Friday, June 24, 2016

White Sox hold on after big hit from Frazier

The White Sox hadn't hit in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position during Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Todd Frazier's futility streak extended deeper than one night.
But it was Frazier who came through with a single to left off of Jesse Chavez with two outs in the seventh to score Tim Anderson and give the White Sox a 3-2 victory. The White Sox have won four of their last five games, all coming against the American League East.
Anderson started the rally with what was ruled a hustle double rolling under the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson. He moved to third on Adam Eaton's fly ball to left but stayed there when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion made a slick grab of Melky Cabrera's high hopper down the line. Frazier connected on a 1-1 fastball that was pretty much center cut, giving him two straight singles after knocking out three hits in his previous 37 at-bats.
David Robertson earned the save, but he had to pitch out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth. Encarnacion struck out for a fourth time, and Michael Saunders hit a weak popup to shortstop Anderson to end the night.
Toronto scored one run in the second and one in the sixth. The White Sox posted one run in the fourth and one in the fifth before Frazier's big hit. Both starters finished with no-decisions, as Aaron Sanchez struck out four and allowed eight hits over six innings for the Blue Jays, while Carlos Rodon fanned eight and yielded six hits in 5 2/3 innings for Chicago.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Cooper departs early: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was not around to see the finish of Friday's series opener, as he was ejected by first-base umpire Angel Hernandez in the sixth inning. Cooper was arguing a balk call against Rodon, which moved Saunders to second. Saunders eventually scored from third on Kevin Pillar's infield hit. That infield hit was a byproduct of Rodon's poor footwork at first, as he raced to cover the base after Frazier made a diving stop to his right.
Under pressure: Sanchez allowed runners to reach base every inning he was on the mound, including a runner advancing to at least second in the second through sixth frames. He only allowed two runs, though, by working out of some tight spots. In the second, Chicago put runners at the corners with one out, only to watch Sanchez negate the threat with a strikeout and a groundout. Three straight groundouts held the White Sox to just one run in the fourth, after the first two hitters reached base.
WHAT'S NEXT
Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08 ERA) is set to make his 16th start of the season and second against the White Sox this year on Saturday. Dickey took the loss against Chicago on April 26 in Toronto when he allowed six runs on eight hits -- two home runs -- in six innings. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET.
White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled to make his 11th appearance (10th start) of the season, fourth start at home and second start against Toronto. He has gone 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA lifetime against the Blue Jays. First pitch on Saturday is 1:10 p.m. CT.

