Blackmon HR lifts Rockies over Astros

Thursday, July 26, 2018

DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Colorado held the World Series champions Houston Astros to one hit in a 3-2 win at Coors Field on Wednesday.

Jon Gray pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies.

Blackmon drove a 3-1 pitch from Collin McHugh (5-1) into the Houston bullpen for his 20th home run of the season and second career game-ending hit. It was a dramatic finish to a wild game in which the Astros had a triple wiped out after a replay review because of fan interference, and the Rockies scored the tying run on a foul popup.

AL MVP Jose Altuve ended up with Houston's only hit — an RBI double — before leaving with discomfort in his right knee.

Wade Davis (1-3) worked a scoreless inning for the win.



SEATTLE (AP) — Jean Segura chopped the first pitch from Sam Dyson into center field to score Guillermo Heredia with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Seattle Mariners won yet another one-run game by beating San Francisco 3-2 on Wednesday.

Seattle came up with just enough offense to split the two-game interleague series, and it was one of their All-Stars who came through. Heredia walked to lead off the eighth inning against Tony Watson (3-4) and advanced to second on Dee Gordon's bunt. Gordon was initially called safe but was out on review.

Dyson, who shut down the Mariners a night earlier, took over and was greeted by Segura's chopper up the middle, and Heredia beat the throw home from Steven Duggar.

Alex Colome (3-5) pitched the eighth inning, and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his league-best 38th save in 41 chances. Seattle improved to 27-12 in one-run games this season.



TORONTO (AP) — Max Kepler drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a six-run 11th inning, and Minnesota completed its first sweep at Toronto in more than 15 years with a 12-6 win over Tornonto on Wednesday.

Mitch Garver went 4 for 6 with a homer and five RBIs and Joe Mauer had three hits and three RBIs as Minnesota swept a three-game series north of the border for the first time since April 11-13, 2003.

Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Sean Barber after right-hander Jake Petricka (1-1) hit Kepler with a 1-2 pitch that forced home Brian Dozier from third base.

Matt Belisle (1-0) pitched two innings as the Twins won their third straight, bouncing back after being swept at Kansas City over the weekend in their first series following the All-Star break.