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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Reds 7, Rockies 5: Jesse Winker hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to cap the Reds’ comeback. Cincinnati was down 5-2 in the eighth before Joey Votto knocked one in on a grounder and Eugenio Suarez brought the Reds to within one on a fielder’s choice. A Wade Davis wild pitch brought in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. That was actually his second wild pitch of the inning. He also hit a batter. The Rockies have lost five of seven and the bullpen has been a big reason why.

Dodgers 8, Pirates 7: The Dodgers needed a spot starter for their spot starter, Dennis Santana, who was scratched just before the game. They didn’t have one so they used Johnny Wholestaff, who was acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. Dave Roberts used nine pitchers in the nine inning game, with Pedro Baez the only one getting as many as six outs. Not too bad considering that, 12 hours before, he was optioned to Oklahoma City. Because of another injury, however, he never even got to the airport before being called back. Weird day. Anyway, Joc Pederson went deep twice and Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in the past three games to give the Dodgers their 15th win in their past 20.

Twins 7, White Sox 2: Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer in the Twins’ four-run fourth and Eduardo Escobar hit a two run shot. The Eddies have been a two-man wrecking crew this year. Imagine where the Twins would be if any other batters bothered to apply to join the wrecking crew. Maybe they need more Eddies. Jose Berrios scattered six hits and allowed only two runs in a complete game win.

Cardinals 4, Marlins 1: Miles Mikolas allowed one run, unearned, on three hits over seven and was backed by homers from Jose Martinez and Luke Voit, the latter being a pinch-hit shot.

Cubs 4, Phillies 3: Anthony Rizzo homered and drove one in on a sac fly and Tommy La Stella and Kris Bryant had RBI singles as the Cubs win their fifth game in their past six. This came despite the fact that their starter, Tyler Chatwood, walked seven guys, hit a batter and threw pitches over dudes’ heads three times. The kicker: after the game he said he “felt the best I had in a while.”

Tigers 7, Red Sox 2: Jalen Beeks made his big league debut as the Red Sox starter. He’ll do his best to forget it, as he allowed five runs in his first inning of work, surrendering a two-run homer to Leonys Martin. Martin would also triple and score later in the game. Beeks’ counterpart, Matt Boyd, allowed two runs while pitching into the seventh.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4: Baltimore took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Brad Brach, who had not given up a run in his previous ten outings, coughed it up as Randal Grichuck doubled in two runs and Kevin Pilar singled him in to force extras. In the tenth Teoscar Hernandez led off with a double and a few batters later Aledmys Diaz singled him in for the walkoff win.

Mariners 5, Rays 4: Seattle built a four run lead by the ninth inning thanks to homers from Denard Span and Mitch Haniger and managed to hold on despite a Rays rally in the final frame. Mike Leake allowed one run in his first eight innings and was called out for the ninth without much in the tank. He gave up a leadoff double who Alex Colome allowed to score in addition to allowing a run of his own. Colome managed to shut the door on his former teammates before the day was lost, however.

Astros 5, Rangers 2: Cole beats Hamels, as Gerrit outpitches Cole. I could do this all day, folks. Haven’t had this much fun since we had two Zambranos in the league. Evan Gattis homered and drove in three and Alex Bregman hit a dinger too as Houston beats Texas, which come to think of it, is also a funny thing to say.

Athletics 4, Royals 1: Alcides Escobar and Matt Olson traded homers early but the A’s three-run sixth, led by Matt Chapman‘s two-run double, decided things. Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn made his first appearance of the season, allowing one run over six. The Royals have lost five in a row.

Twins tie team record with 8 homers in 16-7 win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota’s franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday.

C.J. Cron homered, doubled twice and singled twice for the Twins. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered for Minnesota.

It was the third time in franchise history – dating to their days as the Washington Senators – and second time this season Minnesota homered eight times. Before doing it April 20 against Baltimore, the last time it happened was in 1963 against Washington.

Schoop drove in four runs and Sano three as the Twins won six of seven on their road trip that began in Seattle and wound up with their first sweep in Anaheim since 1996. Minnesota, with the best record in the majors, hit 22 homers against the Mariners and the Angels while outscoring them 67-24.

There were a total of 11 home runs in this game, which was originally set for Wednesday but postponed due to unplayable field conditions following a pregame storm.

Angels first baseman Jared Walsh, who made five relief appearances in Triple-A this season, pitched for the first time in the majors. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The eight home runs also tied the Angels mark for most allowed. It previously happened in 2005 against Texas and 1996 vs. Oakland.

Four of the seven hits Matt Harvey (2-4) allowed in 2 2/3 innings went over the wall as the right-hander gave up eight runs for the second time this season.

Tommy La Stella hit his first grand slam in the ninth for the Angels, who have dropped four straight. David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin also homered for Los Angeles.

Minnesota broke open the game in the second inning with six runs, which included a three-run shot by Schoop and two-run drive by Polanco. Harvey was chased in the third after solo homers by Cron and Sano.

The Twins hit three home runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 14-2. Sano’s two-run shot and Schoop’s solo homer marked the sixth time the Twins had gone back-to-back this season. Kepler added a two-run drive.

Twins starter Martin Perez (7-1) went five innings and yielded two runs on five hits.

TOUGH DAY

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun came up twice with the bases loaded but was unable to get a hit. He struck out in the third and grounded into a force out to end the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist sprain) returned to Minneapolis. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Friday but manager Rocco Baldelli said they are still seeing how he is doing swinging during batting practice.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle sprain) saw a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday and expects to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks. . LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a bullpen session before Thursday’s game and could make his season debut Sunday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Return home and open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Jose Berrios (6-2, 3.39 ERA) has seven or more strikeouts in his last four starts.

Angels: Conclude their home stand with three games against Texas. RHP Griffin Canning (2-3, 3.80 ERA), who became the second LA starter to go seven innings last Saturday against Kansas City, gets the call on Friday.

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