Michael Lorenzen throws no-hitter as Phillies beat Nationals 7-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Lorenzen threw the 14th no-hitter in Philadelphia Phillies history, a dazzling performance in only his second start with his new team, which beat the Washington Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday night.

The 31-year-old Lorenzen (7-7) struck out five, walked four and improved to 2-0 since he was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline for a minor leaguer. Lorenzen retired Lane Thomas on a grounder to open the ninth and struck out Joey Meneses looking. The crowd of 30,406 erupted when Lorenzen retired Dominic Smith on a flyball on his 124th pitch to end the game.

Washington was no-hit for the first time in its 19 seasons since the franchise moved from Montreal.

The no-hitter was the fourth in the majors this season.

Phillies left fielder Weston Wilson homered in his first major league plate appearance and after nearly 2,900 at-bats in the minor leagues. Nick Castellanos homered twice to reach 200 for his career.

MacKenzie Gore (6-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Freddy Tarnok threw four scoreless innings relief for his first MLB win and five Oakland pitchers combined for a four-hitter as the Athletics snapped AL West-leading Texas’ eight-game winning streak.

Zack Gelof hit his sixth homer of the season and rookie Esteury Riuiz singled, stole two bases to raise his season total to 46 and scored the A’s first run.

Oakland won for just the eighth time in 23 games since the All-Star break. The Rangers entered the game with their longest winning streak since 2017 and leading their division by three games over the Houston Astros.

Tarnok (1-1) anchored the A’s on the mound in relief of opener Austin Pruitt, giving up two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the the longest and most efficient outing of his career.

Jordan Montgomery (7-10) allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings in his second start with the Rangers since being acquired in a trade from the Cardinals on July 30.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Canha scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a throwing error by shortstop Ezequiel Tovar off a grounder by Andruw Monasterio and NL Central-leading Milwaukee beat Colorado.

Justin Lawrence (3-5) started the 10th with a pitch-strike violation on Canha, who lined the next pitch to deep center for a ground-rule double that scored William Contreras and tied the game. Canha advanced on a ground out and, one out later, scored the winning run when Tovar short-hopped a throw to first on a ground ball off the bat of Monasterio.

Bryse Wilson (4-0) picked up the win despite allowing a run in the top of the 10th.

In the top of the 10th, Jurickson Profar, who went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs, reached on the fielder’s choice before Tovar doubled to left field, where Canha misplayed the ball and allowed Profar to score, giving the Rockies a 6-5 lead.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four runs, Bryan De La Cruz hit the go-ahead shot in the ninth and Miami rallied late to beat Cincinnati.

Trailing 4-1, Bell hit a game-tying three-run home run in the eighth inning before De La Cruz led off the ninth by going the opposite way to right field against Alexis Diaz (3-4). Bell gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead with a second-inning solo shot.

Graham Ashcraft pitched seven impressive innings, Christian Encarnacion-Strand homered and drove in three runs for the Reds, who have lost eight of their past nine games.

Spencer Steer also homered and Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds.

Tanner Scott (6-4) pitched the eighth for the win. David Robertson allowed a hit before striking out Elly De La Cruz for his 17th save in 21 tries and third for the Marlins since being acquired in a trade with the New York Mets.


BOSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo had a two-run double to help Boston beat Kansas City in a game with one of the strangest ground-rule doubles in Fenway Park history.

In the top of the second inning with two out and Matt Duffy on first base, Kyle Isbel lashed a drive to left field that looked as if it would be caught by Masataka Yoshida, who lunged and clasped his glove. But Yoshida missed the ball, crashing into the wall. He got up, clearly confused, looking around for the ball.

The ball was not on the field. It had smashed through one of the red lights on the wall that denote the number of outs. Yoshida picked the ball through the hole in the light, with the play ruled a ground-rule double.

The Red Sox scored three runs in fourth to erase a one-run deficit on Verdugo’s two-run double and Reese McGuire’s RBI single.

