MLB roundup: Rafael Devers pushes HR streak to 6, Red Sox top Rays

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Rafael Devers set a Red Sox franchise record for consecutive games with a home run in Boston’s series-opening 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In the fourth inning, the third baseman wrote himself into the Red Sox record book with an opposite-field, two-run shot to left on a 97-mph four-seam fastball from Taj Bradley (1-2) for a 3-0 lead.

It was his sixth straight game going deep, eclipsing the high mark most recently matched by Bobby Dalbec in 2020.

Boston starter Tanner Houck (4-5) used 94 pitches over seven innings to shut down the Rays. The right-hander allowed two hits, fanned five and issued one walk via a defensive alignment violation.

Yandy Diaz, Josh Lowe and Jose Caballero had singles as the Rays were blanked for the second time this season. Bradley fanned a season-high 10 batters without issuing a walk, but he surrendered five runs on six hits over seven innings.

Mariners 5, Yankees 4

Ty France hit a tiebreaking RBI single to cap a four-run ninth inning off Clay Holmes as Seattle rallied for a victory over host New York.

The Mariners stopped New York’s seven-game winning streak by scoring four times off Holmes (1-1), who blew his second save in 15 chances and surrendered earned runs for the first time this season.

Eduard Bazardo (1-0) allowed an RBI single by Jon Berti that pushed the Yankees’ lead to 4-1 in the eighth, but he earned the win as Seattle prevailed for the fifth time in its past eight games.

Marlins 3, Brewers 2 (10 innings)

Josh Bell hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning as host Miami edged Milwaukee.

Miami’s Otto Lopez blooped an RBI single into right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Tanner Scott (4-4) came away with the win.

The Brewers’ bullpen had to shoulder most of the load, as starter Joe Ross left after one inning because of a low back strain. The first five relievers out of the Milwaukee bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings. However, Trevor Megill blew a save in the ninth, and Mitch White (1-1) took the loss.

Padres 6, Braves 5 (Game 1)

Manny Machado’s two-run double completed a four-run eighth inning and helped visiting San Diego overcome a five-run deficit to beat Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader.

The winning pitcher was Jhony Brito (1-2). Jeremiah Estrada pitched a scoreless eighth and Robert Suarez worked a perfect ninth to earn his 13th save. Joe Jimenez (1-1) was pinned with the loss.

The Braves sent nine batters to the plate and made it 5-0 in the third inning, when Marcell Ozuna and Matt Olson delivered back-to-back solo home runs. The other run came on an infield single by Ronald Acuna Jr. with the bases loaded.

Blue Jays 9, White Sox 3

Danny Jansen went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and five RBIs, Daulton Varsho also had a two-run homer and Toronto defeated visiting Chicago.

Bo Bichette was 4-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI for the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series. Toronto right-hander Jose Berrios (5-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

Paul DeJong went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single for the White Sox, who have lost four straight. Nicky Lopez also went 3-for-4. Chicago right-hander Erick Fedde (4-1) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings.

Guardians 3, Mets 1

David Fry drove in two runs and scored the other as host Cleveland beat New York for its fourth straight victory.

Fry delivered a two-run single in the first inning and came home on rookie Kyle Manzardo’s fourth-inning double, and Cleveland starter Ben Lively (3-2) allowed one run and struck out seven through 5 2/3 innings. He yielded a third-inning home run to Tomas Nido and five other hits but didn’t walk a batter. Emmanuel Clase picked up his 14th save.

Tylor Megill (0-2) returned from a shoulder issue suffered in his season debut on March 31 to give New York five decent innings. Megill allowed three runs (two earned) to go with four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Braves 3, Padres 0 (Game 2)

Chris Sale threw seven shutout innings to log his third straight scoreless start and host Atlanta downed San Diego to earn a split of a doubleheader while ending a four-game losing streak.

Sale (7-1) allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine in winning for the sixth straight time. He has covered 20 innings over his past three outings. Pierce Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth and Raisel Iglesias worked a perfect ninth to earn his 11th save.

The losing pitcher was Randy Vasquez (0-3). He pitched a season-high six innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits.

Nationals 12, Twins 3

Jesse Winker and Luis Garcia Jr. homered and Washington snapped a five-game losing streak with a blowout win over visiting Minnesota.

Eddie Rosario had two hits and drove in three runs for Washington, which has scored 17 runs over its past two games after totaling five in its previous four. Rookie Mitchell Parker (3-2) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Carlos Correa went deep and Willi Castro had two hits for the Twins, who have lost seven straight. Minnesota starter Pablo Lopez (4-4) gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings.

Royals 8, Tigers 3

Michael Massey went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs and host Kansas City scored six times in the sixth inning to pick up a win over Detroit in the opener of a three-game series.

Royals starter Michael Wacha (4-4) went seven frames, allowing two runs on six hits. Chris Stratton didn’t allow a hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his third save.

Kansas City blew the game open in the sixth off reliever Joey Wentz, who allowed five runs on five hits without recording an out. Salvador Perez led off the inning with a home run and then struck out to end the frame.

Cardinals 6, Orioles 3

Michael Siani drove in four runs to power St. Louis past visiting Baltimore.

Siani hit his first career homer, a three-run shot, and an RBI single as the Cardinals won for the sixth time in eight games. Masyn Winn drove in two runs for St. Louis while extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Cardinals starter Sonny Gray (6-2) allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Gunnar Henderson hit a three-run home run for the Orioles, running his homer streak to four games. Baltimore starter Dean Kremer (3-4) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings.

Angels 9, Astros 7

Nolan Schanuel and Logan O’Hoppe slugged three-run home runs as part of a seven-run fifth inning as Los Angeles overcame a five-run deficit to earn a win against host Houston.

Schanuel, O’Hoppe and Jo Adell — who went back-to-back with O’Hoppe with two outs in the fifth — all homered on the first pitch as the Angels dramatically erased a five-run deficit against Astros starter Framber Valdez (3-2).

Angels starter Reid Detmers allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings. Jose Suarez (1-0) worked two hitless innings to earn the win.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4

Freddie Freeman hit a grand slam, one of three homers in a six-run third inning, and host Los Angeles defeated Arizona.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5-1) gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Dodgers won their fourth consecutive game and improved to 3-1 against the Diamondbacks this season. Arizona swept National League West rival Los Angeles out of the playoffs last season.

Enrique Hernandez and Will Smith also hit homers as Los Angeles improved its NL-best long-ball total to 66. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Jake McCarthy hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks, who are 4-6 since May 10.