Matthews, Kapanen score late, Maple Leafs edge Bruins 2-1

The Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Maple Leafs championship rings) have grown accustomed to playoff disappointment in recent years.

However, after putting together possibly their best defensive effort of the season, their latest victory has them on the brink of getting out of the first round for the first time since 2004.

Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie in the third period, Kasperi Kapanen added another goal and the Maple Leafs held on to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Friday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

With the goalie pulled for an extra skater, David Krejci got the Bruins on the board with 43.7 seconds left, but Boston couldn't tie it up.

The Maple Leafs, who have alternated wins and losses in the first five games, now have a chance to close out the series when it shifts back to Toronto for Game 6 on Sunday.

"Total team victory," Toronto's Zach Hyman said. "Guys were battling. It took a full 60 to get it done, but we got it done"

Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto. The Bruins' Tuukka Rask finished with 25.

Boston failed to convert on its three power plays, and Toronto was 0 for 1.

"Defensively the ice was tough," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "It was humid in the building. ... But I thought our guys kept grinding and stayed patient. We didn't get in our own way tonight."

The Maple Leafs' (stanley cup ring for sale) goals broke up what had been a defense-dominated game for 2 1/2 periods.

Matthews' fourth goal of the postseason came after he took a feed from Jake Muzzin and found an open corner of the net on a slap shot with 8:27 left. The Bruins challenged Matthews' goal, arguing that Rask was interfered with, but the goal was upheld after a review.

"I guess you really just hope for the best," Matthews said. "I never really got a good look at it, but I'm fortunate that they called it a good goal. So you'll take it."

Kapanen got Toronto's second goal less than two minutes later, scoring on a wrist shot off assists from Andreas Johnsson and Morgan Rielly. Kapanen was also credited with an assist on Matthews' goal, along with Muzzin.

Toronto failed to convert on its power play in the third after the Bruins were nabbed for having too many men on the ice.

The Bruins (cheap Boston Bruins championship rings) were 2 for 2 on power plays in Game 4, helping propel them to the win. However they couldn't take advantage of their chances in Game 5.

Boston got its first power-play opportunity with three minutes remaining in the first after Zach Hyman was called for tripping. But it missed on two shots and Jake DeBrusk was wide of the net on another attempt shortly before the end of the period.

A second one-man advantage came just 4:13 into the second after Patrick Marleau was sent to the penalty box for hooking Krejci. This time the Bruins had two good chances. First Patrice Bergeron was denied on a wrist shot. A slap shot by David Pastrnak was also handled by Andersen.

Remarkably Boston got its third power-play chance about four minutes later when Mitchell Marner sent the puck over the glass for delay of game. Once again, the Bruins couldn't convert, mishandling the puck in the offensive zone a few times. Then Torey Krug bobbled a pass, giving Matthews a breakaway. But his he missed over the net.

Krejci thought he had a goal with 7:20 left in the second with a slap shot that slipped by Andersen's shoulder. A video review showed the puck bounced off the crossbar, failing to cross the line.

Both teams played conservatively and combined for only 13 shots on goal in the opening 15 minutes.

Rask smothered three loose pucks that hung around the net as part of seven first-period stops. Andersen had six saves in the first, his best coming when he turned away a tip-in opportunity by DeBrusk off a feed from Pastrnak.

"They were better than us in the third and finished plays," Bruins (stanley cup rings) coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We've to generate more."

Game notes
Sean Kuraly started at left wing for the Bruins, making his playoff debut after missing a month with a broken hand. ... With Toronto's Nazem Kadri suspended for the remainder of the first round, William Nylander played center on a line along with Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown for the first time on the road.

Turner's late blast helps Dodgers beat Nationals 4-2

Coming into their series with Washington fresh from an off day, the Los Angeles Dodgers (cheap Los Angeles Dodgers championship rings) wanted to get into the Nationals' bullpen early. Everything seemed to be going according to plan after Washington starter Anibal Sanchez needed 31 pitches to get through a shaky first inning, but the veteran settled down and the Dodgers had to go to Plan B. Manager Dave Roberts stuck with his lefty bats against lefty pitching once Sanchez was gone, and then Justin Turner delivered the decisive blow.

Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth and Los Angeles (world series rings for sale) beat the Nationals 4-2 on Friday night to open a three-game series between NL playoff contenders. "For Justin, who took two neck balls and then stayed in there at 3-1 and get a pitch up and out over and hit a homer, it was a big homer, obviously," Roberts said. After the Nationals had retired 22 straight batters, reliever Tony Sipp (1-2) walked Joc Pederson and gave up a single to Alex Verdugo before exiting with two outs in the eighth. Kyle Barraclough, called up earlier in the day from Double-A, came in and immediately gave up Turner's drive to center field, his 15th homer of the season.

"I didn't know it was 22 straight, but it was good to see Joc get that left-on-left at-bat to get our first baserunner in a while," Roberts said. Joe Kelly (4-3) retired Anthony Rendon to end the seventh. Kenley Jansen walked home a run before striking out Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded for his 25th save. "We're all so confident in him," Turner said. "We want him to have the ball in the ninth inning and he knows it. Wouldn't have it any other way."

Sanchez retired the final 20 batters he faced. He struck out six while allowing one run and three hits. "Awesome," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He was really, really good. He gave us seven innings. We had to pinch-hit for him down a run. But he was great." Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed eight hits and one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. The NL West leaders snapped a two-game skid, while the Nationals lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 22-23 against Atlanta.

The Dodgers (custom championship rings) took a 1-0 lead in the first on Cody Bellinger's RBI single into shallow center field. It was their third single of the inning but their last hit until the eighth. The Nationals tied it 1-all in the seventh on Adam Eaton's bases-loaded single that scored Victor Robles. Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra, who reached on a sacrifice bunt and fielding error by Turner at third base, was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Verdugo. The Nationals challenged the call and whether catcher Russell Martin had blocked the plate, but the ruling was upheld after video review.

Roberts wasn't surprised the Nationals tried to bunt on Ryu, but Kendrick's attempt in the sixth with the Dodgers (world series rings) up 1-0 with two on and no outs caught him off guard. "I was just surprised at the Howie Kendrick (bunt) right there," Roberts said. "Him popping that ball up was a big play for us."


