MLB Recap: Rays’ Drew Rasmussen threw a perfect game in the 9t

Aug. 15 – Tampa Bay’s Drew Rasmussen pitched an eight-inning perfect game and Randy Arozarena struck out three as the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Rasmussen (7-4), who struck out seven and didn’t allow a walk in 87 innings, was hitless until Jorge Mateo doubled in the ninth inning. Mateo then scored on a wild pitch by Rasmussen.

Before the hit, Mateo Rasmussen didn’t allow a runner to get near the base. Only two Baltimore hitters managed three runs, both coming in the second inning. Rasmussen went 8 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run.

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Arozarena provided all the offense the Rays really needed as he hit his 15th homer of the season. The long ball marked the 15th time he had scored off a Baltimore pitcher. The Rays won two of three games in the series and improved to 10-9 against Baltimore this season.

Royals 4, Dodgers 0

Brady Singer allowed just one hit in six shutout innings and Vinny Pasquantino homered and drove in two runs as host Kansas City beat Los Angeles to snap its 12-game winning streak.

Singer (6-4) struck out seven and walked three in helping the Royals avoid a three-game sweep. The Dodgers were shut out for the fifth time this season, and their two hits matched a season low. Pasquantino finished with three hits and two runs, and his solo shot in the eighth inning sealed the victory.

Dodgers lefty Tyler Anderson (13-2), making his first All-Star appearance this season, gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. He went one and struck out four in his first loss since June 27.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Tommy Pham and Rafael Devers combined for five of Boston’s six hits and Michael Wacha gave up just two hits over seven innings as the Red Sox lost at New York.

Pham went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Devers hit a two-run home run as part of his 2-for-4 effort. Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston’s first run in the first inning. Since joining the Red Sox from Cincinnati on Aug. 1, Pham has hit safely in seven straight games and has scored in eight of 12 games.

Andrew Benintendi and Miguel Andujar had the only hits for the Yankees, who were eliminated for the ninth time this season and fell to 3-9 in August. New York starter Jameson Taillon (11-3) suffered his first loss since July 5 despite giving up just six hits and three runs over seven innings.

Giants 8, Pirates 7

Tyro Estrada crushed a two-run, one-out home run in the ninth inning, allowing host San Francisco to overcome a huge game by Pittsburgh’s Brian Reynolds to take a three-game sweep.

Reynolds had a two-run double and a three-run homer in the Pirates’ comeback, then raced home from second base on a throwing error by Evan Longoria with one out in the top of the ninth to put Pittsburgh up 7-6.

But Longoria led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and after Mike Jastrzemski got his teammate on second with a fielder’s choice, Estrada launched his 11th home run of the season off Will Crow (4- 7) and the sixth victory of the season for the Giants.

Padres 6, Nationals 0

Blake Snell struck out 10 batters in six shutout innings as visiting San Diego beat Washington. Wil Myers scored three touchdowns, two of which were runs. Manny Machado also had two RBIs to go with two hits as the Padres won two games of a three-game series.

Snell (5-6) allowed three singles – two of them by Nationals rookie Joey Meneses – and didn’t allow an out. Snell has won five of his last six decisions.

Paolo Espino (0-5) took the loss, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. Washington lost for the ninth time in the last 11 games.

Mets 6, Phillies 0

Chris Bassitt pitched five innings and combined with four relievers for nine shutouts as host New York beat Philadelphia in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Every player had at least one hit for the NL-leading Mets, who have won 17 of their last 20. New York posted back-to-back shutouts to close out the series and allowed just two runs in the set — including the clinching run the Phillies scored on a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Philadelphia’s 2-1 win on Friday.

The Phillies, who are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for third and final NL play, have lost three of four. Nick Castellanos had two hits.

Braves 3, Marlins 1

Michael Harris II Howred and Vaughn Grissom each scored from second on singles as Atlanta scored all of its runs in the ninth inning and rallied to defeat host Miami.

Miami led 1-0 entering the top of the ninth, but Tanner Scott (4-5) blew the save for the fifth time in 21 attempts this year. In the first pitch of the ninth, Harris hit Scott’s 99 mph fastball. With two outs and the score tied 1-1, William Contreras’ single scored Grissom and Atlanta won its sixth straight game.

The Marlins have scored three runs or fewer for their 15th straight game, the longest streak since the 1979 Chicago Cubs, according to the Bally Sports broadcast. Miami has lost 13 of its last 14 home games.

White Sox 5, Tigers 3

AJ Pollock doubled, homered and scored twice to help Chicago beat Detroit for a three-game winning streak.

