May 20, 2018
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Mariners score 5 runs in 9th to stun Sox

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez makes a catch for an out during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston Friday night.
By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Dustin Ackley singled in the tying and go-ahead runs in a five-run ninth as the Seattle Mariners battled back to stun the Boston Red Sox, 5-3 Friday night at Fenway Park.

Koji Uehara (5-4) came on looking to polish off a shutout and sandwiched a single around two outs before a walk and another single loaded the bases. Austin Jackson ripped a two-run double off the wall in left and Ackley followed with a two-run single before scoring on Robinson Cano’s single to right to cap the five-run outburst.

Dominic Leone (6-2) earned the win in relief and Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 37th save for the Mariners, who pulled into a virtual tie with the Detroit Tigers for the second American League wild card. Felix Hernandez, who had not allowed more than two runs in an outing since May 12, surrendered more than that on one swing when Yoenis Cespedes sent a three-run blast over the “Green Monster” in the sixth to put the Red Sox on top.

Hernandez was charged with three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. David Ortiz and Daniel Nava each doubled and scored for the Red Sox, who have dropped six straight, while Joe Kelly allowed one hit in five innings but was denied his first win with Boston when Uehara broke down.

Nava led off the sixth with a double and moved to third on a groundout before Ortiz was intentionally walked. Cespedes fouled off three straight pitches before blasting a 2-2 changeup out of the stadium for his 21st home run.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Sox reportedly signed Cuban OF Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal. … Boston 1B Mike Napoli (back spasms) missed his third straight game. … Hernandez, who has failed to complete six innings in two straight turns after going at least seven in his previous 16 starts, hit Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts in the head with a pitch in the fifth. Bogaerts stayed in the game and took the field the next half-inning but was replaced by a pinch hitter in his next at-bat and will be evaluated for a concussion.

Yankees 4, White Sox 3

NEW YORK — Martin Prado ended a tough at-bat with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

The winning rally started when right fielder Ichiro Suzuki lined a single up the middle against Daniel Webb (5-4). After three pickoff attempts, Suzuki was sacrificed to second by left fielder Brett Gardner but stayed there when shortstop Derek Jeter’s sinking liner didn’t fall.

The White Sox decided to walk center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who had two hits that included the game-tying double in the fifth inning, and first baseman Mark Teixeira also walked. After Prado fouled off the first three pitches, he nearly was hit by a 1-2 pitch and evened the count at 2-2. With the crowd standing, Prado delivered a single up the middle that scored Suzuki.

Prado’s hit gave the Yankees their fourth win in 11 games and moved them within 3 1/2 games of the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot.

After giving New York its fourth walk-off win, Prado was mobbed by teammates at second base and given a Gatorade shower by Gardner while doing his postgame on-field interview.

David Robertson (2-4) pitched a perfect ninth for the win. That came after Dellin Betances and Shawn Kelley combined on three scoreless innings.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 0

TORONTO — Drew Smyly scattered two hits to record his first career complete game and Evan Longoria belted a solo homer and drove in three runs as visiting Tampa Bay secured its American League-leading 17th shutout.

Kevin Kiermaier matched Longoria with three hits and added an RBI double as the Rays blanked their second straight foe following a four-game skid. Wil Myers launched a solo homer and Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist each had an RBI single in the rout.

After getting blitzed for five runs in two-thirds of an inning in his last outing, rookie Marcus Stroman (7-5) was torched for six runs on 10 hits in five frames in this one. Toronto has dropped seven of nine to reside 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card in the American League — two ahead of Tampa Bay.

Backed by an offensive explosion, Smyly (8-10) retired the last 19 batters to complete his 105-pitch masterpiece. The 25-year-old struck out four and did not walk a batter to improve to 2-1 in four starts since being acquired from Detroit.

Longoria led off the second by depositing a first-pitch fastball from Stroman over the wall in left field for his 16th homer. Tampa Bay tacked on a run in both the fourth and fifth innings before Longoria plated a pair with a double into the left-field corner to highlight a four-run sixth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Longoria’s solo homer accounted for his 75th career RBI versus the Blue Jays. … Tampa Bay OF-DH Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 to improve to 12-for-27 with six doubles and seven RBIs against Toronto this season. … The Rays are just one shutout behind St. Louis (18) for the major-league lead.

Astros 5, Indians 1

Jon Singleton highlighted a ninth-inning surge with a three-run homer as visiting Houston rallied to take the opener of the three-game series.

Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for the Astros, who improved to 5-3 on their 10-game road trip. Tony Sipp (4-2) notched the win after tossing a scoreless eighth and Chad Qualls worked the ninth to seal the victory in a non-save situation.

Zach Walters produced Cleveland’s lone run with a homer as the Indians fell 6 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the American League Central and five in back of Detroit for the second wild-card spot. Cody Allen (4-3) took the loss after yielding four unearned runs, one hit and two walks in one frame.

Each team recorded just one hit over the first four innings before Gonzalez led off the fifth by depositing an 0-1 pitch from Carlos Carrasco over the right-field wall for his sixth blast of the season to give Houston the lead. Cleveland answered quickly as Walters belted Brad Peacock’s 1-1 offering out to right with two outs in the bottom half for his fifth shot in 10 games since being acquired from Washington.

After the Indians wasted an opportunity to take the lead in the eighth inning, the Astros took advantage of theirs in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, Dexter Fowler stole second and pinch-runner Gregorio Petit scored on Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez’s throwing error for a 2-1 edge. Singleton added insurance with a three-run homer later in the frame.


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