The Red Tea Detox


Called up from Triple-A Columbus before Saturday’s game, Cleveland’s Adam Plutko allowed one run in six innings — a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore’s only hit — and the Indians defeated the visiting Orioles 4-1.

Plutko was optioned to the minors at the end of spring training and didn’t pitch in April because of a strained right forearm. He made two starts for Columbus before being rejoining the Indians.

“It’s always exciting to be out there on a major-league mound, whether it’s your first time back in a while or your 12th consecutive game out there,” Plutko said.

Plutko gave up the home run to Mancini with two outs in the fourth. The right-hander struck out four, walked two and was pulled after throwing 83 pitches. Cleveland used three relievers to finish it.


Marlins 2, Mets 0: Miami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a double on his first pitch, then combined with the Marlins’ bullpen to hold visiting New York hitless the rest of the way. The Mets lost their fourth in a row and fell a season-worst four games under .500. The loss to the team with the majors leagues’ worst record is likely to ramp up speculation that Mets manager Mickey Callaway’s job is in jeopardy.

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Astros 7, Red Sox 3: Tyler White’s two-run double capped a five-run first inning, Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and visiting Houston rolled to its 10th straight victory. Michael Brantley had three hits and an RBI for Houston (31-15), which matched the best start in franchise history after 46 games.

Nationals 5, Cubs 2: Chicago manager Joe Maddon protested the loss after twice coming out to complain about Washington closer Sean Doolittle’s delivery. After eight solid innings by Stephen Strasburg, Doolittle pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances, but Maddon thought he was using an illegal delivery. Maddon appeared to suggest the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.


Cardinals 8, Rangers 2: Paul DeJong homered and had four RBIs as visiting St. Louis got its first victory over Texas since the 2011 World Series. Matt Carpenter’s opposite-field double off the top of the outfield wall ignited a five-run fifth inning. The Cardinals had lost seven regular-season games in a row against Texas. The start of the game was delayed more than two hours because of thunderstorms and ended in a downpour.


Rays 2, Yankees 2: Austin Meadows homered off Luis Cessa in the 11th inning and visiting Tampa Bay regained the AL East lead after dropping behind New York for a day.

Reds 4, Dodgers 0: Jesse Winker’s homer ended Los Angeles’ stretch of 23 scoreless innings pitched, and Yasiel Puig singled home two runs as host Cincinnati snapped the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak. Tyler Mahle got his first win in his ninth start, allowing four singles and two walks in five innings.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 1: Lucas Giolito threw five solid innings and Leury Garcia homered to lead host Chicago in a game stopped after 4½ innings because of rain. Giolito struck out the side in the top of the fifth before play was halted. Yonder Alonso had two singles and two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won five of seven.

Phillies 2, Rockies 1: Bryce Harper homered over the batter’s eye in center field, Aaron Nola tied his career high with 12 strikeouts and Philadelphia won at home. Harper also doubled for the NL East-leading Phillies.

Braves 4, Brewers 3: Freddie Freeman led off the 10th inning with a home run into the right-field seats, lifting Atlanta at home. The Braves recovered to win their fourth straight game after Luke Jackson blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth. Braves left fielder Austin Riley continued his hot start in his first week in the majors by hitting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

Angels 6, Royals 3: Mike Trout hit his 10th home run and Shohei Ohtani added his second as host Los Angeles beat Kansas City, which has lost four in a row.

Pirates 7, Padres 2: Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four runs, and rookie Bryan Reynolds connected for the second straight night to lead visiting Pittsburgh. Padres rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius allowed four homers in four-plus innings.

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