Rays keep rolling with 9-3 win over Dodgers

Tampa Bay pitcher Cooper Criswell delivers a pitch during the Rays’ 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Cooper Criswell earned his first big league win, Yandy Díaz homered and drove in two runs, and the major league-best Tampa Bay Rays beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 on Friday night.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay in six games in the 2020 World Series.

Criswell (1-1) replaced opener Jalen Beeks with two outs in the second and allowed one run, four hits and three walks in four innings. The 26-year-old right-hander worked out of jams in all three of his full innings, inducing two double plays.

In all, eight Rays pitchers gave up nine hits and six walks, but limited Los Angeles to 3-for-14 hitting with runners in scoring position.

Díaz, who had been out the lineup for a couple days tending to a family matter, gave the Rays a 6-2 lead on 100.1 mph solo homer in the fourth inning off Noah Syndergaard (1-4). He had a 109.8 mph double leading off the first.

Syndergaard gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Jose Siri added a two-run homer in the eighth for the Rays (38-15), who lead the majors with 99 home runs. Tampa Bay is 25-5 at home.

GUARDIANS 4, CARDINALS 3: Shane Bieber worked into the seventh inning, Amed Rosario hit a three-run double and closer Emmanuel Clase survived another stress-filled ninth inning as Cleveland held on for a win at home.

Bieber (4-3) didn’t have his best stuff, but the right-hander limited the Cardinals to two sacrifice flies before a pair of two-out walks got him into trouble in the seventh.

Rosario’s bases-clearing double in Cleveland’s four-run fifth — a rare big inning for the scuffling AL Central champs — came off St. Louis rookie Matthew Liberatore (1-1). The Guardians improved to just 7-12 against lefty starters.

RANGERS 12, ORIOLES 2: Corey Seagar hit his third career grand slam to highlight an eight-run fourth inning to lift surging Texas to a win in Baltimore.

The Rangers came in averaging a major league-best 6.33 runs, and they showed why during a wild fourth inning that featured a two-run homer by Robbie Grossman, two hits apiece by Josh Jung and Josh Smith, and Seager’s bases-loaded shot to deep center.

That made it easy for Jon Gray (5-1) to win his career-best fourth consecutive start. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one.

PADRES 5, YANKEES 1: Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two-run homers, both lingering at home plate to admire no-doubt drives into the second deck, and San Diego won in New York in a series opener between high-profile teams trying to overcome sluggish starts.

Soto put the Padres ahead in the fifth inning against Randy Vásquez (0-1), a 24-year-old right-hander making his big league debut, and Tatis boosted the lead to 4-0 in the sixth against Ron Marinaccio. The drives totaled 871 feet.

Joe Musgrove (2-2), pitching in New York for the first time since his seven shutout innings beat the Mets in the decisive game of last year’s wild-card series, ended a four-start winless streak. He allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.


REDS 9, CUBS 0: Hunter Greene threw six hitless innings and Cincinnati came within six outs of the first no-hitter of the season in a victory in Chicago.

Greene (1-4) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in picking up his first win in 11 starts this season.

There have been 17 no-hitters by Cincinnati, the most recent coming on May 7, 2021, when Wade Miley tossed one against the Cleveland Guardians.

Greene had the Reds in position to add to that list. But the Cubs got their only two hits in the eighth against Eduardo Salazar.

PHILLIES 6, BRAVES 4: Craig Kimbrel became the eighth pitcher in major league history to earn 400 saves, Brandon Marsh hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and Philadelphia won in Atlanta.

Making his 730th career appearance, the 34-year-old Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth to get his sixth save in six chances this season. Of the seven previous relievers to reach 400 saves, only Mariano Rivera (697 games), Trevor Hoffman (706) and Kenley Jansen (778) hit the threshold in under 800 appearances.

Kimbrel, the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, played his first five seasons in Atlanta, was a four-time All-Star with the Braves and still holds the franchise record with 186 saves. This is his first season with Philadelphia. Over his last 14 games since April 16, Kimbrel has faced 50 batters and has 26 strikeouts in 13 innings, but the hard-throwing right-hander began the game with a 6.00 ERA.


WHITE SOX 12, TIGERS 3: Andrew Vaughn hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Yoan Moncada also had three RBI and Chicago won in Detroit.

Lance Lynn (4-5) allowed three runs – one earned – on three hits and five walks while striking out five in six innings.

Joey Wentz (1-5) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks over four innings.


YANKEES: Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball “for his recent conduct toward major league umpires.”

MLB senior vice president for on-field operations Michael Hill made the announcement and said Boone’s actions following his ejection from Thursday night’s game against Baltimore were among the factors in the discipline.

Boone was ejected for the major league-high fourth time this season, the most among big league managers, when he was angry with the strike zone. He appeared to get spit on an umpire while yelling after he was tossed.

• Aaron Hicks’ eight-year tenure with the Yankees ended when the outfielder was released from a contract that had more than 2 1/2 seasons remaining.

Hick was designated for assignment last Saturday and the Yankees released him before a series opener against San Diego.

At the time Hicks was cut, he was owed about $27.6 million: $7,620,968 for the remainder of this year’s $10.5 million salary plus salaries of $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

Any big league team can sign Hicks for a prorated share of the $720,000 major league minimum, which would be offset against what the Yankees owe.

ROCKIES: Right-hander Ryan Feltner is slowly recovering from a concussion and fractured skull. He doesn’t know if he can pitch again this year, but he hasn’t ruled it out.

Feltner spoke publicly for the first time since getting hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia’s Nick Castellanos on May 13. Feltner spent a night in the hospital and has lingering concussion symptoms, as well as right ear pain.

“A lot of fractures symptoms, just a headache from the concussion, dizziness, but today there’s no pain,” he said while sitting in the home dugout at Coors Field. “I’m sleeping well, and day-to day stuff has become a lot easier. So the feel is that I’m in a really good spot compared to where it could be.”

Feltner was injured when Castellanos lined an 92.7 mph slider up the middle. Feltner turned away, the ball hit him in the back right portion of his head and he immediately collapsed on the mound.

RANGERS: Right-hander Jacob deGrom threw 31 pitches during a bullpen session, mixing his pitches without showing any apparent sign of pain.

The injured pitcher threw in front of Texas Manager Bruce Bochy and others before the Rangers faced the Baltimore Orioles.

The big questions now are: How will the 34-year-old pitcher feel in the aftermath of his latest throwing session? And when will he return from the injured list, where he’s languished with right elbow inflammation for nearly a month?

“He felt fine,” Bochy said. “Now it’s just wait and see how he recovers from that.”

DeGrom has been on the 15-day injured list since April 29. That was a day after he departed early for the second time in his last three starts, and an MRI showed some inflammation.

DODGERS: Clayton Kershaw was set to start Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays after being activated from the bereavement list.

Kershaw went on the list Monday following the death of his mother, Marianne Tombaugh. The left-hander took the loss Sunday at St. Louis to fall to 6-4, allowing four runs over 3 2/3 innings.

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