Red Sox top Yankees again behind Porcello’s gem

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Rick Porcello retired the last 21 batters he faced en route to a one-hitter, and Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer in an explosive three-run first inning Friday night as the host Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 in a game that featured Alex Cora’s first ejection as Red Sox manager.

Porcello (14-4) hit Brett Gardner with his third pitch of the game and served up a home run to Miguel Andujar leading off the third inning. But he did not give up another baserunner the rest of the way in his 10th career complete game and first of the season.

The right-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He faced just one batter over the minimum, with Gardner having been erased on a double play in the first inning.

The win was Boston’s sixth in its last seven games, and gave the Red Sox a 6-5 lead over the Yankees in the season series. The Red Sox increased their lead in the American League East to 7 1/2 games over the Yankees, who lost their third straight.

A’s 1, Tigers 0 (13 innings)

Ramon Laureano’s first major league hit, a 13th-inning single that one-hopped the fence in right field, drove in Nick Martini with the only run of the game, as Oakland outlasted visiting Detroit in one of the season’s best pitching duels.

Well after left-handers Brett Anderson of the A’s and Blaine Hardy of the Tigers had taken no-hitters past the midpoint of the contest and left a scoreless tie, Martini led off the 13th with a walk off the fifth Tigers pitcher, right-hander Buck Farmer (3-4).

Two outs later, Jonathan Lucroy singled Martini to second, from where he coasted home on Laureano’s walk-off hit to the opposite field. The 24-year-old Laureano had been promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day. He’d gone 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before the game-winner.

Brewers 5, Rockies 3

Eric Thames hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Milwaukee rallied to beat visiting Colorado.

Christian Yelich also homered for the Brewers, who kept pace with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. Milwaukee trails Chicago by a game for first place.

The Brewers trailed 3-2 entering the ninth when Colorado closer Wade Davis (1-5) blew a save for the second day in a row. He got the first out before issuing two walks. He got Jonathan Schoop to pop up for the second out before Thames hit a 1-1 fastball into the right field seats. It was Thames’ 15th homer of the season and Davis’ sixth blown save in 37 chances.

Astros 2, Dodgers 1

Justin Verlander struck out 14 over 7 2/3 innings and George Springer had a two-run double as Houston won at Los Angeles in the first game between the clubs since last fall’s World Series.

Springer owned the 2017 Fall Classic with five home runs, including homers in four consecutive games. On Friday it was as if the series never ended, as he walked in the first inning and gave the Astros a pair of runs in the second.

Verlander was in complete control, striking out five consecutive batters between the first and second innings and striking out the side in both the second and the fourth. Other than a home run by Joc Pederson, Verlander (11-6) gave up just three singles, and Hector Rondon got the final four outs for his 11th save.

Angels 7, Indians 4

Shohei Ohtani had four hits, including two homers, and David Fletcher’s RBI double in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie to help Los Angeles win at Cleveland.

The victory not only ended a four-game Angels losing streak but also snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Indians at Progressive Field, dating to September of 2014. The Angels were without center fielder Mike Trout for the second game in a row because of a right wrist contusion.

Batting third for the first time in his career, Ohtani had his first career four-hit game in the majors, including his first two home runs away from Angel Stadium. He also singled twice, scored three runs and stole a base.

Cubs 5, Padres 4

Javier Baez and David Bote each threw out a runner at the plate over the final two innings as Chicago turned back two San Diego rallies to score a victory at Wrigley Field.

Baez beat the Padres with his bat, arm and legs as the Cubs bounced back from Thursday night’s 6-1 loss. In the top of the eighth, he threw a runner out at the plate to help stop a Padres rally. And he tripled to open the eighth and scored what proved to be the winning run on Ian Happ’s sacrifice fly to center.

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