Nick Pivetta (8-6) went five innings, allowing two runs — on MJ Melendez’s home runs — with eight strikeouts. Kenley Jansen got the save, his 25th of the season, after giving up a homer to Freddy Fermin in the ninth.

Jordan Lyles (3-13) took the loss, giving up four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts in eight innings.


CLEVELAND (AP) — George Springer homered in the first inning and Kevin Gausman struck out six in a combined six-hitter to lead Toronto.

Springer belted a 393-foot shot to left-center on the 13th pitch of his at-bat against Logan Allen (5-5), delighting the boisterous Blue Jays fans who occupied most of the lower bowl at Progressive Field.

Gausman (9-6), an All-Star for Toronto this season, worked seven innings, scattering four hits without a walk and increasing his AL-leading strikeout total to 183. Erik Swanson, Tim Mayza and Jordan Hicks followed as Toronto posted its 12th shutout, tying for the most in the majors.

Hicks earned his 11th save by retiring the only batter he faced, Oscar Gonzalez, as the Blue Jays remained in the third and final AL wild-card position.

Kole Calhoun had two hits for the free-falling Guardians, who have lost nine of 12.


PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta’s bases-loaded, two-run single against his former team broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and Los Angeles beat Arizona.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Dodgers while the Diamondbacks lost their eight straight. The loss dropped them under .500 for the first time since they lost the home opener to the Dodgers on April 6 to go 3-4.

Arizona led the NL West by a half-game over the Dodgers at the All-Star break. Since then, the Dodgers are 16-8 and the Diamondbacks are 5-19.

With two outs in the eighth, Freddie Freeman greeted Kyle Nelson (5-3) with his MLB-leading 42nd double. Will Smith was walked intentionally and Max Muncy drew a walk to load the bases for Peralta, who played his first nine seasons for Arizona. He lined a single to right to score Freeman and Smith.

Caleb Ferguson (6-3) relieved starter Bobby Miller with two on in the seventh, and Evan Phillips got the last three outs to complete the combined shutout and pick up his 16th save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso launched yet another homer against Chicago, and Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking shot that sent New York to a win.

With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Phil Bickford struck out No. 3 batter Ian Happ to save it for New York. It was Bickford’s second major league save — first for the Mets since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash at last week’s trade deadline.

The Cubs lost for just the sixth time in 22 games and fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Christopher Morel and Seiya Suzuki homered for the Chicago, bunched with several teams fighting tooth-and-nail for the league’s final wild card.

Grant Hartwig (4-1) worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Mets starter David Peterson.

Jonathan Araúz added an RBI single and the Mets got strong work from their shaky bullpen to take two of three games from the Cubs, who won their previous six series.

McNeil greeted reliever Hayden Wesneski (2-4) with a leadoff homer in the sixth that put the Mets ahead. Abraham Almonte doubled and scored on Araúz’s single to make it 4-2.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. slugged three hits and Michael Harris II tagged on a popup to right field and scored on a close call in the eighth inning, lifting Atlanta past Pittsburgh.

Harris raced home on Austin Riley’s fly into shallow right off Carmen Mlodzinski (2-3) that was fielded by backpeddling Jared Triolo. Harris slid in ahead of the throw to home by the second baseman. He was originally called out for possibly having left third before Triolo caught the ball, but the call was reversed following a review and the Braves moved ahead 6-5.

Acuña was 3 for 6, including an RBI double in the fourth, one day after leaving in the sixth inning after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Colin Holderman.

Atlanta’s Pierce Johnson (2-6) struck out one, walked one and allowed one hit in 2/3 of an inning. Raisel Iglesias allowed two singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out Henry Davis for his 22nd save.


DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Torkelson homered twice and Detroit had 17 hits in win over Minnesota.

Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4, giving him 3,145 career hits to move past Robin Yount into sole possession of 19th place on the career list. Cabrera, who is hitting .331 in his last 40 games, received a standing ovation after being replaced by a pinch-runner after his third single.

