And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Alex Rodriguez didn’t get a hit but he did drive in a run with a 10-foot dribbler in front of the plate with the bases loaded. Still counts, right? Especially considering they walked Chase Headley to get to him. Just before that another guy who was booed loudly by the Boston crowd — former Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury — hit a two-run double which should have been an out but which Andrew Benintendi muffed.

Indians 14, Angels 4: Mike Napoli was 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, Lonnie Chisenhall drove in four as well. Carlos Santana hit a homer but he also had to leave the game after being smacked in the head with a foul ball while sitting in the dugout, so that ain’t great. The Tribe had a five-run first inning and a four-run fifth inning.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3: Zach Duke gave a free pass to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th for the walkoff walk. The 10th straight win for Chicago. Even worse than the loss for the Cardinals — which put them 13 games back of the Cubs in the Central — was losing Matt Holliday to a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0: That was an ugly game and an ugly series for the Mets. The opposite for the Dbacks, of course, but it’s the Mets who, until recently anyway, people thought would do something this year. I suppose they still can — they’re three back in the Wild Card and it’s not like there are 50 teams ahead of them — but it’s getting late pretty early for New York. Tuffy Gosewisch, homered and tripled in a run. A lot of other Dbacks did things too, but I just like to say “Tuffy Gosewisch.” Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch.

Pirates 4, Padres 0Jameson Taillon tossed eight shutout innings and David Freese singled in one run and doubled in another. Taillon only needed 101 pitches and got Clint Hurdle to use the phrase “pitch efficiency” after the game, which I’m going to take as his second nod to advanced metrics this week, even if “pitch efficiency” is not, that I know of anyway, an actual advanced metric as much as it is a fancy way of saying “he didn’t use many pitches.” In this way it’s like how I sometimes make up phrases around my kids to act like I have a better grasp on the world than I actually do. Things like “spatial optimization” when I really just mean “clean your damn room.”

Astros 15, Twins 7; Astros 10, Twins 2: That was a whole bunch of runs Twins pitchers allowed over the course of a doubleheader. Jose Altuve was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the first game. Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and singled in a fourth run in the nightcap.

Rockies 12, Rangers 9: Carlos Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit, bases-loaded (and bases-clearing) double to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning for the Rockies. This after Colorado had blown a 4-0 lead. Game time temperature in Arlington was 98 degrees and it was steamy as all get-out. I don’t approve of the Rangers getting a new stadium at taxpayer expense, but I do approve of there being a domed park down there because that is just a ridiculous place to play day games in August.

Brewers 11, Braves 3: The Brewers scored at least one run in every inning. That’s not something you see happen every day. Indeed, it has only happened on 15 previous occasions in all of major league history. That’s more rare than a perfect game or a batter finishing his career with 3,000 hits or 500 homers. Catcher Manny Pina drove in three of ’em.

Orioles 9, Athletics 6: Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam, which served as his 32nd homer on the season, which leads all of baseball. He drove in five in all. Chris Tillman won his 15th game, allowing two runs over seven. Zach Britton notched his 35th save of the year, dropped his ERA down to a microscopic 0.56 and extended his scoreless appearances streak to 39, which is a major league record. Heck, the last time he was charged with a run — back on April 30 — it was because Vance Worley allowed an inherited runner who was the responsibility of Britton to score. In a year without a truly dominant starter in the American League, Britton will get some Cy Young hype for sure.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Danny Duffy tossed a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out six. Two starts before this one he flirted with a no-hitter. Gonna go out on a limb and say he’s got some great stuff.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.