Last year, the Houston Texans (super bowl rings for sale) had two of the top pass-rushers in the NFL in J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. By not reaching a long-term extension by the franchise tag deadline on Monday, the Texans risk losing Clowney -- the first overall pick in the 2014 draft -- at the end of the season instead of building around the core talent they have right now. The Texans placed the non-exclusive franchise tag, which is worth $15.967 million for the 2019 season, on Clowney in March and the outside linebacker/defensive end did not attend any of the Texans’ spring workouts, including the mandatory veterans minicamp.

While the Texans could of course still sign Clowney to a new contract after the 2019 season -- or tag him for the second year in a row -- they likely wouldn’t match what the pass-rusher would get on the open market. The Raiders learned last season that you can’t let a player of that caliber go when they traded outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Bears for two first-round picks. Mack gave a huge boost to the Bears defense (12.5 sacks, 18 QB hits), while Oakland coach Jon Gruden said later in the season that his team was in need of a pass-rusher. There are few teams that have a pair of defensive linemen like the Texans do with Watt and Clowney. Last season, Houston ranked 12th in total defense but third against the run. The 3.4 rushing yards allowed per attempt was an NFL low due to the performances of Watt and Clowney.

Last season, Clowney was named to his third straight Pro Bowl , and finished the regular season with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. According to NFL NextGen, the Texans' defender had a Pass-Block Win Rate of 35% -- second-best among qualifying defensive ends/linebackers. He also had 16 tackles for loss, which tied for ninth in the NFL (custom championship rings) last season, and now has 53 tackles for loss over the past three seasons, third in the league.

According to Pro Football Focus, Clowney had the best season of his career “by far” in 2018. His overall grade of 89.5 was tied for seventh best among edge defenders. He had 28 run stops on 283 run-defense snaps, the 10th-best run-stop percentage at his position. While Clowney is not expected to report to training camp on July 24 with the rest of his teammates because he did not get a new contract, it’s unlikely his holdout will continue into the regular season, where he would miss out on game checks worth more than $1 million per game. After he missed most of OTAs and training camp a year ago, it took Clowney a few weeks to get back into rhythm. He didn’t play until the third preseason game against the Rams and played just three series. If Clowney holds out during training camp, he’ll be in the same situation. Yes, he has been working out by himself and should be in football shape whenever he does report, but missing camp will only slow his production, at least early on.

The Texans (super bowl championship rings for sale) have Watt, who put up a performance in 2019 (16 sacks, 25 QB hits, 18 tackles for loss) rivaling some of his Defensive Player of the Year seasons in 2012, 2014 and 2015 (combined 48.5 sacks), but Watt is better when Clowney is on the field. The players make each other better, and each often takes on double-teams so the other player can get to the quarterback. Clowney deserves a new contract. He won’t get Mack money or Aaron Donald money, but he should get paid. It is tricky because the Texans are paying Watt $15 million a year, but they have the financial flexibility (nearly $41 million in cap space according to ESPN's Roster Management) to make it work, even if they do have to pay Deshaun Watson in a year or two.

Schwartz caps Blues' rally in 3-2 win over Jets 1 in Games 5

Jaden Schwartz (stanley cup ring for sale) called it a lucky goal for the St. Louis Blues. It was a dagger to the Winnipeg Jets. Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the Jets on Thursday night, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. Tyler Bozak sent a pass over to Schwartz, who batted the puck in the air and sent it past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the winner. "(Bozak) came on, he was fresh, and probably knew there wasn't much time left so he just threw (the puck) on net and I kind of got lucky, it just hit my stick," Schwartz said of his first goal in the playoffs.

Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored earlier in the final period for the Blues, who host Game 6 of the best-of-seven series on Saturday. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots. Winnipeg was up 2-0 after the first period on goals by Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves as the Jets lost their sixth straight at home, including the regular season. "If we lose, we're done," Hayes said. "That's enough motivation. Game 6 will be our best game."

The Blues' win marked the first time in 15 years, and fourth time overall, the road team has won each of the first five games in a seven-game series. "You don't see that too often, right?" Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "You don't see the road team win all the games but, again, we've got to go home and we played better in Game 4 there so we've got to build off that."

According to a league stat, when a best-of-seven NHL (stanley cup rings) playoff series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 takes the series 78.8 per cent all time (205-55). St. Louis went on its first power play with 21 seconds remaining in the second period when Jacob Trouba was called for roughing. The period ended with Winnipeg holding the 22-21 edge in shots on goal. O'Reilly scored with 11 seconds remaining in the power play, off a rebound in a crowd in front of the net at 1:29 of the third to pull St. Louis to 2-1. Schenn tied it with 6:09 remaining following a review. Oskar Sundqvist passed the puck over to Schenn and then was pushed down by Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and into the net, knocking it off. A review determined Schenn had shot the puck before a defensive player caused the net to come off. That set up Schwartz's winner in the final minute.

"Lucky pinballs," Hellebuyck said of the Blues' (custom championship rings) go-ahead goal. "The puck just bounced and ended up right on their tape. Tough to eat that one, but I thought we were the better team. If we keep fighting here, it's not over." Winnipeg mounted a 2-0 lead after the first period, even though the Blues had the 15-12 advantage for shots on goal. Lowry got the crowd fired up 12 seconds into the game when he used Brandon Tanev's rebound to notch his first goal in the series. It set a franchise record for fastest goal in the playoffs. Trouba had the previous mark of 31 seconds, scored in Game 5 against Minnesota last season.

After fans stopped cheering, some on the rink side of St. Louis's net started chanting "You look nervous" to Binnington. Before Game 1, a video clip of the rookie saying, "Do I look nervous?" to reporters made the rounds on social media. "Yeah, that's incredible," Binnington said of hearing the chants. "You get what you ask for because when I was younger, I really enjoyed that stuff and always wanted it, and now it's here. It doesn't feel as good as I thought, but it's cool, it's really cool."

Hayes cut to the front of the net with 6:25 left in the first and sent the puck under Binnington's pad to make it 2-0 with his second goal of the playoffs. Hayes almost scored twice more in the second period. He took away his own goal when his close shot slid under Binnington and started going toward the goal line. He tried to swipe it across, but his stick pulled the puck out instead. Hayes also had a breakaway late in the period, but Binnington sprawled on the ice and the shot from the side went into his pads. Winnipeg got a four-minute power play when Robert Thomas was dinged for high sticking Mark Scheifele in the face shield, but the Jets only had one shot on goal after a number of misses and blocked attempts.

