Royals vs Cardinals Live Stream

Royals shut out by Cardinals to start the I-70 series in St. Louis

St. LouisThe moon shot soared through the Busch Stadium air at 106 mph. The crowd noise swelled. Within moments, Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill was on the top step of the Cardinals dugout, tipping his helmet to the announced crowd of 42,140.

The rookie, the Cardinals’ No. 3 prospect, had just recorded his third extra-base hit since being recalled on Friday. The three-run homer came in the third inning against Royals starter Ian Kennedy and effectively sealed the Royals’ fate, as they lost 6-0 to the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

“I mean, I didn’t know he had that pop the other way,” Kennedy said. “Threw another good pitch off the plate and on that he got for a double. He’s a good young player. It’s just like I said that one big swing of the bat that took us out of the game.”

Kennedy labored from the start. He needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning, allowing a double and walk as he went. By the end of the fourth, he had allowed four runs and thrown 83 pitches.

In all, Kennedy surrendered five runs, all of them with two outs, and yielded nine hits while throwing 108 pitches.

“Two quick outs in the third and just couldn’t get that last out,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But outside of trying to get that third out, he was pretty darn good. He made a little minor adjustment and was pretty good. … In the third, he just elevated.”

Double trouble: Kennedy and Jon Jay led off the top of the third inning with a single apiece — yet only Kennedy reached third base. Jorge Soler grounded into a double play. Mike Moustakas flew out to end the inning.

It was the Royals’ best chance to score against Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas, who’s excelled in his first MLB season following a three-year foray in Japan. The Royals struck out nine times and reached base just six times against the 29-year-old. His season ERA dropped to 2.24 after limiting the Royals to four hits in a shutout.

The Royals lead baseball in two categories: They’ve hit into the most double plays (51) and they’ve allowed the most runs (266 total/252 earned). Entering Monday, the Royals also owned the highest ERA (5.55) in baseball.

“We had an opportunity in the third and of course we bang into a double play,” Yost said. “I think that’s the 22nd time we’ve hit into a double play with runners in scoring position.”

How else they lost: Before O’Neill shattered the Royals’ chances — a deficit of four runs has spelled disaster for the Royals this season — Soler committed a gaffe in right field on a ground-ball single by Marcell Ozuna. Soler had to double back to grab the ball, allowing Ozuna to reach second base on an error and Matt Carpenter to score from second, the Cardinals’ first run.

The Cardinals cushioned their advantage on O’Neill’s RBI double in the fifth off Kennedy and Carpenter’s leadoff homer in the seventh off reliever Jason Adam.

The Royals are 6-28 when opponents score four or more runs in a game.

Up next: The Royals, who fell to 14-33, continue this three-game series on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. Jason Hammel will make his 10th start.

Rockies vs Dodgers Live

MLB Thursday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Price goes distance in win

Price dominates O’s

The last time David Price threw a complete game prior to Thursday? That was in August 2016. It’s been a while, in other words. Yet Price notched his 17th career complete game on Thursday against the Orioles, holding them to five hits and two runs while fanning eight batters in Boston’s 6-2 win

Price almost had his fourth career shutout, and his first since 2015, but ran into some trouble in the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff double to Andrew Susac, then, after retiring Trey Mancini and Adam Jones, had Manny Machado launch a two-strike dinger. Price coerced Jonathan Schoop into a harmless fly out two pitches later, and that was that.

Price has had some rough times as of late both on and off the field, where he’s battled numbness in his hand. Nonetheless, he’s now sporting a 4.38 ERA and 4.04 FIP on the year.
Shields goes retro

Price wasn’t the only former Rays pitcher turning back the clock on Thursday. James Shields put forth a vintage effort, too.

Shields tossed 7 1/3 innings against the Rangers, permitting three hits and one run while fanning eight. He did issue three walks as part of a 98-pitch night. The White Sox being the White Sox, the team couldn’t reward Shields’s gem by providing him a win.

Shields has now lowered his ERA to 4.88 on the season. Alas, even with his eight-K night, his strikeout rate remains below six per nine.
Dodgers snap embarrassing losing streak

It’s no secret that the Dodgers entered Thursday as the single most disappointing team in baseball. They were 10 games under .500, sporting the same record as the Marlins, and sitting in last place in the NL West. They came in on a six-game losing streak (also having lost nine of 10) and to make matters worse, those six losses were against the Reds and Marlins.

