Aaron Sanchez looked like a reinvented pitcher in his Houston debut, throwing six stellar innings to start the host Astros on a combined no-hitter Saturday night in their 9-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Sanchez was an All-Star in 2016 and led the American League in ERA, but he’s struggled badly this season and had lost 13 straight decisions to lead the majors with 14 losses. Three days after he was acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline, the 27-year-old right-hander teamed with Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski to shut down Seattle.
“Just trying to have a good first impression,” Sanchez said.
It was the second time in less than a month the last-place Mariners were no-hit by multiple pitchers. The Los Angeles Angels used two pitchers in a combined no-hitter July 12 against Seattle on a night when they honored late left-hander Tyler Skaggs by all wearing his No. 45 in their first home game since his death.
Sanchez (4-14) was replaced by Will Harris to start the seventh after throwing 92 pitches.
Harris and Joe Biagini, also obtained from the Blue Jays in the same deal that netted Sanchez, each worked one inning before Devenski tossed a perfect ninth. He retired All-Star slugger Daniel Vogelbach on a routine fly for the final out, setting off an Astros celebration on the field.
“This is awesome,” Sanchez said, adding: “You can’t write it up any better than this.”
Yankees sweep Red Sox: DJ LeMahieu hit a pair of home runs off an enraged Chris Sale in the opener, Mike Tauchman had a tiebreaking, two-run single against Matt Barnes in the seventh of the nightcap and host New York swept a doubleheader from Boston 9-2 and 6-4. Boston’s losing streak reached seven.
Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Walker Buehler struck out 15 in his second career complete game, and Los Angeles beat visiting San Diego.
Rays 8, Marlins 6: Eric Sogard homered twice and finished with a career-high five RBIs, and host Tampa Bay beat Miami. Willy Adames and Austin Meadows also connected as Tampa Bay won for the seventh time in eight games.
Cubs 4, Brewers 1: Cole Hamels pitched five shutout innings after spending five weeks on the injured list, Albert Almora Jr. hit a tiebreaking home run and host Chicago beat Milwaukee.
Indians 7, Angels 2: Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis homered during Cleveland’s five-run fifth inning, and the host Indians won.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4: Trey Mancini homered and drove in four runs, Jonathan Villar also went deep and host Baltimore beat Torontoto end the Blue Jays’ five-game winning streak.
Mets 7, Pirates 5: Marcus Stroman’s debut with the New York Mets didn’t quite go as planned. Wilson Ramos made sure it didn’t matter, hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth and adding a three-run double in the ninth to lift the visiting Mets past Pittsburgh.
Phillies 3, White Sox 2: Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings, Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins homered and host Philadelphia beat Chicago.
Braves 5, Reds 4: Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single off Robert Stephenson with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning and host Atlanta Braves recovered from blowing two leads to beat Cincinnati.
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