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And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: The Yankees were down 3-1 in the seventh when Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off of Ryan Brasier. It was Gardner’s 100th career homer and gave the Yankees the sweep in the two-game series. J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez went deep for Boston, but they fall for the third straight game and find themselves alone in the basement of the A.L. East. At 6-13, this is the poorest start for a World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins opened 5-14. And in the Marlins case they had an excuse, having been stripped for parts in the offseason in one of the more cynical and dumb tear-downs in living memory. The Sox’ excuse? They’ve just sucked.

Dodgers 3, Reds 2: For the second day in a row an intentional walk did not pay off for the Reds. Here, in the sixth, the Reds chose to put Cody Bellinger on base with two outs and a runner on in order to face A.J. Pollock. Pollock made him pay with a three-run homer that was all the scoring the Dodgers got and all the scoring the Dodgers needed. No word if Pollock thought it was a “slap in the face” to be pitched to in that situation.

Phillies 3, Mets 2: Finally some pitching in this series. Jake Arrieta worked into the ninth, allowing two, outdueling Zack Wheeler who gave up three over seven. Hot Scott Kingery homered again, as did César Hernández. The Mets had their chance in the ninth, pushing across one run and then loading the bases, but Héctor Neris struck out Keon Broxton with a 3-2 heater to end the game.

Royals 4, White Sox 3: Royals win, yadda, yadda, but this one was notable for Brad Keller‘s fragile ego leading to a benches-clearing hullabaloo.

When Keller is given a minor suspension which serves as zero deterrent from pitchers throwing at batters and thus shows that MLB’s executives think retaliation for bat flips is just fine, remember that MLB’s marketing department thinks bat flips and stuff are great. Including the specific bat flip that led to Keller plunking Anderson.

If your company had a marketing campaign for, say, friendly customer service or speedy delivery or your money back, I imagine you’d be strongly encouraged by management to be friendly and to work quickly. If, instead, you insulted customers or loafed it, I imagine you’d be punished somehow. Weird that MLB can’t be bothered.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 3: The big news here was that Christian Yelich did not homer against the Cardinals for once. Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna went deep, however, and Michael Wacha was effective as the Cards avoid being swept by the Brewers. Wacha allowed two runs and five hits and struck out seven.

Indians 1, Mariners 0: The Mariners’ streak of 20 games to start the season with a home run has come to an end, but hey, their losing streak is still going strong! Oh . . . wait. Not all streaks are to be celebrated. Carlos Carrasco can be celebrated. The Indians starter tossed seven shutout innings and he and reliever Nick Wittgren made Jake Bauers‘ fifth inning solo homer hold up. That’s six straight in the toilet for Seattle.

Pirates 3, Tigers 2: For the second straight game the Pirates needed ten innings to beat the Tigers, but winning in ten is just as good as winning in nine I suppose. Here Colin Moran‘s RBI single in the top of the 10th put the Buccos over. Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull allowed only one unearned run and two hits in six innings of work — I like that guy’s stuff from what I’ve seen so far — but he was denied the win when his bullpen betrayed him in the eighth.

Nationals 9, Giants 6: Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki all went deep for the Nats, who had a 9-2 lead in the ninth but, as has often been the case so far this year, the bullpen was a cause for heartburn. Washington needed three relievers, the first two of whom allowed two homers and four runs, and had to use closer Sean Doolittle to end it.

Rays 8, Orioles 1: The opener/bullpen combined to allow only three hits on the night, with second man out Yonny Chirinios getting the bulk of the work and the win. Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three on his 3-for-4 night. Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Díaz also went deep as the Rays rattled out 13 hits and drew four walks. The Rays have won eight of nine.

Cubs 6, Marlins 0: Cole Hamels tossed seven shutout innings and Marlins batters managed only five hits and struck out 11 times. Daniel Descalso drove in three. Javier Báez homered. The Cubs’ trip to Florida has turned things around for them, as they’ve taken three in a row.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2: Adam Jones is a lot of things, but he is not a guy known to take a lot of walks. Which made it all the more special (or, if you were rooting for the Braves, “special”) that he’s the guy who drew the 10th inning bases-loaded walk that ended up giving the Dbacks the win. Jones also homered in the game and scored the tying run in the seventh when Ketel Marte doubled him in. Those are things Jones does. Taking big walks, not so much. Atlanta starter Kevin Gausman allowed only two runs on three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of work, but the Braves don’t have a bullpen and this is what happens when you don’t have a bullpen.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 1: Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBI, on a single and a double, and Jake Odorizzi allowed one run on six hits. The attendance was announced at 11,465, which is the lowest figure in Target Field’s 10-year history. Bad weather this week is the culprit. The Twins have had a terrible run of weather to start the season with a bunch of postponements and delays. I realize that the Metrodome made the baseball gods cry, and that in reaction to it the Twins built a lovely gem of an outdoor stadium. But I also feel like it might’ve been a smarter move to go retractable roof with that bad boy.

Rangers 5, Angels 4: The sweep. Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the fifth and reached base his first three times to the plate. Lance Lynn allowed 10 baserunners in five and two-thirds but the Angels couldn’t capitalize, scoring only twice while Lynn was on the hill.

Athletics 2, Astros 1: The A’s end the Astros’ winning streak at ten thanks to a tiebreaking Matt Chapman homer in the sixth and solid work from Frankie Montas. Jurickson Profar had an RBI double. He’s driven in 10 runs over his last eight games. It was the first A’s won over Houston in five meetings.

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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