On Thursday, they looked like the team that many believed they’d be this season and it was thanks in large part to fresh-off-the-DL Justin Turner. In his third game back, Turner went 3 for 4 with two doubles and five RBI in a 7-0 win. Yasiel Puig also added his third homer in the last four games (he had zero before that).

On the mound, Kenta Maeda was brilliant. He worked eight innings, allowing only two hits and struck out eight without walking anyone. It was the second-longest outing of his career, as he went 8 1/3 innings on May 10 last season.

Given that the rest of the division has mostly been scuffling, the thing didn’t get nearly as out of hand as it could have for the Dodgers. As noted, before Thursday they had lost nine of their last 10. During that stretch, they only lost 2 1/2 games worth of ground in the NL West.

Royals vs Cardinals Live

Central Notes: Abreu, Twins, Cardinals, Tigers, Royals

Even though the White Sox own the majors’ worst record (9-26), first baseman Jose Abreu tells Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he supports Chicago’s rebuilding effort and would like to remain with the team for the rest of his career. “Of course, there is not any doubt about it,” the 31-year-old said through an interpreter. “My mom and dad, they taught me to always be

grateful, and I’m really grateful for this organization because of all the things they have done for me and the opportunities they gave me.” The White Sox are the only major league franchise Abreu has known since emigrating from Cuba in 2013 for a six-year, $68MM guarantee. Since then, not only has Abreu delivered positive on-field results for the Sox, but he has emerged as a key

leader for the young team, according to vice president Ken Williams. “He’s like having an extra coach on hand,” said Williams. “I cannot overstate the quality person that he is. I hope he really hears and

understands how we feel about him.” If the White Sox continue to elect against trading Abreu, they’ll soon have a decision to make on whether to extend him. Although Abreu only has one more year of arbitration eligibility left after the current season, Merkin suggests there haven’t been contract talks between him and the club.

More from the game’s Central divisions…

Twins right-hander Ervin Santana seems to be progressing toward his 2018 debut. Santana, out since undergoing finger surgery in February, is slated to make his first rehab start May 26, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press tweets. It’ll be a four-inning, 60-pitch appearance for Santana. Before that, he’ll throw

live batting practice Monday and then make an extended spring training start May 21. Meanwhile, catcher Jason Castro will head to Colorado for a second opinion on his injured right knee, Berardino adds. Castro went on the disabled list last weekend with a torn meniscus.

The Cardinals have activated left-handed reliever Brett Cecil from the disabled list and placed fellow southpaw Tyler Lyons on the DL with a mild back strain, per Joe Trezza of MLB.com. Cecil only made one appearance this year, on Opening Day (March 29), before landing on the shelf with shoulder

soreness. Cecil, who’s in the second season of the four-year, $30.5MM deal he signed with the Cards in November 2016, logged a 3.88 ERA with 8.82 K/9 against 2.14 BB/9 across 67 1/3 innings in 2017. Lyons was also an effective piece of the Redbirds’ bullpen last year, though he began this season with an ugly ERA (6.17) in 11 2/3 frames prior to his DL placement.

Veteran reliever Louis Coleman is back in the majors after the Tigers selected his contract Saturday, though he may not be in this position if not for his college coach, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com relays. A “frustrated” Coleman was unable to find a job in the offseason until he spoke with Paul Mainieri,

whom he played under at LSU, a couple weeks before spring training began. Mainieri then called his friend, Tigers general manager Al Avila, who signed Coleman to a minors pact Feb. 23. “I guess they had an opening (in spring training), I don’t know. But if it wasn’t for coach and Al, I don’t know if we’d be standing here,” said the 32-year-old Coleman, who recorded a 2.40 ERA in 15 Triple-A innings before his promotion.

Royals minor league outfielder Bubba Starling could miss upward of a month with an oblique strain, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic tweets. As Dodd notes, oblique strains have been a consistent problem for Starling, a former top prospect who still hasn’t gotten to the majors since the Royals chose him fifth overall in the 2011 draft. The 25-year-old struggled to produce at Triple-A this season before his injury, evidenced by a .257/.350/.314 line and no home runs in 41 plate appearances, though he did draw five walks against just six strikeouts.

