MLB roundup: Gerrit Cole strikes out 13 in Yankees’ win

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
Apr 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

April 8, 2021

Gerrit Cole struck out 13 in seven dominant innings, Aaron Judge homered and drove in four runs, and the New York Yankees extended their home winning streak over the visiting Baltimore Orioles to 12 games with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.

Cole (1-0) recorded his 39th career double-digit strikeout game and recorded at least seven strikeouts in his 11th straight regular-season start, the longest stretch in team history.

Judge hit a RBI single in the fourth and blasted a three-run homer in the eighth for the Yankees, whose home winning streak over the Orioles is their longest against Baltimore in team history.

Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Orioles, whose last win at Yankee Stadium was March 31, 2019.

Red Sox 6, Rays 5 (12 innings)

J.D. Martinez hit a game-winning, two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning as Boston beat visiting Tampa Bay.

Phillips Valdez (1-0) earned the win in relief. Ryan Thompson (1-1) took the loss. With two outs in the 12th, Thompson hit Alex Verdugo with a pitch before a wild pitch advanced Hunter Renfroe and Verdugo into scoring position for Martinez.

Arozarena gave the Rays, who dropped their third straight game, a 5-4 lead in the top of the 12th with an RBI groundout. The Red Sox and Rays each scored a run in the 11th after Boston tied the game in the ninth on Christian Vazquez’s solo homer.

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 8 (13 innings)

Stephen Vogt homered in the seventh inning and hit a tiebreaking single in the 13th inning, Christian Walker also went deep, and Arizona outscored Colorado in Denver.

Ryan McMahon hit three solo homers and a double and drove in four runs, and Dom Nunez and Sam Hilliard also went deep for Colorado on a cold night at Coors Field.

Ketel Marte had three hits, Asdrubal Cabrera had two hits and Matt Peacock (1-0) pitched the last three innings to get the win in his big-league debut for the Diamondbacks. The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes due to the weather.

White Sox 10, Mariners 4

Zack Collins, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu hit home runs — all with runners on base — as Chicago defeated host Seattle.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-0) struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who have won the first two games of the series.

Mariners left-hander James Paxton, making his first start of the season, left after 1 1/3 innings with what the team later described as left elbow discomfort.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 4

Hot-hitting Nate Lowe clubbed two of Texas’ four homers and had four RBIs as the Rangers cruised to a victory over Toronto at Arlington, Texas.

Ronald Guzman and Jonah Heim also went deep as Texas claimed the second game of the three-game set after falling 6-2 on Monday.

Lowe hit a pair of two-run blasts for his third career multi-homer game to continue his torrid start. He set a Rangers record with 14 RBIs in the season’s first five games. Bo Bichette hit two solo homers for the Blue Jays, who fell to 3-2 on their season-opening, six-game road trip.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

Travis Shaw hit a three-run home run four batters into the game and Freddy Peralta pitched five strong innings as Milwaukee won at Chicago. The Cubs managed just one hit total against three Milwaukee pitchers and struck out 10 times.

Omar Narvaez also hit a home run as the Brewers won for the first time since squeaking past the Minnesota Twins in their season opener Thursday. Peralta (1-0) walked four but had eight strikeouts.

Kris Bryant had the only Cubs hit, a fourth-inning double. Javier Baez struck out three times.

Tigers 4, Twins 3 (10 innings)

Akil Baddoo ripped a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to lift Detroit past visiting Minnesota.

Robbie Grossman had two hits and two RBIs for Detroit, while Niko Goodrum supplied three hits and a run. Jeimer Candelario contributed two hits, a run scored and an RBI for the Tigers.

Minnesota starter J.A. Happ lasted four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out four.

Dodgers 5, A’s 1

Clayton Kershaw beat Oakland for the first time in his career, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings while getting homer support from Max Muncy, Edwin Rios and Mookie Betts in Los Angeles’ road win.

Rios, Betts, Justin Turner and Austin Barnes had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who won their fifth straight after an Opening Day loss at Colorado.

The A’s, who got two hits and an RBI from Ramon Laureano, fell to 0-6 on their season-opening, seven-game homestand.

Padres 3, Giants 1

Victor Caratini snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run, seventh-inning homer, giving San Diego a victory over visiting San Francisco.

Caratini pulled a hanging slider from former Padres reliever Matt Wisler (0-1) into the right field seats to snap a two-game San Diego losing streak.

Padres starter Yu Darvish gave up one run on three hits and a walk in six innings, finishing with seven strikeouts. Giants starter Aaron Sanchez yielded a run on six hits and no walks while striking out four in five innings.

Nationals 6, Braves 5

Juan Soto singled home the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning and Washington opened its season with a win against visiting Atlanta.

Victor Robles opened the ninth with a single off Will Smith (0-1) and Trea Turner was hit on the leg by a pitch. Soto followed with a line drive to center on a 3-0 count, scoring Robles.

Turner hit a two-run homer for undermanned Washington, which finally began the season after four games were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Astros 4, Angels 2

Carlos Correa’s two-run homer in the ninth inning snapped a tie and lifted Houston to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

Houston’s Zack Greinke allowed only a two-run homer to Mike Trout in the first inning, giving up five hits in seven innings. Angels starter Dylan Bundy served up back-to-back homers to Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Diaz in the second inning, but nothing else in six innings. He struck out 10.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win over Angels reliever Raisel Iglesias (1-1), who gave up Correa’s homer.

Mets 8, Phillies 4

Marcus Stroman pitched six strong innings, Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso each hit a two-run home run and New York defeated host Philadelphia.

Stroman induced 13 ground-ball outs and gave up three hits and one run. Stroman (1-0) threw 85 pitches, struck out three and walked two as the Mets won their first game of the season.

Didi Gregorius had two hits, including a home run, and Jean Segura added two hits for the Phillies, who lost for the first time in five games this season. Adam Haseley and Rhys Hoskins also contributed two hits apiece.

Reds 14, Pirates 1

Tyler Naquin homered twice and posted a career-high seven RBIs, Wade Miley struck out six over six scoreless innings, and Cincinnati rolled to a fourth straight win by beating the visiting Pirates.

Naquin recorded the most single-game RBIs by a Reds player since Scooter Gennett’s 10 on June 6, 2017. Through five games with Cincinnati, Naquin is 5-for-14 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

Miley did not allow a hit until Bryan Reynolds’ double to lead off the fourth inning while walking only one en route to his first victory since September 2019. Pittsburgh’s lone run came in the seventh, when Phillip Evans homered for the second consecutive night.

Cardinals 4, Marlins 2

Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with a key RBI, leading St. Louis past host Miami.

Molina has five RBIs in five games this season, including three in two contests against the Marlins. Dylan Carlson slugged a solo homer in the ninth to pad St. Louis’ lead.

The Cardinals overcame an impressive pitching performance by Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (0-1), who tied his career high with 10 strikeouts. Alcantara went six innings and allowed two walks, four hits and three runs (two earned).

–Field Level Media