Josh Hader struck out Ozzie Albies with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Christian Yelich hit his 34th homer of the season to tie the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the major league lead. It was Yelich’s third home run in four games.
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead on Manny Pina’s two-run homer in the second inning. Yelich made it 3-0 in the sixth before Keston Hiura and Pina added RBI hits later in the inning to make it 5-0.
The Braves rallied with two runs in the eighth on Josh Donaldson’s two-run homer and two runs in the ninth on his two-run single.
Pinch-hitters Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo led off the ninth with singles. With two outs, Freddie Freeman struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached first base after the ball got away from Pina and Pina committed an error with his throw to first.
Donaldson hit a two-run single to make it 5-4 before Hader struck out Albies and earned his 21st save.
Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson (5-2) gave up only one hit, a double to Brian McCann in the second inning, in 52/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Dallas Keuchel allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings.
Chicago Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2: Yu Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finally earn his first win at Wrigley Field as a Cub and lead Chicago past the Cincinnati Reds 5-2.
Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for the only hits off Sonny Gray (5-6) as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.
Jason Heyward drove in two insurance runs with a double as the NL Central leaders took two of three from the Reds to win just their second series since sweeping St. Louis on June 7-9.
Darvish (3-4) also won for the first time anywhere since April 27 at Arizona as he struck out seven, walked none and hit two batters. The right-hander had 12 no-decisions and a loss in his previous 13 starts.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five chances.
N.Y. Mets 14, Minnesota 4: Dominic Smith put the New York Mets in front with his pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso added a 474-foot shot halfway up the third deck in a 14-4 victory over Minnesota that gave the Twins their first three-game losing streak this season.
Amed Rosario went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Mets, who overcame three one-run deficits, set a 2019 high for runs and matched a season best with their fourth consecutive victory.
The Twins took a five-game lead on Cleveland into the afternoon, their smallest advantage in the AL Central standings since May 19, and they turned in another sloppy performance. Seven of New York’s runs were unearned.
San Francisco 11, Colorado 8: Donovan Solano had four hits, including a tie-breaking home run leading off the sixth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Rockies 11-8 to complete a four-game series sweep, their first at Colorado in nearly eight years.
Pablo Sandoval sparked a three-run first inning with a two-run double and Stephen Vogt also homered for the surging Giants, who have won five straight and 12 of their last 14. Brandon Belt had an RBI single among his three hits.
Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon homered for the Rockies, losers of four straight and 11 of their last 13.
San Francisco broke through for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Rockies got three runs in their final at-bat, including a two-out, two-run homer by Story. Mark Melancon relieved Andrew Suraez and got Nolan Arenado to fly out to center for the game’s final out and his first save of the season.
It was the first-four game sweep by the Giants in Colorado since Sept. 15-18, 2011.
Oakland 10, Seattle 2: Homer Bailey shook off a rocky start to go six innings in his Oakland debut, Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar both homered twice and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 10-2.
Chad Pinder and Ramon Laureano also went deep as the A’s matched their season high with six home runs despite losing Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman to an ankle injury after two innings.
Oakland has won six straight and 12 of 14.
Tim Beckham had two hits for Seattle. The Mariners have lost six straight.
Bailey (8-6) allowed seven hits and two runs for his fourth consecutive win and first since being acquired from Kansas City over the weekend to add depth and experience to Oakland’s lineup for a possible playoff run. Bailey struck out six, including cleanup hitter Omar Narvaez twice, and didn’t walk a batter.
The 33-year-old hadn’t pitched since July 4 because of the All-Star break and the trade on Sunday when he was notified of the deal while warming up in the bullpen. It showed early as Bailey had to work around a leadoff double by Mallex Smith in the first then gave up two runs in the second before settling in.
The A’s have homered in a season-high 17 consecutive games.