Monday, July 17, 2017 1:00 am
Homer in 10th dooms White Sox
CHICAGO – After making headlines with his cell phone at home plate during the All-Star Game, Nelson Cruz is letting his bat take over.
Cruz hit a go-ahead home run for the second straight day, a leadoff drive off Chris Beck in the 10th inning Sunday that led the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 7-6 Sunday.
“It's location, something you can drive,” Cruz said after connecting on the 3-0 pitch for 19th home run. “It's not every time you're going to get it.”
Saturday, he hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth, capping the week in which he handed his phone to Yadier Molina at the plate in Miami and asked the catcher to snap photos of Cruz with umpire Joe West.
The White Sox lost their fourth straight, despite two Avisail Garcia home runs helping Chicago to an early 5-0 lead.
“We're playing good ball. Our guys understand we're kind of up against it. We need to kind of turn it on here,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It's nice to see guys come back refreshed.”
Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager also homered for the Mariners, who swept the White Sox in Chicago for the first time since 2003.
Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5, 11 inn.: In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving Detroit a victory over the Toronto.
With the score 5-all, Alex Avila was walked by Jeff Beliveau (1-1) leading off the 11th and advanced on Jose Iglesias' sacrifice. Lucas Harrell relieved, Ian Kinsler lined out and third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded Nicholas Castellanos' grounder down the line and then bobbled the ball for an error.
Justin Upton walked on a 3-1 pitch, loading the bases, and Harrell fell behind Cabrera 3-1. The two-time AL MVP took a called strike, fouled off a pitch, then took a fastball outside.
Yankees 3-0, Red Sox 0-3: In Boston, Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. went over the bullpen wall to steal one from Aaron Judge, helping David Price shut down New York and gave Boston a split of their doubleheader.
CC Sabathia allowed two hits over six innings and Didi Gregorius hit a homer in the opener.
Athletics 7, Indians 3: In Oakland, California, Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer got just two outs in a four-run first inning and matched the shortest start of his big league career as Oakland beat the Indians to complete a surprising sweep.
Nationals 14, Reds 4: Daniel Murphy hit two of Washington's five home runs and had five RBI to lead Washington past Cincinnati.
The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in the series, which ends this afternoon.