PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Moran became the first player in major league history to make his debut while on the mound facing his brother, striking out younger sibling Colin in the Miami Marlins’ 10-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
Brian (1-0) entered in the fourth inning with the Marlins trailing 5-2. After Bryan Reynolds led off with a groundout, Colin stepped to the plate having doubled in each of his first two at-bats.
The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders to strike out Colin looking. The 26-year-old Colin shouted toward the mound on his way back to the dugout. Moran hit Josh Bell with a pitch and then got Melky Cabrera to fly out in his only inning of work.
CUBS 10, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber’s grand slam off Drew Pomeranz capped a five-run sixth inning for Chicago in the opener of a crucial four-game series with Milwaukee.
The third-place Brewers dropped 7½ games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central and five back of the Cubs for the second wild card. Chicago remained 2½ games behind the Cardinals.
ASTROS 11, MARINERS 9, 13 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Houston Astros an 11-9 victory over Seattle in a game they trailed by seven runs.
Houston rookie Kyle Tucker hit his first major league homer in the sixth and tied the score 9-all in the 12th with an RBI single. Josh Reddick also went deep and Jose Altuve had a two-run triple for the AL West leaders, who were down 7-0 in the second.
REDS 4, PHILLIES 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Phillip Ervin homered against Nick Vincent (1-3) leading off the 11th, an opposite-field drive to right that barely eluded Bryce Harper’s attempt at a leaping catch, and Philadelphia dropped four games behind the Cubs.
Matt Bowman (2-0) pitched the 11th for the win. Reds starter Sonny Gray allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
WHITE SOX 7, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Reynaldo López (9-12) pitched a one-hitter for his first complete game in 75 career big league starts, and Cleveland lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Indians fell 6½ games behind the AL Central-leading Twins heading into a three-game series at Minnesota.
López (9-12) allowed an RBI double in the second to Kevin Plawecki.
TWINS 2, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Left fielder Eddie Rosario threw out Rafael Devers at home plate for the final out, dropping the defending World Series champions 6½ games back for the second AL wild card,
Rosario delivered a strike to catcher Jason Castro as Devers attempted to score from first base on a double off the Green Monster by J.D. Martinez.
RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All-Star Austin Meadows broke a 4-4 tie against Buddy Boshers (0-3) when he led off the seventh with his 27th homer, then added an RBI double in the eighth against Ryan Tepera.
Tampa Bay, seeking its first postseason appearance since 2013, drew just 5,962, the second-smallest crowd this season at Tropicana Field.
BRAVES 4, NATIONALS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried (16-4) pitched one-hit ball over seven innings to outduel Stephen Strasburg (16-5) and push Atlanta a step closer to its second straight NL East title,
Mark Melancon made things interesting in the ninth, giving up a two-run homer to Victor Robles and a single to Juan Soto that brought the potential tying run to the plate. Howie Kendrick hit a game-ending groundout.
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordy Mercer put the Tigers ahead with their third home run of the fourth inning, and Detroit overcame a three-run deficit in a victory for the first time this year.
Kansas City built a 3-0 lead in the second against Matthew Boyd (8-10) when Whit Merrifield hit a two-run single and scored on Adalberto Mondesi’s double. Merrifield had four hits, one shy of his career high.
RANGERS 3, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Kolby Allard (4-0) allowed one run and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to won his third straight start, and Nick Solak hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off John Means (10-10) in the seventh inning.
José Leclerc gave up a leadoff double to Mason Williams in the ninth, walked Rio Ruiz with two outs, then retired Hanser Alberto on a flyout for his 10th save.