Saturday, March 25, 2023

Astros beat Tigers 3-2, extend winning streak to six games

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — Jose Altuve hit a home early, and Michael Brantley tripled his two-run eighth-place finish, helping the Houston Astros finish their season-best six games with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Helped in running the winning streak.

The win was manager Dusty Baker’s 2,004th win, propelling Bruce Bochy (2,003) to 11th place on the all-time list.

The Astros went 2–1 in the eighth, when Altuve was singled out and scored on a triple to right field by Brantley to tie it. The Tigers deliberately carried Yordan Alvarez with two outs before Michael Fulmer (1-1) drove Yuli Guriel to load the base. Another move from Kyle Tucker scored Brantley to put Houston up 3-2.

Brian Abreu (1-0) scored eighth for the win and close Ryan Pressley threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Miguel Cabrera doubled in the third inning with Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols as the only player in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits, 500 homers and 600 doubles in his career.

Twins 1, Athletics 0

MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — Jorge Polanco made it to the sixth inning and four Minnesota pitchers pitched it, sending Oakland to its eighth straight loss.

The Minnesota pitchers scored 15 runs, allowing only three hits combined.

Polanco had three of Minnesota’s five hits. Griffin Jacques (2-0) won with 1 2/3 innings in relief. Jhon Duran scored five runs in two innings for his second defense.

James Caprillion (0-2) conceded three hits and one run in two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He scored seven runs.

Dodgers 7, Cubs 0, 1st game

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – Clayton Kershaw dominated in seven innings as Los Angeles beat Chicago in a split doubleheader opener.

Freddie Freeman doubled three times and scored twice, helping the NL West leaders win for the 16th time in 21 games. Austin Barnes hit home and scored three runs.

Kershaw (4-0) combined with two relievers on Los Angeles’ third shutout of the season, giving five hits, hitting two and running one.

Drew Smiley (1-3) lasted 4 1/3 innings, with two earned runs and six hits.

raids 9, pirates 2, first game

Cincinnati ( Associated Press) — Pittsburgh emergency catcher Josh VanMeter had a tough time behind the plate on his first try since he was a teenager, and Cincinnati took advantage of the doubleheader’s opener to end a nine-game losing streak.

The Pirates assisted early catcher Roberto Perez off the field with a left hamstring injury after a fall while scoring second base in the top of the eighth. Backup catcher Andrew Knapp was kicked out in the bottom of the sixth.

Tyler Stephenson hit a tiebreaking, base-loaded double in the eighth inning that exploded seven runs. Tyler Naquin scored three runs with a base-loaded double.

Lucas Sims (1-0) won. Will Crowe (1-2) lost.


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