Orioles vs White Sox Live

Light travel, crab cakes, and the designated hitter? Sounds like the Phillies are in Baltimore for a two-game series against the worst team in baseball. Unlike Philadelphia, Baltimore has held off on beginning a rebuild that would trade stars such as Manny Machado and Adam Jones.

With 13 wins the Orioles have the second-fewest wins in baseball, three games ahead of the White Sox. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is on the cusp of leading the National League East just a game-and-a-half behind Atlanta and half a game ahead of Washington.

Here’s all the information needed for Tuesday’s game between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Date: May 15, 2018
First Pitch: 7:05 PM ET
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Stadium: Orioles Park at Camden Yards
Pitchers: Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.84 ERA) vs Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA)
Radio Station: 94 WIP, WSAN AM 1470 WTTM 1680; 105.7 The Fan
TV Channel: NBCSP; MASN 2

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game in Baltimore:

Philadelphia

Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Rhys Hoskins, DH
Odubel Herrera, CF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Nick Williams, RF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Pedro Florimon, SS
Jesmuel Valentin, LF
Andrew Knapp, C

Phillies hitters have had mixed success against Cashner, but the bats to watch tonight are Franco and Herrera, who have a batting average of .442 against the veteran righty. Herrera has two home runs against Cashner in 14 plate appearances, the last coming in 2016 against Miami.

Trey Mancini, LF
Adam Jones, CF
Manny Machado, SS
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Mark Trumbo, RF
Chris Davis, 1B
Chance Sisco, C
Pedro Alvarez, DH
Jace Peterson, 3B

Only one of the Orioles hitters, Jace Peterson, has ever face Pivetta in his short major league career. That one at-bat as a member of the Atlanta Braves resulted in a base hit for Peterson.

Tigers vs Twins Live

Tigers vs. Mariners Preview: Welcome to the pain of West Coast baseball

Well, here we go. The Tigers will kick off their first West Coast trip of the year on Thursday, a short four-day jaunt to Seattle before returning back to the Midwest for their first season matchup against the division rival Twins. The Left Coast has been a problem area for the Tigers over the years, even dating back to the 1984 season when the eventual champions were swept in Seattle after a 35-5 start.

Those Tigers ended up just fine, but recent iterations of the team haven’t rebounded so well. The 2017 Tigers split a series in Los Angeles, but went 5-11 in games played in the Pacific Time Zone. The 2016 Tigers went 4-8 out west. Even the 2013 juggernaut was below .500 (4-5) on the road against West Coast teams.

Safeco Field hasn’t been the most intimidating environment for opposing teams in recent years — even the Tigers have fared better there than in Los Angeles, for instance — but the Mariners have swept Detroit in their past two trips to Seattle. You have to go all the way back to July 8, 2015, to find the last Tigers victory at Safeco, a 5-4 decision won by Anibal Sanchez.

Luckily, that streak should end this year. It’s difficult for any MLB team to sweep a four-game series, and the M’s will run out three left-handed starters over the weekend. Detroit has fairly pronounced platoon splits as a team, but should be able to eke out at least one win in this series against one of Seattle’s southpaws.
Detroit Tigers (19-23) at Seattle Mariners (24-18)

Time/Place: 10:10 p.m., Safeco Field
SB Nation site: Lookout Landing
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: LHP Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. LHP Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31 ERA)
Game 43 Pitching Matchup
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Boyd 42.0 18.8 7.1 3.62 0.9
Gonzales 40.2 23.3 4.6 3.39 0.8

Just about everything we said in our last preview of Marco Gonzales came true. The M’s lefty didn’t throw a ton of cutters, as he had been, but mixed his four pitches very well. He pounded the strike zone, only walking two of the 27 batters he faced. Unfortunately for him, the Tigers pounded many of those strikes. They racked up 10 hit and scored four runs off Gonzales in six innings, and ultimately won a close 4-3 decision.

Part of Gonzales’ problem was that he didn’t miss many bats, something we touched on last week.

Normally, this would be reason to completely ignore Gonzales’ 5.19 ERA. His advanced metrics are far better than his actual results so far, and predict great things to come for the 26-year-old southpaw. However, those figures also assume that his peripherals will stay consistent. For all the strikeouts Gonzales has racked up so far, he only has an 8.9 percent swinging strike rate. None of his pitches have a whiff rate higher than 14 percent, and opponents are making hard contact 42.3 percent of the time (per Baseball Savant). We can’t even blame one bad outing for Gonzales’ struggles — he has given up at least three runs in five of his seven starts.