Tampa Bay Rays beat New York Yankees 5-4, July 15, 2019

Travis d'Arnaud was down to his last strike. And so were the Tampa Bay Rays (championship rings for sale), trailing by two runs with two on and two outs in the ninth inning against All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman. D'Arnaud hacked at the next pitch, fouling off a 100 mph heater. Then another. After two tempting balls in the dirt, he faced a full count. Chapman came back with a slider high and away -- and d'Arnaud sent it high and away. The catcher hit his third home run of the game, a go-ahead drive that sailed over leaping right fielder Aaron Judge for a startling shot that helped the Rays overcome their Yankee Stadium woes to beat New York 5-4 on Monday night.

"Coolest night ever," d'Arnaud said. D'Arnaud's three-run homer kept drifting, landing just one or two rows deep beyond the short right field porch. Several teammates spilled from the dugout to congratulate d'Arnaud while a crowd of 43,173 fell silent. "Trav just put the team on his back," Rays starter Blake Snell said. The 30-year-old backstop tied a Tampa Ray record for homers in a game. It has been done five times, most recently by Evan Longoria in 2012. This, after he almost missed his ride to the Bronx earlier in the afternoon. "I thought the bus was at 2:30 and it was 1:58," d'Arnaud said. "And I was walking in, asking if the bus was at 2:30, and they said no. So I just walked right on the bus."

The Yankees (mlb world series championship rings) had been 49-0 this season when leading after eight innings. The Rays won for just the second time in seven games in the Bronx this year and cut New York's lead in the AL East to five games. Andrew Kittredge (1-0) got the win despite allowing Edwin Encarnacion's second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the eighth that put the Yankees up 4-2. Oliver Drake got one out for his first save, throwing a called third strike past Luke Voit with a runner on. Chapman (2-2) gave up a pair of singles to begin the ninth, struck out the next two batters and then was tagged for d'Arnaud's ninth homer of the season.

"It's a little difficult, you know, when you don't think he gets it all, ends up getting the homer, but that's the way the game is," Chapman said through a translator. D'Arnaud has had a tumultuous season, having been released by the Mets, signed by the Dodgers and traded to the Rays five days later.

But on this night, none of that mattered as he became the first catcher to hit three homers in a game against the Yankees (New York Yankees championship rings for sale). He said it was the only time in his career -- high school, Little League, et al -- he's hit three homers in one game. The once highly touted prospect led off the game with a homer to right field on a fastball over the middle of the plate. In the third, he hit another to a similar location on the same pitch from James Paxton -- a fastball down the middle. D'Arnaud had never batted leadoff before this season, but the innovative Rays have slotted him there seven times. He reached base in all five of his plate appearances, with two walks. It was the fourth multihomer game of d'Arnaud's career and second this season.

Tampa Bay had lost 14 straight series openers at Yankee Stadium. Encarnacion, who began the day batting just .139 since being acquired from Seattle last month, hit a solo shot in the fourth off Snell. After hooking a fastball foul, the slugger drove the next pitch in the same direction a few feet inside the foul pole. Gio Urshela made it 2-all with a home run in the seventh. Encarnacion hit his 27th of the season, good for second in the AL.

Snell bounced back from his last start at Yankee Stadium, in which the AL Cy Young Award winner gave up six runs while getting only one out last month. The left-hander tossed five innings of one-run ball. "Bullpen held it down. Travis, I think he had an OK game," Snell said with a smile. "So that was cool to see."

Bucks beat Celtics 116-91 to advance to East final, May 9, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee Bucks championship rings) found another gear after their first loss of the playoffs. Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics just couldn't keep up. Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Bucks routed the Celtics 116-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final. After sweeping Detroit in the first round, top-seeded Milwaukee struggled in Game 1 against Boston and lost 112-90 in one of its worst offensive performances of the season. But Antetokounmpo led the way as the Bucks responded with four straight wins by a combined 65 points. "I think our mindset changed," Antetokounmpo said. "In the first game, we weren't focused enough. We weren't ourselves. The next four games, we came out with a different approach, a different mindset."

The Bucks (championship rings for sale) used a balanced attack to close out the Celtics in Game 5, placing seven players in double figures. Khris Middleton had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points. Next up for the Bucks is the winner of the Philadelphia-Toronto series. The Raptors are up 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Thursday night. It's the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001. "At the end of the day, we realize we've never been there before," Antetokounmpo said. "We're really hungry to achieve our goals. That's all we care about. As long as we play hard, we really don't care about what anybody has to say." Prior to the clinching win, several Bucks took turns speaking to the team. "Giannis' speech was, `A lot of us probably came from nothing and we have the opportunity to write our own story right now.' That's what everybody did," George Hill said.

The Celtics (custom Boston Celtics championship rings) clamped down on Antetokounmpo for most of the game, but Middleton, Bledsoe, Hill and Nikola Mirotic picked up the scoring to help rob the game of any drama in the final minutes. Hill finished with 16 points, and Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon also had 10 points in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis. "Everybody was ready to play," Hill said. "Everybody was ready for the opportunity to put them away as quick as we can."

Irving scored 15 points for Boston, which shot 31.2% from the field. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 14. "Not what we expected," Boston center Al Horford said. "Just disappointing for us. At the end of the day, really, you have to give Milwaukee credit. They're just a better team than us. That's a reality." Antetokounmpo picked up his third foul when Jaylen Brown drove to the hoop early in the second half, but he stayed in the game. He stole an Irving pass and slammed it home to make it 65-52 with 6:45 left in the third quarter.

Antetokounmpo, one of the front-runners for NBA (cheap nba championship rings) MVP, closed out the period with consecutive baskets, including a finger-roll layup that gave the Bucks an 80-62 lead. "They played like they wanted it," Irving said. Irving went 6 for 21 from the field in what might have been his final game with Boston. He is eligible for free agency in the offseason, and his future is one of the major questions facing the Celtics this summer. "I understand we didn't meet the outside expectations," coach Brad Stevens said. "We rode a roller coaster most of the year." Irving's only 3-pointer of the night trimmed Milwaukee's lead to 38-32 with 2:51 left in the second quarter. But Brogdon and Mirotic each connected from long range to help the Bucks to a 52-39 advantage at the break. Brogdon hadn't played since March 15. He also had four assists and three rebounds.

Reynolds slugs Pirates past Yelich-less Brewers 6-5

Bryan Reynolds wasn't even in the conversation for playing time when the Pirates began their 2019 season. As the first half closes, he's established himself as a key contributor to a surprising Pittsburgh offense.

Reynolds hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Pirates (custom Pittsburgh Pirates championship rings) over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Sunday in their final game before the All-Star break.

