PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.
Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia’s bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel’s debut as hitting coach.
But the Phillies rallied against Chicago’s bullpen and moved within one game of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Ranger Suarez (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.
Pedro Strop (2-5) took the loss.
Kyle Schwarber slammed his 100th career homer and team-high 28th this season, and Anthony Rizzo hit his 22nd homer.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit two early homers, including his first career grand slam in a seven-run opening inning, and Cleveland pummeled New York.
Carlos Santana also launched two home runs as the Yankees matched a franchise record by serving up seven. Greg Allen and Santana went back-to-back in a five-run eighth against rookie designated hitter Mike Ford, a former Ivy League pitcher and player of the year at Princeton.
Ramirez and Jason Kipnis smacked consecutive homers off ineffective opener Chad Green (2-4).
Every starter for Cleveland finished with at least two of the team’s 24 hits.
METS 10, BRAVES 8
ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio Teheran’s shortest career start, and New York held on to beat Atlanta.
Alonso’s 39th homer tied Cody Bellinger for the National League rookie record. Bellinger hit 39 homers for the Dodgers in 2017, the same year the Yankees’ Aaron Judge set the major league rookie mark with 52. Alonso set career highs for hits and RBIs.
The Mets had a season-high 23 hits. Amed Rosario’s career-high five hits included two doubles, two singles and a triple. Wilson Ramos had four hits. Todd Frazier also homered.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sonny Gray struck out 10 while pitching five scoreless innings, and Cincinnati held off St. Louis.
Gray, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for a two-hitter. Iglesias surrendered Kolten Wong’s check-swing RBI double in the ninth before retiring pinch-hitter Matt Wieters to finish his 24th save.
Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suárez each drove in a run for Cincinnati, which stopped a four-game slide.
MIAMI (AP) —Miami turned the tables on Los Angeles, winning despite giving up four home runs, including Cody Bellinger’s 40th.
The Dodgers increased their homer total this week at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park to 14, a franchise record for a three-game series. Max Muncy hit his 29th, Corey Seager his 12th and Kyle Garlick his third.
Bellinger reached the 40 mark for the first time with a three-run shot in the seventh.
DETROIT (AP) — Dylan Moore homered and Kyle Seager drove in three runs in Seattle’s win over Detroit.
Mallex Smith stole two bases, giving him 34, the most in the majors. The Mariners won two of three after losing eight of their previous nine.
Detroit finished 4-7 on its 11-game homestand to fall to 17-43 at home. The Tigers need to win five of their last 21 games at Comerica Park to avoid becoming the first team to lose 60 times at home.
TWINS 13, RANGERS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Luis Arraez hit the first of three more homers by Minnesota in a win over Texas.
Miguel Sanó and Eddie Rosario also went deep for Minnesota (73-48), which maintained a half-game lead over Cleveland for the AL Central lead. Marwin Gonzalez had a pair of RBI singles among his four hits.
Michael Pineda (8-5) struck out six with one walk while allowing three runs and six hits over five innings. He threw 55 of 86 pitches for strikes in his first start since Aug. 1. Drew Smeltzer threw the final four innings for his first save.
WHITE SOX 7
ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Trout went 4 for 4, scored four runs and hit his AL-leading 40th homer, and Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in Los Angeles’ victory over Chicago.
Trout put a solo shot off Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) into the fake rock pile beyond center field in the third inning, keeping pace with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the overall major league homers lead and reaching another franchise milestone.
The two-time AL MVP became the fastest player to 40 homers in Angels history and the fifth-fastest in the majors in this century by reaching the mark in 123 games — 13 fewer than Troy Glaus needed for the Halos in 2000.