Mets hang on, close out Braves with stellar D

James Loney's three-run home run provided enough cushion for the Mets to weather a six-run flurry produced against Steven Matz and claim an 8-6 win over the suddenly pesky Braves at Turner Field on Friday night.
After Loney's homer off Aaron Blair provided the Mets an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning, the Braves tallied six runs in the bottom half of the frame against Matz, who had retired 11 of the 12 batters he'd faced through the first four innings and ended up allowing six earned runs over 4 1/3 frames. Atlanta recorded just two hits against three Mets relievers, including closerJeurys Familia, who recorded the game's final four outs with the help of some heads-up defense. One of those was a sensational game-ending pick at first base by Loney after a wild third strike that scooted away from Travis d'Arnaud.
"He made two real good plays over there tonight, besides hitting the homer," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So it was a good night for him."
The Braves had won seven of their previous eight games, including each of the four played against the Mets within this span. But they were unable to overcome the struggles endured by Blair, who allowed eight earned runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. New York secured its third win in its past four games after Atlanta put two on with none out in the ninth.
Third baseman Wilmer Flores dove to catch Chase d'Arnaud's sacrifice-bunt attempt, but the ball popped out of his glove. This simply set the stage for Flores to step on third and throw to second to complete a double play. The wacky game ended when a replay review confirmed d'Arnaud's throw to first base beat Jace Peterson, who was attempting to reach on a dropped third strike.
"These guys don't get down and they're never out," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "That's about as good of a trait as they can have. The way they hung in there tonight, I had a good feeling something good was going to happen."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Setting records the hard way: To become the first Met to convert 25 straight save opportunities to open a season, Familia had to record the game's final four outs -- the first of them with a runner in scoring position. The closer began by inducing an inning-ending groundout from Adonis Garcia in the eighth, then used two fine defensive plays behind him to escape a two-on, no-outs jam in the ninth. That was good for Familia's 25th save, snapping a tie with Armando Benitez for the longest streak to start a season in franchise history.
Fifth-inning eruption: The Braves recorded eight hits through their first nine at-bats of the fifth inning and three hits within their other 27 at-bats of the game. Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes lost a Nick Markakis fly ball that resulted in one of three consecutive doubles that began the fifth. Brandon Snyder's opposite-field three-run home run was the most costly blow delivered against Matz.
"Obviously, being down eight runs is tough, but nobody is trying to give up," Snyder said. "To see the guys come back and start rallying like that, it kind of picked the fans up and got everybody into it. We came up a little short, but I think it just kind of shows that we're here to play and we're going to fight until the last out."
Only the Loney: A Mets team that entered the night with a Major League-leading 53.2 percent of its runs via homers scored five against Blair without the benefit of a long ball. That changed when Loney clubbed a three-run homer off Blair with one out in the fifth, staking the Mets to an 8-0 lead. Blair was out of the game one batter later.
"For me, it's getting good pitches to hit," Loney said. "Wherever they go, they go. There's never been a hit that I didn't like."
Patience is running thin: Snitker indicated the club will further discuss whether to give another start to Blair, who has allowed at least six runs in four of his past seven starts. Loney got hit with an 0-2 curveball during a two-run second inning and was behind in the count 0-2 before drilling both his double in the fourth and his homer in the fifth. The Braves' rookie hurler has struggled with command in the past, but Snitker felt he threw too many "hittable" strikes when ahead in the count during this game.
"You look at his ball-strike ratio and it was pretty good," Snitker said. "But you can be wild in the strike zone, too, and miss your mark. I think he was. I saw the 0-2 breaking ball to Loney [on the home run]. It was [more like an] 0-0 pitch, not an 0-2 pitch. It was just things like that. The command with the strikes just wasn't good, and he got hurt."
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Within their six-run fifth inning, the Braves tallied more runs than they had totaled in 31 of their previous 37 home games.
FROM THE TRAINER'S ROOM
After Braves reliever Chris Withrow picked Cespedes off first base in the seventh, the Mets outfielder stayed immobile on the infield dirt for more than a minute with a twisted left ankle. But in the bottom of the inning, Cespedes trotted back out to center field, no visibly worse for wear. The likely All-Star had missed Thursday's game with a sprained left wrist. More >
Matz also said that his left elbow, which bothered him after his last start, was "tight, but fine." He did not blame it for the six runs he allowed in the fifth.
REPLAY REVIEW
The Braves received some good fortune during their six-run fifth inning when they challenged the out call made afterEnder Inciarte hit a one-out grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The call was reversed after a replay review showed Inciarte contacted the bag before Cabrera's throw reached Loney's glove.
WHAT'S NEXT
Mets: Though Jacob deGrom has quietly rounded into form with a 2.81 ERA over his last five starts, a lack of offensive support has left him 0-3 in those games. He'll look to snap a personal nine-game winless streak when the Mets and Braves return to Turner Field on Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. ET game.
Braves: Atlanta will counter with Julio Teheran, who has posted a 1.89 ERA over his past 12 starts. Teheran tossed a one-hit shutout at Citi Field on Sunday. He has completed 16 consecutive scoreless innings against the Mets dating back to last year.

