Teixeira's grand slam carries Yankees
SEATTLE — The overwhelming feeling from Mark Teixeira and his New York teammates was to savor what happened on Monday night.
Scoring seven runs off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez — capped by Teixeira's ninth career grand slam — is a rare occurrence.
"You never really know what you're going to get with a guy like Felix," Teixeira said. "He could be throwing the ball on the corners. He could be throwing the ball down in the dirt. He could be coming after you 0-1, 0-2. I think the first few innings we were probably a little over aggressive and then we made the adjustment."
Teixeira's grand slam was part of the Yankees' five-run fifth inning, and Michael Pineda allowed two runs pitching into the seventh of New York's 7-2 win over the Mariners on Monday night.
The anticipated matchup between two of the top right-handers in the American League met expectations for three innings before Hernandez (8-2) fell apart in stunning fashion.
The Yankees took advantage of five walks and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score as the AL wins leader lost his rhythm following a brief rain shower that dampened Safeco Field before the retractable roof could close.
With Hernandez struggling, Teixeira didn't miss his chance to blow the game open. With only one out in the fifth, Hernandez fell behind 2-0 and left a pitch in the middle of the plate that Teixeira hit for his 15th homer of the season and sixth career long ball off Hernandez.
It was the first grand slam for Teixeira since June 3, 2013, against Cleveland and the third of the season for the Yankees.
"That was a home run ball," Hernandez said.
While Hernandez faltered, Pineda (7-2) was outstanding pitching in Seattle for the first time since being traded by the Mariners after the 2011 season, when he was an All-Star. Pineda didn't allow a runner to reach second base until Seth Smith's triple in the seventh that scored Kyle Seager from first.
Pineda won his second straight decision and struck out nine, matching his second-highest total this season.
"I was very excited today for this game. I was very happy to be here and pitching in Safeco Field. I'm happy tonight," Pineda said. "I had really good focus today and tried to do my best on the mound."
Hernandez was the star for the first three innings when "King Felix" lived up to his moniker. Hernandez rolled through the Yankees' lineup the first time, needing just 21 pitches — 18 strikes — and recording four strikeouts to set down the first nine batters in order.
But it all fell apart for Seattle's ace starting in the fourth.
"It doesn't happen very often to Felix. He's pitched really well against us over the years, so it was kind of nice," New York manager Joe Girardi said.
ASTROS 5, ORIOLES 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis drove in two runs in a four-run seventh inning and the Houston Astros continued their late-inning magic as they rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The Astros have scored a major league-leading 94 runs in the seventh inning or later this season.
They trailed by one entering the seventh before a leadoff single by Chris Carter knocked starter Ubaldo Jimenez out of the game. He was replaced by Brad Brach (3-1), who walked Luis Valbuena before a single by pinch-hitter Hank Conger loaded the bases.
George Springer singled to tie it up with one out before Jose Altuve's sacrifice fly put Houston on top. Gattis drove in two more to make it 5-2.
Will Harris (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win and Luke Gregerson struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
BREWERS 1, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Fiers and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter and Carlos Gomez had a first-inning RBI single in the Brewers' victory over the Cardinals.
Fiers (2-5) allowed four hits in six innings, one shy of his season high, and won for the first time in six starts since May 2 at Chicago.
Johnathan Broxton, Neal Cotts, James Jeffress and Francisco Rodriguez combined to allow four hits without walking a batter in Milwaukee's fourth shutout of the season. Rodriguez finished for his ninth save.
The win comes a day after the Brewers beat Arizona in 17 innings.
Jaime Garcia (1-2) worked seven sterling innings and Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds had two singles apiece for the Cardinals, shut out for the fifth time but first time at home where they're among the best in the league at 20-7.
CUBS 5, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Jason Hammel had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, and the Cubs beat the Marlins.
With his start pushed back because of a cracked fingernail and a rainout, Hammel (4-2) pitched for the first time in eight days, and he seemed to benefit from the extra rest. He allowed one run, four hits and no walks, lowering his ERA to 2.82.
