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Votto homers in record 6th game in row as Reds beat Cubs 7-4

Votto homers in record 6th game in row as Reds beat Cubs 7-4

Joey Votto has set a Cincinnati Reds franchise record by homering in six consecutive gamesBy MICHAL DWOJAK Associated PressJuly 29, 2021, 10:33 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCHICAGO — Joey Votto set a Reds franchise record by homering in his sixth consecutive game as Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Thursday.The 37-year-old Votto homered six times in the four-game series at Wrigley Field, and the big first baseman has eight home runs in the six-game streak for a record that dated back to 1900.A day before MLB’s trade deadline, Kris Bryant was a spectator in what might have been his last game with the Chicago Cubs. The 2016 NL MVP wasn’t in the lineup and never appeared in the game.Moments after the final out, Bryant was seen sitting on the bench in the Cubs dugout and staring out at Wrigley Field, his home for all seven of his big league season. The 2015 NL rookie of the year was an All-Star for the fourth time this season.Votto’s 20th homer of the season was a two-run shot in the first, when he hit a fastball from Alec Mills (4-4) into the center field bleachers.Chicago went ahead 3-2 lead before the Reds roughed up Mills in the sixth to go ahead to stay. After loading the bases with no outs, Tucker Barnhart drove in two runs on a soft groundball that went through the middle of the infield for a 4-3 lead.The Reds have won five of their last seven games to stay in second place in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers.Cincinnati added three runs off the Cubs bullpen in the seventh, with Kyle Farmer and Aristides Aquino each driving in a run and a Chicago error allowing a third to score.The Cubs scored three runs off Luis Castillo (5-10), who had only given up three runs total in his first four starts. Patrick Wisdom hit his 16th home run in the fourth, and Wilson Contreras belted a two-run shot in the fifth.Castillo finished with eight strikeouts in six innings, allowing seven hits.Ian Happ hit a home run in the ninth off Reds reliever Heath Hembree.TRADING PLAYERSReds: Traded RHP Ashton Goudeau to the Colorado Rockies for cash. The team added RHP Mychal Givens and optioned RHP Ryan Hendrix to Triple-A Louisville.Cubs: Traded RHP Ryan Tepera to the Chicago White Sox for LHP Bailey Horn.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Cincinnati manager David Bell said Mike Moustakas (heel) could start rehab games early next week in Louisville … Nick Senzel (knee) will start a rehab assignment in Louisville on Friday … Michael Lorenzen (hamstring) could return to the bullpen in New York this weekend … Bell said Nick Castellanos will test out his wrist and seems to be doing more each day.UP NEXTReds: RHP Sonny Gray (2-6, 4.50 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series in New York against the Mets on Friday night. Gray will look to rebound after allowing 13 runs over his last two starts.Cubs: RHP Trevor Williams (4-2, 5.06 ERA) starts at Washington on Friday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Collins, White Sox complete sweep of Twins with 8-5 win

Collins, White Sox complete sweep of Twins with 8-5 win

Zack Collins hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox scored at least seven runs for the fourth straight game, completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins 8-5By MICHAL DWOJAK Associated PressJuly 1, 2021, 10:14 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCHICAGO — Zack Collins hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox scored at least seven runs for the fourth straight game, completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Thursday.Chicago got four runs off Minnesota’s bullpen after the Twins erased a 3-0 deficit. The AL Central-leading White Sox won their fourth straight after losing seven of nine.Collins broke a 4-4 tie when he hit a fastball from Jorge Alcala (1-3) into the left-center field bleachers. Jose Abreu drove in another run in the sixth, and Danny Mednick and Collins drove in two more in the seventh.Michael Kopech (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth and Garrett Crochet struck out Miguel Sano to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Ryan Jeffers drove in a run in the ninth off of White Sox closer Liam Hendricks in a non-save situation.Chicago has scored 35 runs over four games after scoring 20 in its previous eight.The White Sox secured their second straight home-series sweep of the Twins this season, the first time the team has swept back-to-back home series against Minnesota since 1995. Chicago is 8-1 against its division rival this season.Minnesota’s bats came alive in the fifth after Chicago starter Carlos Rodón retired the previous 10 batters. Alex Kirilloff scored from second on Gilberto Celestino’s single after Brian Goodwin’s throw from left field went to the backstop. Andrelton Simmons drove in a run off a double, Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to tie it and Nelson Cruz gave the Twins a 4-3 lead on a single to left.Rodón escaped the fifth inning by striking out Sano. He allowed four runs in five innings, striking out nine.Goodwin started scoring in the second inning when he hit a home run for the second straight day, hitting a curveball off of Twins starter Jose Berrios to the right-center bleachers. Chicago added two home runs after hitting six as a team the night before.Chicago scored two more runs in the third when Yasmani Grandal drove in a run on a ground ball single and Andrew Vaugh drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-0 lead.Berrios allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in five innings.ROSTER MOVETwins: Minnesota picked up the contract of RHP Derek Law from Triple-A St. Paul and designated RHP Matt Shoemaker for release or assignment.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada left after the third inning with a bruised right hand after sliding into third base. The team announced it was conducting further tests.UP NEXTTwins: LHP J.A. Happ (4-3, 5.83 ERA) leads the way as Minnesota starts a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday. It will be Happ’s third start of the season against the Royals, having allowed seven runs in 10 innings.White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (7-3, 2.06 ERA) starts for Chicago at Detroit on Friday. The White Sox are starting a nine-game road trip before the All-Star break. Lynn will be fresh after only pitching three innings against Seattle on Saturday before rain suspended the game.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

