Hours after being called up from the minors, Will Smith connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Sunday.
It was the third straight day a Dodgers rookie hit a walk-off homer – all against the Rockies – the first time that has happened in major league history. Matt Beaty hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday.
Smith, a 24-year-old catcher playing his seventh game in the big leagues, hit a slider from Scott Oberg (5-1) over the wall in center. Beaty singled to lead off the inning and advanced on a wild pitch, and Russell Martin was intentionally walked with two outs to bring up Beaty.
Smith was promoted from Triple-A when infielder David Freese was put on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Friday with a left hamstring sprain.
Chicago Cubs 5, N.Y. Mets 3: Javier Baez hit a milestone homer to win a game after Pete Alonso went deep once again to set a team record. Baez cracked the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Alonso to beat the New York Mets, 5-3.
Alonso hit his 27th home run in the fourth, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.
Milwaukee 7, Cincinnati 5: Brandon Woodruff struck out a career-high 12, Travis Shaw homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Woodruff (9-2) cruised through the first five innings, allowed Joey Votto’s three-run homer in the sixth and struck out two to finish the seventh. Milwaukee improved to 13-1 in the right-hander’s 17 starts this season.
Atlanta 4, Washington 3: Johan Camargo delivered a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 to win their fifth straight series.
Overcoming an injury to standout rookie starting pitcher Mike Soroka, the Braves used the long ball and their bullpen to win the deciding matchup of a three-game set between NL East rivals.
Arizona 3, San Francisco 2: Tim Locastro’s single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. Locastro’s line drive to left field scored Nick Ahmed and helped the Diamondbacks end a season-long six-game losing streak.
Miami 6, Philadelphia 4: Rookie right-hander Jordan Yamamoto won for the third time in three career starts, Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson hit consecutive homers, and the Miami Marlins beat Philadelphia 6-4 for the Phillies’ seventh straight loss.
Houston 9, N.Y. Yankees 4: Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer, rookie Yordan Alvarez connected again and the Houston Astros beat the streaking New York Yankees 9-4 to end a season-high seven-game skid.
New York had won eight straight but was stopped by ace Justin Verlander and a quartet of homers, including a grand slam from Tyler White.
DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run drive in the fifth, giving New York a home run in a franchise-record 26 consecutive games. The major league mark is 27, set by the 2002 Texas Rangers.
Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 2: Travis d’Arnaud drove in three runs and hit a two-run homer, Austin Meadows hit a three-run double, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 for a split of the four-game series.
Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) followed Tampa Bay’s opener to pitch six innings. The lefty allowed one run on five hits and struck out three.
Toronto 6, Boston 1: Marcus Stroman pitched six shutout innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-1.
Danny Jansen hit a two-run single and Eric Sogard a solo homer for the Blue Jays, who won the final two games of the three-game series. Rowdy Tellez added two hits and scored twice.
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1: Hunter Dozier hit a three-run shot during a five-run third inning, Homer Bailey was stingy again pitching into the sixth and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1.
Alex Gordon had two RBIs and Nicky Lopez also drove in a run, helping the Royals forge a split of the four-game series on a soggy, overcast afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Cleveland 8, Detroit 3: Bobby Bradley doubled and drove in a run in his first major league plate appearance and the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with an 8-3 victory.
Bradley, who leads the International League with 24 home runs, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day and went 1 for 3 with one run and a walk. The 23-year-old first baseman also made a running over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, delighting the home fans who eagerly awaited his debut.
Seattle 13, Baltimore 3: J.P. Crawford had a career-high four hits and drove in four, Yusei Kikuchi had his best outing in a month, and the Seattle Mariners used an eight-run third inning to thump the Baltimore Orioles 13-3.
Texas 7, Chicago White Sox 4: Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana hit two-out, two-run homers in the second inning and Shawn Kelley shut down a late White Sox rally with his first four-out save of the season as the Texas Rangers beat Chicago, 7-4.