Grand slam propels Astros to big win over Blue Jays

Robinson Chirinos hit his first grand slam and finished with a career-high six RBIs, Gerrit Cole struck out 10 and the host Houston Astros routed the Toronto Blue Jays 15-2 on Friday night.

After Toronto walked Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez on four pitches with the bases loaded, Chirinos cleared the bases with his 12th homer of the season, this one off Thomas Pannone. The Astros won their 13th straight series opener and improved to 9-3 in June.

Cole (6-5) allowed two runs and three hits while increasing his MLB-leading strikeout total to 140.

The Blue Jays’ runs came in the fifth inning. Cavan Biggio, son of Astros Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, drew applause when he came to the plate. The younger Biggio doubled to deep center field off Cole, scoring two runs. The elder Biggio cheered from the front row near the Houston dugout.

“I think it just goes to show the amount of respect the name Biggio holds in this stadium,” the younger Biggio said. “I think it’s cool for me, but it’s even a better tribute to my father and what he did.”

Biggio said he was a little emotional in his first at-bat after hearing longtime Astros PA announcer Bob Ford’s voice say his last name the same way he heard him announce his father’s name for many years of his childhood.

Padres 16, Rockies 11: Hunter Renfroe hit his third homer of the game in the 12th inning after Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it as part of a six-run rally in the ninth as visiting San Diego stunned Colorado. Down 11-5 in the ninth, the Padres rallied off Rockies reliever Mike Dunn, who gave up a two-run single to Eric Hosmer, followed by Renfroe’s homer. Closer Wade Davis allowed two singles and a walk before Tatis delivered a two-out, two-run single to center that tied the score.

Cardinals win two: Dexter Fowler hit a go-ahead, three-run homer moments after Paul DeJong’s tying shot in the eighth inning, and St. Louis won 9-5 to sweep an odd double feature in New York. Earlier, DeJong helped the Cardinals complete a rally that started the night before, grounding an RBI single against Edwin Diaz in the 10th inning of a 5-4 win. The game had been suspended the night before, tied 4-4 after 8½ innings.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 3: Rich Hill pitched seven strong innings and singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning, helping Los Angeles to its seventh straight home win.

Rays 9, Angels 4: Tommy Pham hit a pair of RBI singles as Tampa Bay overcame another subpar start by Blake Snell with a home park rally.

Braves 9, Phillies 8: Brian McCann capped Atlanta’s three-run ninth inning with a two-run single off Hector Neris, and the host Braves won their eighth in a row.

White Sox 10, Yankees 2: Lucas Giolito pitched into the seventh for his ninth straight win, Eloy Jimenez hit two three-run homers and Chicago won at home.

Rangers 7, Reds 1: Rougned Odor hit his fourth career grand slam, Delino DeShields singled and drove in a run during a Cincinnati reunion with his dad, and Texas rode its bullpen to victory.

Indians 13, Tigers 4: Cleveland’s Jake Bauers hit for the cycle, and the Indians romped in Detroit after scoring eight runs in the fourth inning. Bauers is the first Cleveland player to hit for the cycle since Rajai Davis in 2016.

Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 3: Max Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings, Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered and Washington won at home. Scherzer (5-5) leads the National League with 136 strikeouts.

Pirates 11, Marlins 0: Steven Brault scattered eight hits over six innings, and Pittsburgh, in Miami, stopped a seven-game slide. Brault (3-1) was hit on his left leg by Starlin Castro’s line drive in the first, but it didn’t seem to affect him.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 2: J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs off host Baltimore’s beleaguered pitching staff in the rout.

Twins 2, Royals 0: Mitch Garver’s two-run homer in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie, and Kyle Gibson gave up two hits in eight innings in a Minnesota home win.

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