Reds’ Aristides Aquino sets NL rookie record with 14th HR in August

Cincinnati’s Aristides Aquino broke the National League rookie record for homers in a month with his 14th in August, but Harold Ramirez homered leading off the 12th inning Thursday for host Miami as the Marlins beat the Reds 4-3 to avert a four-game sweep.

Aquino hit a two-run homer in the first for Cincinnati, and his two-out RBI single in the eighth tied it at 3.

Miami’s Jon Berti, Austin Dean and Starlin Castro hit solo home runs off Alex Wood, who has allowed 10 homers in 35 ⅔ innings this season. Ramirez pulled a 1-1 pitch from Raisel Iglesias for his third career walk-off RBI.

Aquino broke the rookie record of 13 in a month set by the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in June 2017. The major-league record by a rookie is 18 by the Tigers’ Rudy York in August 1937.

Aquino, who was promoted from the minors Aug. 1, tied the Reds record for homers by a player in a month held by Frank Robinson (1962) and Greg Vaughn (1999). He leads majors with 32 RBIs this month.

Cincinnati manager David Bell’s reaction to his outfielder’s latest achievement?

“Speechless,” Bell said. “Guys are having fun watching him and what he’s doing. Pretty special.”

Rays 9, Astros 8: Ji-Man Choi hit a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh and Travis d’Arnaud homered and drove in four runs as visiting Tampa Bay avoided a three-game sweep by ending Houston’s seven-game winning streak. The Rays remained one game behind the A’s for the AL’s second wild-card spot.

Twins 10, White Sox 5: Jake Cave homered twice and C.J. Cron also went deep to help Minnesota set a major-league record for home runs on the road. Cave led off the third with drive off Dylan Cease to give Minnesota 139 homers away from home, eclipsing the mark of 138 set by the Giants in 2001. Cron, the next hitter, followed with a homer to center and Cave connected again in the seventh.

Indians 2, Tigers 0: Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight innings and Francisco Lindor homered as visiting Cleveland improved to 15-1 against Detroit this season to maintain its 1½-game lead over the A’s for the AL’s top wild-card spot.

Cubs 4, Mets 1: Victor Caratini hit two homers against Jacob deGrom, including a tie-breaking three-run drive in the seventh, as visiting Chicago completed a three-game sweep. New York has lost six in a row, all at home.

Mariners 5, Rangers 3: Austin Nola snapped a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly and Omar Narvaez singled home an insurance run as visiting Seattle ended a three-game losing streak.

Pirates 11, Rockies 8: Kevin Newman had two homers among his four hits and Jose Osuna also went deep for visiting Pittsburgh. Newman homered to lead off the game, igniting a seven-run first that he capped with his second hit of the inning, a two-out RBI single that chased Colorado starter Chi Chi Gonzalez.

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