In his start on May 12, Gonzales generated just seven swinging strikes on 99 pitches, a 7.1 percent rate. He only struck out three hitters, an unsustainable rate against a Detroit side with a 113 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this year.
Key matchup: Mariners offense vs. Safeco Field

Many an offense has struggled to score runs at the cavernous Safeco Field over the years, but the M’s have had a bit more trouble than usual this year. They are hitting .246/.305/.403 as a team at home, which translates to a 99 wRC+ when adjusted for ballpark factors. This isn’t bad — the Tigers have a 100 wRC+ as a team at home — but Seattle’s production pales in comparison to what they have done on the road. Away from Safeco Field, the M’s have a robust 115 wRC+, the third-best road mark in baseball. With Robinson Cano now out for the next three months, Seattle will need to find a way to plate more runs at home in order to stay in the playoff hunt.
Prediction

Something weird happens, the Tigers lose, and you go to work really, really tired tomorrow.
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Yankees vs Rangers Live

Yankees vs. Rangers Preview: The schedule is about to get a lot harder

Heading into the 2018 season, expectations were as low as can be for the Detroit Tigers. Many expected them to lose upwards of 100 games, with even the most optimistic fans still preparing for 90 losses or more. They didn’t exactly shoot out of the gate — they’re still on that 90-loss

pace — but have otherwise surprised so far. Between a few early breakout performances and some late-inning comebacks, these Tigers have been entertaining. And thanks to slow starts from the Indians and Twins, they’re even in second place, just 2 1⁄2 games out of the division lead.

Unfortunately, that probably won’t last much longer. As our friend Kurt pointed out at The Athletic — go subscribe! — the Tigers have (sorta) feasted upon weak opponents so far this season.

The Tigers have played against teams with a sub-.500 winning percentage in 21 of their 32 games this year, amassing a 13-8 record. Not only that, but they’ve played some pretty awful teams in the process…And what has happened to the Tigers in those 11 games against winning teams? They’ve won just once , being outscored 32-18. Against the Pirates they’re 1-5. Against the Indians, 0-4. And against the Yankees, 0-1.

The Texas Rangers are another team below .500, and could help further pad the Tigers’ early season stats. They aren’t your typical bottom feeder, however, with more talent than their .361 win percentage would suggest. They have been battered by injuries so far (more on that below) and still have enough power bats to give Tigers pitching fits in this series, especially if Detroit’s offense bogs down yet again.
Detroit Tigers (14-19) at Texas Rangers (13-23)

Time/Place: 8:05 p.m., Globe Life Park
SB Nation site: Lone Star Ball
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Michael Fulmer (1-2, 2.80 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Moore (1-4, 7.67 ERA)
Game 34 Pitching Matchup
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Fulmer 35.1 18.2 6.1 3.75 0.6
Moore 29.1 12.6 9.1 5.34 0.0

Man, what happened to Matt Moore? The 28-year-old lefthander was the next big thing a few years ago. He went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 2013, made his first of what looked like many All-Star appearances to come, and finished in top 10 of a loaded AL Cy Young ballot. He missed most of the next season after having Tommy John surgery, but there was little reason to believe he would fall far off the pace he had set in the previous season. If anything, a pedestrian strikeout-to-walk ratio and league-leading 17 wild pitches were bigger warning signs than a now-routine surgery and rehab.

We can’t say for sure that the surgery is what screwed Moore up. His fastball velocity is about the same as it was pre-surgery, and his walk rate has actually improved. His strikeout rate has dropped off, though, which means more balls in play. Moore’s numbers on that front haven’t been horrible — his average exit velocity since 2015 is 88.4 miles per hour, which is okay — but he has been victimized by the recent upswing in home run rates throughout the game. He has given up 1.26 dingers per nine innings since returning from Tommy John, a big reason why he has a 5.03 ERA in the same stretch. He gave up more runs than any other pitcher in the National League last year, and was one of just a few pitchers to cough up 200 hits.
Key matchup: The Rangers vs. a better Rangers team currently on the disabled list

No MLB team has been hit harder by the injury bug this year than these Rangers. According to Baseball Reference, the Rangers currently have nine players on the disabled list, including three-quarters of their starting infield. Third baseman Adrian Beltre should be back soon, even as soon as Monday night. Second baseman Rougned Odor won’t be far behind — he might also come back this week — but Elvis Andrus is on the 60-day disabled list and won’t be back until June. Starter Martin Perez is also on the shelf with an elbow injury, and there’s no timetable for his return.