Tribe wins 7th straight, now 7-0 vs. Tigers

The Indians continued their taming of the Tigers on Friday night, using a pair of run-scoring triples from Jason Kipnis as part of a seven-run barrage against Jordan Zimmermann for a 7-4 win at Comerica Park.
The victory was the seventh for Cleveland in seven meetings with Detroit, including four at Comerica Park. It also extended the Indians' winning streak to seven, while ending a four-game streak for the Tigers.
Zimmermann (9-4) endured his shortest outing of the season, lasting 3 2/3 innings against a nine-hit Cleveland attack. Four of those hits were triples, accounting for five RBIs between Kipnis and Lonnie ChisenhallChris Gimenez added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
"Tonight I was really bad," Zimmermann said.
A strikeout-error and back-to-back singles in the ninth helped Detroit score a run off Cleveland closer Cody Allen and brought up the potential tying run in Miguel Cabrera, who had grounded into two double plays earlier in the night. Rajai Davis, a Tigers outfielder the last two years before signing with Cleveland as a free agent, chased down Cabrera's drive in the deepest part of right-center.
From there, it got interesting. Davis didn't cleanly field it, but kept it in the air as he kept going, corralling it in his glove before he crashed into the out-of-town scoreboard. Ian Kinslerand Cameron Maybin took off from first and second, believing Davis had dropped it. The throw eventually went home, but catcher Gimenez fired to first to double up Maybin and end the rally.
Kinsler's RBI single had helped the Tigers try to claw back in the game with a three-run fifth inning, but Detroit struggled to make Cleveland starter Danny Salazar (9-3) pay for five walks over 5 2/3 innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Triple threat: The Indians scored five runs in the fourth, powered by three triples in the inning. Jose Ramirez, Chisenhall and Kipnis each hit triples in the frame after Kipnis delivered one in the third. It was the first time Cleveland has hit four triples in a single game since Aug. 12, 2001. The last three times the Indians have hit three or more triples in a game have come at Comerica Park (April 7, 2002; June 5, 2012).
Kipnis called Zimmermann a good pitcher, but thought he left too many pitches up in the zone, including both of his triples.
"It was just one of those nights where we were ready for it, and he was just catching too much of the plate with it up in the zone," he said. " It doesn't always happen, but we'll take advantage of it when it does."
Game ends on circus catch: Cabrera stepped into the batter's box as the potential tying run in the ninth, and he hit a drive to right-center field that Davis tracked down, only to have it bounce off his glove and roll up his arm. On a second effort, Davis was able to corral the ball for the out. Kinsler and Maybin began to advance on the basepaths when they saw the first bounce, and Davis threw the ball in, beginning the relay to double off Maybin at first.
Davis said he would have to check out a replay to see exactly what happened, but he first thought the ball was going to go off the wall when it came off Cabrera's bat.
"I thought it was hit really good," he said, "and I got a good jump on it, and I guess it slowed down just enough for me to catch it."
Pelfrey picks up pal: While Zimmermann suffered his quickest hook of the season, teammate Mike Pelfrey did some of his best pitching all year in his first relief appearance since 2011. The big right-hander, whose next start was pushed back after he gave up 12 hits over five innings to the Mariners, allowed three hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced, including grounders off the splitter.
"I thought it got a little better as it went on, got a little flatter," Pelfrey said. "Maybe I was overthrowing, with a little adrenaline or something. I thought it got good, and the last inning was probably maybe the best it's been in a while."
Kinsler helps Tigers claw back: Kinsler's fifth-inning single off an 0-2 pitch plated the first of three runs Detroit scored off Salazar. Kinsler's slide into second on Maybin's ensuing grounder helped disrupt shortstop Francisco Lindor's errant throw, allowing Romine to follow James McCann home.
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According to baseball-reference.com, Zimmermann is just the second Major League pitcher since 1983 to give up four triples in a game, joining Texas' Nick Martinez, who did it last year. No Tigers pitcher had allowed four triples in a game since the Philadelphia Athletics roughed up Schoolboy Rowe for four three-baggers on May 20, 1939.
WHAT'S NEXT
Indians: On Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET, Carlos Carrasco (3-3, 4.26 ERA) will make his fifth start since coming off the disabled list following a strained hamstring. Carrasco returns to Detroit, the site of the late-April injury. He is 1-3 with a 10.59 ERA in four career starts at Comerica Park.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.97) returns to the Tigers' rotation for the first time in a month, taking the mound Saturday against an Indians lineup that beat him twice in two meetings this season.

Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

As Cincinnati celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series-winning Reds, the Padres dealt the current edition of the club four homers -- including two byMelvin Upton Jr. -- and scored in nearly every inning en route to a 13-4 win on Friday at Great American Ball Park.
It was a 4-4 game in the San Diego fifth when Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out single to right field against Reds rookie left-hander Cody Reed to score Yangervis SolarteAdam Rosales' solo homer in the sixth against Raisel Iglesias and Upton Jr.'s first two-run homer off of Michael Lorenzen in the seventh extended the gap. Five more runs in the eighth off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover through Wil Myers' three-run double and another Upton Jr. two-run homer blew the game wide open for the Padres.
"The ball Upton hit [off Lorenzen] was a fastball right in the turbo zone, trying to go away with the fastball and it ran down and in," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's been a hot spot as long as I can remember going back to 2004 in Tampa when he came up. A lot of balls don't come back when they run through that zone with Upton."
San Diego scored at least one run in each of the first eight innings, and JC Ramirezprevented a run in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning of relief. Had a run scored in the ninth, the Padres would have been only the fourth team since 1900 to score in all nine innings of a game.
"It was all the way through the lineup today," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Obviously Melvin Upton crushed the ball on multiple occasions. Wil Myers had some big at-bats."
Both starters racked up high pitch counts that led to early exits. Having thrown 104 pitches, Reed lasted five innings with five earned runs and nine hits -- including a Myers homer in the first inning and a run-scoring balk in the second -- in his home debut and second career start. Padres starter Colin Rea gave up four runs (one earned) and three hits over five innings while throwing 98 pitches.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
My, my, Myers: Myers got the bats going early for the Padres, driving a one-out solo home run to dead center field that traveled 415 feet according to Statcast™. The homer was Myers 17th of the season and his 10th in June, making him the second player in franchise history to hit 10 homers in June (Greg Vaughn, 1998). Myers added an RBI single in the fourth and a three-run double in the eighth to finish the night 3-for-5 with five RBIs.
Big Reds third: Rea labored in the third, starting with a leadoff triple to right field from Billy Hamilton, who eventually scored when Zack Cozart reached on Ramirez's error at shortstop. Another run scored before Jay Bruce delivered a two-out, two-run single to right field to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
Up, Upton and away: Upton Jr. joined the Padres' hit parade with homers in back-to-back innings in the seventh and eighth, notching his first multi-homer game of the season and eighth of his career. He finished the game 3-for-5 with the two homers and four RBIs, also making a run-saving play in the sixth, catching a ball on the warning track off the bat of Joey Votto.
Lorenzen debuts: When Lorenzen appeared in the seventh, it marked his long-awaited 2016 debut after he had been on the disabled list for a right elbow sprain and later mononucleosis. He was throwing gas and struck out the first batter, Matt Kemp, with a 99-mph fastball. Twice Lorenzen reached 100 mph vs. Solarte, who doubled. The pitch Upton Jr. hit out against him was 98 mph. Lorenzen was the 27th different pitcher the Reds have used this season.
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"I just threw a lot of pitches and wasn't real efficient. Obviously that hurts, not getting ahead in counts. You have to throw fastballs in most of those counts, and they don't miss those. They capitalized on my mistakes. That's what they did every inning." -- Reed, who got a no-decision
"That [third] inning, the game could've turned on, potentially. We had the situation where you get the pitcher up and you're trying to throw a comeback two-seamer on the inside corner in a 3-2 count. That's way too fine for Rea. That's what pitched him into problems in that inning. For him to go deeper into ballgames, which we need from a bullpen perspective and we need to win close games through the game, he can't try to be that fine in that situation." -- Green, on Rea's third-inning struggles
PRICE EJECTED
Following Tucker Barnhart's called third strike for the first out in the bottom of the third, Price was ejected by home-plate umpire Toby Basner for arguing balls and strikes. Chirping could be heard from the home dugout earlier in the game as the Reds were upset with Basner's strike zone. Each of their first six strikeouts against Rea came on a called strike three. It was the second ejection this season for Price and his seventh in three seasons as manager.
"I thought it was just a tough day behind the plate today," Price said. "I think these guys are always trying to do the best job possible. I obviously disagreed with the strike zone that was established. I was obviously more vocal than he was going to tolerate."
WHAT'S NEXT
Padres: The Padres send Drew Pomeranz (6-7, 3.00 ERA) to the mound in game three of a four-game series against the Reds, which begins at 1:10 p.m. PT. Pomeranz leads all Padres' starters in ERA, but has a 6.19 ERA over his last three starts.
Reds: For the third-straight game vs. the Padres, the Reds will send a left-hander to the mound, when Brandon Finnegan toes the rubber on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET . Pregame ceremonies will feature Pete Rose being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

