Astros beat Blue Jays for their 10th win in 11 games

Tue, Jul 2, 2024
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Astros beat Blue Jays for their 10th win in 11 games

TOTONTO (AP) - Hunter Brown pitched six shutout innings, Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alavarez hit home runs and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Monday afternoon for their 10th win in 11 games.

After going 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in five June starts, Brown (6-5) opened July with another solid outing. The right-hander allowed two hits, both singles. He walked three and struck out five.

Decked out in special red jerseys and caps, the Blue Jays lost on the Canada Day holiday for a second year in a row.

After Rafael Montero worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases against Bryan Abreu in the eighth. Abreu escaped by getting Daulton Varsho to ground out.

Josh Hader allowed a solo home run to Ernie Clement in the ninth but finished for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Toronto right-hander Yariel Rodriguez retired the first 14 batters before Pena hit a first-pitch homer in the fifth inning for his sixth of the season.

Rodriguez (0-3) allowed one run and two hits in a career-high 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

METS 9, NATIONALS 7, 10 INNINGS

WASHINGTON (AP) -J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias homered in a six-run 10th inning, and New York held off Washington to spoil the major league debut of prized outfield prospect James Wood.

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Francisco Alvarez had three RBIs for the Mets (41-41), who stopped a two-game skid and improved to 17-6 in their last 23 games.

In the opener of a four-game series between NL East rivals, Harrison Bader was hit by pitch leading off the 10th to put two runners on. Martinez followed with his 10th homer, a drive to center field against Hunter Harvey (2-4).

Tyrone Taylor doubled and scored on Alvarez's first career triple, which hit high off the right-field wall, and Iglesias made it 9-3 when he sent a two-run shot to center for his first big league homer since 2022 with Colorado.

Washington scored four times in the bottom half before Reed Garrett struck out Luis Garcia Jr. with two on for his fourth save.

ROCKIES 8, BREWERS 7, 10 INNINGS

DENVER (AP) - Jake Cave came through with a bases-loaded single over a five-man infield in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Colorado a victory against Milwaukee.

Brenton Doyle homered twice and Charlie Blackmon went deep on his birthday for the third time in his career to help the Rockies outlast the Brewers.

William Contreras homered among his three hits for Milwaukee, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Willy Adames had three hits, including an RBI single to ignite a three-run eighth that put the Brewers back in front 7-6.

Doyle homered for the second time in the game, a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Elvis Peguero, to produce the fourth tie of the night at 7-all.

Tyler Kinley (4-1) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning, getting out of a jam by striking out Garrett Mitchell.

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