Yainer Diaz hit a three-run homer in the first inning off a struggling Luis Severino, Yordan Alvarez homered in the fifth to knock out the right-hander and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-3 on Friday night.
Rookie Hunter Brown (8-7) won consecutive starts for the first time since April, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. Brown struck out four, walked one and got eight groundouts – three on the first pitch.
‘That´s a big win for us,’ Houston manager Dusty Baker said.
Including last year´s sweep in the ALCS, the Astros are 10-3 against the Yankees since the start of last season. Houston also improved to 13-7 since the All-Star break and 7-4 in a stretch of playing eight of nine series against opponents with winning records.
Aaron Judge was held out of the starting lineup for the second time since returning from a toe injury last week.
The loss dropped the Yankees to 57-53 on the season.
The Astros’ Yordan Alvarez runs the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning on Friday
Luis Severino (left) continued his struggles as he allowed five earned runs in just four innings
Houston has won 10 of the last 13 vs. the Yankees, giving Jose Altuve (left) much to smile about
ROYALS 7, PHILLIES 5
Bobby Witt Jr. homered and stole a base, Michael Massey also went deep and Kansas City beat Philadelphia for its seventh straight victory.
Witt became the first player in MLB history with at least 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases in each of his first two seasons. Dairon Blanco drove in three runs and stole three bases for Kansas City.
Nick Castellanos homered for the Phillies, who opened a 10-game homestand. Philadelphia began play holding the second wild-card spot in a tightly bunched playoff race.
The Royals’ Dairon Blanco hits a two-run single against the Phillies in a 7-5 win on Friday
The Royals’ Michael Massey (right) reacts after hitting a home run during the sixth inning
BRAVES 8, CUBS 0
Max Fried dominated through six innings in his return from a strained left forearm, Sean Murphy and Marcell Ozuna homered on back-to-back pitches in Atlanta´s seven-run fourth inning and the Braves cooled off Chicago.
Fried allowed three baserunners, all on singles, in his first start since May 5
Austin Riley added a deep solo shot in the seventh for major league-leading Atlanta, which has won three straight and six of seven. Fried (3-1), a runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award last season, struck out eight before exiting after 72 pitches.
RAYS 8, TIGERS 0
Jose Siri homered and drove in three runs, Zack Littell won his second straight start and Tampa Bay routed Detroit.
Littell (2-2) gave up three hits and a walk in six innings.
Harold Ramírez had three hits and scored twice, and former Tiger Isaac Paredes had two hits and two RBIs. The Rays won for the fourth time in five games.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Jose Siri (22) hits a two run home run in the second inning
NATIONALS 6, CUBS 3 (10 INNINGS)
Lane Thomas hit his second homer of the game in the 10th inning to seal the Washington Nationals’ 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Thomas´ two-run shot, his team-leading 18th of the season, came off closer Alexis Díaz (3-3) and followed a run-scoring double by Jake Alu that broke a 3-3 tie.
A two-run homer by Joey Meneses off Reds starter Graham Ashcraft tied it in the eighth. The Reds had led since the first inning behind strong pitching from Ashcraft and three solo homers.
ORIOLES 10, METS 3
James McCann had three hits and five RBIs and Jordan Westburg hit a three-run homer to help Baltimore rout the Mets in New York manager Buck Showalter´s return to Camden Yards.
Showalter received a video tribute and a standing ovation from the fans in Baltimore, where he managed from 2010-2018 and guided the Orioles to three postseason appearances. Then the AL East leaders won for the sixth time in eight games to stay two ahead of Tampa Bay.
Ryan O´Hearn hit an RBI single off Phil Bickford (2-4) to break a 2-all tie in the sixth – Westburg, who was running on the pitch, scored all the way from first. McCann added a two-run double later in the inning, and Adley Rutschman hit a sacrifice fly.
Mets manager Buck Showalter was honored by the Orioles before his old team won 10-3
GUARDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 2
Andrés Giménez hit a two-run homer among his career-high three extra-base hits, Logan Allen earned his first home victory in more than three months and Cleveland beat Chicago.
Giménez fouled off the first two pitches of his at-bat in the fifth inning, attempting to lay down a bunt and move Steven Kwan to second base. He then swung away, sending a fastball from Mike Clevinger (4-5) into the right field stands to break a 2-all tie.
Allen (5-4) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings, snapping a six-start winless streak at Progressive Field. The left-hander, who struck out five and walked four, had not won at home since going six innings in his major league debut against Miami on April 23.
BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 3
Davis Schneider homered in his first major league at-bat and Toronto tied its season high with five home runs to beat Boston.
Whit Merrifield, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daulton Varsho and Matt Chapman also went deep to help the Blue Jays increase their lead over Boston for the third and final AL wild-card spot.
Toronto starter Alek Manoah (3-8) pitched 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs and struck out five.
The Blue Jays’ Daulton Varsho (right) celebrates his solo home run with George Springer
RANGERS 6, MARLINS 2
Adolis García hit two drastically different solo homers, Corey Seager also went deep and newly acquired left-hander Jordan Montgomery worked into the seventh inning to help Texas beat Miami.
Garcia put the Rangers ahead to stay when he went the opposite way with a high-arching 334-foot homer just inside the right-field pole for a 3-2 lead in the third. In the sixth, the slugger known as ‘El Bombi’ hit a 433-foot drive that landed in the second deck of seats above the visitors bullpen in left-center.
Montgomery struck out six, walked one and allowed two runs before leaving two batters into the seventh.
TWINS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
Michael A. Taylor homered to lead off the seventh inning, the third solo shot of the game for Minnesota in its victory over Arizona.
Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler went deep against Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly, who otherwise cruised through six innings with nine strikeouts.
Taylor greeted Scott McGough (1-7) with an opposite-field drive off a 1-2 fastball into the flower boxes above the limestone facade beyond right field that put the Twins in front.
The Twins’ Michael A. Taylor hits a homer against the Diamondbacks to give his team the lead
PIRATES 8, BREWERS 4
Alfonso Rivas had a three-run homer and a triple among his three hits, leading Pittsburgh past Milwaukee.
Rivas was playing his second game for the Pirates since being acquired from San Diego on Tuesday.
Bryan Reynolds also went 3 for 5 with a homer, and Henry Davis and Josh Palacios also went deep for the Pirates. Palacios and Reynolds hit back-to-back homers off Bryse Wilson in the sixth inning to extend Pittsburgh´s lead to 8-3.
ROCKIES 9, CARDINALS 4
Nolan Jones had four hits and three RBIs and Colorado beat St. Louis in a matchup of last-place clubs.
Elias Díaz had two hits and drove in two runs as Colorado won for just the third time in nine games. The Rockies finished with 15 hits.
Nolan Gorman hit two solo homers for St. Louis, which has dropped six of eight.