LHP Santiago ejected, glove confiscated during Mariners' win

LHP Santiago ejected, glove confiscated during Mariners' win

Seattle reliever Hector Santiago was ejected after he was checked by the umpires as part of baseball’s new sticky substance protocols, and the Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in the resumption of a suspended gameBy MICHAL DWOJAK Associated PressJune 27, 2021, 10:33 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCHICAGO — Just sweat and rosin. That is Hector Santiago’s story, and he’s sticking to it.Santiago became the first player to be ejected as part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when he was thrown out of the Seattle Mariners’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.Santiago was checked by the umpires as he exited in the fifth inning. His glove was confiscated, and it was later announced that Santiago had been ejected.“He was ejected for when his glove was inspected, for having a foreign substance that was sticky on the inside palm of his glove,” crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter.Santiago, a 33-year-old left-hander who began his career with the White Sox, said what the umpires found was a combination of rosin and sweat. He had used rosin to stop the sweat from dripping on both his arms on a humid day in Chicago.“I think once they take it back and check, it’s just sweat and rosin,” Santiago said. “They’re going to inspect it and all this science stuff and it’s going to be sweat and rosin.”Major league umpires last week started regular checks of all pitchers for sticky substances used to get a better grip on the balls, but can also increase the spin of the balls and make hitting them more difficult.Santiago could be suspended for 10 games, but there is an appeals process.“This is part of it, this is what we have to do, this is part of the game, we’re going to get caught if we’re going to use any substances,” Santiago said. “My mindset was just use rosin and attack the zone, that’s what I’m trying to do. I know that I didn’t use anything today.”Taylor Trammell homered twice for Seattle, which improved to 10-2 in its last 12 games. Paul Sewald got one out for the win, and Kendall Graveman worked the ninth for his seventh save.The White Sox lost AL MVP José Abreu when he was hit on his left knee by a pitch in the sixth. The team announced the first baseman had a bruised left knee and X-rays were negative.“You definitely never want to see that happen, especially to pretty much the backbone of the team,” White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel said. “We’re all hoping it’s nothing major but we’re already hampered as it is. We’re all hoping for the best for Jose.”The teams played 2 1/2 innings Saturday before the game was postponed because of rain.Trammell connected for his seventh homer in the fifth, and Ty France went deep against Keuchel in the sixth. Leury García hit an RBI single in the fifth for Chicago, and Yasmani Grandal added a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth.The Mariners went ahead to stay when Trammell hit a towering drive into the right-field bleachers with two out in the ninth against Liam Hendricks (3-2).“Unbelievable game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Taylor was locked in. That’s one of the best closers in the game.”Grandal led off the bottom half with a base hit, but Jake Lamb flied out and Yermín Mercedes bounced into a double play.The teams will play a seven-inning game for the series finale later Sunday.Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one in his first relief appearance since Aug. 6, 2013.The AL Central-leading White Sox have dropped seven of eight.ROSTER MOVESeattle placed left-hander Marco Gonzales on the paternity list and recalled right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (strained left hamstring) will throw a simulated game on Monday, and manager Tony La Russa said the team will decide whether he is ready or needs a rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte.UP NEXTMariners: Following an off day, RHP Chris Flexen (6-3, 3.87 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against Toronto in Buffalo, New York. LHP Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.35 ERA) gets the ball for the Blue Jays.White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.80 ERA) starts Monday in the opener of a four-game set against Minnesota. RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.85 ERA) takes the mound for the Twins.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports