from Felix Hernandez as San Diego defeated visiting Seattle.

Paddack and relievers Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates combined on a two-hit shutout and retired 24 of the last 25 Mariners they faced — with the only baserunner during the stretch erased on a game-ending double play turned by rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Paddack (1-1) picked up his first major league win in a pitching duel with Mariners veteran Hernandez (1-2). The 6-foot-5, 23-year-old Paddack retired the last 19 Mariners he faced after working out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina homered in a four-run fourth inning, and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep of visiting Milwaukee as the Cardinals won their fifth straight overall.

Ozuna, Paul Goldschmidt, Lane Thomas and Paul DeJong had two hits each for St. Louis. Brewers first baseman Eric Thames homered for the Brewers in the 10th meeting between these teams already this season. St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright (2-2) went six innings, allowing one run and four hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but he gave up back-to-back singles to Goldschmidt and DeJong to open the fourth before Ozuna lined a three-run homer over the fence in left for a 3-1 lead.

Royals 10, Rays 2

Kansas City snapped a five-game overall losing streak — and a 10-game skid against Tampa Bay — with a victory in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was the first time this season the Royals have scored 10 runs.

Adalberto Mondesi homered and had four RBIs for the Royals, who went 6-13 in a 19-day stretch without a day off. Kansas City is off Thursday.

Jakob Junis (2-2) pitched five solid innings, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. But he had to leave after taking a line drive off his pitching hand to end the fifth, suffering a contusion. Blake Snell (2-2) took the loss for Tampa Bay in his first start after coming off the 10-day injured list due to a broken toe on his right foot.

Athletics 6, Rangers 5

Chad Pinder dumped a game-winning single into shallow right-center field that scored Stephen Piscotty with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as host Oakland took advantage of a Texas defensive miscue to complete a three-game sweep.

In a game that featured five home runs — including a three-run shot by the A’s Marcus Semien in the second inning and a pair of solo shots by the Rangers’ Nomar Mazara — Oakland’s winning rally was the product of a pair of singles sandwiching a stolen base, which occurred when Texas forgot to cover second base on Piscotty’s steal attempt.

Pinder then hit the next pitch by the Rangers’ fourth pitcher, Chris Martin (0-2), for the walk-off single. A’s closer Blake Treinen (1-1), who escaped a two-on, one-out situation in the top of the ninth by inducing a double-play grounder, got the win.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 6

Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run home runs in a six-run sixth inning, and Anthony Rizzo also doubled and drove in a run for Chicago, which won for the seventh time in eight games.

Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo homered for Los Angeles. The Dodgers have dropped three of four.

Cubs right-hander Brad Brach (2-0) earned the win in relief, retiring the only two batters he faced to close out the sixth inning. He replaced Cole Hamels, who gave up three runs on three hits with six walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Dodgers left-hander Scott Alexander (1-1) drew the loss after giving up three runs in one-third of an inning.

Rockies 9, Nationals 5

Charlie Blackmon homered, Raimel Tapia had two doubles and three RBIs, and Colorado beat Washington in Denver as Trevor Story doubled and tripled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, which ties his career high.

David Dahl had three hits, and Nolan Arenado drove in three runs for the Rockies. German Marquez (3-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven over seven innings. He bounced back after pitching with an infected tooth in his previous start. Marquez had the tooth pulled.

Wade Davis got the final out for his third save. Juan Soto homered and Matt Adams had three hits for the Nationals. Jake Noll’s first career hit was an RBI double in the second inning that gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.

Giants 4, Blue Jays 0

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings, Pablo Sandoval hit a home run and visiting San Francisco defeated Toronto to complete a quick two-game sweep.

Pomeranz (1-2) gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five as the Giants swept the two-game series. Two Giants relievers retired the final nine Toronto batters of the game. Toronto starter Clay Buchholz (0-1) gave up six hits and four runs in five-plus innings, striking out two and not walking a batter.

