George Springer went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays demolished the Tampa Bay Rays 20-1 on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Springer finished a double away from hitting for the cycle as the Blue Jays ended a five-game losing streak. Toronto had 27 hits, the highest single-game total in the majors this year. Tampa Bay used position players to pitch the final two innings, and they yielded 10 runs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a ninth-inning grand slam and drove in six runs, and Matt Chapman and Danny Jansen added two-run homers in the ninth. Toronto right-hander Jose Berrios (4-4) allowed one run, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.
Isaac Paredes hit a solo home run for the Rays, who won the opener of the four-game series on Monday. Rays right-hander Taj Bradley (3-1) gave up nine hits and four runs while amassing seven strikeouts and no walks in four innings.
Royals 4, Tigers 1
Michael Massey's double sparked a three-run fourth inning and the Kansas City bullpen made it hold up in a win against visiting Detroit.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) flirted with trouble all night, putting runners in scoring position before escaping with back-to-back strikeouts in each of the first two innings. Ultimately, he completed five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
Making just his sixth career start -- and first since Sept. 6 of last year -- Mike Mayers fanned the first four Tigers he faced and a career-best eight over 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk. Four Royals relievers hurled 4 1/3 innings to close out the Tigers.
Padres 7, Nationals 4
Juan Soto had three hits, including a home run, against his former team, and visiting San Diego defeated Washington.
Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Dixon and Jake Cronenworth also homered for the Padres. Soto added two singles and a walk and scored twice as he began his second series in D.C. since being traded to the Padres at the 2022 trade deadline. Yu Darvish (3-3) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Lane Thomas and former Padre CJ Abrams homered for the Nationals. Washington starter MacKenzie Gore, who came over with Abrams in the group exchanged for Soto and Josh Bell, went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Dodgers 8, Braves 1
Right-hander Bobby Miller limited Atlanta to one run in his major league debut and catcher Will Smith drove in three runs to help visiting Los Angeles post its second straight win in a matchup of National League division leaders.
Miller (1-0), the team's first-round draft pick in 2020, allowed a lone run in the first inning but never faltered. He pitched five innings and gave up one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Smith went 3-for-5 with a double. He is batting .318 (21-for-66) in May and lifted his season average to .310.
Spencer Strider (4-2) took the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed a season-high-tying four runs (two earned) on five hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts, his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Yankees 6, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Rookie Anthony Volpe hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after Aaron Judge hit a tying homer off Felix Bautista in the ninth as host New York outlasted Baltimore.
The Yankees won their fifth straight and moved a season-high 10 games over .500 at 30-20 when Volpe brought home the winning run off Bryan Baker (3-2). Judge blasted an 0-2 splitter off Bautista into the left field seats for his 14th homer and eighth since returning from the injured list two weeks ago. Harrison Bader homered in the fourth and capped New York's three-run fifth off Baltimore's Kyle Bradish with a sacrifice fly.
Adam Frazier hit a two-run double five batters into the game off Gerrit Cole before Cedric Mullins and Gunnar Henderson homered in the third and fourth, respectively, off the Yankees' ace.
Cubs 7, Mets 2
Christopher Morel tied a team record by homering in his fifth straight game, rookie Matt Mervis clubbed a two-run drive and Seiya Suzuki also went deep as host Chicago cooled off New York.
With Chicago ahead 6-2 in the seventh, Morel added some historic insurance with a ball well into the left-field bleachers. He's the first Cub to homer in five straight since Sammy Sosa (1998). Called up May 9, Morel has homered nine times in his first 12 games -- only the fourth player since 1901 to accomplish that feat. Mervis had three RBIs and Drew Smyly (5-1) allowed two runs, four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings for the Cubs, who regrouped following a 2-7 road trip.
Pete Alonso clubbed his league-leading 18th homer and had two RBIs for the Mets, who were riding a five-game winning streak. Brandon Nimmo added three hits.
Giants 4, Twins 3
Michael Conforto hit a two-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to lead San Francisco past Minnesota in Minneapolis for the Giants' third straight win. It was the second straight game that Conforto, who also doubled, hit what proved to be a game-winning home run for San Francisco.
Alex Cobb (4-1) picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Camilo Doval hit a batter but struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 13th save as the Giants got to .500 for the first time since April 6.
Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base and two RBIs and Michael A. Taylor also homered for Minnesota, which lost for the fifth time in its last six games. Jorge Lopez (1-2) suffered the loss.
Rangers 6, Pirates 1
Nathan Eovaldi fired a complete-game six-hitter, and visiting Texas evened its three-game series with Pittsburgh with a victory.