While many of the rest of the Rangers’ current maladies are of little consequence, they can’t afford to lose any more depth (or ground in the AL West standings). Mini-slumps from the Angels and Astros recently have kept Texas within a reasonable distance — they’re already nine games out of first place — but if they don’t get healthy soon, that gap could soon get too large to make up.
Prediction

Fulmer has another strong outing and the Tigers take game one.
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Diamondbacks vs Brewers Live

Pollock sprains thumb, to see specialist as D-backs slump

PHOENIX (AP) – When A.J. Pollock dived and missed Tyler Saladino’s drive in center field, Arizona was all but assured of its sixth straight loss.

Pollock’s troubling tumble could prove even costlier than that for the slumping Diamondbacks.

The center fielder sprained his left thumb trying to field pinch-hitter Saladino’s inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 7-2 win over Arizona on Monday night.

Pollock laid out for Saladino’s line drive with two outs and the Brewers ahead 5-2. He missed, rolled over his glove hand and sat in center favoring his left hand while Saladino dashed around the bases and slid headfirst for the 28th inside-the-park homer in club history.

A trainer led Pollock off the field, and after the game, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the initial diagnosis was a sprained thumb. Pollock had X-rays and will see a hand specialist Tuesday.

“The trainer just recommended that we get him off the field. I’m going to follow what the trainer says,” Lovullo said. “He seemed to be giving decent feedback. … He (Pollock) wasn’t in a tremendous amount of pain, I do know that much.”

Pollock leads the team with a .293 average, 44 hits, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. An All-Star in 2015, Pollock played only 12 games in 2016 after breaking his elbow on a slide just before the regular season started and was out from mid-May to early July with a strained groin last season.

“Seemed like he was fine walking out,” Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. said. “He’s a big part of this team.”

Jonathan Villar homered and scored three runs for Milwaukee. Junior Guerra (3-3) allowed two runs and walked four, and the Brewers’ bullpen finished up with three scoreless innings.

“If you go five or six good innings, you’ve got a good bullpen and you’ve got a chance for a win,” Guerra said.

The Brewers went ahead 5-2 in the ninth on Villar’s second home run of the season, then tacked on two more with Saladino’s sprint. After the game, he was showered with confetti in the visiting clubhouse.

“It’s a good feeling because it got by him, and then it’s time to kick it in gear at the same time,” Saladino said. “Everything you’ve got, turn it on. It doesn’t happen very often so you’ve got to dig a little deeper than normal.”

The Diamondbacks remain in first place in the NL West but have seen their lead shrink from six to 1 1/2 games since the beginning of the month.

Milwaukee has won four of five. Josh Hader lowered his ERA to 1.44 with two scoreless innings.

Christian Yelich singled off reliever Andrew Chafin with one out in the seventh, driving in Manny Pina to break a 2-2 tie. After Jimmie Sherfy walked the bases loaded, Domingo Santana’s fly ball to right made it 4-2.

Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (4-1) was charged with four runs on six hits and struck out eight.

Villar, who wasn’t in the lineup until Ryan Braun was scratched before the game, had three hits.

Orlando Arcia, the No. 8 hitter, delivered a two-out, two-run double off Corbin to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

The Diamondbacks didn’t get a hit off Guerra until Paul Goldschmidt’s double in the fourth, when Arizona scored twice to tie it at 2. Daniel Descalso scored when Souza doubled down the left-field line to make it 2-1.

Goldschmidt then trotted home on Nick Ahmed’s sacrifice fly.

Goldschmidt nearly had his first home run since April 15, but his two-out fly ball to right landed in Lorenzo Cain’s glove just in front of the fence to end the fifth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Braun was in the original lineup as the left fielder Monday but was scratched with right mid-back tightness. … 1B Eric Thames is spending the daytime before games at the team’s spring training facility in Phoenix doing rehabilitation on his injured left thumb.

