MLB roundup: Astros blow big lead, still top Rangers 12-11

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The visiting Houston Astros blew an eight-run lead, then rallied in the ninth inning on RBI doubles from Jose Abreu and Chas McCormick for a wild 12-11 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday at Arlington, Texas.

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The Astros had a 10-2 lead going into the bottom of the fourth but found themselves trailing 11-10 in the ninth before Abreu and McCormick salvaged the day with their back-to-back doubles off Rangers closer Will Smith (1-3).

Astros closer Ryan Pressly ended the game by striking out Jonah Heim for his 18th save. Houston right-hander Bryan Abreu (3-2) earned the win despite allowing an unearned run in the eighth.

Travis Jankowski hit a three-run home run in the fourth, then added a two-run single in what became a four-run fifth inning as the Rangers pulled to within 10-9. Adolis Garcia’s solo homer tied the game at 10-10 in the seventh, and Corey Seager’s sacrifice fly gave Texas an 11-10 lead in the eighth.

Brewers 8, Cubs 6

Willy Adames delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as Milwaukee rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat visiting Chicago.

Milwaukee trailed 6-3 before tying the game with two outs in the seventh inning on Jahmai Jones’ bases-clearing, pinch-hit double. After Adames’ single off Mark Leiter Jr. (1-2) gave Milwaukee its first lead of the game, the Brewers added an insurance run on Owen Miller’s sacrifice fly.

The Cubs threatened with two runners on and two outs in the ninth inning before Devin Williams struck out Dansby Swanson to secure Milwaukee’s largest comeback victory of the season. Nick Madrigal and Tucker Barnhart drove in two runs apiece for Chicago.

Braves 4, Guardians 2

Michael Harris II homered twice and visiting Atlanta beat Cleveland for its ninth consecutive win. Marcell Ozuna also went deep for the Braves, who have won 17 of 18 to move 30 games over .500 (57-27).

Atlanta starter Bryce Elder (7-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save in 17 tries.

Cleveland rookie Gavin Williams (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Steven Kwan had three hits for the Guardians, who had won two in a row.

Reds 3, Nationals 2

Joey Votto smacked a two-run home run and visiting Cincinnati relied on its bullpen to hold on and defeat Washington.

Tyler Stephenson had two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who have won five of six. Luke Weaver (2-2) pitched five-plus innings for the win, allowing two runs on six hits. Ian Gibaut, Buck Farmer, Derek Law and Alexis Diaz held the Nationals scoreless the rest of the way.

Jeimer Candelario homered for Washington, which had won four of five. Dickerson and Lane Thomas had two hits apiece. Nationals starter Jake Irvin (1-5) gave up three runs on six hits over six innings.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 4

Pinch hitter Yuli Gurriel hit a game-tying, two-run double to push Miami toward a comeback victory over visiting St. Louis.

The Marlins trailed 4-2 in the seventh inning before Gurriel delivered his double and Nick Fortes followed with a go-ahead RBI single. Reliever Huascar Brazoban (3-1) earned the victory and A.J. Puk closed out the ninth to earn his 14th save.

Willson Contreras went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

Yankees 6, Orioles 3

Harrison Bader hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning and New York rallied for a victory over visiting Baltimore.

New York’s Giancarlo Stanton opened the eighth with a single off Yennier Cano (1-1) before Anthony Rizzo followed with a single off Danny Coulombe. Bader then sent a 1-1 pitch into the left field seats for his seventh homer.

Coming off the fourth perfect game in team history, Yankees starter Domingo German allowed three runs, two earned, and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Tommy Kahnle (1-0) got the win, and Clay Holmes earned his 10th save.

–Field Level Media

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