PHILADELPHIA – Ronald Acuna had three homers and five RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves sweep a double-spread against the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 5-2, 8-0.
After a first game where he hit a two-run homerun, the right fielder added two shots and three RBIs.
In Game 1, the Braves scored five runs in the fifth inning. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez left a runner on the trail when Acuna sent off a Deolis Guerra (1-1) shot over the fence to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The Phillies used four pitchers in the fifth. Adam Duvall hit a three-run double to extend the Braves’ lead to 5-1.
Tyler Matzek (2-0) did not give up any points in an inning and a third and he added the victory to his record. Mark Melancon recorded a third save this season.
In Game 2, Freddie Freeman supplemented Acuna’s efforts with a two-point long ball. Max Fried (3-0) gave four hits in five innings, striking out six batters.
Yankees 3 – Rays 4
Michael Perez had a one-run single after two strikeouts in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3.
Mike Brosseau started the ninth inning with a double against Zack Britton (0-1), but was struck out in third base following a Brandon Lowe putout. Lowe advanced to second on a bad pitch.
Perez finally pushed his teammate home with a straight single and the Rays won three of four games in this series against the Yankees.
Ryan Thompson (1-0) was perfect in the ninth inning and posted his first career win in the Majors.
Tigers 2 – Pirates 1
Spencer Turnbull was effective for seven innings, Miguel Cabrera broke the stalemate in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.
After the Tigers won the first two games 17-13 and 11-5, the third game turned into a pitching duel.
Turnbull (2-0) allowed one run, five hits and two walks for the Tigers. Cabrera hit a single point against Richard Rodriguez (0-1), which pushed Jonathan Schoop to home plate.
Marlins 2 – Mets 4
Jacob deGrom avoided trouble for five innings and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 4-2.
DeGrom (2-0) allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks. For the 25th time in his last 27 starts, he’s allowed three points or less.
Rookie player Andrés Giménez placed three balls in a safe place for the Mets and came in to score on three occasions.
Reds 3 – Brewers 9
Christian Yelich hit a homerun, a treble and walked out with a walk in the cushions all occupied, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-3 victory.
The Brewers avoided slipping to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the year of the team’s inaugural season.
Justin Smoak hit both sides of the plate in the Brewers’ sixth six-point inning. Keston Hiura put three balls in a safe place, produced two runs and crossed the plate twice.
Angels 3 – Rangers 7
Nick Solak had two hits and he scored three runs, helping the Texas Rangers defeat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.
Lance Lynn (2-0) posted his 100th career Majors victory, but lost his shutout in the fifth inning following a two-run homerun by Tommy La Stella.
Shin-Soo Choo capped a four-run fourth inning with a two-run single that kicked Angels starter Andrew Heaney (1-1) out of the game.
Twins 2 – Royals 4
Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first time at home plate since testing positive for COVID-19 and the Kansas City Royals triumphed 4-2 over the Minnesota Twins.
The Royals won a fourth straight game and swept the three-game series against the Twins.
Brady Singer (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings of work for the Royals and he earned his first Major Baseball victory.
Giants 2 – Dodgers 6
AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts both slammed a three-point long ball and the Los Angeles Dodgers won 6-2 over the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers have won nine of their last 12 games. They’ve hit 29 home runs this season, the highest in the Majors.
The Dodgers were trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning when Pollock dispatched a Tyler Rogers (3-3) shot over the fence at left-center field. Betts imitated him in eighth.
Diamondbacks 5 – Padres 9
Dinelson Lamet brought a scoring and hitting game all the way through the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5.
Lamet (2-0) had only allowed one runner on the trails the entire game until Kole Calhoun opened the seventh inning with a home run. Lamet struck out 11 opponents in six and two-thirds innings.
Manny Machado hit two four-goal shots for the Padres, who set a team record with six homers in a game. Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, Francisco Mejia and Ty France also slammed a long ball.
Rockies 3 Mariners 5
Dylan Moore hit a two-run homerun and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-3.
The Rockies had won three in a row, while the Mariners had lost three in a row.
Justus Sheffield (1-2) struck out seven batters in six innings, while Taylor Williams had a third save.
Astros 2 – Athletics 7
The spirits were heated, but it was the Oakland Athletics who came out triumphant with a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
The Athletics’ ninth consecutive victory was marred by a scrum in the seventh inning.
Athletics player Ramon Laureano was hit with a shot and while on first base he traded some name calling with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron.
Laureano left his goal and headed for Cintron. The two shelters emptied and some people were evicted.
The Associated Press