Matt Vierling, Zach McKinstry and Eric Haase also had three hits for Detroit.

Bailey Ober (6-6) took the loss for Minnesota, which has lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

Tyler Holton (1-2) got seven outs to pick up his first career win and Jose Cisnero got the last out for his second save.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt surpassed 1,100 RBIs with a two-run single and St. Louis beat Tampa Bay.

Goldschmidt put the Cardinals ahead 5-2 on his two-run hit off Kevin Kelly (4-2) during the fourth. The St. Louis slugger has 1,101 RBIs.

Dakota Hudson (3-0) gave up three runs and seven hits over five innings in his third start and ninth appearance since being called up from Triple-A Memphis last month.

Giovanny Gallegos, the fourth Cardinals reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 14 chances.

Jose Siri homered twice for the AL wild card-leading Rays. They are 6-3 over their last nine games.

Twenty-one of Siri’s 23 homers have come in his last 67 games since May 1, which is tied for third most in the AL over the stretch.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani allowed one unearned run over six innings of three-hit ball, earning his 10th victory of the season after Mike Moustakas hit a tiebreaking three-run homer to lead Los Angeles.

Ohtani (10-5) surpassed Babe Ruth in yet another measure of two-way excellence at the Big A, becoming the first player in major league history to have multiple seasons with both 10 victories and 10 homers.

Ohtani hasn’t allowed an earned run in 19 innings over his last three starts, but the AL MVP frontrunner had to work hard against the Giants’ tenacious lineup while issuing three walks and striking out five. Ohtani walked twice and struck out twice at the plate, scoring a run in the Angels’ decisive four-run rally.

Luis Rengifo doubled and scored the tying run on Brandon Drury’s single before Moustakas hammered a no-doubt homer to right off rookie Tristan Beck (3-1), who took his first major league loss.


SEATTLE (AP) — Cal Raleigh put Seattle ahead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, Emerson Hancock allowed just two hits in his major league debut and the Mariners got their seventh straight win.

Raleigh’s 450-foot homer came against San Diego reliever Steven Wilson (1-1), and started a five-run inning for the Mariners. Ty France drove in another run in the inning with an RBI double, and later scored on a bloop single by Cade Marlowe.

Hancock allowed just one run in five innings, combining with five relievers on a four-hitter.

Ha-Seong Kim walked to lead off the game against Hancock, stole second and third, and scored on a soft grounder by Juan Soto. Kim also singled in the third to extend his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.

Matt Brash (8-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win, and Isaiah Campbell got the last three outs.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Tucker homered for the second straight night to give Houston an early lead and the Astros added four runs in the eighth inning in a win over Baltimore.

Austin Hays went deep for the Orioles, who have gone 75 consecutive series of at least two decisions without being swept. Houston can end that streak Thursday after taking the first two games of this three-game set.

The AL East-leading Orioles remained two games ahead of Tampa Bay thanks to St. Louis’ victory over the Rays. The Astros pulled within two of first-place Texas in the AL West.

Tucker hit a two-run shot off Jack Flaherty (8-7) in the top of the first. Jose Altuve added an RBI single in the second. Hays’ two-run homer in the fourth brought the Orioles within one, but Baltimore’s bullpen couldn’t keep it close.

Cristian Javier (8-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.


CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched six strong innings, Elvis Andrus drove in three runs and Chicago won for the fourth time in five games.

Yoan Moncada doubled twice and scored one run while Yasmani Grandal had two hits with an RBI and a run. Gregory Santos pitched two scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season.

The Yankees have now lost seven out of their last 11 games. They began the day five games back from a wild-card spot.

The only offense they could muster against Clevinger was a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton — his 18th. The Yankees were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position as Clevinger (5-5) held them to three hits.

After Ian Hamilton worked a scoreless first inning as New York’s opener, Luis Severino (2-7) gave up four runs on five hits in two innings coming out of the bullpen.


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