Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Upton, Blue Jays capitalize on miscue

TORONTO — Even in Little League, Melvin Upton Jr. couldn't remember circling the bases quite this way.

Upton hit an RBI triple past a diving outfielder and continued home on a misplay, completing the Blue Jays' rally from a five-run deficit and sending the AL East leaders past the Twins 8-7 Saturday.

"That's a first," the former Ray said of his wild circuit.

Upton, acquired from the Padres last month, has nine RBIs in his past 14 games. Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays handed Minnesota its ninth straight loss.

"There's all different kinds of ways to lose games," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "That one was particularly difficult."

The Jays trailed 7-6 in the eighth when Kevin Pillar doubled with one out. Upton followed with a triple past a diving Max Kepler in shallow right.

Kepler slipped and fell trying to retrieve the ball and accidentally kicked it onto the warning track. That allowed Upton to score standing up.

ANGELS 3, TIGERS 2: Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected along with manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner in a series of balls-and-strikes disputes as host Detroit's five-game winning streak ended.

RED SOX 8, ROYALS 3: Dustin Pedroia had four hits to extend his streak to 11 at-bats before bouncing into a double play with a chance to tie the major-league record for host Boston.

YANKEES 13, ORIOLES 5: Rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the third straight game for host New York to reach 11 in 23 career games, making him the fastest to 11 in MLB history.

WHITE SOX 9, MARINERS 3: Jose Abreu hit the first of four White Sox home runs and Jose Quintana pitched 72/3 solid innings for host Chicago.

A'S 3, CARDINALS 2: Khris Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in the eighth as visiting Oakland rallied.

DODGERS 3, CUBS 2: Rookie Julio Urias pitched six strong innings, Corey Seager set a franchise shortstop record with his 23rd homer and host Los Angeles evened the series.

PIRATES 9, BREWERS 6: Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking three-run double as visiting Pittsburgh rallied from four runs down.

METS 12, PHILLIES 1: Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson had a pinch-hit grand slam and host New York won its sixth in seven games.

ROCKIES 9, NATIONALS 4 (11): Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, and visiting Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak.

PADRES 1, MARLINS 0: Ryan Schimpf homered, Clayton Richard pitched seven innings and visiting San Diego snapped a four-game skid.

Around the league

PIRATES: Right-hander Gerrit Cole was scratched from his start Monday and will fly to Los Angeles to have a sore elbow checked by a specialist.

RANGERS: Reliever Jeremy Jeffress was away from the team for a second day as Major League Baseball looked into his arrest Friday on a drunken driving charge.

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