MLB roundup: At age 22, A’s starter Joey Estes blanks Angels

Joey Estes pitched a five-hit shutout as the Oakland Athletics made it two in a row over the visiting Los Angeles Angels with a 5-0 victory Wednesday night.

Estes, at age 22 years and 269 days, became the youngest major-leaguer to throw a shutout since Zach Eflin did so for the Philadelphia Phillies at age 22 years and 105 days against in July 2016. Making just his 12th big-league start, Estes (3-3) didn’t yield an extra-base hit. He walked one and struck out four.

Brent Rooker homered for the second consecutive night and Max Schuemann also went deep for the A’s, who will shoot for a series sweep Thursday afternoon. Brett Harris chipped in with an RBI single.

Angels starter Davis Daniel (1-1) surrendered five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Diamondbacks 12, Dodgers 4

Christian Walker continued to torment his division rival with two more home runs, and Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep as Arizona pounded host Los Angeles.

Walker has seven home runs in eight games against the Dodgers this season and had four hits on Wednesday, including a double and three runs scored. Arizona right-hander Cristian Mena gave up four runs after four batters of his major league debut, but Diamondbacks pitching did not allow another run. Bryce Jarvis (1-2) worked 2 1/3 innings to get the win.

Freddie Freeman and Teoscar Hernandez hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning as the Dodgers fell to 2-3 against Arizona at home this season. Starter Gavin Stone, who had a 1.62 ERA over his past six starts, gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings, striking out three. Ryan Yarbrough (3-2) took the loss.

Orioles 4, Mariners 1

Dean Kremer pitched five scoreless innings in his return from the injured list, and Ryan O’Hearn homered and drove in three runs to lead Baltimore past host Seattle.

Baltimore has won the first two games of the three-game series. Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 21st save of the season and the 438th of his career, moving into sole possession of fourth place all-time. Kremer (4-4), who had not pitched since May 20 due to a right triceps strain, allowed just two singles. He walked two and struck out eight.

Cal Raleigh homered in the sixth inning to prevent the Mariners from being blanked for a second consecutive game. Starter Logan Gilbert (5-5) gave up four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked three — as many free passes as he issued in his previous eight starts combined — and fanned six.

Phillies 5, Cubs 3

Rafael Marchan hit a solo homer and Alec Bohm added a two-run blast as Philadelphia knocked off host Chicago for its third straight win.

The Phillies broke an eighth-inning tie with two runs against reliever Tyson Miller (2-1). Matt Strahm (4-1) replaced Zack Wheeler to begin the seventh inning and earned the win for Philadelphia. Jose Alvarado worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 13th save.

Pete Crow-Armstrong doubled twice and drove in two runs for Chicago, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Brewers 3, Rockies 0

Christian Yelich homered and Colin Rea tossed seven shutout innings to help Milwaukee blank Colorado in Denver for its eighth win in its last 10 games.

William Contreras and Brice Turang had three hits apiece and Yelich had two for Milwaukee, which won for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Rea (8-2) allowed six hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. Jakob Junis gave up two hits in two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.

Jake Cave, Brenton Doyle and Brendan Rodgers had two hits apiece for the Rockies, who have dropped 16 of their last 22 games. Colorado was shut out for the ninth time this season.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)

Oneil Cruz hit a walk-off single into the right field corner in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Pittsburgh over visiting St. Louis.

Rowdy Tellez had three hits, including a solo home run, and scored twice for the Pirates, who had lost three of their past four.

Willson Contreras hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth and Masyn Winn had three hits and an RBI for his third straight multi-hit game for the Cardinals, who had won three of their past four.

Nationals 7, Mets 5

James Wood laced the tiebreaking run-scoring single in the seventh for his first career RBI on Wednesday night for Washington, which overcame a five-run deficit to beat visiting New York in the third game of a four-game series.

Luis Garcia Jr. homered twice — a three-run shot in the sixth and an insurance solo blast in the eighth — for the Nationals, who won for just the second time in nine games. It was the second career two-home game for Garcia, who did it against the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021.

