Sports Seth Brown delivers the big hits again, A's beat Rays 6-3
Bumgarner has 7-inning no-hitter, doesn't count in records
ATLANTA — Madison Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that won’t count in the Major League Baseball record book but completed a dominant day of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep Sunday. Bumgarner (2-2) struck out seven and walked none. The only Braves batter who reached base against him came on shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throwing error in the second inning. Officially,Bumgarner (2-2) struck out seven and walked none. The only Braves batter who reached base against him came on shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throwing error in the second inning.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seth Brown may sit again Sunday against a left-handed starter and await his chance to help off the bench if regular right fielder Stephen Piscotty returns to Oakland's lineup.
Manager Bob Melvin hadn't made a decision yet.
Brown sure is capitalizing on every opportunity he does get. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning a day after delivering a walkoff drive, sending the Athletics past the Tampa Bay Rays again with a 6-3 win Saturday.
“Been unbelievable, the last two days, if we don't have him, probably a good chance we don't win the game,” Melvin said.
Guerrero's 3 homers, 7 RBIs lead Blue Jays over Nats 9-5
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit three home runs, including a grand slam and solo shot off Washington ace Max Scherzer, and had seven RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Nationals 9-5 on Tuesday night. Guerrero’s slam in the third put the Blue Jays ahead 4-3 and ended Scherzer’s scoreless streak at 19 innings. Guerrero made it 7-3 with his drive in the fifth and added a two-run, seventh-inning shot off Kyle Finnegan to complete his first three-homer game. Scherzer (1-2) joined Ivan Nova as the only pitchers to have allowed a homer to both Guerrero Jr. and his father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
Brown added an RBI single in the seventh for key insurance before the Rays got one back in the eighth on Mike Zunino's RBI single against Jake Diekman. Lou Trivino relieved and had to escape trouble recording the final four outs for his sixth save after blowing a chance in Thursday's loss to Toronto.
“It ended up being a real positive for him,” Melvin said. “When you have a tough outing and you go back out there and challenges pop up again and you get through it, you're better for it.”
Austin Allen also homered for Oakland to back Frankie Montas (4-2), whose day ended in the sixth one batter after Brandon Lowe's two-run homer.
"Any time you can help put runs on the board it's a really good feeling," Allen said.
Rays centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier sprained his left wrist trying to steal second base and was pulled from the game in the second inning. X-rays were negative. Manuel Margot replaced him.
Judge returns with 2 HRs, including slam as Yanks top Tigers
NEW YORK — Aaron Judge homered twice, including a grand slam, Gerrit Cole struck out 12 and the New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 10-0. The frequently injured Judge was held out of New York’s starting lineup in its previous two games with what the Yankees described as lower body soreness. Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Rougned Odor also homered, and Giancarlo Stanton had three hits. The Yankees set highs for runs, hits (15) and homers (five). Cole (4-1) allowed four hits and no walks during six innings, and New York pitchers had 18 strikeouts to tie a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Tarik Skubal (0-4) allowed four runs in three innings.
Montas allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
The A's faced a right-handed starter for the first time in seven games, just the second time in 10 games and fourth in 15 contests — and Oakland will see another lefty starter in Sunday's series finale.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-2) struck out 11 and walked four over 5 2/3 innings while giving up three runs on two hits. The Rays stranded 11 baserunners.
“They got one across and we'd get one back. You've just got to be really clean in those innings and unfortunately we weren't,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I'm happy with the way the guys were competing, I totally understand and recognize but the hitting's going to come around it's just been kind of quiet here lately.”
Elvis Andrus added an RBI double in the eighth for the A's, who had strong-armed Ramón Laureano back playing centre field after a break Friday as the designated hitter.
Miley pitches MLB's 4th no-hitter of season, 2nd in 3 days
CLEVELAND — Wade Miley pitched baseball’s second no-hitter in three days — and fourth already this season — leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win Friday night over the Cleveland Indians, who were no-hit for the second time in a month. Miley (4-2) relied on breaking pitches and his experience of 11-plus major league seasons to baffle the Indians and throw Cincinnati’s first no-hitter since Homer Bailey in 2013. The left-hander shook off anMiley (4-2) relied on breaking pitches and his experience of 11-plus major league seasons to baffle the Indians and throw Cincinnati’s first no-hitter since Homer Bailey in 2013.
TRIVINO BOUNCES BACK
Trivino was tagged for a career-high-tying five runs in Thursday's 9-4 loss to the Blue Jays — his first blown save since Aug. 10 last year against the Angels. It marked the first loss by an A’s reliever this season.
Rays: C Francisco Mejía was placed on the 10-day injured list a day after being scratched because of discomfort in his left ribcage area. Cash had said Friday he hoped it wouldn't be anything to sideline Mejía long, but he woke Saturday with the injury making it “irritating to breathe,” so the Rays opted to give him plenty of time to recover. The move is retroactive to Thursday. ... LHP Ryan Yarbrough was reinstated from the COVID-19 IL. To clear room on the 40-man roster, RHP Chris Archer (right lateral forearm tightness) was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Friday with a sprained right elbow. He felt discomfort in his last outing and has some fluid build up in the elbow from a previous ligament injury. ... Jesús Luzardo (broken left pinkie) played catch from 60 feet at a low-effort level and will continue to throw from 60-75 feet over the next week before the A’s take more X-rays then determine next steps. He could return in a couple of weeks. ... LHP A.J. Puk was scheduled to throw live BP/simulated game Saturday in Las Vegas and could begin a rehab assignment this coming week. ... RHP Burch Smith was reinstated from the injured list. ... OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) ran the bases again Saturday among his on-field baseball work and will travel Sunday to join Triple-A Las Vegas before beginning a rehab assignment Monday that Melvin figures will be at least three games.
A's LHP Cole Irvin (3-3, 3.09 ERA) looks to build on a career-high nine strikeouts his last time out that gave him 29 Ks over his past four starts in which he has gone 3-1. LHP Shane McClanahan (0-0, 2.25) takes the mound for Tampa Bay seeking to go more than four innings for the first time in three starts this year.
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