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And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 14, Yankees 1: Mookie Betts is pretty good at baseball. He went 4-for-4, walked, hit a grand slam and scored five times to lead the Sox’ obliteration of the Yankees and give Boston its ninth win in a row. The slam was part of a nine-run sixth inning. Betts was apparently unavailable after the game, because the quote attributed to him in the game story — “I just got some good pitches to hit and put some good swings on it today” — was clearly provided by ClicheBot6000.™ Other Boston contributors to the rout included Hanley Ramirez, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI and Andrew Benintendi who hit a two-run triple and doubled as well. Meanwhile, Chris Sale allowed one run in six innings, scattering eight hits and striking out eight.

Mets 8, Marlins 6: I’m not gonna keep harping on attendance figures in Miami this year but this one — 6,516 — was even worse than the night before. And that’s with a New York team playing in a region rotten with New York city transplants and retirees. I am not offering this to shame baseball fans in Miami, though. I’m offering it as a somewhat passive-aggressive rejoinder to the Marlins official who insisted to me in a phone call this offseason that the fans in Miami were truly excited about the club and all of the changes it was making. Perhaps not. In any event. those few souls who did show up saw Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Bour each hit two homers. Both of Cabrera’s were solo shots and both of Bour’s were two-run blasts, but Cabrera had more help from his friends. The Mets have won seven in a row.

Phillies 6, Reds 1: It was close until the eighth when rookie Scott Kingery hit a grand slam to break it open. It was Kingery’s second home run in as many nights. Meanwhile, Aaron Nola allowed only one run over eight innings and was allowed to throw 103 pitches. Aww, our Gabe Kapler is learning!

Nationals 4, Braves 1: The Nats got all the runs they’d really need in the first inning thanks to a two-run triple from Ryan Zimmerman. They’d add two more, though, via a Brian Goodwin single in the fourth and a throwing error in the sixth. The game really belonged to Stephen Strasburg, who shut the Braves out for eight innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight. The Braves, who came into this series looking like an offensive juggernaut, have looked helpless at the plate the last two nights, but Max Scherzer and Strasburg are gonna make a lot of teams look helpless over two-night spans this year.

Rays 6, White Sox 5: Blake Snell pitched allowed only one hit and struck out 10 through six innings of work as the Rays built a 5-1 lead. They needed all of that and then some given the White Sox’ four-run ninth inning rally, but they managed to hold on. The White Sox are now 0-5 at home. Which, sure, “home” has meant “bone-chillingly cold” so far this year, but the other team has to play in it too, and the Rays aren’t exactly hearty veterans of the Shackleton Expedition.

Pirates 8, Cubs 5: The Cubs finally got their home opener in, but it didn’t go their way. Frankie Cervelli and Corey Dickerson combined to go 6-for-9 with five driven in out of the five and six spots — Cervelli hit a three-run bomb — and Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings. The Pirates won in Detroit on the season’s Opening Day, won in Pittsburgh on the Pirates’ home opener and now win on the day the Cubs opened at home. What if they made the whole schedule out of opening days?

Indians 2, Tigers 1: Jose Ramierz homered in he first, Roberto Perez homered in the eighth and in between Josh Tomlin and five relievers managed to mostly hold Detroit in check. No team has scored fewer runs per game than Cleveland and the Tribe has the worst average in baseball, but the pitching staff is keeping them afloat.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1: Aaron Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth, gave up one run and got the win. Andrew Cashner pitched a shutout for seven innings but got a no-decision. Oh well. The Jays’ first run scored on a Baltimore throwing error, but the runner was on scoring position thanks to a wild pitch, so let’s not call it an unearned run, cosmically speaking, even if it was one in the box score. They second their second run courtesy of a Curtis Granderson homer in the ninth. Roberto Osuna locked it down in the bottom half of the inning and in so doing became the youngest pitcher to reach 100 saves. He’s 23 years and 62 days old. The previous record was by Francisco Rodriguez.

Angels 11, Rangers 1: The Angels keep motoring along, scoring runs in buckets. Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons each went deep and Tyler Skaggs allowed one run over five followed by four shutout innings from the pen. Albert Pujols notched two hits and is now at 2,983 for his career. The Angels, 9-3, are off to their best start in 36 years. In other news, I’m as guilty as anyone for contributing to the Shohei Ohtani hype, but it may be a tad crazy to frame your game story around him in a game in which all he did was ground out in a pinch-hitting appearance late in a blowout. That’s all I’m saying.

Twins 4, Astros 1: The Twins weren’t all that intimidated by Dallas Keuchel, scoring three runs off of him in the first two innings, one of which came on a bases-loaded walk to Joe Mauer. Mauer later singled in an insurance run on his 2-for-3, two-walk, two-RBI night. Jake Odorizzi picked up his first win as a Twin, allowing one run on five hits over six innings to the champs.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 3: Things were pretty tame until the ninth inning. That’s when Domingo Santana singled in the go-ahead run for the Brewers in the top half but Tommy Pham scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half to force extras. The teams would trade runs in the tenth as well, with Oswaldo Arcia singling home a run in the top half and Greg Garcia doing the same in the bottom half. In the 11th, though, Cardinals reliever Dominic Leone held serve while Matt Carpenter hit a two-run walkoff blast off of J.J. Hoover to end things after four hours and two minutes of tennis. Er, I mean baseball.