Tyrone Taylor, Mark Vientos and Francisco Lindor all homered to put the Mets ahead 5-0 before they tied a season high by squandering a five-run lead for the second time in five games and the third time this season.

Tigers 9, Twins 2

Carson Kelly hit his first career grand slam, Riley Greene and Matt Vierling each socked two-run homers and Detroit cruised to a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Wenceel Perez added a solo homer for Detroit, which evened the series at one win apiece with the decisive game scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Tigers right-hander Keider Montero (1-2) notched his first career victory in his second career start and third outing overall. The 23-year-old from Venezuela limited the Twins to two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Minnesota’s Brooks Lee finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in his big-league debut. Christian Vazquez homered for the Twins. Right-hander David Festa (1-1) surrendered seven runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out six but gave up three homers.

Reds 3, Yankees 2

Andrew Abbott allowed one run in 6 1/3 solid innings, Alexis Diaz retired Juan Soto for the final out in the ninth and visiting Cincinnati hung on to beat slumping New York.

Noelvi Marte hit a two-run homer in the second and Stuart Fairchild also went deep in the fifth against New York starter Carlos Rodon (9-6) as the Reds won a series for the first time since June 6-9. Cincinnati will go for a three-game sweep on Thursday.

Anthony Volpe hit a two-run double for the Yankees, who were held to five hits and have lost 12 of their past 16 games.

Red Sox 7, Marlins 2

Brayan Bello delivered a quality outing over 6 2/3 innings as Boston beat host Miami.

Bello (8-5) allowed one run on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Masataka Yoshida and Rafael Devers each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Red Sox. Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers (1-9) lasted three innings, giving up two runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.

Boston blew it open in the ninth. Tyler O’Neill scored his second run of the night on Devers’ triple to make it 4-1. Two outs later, the Red Sox loaded the bases on back-to-back walks, and Ceddanne Rafaela doubled to drive in three runs.

Astros 9, Blue Jays 2

Yordan Alvarez had a solo home run and two RBI doubles as visiting Houston defeated Toronto.

Yainer Diaz added three RBIs while going 3-for-4 with a walk to help the Astros take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi allowed two runs, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Braves 3, Giants 1

Chris Sale threw six strong innings, leading Atlanta to a win over visiting San Francisco.

Sale (11-3) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine, helping the Braves snap a two-game skid. Austin Riley finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Adam Duvall went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Raisel Iglesias got his 21st save for Atlanta.

Matt Chapman tallied two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who had their two-game winning streak end. Jordan Hicks (4-5) tossed five innings of three-run, eight-hit ball.

White Sox 8, Guardians 2

Erick Fedde allowed one run over six strong innings while Chicago had four batters with at least two hits en route to a win over host Cleveland.

Lenyn Sosa posted three hits and an RBI and Martin Maldonado recorded an RBI single during a four-run fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox. Fedde (6-3) yielded three hits, three walks and only a second-inning sacrifice fly from David Fry to drop his ERA to 3.13. He retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Making his 2024 debut after sustaining an elbow injury in spring training, Cleveland’s Gavin Williams (0-1) allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two. Brayan Rocchio homered in the seventh and had two of the five hits for the Guardians.

Padres 6, Rangers 4

David Peralta hit his first home run in almost a year, helping San Diego even its three-game series against Texas at Arlington, Texas.

Manny Machado also homered for the Padres, who got RBIs from Luis Arraez and Jackson Merrill while snapping their two-game skid and winning for the 10th time in 13 games.

Texas’ Corey Seager went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his first game since Saturday, when he was hit on his left wrist by a pitch. Nathaniel Lowe tallied two singles for the Rangers, who have lost seven of nine.

Royals 4, Rays 2

Michael Wacha tossed six strong innings, leading Kansas City to a win over visiting Tampa Bay.

Wacha (5-6) permitted one run on two hits and three walks. He struck out eight. Bobby Witt Jr. and Vinnie Pasquantino each had two hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have won six of nine during their homestand that ends Thursday.

Rays starter Ryan Pepiot (4-5) gave up two runs on four hits in four innings. Isaac Paredes homered and Amed Rosario had an RBI double and a single for Tampa Bay.

–Field Level Media