And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 2, Tigers 0: Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight shutout innings and Francisco Lindor homered in the third and added a sac fly in the seventh. Cleveland has now won 14 straight games against the Tigers and are 15-1 against them on the season.

Athletics 9, Royals 8: Jurickson Profar homered and drove in three and everyone in the A’s starting lineup either had a hit or drove in a run. They kinda had to given that no one on the A’s pitching staff seemed super invested in giving Bob Melvin clean innings. They did get one gimmie run, though, when A’s second baseman Corban Joseph hit pop a foul with runners on second and third. Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert caught the ball to put out Joseph and as he did so he fell into the third base dugout. Thanks to Rule 5.06(b)(3), which allows all base runners to advance one base if a fielder falls into an out of play area while catching a ball, the runner on third was awarded home plate and scored.

Twins 10, White Sox 5: Jake Cave homered twice and C.J. Cron went deep once, giving the Twins 261 on the year, which is six short of the Yankees’ record, set last year, for homers in a season. Those homers did break the all-time record for homers on the road, though, with 139. The 2001 Giants previously held that mark with 138. More importantly, the Twins win their fifth straight, keeping the Indians at bay.

Rays 9, Astros 8: The Rays kept taking small leads and the Astros kept matching them. Finally Ji-Man Choi put Tampa Bay ahead for good with a two-run double in the seventh. Travis d'Arnaud homered and drove in four to keep the Astros from a three-game sweep. Zack Greinke got a no-decision, making it his first start as an Astro in which he didn’t get a win.

Cubs 4, Mets 1: A three-run home run by Victor Caratini in the top of the seventh — his second dinger of the game — broke a 1-1 tie and the Mets’ back. The Mets are skidding, having dropped six straight and now find themselves back to a mere game over .500. Those six straight losses game against the Braves and Cubs showing that the Mets aren’t up to the level of the better teams in the NL. Which is a bad sign because it doesn’t get any easier for the Mets down the stretch: 20 of their 29 remaining games are against teams .500 or better, with nine of those 29 games against teams that are currently at least 10 games over .500.

Marlins 4, Reds 3: Aristides Aquino broke the National League rookie record for homers in a month with his 14th, and he singled in a run in the eighth inning to tie the game and force extra innings. Miami had the last laugh — and jump and high five and Gatorade bath and stuff — when rookie Harold Ramírez hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Marlins the win. It was his third walkoff hit of the year, so I guess he has the knack for it. Earlier, teammates Jon Berti, Austin Dean and Starlin Castro hit solo home runs of their own. Those three came off of Reds starter Alex Wood who has allowed ten homers in 35 and two-thirds innings this year. Not what ya want.

Mariners 5, Rangers 3: It was tied 3-3 from the fourth until the ninth when the M’s struck twice, via an Austin Nola sac fly and an Omar Narváez RBI single. That first run was the result of the smallest ball: Dee Gordon led off the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and then scored on the Nola fly. Not always a big fan of small ball like that but it beats trying to find another synonym for “homer.”

Pirates 11, Rockies 8: Well, at least until now. Kevin Newman — homered? Went deep? Knocked a dong? — twice, knocked in three and had four hits in all. His first one led off the game and led to a seven-run first for the Pirates. His second staked them to an 11-3 lead in the fifth. Colorado mounted a comeback but it was too much of a lead to overcome. Look at the Pirates go: they’ve won five of seven.

Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5: Hyun-Jin Ryu has picked a really bad time to come back to earth. He was kicked around for his third straight start, giving up seven runs and failing to make it out of the fifth for the second time in a row. He has now given up 18 runs in his last 14 and two-thirds innings over three starts and his ERA has shot up from 1.64 to 2.35 in that time. I suppose that 1.64 was unsustainable, but his performance has certainly turned on dime. All this after being staked to a 3-0 lead, too. For the Dbacks, Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, Wilmer Flores had three hits and three RBI, Nick Ahmed had two hits and two RBI and Adam Jones had a two-run double.

Padres 5, Giants 3: Chris Paddack tossed one-run ball over seven innings and Manuel Margot and Austin Hedges homered for San Diego and Eric Hosmer doubled in a run. Paddack had a hit too and scored on Margot’s homer.

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”