David Bote made his presence felt Saturday night by smacking two home runs and driving in five runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-1 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bote smacked a three-run home run off starter Zack Godley to cap a five-run third inning. Bote followed with a two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Matt Koch.
A tense moment occurred in the seventh when Bote was drilled on the left arm by a pitch from Koch. Bote started to jog to first base when Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy started to follow him. That prompted the benches to empty.
The inning started when Anthony Rizzo smacked a solo home run off Koch. After Bote was hit, Jason Heyward followed with a single to score Javier Baez.
Bote’s production will make it difficult for the Cubs to move him off the roster if they add infielder Addison Russell to the roster when he completes a 40-game suspension. The Cubs could send Russell to Triple-A.
Meanwhile, the run support was plenty for Cubs starter Yu Darvish, who needed 56 pitches to complete the first two innings but did throw six innings and 110 pitches — both season highs.
Darvish allowed two hits while walking four and tying his season high with eight strikeouts. Darvish has struck out 23 in his past three starts.
Rays 2, Red Sox 1: Yandy Diaz hit David Price’s second pitch over the Green Monster for a home run, Charlie Morton pitched six shutout innings and visiting Tampa Bay held off Boston. Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was scratched because of back spasms.
Brewers 8, Mets 6: Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 14th home run, tying the record for the most before May 1, and visiting Milwaukee opened a five-run lead and held on to beat New York.
Rockies 9, Braves 5: Charlie Blackmon hit a go-ahead, two-run double, Trevor Story followed with a three-run homer during a ninth-inning rally and visiting Colorado beat Atlanta for its 10th win in 12 games.
Dodgers 3, Pirates 1: Clayton Kershaw delivered a vintage outing for his first win of the season, allowing one run over seven innings to help host Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh.
Twins 9, Orioles 2: Host Minnesota hit five home runs off Baltimore for the second straight day, including a pair by Max Kepler. C.J. Cron, Jason Castro and Marwin González also homered for the Twins, who have 21 home runs against the Orioles while going 5-0. Baltimore has given up 69 homers in 28 games, a pace of 399 for the season.
Rangers 15, Mariners 1: Mike Minor struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, and visiting Texas pounded Seattle to stop a five-game losing streak. Elvis Andrus and Roughned Odor each hit a three-run homer for Texas, which had 20 hits.
Royals 9, Angels 4: Hunter Dozier hit a pair of two-run triples to set a career high with four RBIs, Kelvin Gutierrez drove in two runs in his big league debut, and host Kansas City cruised over Los Angeles.
Cardinals 6, Reds 3: Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs as host St. Louis defeated Cincinnati.
Astros 4, Indians 3: Tony Kemp hit a game-ending homer for host Houston in the 10th inning off Cleveland’s Adam Cimber (USF).
Padres 8, Nationals 3: Greg Garcia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a six-run 10th inning, and visiting San Diego extended its winning streak to five.
Phillies 12, Marlins 9: Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams and Andrew McCutchen homered, and host Philadelphia beat Miami after nearly wasting a nine-run lead. Philadelphia’s Jean Segura left after Trevor Richards’ 90-mph fastball hit his helmet in the second inning. Segura went down but walked off on his own.
Tigers-White Sox, ppd.: Snow resulted in the cancellation of the game in Chicago. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 3.
Briefly: Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer was put on the 10-day injured list with inflammation of the thumb on his pitching hand. … Gio González is back with Milwaukee after finalizing a $2 million, one-year contract, and the left-hander will start Sunday’s series finale against the Mets.
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