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NEW YORK (AP) — Taijuan Walker earned back-to-back starts for the first time in two months, Daniel Vogelbach homered against his former team and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday night .
Pete Alonso had his 113th RBI leading the National League for New York (91-55), which is assured of its most wins since going 97-65 in 2006. The Mets started the night with a lead of a game over second-place Atlanta. in eastern NL
Oneil Cruz hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh (55-90), which has lost 90 or more games in each of the past four full seasons.
Walker (12-4) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits with five strikeouts in a season-high 7 1/3 innings. Edwin Díaz walked only one in 1 2/3 innings for his 30th save in 33 occasions.
Mitch Keller (5-11) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
GUARDIANS 4, TWINS 3
CLEVELAND, AP — Pinch runner Ernie Clement drove home from second base on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for the go-ahead and AL-Central leader Cleveland rallied Minnesota on a the opener of a crucial five-game series.
Clement ran for Josh Naylor, who started the eighth with a single and took second on Oscar Gonzalez’s single. Jhoan Duran’s (2-4) 2-1 shot to Andrés Giménez bounced past receiver Gary Sánchez and returned to the screen on the volley. Sánchez couldn’t find the ball initially and Clement rounded third and slid headfirst, beating Sánchez’s throw.
Trevor Stephan (6-4) struck out two in the eighth while Emmanuel Clase allowed a hit in the ninth but got Gilberto Celestino on a pitch for his 36th save.
Cleveland leads Minnesota by five games and won the season series with a 10-5 advantage. The Guardians have won six straight against the Twins and the teams play a day-night double game on Saturday followed by games on Sunday and Monday.
RANGERS 4, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nathaniel Lowe hit his 25th home run in a four-run inning and Texas beat Tampa Bay.
Lowe’s two-run homer was the fourth of five straight third-inning hits against Corey Kluber (10-9).
Rangers starter Martin Perez (12-6) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Three of those were from Rays catcher Francisco Mejia, making runs with a single in the second and a double in the sixth.
Jose Leclerq threw in the ninth for his sixth save in seven attempts, out Harold Ramirez on a bases-laden grounder to end the game.
The Rays, who opened a 10-game homestand, left at least one runner on base in every inning but the eighth, losing for the sixth time in eight games.
RED SOX 2, ROYALS 1
BOSTON (AP) — JD Martinez had an RBI single in the eighth inning and Boston rallied late to beat Kansas City.
Martinez’s left single was only the third hit for Boston, which had just tied the game when reliever Scott Barlow (4-2) walked Jason Verdugo with the bases loaded after Dylan Coleman kicked out two on balls to start the inning.
Garrett Whitlock (4-2) allowed a hit in the eighth and Matt Strahm got the last three out for his fourth save.
Boston had lost six of eight, including a two-game sweep by the Yankees at home this week, and nearly fell to the struggling Royals. Kansas City has lost four in a row and eight of 10.
NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joey Meneses hit an inside-the-park home run, Ildemaro Vargas hit a brace in the eighth inning and Washington rallied to beat Miami.
The Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Nationals at home for the first time in eight tries this season. Washington is 2-12 overall against Miami.
Lewin Díaz homered for the Marlins, who lost six of eight and 15 of 19.
Marlins reliever Cole Sulser (1-4) came into a 4-4 game in the eighth and walked Meneses and allowed Luke Voit’s single with one out. Vargas then fired a shot to left center that bounced off the wall and brought on Meneses to give Washington its first lead.
Carl Edwards Jr. (6-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Nationals. Kyle Finnegan handled the ninth for his ninth save in 13 attempts.
SMALL 2, ROCKY 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Marcus Stroman won at Wrigley Field for the first time since signing with the Cubs, throwing a no-hitter in the sixth inning.
Stroman (4-7), allowed three hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He didn’t allow a hit until Ryan McMahon homered two out in the sixth. After signing a four-year, $71 million deal, Stroman was 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in nine previous home starts this season.
Brandon Hughes followed Stroman and Manuel Rodriguez threw a perfect ninth for his second save to complete the four-hit.
Germán Marquez (8-11) allowed two runs, six hits and two walks in seven innings for the Rockies, who lost three of four and fell to a major league-worst 22-48 on the road.
TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 10 ROUNDS
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Reyes hit a deep flyball to center field in the 10th inning, scoring auto-runner Ryan Kreidler from third base and giving Detroit the win.
Tigers reliever Alex Lange (5-4) hit the team in the top of the 10th for the win.
Willi Castro started the bottom half with a bunt. Liam Hendriks (3-4) fielded it, watched Kreidler move to third, then bounced his pitch to first, putting runners in the corners. Riley Greene punched in before Reyes hit his game-ending sacrificial fly. Adam Engel made a running catch but had no chance to throw Kreidler.
Spencer Torkelson had an RBI single in the first, and Jonathan Schoop gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a two-out homer in the sixth. Jose Abreu tied the game for Chicago with a two-run brace in the eighth.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 3
TORONTO (AP) — Matt Chapman hit two home runs, George Springer added a three-run shot and Toronto held on to their position in the AL wild card rush.
Chapman went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs to help the Blue Jays (82-63) win for the fifth time in six games with the Orioles.
Adley Rutschman hit a two-run homer and Gunnar Henderson added a solo shot for Baltimore (75-68). The Orioles failed to gain ground on the top three wild card contenders, Toronto, Tampa Bay and Seattle.
Julian Merryweather threw two shutout innings in relief from Trevor Richards, who retired the team in the first. Yusei Kikuchi (5-7) followed by giving up two runs in two innings.
Jordan Lyles (10-11) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, his second straight loss.
BRAVE 7, PHILLIES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a two-run homer in a six-run eighth inning and Atlanta rallied for the win.
Seranthony Dominguez’s (6-5) outfield shot erased a 2-1 deficit and sparked a wild celebration at sold-out Truist Park, helping the Braves stay a game behind the first-place New York Mets in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. .
William Contreras connected Phillies starter Ranger Suárez to make it 1-all in the fourth and added an RBI single against Domínguez to make it 4-2. Contreras went 3 for 4.
Domínguez walked pinch hitter Eddie Rosario to start the eighth and Acuña attacked on the first pitch he saw, sending a 98 mph lead 383 feet into the seats at right center for his 12th home run. Austin Riley doubled, advanced on a step and scored on the shot from Contreras in the middle. Michael Harris II added an RBI single and Ozzie Albies a two-run bloop double to make it 7-2.
Kyle Schwarber hit his 39th NL-leading and career-high homer and Jean Segura also went deep to support Phillies starter Ranger Suárez.
Jesse Chavez (4-1) took the win after securing the final of the eighth.