Contreras, Bryant halt Cubs' 4-game skid

The Cubs came out swinging, and scoring, quickly on Friday night. Kris Bryant andWillson Contreras each homered in the first inning, but it was Contreras' RBI single in the seventh that proved the difference in a 5-4 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
Contreras' three-RBI night enabled the Cubs to snap their season-long four-game losing streak, along with evening their four-game series with the Marlins. Miami was limited to two hits, but one of them was Justin Bour's first-inning grand slam.
Chicago reclaimed the lead in the seventh inning on Contreras' RBI single off Mike Dunn, who had a wild inning. The Miami lefty threw 15 pitches, with just four strikes. He issued a walk to Bryant and bounced a slider that struck Ben Zobrist in the foot. Chicago threatened for more, loading the bases, but Nick Wittgren worked out of the jam.
The first inning was long and eventful, as each team scored four times. Bryant jump-started things for the Cubs with a home run to left, the first of six straight hits off Tom Koehler. Contreras connected on a two-run homer, and after Chris Coghlan tripled, Javier Baezsingled through a drawn-in infield.
Miami roared back, and received a lift when shortstop Addison Russell booted Derek Dietrich's grounder. The error kept the inning alive, and after walks to Marcell Ozuna andGiancarlo Stanton, Bour blasted a grand slam to center off Kyle Hendricks. It was the only hit off the Chicago starter over five innings. All four runs were unearned.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Koehler boosted by blast: After being rocked by six straight hits, including two home runs, in a four-run first inning, it was unclear if Koehler would even make it into the second inning. But after Bour's grand slam pulled Miami even at 4, Koehler was re-energized. The right-hander settled in and made it through six innings, allowing just one more hit. Koehler worked out of a simmering first-and-second, one-out jam in the fifth inning when he got Baez to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play. Koehler has worked at least six innings in six straight starts.
Pair of walks sets up slam: The big blast was the telling shot. Bour's grand slam in the first, his second of the season, was projected by Statcast™ at 436 feet with an exit velocity of 104 mph. The drive to center was a no-doubter, as even Hendricks dropped his head when the ball was hit, knowing the ball was gone. But Bour wouldn't have had the opportunity for the homer if not for patient plate appearances by Ozuna and Stanton, who didn't chase pitches, instead drawing walks.
Quick start: The Cubs appeared to shake their offensive doldrums in the first when they sent nine batters to the plate. With one out, Bryant hit his 18th homer and notched his 50th RBI. According to Statcast™, the exit velocity of Bryant's homer was 107 mph. Zobrist then singled and scored on Contreras' opposite-field homer, the rookie's third in his sixth start. Coghlan tripled and scored on Baez's single for a 4-0 lead. But the Marlins answered in their half with Bour's grand slam.
Web gem: The Cubs' Baez added another clip to his personal defensive highlight reel in the fourth. Baez, starting at third, dived into the first row of seats along the third-base line to catch J.T. Realmuto's popup. Baez ended up in the seats but held onto the ball.
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With his home run, Bryant and Anthony Rizzo now each have 50 RBIs, and it's the first time the Cubs have had multiple players with 50 before the All-Star break since 2008 whenAramis Ramirez (66 RBIs), Derrek Lee (56), Geovany Soto (56) and Mark DeRosa (50) did so.
WHAT'S NEXT
Cubs: John Lackey will take the ball on Saturday in the third game of this four-game series. The right-hander is coming off a loss to the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs over six innings (his 10th straight quality outing). He's made two starts against the Marlins, and they've been a decade apart (2005 and '15). This will be his first game in Miami in his career. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT.
Marlins: Paul Clemens has pretty much been on standby the past few days. He has been lined up to start on Saturday, but that was subject to change in case he was needed out of the bullpen the previous few games. Clemens (0-0, 5.40) is making a few spot starts since lefty Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Clemens is now set for the 4:10 p.m. ET start at Marlins Park.