Mariners 8, Royals 3: He wasn’t dominant or anything, but Felix Hernandez allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in five and two-thirds, and that’s a damn sight better than he did in his last outing when the Giants handed him his butt. Jean Segura had three hits and drove in two and Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager each drove in a couple themselves.

Padres 5, Rockies 2: Rookie Joey Lucchesi — man, that is a name — allowed two unearned runs over six innings of work to nab his first career win. Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh to back Lucchesi. Sorry, I just keep wanting to say his name. Joey Lucchesi, Joey Lucchesi, Joey Lucchesi, Joey Lucchesi.

Dodgers 4, Athletics 0: Hyun-Jin Ryu dominated the Athletics, shutting them out on one hit over six innings and striking out eight. He was backed by solo homers from Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and Matt Kemp and an RBI double from Logan Forsythe.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Andrew McCutchen hit a bases-loaded single to give the Giants a walkoff win. It was the second walkoff for Cutch so far this year, having done so against the Dodgers on Saturday. Gonna go out on a limb and say that, thus far, Giants fans are pleased with his acquisition. McCutchen’s heroics were necessitated by Paul Goldschmidt, whhit a tying solo homer with two outs in the ninth off of closer Hunter Strickland. Strickland got himself a vulture win in the deal. All of that overshadowed the major league debut of top Giants prospect Tyler Beede, who struck out three and walked five while allowing two runs on three hits over four innings of work.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Diamondbacks 4, Braves 1: 🎶Stop me, oh-oh-oh, stop me . . .stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before . . .🎶

Sorry. Just waylaid by this Braves bullpen. Nothing’s changed. It’s enough to make a shy, bald, Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder. Me watching the game: 🎶 I drank one. It became four. And when I fell on the floor I drank more.🎶

Christian Walker hit a two-run homer in the seventh off of Chad Sobotka, who, didn’t get an out and who has given up five runs in his last two outings. The Diamondbacks have won four straight.

Nationals 4, Giants 2: Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and ended having allowed only one run on two hits while punching out nine. Not literally, though. If he punched out nine guys he’d probably be arrested.

Tigers 9, White Sox 7: Detroit ends a five-game skid. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera led the way, with the former going 3-for-4, the latter 2-for-4 and both driving in two runs. Dustin Peterson and Grayson Greiner also each drove in two, but they don’t get to be characterized as “leading the way” because baseball has a pretty strict seniority system and if you get too loosey-goosey with it you got a big hassle with the union and I’ve already had too many fires to put out this week, OK?

Blue Jays 7, Twins 4: Randal Grichuk, who got all “play the game the right way” on Tim Anderson on Wednesday, hit a homer. After which he gently laid his bat down parallel to the base line, assumed an expression which suggested mild pleasure but copious humility and then stoically ran the bases at a speed which reflected his obvious reverence for players past, present and future. I’m assuming at least.

Here’s what he actually said:

“I’ve never been one to flip a bat or do anything like that. I run out of the box always. I’ve hit some pretty far homers and I’ve sprinted out of the box like it was a wall-scraper. It’s just who I am. (Other) guys are different.”

Someone give that guy the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernández hit home runs too. No word on whether Grichuk silently judged them afterwards. The Jays took three of four from the Twinkies.

Royals 6, Yankees 1: Homer Bailey — Homer Bailey? — yes, Homer Bailey held the Bombers to one run over six. Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit dingers. New York got four singles in the game. That’s it. I guess with the Red Sox and Cubs being off someone had to step up and satisfy the “big money teams stinkin’ up the joint” quota for the evening.

Dodgers 3, Brewers 1: Before the game Dave Roberts announced that Julio Urías would head to the bullpen after this start since the Dodgers will soon be getting a couple of veteran pitchers back. Then Urías goes out and tosses six one-hit shutout innings while striking out nine. There are teams that would kill to have the sort of depth that would allow this kid to be shuffled off to long relief after a start like this. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy homered in a winning cause. Christian Yelich homered in a losing cause.

Orioles 6, Rays 5: Joey Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double. To even get him up to bat required Chris Davis to hit a two-out RBI single, and I wonder what the odds of that happening were. RIckard himself was no sure bet to play the hero here after coming into the game on an 0-for-15 skid, but he reached base five times and drove in two on the night. Dude used to be a Ray, too. Or at least in their system. Baltimore swiped him from Tampa Bay in the 2015 Rule 5 Draft. Here’s another killer for the Rays: Tommy Pham, who was 4-for-5 with two driven in, was on second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied but . . . got picked off while trying to steal third base. Ouch.

Rockies 6, Phillies 2: Ryan McMahon homered twice and had five RBI. Kyle Freeland pitched six scoreless innings but had to leave with a blister, so that’s worth watching. Colorado was won four in a row.

Mariners 11, Angels 10: The M’s had a 10-2 lead heading into the seventh and totally blew it when the Angels scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh and got a David Fletcher homer in the eighth to tie things up. Seattle rallied in the ninth, though, with pinch hitter Jay Bruce singing in Mitch Haniger for the winning margin. Before all of that messiness the M’s bottom of the order, in the form of Omar Narváez and Ryon Healy, combined to drive in nine. Healy homered twice. Narváez hit a three-run shot. Speaking of shot, all the pitchers in this one probably should’ve been.

Reds 4, Padres 1: Joey Votto led off in this came, which was odd, and he hit a homer to start the game. Padres starter Chris Paddack said after the game that he “thought I could blow a heater by him.” Bless his heart. Fernando Tatís Jr. led off too, which is also new, and went 2-for-4. Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker also homered, helping Cincy snap a four-game losing skid.