#SportsReport: Ramos Makes Phillies Debut In 7-4 Win Over Boston
Wilson Ramos and the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen prevented the ballclub from losing any more ground in the NL East.
Ramos drove in three runs in his Phillies debut and the pen allowed no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win over Boston Red Sox. Ramos came within a home run of the cycle and scored three times for the Phillies, who remain two games behind the division-leading Braves.
Philadelphia relievers took charge after Vince Velasquez was pulled during Boston's three-run third. Seranthony Dominguez pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before gaining his 13th save.
Mitch Moreland hit a three-run double for the Red Sox, who ended a five-game winning streak and kept their 10-game lead in the AL East.
The Braves picked up their fifth straight win and completed a four-game sweep as Dansby Swanson smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in their 5-2 win against Miami.
Kevin Gausman made his second consecutive straight start by limiting Miami to a pair of runs and four hits over six innings.
Swanson finished with three RBIs, Ender Inciarte drove in a pair and Charlie Culberson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the NL East leaders.
Ronald Acuna Jr. left the game after being plunked on the left elbow by a Jose Urena pitch. Acuna had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight games overall.
The Rays provided the Yankees from gaining ground in the AL East. Mallex Smith was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and Ryan Yarbrough worked four scoreless innings of two-hit relief as Tampa Bay earned a 6-1 win in the Bronx.
Brandon Lowe added a pair of RBI singles and Yarbrough improved to 11-5 for Tampa Bay, which is 7-7 versus New York this season. Miguel Andujar homered for the Yanks.
Checking out Wednesday's other MLB action:
The Astros' five-game losing streak is over after Gerrit Cole and Tyler White highlighted a 12-1 dismantling of the Rockies. Cole struck out 12 over six innings and blanked Colorado until Trevor Story's RBI single in the fourth. White homered twice and had four RBIs for Houston, who also received homers from Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis while stretching its lead in the AL West to two games over Oakland.
Dee Gordon slammed a two-run homer in the 12th inning and six Mariners combined to scatter six hits in a 2-0 shutout of the Athletics in Oakland. Jean Segura went 4-for-5 and Mike Leake limited the A's to two hits and a walk while fanning six over eight innings. The M's bounced back from Tuesday's loss to the Athletics and moved back within 2 ½ games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot.
The Indians rallied for a 4-3 win at Cincinnati on Melky Cabrera's go-ahead, two-run blast in the sixth. Greg Allen ignited Cleveland's rally with an RBI single in the second after Preston Tucker's two-run homer put Cincinnati ahead 3-0. Brad Hand loaded the bases in the ninth before retiring Curt Casali to complete the Indians' fifth consecutive victory.
Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer, drove in three and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot to help the Cubs double up the Brewers, 8-4. Rizzo went deep in the first inning and added an RBI single in a three-run fourth that gave Chicago a 7-2 lead. Jason Heyward added three hits and two RBIs as Chicago regained a three-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
The Cardinals ran their winning streak to a season-high eight games as Marcell Ozuna homered for the first time since July 30 to help St. Louis double up the Nationals, 4-2. Austin Gomber scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to come away with a victory in his fourth straight of the season. Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four straight and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the NL East-leading Braves.
The Dodgers blew a 3-0 lead before Brian Dozier's sacrifice fly in the 12th inning gave them a 4-3 win over the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu held San Francisco to three hits over six scoreless innings, but the Giants erased a 3-0 deficit on Andrew McCutchen's three-run homer in the eighth. Los Angeles moved into a second-place tie with Colorado in the NL West, 1 ½ games behind the Diamondbacks.
The White Sox topped the Tigers, 6-5 as Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson each hit two-run home runs. Abreu and Davidson combined for six hits and five RBIs in helping Chicago win their second straight since a 1-6 skid. The Tigers have lost nine of 12.
Logan Forsythe had three RBIs and the Twins' bullpen tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings in a 6-4 victory over the Pirates. Oliver Drake, Gabriel Moya, Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers scattered five hits and struck out three before Trevor Hildenberger picked up his third save in four chances. Josh Harrison had three hits in Pittsburgh's third consecutive loss.
Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning and the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Padres with a 3-2 victory. Rivera's blast came hours after he was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. The former Padres catcher had missed 76 games with right knee inflammation.
Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam and Marco Estrada pitched effectively into the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 6-5 win at Kansas City. It was Granderson's 10th career grand slam and his second this year, both against the Royals. The Royals have served up a major league-leading 10 grand slams this year.
Kevin Plawecki launched a grand slam and Todd Frazier added a solo homer and four RBIs as the Mets ripped the Orioles, 16-5 to avoid a four-game season sweep. Brandon Nimmo was 5-for-5 with three ribbies and three runs scored to back Zack Wheeler, who allowed one run over five frames in winning his sixth consecutive start. Wilmer Flores added a two-run blast and three RBIs to the rout.
In other MLB news:
The Mariners have placed ace James Paxton on the disabled list with a forearm bruise, one day after the left-hander was struck by a line drive off the bat of Oakland's Jed Lowrie. Paxton was replaced by Felix Hernandez, who is likely to take Paxton's turn in the rotation after being pulled last weekend. Paxton is 10-5 with a no-hitter against the Blue Jays and a 3.68 ERA. Right-hander Christian Bergman was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to fill Paxton's roster spot.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell says it's "unlikely" starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson will play at all this season. Nelson was having a breakout season last year, going 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery last September.
Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is criticizing several NFL quarterbacks, three days after receiving a one-week suspension from the team for screaming obscenities at reporters.
In an interview with GQ magazine, Ramsey called Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen "trash" and said Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was "overrated" and a product of Kyle Shanahan's offensive system. Baltimore's Joe Flacco, Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Eli Manning of the New York Giants also got less-than-stellar reviews, while Ramsey called Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger "decent at best."
Ramsey also predicted that Houston's Deshaun Watson and Philadelphia's Carson Wentz would be NFL MVPs down the road.
In other NFL news:
Seahawks first-round pick Rashaad Penny has undergone surgery today to repair a broken finger. Head coach Pete Carroll said the surgery went well and the running back isn't expected to miss more than a couple of weeks. The rookie running back out of San Diego State was injured during pass-blocking drills Monday and left the field with trainers.
Saints defensive end Alex Okafor is dealing with another lower leg injury as he tries to come back from an Achilles tear that sidelined him much of last season. He was able to walk off the field as he left Wednesday's practice. But Coach Sean Payton has not provided specific information about Okafor's condition. First-round draft choice Marcus Davenport returned to practice and has resumed his work at defensive end after missing about two weeks.
The Bills have claimed defensive lineman Albert Havili off waivers, and also signed fullback Sam Rogers. Havili was claimed a day after he was waived by the Chargers. The Bills freed room on their roster by designating defensive tackle Marquavius Lewis and fullback Zach Olstad as waived/injured.
Falcons’ kicker Matt Bryant may return this week after missing last week's preseason opener with an undisclosed injury. Coach Dan Quinn says the 43-year-old Bryant kicked 'about 15 times' but remained limited in his return to practice.
The Broncos have claimed wide receiver DeAndrew White off waivers from Houston and signed defensive lineman DeQuinton Osborne. Denver also waived/injured wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown, who sustained a head injury in the weight room shortly after his recent arrival, and defensive lineman Paul Boyette.
Prosecutors in Atlanta are dismissing a rape case against Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis over an alleged assault more than five years ago while he was at Georgia Tech. Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a statement that "after a careful and thorough investigation" his office had decided not to proceed with the case.
Maryland interim football coach Matt Canada has taken steps to ensure that the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer during his practices following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
In the first workout since Maryland publicly accepted responsibility for mistakes that contributed to McNair's death, two tents were in place at the practice field Wednesday to provide shade. Underneath the awnings were several fans, along with liquids and ice.
Practice sessions have been shortened to less than two hours, with time for breaks.
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed right wing Ondrej Kase to a three-year, $7.8 million contract.
The 22-year-old Czech forward was productive last season, providing 18 goals, five game-winners and 38 points while recording a plus-18 in 66 games.
The deal makes Nick Ritchie the Ducks' lone restricted free agent as training camp approaches.
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