MLB: Mets rally, split with Phillies in London

By Sports Desk June 09, 2024

The New York Mets scored three times in the top of the ninth inning, then held off a late comeback attempt by the Philadelphia Phillies to conclude Major League Baseball's London Series with a 6-5 win on Sunday.

New York took advantage of a wild outing from Philadelphia closer Jose Alvarado to rally for a 6-4 lead in the top of the ninth, then got a game-ending double-play after the Phillies loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning to earn a split of the two-game set held at London Stadium.

The MLB-leading Phillies entered the contest on a four-game winning streak following Saturday's 7-2 victory over New York in the British capital.

Philadelphia appeared on its way to a sweep, but Alvarado couldn't protect a 4-3 lead after entering to start the ninth.

The left-hander walked Tyrone Taylor to begin the inning before surrendering singles to Jeff McNeil and Mark Vientos, the latter plating Taylor with the tying run. Luis Torrens then drew a walk to re-load the bases, and Alvarado hit Pete Alonso with a pitch two batters later to force in the go-ahead run.

Jose Iglesias, pinch-running for Vientos, then came home on a passed ball by Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto to extend New York's advantage to 6-4.

The Phillies would threaten in their half, however, as singles by Christian Pache and Bryce Harper and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. New York reliever Drew Smith then walked Alec Bohm to bring in Pache and cut the lead to 6-5.

Smith would get Nick Castellanos to hit a dribbler in front of home plate, though, and catcher Torrens stepped on the base to get a forceout before throwing Castellanos out at first to end the game.

The Phillies had taken a 4-3 edge on pinch-hitter David Dahl's solo home run off Dedniel Nunez in the seventh.

Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 4 and scored Philadelphia's first run by coming in from third on a double-play ball off the bat of Bohm in the first inning. The Phillies struck twice more in the fourth as Edmundo Sosa knocked in Castellanos with a double and scored on Whit Merrifield's single.

Philadelphia starter Taijuan Walker held the Mets scoreless until the sixth, when New York put two on in front of Brandon Nimmo's run-scoring double and J.D. Martinez followed with a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3.


Yankees bash three homers to avoid sweep by Dodgers

Aaron Judge hit one of three home runs by the New York Yankees as the American League leaders avoided a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4 win.

Trent Grisham had the biggest blow, a go-ahead three-run homer off Tyler Glasnow in the sixth inning that helped New York salvage the finale of this anticipated series between two of the majors' premier teams.

Judge had two more hits in addition to his MLB-leading 24th homer of the season and knocked in a pair of runs for the Yankees, who also received a solo homer from Oswaldo Cabrera.

Teoscar Hernandez briefly put Los Angeles ahead with his third homer of the series, a solo shot off Luis Gil that snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning. However, the Yankees answered in their half of the frame to spoil a 12-strikeout performance from Glasnow.

WIth Judge and Alex Verdugo having reached on infield singles, Grisham cracked a line drive into the right field stands to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. The reserve outfielder was in the lineup with star Juan Soto out for a third straight game due to a sore forearm.

The Dodgers got a run back in the top of the eighth when Shohei Ohtani doubled and later scored on Will Smith's sacrifice fly. Judge restored New York's two-run advantage, however, with a blast off Yohan Ramirez in the bottom of the inning.

Los Angeles threatened by putting two runners on in the ninth, but New York closer Clay Holmes struck out Mookie Betts to end the game and notch his 19th save.

Glasnow (6-5) worked six innings and was reached for five runs, two of which came in the third on Cabrera's lead-off homer and back-to-back doubles by Verdugo and Judge.

The Dodgers drew even in the fifth on Betts' two-out double off Gil that brought in Andy Pages and Gavin Lux, who had reached on a double and single, respectively.

Gil, who entered the game leading the AL with a 1.82 ERA, permitted three runs in 5 2/3 innings.


Happ, Imanaga help Cubs end Reds' seven-game winning streak

Ian Happ delivered a three-run double in the first inning to support a bounce-back start from Shota Imanaga as the Chicago Cubs ended the Cincinnati Reds' seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.

Imanaga (6-1) yielded two runs on five hits while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings to return to his early-season form. The Japanese lefty posted a 0.84 ERA over his first nine MLB starts before being tagged for 12 runs - eight earned - in 8 2/3 innings over his last two.

The Cubs gave Imanaga a quick lead as Cincinnati starter Frankie Montas struggled in the first inning. Mike Tauchman opened the game with a walk and Seiya Suzuki followed with a double before Christopher Morel drew a walk to load the bases with one out.

Happ then lined Montas' pitch down the right field line to bring in all three Chicago runners.

The Cubs extended the lead to 4-0 when Miguel Amaya doubled off Montas in the second and scored on Tauchman's single.

Luke Maile's solo homer off Imanaga in the third got the Reds on the board, and Cincinnati drew closer when consecutive singles by Spencer Steer, Jonathan India and Santiago Espinal led to another run in the seventh.

Mark Leiter then relieved Imanaga and prevented further damage, and Hector Neris struck out two in a perfect ninth to record his ninth save and allow Chicago to avoid being swept in the four-game series.

Montas (3-5) lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was tagged for four runs on five hits and three walks. 

Suzuki finished 3 for 5 in his return from a one-game absence. The outfielder was held out of Saturday's game after being hit in the back with a throw on Friday.


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