White Sox starter Lance Lynn (3-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and had no hits. Andrew Vaughn also homered and had two hits, while Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu each had two hits for the White Sox.

Tigers starter Tyler Alexander (2-7) lost his fourth straight start after allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked three. Harold Castro Howred and Javier Baez each had two hits for the Tigers, who have lost seven straight.

Astros 6, Athletics 3

Christian Javier snapped a six-start winless streak with six scoreless innings and Alex Bregman pitched his second straight game as Houston snapped a three-game hitting streak in Oakland.

Javier (7-8) was 0-5 with a 4.40 ERA in his previous six starts but allowed just one baserunner to reach scoring position against him on Sunday. Oakland second baseman Jonah Bride recorded the only hit against Javier, who finished his walk by striking out 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.

Alex Bregman had two hits, including his 16th homer of the season off Cole Irvin (6-10), who last allowed more than two earned runs on June 29. Oakland has lost eight straight games.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 2

Right-hander Shane Bieber pitched seven strong innings, Amed Rosario hit a solo home run and visiting Cleveland beat Toronto.

Rosario also had an RBI single among his three hits. Austin Hedges had two hits and two RBIs for the Guardians, who took the rubber match of the three-game series. Cleveland swept the season series between the teams, winning five of seven games.

Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 0-4 to snap his career-best 22-game hitting streak. Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-9) allowed five runs, nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Reds 8, Cubs 5

Aristides Aquino blasted a three-run homer and Alexis Diaz pitched in the eighth and ninth innings to help Cincinnati salvage one win in a three-game series against visiting Chicago.

The streak, which began without a home run at Iowa State’s player-friendly Field of Dreams, ended with four, including three by the Cubs. Aquino helped ignite the power display with his fourth homer of the season in the second inning for a 3-2 lead.

The Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom had a two-hitter, his 21st of the season, in the top of the Reds’ second start off Justin Dunn. Ian Gomez and Christopher Morel faced Dunn in the fourth, with the latter giving Chicago its last lead at 5-4.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

Albert Puhols hit two homers and drove in four runs to lead St. Louis past Milwaukee.

The home runs were the 688th and 689th in Puholz’s career. Tyler O’Neal and Dylan Carlson also hit homers for the Cardinals, who won two of three games in the weekend series to extend their National League Central lead to 1 1/2 games over the Brewers.

Brewers starting pitcher Aaron Ashby allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. Matt Bush replaced Ashby and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Taylor Rogers (1-6) took the loss, allowing four runs in the eighth inning.

Rangers 5, Sailors 3

Adolis Garcia and Nathaniel Lowe had RBI hits in a two-run seventh inning that pushed Texas past Seattle in Arlington, Texas.

With the score tied at 3 in the seventh inning, the Rangers broke the deadlock with a pair of early Brasches. Corey Seager doubled and scored on Garcia’s single. Texas scored an insurance run when Lowe doubled off Eric Swanson’s RBI, with Brush scoring the run.

Josh Sborz got the win (1-0) and Jose LeClair picked up his first save since July 2020. Seattle (3-4) reliever Matt Brush took the loss. Both starters worked six innings, and neither was as sharp as usual. The Rangers’ Martin Perez allowed three runs (one earned) while striking out seven and walking five. Seattle’s Logan Gilbert went three innings with five strikeouts and four walks.

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 4

Christian Walker hit his 27th homer, drove in four runs and finished with four hits, Josh Rojas had two hits and Arizona beat Colorado in Denver.

Tommy Henry (2-1) went 5 1/3 innings in his third career start and Ian Kennedy picked up his eighth save for Arizona. Ketel Marte left the game in the ninth for an unknown reason after running from first to third on Walker’s double.

Ryan McMahon had three hits and Randal Hrychuk finished with two for the Rockies.

Angels 4, Gemini 2

Tucker Davidson pitched six strong innings and Luis Rengifo drove in two runs as Los Angeles beat Minnesota in the rubber match of the three-game series in Anaheim, California.

Davidson (2-3) allowed two runs in his second start since being acquired from the Atlanta Braves. The Angels won for the fifth time in their last six games. Jaime Barria pitched two scoreless innings before Jose Quijada struck out the Twins in order in the ninth for his third save.

Minnesota jumped on Davidson in the first inning when Carlos Correa had one out and scored after Byron Buxton hit an opposite-field homer to right field. The Angels tied it in the third when David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to eight games with two outs and moved to second on Shohei Ohtani’s five-pitch walk. Rengifo then plated both runners with a double into the left field corner.

–Media at field level

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