Diamondbacks: RHP Braden Shipley (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday. … RHP Randall Delgado (oblique) will throw long toss Tuesday and a bullpen session Wednesday. … LHP Robbie Ray (oblique) threw 90 feet Monday, and 3B Jake Lamb (shoulder) continues his rehab assignment with Class A Visalia. … RHP Shelby Miller (recovery from elbow surgery) will make another extended spring training start this week.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 4.00 ERA) faces Arizona on Tuesday. The Brewers are 7-2 in his starts this season, with five straight wins.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.70 ERA) is 1-3 in six starts against Brewers in his career. He’s 15-1 at home since last year.

Marlins vs Mets Live

Bullpen blows 5-run lead in the 9th, Marlins lose 10-9

he first three innings on Sunday, the game appeared to be headed for a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Neither team could get much going, getting a grand total of zero hits combined in the first three

frames.Miami broke things open in the fourth inniFor the first three innings on Sunday, the game appeared to be headed for a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Neither team could get much going, getting a grand total of zero hits combined in the first three frames.

Miami broke things open in the fourth inning hanging a six spot. Justin Bour was balked home by Julio Teheran after he tripled to center field. Miguel Rojas singled home Starlin Castro a few batters later to load the bases for rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, who capped off the scoring with a grand slam to left field.

Wei-Yin Chen deserves a lot of credit for what he did in this game finishing with a respectable line (5.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 1 BB, 5 K), but he had to be bailed out by Nick Wittgren in the 6th with the Braves threatening to add to the two runs they had already scored in the inning. Wittgren came in and struck out Tyler Flowers and forced Ender Inciarte to line out to left to end the jam. 6-2 Marlins.

After Derek Dietrich reached third on a Little League type play with the ball being thrown around the yard, Miguel Rojas found the seats himself to make things 8-2 in favor of the Marlins. It looked as if the Marlins would cruise to a comfortable victory on this Sunday afternoon.

The tides really started to turn some in the home half of the 7th inning, where Drew Steckenrider was erratic yet again for the Marlins against the Braves. If it seems like that only happens against the Braves in 2018 for Drew, well…

After Johan Camargo walked, Charlie Culberson singled, and Ozzie Albies walked to load the bases, Ronald Acuna singled home two runs to make it 8-4. Fortunately, Steckenrider was able to escape the jam without allowing any further damage. After seven innings, it still felt like the Marlins were in good shape to get a series win in Atlanta.

After nothing doing in the 8th inning for either side, Rojas decided he would give the Marlins a little more insurance by having his first multi-home run game. The Marlins led 9-4 headed to the home half of the 9th, needing just three outs to secure the series win.

Things changed quickly in the home half of that 9th inning when Brad Ziegler was summoned to get the final three outs of the game. The first batter of the inning, Dansby Swanson, struck out swinging, two outs to go. Things spiraled quickly from this point. The Braves would go on to bat around in the inning, started with a walk for pinch hitter Ryan Flaherty. After Albies singled and Acuna hit a sacrifice fly to score Flaherty from third, the score was 9-5, but the Marlins were just one out from victory. Freddie Freeman reached on an infield single in which he should’ve been out if Ziegler had been covering first quickly enough.

After Freeman took second base on fielder’s indifference, Nick Markakis singled him home, ending the afternoon for Ziegler. Marlins manager Don Mattingly called upon Tayron Guerrero to try to get the final out of the afternoon with the Marlins still leading 9-7. After issuing a walk, pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki drove home a run on a single to left to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Marlins. Guerrero issued a four pitch walk to Camargo to load the bases, bringing up Swanson with two outs and nowhere to put him. After battling for six pitches, Swanson did this on the seventh pitch of the at-bat…

The Braves win the game 10-9 and take the last two games of the weekend to win the series. The worst part of this walk off loss is that the Marlins wasted their best offensive performance of the season in which they had 20 (!!!) base runners. They’ll have little time to regroup as the road trip continues with a three game set in New York against the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM ET. Until then, this is an accurate portrayal of all Marlins fans…

Athletics vs Blue Jays Live

Athletics belt three homers in win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — There was no hiding the frustration after the Toronto Blue Jays fell back to the .500 mark with a 10-5 loss to Oakland on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons offered pithy replies in a media availability that lasted just 81 seconds. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez dropped a few expletives in his scrum with reporters.

A promising 15-10 April has been followed by a disappointing 6-10 May and the cracks are starting to show.

The Blue Jays were hoping to build on a stellar performance from a day earlier in New York. Instead they kicked off a seven-game homestand with a dud.

It was the Athletics who came to play on this night, with Khris Davis leading the charge by hitting one of three Oakland homers and finishing with four hits.

