Freddie Freeman homered and the Atlanta Braves broke it open
with a five-run fifth inning, beating the San Diego Padres 9-6
on Thursday to complete their first three-game sweep at Turner
Field this season.
One day after
Minnesota dipped below Atlanta to the worst record in the
majors, the Braves kept on winning behind a six solid innings
from Mike Foltynewicz (8-5) and another strong showing from the
hitters. They scored at least seven runs for the fifth straight
time at home.
Atlanta up in the third with his 28th homer, a two-run liner
into the right-field seats off Jarred Cosart (0-2). After Hector
Sanchez homered for the Padres in the fifth, the Braves finished
off Cosart in the bottom half. Freeman walked with the bases
loaded, followed by two-run singles from both Matt Kemp and
scored three runs in the ninth off Chaz Roe before Jim Johnson
came on to get the final out for his 14th save.
MARLINS 6, METS
NEW YORK (AP)
— Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer that helped Miami
beat shaky Jacob deGrom to end its season-worst five-game losing
and singled twice, drove in four runs and stole two bases. He
also made a dashing, diving catch in center field with the bases
loaded and two outs — that made up for him later dropping a
routine fly for an error.
(3-5) outpitched deGrom (7-8) as Miami averted a four-game
sweep. Down 6-1, the Mets made it close, boosted by pinch-hitter
Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run homer in the ninth off Fernando
The Mets fell
two games behind idle St. Louis for the second wild-card spot,
with the Marlins another game back.
CUBS 5, GIANTS
— Addison Russell hit a two-run single with the bases loaded
in the seventh inning to lead Chicago.
spoiled a shaky Jeff Samardzija's return to Wrigley Field and
started September on a winning note after going 22-6 to match
the 1932 team for the best August in franchise history.
league leaders also moved a season-high 39 games over .500 and
15 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central — their
largest lead in the standings since the 1907 team finished 17
games ahead of Pittsburgh, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Cubs were
trailing 4-3 going into the seventh when Hunter Strickland (3-2)
gave up a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler and walked Kris
walked Ben Zobrist with one out to load the bases before
retiring Jason Heyward on a pop fly. But Russell then blooped a
two-run single to left off Cory Gearrin.
Chicago a 5-4 lead and made a winner of Joe Smith (2-4), who
worked two scoreless innings in relief after returning from a
strained left hamstring.
TWINS 8, WHITE
(AP) — Byron Buxton homered in his return to the majors, and
Trevor Plouffe continued his resurgence with a two-run shot as
Minnesota ended a 13-game losing streak.
to Chicago starter Jose Quintana, who entered the day leading
the American League with a 2.77 ERA. Quintana (11-10) allowed
seven runs and seven hits in five innings and saw his ERA rise
(7-10) escaped trouble to win for the fourth time in five
decisions. He gave up 11 hits and two walks, but allowed just
two runs as the Twins snapped their losing streak, one off the
franchise record for a season.
Kintzler recorded his 13th save in 14 chances.