Victor Martinez hit a game-tying home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning, and Niko Goodrum followed with a tiebreaking homer three pitches later as the Detroit Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak by rallying for an 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
On a night when Giancarlo Stanton hit his 300th homer, the Tigers tied the game at 7-7 when Martinez hit his second homer of the contest on a 2-2 fastball that he sent down the right field line.
Shortly after Martinez completed his 12th career multi-homer game, Goodrum drove a 1-1 curveball into the right field seats for his 14th homer. Detroit hit a season-high five homers and won for only the seventh time in 25 games
The Yankees took a 7-5 lead into the ninth on Luke Voit’s two-run homer in the seventh off Victor Alcantara. New York fell to 69-2 when leading after eight.
Red Sox 9, White Sox 4
Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered the tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and J.D. Martinez capped the five-run frame with a three-run home run as Boston rallied to victory at Chicago.
Mookie Betts smacked a tying two-run homer in the seventh, and Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with two runs scored as Boston overcame a four-run deficit to win its third straight game. Bradley had two RBIs, and Andrew Benintendi and Blake Swihart each had run-scoring singles for the Red Sox.
Avisail Garcia homered and had three RBIs for the White Sox, who lost for just the second time in their past seven contests. Yolmer Sanchez went 3-for-5.
Mariners 7, Athletics 1
Wade LeBlanc watched as his teammates scored five runs before he even took the mound, then pitched seven shutout innings to lead Seattle to a key win at Oakland.
The Mariners took advantage of a two-run throwing error and a bases-loaded walk in the first en route to snapping a three-game losing streak and moving within 4 1/2 games of the A’s in the duel for second place in the American League West and the second AL wild-card spot.
LeBlanc (8-3) easily made his early 5-0 advantage hold up, limiting the A’s to three hits and three walks in his seven innings. He struck out four.
Angels 5, Astros 2
Andrew Heaney snapped an extended losing streak in road starts, and Andrelton Simmons backed that effort with a three-run double as Los Angeles topped host Houston.
Heaney (8-8) outdueled Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, allowing five hits and one walk over six innings. Houston managed just one extra-base hit against Heaney, a Jose Altuve double in the first inning.
Heaney was 0-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 12 outings away from Angel Stadium this season. He had last won on the road on Sept. 2, 2015, a span of 17 starts.
Cubs 5, Braves 4
Pinch hitter Tommy La Stella hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the sixth inning as visiting Chicago edged Atlanta.
The win, a makeup date from a rainout in May, kept the Cubs 4 1/2 games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The loss trimmed the Braves’ lead in the NL East to three games over the idle Philadelphia Phillies.
The Cubs entered the sixth trailing 4-3 after the Braves scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, two on a triple by Freddie Freeman, who then scored on a sacrifice fly.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 0
John Gant pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and hit a solo home run to lead St. Louis to a shutout of visiting Pittsburgh.
Harrison Bader also homered, and Jose Martinez had a two-run single for St. Louis, which took the deciding game of the three-game set to win its 10th consecutive series.
The Cardinals, who hold the top spot in the National League wild-card standings, have 21 wins in August.
Brewers 2, Reds 1 (11 innings)
Lorenzo Cain led off the 11th inning with a first-pitch home run that pushed Milwaukee to victory at Cincinnati.
Cain’s line-drive homer to left-center off Austin Brice was the Brewers’ first hit since the fifth inning and allowed Milwaukee to maintain possession of the second National League wild card.
Joakim Soria (1-3) earned the win after allowing one hit while pitching the 10th inning. Josh Hader threw a perfect 11th for his 11th save as the Brewers won for the seventh time in 10 games.
Padres 3, Rockies 2 (13 innings)
Rookie outfielder Franmil Reyes hit the first walk-off home run of his career with two outs in the 13th inning to give host San Diego a win over Colorado.
The loss was costly for the Rockies, who slipped back in both the National League West and wild-card standings. Colorado trails first-place Arizona by 1 1/2 games in its division while falling two games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card.
There were only nine hits in the marathon, with the Padres going 8 2/3 innings in between hits from Austin Hedges’ second-inning RBI triple to Reyes’ single in the 11th. The Rockies were hitless until the sixth.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1
David Peralta hit a three-run home run, and Robbie Ray won for the first time since June 27 as visiting Arizona maintained its lead in the National League West with a win at Los Angeles.
In taking the opening game of a four-game showdown series at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks moved two games in front of the third-place Dodgers.
The Dodgers’ season-high-tying five-game winning streak came to an end. Manny Machado hit his 33rd home run; he has seven in his last 12 games and has driven in a run in five consecutive contests.
Indians 5, Twins 3
Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer to cap a four-run sixth inning, and right-hander Mike Clevinger became the fourth Cleveland pitcher to reach 10 wins in a victory over visiting Minnesota.
Clevinger (10-7), who gave up two unearned runs on a two-run homer by Ehire Adrianza after an infield error, struck out nine and walked one while giving up four hits. He joined Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer as the Indians’ double-digit winners.
Brad Hand gave up a leadoff homer to Miguel Sano in the ninth inning before recording his 30th save, his sixth in as many chances since joining Cleveland from San Diego.
–Field Level Media