Walks in the park: Mets stroll away with a victory over wild Twins

Jake Odorizzi and Minnesota’s bullpen went wild, allowing seven straight batters to reach base without a single fair ball and letting Noah Syndergaard and the Mets stroll past the Twins 9-6 in New York on Wednesday night.

A startling stretch that snowballed saw Odorizzi and relievers Andrew Vasquez and Cal alum Trevor Hildenberger walk six and hit a batter without an out in a six-run fifth inning.

Odorizzi had retired 13 of 14 batters before Jeff McNeil singled, the Mets’ first hit. Odorizzi then walked Amed Rosario, J.D. Davis and Syndergaard, all on full counts. At one point, Odorizzi threw his hands over his head in disbelief.

Reds 2, Marlins 1: Jose Iglesias led off the eighth with a homer, and Jesse Winker connected one out later for host Cincinnati.

Nationals 15, Phillies 1: Jeremy Hellickson pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and visiting Washington won in a rout.

Astros 8, Yankees 6: Jose Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and host Houston completed its first sweep of New York.

Rangers 5, D’backs 2: Lance Lynn struck out nine and former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hit a solo homer as visiting Texas beat Arizona, which got 10 strikeouts from starter Robbie Ray.

Angels 4, Brewers 2: Justin Bour’s two-run single keyed a four-run third inning for host Los Angeles, which has won six straight. Christian Yelich hit two RBI singles for Milwaukee.

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 2: Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna homered, Jack Flaherty tossed six effective innings and host St. Louis beat Los Angeles.

Pirates 5, Cubs 2: Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in crisp six innings, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered, and visiting Pittsburgh topped Chicago.

Mariners 6, Royals 5: Mitch Haniger hit a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning for visiting Seattle. Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to a Royals-record 31 games.

Tigers 4, Indians 1: Niko Goodrum and John Hicks homered to power host Detroit to its sixth win in seven games.

Rays 9, White Sox 1: Tommy Pham homered twice, leading Tampa Bay to its first series sweep in Chicago.

Braves-Rockies, ppd: The game was postponed because of inclement weather and will be made up Aug. 26 in Denver.

Briefly: Forbes estimates the Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $4.6 billion, up 15 percent from 2018. The Dodgers are second at $3.3 billion, then the Red Sox at $3.2 billion, the Cubs ($3.1 billion) and the Giants ($3 billion). … Left-hander Jon Lester (strained hamstring) went on the 10-day injured list for the Cubs, who called up lefty Tim Collins from Triple-A Iowa. … Infielder Matt Carpenter and the Cardinals OKd a contract for 2020 and ’21, a deal that includes an option for 2022.

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