Bucs outlast Dodgers in battle of bullpens

Asked to protect the Pirates' most productive offensive performance in nearly three weeks, the back end of the Bucs' bullpen delivered in an 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday night at PNC Park. Setup men Neftali Feliz and Tony Watson and closerMark Melancon put the game away in the final 3 2/3 innings as Pittsburgh won for just the second time in 10 games.
"Those guys are awesome. Those guys are going to be huge for us the rest of the year," said Pirates outfielder Matt Joyce, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. "We have to find a way to get the lead and keep the lead going into the late part of the game so those guys can slam the door shut."
With the soft underbelly of the Pirates' bullpen exposed by Jameson Taillon's four-inning start, Feliz recorded five outs, his first time logging more than three in a single outing this season. Watson needed seven pitches, all strikes, to complete a perfect eighth. Melancon allowed Corey Seager's career-high-tying fourth hit, induced a double play then sealed his 21st save in the ninth. Feliz settled down a back-and-forth affair, outlasting the Dodgers in what ultimately became a long battle of the bullpens.
"[Down four runs early] is not where you want to start the road trip," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "We had to dig into the 'pen, but it is what it is. I appreciate that nobody makes any excuses. The position players think they should have scored more runs. The 'pen is saying they shouldn't have given up any runs. Everybody is being accountable."
Making his fourth Major League start, Taillon left before recording an out in the fifth inning. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a run-scoring balk in the third inning, throwing 70 pitches before Clint Hurdle -- who won his 1,000th career game as a Major League manager -- called for an early exit. But the Pirates got the best of Dodgers righty Nick Tepesch, who surrendered five runs on seven hits in four innings, and provided a glimmer of hope that perhaps their season is about to turn around.
"We're just waiting for that string of three, four or five in a row. But you've got to start with one first," Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer said. "They're a really good team. … Hopefully it's the start of something."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Star power: Limited to pinch-hitting the last two days due to a sore left foot, Starling Martegot back in the lineup Friday and quickly made an impact. Marte capped the Pirates' four-run second inning with a double into the right-center field gap, driving in John Jaso and giving the Bucs a four-run lead they'd need every bit of.
"Hit the ball hard where it's pitched. It sounds simple. It's hard to do. But when you do it, it just looks so good, so pretty," Hurdle said of the Pirates' second-inning approach. "They were moving the ball around the field, not trying to overcook anything."
No "D": The Dodgers forgot how to play defense in Pittsburgh's four-run second inning. After Joyce's leadoff double, Mercer singled to right fielder Yasiel Puig, who overthrew cutoff manAdrian Gonzalez even though Joyce was stopped at third, allowing Mercer to take second base. Both scored on a single to center by Sean Rodriguez, who should have been nailed trying for second, but Seager dropped Gonzalez's throw while applying the tag.
Save that ball: Called up by the Pirates before Friday's game, Adam Frazier made his Major League debut as part of a double switch in the sixth inning. Frazier entered the game to play second base, one of the six spots he'll be asked to field, and made his first big league plate appearance later that inning. Frazier stayed back on a 2-2 curveball from reliever J.P. Howelland swatted it into center field for a single, his first Major League hit.
"He managed his at-bats very well," Hurdle said. "He'll find his way back on the field again."More >
Puig returns hot: According to Statcast™, Puig smoked a 439-foot, 108-mph home run in the sixth inning as part of a 2-for-4 night. He is 5-for-11 in three games since returning from the disabled list on Tuesday. The Dodgers have homered in 14 consecutive games, tying Washington for the longest such streak in MLB this season.
"It was good to see the fight in our offense," said Roberts. "Every day you need a quality outing from your starter, but the offense is starting to come alive."
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"It was a very interesting way to get there tonight." -- Hurdle, on win No. 1,000
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Of Hurdle's 1,000 managerial victories, 315 have come with the Pirates over the last four seasons, 2013-16. Only the Cardinals (325) and Dodgers (319) have won more games in that time.
WHAT'S NEXT
Dodgers: Kenta Maeda starts Saturday night's 4:15 p.m. PT game at PNC Park, coming off 6 1/3 innings against the Brewers. Aside from Clayton Kershaw, Maeda is the only Dodgers pitcher with a start longer than six innings since May 14.
Pirates: Left-hander Jeff Locke will start Saturday's 7:05 p.m. ET game at PNC Park, looking to repeat the results of a 1-0 win over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Locke tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday, continuing his solid season when pitching at home. Locke is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA in six starts at PNC Park compared to 2-4 with a 7.36 ERA in eight road starts.