Hammel threw 117 pitches, his highest total since 2009. Two relievers completed a six-hitter, and the Marlins struck out 13 times.
The Cubs had scored only 13 runs in their previous seven games, and they showed a little offensive life with eight hits. Starlin Castro hit his fourth homer, and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had an RBI double.
Jose Urena (0-2), making his second major league start, improved on his rocky debut but allowed three runs in six innings. The Marlins fell to 4-10 under manager Dan Jennings.
PIRATES 4, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out nine to win his third straight start, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth after a pair of called strikeouts, and the Pirates beat the Giants.
Andrew McCutchen had two likely hits stolen by great plays in the outfield and he instead settled for sacrifice flies against Ryan Vogelsong (4-3).
Cole (8-2) struck out the side in order in the fourth, then worked a 1-2-3 fifth before loading the bases with none out in the sixth. He got out of it with a strikeout of Brandon Belt and inducing Brandon Crawford's inning-ending double play.
Belt's two-run, two-out double in the first put San Francisco ahead in a rematch of the NL one-game wild card won 8-0 by the eventual champion Giants last October at PNC Park.
METS 7, PADRES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jacob deGrom took a perfect game into the sixth and allowed two hits over eight innings, leading the Mets to a win over the Padres.
The lanky right-hander struck out the first four batters and did not allow a baserunner until Clint Barmes led off the sixth with single through the right side of the infield.
After striking out rookie Austin Hedges, deGrom (6-4) induced pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte to hit a grounder back to the mound, and deGrom started an inning-ending double play to shortstop Wilmer Flores.
Will Middlebrooks had the Padres' other hit — an infield single in the eighth — before Sean Gilmartin pitched the ninth to finish the two-hitter. DeGrom faced one batter over the minimum for eight innings.
ANGELS 7, RAYS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols homered twice, and Mike Trout and David Freese also went deep for the Los Angeles Angels in a victory over the Rays, extending their winning streak to five games.
Pujols extended the Angels' lead to 5-3 in the fifth inning with a solo shot to left off rookie Alex Colome, then hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Andrew Bellatti to end the scoring. It was his 13th this season and 533rd of his career, one shy of Jimmie Foxx for 17th place all-time.
The three-time NL MVP, who has homered in four of his last five games, has 1,117 extra-base hits for his career — tying Foxx and Ted Williams for 16th in that department.
The Angels have 13 homers in their last five games, five coming in an 8-6 win over Detroit on Saturday during their four-game sweep of the Tigers.
DODGERS 11, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Clayton Kershaw had a career-high three hits to back his strong pitching performance and Joc Pederson lined one of Los Angeles' four homers, helping the Dodgers beat the Rockies.
Known for his powerful left arm, Kershaw (4-3) was just as lethal at the plate. He had a double and two singles, including a run-scoring liner to left as part of a six-run sixth that broke open a tight game.
Kershaw allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings. He hasn't lost to the Rockies in nearly two years, spanning nine starts.
Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins hit solo homers in the second off Kyle Kendrick (2-7), who gave up six runs — five earned — in 5 1-3 innings. He's allowed 15 homers this season, tying James Shields for most in the majors.
Nolan Arenado hits a two-run homer off Kershaw in the fourth. It was his third straight game with a homer, the longest stretch of his career.
BRAVES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Freddie Freeman homered for the second straight game and Andrelton Simmons had three hits to help the Braves to a win over the Diamondbacks.
Freeman's two-run blast came in the fifth inning with Simmons on base, and Freeman also drove in a run with a sixth-inning single. Simmons extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and the runs were more than enough for Alex Wood (4-2), who held the Diamondbacks to a run on seven hits in eight innings.
The Braves, winners of their previous two games, tagged Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley (2-3) for three runs in the second inning, all with two out. A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes singled and No. 8 hitter Todd Cunningham was walked intentionally to get to Wood, who lined a single up the middle for two runs batted in.