Aug 10, 2020 2:02 PM

Rockies lead division after first 25% of season

Posted Aug 10, 2020 2:02 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Justus Sheffield pitched six shutout innings for his first major league win, Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Sunday. Sheffield, one of three pitchers 24 or younger in the Mariners’ starting rotation, gave up four hits without a walk and struck out seven in his longest stint of the season. Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning double for the Rockies.

Around the Majors Sunday

The Athletics and Astros ignored social distancing recommendations on Sunday by resorting to some antisocial behavior.

Benches cleared and even the stands emptied during Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Astros. It was the first dust-up between the two teams since A's pitcher Mike Fiers revealed the Astros stole signs during their World Series run while he was with Houston.

Oakland’s Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch for the third time in the three-game series. Laureano began exchanging words with animated Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward him. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder reached Cintron, touching off a wild scene in which players streamed out of the stands to join the scrum.

Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the third and Matt Chapman connected the very next pitch, taking the score from 1-0 to 5-0 on consecutive offerings from Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Robbie Grossman also homered and Mark Canha  contributed an RBI single as the A's dealt the Astros their fifth consecutive loss.

— The Rays pulled out a 4-3 win over the Yankees on an RBI single by Michael Perez in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Brosseau and Brandon Lowe both homered in the seventh, when the Rays tied it at 3.

— Brady Singer picked up his first big league win by allowing two runs over five innings of the Royals' 4-2 decision over the Twins. Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single and Mikael Franco added a solo blast to back Singer.

— The Dodgers spotted the Giants a 2-0 lead before AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer to give Los Angeles a 6-2 victory. The Dodgers have won nine of 12 and took two out of three from their NL West rivals.

— Manny Machado homered twice and Fernando Tatis Jr. slammed his eighth home run of the season as the Padres coasted past the Diamondbacks, 9-5. Dinelson Lamet no-hit Arizona until Kole Calhoun led off the seventh with a homer.

— Ronald Acuna Jr. belted a go-ahead, two-run homer while the Braves scored five times in the fifth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Adam Duvall added a three-run double later in the fifth to put Atlanta ahead, 5-1.

— The Braves rolled to an 8-0 rout of the Phils in the nightcap as Acuna homered twice. Freddie Freeman went deep as Atlanta spoiled Spencer Howard’s big league debut.

— Rookie Andrés Giménez had three hits and scored three runs as the Mets doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in the rubber match of the three-game set. New York received shutout ball from its bullpen after winning pitcher Jacob deGrom survived seven hits over five innings.

— The Brewers were 9-3 winners over the Reds as Christian Yelich  homered, tripled and drew a bases-loaded walk Milwaukee avoided falling to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the franchise’s inaugural season in Wisconsin.

— Angels right fielder Jo Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when a fly ball from Nick Solak popped out of the rookie’s glove and sailed over the fence in the Rangers’ 7-3 win. Solak who had two hits and scored three runs to help Texas complete a three-game sweep.

— Mitch Moreland's second home run of the afternoon was a two-run, walk-off blast over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win against Blue Jays. Rafael Devers also homered and Boston relievers combined for three hitless innings of shutout relief.

— Detroit completed a three-game sweep as Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth to send the Tigers past the Pirates, 2-1. The pitchers' duel came after the two teams combined for 46 runs in the first two games of the series.

— The Nationals-Orioles game had to be suspended with the Birds leading 5-2 in the top of the sixth. Stephen Strasburg threw scoreless ball in his first start of the season until Hanser Alberto’s two-run double and Anthony Santander’s two-run single in Baltimore's five-run fifth. The grounds crew had trouble placing the tarp over the infield during a thunderstorm, leading to the suspension.