Reynolds' estimated 403-foot shot cleared the seats beyond the fence in right-center field and bounced toward the Allegheny River. His seventh homer of the season came after Kevin Kramer walked and Adam Frazier singled off reliever Junior Guerra (3-2).

Reynolds also hit an RBI double in the fifth and is batting .342 with a .950 OPS.

The 2016 second-round pick, who came to Pittsburgh as part of the return for Andrew McCutchen in 2018, took advantage of playing time created by injuries.

"Sometimes, at the end of the year, those teams go to the playoffs, that win it all, there's some unexpected pleasures that happen along the way that you didn't have walking in the door," manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Pirates (championship rings for sale) closed the first half by winning back-to-back series against Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs to close to 2 1/2 games back in the NL Central and 44-45 overall.

"This past week for us was big," Reynolds said. "We rattled off a bunch of wins. I'm just thankful I could help us tonight."

Brewers star Christian Yelich did not play and pulled out of Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby with a back injury. He said he plans to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

"I didn't think I was going to be able do that kind of volume of swings and what the Derby demanded," Yelich said. "If I wasn't going to be able to perform how I was supposed to and do it justice and give it the effort that it deserved, I didn't think it'd be a great idea to do it."

Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run drive in the seventh off Pirates starter Joe Musgrove that tied the game at 3. It was his second home run of the game and eighth of season. He also hit a solo shot to left off Musgrove in the fifth.

Francisco Liriano relieved Musgrove and finished the seventh to improve to 3-1. Felipe Vazquez worked a four-out save, his 20th of the season.

Milwaukee (MLB Teams championship rings for sale) rookie Keston Hiura hit a two-run homer in the eighth, also his seventh of the season.

Musgrove struck out five in six-plus innings, allowing five hits and three runs. His appearance was interrupted by a 40-minute rain delay in between the fifth and sixth innings.

It was the second start in a row for Musgrove that was hampered by the weather. He managed just three innings before the rain on July 2.

"That was my first time going through a delay and having a chance to go back out," Musgrove said. "That was a test for me. Something I haven't been through before. I felt really stiff going back out there."

Musgrove also contributed at the plate during a two-run second inning against starter Chase Anderson. Colin Moran tripled and scored on Kevin Newman's single to right. Newman and Jacob Stallings perfectly executed a hit-and-run that left Newman at third for Musgrove, who put a squeeze bunt down the right side for his first career RBI.

Anderson allowed two runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Orlando Arcia pinch hit in the fifth inning after a scary collision with Hiura on Saturday.


Infield prospect Mauricio Dubon, recalled as insurance for Arcia, made his MLB (mlb championship rings for sale) debut as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Dubon is the first big leaguer born and raised in Honduras.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet, having been on a big league field, having a whole country watching you play," Dubon said. "We had a rain delay and everything, and I had a chance to check out my phone and look at how everything was going. The whole country was watching. It was special knowing that I have that support back home. It was really special."

He faced Vazquez in an eight-pitch battle and fouled off five straight before grounding out to first base.

Another big hit from Edman lifts Cardinals past Mariners 5-4

Matt Wieters and Dexter Fowler homered, Edman came through with another key hit, and the St. Louis Cardinals (custom championship rings) rallied for a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Edman put the Cardinals in front for the second straight day with a two-run single in the seventh. Edman connected for a pinch-hit three-run homer during St. Louis' five-run ninth in a 5-2 win Wednesday night. He nearly went deep again, watching his drive down the right field line for a potential grand slam on Thursday hook foul at the last moment. Rather than be bothered by the long strike, Edman worked a nine-pitch at-bat and capitalized with a single to put the Cardinals in front.

"He sees the ball well, which is awesome. You know he's going to give you a professional at-bat," Fowler about Edman.

Wieters hit a solo shot in the third inning and Fowler added a two-run drive in the fourth. Daniel Ponce de Leon got his first major league win, and Carlos Martinez worked the ninth for his third save. The Cardinals took two of three in the rare interleague series.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha was charged with four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings, but the Cardinals bullpen was solid for the second straight game. Ponce de Leon (1-0) allowed one baserunner in 2 2/3 innings. Andrew Miller worked out of a jam in the eighth before Martinez finished.

Ponce de Leon said he didn't have a good feel for his breaking pitches in the bullpen, but his fastball was sharp.

"The main thing is to get the fastball going. If I can get the fastball going I can survive out there," he said.

J.P. Crawford and Tim Beckham homered for the Mariners (mlb championship rings for sale), who have dropped six of seven. All-Star Daniel Vogelbach added a run-scoring single.

Seattle wasted a chance to tie the game in the eighth. The inning started with Mallex Smith hitting a liner that deflected off John Gant's leg for a base hit. Miller then replaced Gant, and a single by Domingo Santana and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with one out.

Miller escaped the threat by striking out Vogelbach and Omar Narvaez, and got a big assist from Wieters keeping a spiked pitch to Narvaez from going to the backstop.

"On TV, it was pretty amazing," said Cardinals (cheap MLB Teams championship rings) manager Mike Shildt, who was ejected in the fourth inning.

Seattle's Tommy Milone (1-3) was solid for five innings following opener Matt Carasiti, but ran into trouble in the seventh. Milone was lifted after a leadoff walk and one-out single, and Matt Festa walked Wieters to load the bases. Edman barely missed a grand slam earlier in the at-bat when a deep fly ball hooked late. On the ninth pitch, Edman lined a slider into right to give St. Louis the lead.

"For two innings there in the middle of the game, we'd take the lead then I'd give it back and that's definitely frustrating," Milone said.


Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 11-4, July 1, 2019

Backed by an offensive barrage, Blue Jays (cheap Toronto Blue Jays championship rings) left-hander Clayton Richard had a relatively easy time ending the longest losing streak of his career.

Freddy Galvis hit a pair of solo home runs, rookie Cavan Biggio had four RBI and Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Monday.

Randal Grichuk had four hits and four RBI and Teoscar Hernandez added a solo home run as the Blue Jays won for the 15th time in 19 regular-season home meetings with the Royals.

Richard (1-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the first time since Aug. 18, 2018, when he beat Arizona while pitching for San Diego. He'd lost nine straight decisions since.

"It's huge," Richard said of earning his first win with Toronto. "That's why we play the game, is to win. It feels a lot better doing that than the alternative."

