Paul Goldschmidt hit three home runs and then was intentionally walked in the ninth inning with a chance to tie the major-league record, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers in Milwaukee 9-5 Friday night.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell signaled for the free pass with one out and a runner on second. Cardinals fans behind the visiting dugout cheered as Goldschmidt approached the plate and booed loudly when Counsell made the move.
Just 18 players have hit four homers in a game, including J.D. Martinez and Scooter Gennett in 2017.
Goldschmidt had four hits and drove in five runs in his second game with St. Louis. The six-time All-Star was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first game Thursday after an offseason trade from Arizona. In position to test free agency after this season, Goldschmidt instead signed a $130 million deal last week to stay with St. Louis through 2024.
Goldschmidt crushed a fastball from Freddy Peralta in the first inning for a two-run shot. He hit a solo drive off Taylor Williams in the sixth, then another two-run homer against Jacob Barnes in the seventh. It was Goldschmidt’s second career three-homer game and his first since tallying a career-best six RBIs against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 3, 2017.
Matt Carpenter had two hits for St. Louis. His 1,000th career hit drove in a run in the seventh.
Christian Yelich homered for Milwaukee for the second straight day, spoiling lefty reliever Andrew Miller’s first outing with St. Louis. Ryan Braun added a three-run homer for Milwaukee.
Rockies 6, Marlins 1: Charlie Blackmon had three hits and two RBIs, German Marquez struck out seven in six innings and Colorado pulled away late in Miami. Nolan Arenado and Tony Wolters each had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who went ahead for good on Blackmon’s double that landed just inside the left-field line in the seventh. “Overall, (Marquez) pitched great,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He got a feel for his breaking ball. The fastball had good carry and life all night.” Marquez allowed two hits and one run, and the Rockies have yielded only six hits in the season’s first two games. “Baseball is a mental game and you have to remain under control,” Marquez said.
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 0: Matt Shoemaker pitched seven sharp innings to win his Toronto debut as the host Blue Jays gave Charlie Montoyo his first victory as a major-league manager. Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis each drove in two runs, a day after the Blue Jays were blanked in a 10-inning loss. Montoyo spent 18 years as a minor-league manager and four as a big-league coach before being hired to replace John Gibbons in Toronto. “Now I can retire,” Montoyo joked. “I have a win at every level.”
Rays 4, Astros 2: Charlie Morton was solid in his debut for Tampa Bay, pitching five innings and striking out eight against his former team in a home victory. The 35-year-old right-hander, two seasons removed from helping Houston win a World Series, allowed two runs and three hits in his first start since signing a $30 million, two-year contract as a free agent.
Red Sox 7, Mariners 6: Boston scored four runs in the last two innings to win in Seattle. Reliever Hunter Strickland, a former Giant, gave up a home run to Mitch Moreland in the ninth and got the loss for the Mariners.
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