Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
June 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday:
Rockies 7, Giants 5
Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving him the cycle and lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Arenado connected against Giants closer Mark Melancon (1-2) for the eighth cycle in franchise history and first since Michael Cuddyer in 2014. It was the Rockies' first walk-off homer of the season and second walk-off win, and it enabled the Rockies to sweep a four-game series from the Giants for the first time.
Indians 5, Twins 2
Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in each of Cleveland's five runs as the Indians left Minnesota with a win, a four-game series sweep and control of the American League Central.
Jose Ramirez had three hits for his sixth straight multi-hit game for Cleveland, and Trevor Bauer dazzled through his first six innings before the Twins pressured late.
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
Rey Fuentes belted a tiebreaking homer to center in the top of the 10th inning to help lift Arizona to a win over Philadelphia.
The Diamondbacks, completing a sweep of the Phillies (22-46), won their seventh straight. Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth, Arizona took advantage of Hector Neris, who had trouble locating his pitches. He walked Nick Ahmed to start the inning before giving up a single to David Peralta that allowed Ahmed to advance to third. Gregor Blanco followed Peralta with a single to score Ahmed and knot it at 4.
Mets 5, Nationals 1
Jacob deGrom tossed eight strong innings and hit his first major league homer as New York avoided being swept by Washington at Citi Field.
DeGrom, who allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday, allowed an unearned run -- which scored in the first inning -- three hits and two walks while striking out six. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced.
Cubs 7, Pirates 1
Anthony Rizzo stayed hot at the plate and John Lackey won for the first time in more than a month as Chicago downed Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Rizzo went 3-for-5, including his 16th homer, and had two RBIs and three runs scored. He has equaled his career high with a 12-game hitting streak. Chicago took two of three against the Pirates -- their first road series win in more than six weeks.
Dodgers 8, Reds 7
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer, Logan Forsythe added a two-run shot and Enrique Hernandez made a game-saving catch in the eighth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers hold on against Cincinnati.
The Dodgers swept the Reds at Great American Ball Park for the first time since August 2015 and have beaten them eight straight times dating to last season.
Orioles 8, Cardinals 5
Ubaldo Jimenez threw seven solid innings in his return to the starting rotation and Baltimore clubbed four home runs in a win over St. Louis.
Making his first start since May 22 after being demoted to the bullpen, Jimenez (2-2) allowed two earned runs and four hits for his first victory since April 19.
Braves 5, Marlins 4
Brandon Phillips poked a single through a five-man infield in the ninth inning to produce a walk-off hit for the second straight game and lift Atlanta over Miami.
It was the eighth career walk-off hit for Phillips and the 11th time Atlanta has won a game in its last at-bat this season.
Rays 9, Tigers 1
Steven Souza Jr.'s first career grand slam highlighted a parade of five home runs to lead Tampa Bay to victory over Detroit. Jake Faria (3-0) became just the fifth pitcher since at least 1913 to win his first three starts in the majors with one or less runs in at least six innings.
Logan Morrison had two of the Rays' home runs to reach 21 for the season, a two-run blast to right in the first and a solo shot in the seventh.
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 3
Russell Martin and Kendrys Morales hit two-run homers, J.A. Happ pitched into the seventh inning and Toronto defeated Chicago.
Ryan Goins hit the go-ahead triple in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep by the White Sox. Happ (2-4) allowed eight hits, no walks and three runs 6 2/3 innings.
Mariners 7, Rangers 3
Seattle jumped on Yu Darvish for four runs in the first inning on their way to a victory over Texas that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Seattle did all of its first-inning damage with two outs. Kyle Seager's RBI double got the Mariners on the board and started a big day for him. A passed ball scored Mitch Haniger from third, and Danny Valencia followed with a two-run homer into the Seattle bullpen to up the lead to 4-0.
Royals 7, Angels 3
Mike Moustakas had a three-run double and Salvador Perez a three-run homer as Kansas City finished a 7-2 road trip with a rout of Los Angeles.
Perez was 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly was the 500th RBI in his career.
Brewers 2, Padres 1
Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and finished a complete game for the first time in his career to lead Milwaukee over San Diego at Miller Park.
Hernan Perez and Manny Pina provided the offense with solo home runs in the sixth inning and Milwaukee's defense chipped in with a pair of double plays.
Athletics 4, Yankees 3
Oakland completed an unlikely four-game sweep of American League East-leading New York at a sweltering Oakland Coliseum.
New York dropped its sixth consecutive game and completed a disappointing 1-6 West Coast trip. The last-place Athletics, riding winning pitcher Jharel Cotton's 6 1/3 strong innings for the victory, earned their first series sweep at home since May 30-June 1, 2016.
The Yankees were swept for the first time this season.
Red Sox 6, Astros 5
Xander Bogaerts produced his first career multi-homer game and totaled four RBIs as the Boston Red Sox won the rubber match of their three-game set with the Houston Astros 6-5 on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.
Bogaerts finished 3-for-4 while doubling his season total for home runs to four, hitting both homers off Astros right-hander Joe Musgrove (4-6).