Richard has pitched six innings in back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

"That's all we can ask: five, six good innings, and he gave us again that today," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Wearing red caps and jerseys in honor of Canada Day, the Blue Jays scored in each of the first four innings and finished with a season-high 18 hits.

"I'm impressed with Toronto's (custom Toronto Blue Jays championship rings) team, their young crop of hitters," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They're going to be really a good group that's going to be able to put some runs on the board."

Biggio, who went 3 for 5, hit his first career grand slam in Saturday's 7-5 victory, the first time he had driven in four runs in a game.

Members of the Canadian Forces rappelled into the outfield from the open stadium roof before the game, before hundreds of servicemen and women unfurled a giant Canadian flag for the singing of "O Canada."

"I can see how much it means to so many people, and I feel honored and privileged to be a part of it," Richard said about pitching on Canada Day.

Royals (cheap championship rings) right-hander Glenn Sparkman (2-4) allowed career highs of nine hits and eight runs in three innings.

"I just really didn't have good command of anything and they jumped it," Sparkman said.

Ahead 2-0 after one, the Blue Jays scored five in the second, doing so for the second straight game. On Sunday, Toronto immediately surrendered five runs in the third and lost 7-6 to Kansas City (mlb world series championship rings) -- the Royals' only win in the four-game series.

Hernandez homered on the first pitch of the second, his eighth, and Galvis followed with a blast to center. It was the seventh time this season the Blue Jays have gone back-to-back.

Biggio added a two-run double and Grichuk capped the inning with an RBI single.

Galvis went deep again in the third, the third multihomer game of his career. He now has 14 home runs this season. Galvis doubled in the fifth and flied out in the seventh.

Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert and Humberto Arteaga hit consecutive RBI singles off Richard in the fourth, and Royals All-Star Whit Merrifield had an RBI single off David Phelps in the seventh.


Segura's 3-run HR lifts Phillies over Mets 6-3

Jean Segura had no problem with three water coolers being dumped on his head after a big hit off his former teammate.

Segura ripped a three-run, walk-off homer against Edwin Diaz moments after Maikel Franco hit a tying, two-run shot against the closer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Philadelphia Phillies (custom Philadelphia Phillies championship rings) beat the New York Mets 6-3 Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

New York's Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Hector Neris with one out in the ninth, but the Phillies rallied in the bottom of the inning -- their fourth straight win since utility man Brad Miller brought a bamboo plant into the clubhouse as a good-luck charm.

Diaz (1-5) walked Cesar Hernandez to start, and Franco followed with his third homer of the series. He hit go-ahead, two-run homers in each of the first two games. Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez walked with one out and advanced to second on Scott Kingery's hard-hit, bad-hop single off Frazier's glove at third.

Segura then slammed his 10th homer into the seats in left. He leaped on his way down the first base line, got mobbed by teammates after circling the bases and was showered by sports drinks and water.

"I'll take 10," he said. "The guys are having fun so I'll take that."

Segura played for Seattle last season when Diaz had 57 saves for the Mariners.

"That guy last year was incredible," Segura said. "The fastball is his best pitch, so when you come to the plate, you look for his fastball."

It was Philadelphia's (world series rings) first four-game sweep against the Mets since Aug. 27-30, 2007. That season, they overcame a seven-game deficit with 17 remaining to edge the Mets on the final day of the regular season for their first of five straight NL East titles.

"This one stings the worst because it just happened," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after his team dropped a season-worst eight games under .500 at 37-45.

Diaz has allowed at least a run in three of his past five appearances, and his ERA ballooned to 4.94. The All-Star closer is in his first season since being acquired from Seattle for a package of prospects. He's blown four saves this season, one shy of his career high.

"I was trying the best I could," Diaz said through an interpreter. "It seems like they were prepared for every pitch. Bad day for me."

Aaron Nola allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings but didn't get a decision. J.D. Hammer (1-0) got two outs for his first career win.

Pitcher Zack Wheeler's single off Nola leading off the sixth was New York's (custom championship rings) only hit until Michael Conforto got a single off Neris with one out in the ninth. Frazier then blasted a 3-2 pitch out to left. Amed Rosario's RBI groundout extended the lead to 3-1.

Bryce Harper crushed a 438-foot homer in the sixth for Philadelphia's first hit since Kingery lined a single on Wheeler's first pitch.

Wheeler gave up one run and two hits, striking out seven in six innings.

Nola, a 2018 All-Star, has allowed one earned run in his last 15 innings and is pitching more like an ace again.

"I'm feeling good, my body is healthy," Nola said.

The Phillies had lost seven in a row and 16 of 22 to fall out of first place before the Mets (New York Mets championship rings for sale) came to town.

"The group is confident, they're playing easy and there's some swagger in that room right now," manager Gabe Kapler said.

Royals to 8-6 comeback win over Indians

For once, the Royals (cheap Kansas City Royals championship rings) mustered some late-game magic.

Hunter Dozier's grand slam capped Kansas City's five-run rally in the ninth inning off Hand, Cleveland's previously perfect All-Star closer, as the Royals rallied for an 8-6 win over the Indians on Tuesday night.

Hand (4-3) had been 22 for 22 in save chances and is likely on his way to being selected to represent the Indians when they host the All-Star game at Progressive Field next month.

But the left-hander did not record an out against the Royals, who entered the ninth down 6-3 before storming back.

"It was a fun comeback," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "It was an uplifting comeback. We always come to this place and it's just a handful for us here in Cleveland -- every time, I don't know why. I'd much rather play them at our park, but it is always a handful. To battle back and take this one here was nice."

The Royals (mlb championship rings) had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before recording their biggest ninth-inning comeback in two years.

Nicky Lopez had an RBI infield single before Kansas City loaded the bases and Dozier connected on Hand's first pitch -- a slider -- for his first career grand slam and 13th homer.

"Yeah," said Dozier, downplaying his big moment. "That was really cool."

Hand looked shaky from the outset, and was pulled after allowing five hits in just 13 pitches.

"He just proved he's human," Indians (custom championship rings) manager Terry Francona said. "He had been pretty much flawless. It hurts to lose a game, but to expect somebody to never give up runs is not realistic."

Hand offered no excuses, saying he wasn't tired despite pitching five times in the past six days.

"I felt physically good," he said. "I'd let him (Francona) know if something felt tired or whatever, but I felt good, just didn't make some pitches. I got ahead, was trying to bury a few sliders and left them up. Sometimes when you throw too many strikes, it comes back to hurt you. Just got ahead of a few of those batters and made some mistakes."