After the game, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters that Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top-ranked prospect in baseball, will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut Friday at home against Oakland.

Braves 3, Reds 1

Mike Soroka enhanced his case to remain in the Atlanta rotation by posting his second straight strong effort to help the visiting Braves to a win over Cincinnati.

Soroka (1-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run on five hits — all singles and two of those infield hits — with seven strikeouts in his first career start against the Reds. The effort helped Atlanta even the three-game series, which concludes on Thursday.

Soroka, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2015, has now worked 10 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in his two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 2

Ketel Marte drove in four runs with two homers as visiting Arizona beat Pittsburgh for the third straight night.

Nick Ahmed also homered, Eduardo Escobar was 3-for-4 with a triple and a double, David Peralta was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Christian Walker was 2-for-5 with an RBI for Arizona, which has won nine in a row at PNC Park. The Diamondbacks can sweep the four-game series with a win Thursday.

Arizona starter Merrill Kelly (2-2) went seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. Josh Bell and Jung Ho Kang homered for Pittsburgh, which has lost a season-worst four straight. Jordan Lyles (2-1) took the loss.

Orioles 4, White Sox 3

John Means pitched five strong innings, and the offense produced a series of timely hits, lifting host Baltimore to victory against Chicago.

Baltimore earned a win in the rubber game of the three-game series thanks in part to Means’ solid return to the rotation, which was prompted by the club’s doubleheader over the weekend. The left-hander, who has operated as a swingman in the early season, improved to 3-2 by showing effectiveness with his changeup, scattering one run and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Mychal Givens allowed a run in the ninth but recovered to leave the potential tying run at third base and close out a two-inning save, his first of the season. Givens struck out James McCann and retired Yoan Moncada on a groundout to second base to end the game.

Indians 6, Marlins 2

Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs as host Cleveland snapped a three-game losing skid by beating Miami as Jake Bauers and Francisco Lindor each had an RBI single before Ramirez ripped a two-run double to cap a four-run eighth inning.

After Miami’s Martin Prado belted a solo homer to forge a tie at 2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Cleveland went to work against reliever Adam Conley (0-3) in the bottom of the frame.

Carlos Gonzalez worked a lead-off walk and advanced to second on Jason Kipnis’ single to center field. Bauers followed two batters later by slapping a low fastball through the shift and into left field to plate Gonzalez to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.

–Field Level Media

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Clippers roll on road past slumping Magic

Clippers roll on road past slumping Magic Clippers roll on road past slumping Magic

The Los Angeles Clippers stopped a two-game losing streak with a 120-95 blowout win at Orlando on Friday night.

The Clippers outscored Orlando 35-22 in the second quarter to grab a 57-44 halftime lead, and Orlando never threatened in the second half.

Lou Williams (NYSE:) led Los Angeles with 28 points, and Tobias Harris scored 21. Boban Marjanovic posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in his first start with the Clippers.

Marjanovic got the nod ahead of Marcin Gortat, who was healthy but did not play Friday night. Gortat had started 186 straight games, but was averaging just 3.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game through eight starts this season.

The Clippers head back to Los Angeles with a win after losing consecutive games at Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. On Monday, they will host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will be on the second game of a back-to-back.

The Magic have lost four straight after beating the Celtics 93-90 in Boston, and their offensive woes continued against the Clippers. The Magic came into came into the game ranked last in both points scored and field goal percentage. They shot 44.4 percent from the floor, above their season average of 41 percent, but Orlando failed to eclipse the 100-point mark for the third consecutive game.

Led by Nikola Vucevic (22 points), Evan Fournier (19 points) and D.J. Augustin (13 points), the Magic went 0-for-8 from 3-point range in the first half and attempted only 17 treys in the game. That came after the Magic had shot a team-record 43 3-pointers in each of the last two games.

The Magic travel to San Antonio on Sunday before coming back to Orlando for a three-game homestand. They may be playing without forward Jonathan Isaac, who sprained his ankle in the second quarter and did not return.

(Field Level Media)

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