MLB Roundup: Diamondbacks outslug Cubs in home run derby at Wrigley

Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Josh Rojas launched his first three longballs of the season and Arizona powered past Chicago in a game of home run derby at Wrigley Field.

With a strong wind blowing out on a warm day, the teams combined to clear the walls 11 times — the Diamondbacks connected seven times. David Peralta went deep twice and Alek Thomas and Christian Walker added solo shots as the Diamondbacks won their second straight after a six-game slide. Humberto Castellanos (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Rojas posted his first three-homer game and third career multi-homer effort. After a flyout in the first inning, he hit a solo homer in the third, a two-run drive in the fifth and another solo home run in the seventh.

Jonathan Villar homered and doubled for the Cubs in his 1,000th big league game. Patrick Wisdom hit his seventh homer to end an 0-for-10 slump Cubs rookie Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas also homered. Kyle Hendricks (2-4) yielded a season-high seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

BRAVES 5, MARLINS 3

MIAMI (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. led off the game with a deep double and later singled and stole a base as Atlanta beat Miami in the Braves slugger's first game at the stadium where he sustained a season-ending knee injury last year.

Acuña didn’t play in the World Series after tearing his knee in a game at Miami on July 10. Because of the synthetic surface at loanDepot Park, the star outfielder is scheduled to be the designated hitter during the weekend series.

Marcell Ozuna homered for the third consecutive game, while Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud also went deep for the Braves. Charlie Morton (3-3) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Will Smith threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Jorge Soler hit his eighth homer for Miami. It was his first against Atlanta since he was the MVP of the World Series for the champion Braves last season.

Atlanta struck quickly against Trevor Rogers (2-5) in the first. Ozzie Albies hit a single that scored Acuña, and Ozuna followed with a two-run shot. Swanson made it 4-0 when he led off the second with his fifth homer. Rogers allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.

BLUE JAYS 2, REDS 1

TORONTO (AP) — Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season, and Toronto held Cincinnati star Joey Votto in check in his return from COVID-19.

Making his fourth start of the season and his second after being activated off the injured list because of a sore forearm, Ryu (1-0) allowed six hits, including five doubles, walked none and struck out three. Jordan Romano got three outs for his 13th save in 15 chances as Toronto improved to 11-6 in one-run games. The Blue Jays are 21-18 overall.

Playing a series in his Canadian hometown for the fourth time, and the first since 2017, Votto went 1 for 4 with a double. He was activated off the COVID-19 injured list before the game. He last played in the majors on May 1.

Luis Castillo (0-2) made his third start of the season and lost his second straight outing, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander walked none and struck out five.

GUARDIANS 6, TIGERS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and tripled a day after avoiding a serious injury when he fouled a ball off his leg, and Cleveland defeated Detroit.

Both teams were without their managers for the series opener. Detroit’s A.J. Hinch wasn’t feeling well, though he tested negative for COVID-19. Bench coach George Lombard managed the team. Cleveland’s Terry Francona missed the game to have a minor surgical procedure and was expected back Saturday. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale filled in.

Ramirez’s three-run homer off reliever Jacob Barnes (3-1) in the sixth gave Cleveland a 4-0 lead. Barnes was in the game because of yet another injury to a Detroit starting pitcher. Tarik Skubal extended his scoreless innings streak to 19, but left the game after being struck on the leg by a line drive after pitching five scoreless innings.

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (2-3) moved to 7-0 in eight career starts against Detroit, but he was removed in the seventh with an apparent injury. The right-hander tripped while running toward first base after fielding a grounder.

CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his domination of Pittsburgh, and battery-mate Yadier Molina keyed a four-run sixth inning with a two-run single as St. Louis beat the Pirates.

Wainwright has won 10 straight decisions against the Pirates and gone 19 starts since last losing to Pittsburgh in 2016, on opening day. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out three to improve his career record to 23-7 vs. Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals scored a run on a fielder’s choice in the first inning, and broke it open in the sixth, extending their lead to 5-0. Molina’s single with the bases loaded was sandwiched between RBI singles by Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader.

Michael Chavis hit a solo home run in the seventh to end Wainwright’s 37 1/3-inning scoreless streak against the Pirates. Bryan Reynolds had an RBI single and Yoshi Tsutsugo added a run-producing grounder.

Zach Thompson (2-4) allowed one run and five hits in five innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

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