Kevin McCarthy (2-1) pitched the eighth and stumbled into a win, and Ian Kennedy worked the ninth for his 10th save, striking out Carlos Santana with a runner at second for the final out.

Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer and Santana, Roberto Perez and Mike Freeman had solo shots for the Indians, who were three outs away from their fifth straight win before Hand imploded.


One bright spot for the Indians (custom Cleveland Indians championship rings) was getting homers from their Nos. 7, 8 and 9 homers. Cleveland's offense has been steadily improving and a big reason for the club's surge in June.

"We did some good things offensively," Francona said. "It's just one of those nights where they came back and snatched one from us. We've done that before. It hurts."


The Royals snapped a three-game losing streak at Progressive Field and improved to just 8-23 in Cleveland since 2016.


Indians starter Shane Bieber stayed around for 5 2/3 innings, and was in position to get the win when he left, but was unsatisfied with his performance.

"It was kind of one of those days where maybe my stuff was OK, but it felt like I was out of sync and yanking some sliders and some curveballs and not as good of command as usual," he said. "Even then, I had a lot of opportunities to go deeper in the game."


The Indians hung on for a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday night

Naquin made a diving catch in right field to start an incredible double play in the ninth inning, and the Indians (cheap Cleveland Indians championship rings) hung on for a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday night.

Detroit had already scored a run off closer Brad Hand to cut the lead to one and had a runner on first with nobody out. Naquin raced toward the gap and came up with a backhand grab of Nicholas Castellanos' sinking liner.

Naquin then jumped to his feet and threw to first to double off Christin Stewart.

"It's a rush," Naquin said. "It happened quick. Especially in that atmosphere, it's a good atmosphere to be able to make that play."

Naquin, who homered in the fifth with Cleveland (custom championship rings) down 5-2, credited teammates for alerting him that Stewart was rushing back to first.

"When I looked up, I could just see all those guys telling me and I just did what they told me," he said. "That's part of the teamwork that makes that play happen."

The crowd of 30,717 roared after the play. Miguel Cabrera popped out to end it, giving Hand his 21st save in 21 opportunities. Adam Cimber (3-2) retired two batters on six pitches in the eighth.

"I guess you can say that took the wind out of our tires," said Castellanos, who thought he had kept the rally going and possibly tied the game.

Hand feared the worst when Castellanos made contact.

"Off the bat I thought it was in the gap," Hand said. "He kind of came out of nowhere. That's the tying run on first base and nobody out. To be able to get two out of that play was pretty unbelievable."

Cleveland (world series rings for sale) took a 7-5 lead on a triple by Jason Kipnis -- a hit that was initially ruled a home run before the call was overturned -- and a sacrifice fly by Jason Bauers.

Jose Ramirez led off the eighth with a bunt single off Joe Jimenez (2-5). Kipnis drove a 3-2 pitch to center, and Jones attempted to make a leaping catch, but the ball bounced back into the field of play. Jones retrieved the ball and the Tigers relayed it to the infield, but second base umpire Adrian Johnson ruled it a home run.

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire challenged, and replays showed the ball hit the yellow line atop the fence. After a review of 2 minutes, 17 seconds, Ramirez, who was running on the pitch, was awarded home plate and Kipnis was given a triple.

Cleveland rallied from a 5-2 deficit after Trevor Bauer was pulled without retiring a batter in the fifth, his shortest outing of the season.

Naquin homered to start the fifth, and Jordan Luplow began Cleveland's tying rally in the sixth with a home run. Roberto Perez's RBI single tied the game.

Bauer dominated the Tigers (custom Detroit Tigers championship rings) on Sunday, allowing four hits in the first complete-game shutout of his career, but the right-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits Friday.

Santana hit a two-run homer in the first, but the Tigers struck quickly against Bauer. Brandon Dixon homered in the second and Castellanos tied the game in the third with an RBI double. Gordon Beckham had a run-scoring double in the fourth.

Stewart homered to lead off the fifth. The next two hitters reached base and Niko Goodrum's RBI double ended Bauer's night after 91 pitches.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd allowed five runs in six innings.


Reds rally for win 3-2 for rare sweep of Astros

Gerrit Cole was in line for a rare win over Cincinnati. The Astros' (Houston Astros championship rings for sale) impressive streak of avoiding sweeps appeared safe once more.

With a pair of two-out swings in the ninth, everything changed.

Rookie Nick Senzel singled home the tying run, and Jesse Winker followed with another single that gave the Reds a 3-2 victory Wednesday and ended the Astros' long run of leaving towns with at least one win.

Houston hadn't been swept this season and had avoided a road sweep since September 2017 at Oakland. Roberto Osuna (3-1) couldn't close it out as the Astros lost for the first time this season when leading after eight innings.

"Not being able to complete it is frustrating," Osuna said.

The AL West leaders dropped all three in Cincinnati and have lost a season-high four in a row overall.

The Reds (custom championship rings) have finally found a little momentum. They've spent the season trying to dig out of their 1-8 start and last place in the NL Central. They moved ahead of the Pirates while putting together a four-game winning streak, matching their longest of the season.

Pulling off three straight one-run wins over the Astros amounted to their best moment of the season.

"I will say it was a lot of fun," Winker said. "That was our best series. We beat three really good pitchers and a really good bullpen. It was just a really good series."

Former American League MVP Jose Altuve returned to Houston's (mlb championship rings for sale) lineup after missing 35 games with a hamstring strain. He went 0 for 4 and grounded into a double play.

Michael Brantley's two-run homer put Cole in position for only his second career win over Cincinnati. Jose Peraza doubled in the ninth and came around on Senzel's hit. Winker finished it off with a single up the middle just out of Altuve's reach. Matt Bowman (1-0) pitched two innings.

Cole is 1-8 against Cincinnati with the Pirates and Astros, who have lost 12 of his 13 starts against the Reds. Even when he pitches well, he can't get a win over them.

"When it's all said and done, it just didn't go our way," said Cole, who limited the Reds (custom Cincinnati Reds championship rings) to Yasiel Puig's homer in six innings.

Cole gave up six hits and fanned eight . The major leagues' strikeout leader raised his season total to 148.

Brantley completed a productive series with his two-run shot in the sixth inning off Tyler Mahle, who was making his first start since complaining publicly about quick hooks from his manager. Brantley had three hits for the second straight game. He leads the majors with 31 multihit games.

