Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sports

Orioles bounce back to gain on Blue Jays

BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth inning to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Baltimore pulled within three games of first-place Toronto, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. After losing the opener 5-1, the Orioles will look to gain more ground in the series finale today.

Michael Saunders drilled a two-run shot off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez that tied the score at 3 in the seventh.

In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop walked and Wieters homered off Grilli.

Manny Machado hit his 100th career home run for Baltimore. Steve Pearce also went deep, his third in 16 games since being acquired from the Rays.

INDIANS 5, TWINS 4: Francisco Lindor drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, and host Cleveland survived a poor start by Josh Tomlin to hand Minnesota its 12th straight loss.

ASTROS 3, A'S 1: Collin McHugh pitched six scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis homered for host Houston.

TIGERS 8, WHITE SOX 4: Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs as host Detroit rallied.

CUBS 3, PIRATES 0: Kyle Hendricks pitched seven dominant innings to improve the majors' best ERA to 2.09, and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead host Chicago to its 21st victory in August, one shy of the club record for the month set in 1932.

METS 7, MARLINS 4: Curtis Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and host New York won its eighth in 10 games.

NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2: Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and was dominant through eight as visiting Washington beat Philadelphia for the eighth straight time.

Around the league

PROGRESS FOR KERSHAW: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took a big step toward a return by throwing two solid innings during a simulated game at Dodger Stadium. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined with a minor disc herniation in his lower back since late June. Kershaw told team officials afterward that he wasn't as sharp as he wanted to be.

INDIANS REACQUIRE CRISP: Coco Crisp is headed back to his first baseball home. The switch-hitting outfielder is on the verge of returning to Cleveland, who have agreed in principle to a trade with the Athletics. The trade would have to be official by today for Crisp, 36, to be eligible for the postseason.

METS: Left-hander Steven Matz isn't ready to come off the disabled list and was scratched from his Thursday start because of continued shoulder stiffness that he called "irritation in the rotator cuff."

PIRATES: Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole expressed confidence he'll return this season after returning to the team and playing catch. Cole went on the 15-day disabled list Monday with posterior elbow inflammation.





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