Chicago White Sox 1 – Houston Astros 10
Highlights: The Houston Astros and Josh Reddick just keep climbing — and pouring frustration on the Chicago White Sox. Reddick hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Astros pounded the reeling White Sox 10-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win. Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, cruised to his first victory after being staked to the big lead early. Keuchel (1-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings while striking out six.
Marwin Gonzalez drove in two runs with a double, and Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI as Houston routed Chicago for a second straight night. Recently re-acquired Trayce Thompson hit his first homer for the White Sox, who lost their sixth straight and 11th of 12. Chicago dropped to 1-7 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst start at home since 1971.
Chicago Cubs 2 – Colorado Rockies 5
Highlights: Tyler Anderson pitched six strong innings and drew a key walk in a five-run fifth inning that led the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Nolan Arenado had two hits to pace Colorado, which won despite not hitting a home run. The Rockies’ 28 homers are tied for the major league lead but it was patience at the plate that gave them the win.
Anderson (1-0) got his first win in five starts and tamed a Chicago lineup that had 16 runs on 18 hits in the series opener on Friday night. The Cubs managed just six hits on the night, two from Albert Almora Jr., who had four in Friday’s win. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances. Chicago’s offense wasn’t as potent behind starter Yu Darvish. He started strong but left with two outs in the fifth after allowing five runs on five hits and walking four.
- Toronto Blue Jays 1 – New York Yankees 9
- Kansas City Royals 4 – Detroit Tigers 12
- Cincinnati Reds 3 – St. Louis Cardinals 4
- Cleveland Indians 4 – Baltimore Orioles 0
- Pittsburgh Pirates 2 – Philadelphia Phillies 6
- Minnesota Twins 1 – Tampa Bay Rays 10
- Houston Astros 10 – Chicago White Sox 1 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Miami Marlins 5 – Milwaukee Brewers 6
- New York Mets 3 – Atlanta Braves 4
- Seattle Mariners 9 – Texas Rangers 7
- Chicago Cubs 2 – Colorado Rockies 5 (See Chicago Sports News)
- San Diego Padres 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks 6
- Boston Red Sox 0 – Oakland Athletics 3
- San Francisco Giants 3 – Los Angeles Angels 4
- Washington Nationals 0 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Chicago White Sox 0 – Houston Astros 10
Highlights: Justin Verlander was so good, he had no need for what he felt was a gift from Tim Anderson. The ace right-hander offered a quick thank you, and Anderson let him know what he thought of the gesture. The two exchanged words in the fifth inning, a fiery moment in another dominant performance for Verlander in Houston’s 10-0 victory over the lowly Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Carlos Correa homered twice and George Springer drove in four runs in Houston’s fourth straight victory. Brian McCann walked twice, scored two runs and contributed an RBI single in the Astros’ five-run fourth. Reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in Chicago’s dugout after recording the last two outs in the top of the inning. He was attended to by team medical personnel and on-site EMTs. The White Sox said he regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance for further testing. Correa hit a two-run shot off Farquhar in the sixth and a solo drive off Carson Fulmer in the ninth. It was his seventh career multihomer game. Joe Smith, Collin McHugh and Ken Giles each got three outs to complete the shutout for the Astros.
UPDATE: Chicago White Sox right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night’s game against the Houston Astros, the team announced. Farquhar was hospitalized after passing out in the dugout. Additional overnight testing revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed. He is currently stable but in critical condition in the neurosurgical ICU unit at Rush University Medical center. The team says it will provide updates on Farquhar’s health as appropriate, but requested privacy for the family.
Chicago Cubs 16 – Colorado Rockies 5
Highlights: The Chicago Cubs swung hot bats on a cold, damp night in Denver. Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBI, and the Cubs rode a seven-run sixth inning to a 16-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night amid intermittent rain and temperatures that dipped into the upper 30s. Baez had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Schwarber had three hits, connecting for his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to help break open the game. Albert Almora Jr. added four hits, including a double and RBI single.
Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season. Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension stemming from his involvement in a brawl against San Diego earlier this month.
- Kansas City Royals 2 – Detroit Tigers 3 (Game 1 of DH)
- Cleveland Indians 1 – Baltimore Orioles 3
- Toronto Blue Jays 8 – New York Yankees 5
- Pittsburgh Pirates 1 – Philadelphia Phillies 2
- Minnesota Twins 7 – Tampa Bay Rays 8
- Kansas City Royals 3 – Detroit Tigers 2 (Game 2 of DH)
- New York Mets 5 – Atlanta Braves 3
- Seattle Mariners 6 – Texas Rangers 2
- Houston Astros 10 – Chicago White Sox 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Miami Marlins 0 – Milwaukee Brewers 8
- Cincinnati Reds 2 – St. Louis Cardinals 4
- Chicago Cubs 16 – Colorado Rockies 5 (See Chicago Sports News)
- San Diego Padres 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks 1
- Boston Red Sox 7 – Oakland Athletics 3
- San Francisco Giants 8 – Los Angeles Angels 1
- Washington Nationals 5 – Los Angeles Dodgers 2
- Baltimore Orioles 8 – Detroit Tigers 13
- St. Louis Cardinals 5 – Chicago Cubs 8 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Houston Astros 9 – Seattle Mariners 2
- Toronto Blue Jays 3 – New York Yankees 4
- Pittsburgh Pirates 0 – Philadelphia Phillies 7
- New York Mets 4 – Atlanta Braves 12
- Miami Marlins 3 – Milwaukee Brewers 12
- San Francisco Giants 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks 3
- Boston Red Sox 8 – Los Angeles Angels 2
Chicago Cubs 8 – St. Louis Cardinals 5
Highlights: Jon Lester was dominant through six innings of two-hit ball in his 100th start as Cub, Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer and Chicago defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 on Thursday. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each had two RBI as Chicago took a 6-1 lead after two innings. Every Cubs starter had a hit, including three by Anthony Rizzo and two each by Heyward, Schwarber and Javier Baez. Lester (2-0) didn’t allow a hit until Jedd Gyorko lined a single to left with one out in the fifth. The left-hander gave a first-inning unearned run, struck out seven and walked one. Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth to complete a five-hitter and remain perfect in three save chances. Ten of Chicago’s first 16 batters reached against Luke Weaver (2-1), who allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings. He had yielded only four runs over 17 1/3 innings in three previous starts.
Mitchell Tops MJ With 55 In First Playoff Games – Any time you’re doing something better than Michael Jordan, especially in the playoffs, you’re really doing something. And with 55 points in his first two playoff games, including 28 in a 102-95 Game 2 win over the Thunder on Wednesday, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell topped Jordan’s record for most points by a guard in his initial two postseason contests. After the Thunder went on a 19-0 run to take control late in the third quarter, Mitchell helped bring the Jazz back by scoring 12 points in Utah’s 14-3 run. He closed a 10-point deficit to five in the final minute of the third quarter, then slammed the door on the Thunder in the fourth, punctuating the effort with a spinning layup with 1:33 left. Mitchell eclipsed the 53 points Jordan put up in his first two playoff tilts in 1985.
Lue: Love ‘Ready’ For Game 3 Despite Thumb Injury – Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb during Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN. Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” for Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after Wednesday’s contest came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1. Love, defending against the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, was injured when he reached to deflect a pass. The ball appeared to hit his thumb and bend it back. He immediately went to the bench with 3 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game. Cavaliers medical personnel worked on Love’s hand and taped it up. Although Cavs guard George Hill fouled out with 36.3 seconds remaining, Love did not return to the game.