It all seemed rather surreal, watching Asher Wojciechowski head into the seventh inning working on a no-hitter.
After all, the 30-year-old journeyman hadn’t won a major-league game since 2017, came into Sunday with a 6.49 career ERA and was facing the highest-scoring team in the majors.
Alas, Wojciechowski lost his bid to make history when Boston’s Rafael Devers opened the seventh with a double off the right-field wall. But the right-hander was more than happy to finish with a shared one-hitter as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 5-0 in Baltimore.
“Just a great day, a great team win,” said Wojciechowski, who struck out 10 in 7 ⅓ innings.“Just a lot of fun today.”
Wojciechowski pitched previously for seven other organizations and spent last season in the minor leagues. Though he had not worked more than six innings in his previous 14 big-league starts, Wojciechowski had no pitch limit while the no-hitter was intact.
“It was going to be his moment for as long as he could go,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Braves 7, Nationals 1: Kevin Gausman returned from the injured list to pitch into the eighth inning and Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered for host Atlanta. Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman — who missed 53 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot this season — left with an apparent right foot injury following an infield single in the second.
Astros 5, Rangers 2: Michael Brantley homered twice and Rogelio Armenteros pitched five solid innings in his first major-league start as host Houston won its fifth in a row to extend it AL West lead over the A’s to 6½ games. Lance Lynn struck out 12 in seven innings for Texas, which has lost seven in a row.
Angels 9, Mariners 3: Brian Goodwin homered twice and Albert Pujols and Mike Trout also went deep for visiting Los Angeles. Pujols had two hits and moved past Paul Waner for 16th place on the career list with 3,154.
Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 4: Tyler Saladino had his first career grand slam as visiting Milwaukee rallied from a 4-0 deficit. Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff left in the fourth because of a left oblique strain.
Rockies 8, Yankees 4: Charlie Blackmon had four hits, including a leadoff home run, and German Marquez — pounded by the Giants for 11 runs in 2 ⅔ innings in his previous start — limited host New York to two runs and three hits in seven innings.
Rays 4, White Sox 2: Blake Snell struck out 10 in six scoreless innings and Travis d’Arnaud hit his first grand slam as host Tampa Bay ended a skid at five games.
Dodgers 9, Marlins 0: Walker Buehler struck out 11 over seven innings as host Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Indians 5, Royals 4: Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez homered as host Cleveland won for the seventh time in eight games.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 3: Nicholas Castellanos homered in the 10th inning as host Detroit snapped its losing streak at six games.
Cardinals 3, Reds 1: Yairo Muñoz had three hits, including a homer, to lead visiting St. Louis.
Phillies 2, Pirates 1: Rhys Hoskins’ home run in the 11th inning lifted visiting Philadelphia.
Padres 5, Cubs 1: Francisco Mejia homered and Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs for visiting San Diego.
Briefly: The Rays put center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the injured list because of a sprained thumb. … Colorado first baseman Mark Reynolds, Baltimore outfielder Keon Broxton and Philadelphia reliever Fernando Salas were designated for assignment. … Angels pitcher Matt Harvey, designated for assignment Friday, was released.
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