Reds rally with 4 in 8th, beat Diamondbacks
CINCINNATI — Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart’s two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Saturday night.
Archie Bradley (3-4) hit Eugenio Suarez with a pitch to lead off the inning and walked Curt Casali with two outs. Barnhart lined a 3-2 pitch up the leftcenter field gap and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto followed with RBI singles.
Arizona, which began the night tied for the NL West lead, lost back-to-back games for the first time in more than two weeks. Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer, his first since being traded from Minnesota to the Diamondbacks, and David Peralta also connected.
In their last six series against first-place teams, the Reds have won five and split one.
Amir Garrett (1-2) got the final out of the eighth. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 23rd save and second in two nights.
Arizona starter Robbie Ray left after five innings with the score tied for his fifth straight no-decision. The left-hander, who hasn’t won in eight starts since June 27, allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Reds starter Matt Harvey fanned seven in seven innings, his highest strikeout total since he had seven on June 10, 2016, with the Mets.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 3: Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Kyle Gibson pitched seven effective innings as Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its sevengame trip. Gibson (6-9) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked two.
NATIONALS 9, CUBS 4: Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.
Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.
Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 0, 1ST GAME: The highest-scoring team in the majors doesn’t necessarily have to go on the offensive to win, especially when David Price is in a groove.
Price struck out 10 over six sparkling innings to get Boston started on its 12th shutout of the season, and the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Saturday in the opener of a split doubleheader.
The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games and 12 of 14 to improve their big leaguebest record to 83-35. The twinbill was caused by a rainout on July 25 — before the bad weather came that night, Boston led 5-0 in the second inning.
YANKEES 5, RANGERS 3: Somehow, Aroldis Chapman was able to prevent this game from slipping away.
Rain pouring off his hat, the New York Yankees closer struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm to end it, preserving a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
“You concentrate on the catcher, you try to keep your hand as dry as possible, you try to keep the ball as dry as possible and you want to make sure you land firmly,” Chapman said through a translator. “At the end of day, look at the catcher and hit the target.”
RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 1: Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday, their seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.
Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six.
Speedy Rays outfielder Mallex Smith led off the first with a chopper over the mound. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz and second baseman Devon Travis both charged, and then backed off as the ball rolled between them. Smith took advantage of two infielders being out of position to advance to second and was credited with a double.