Reynaldo Lopez struck out a 14 — part of a record-tying 20-strikeout performance by White Sox pitchers — as Chicago defeated the visiting Tigers 4-1 on Sunday.
“He knew he was commanding his fastball and he was aggressive with all his pitches,” catcher Welington Castillo said of Lopez. “It didn’t matter who was in the batter’s box.”
Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome struck out two batters apiece in one-inning stints after Lopez exited as the White Sox matched the major-league record for strikeouts in the first nine innings of a game set by Roger Clemens in April 1986. The mark has since been matched by Clemens (1996), Kerry Wood (1998), Randy Johnson (2000) and Max Scherzer (2016) as well as by five Angels pitchers (led by Zack Greinke, in 2012) and five Boston pitchers (led by Drew Pomeranz, in 2017).
“It tells you they had great stuff,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said of Chicago’s pitchers. “Guys (were) in a lot of bad hitting situations, and we didn’t put the ball in play.”
Angels 7, Royals 3: Albert Pujols passed Barry Bonds for third place in career RBIs, hitting a two-run double in the first inning to help visiting Los Angeles win. Two days after passing Lou Gehrig for fourth place, Pujols increased his RBI total to 1,997 — one more than Bonds’ total — when he pulled a fastball from Homer Bailey past third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez. Pujols trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) in RBIs, which became an official statistic in 1920.
Mets 5, Brewers 2: J.D. Davis’ tie-breaking, pinch-hit single in the seventh lifted New York to a victory in a game from which Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and the Mets’ Robinson Cano exited early. Yelich singled in the fourth and then injured his back on an attempted stolen base. He will be evaluated Monday. Cano left after a pitch struck his left hand. Though X-rays were negative, he was scheduled for an MRI exam Monday.
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Nationals 7, Padres 6: Matt Adams hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning to allow Washington to avoid a three-game sweep. Carter Kieboom, Victor Robles and Juan Soto all homered for the Nationals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time three teammates under the age of 22 homered in the same game. Soto is 20. Kieboom and Robles are 21. San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. left in the 10th inning after suffering a hamstring injury while stretching for a throw at second base.
Dodgers 7, Pirates 6: Max Muncy singled home the tying run in the fifth inning and the go-ahead run in the seventh as host Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Rangers 14, Mariners 1: Elvis Andrus, Hunter Pence, Logan Forsythe and Shin-Soo Choo homered and Lance Lynn allowed one run over seven innings for visiting Texas.
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 5: Ben Zobrist doubled home two runs to snap a 15th-inning tie and then scored on Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly before Chicago survived a scare in the bottom of the inning to beat Arizona.
Astros 4, Indians 1: Robinson Chirinos hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in a four-run seventh inning for host Houston.
Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Daniel Robertson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Yandy Diaz added a two-run triple in the second for visiting Tampa Bay.
Phillies 5, Marlins 1: Zach Eflin threw a seven-hitter, the first complete game for a Philadelphia pitcher since September 2017, as the Phillies won their third in a row.
Braves 8, Rockies 7: Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run in the eighth, one of Atlanta’s four homers, as the host Braves avoided a three-game sweep.
Twins 4, Orioles 1: Max Kepler and Byron Buxton homered as host Minnesota completed a six-game season series sweep of Baltimore.
Cardinals 5, Reds 2: Jack Flaherty pitched seven shutout innings and Yadier Molina drove in three runs as host St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games.
Briefly: The White Sox placed outfielder Eloy Jimenez on the injured list because of a high right ankle sprain. … Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went on the IL because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
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