Mahle was coming off his shortest start of the season, only 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday. Afterward, he said manager David Bell wasn't letting him get deeper into games, saying "it's getting pretty ridiculous at this point." Bell spoke with him after the comments.

Mahle allowed four hits and one walk in a career-high seven innings.

Castillo pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Nick Senzel returned from an eye injury and drove in a pair of runs, and the Cincinnati Reds (Cincinnati Reds championship rings for sale) held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. The game was delayed 52 minutes in the bottom of the third inning because of a storm, and a double rainbow formed as the skies cleared. Both starters returned and wound up with season highs in walks.

Castillo (7-1) walked a career-high six but allowed only a pair of singles before leaving with two on and no outs in the seventh. Shortstop Jose Peraza's throwing error let in a run in the seventh, and Michael Brantley doubled home another. "He's got really good stuff, a great changeup," said Astros shortstop Alex Bregman, who struck out twice against Castillo. "He was mixing and matching." Reds manager David Bell wouldn't have brought Castillo back had the storm lasted much longer. Castillo rested for a half-hour and started getting ready to pitch again. "I think I controlled the game after that," Castillo said.

Astros (Houston Astros championship rings for sale) starter Wade Miley (6-4) didn't fare so well. He walked three in the fifth inning, setting up a three-run rally. Senzel singled home two, and Eugenio Suarez's single completed the rally. Senzel was back in the lineup after missing a game with an eye injury. He fouled a pitch that bounced and hit him just above the left eye on Saturday, requiring three stitches. Miley gave up four hits and a season-high four walks in 4 1/3 innings as he took his first loss in June. "He stayed loose," manager AJ Hinch said. "It does disrupt it a little bit." Bell closed it with an unorthodox move. He brought in closer Raisel Iglesias in the eighth, and he escaped a threat when Tony Kemp grounded out with runners on second and third.

Iglesias hadn't pitched in six days and wasn't as sharp, so Bell replaced him with a runner aboard and one out in the ninth. Michael Lorenzen got the last two outs and his third save. "He can be dominant," Bell said of Iglesias. "He wasn't as dominant tonight." Iglesias said he wasn't surprised by Bell's move. "My command wasn't good because I had gone a few days without pitching," he said.

The Reds (championship sports rings) got the better of a reunion of once-familiar foes that rarely play each other anymore. Houston's 845 all-time games against Cincinnati are by far its most against any opponent. The Astros are visiting Cincinnati for the first time since 2012. They're 40-36 all-time at Great American Ball Park.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett began a rehab assignment Monday, going 0 for 2 with a walk at Class A Daytona. He's recovering from a severe groin injury in spring training that has sidelined him all season. Gennett was the Reds' (world series rings) top hitter over the last two seasons.


This is why Brian McCann came back to play for his hometown Atlanta Braves(cheap Atlanta Braves championship rings) , to deliver with his bat in a big spot. "That was one of the best moments I've ever had," McCann said. "To be able to get the win and the fashion that it happened is something I'll always remember." McCann capped Atlanta's three-run ninth inning with a two-run single off Hector Neris, and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 on Friday night for their eighth straight win.

Atlanta improved to 23-9 since May 10 and opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East. It was the first game between the division rivals since the Phillies swept three games from the Braves in late March. Most of the sellout crowd of 41,975, the largest of the season at SunTrust Park, stood on its feet after Dansby Swanson led off the ninth with a single. Nick Markakis walked with two outs, and Swanson scored on rookie Austin Riley's double. McCann then reached down and drove an opposite-field single into the gap in left-center, giving him 1,000 RBI for his career.

McCann, a seven-time All-Star who grew up in the Atlanta (championship sports rings) suburbs, spent the last five seasons in the AL, but decided to return to the team that drafted him so he could help the Braves win a World Series. "This is home for me," he said. "This town, this city means a lot to me. It's where I grew up. To be able to come back home and do this is right up there with one of the best moments I've ever had." He compared this year's Braves to his former club in Houston, which won the World Series in 2017.

"It's very special," McCann said. "I just think the way we show up every day. The way guys go about their business, to the preparation, we show up ready to win every single day." Neris (1-3) was attempting to go 15 for 15 in save chances this year, but couldn't find the formula on his 30th birthday. He recorded two outs and allowed three hits in Philadelphia's fourth loss in five games. "I have the highest level of trust in him in that situation," manager Gabe Kapler said. "We felt really good in the dugout about it. It's just a devastating loss. We'll lick our wounds, come back and be ready to fight again." Jerry Blevins (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win. Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins each hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, and Scott Kingery added a solo drive.

Philadelphia (cheap Philadelphia Phillies championship rings) dropped to 34-7 this season when scoring at least four runs. It had won 15 of its last 17 previous such games. Harper, booed all night long, put Philadelphia up 3-1 in the third with his 12th homer, which sailed into the Atlanta bullpen in right-center. Kingery's eighth homer landed in the left-field seats in the fourth. Hoskins' 15th homer, coming off Dan Winkler, made it 7-2 in the seventh. Kingery, who went 3 for 4, doubled in the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4.

Phillies (mlb championship rings for sale) starter Nick Pivetta allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Atlanta starter Max Fried was chased with two outs in the fifth. He was charged with five runs and seven hits, leaving him with a 7.52 ERA in his last four starts. McCann, Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson each hit a solo shot for the Braves. Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. each had two hits.

New York Yankees VS New York Mets June 11, 2019

"It's crazy, man," he said after his tiebreaking three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning led the New York Yankees (cheap New York Yankees championship rings)over the Mets 12-5 Tuesday in the opener of a day-night Subway Series doubleheader.

Voit has 30 home runs in 102 games since the Yankees (mlb world series championship rings) acquired him from St. Louis last July 28 for pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. The 28-year-old took over at first base from the repeatedly injured Greg Bird and has 16 homers this year. He is the leader at his position in the first results of fan voting for All-Star starters. "This team is giving me a lot of confidence to go out and do my job every day," he said. "It's just having fun in the locker room. I never feel like I'm a deadbeat." He made his big league debut with St. Louis in 2017 but was stuck behind Matt Carpenter and then Jose Martinez. Voit spent parts of five seasons in the Cardinals minor league season but had just five home runs in 70 games in the big leagues at the time of the trade.

