Jake Arrieta homers to end Phillies’ scoreless streak

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Entering Sunday’s series finale against the Giants, the Phillies’ offense hadn’t scored a run since the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Dodgers, when Jorge Alfaro doubled in a run. The Giants blanked the Phillies 4-0 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.

Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, made his first major league start on Sunday against the Phillies. He held them scoreless over the first two innings, but Jake Arrieta — who entered Sunday with a 2.09 ERA, by the way — homered to left field, leading off the third inning.

That is Arrieta’s sixth career home run and his first of the season. He’s homered in each of the last four seasons. Arrieta also has a postseason home run to his name, which was also hit at AT&T Park. He hit a three-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 of the 2016 NLDS.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin has also homered this year. Technically, bench player Pedro Florimon homered as a pitcher as well. On May 18 against the Cardinals, with the Phillies trailing 12-3, Florimon pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth, then hit a solo home run off of Mike Mayers in the top of the ninth. If we count that, the Phillies lead the majors in home runs by pitchers with three. The Cardinals are the only other team with multiple homers from pitchers, as Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas have both gone yard.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.