Rookie James Outman clubbed a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning, his second homer of the night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers cooled off the host Chicago Cubs with a 6-2 victory on Thursday night.
Outman also homered in the third, one inning after Max Muncy’s eighth home run of the season for Los Angeles. David Peralta and Miguel Vargas each had two hits for the Dodgers, who got three-plus innings of two-run, five-hit ball from starter Michael Grove before he left with a right groin strain.
Cody Bellinger homered for Chicago, which had won four straight and 10 of the previous 13 and was leading the NL with an average of 5.21 runs.
After scheduled Cubs starter Jameson Taillon was placed on the 15-day injury list due to a left groin strain, Javier Assad was called up from Triple-A Iowa. Assad allowed two solo homers, one other hit and two walks in three innings.
Colorado Rockies 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
C.J. Cron homered, singled and drove in two runs to lift Colorado past host Philadelphia.
Elias Diaz added an RBI single for the Rockies, who entered the game with the worst record in the National League but managed to snap an eight-game losing streak. Rockies starter Ryan Feltner (1-2) tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six.
The Phillies had only six hits and left all 11 runners on base. Matt Strahm (1-2) gave up three hits and three runs, struck out a career-high 11 and walked two in 5 1/3 innings.
New York Yankees 9, Los Angeles Angels 3
Jose Trevino had a three-run double in a five-run first inning and New York cruised to a win against the visiting Angels of Anaheim in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3, scored two runs and drove in another and Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Oswald Peraza each contributed two RBIs for the Yankees. New York starter Nestor Cortes (3-0) allowed three runs in six innings.
For the Angels, Logan O’Hoppe had three hits and two RBIs, Luis Rengifo scored two runs and Patrick Sandoval (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in four innings. Sandoval matched his career high of six walks.
Boston Red Sox 11, Minnesota Twins 5
Offense wasn’t a problem for host Boston, which collected 14 hits including home runs from Alex Verdugo and Yu Chang in beating Minnesota.
The Red Sox received seven strong innings from pitcher Tanner Houck in the longest start of his major league career. Houck (3-0) allowed three runs on six hits, struck out seven and walked one.
Kike Hernandez had three of Boston’s 14 hits and scored two runs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Cincinnati Reds 3
Connor Joe and Jack Suwinski hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run first inning to send Pittsburgh on its way to a win over visiting Cincinnati.
The Pirates have won four straight and five of their past six. Pittsburgh starter Roansy Contreras (2-1) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, with eight strikeouts and two walks. It was the team’s 10th straight quality start.
Jason Vosler and Jonathan India each hit an RBI single for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and four of five.
—Field Level Media