This was no ordinary outing for Carlos Carrasco, and everyone at Tropicana Field knew it.
The popular Cleveland pitcher nicknamed Cookie made his return to the mound from leukemia Sunday in a touching scene during Tampa Bay’s 8-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep.
Carrasco entered in the seventh inning for his first major-league appearance since being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in June. He got a standing ovation from the crowd and both benches.
“Even the other team came out. My teammates, that was great because they have supported me from Day 1 to now,” Carrasco said.
Normally a starter, Carrasco will pitch in relief for the Indians as they chase a playoff spot. He worked an inning and gave up two hits, including Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI single.
Teammate Francisco Lindor gave Carrasco the game ball from the third out of the seventh as the Indians left the field.
Charlie Morton got his 14th win and d’Arnaud had two RBIs off the bench for Tampa Bay.
Twins 8, Tigers 3: Jake Cave and Nelson Cruz each had two RBIs for visiting Minnesota.
Red Sox 4, Angels 3: Boston finished a 6-2 road swing as Xander Bogaerts had three hits, including a homer.
Nationals 9, Marlins 3: Ryan Zimmerman returned from the injured list with one of host Washington’s four homers.
Brewers 4, Cubs 0: Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, and visiting Milwaukee shut out Chicago for the second day in a row. Before the game, the Cubs scratched starter Yu Darvish because of right forearm tightness.
Phillies 5, Mets 2: Scott Kingery hit a three-run double in the eighth inning as host Philadelphia averted a three-game sweep.
Dodgers 4, D’backs 3: Cody Bellinger hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Joc Pederson went deep in the 11th and visiting Los Angeles prevented a four-game sweep.
Reds split with Cardinals: Nick Senzel and Phillip Ervin hit solo homers, and Luis Castillo pitched six effective innings as visiting Cincinnati won the nightcap of a doubleheader 5-3 to end a four-game losing streak. In the opener, Harrison Bader’s game-ending single lifted St. Louis to a 4-3 victory. He’s 12-for-36 with nine RBI in 12 games since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Royals 6, Orioles 4: Adalberto Mondesi tied a career high with four hits and stole three bases after spending 41 games on the injured list as host Kansas City beat Baltimore.
Mariners 11, Rangers 3: Kyle Seager, Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach each hit a home run for visiting Seattle.
Pirates 6, Rockies 2: In Denver, Steven Brault hit his first major-league homer and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead Pittsburgh to a four-game sweep.
Braves 5, White Sox 3: Freddie Freeman homered twice off Chicago All-Star Lucas Giolito and drove in all five runs for host Atlanta.
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