David Freese hit a grand slam off opener Michael Feliz and Cody Bellinger added his 18th homer, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 on Friday.
The Pirates gave Feliz his first major-league start in 157 career appearances in an effort to help their injury-riddled rotation. The move backfired. Feliz recorded just one out and exited after Freese sent a pitch into the first row of seats in right-center field for his fourth homer of the season and third career grand slam. It was Freese’s first grand slam since May 17, 2013, for the Cardinals.
“I think it was something different for him,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Feliz. “More opportunities. Maybe they get better. Unfortunately up here everything’s magnified when it doesn’t work.”
Bellinger, whose 45-game on-base streak ended Wednesday, kick-started another one by hitting a two-run shot in seventh off Geoff Hartlieb. By then the Dodgers had things well in hand.
Bellinger finished 1-for-5, and his majors-leading batting average dipped to .389.
Astros 4, Red Sox 3: Jake Marisnick homered early off Chris Sale, then made two dazzling defensive plays in center field to help Houston to a home victory. In a matchup of the past two World Series winners, the Red Sox committed three errors, not looking as sharp as they did in their last visit to Minute Maid Park when they captured the pennant with a 4-1 win in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series in October.
Padres 6, Blue Jays 3: Hunter Renfroe hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the eighth, Greg Garcia and Austin Hedges also went deep, and visiting San Diego won its fourth straight. Toronto became the first team to start two players with Hall of Fame fathers after calling up Cavan Biggio — son of Craig — for his big-league debut. Biggio started at second and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was at third.
Rockies 8, Orioles 6: Trevor Story hit a game-ending drive for his second two-run homer of the night, helping Colorado win in Baltimore’s first visit to Coors Field since 2004.
Braves 5, Cardinals 2: Dansby Swanson homered twice and Freddie Freeman also connected, helping Mike Foltynewicz and Atlanta win in St. Louis.
Phillies 6, Brewers 4: Andrew McCutchen hit a tie-breaking double in the sixth inning and Philadelphia used stellar relief work to win in Milwaukee, overcoming Christian Yelich’s majors-leading 20th homer.
Twins 11, White Sox 4: Eddie Rosario went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and one of Minnesota’s three home runs in another power-packed romp by the majors-leading Twins, who tallied their ninth win in 10 games.
Tigers 9, Mets 8: JaCoby Jones homered and drove in four runs, two on a go-ahead double in the seventh, and Miguel Cabrera also connected as visiting Detroit halted its nine-game losing streak.
Nationals 12, Marlins 10: Juan Soto and Matt Adams hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning and Washington snapped a five-game losing streak by rallying for a home win.
Reds 6, Cubs 5: Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Steve Cishek, rallying Cincinnati.
Indians 3, Rays 1: Roberto Perez’s infield single scored Francisco Lindor with the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cleveland snapped a season-high, four-game losing streak.
Rangers 4, Angels 3: Aided by Shin-Soo Choo’s first-inning homer (his eighth) and a save by Shawn Kelley, Texas won in Anaheim.
Yankees-Royals, postponed: The scheduled game in Kansas City was rained out and will be played as part of a doubleheader Saturday.
Briefly: Looking to deepen their roster in the future, the Mets agreed to minor-league contracts with outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Ervin Santana. Kemp, who made his third All-Star team last season with the Dodgers, was released May 4 by Cincinnati. Santana is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA in 15 major-league seasons with the Angels, Royals, Braves, Twins and White Sox. He had an 8.03 ERA in five starts with the Twins last year … The Diamondbacks placed left fielder David Peralta on the 10-day injured list with an injured right shoulder.
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