"There's nothing worse than when you're in the minor leagues and you're hitting good, too, and you're just stuck," he said. "There's been multiple guys throughout the history of baseball that have been in that same situation, and for me to finally get a chance, you don't want to ever look back on it and you want to roll with it." Gio Urshela hit a tying, two-run homer in the fourth, had four RBI and was a triple short of the cycle, ending a stretch of 15 at-bats without a hit. Gary Sanchez had three RBI and tied for the AL lead with his 20th home run, a two-run drive against Tim Peterson in the eighth. Masahiro Tanaka (4-5) gave up a three-run homer to Jeff McNeil that put the Mets ahead 4-1 in the third but rebounded to win for the first time in a month.

James Paxton (3-2) was set to start the second game for the Yankees (championship sports rings) and Jason Vargas (2-3) for the Mets in a matchup of left-handers. Less than one-quarter of the seats were filled for the start of the makeup of Monday night's rainout. Despite brilliant sunshine on the late spring afternoon, the usual crowd buzz for the matchup of New York rivals was absent. "There was a lot of Mets fans here," Voit said. "You could hear the guys in the stands giving us trouble. It was entertaining." Third baseman Todd Frazier made a throwing error on a two-out grounder in the fourth. After a walk, Voit's homer on a slider put the Yankees ahead. The Yankees made three errors and the Mets two. "It's on me. The end of that inning is on me," Frazier said. Pitching on six days' rest after the birth of his daughter Friday and the rainout, Tanaka allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had been 0-2 in four starts since winning May 12 at Tampa Bay.

The Mets (custom New York Mets championship rings) have lost 18 of their last 22 road games, At 32-34, they have not been over .500 since May 3. Wheeler (5-4) gave up a career-high nine runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Coming off a five-hit shutout of San Francisco, he has not won consecutive starts this year, and his 13 home runs allowed are one shy of his 2018 total. "My slider wasn't very good today. The changeup wasn't really working," Wheeler said. "The fastball was about the only thing going for me."


Braves rally past Miami in 12 innings, 7-6

The Atlanta Braves' (Atlanta Braves championship rings for sale) latest win over the Miami Marlins was so difficult to describe that Brian Snitker needed two hyphens for one word. "Stick-to-itiveness," the Braves manager said. Yep, it's in the dictionary, and next to it should be the box score from Atlanta's wild 12-inning comeback victory Sunday. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Matt Joyce delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th to help rally past Miami 7-6. The Braves overcame a 5-1 deficit in the ninth against closer Sergio Romo. One run came home on a balk, and Acuna tied the score with one out by pulling an 0-1 slider for his 14th homer. "Wow," a dazed Romo said to himself as Acuna circled the bases. "I was extremely excited," Acuna said through a translator. "This team fights every moment of the game until the 27th out is recorded." Or the 36th out, in Sunday's case.

The Braves (championship rings for sale) earned their seventh consecutive victory in Miami, a record in the series, and have won eight of the nine games between teams this year. They swept the Marlins for the 25th time, and for the second time in 2019. "You get tired of dealing with those guys, honestly," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "They're a tough club to beat." Atlanta (36-29) climbed seven games above .500 for the first time. Miami (23-40) backslid after a recent 13-6 stretch.

"The Marlins were playing exceptional baseball," Joyce said. "It was pretty cool to battle back and steal that one from them late." Both teams scored in the 10th, the Braves thanks to four consecutive two-out walks by Tyler Kinley. Ozzie Albies hit a one-out triple in the 12th off Adam Conley (1-6) and scored on Joyce's third hit of the game. The clutch hits were a change for the Braves, who began the ninth batting 8 for 58 (.086) with runners in scoring position on their six-game trip. "The guys kept coming and never quit," Snitker said. "It would have been easy just to cash it in."

Braves (world series rings) closer Luke Jackson blew a save in the 10th when Martin Prado hit an RBI double, but the right-hander limited the damage by striking out the next two batters to end the inning. Dan Winkler (3-1) retired both batters he faced in the 11th. Josh Tomlin, the Braves' eighth pitcher, worked around a one-out single in the 12th for his first big league save -- he had three saves in the minors, back in 2008 at Class A. Austin Dean had three run-scoring hits for Miami, including a homer to lead off the first inning, and hiked his average from .183 to .219. Atlanta's Max Fried gave up three runs in six innings and doubled home the Braves' first run in the third. Pablo Lopez allowed one run in six innings for Miami, lowering his home ERA to 1.78 in six starts this year.


Galvis, Grichuk HR as Jays end 6-game skid, beat Yankees 4-3

A rare off night by the offense left the New York Yankees (New York Yankees championship rings) back-to-back losers for the first time in more than a month. Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run, Randal Grichuk added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays held off New York 4-3 Tuesday night to end a season-worst six-game slide. "We needed that one," Galvis said

Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, whose last consecutive defeats came April 30 and May 1 at Arizona. The Yankees (mlb championship rings for sale) lost 8-5 to Boston on Sunday. New York failed to score at least four runs for the first time in 15 games, a streak that began May 19. The Yankees went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. "We weren't able to score enough," manager Aaron Boone said. Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gleyber Torres with two on in the ninth to wrap his 11th save, and Eric Sogard had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time since beating San Diego on May 26. Toronto went winless on a six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Colorado. "It's a lot better when we win," Blue Jays pitcher Clayton Richard said. "It's a lot more fun. We can listen to music and have a good time together."

The Blue Jays (championship rings for sale) scored just three total runs in their final two losses in Colorado, but they topped that with a four-run fifth against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka (3-5) lost his second straight start, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. "The home run ball hurt him on a couple of hanging sliders," Boone said. "That was kind of the difference tonight." Daniel Hudson (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings and Giles got the final four outs. Frazier opened the scoring with a two-run drive off left-hander Clayton Richard in the fourth, his 11th. Earlier in the day, Frazier expressed a mix of defiance and remorse in his first public comments since three defensive mistakes in the last innings of a loss to Boston last weekend.

Frazier said his homer "felt good," and was "much-needed," but denied using the discussion around him as fuel. "I don't need motivation through articles that are written," he said. Grichuk halved the deficit with a leadoff drive in the fifth, his 10th. Cavan Biggio followed with a walk and was initially ruled out on an attempted steal of second, but the call was overturned following a video review. One batter later, Galvis gave the Blue Jays the lead with his ninth home run. He is blast snapped an 0-for-16 slump. Sogard hit a two-out double and made it 4-2 when he scored on a base hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

"Any time you beat teams like that, they're big wins," Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays championship rings for sale) manager Charlie Montoyo said. "You have to play your A-game and we did tonight." Hicks homered off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his second.