Rangers, Dodgers go 11 innings ... 7th-straight win for the Astros ... Marlines beat Giants
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Enrique Hernandez dodged home on a wild throw by pitcher Matt Bush in the 11th inning and, hours after a hard collision at the plate led to a bench-clearing incident and a pair of ejections, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 3 to 2. The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the 11th and Austin Barnes followed with a comebacker. Bush rushed his throw home and pulled catcher Carlos Perez off the plate. Hernandez danced around the catcher and touched home with his right hand.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Evan Gattis hit two home runs, including the first of back-to-back shots with Marwin Gonzalez during a seven-run second inning, and the streaking Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 13-5 for their seventh straight win. Jake Marisnick also homered, Carlos Correa had a two-run triple and Yuli Gurriel had three hits and three RBIs to help Gerrit Cole win his sixth straight decision. The defending World Series champs moved a season-high 19 games over .500.
MIAMI (AP) — Brian Anderson hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Miami Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 5-4. J.T. Realmuto had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who have won three straight for the first time since winning four in a row April 28-May 1. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run and Buster Posey had three hits for the Giants, who have lost four of five.
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Reyes’s RBI single keyed a four-run eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. The Tigers, playing their first game since Miguel Cabrera’s season-ending biceps injury, won for just the fourth time in 11 games.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The number of strikeouts in college baseball is the highest on record entering the College World Series. Pitching staffs averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings have tripled over the last two years. Coaches say conditions are right for strikeouts. They say the pitching has never been better in college baseball, and the focus on launch angles and exit velocities make batters more prone to striking out.