Eovaldi (6-2) held the Pirates to a single run, walked one and struck out five to become the first pitcher in the majors to record two complete games this season. Pirates starter Rich Hill (4-4) tallied nine strikeouts, but also allowed seven hits and five runs through 5 1/3 innings.
Josh Jung's eighth-inning solo homer capped Texas' scoring in the win, and Jung finished with three RBIs and two runs.
Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 3
Gabriel Moreno homered and drove in two runs and Corbin Carroll hit two doubles and had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth to lift Arizona past host Philadelphia for the Diamondbacks' fourth straight win.
Diamondbacks starter Ryne Nelson tossed six strong innings and allowed three hits and one run with four strikeouts and no walks. Jose Ruiz (2-0) earned the win in relief, and Miguel Castro threw a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Kody Clemens had a double and two RBIs and Bryce Harper added two hits for the Phillies. Matt Strahm lasted two innings after being pressed into a spot start for the Phillies. Strahm gave up three hits and two runs with three strikeouts and no walks. Seranthony Dominguez (1-2) took the loss.
Brewers 6, Astros 0
Colin Rea and four relievers combined on a five-hitter and Owen Miller hit a two-run homer to pace Milwaukee to a victory over visiting Houston, snapping the Astros' eight-game winning streak.
Rea (1-3) allowed four hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two for his first major league win since August 2020 when he was with the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers' bullpen allowed just one hit the rest of the way.
Astros starter J.P. France (1-1) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He stuck out eight and walked one. Houston had won 11 of its previous 12 games.
White Sox 4, Guardians 2
Yasmani Grandal homered and drove in two runs, Romy Gonzalez highlighted a three-run seventh inning with a go-ahead, two-run double, and Chicago doubled-up host Cleveland.
Dylan Cease (3-3) snapped a seven-start winless streak, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings. Chicago evened the three-game series at a win apiece and has won four of its last five. Kendall Graveman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Will Brennan homered and Andres Gimenez had two hits for Cleveland, which has lost six of its last eight. Guardians starter Logan Allen (1-2) retired 14 of his first 15 batters but took the loss after giving up all three runs in the seventh.
Cardinals 8, Reds 5
Paul Goldschmidt snapped out of a prolonged slump with solo homers in his first two at-bats while Adam Wainwright earned a rare win in Cincinnati as visiting St. Louis beat the Reds.
Goldschmidt entered the game in a 1-for-21 slump with nine strikeouts and had not homered since May 7, when he homered three times against Detroit. Wainwright (2-0) scattered eight hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings for his first win in Cincinnati since Aug. 16, 2019, which was also his last win against the Reds overall.
Graham Ashcraft (2-3) was pulled after five innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, striking out five, walking none and yielding the two solo homers to Goldschmidt.
Rockies 5, Marlins 4
Elias Diaz had three hits, Randal Grichuk drove in two runs and Colorado beat Miami in Denver.
Jorge Soler homered among his two hits, Garrett Cooper also went deep, Yuli Gurriel had three hits and Nick Fortes and Jon Berti each had two hits for Miami. Soler got the Marlins started in the first when he blasted the first pitch he saw from Austin Gomber over the wall in center field -- his 13th homer of the season.
Gomber (4-4), who has pitched well after a rough beginning of the season, settled down quickly after Soler's 456-foot blast. He retired 11 of the next 12 batters and eight in a row at one point. He ended up lasting 5 2/3 innings. Marlins starter Eury Perez (1-1) took the loss.
Angels 4, Red Sox 0
Los Angeles got seven scoreless innings from Griffin Canning and home runs from Mickey Moniak, Matt Thaiss and Mike Trout on the way to a victory over Boston in Anaheim, Calif.
Canning (3-2) gave up just two hits and three walks while striking out five. Matt Moore (eighth inning) and Jacob Webb (ninth) completed the two-hit shutout.
Moniak and Thaiss each hit a solo homer off Red Sox starter Brayan Bello (3-2), the only runs Bello allowed in seven innings.
Mariners 3, Athletics 2
J.P. Crawford and Ty France hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning as Seattle rallied for a victory against visiting Oakland.
Oakland suffered its sixth straight loss and its winning percentage dropped to .200 this season (10-40 record). A's right-hander Luis Medina (0-3), making his fourth major league start, gave up three runs on five hits over five innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (4-1) put together a quality start, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings. Paul Sewald pitched the ninth for his 10th save in as many opportunities in 2023.
--Field Level Media