After the game, Gibbons kept his answers brief.

“It’s a tough night, that’s all I got,” he said. “No need to elaborate. A tough night.”

A reporter tried a follow-up question.

“Don’t bother,” said the skipper.

Both Oakland and Toronto own identical records of 22-22. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games.

Sanchez (2-4) threw 29 pitches in the first inning and never really got on track. He struck out eight but walked four and had his 97-pitch effort end with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

“They put good swings on it,” Sanchez said. “I felt like tonight any time I left the ball up in the zone it was smacked.”

Was he encouraged with the swinging strikeouts?

“I don’t really give a (expletive),” he said, adding an f-bomb for good measure.

Davis, who reached base five times in all, leads the Athletics with 13 homers. Matt Olson added a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Matt Chapman provided a two-run blast in the sixth.

Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the threat. The Athletics outhit the Blue Jays 14-7.

“When we’re swinging pretty good and getting some contributions from everybody, it can turn into 10 runs like it did tonight,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Kevin Pillar picked up his major-league leading 18th double of the season in the second inning for Toronto and Curtis Granderson walked three times.

Oakland starter Andrew Triggs took himself out of the game in the third inning due to “forearm nerve discomfort” in his throwing arm.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory as the Athletics improved to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip.

Announced attendance was 22,893 and the game took three hours 34 minutes to play.

Notes: Oakland placed Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list for the series and recalled fellow catcher Josh Phegley from triple-A Nashville. Maxwell can’t enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona on a gun-related charge. … Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The retractable roof was open for the second time this year. It was sunny and 19 C at game time. … Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez sat out with back tightness. Gibbons said Hernandez is day to day. … Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3, 5.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against Oakland southpaw Brett Anderson (0-2, 8.16).

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Athletics belt three homers in win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — There was no hiding the frustration after the Toronto Blue Jays fell back to the .500 mark with a 10-5 loss to Oakland on Thursday night.

Manager John Gibbons offered pithy replies in a media availability that lasted just 81 seconds. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez dropped a few expletives in his scrum with reporters.

A promising 15-10 April has been followed by a disappointing 6-10 May and the cracks are starting to show.

The Blue Jays were hoping to build on a stellar performance from a day earlier in New York. Instead they kicked off a seven-game homestand with a dud.

It was the Athletics who came to play on this night, with Khris Davis leading the charge by hitting one of three Oakland homers and finishing with four hits.

After the game, Gibbons kept his answers brief.

“It’s a tough night, that’s all I got,” he said. “No need to elaborate. A tough night.”

A reporter tried a follow-up question.

“Don’t bother,” said the skipper.

Both Oakland and Toronto own identical records of 22-22. The Blue Jays have dropped nine of their last 12 home games.

Sanchez (2-4) threw 29 pitches in the first inning and never really got on track. He struck out eight but walked four and had his 97-pitch effort end with a leadoff walk in the fifth.

“They put good swings on it,” Sanchez said. “I felt like tonight any time I left the ball up in the zone it was smacked.”

Was he encouraged with the swinging strikeouts?

“I don’t really give a (expletive),” he said, adding an f-bomb for good measure.

Davis, who reached base five times in all, leads the Athletics with 13 homers. Matt Olson added a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Matt Chapman provided a two-run blast in the sixth.

Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Josh Donaldson grounded out to end the threat. The Athletics outhit the Blue Jays 14-7.

“When we’re swinging pretty good and getting some contributions from everybody, it can turn into 10 runs like it did tonight,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Kevin Pillar picked up his major-league leading 18th double of the season in the second inning for Toronto and Curtis Granderson walked three times.

Oakland starter Andrew Triggs took himself out of the game in the third inning due to “forearm nerve discomfort” in his throwing arm.

Reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory as the Athletics improved to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip.

Announced attendance was 22,893 and the game took three hours 34 minutes to play.

Notes: Oakland placed Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list for the series and recalled fellow catcher Josh Phegley from triple-A Nashville. Maxwell can’t enter Canada while awaiting sentencing in Arizona on a gun-related charge. … Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis threw the ceremonial first pitch. … The retractable roof was open for the second time this year. It was sunny and 19 C at game time. … Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez sat out with back tightness. Gibbons said Hernandez is day to day. … Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3, 5.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against Oakland southpaw Brett Anderson (0-2, 8.16).