Michael Chavis took on the New York Yankees almost single-handedly, hitting two home runs that resulted in five points in a 10-2 Red Sox victory on Sunday in Boston.
Bobby Dalbec and JD Martinez also sent a ball into the stands in the victory. Jackie Bradley Jr. (singles), Tzu-Wei Lin (ball-sacrifice) and Jonathan Arauz (singles) produced the other points for the Massachusetts team.
Luke Voit hit his 21st homer of the season in a losing cause. The victory went to the record of Tanner Houck (2-0), who still has not conceded a deserved run in two starts.
Deivi Garcia (2-2) gave up six runs, eight safe hits and one walk in three innings for the Yankees.
The Red Sox still remain last in the Eastern Section of the American League, 11.5 games behind the Yankees, second in the same section. It was also a first 11-game loss for the Bronx Bombardiers, who were looking to sweep a third straight series. With a win, they would have qualified for the playoffs.
Orioles avoid humiliation
The Orioles also caused some surprise, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in Baltimore. The Florida formation had repotted the first four parts of this series of five.
The pitchers particularly stood out in this meeting. John Means (2-3) earned the win after giving up just one point and three hits. He also had 12 strikeouts in just five innings and two-thirds of work. Cesar Valdez signed the rescue.
Ryan Yarbrough (1-4) didn't look bad in the loss, conceding two runs, five safe hitting and two walks in seven innings.
It was a single from Renato Nunez that was the source of the two points for the home team. Willy Adames was the only one to respond with a long solo ball.
Finally a victory for the Blue Jays
Pitcher Taijuan Walker provided an inspired outing for the Toronto Blue Jays, who returned to victory by defeating the Phillies 6-3 on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Walker (4-3) allowed just one run, four safe hitting and two walks, while striking out eight opponents in six innings on the mound. Anthony Bass made a sixth save this season.
However, the succession has almost screwed up the visitors' five-point lead. Thomas Hatch indeed allowed the Phillies to fill the trails without getting a withdrawal at the end of the seventh inning. However, he limited the damage to two points which were scored thanks to a single from Alec Bohm. However, an error in the game meant that the points were not earned.
A two-run double from Jonathan Davis and an equally good two-run homer from Teoscar Hernandez, each time at the expense of Heath Hembree, gave the Jays a comfortable cushion in the sixth and seventh inning.
An illegal feint from Adonis Medina allowed Cavan Biggio to open the scoring in the first set, then Lourdes Gurriel Jr. pushed Bo Bichette towards the plate with a single moments later.
Medina (0-1) still did well in her first game in major league baseball. He conceded three hits and as many walks in four innings of work.
This is a first victory in seven games for the Jays. The Canadian squad was swept away by the New York Yankees in a three-game series by a combined score of 43-15 before losing the first three games of the series to the Phillies.