Morning Rewind, 8/27: Astros tell Pineda to grab some pine
By JOHN DORN
After outscoring the New York Yankees 16-1 throughout the first two games of the series, the Houston Astros actually had to fight some resistance in the rubber match. But the result was exactly what they'd hoped for.
Michael Pineda took the mound, making his first start since July 24, but he wasn't long for this one. Joe GIrardi pulled the plug after just 4.1 innings, leaving Pineda's final line at five runs on six hits, striking out just three.
Evan Gattis was the primary culprit, taking Pineda deep to right once and connecting on another longball to left field in the eighth to seal the victory.
A last-ditch pinch-hit appearance by Mark Teixeira wasn't enough to extend the game in the ninth. He grounded out to end the game, giving Houston its second straight series victory.
HOU 6, NYY 2
Around the League
SEA 2, OAK 8
Oakland struck first blood in the first, with Billy Burns driving a line shot over the center field fence. But Seattle answered back with four in the next frame, scattering four more throughout the contest.
NYM 9, PHI 4
After not being able to get a run across the plate for most of the summer, the Mets have smacked a team-record 40 home runs in the month of August. The runs kept pouring in on Wednesday, resulting in a win and extending their division lead to 6.5 games.
SD 6, WASH 5
On the opposite end of that Mets surge comes the Washington Nationals, formerly the division leaders, but now barely managing to stay above .500. They rallied late, but ultimately fell to the Padres at home, 6-5.
DET 5, LAA 0
Oh, so close. Justin Verlander took his bid for a third career no-hitter into the ninth inning, but a leadoff double by Chris Iannetta spoiled the night. Verlander still went the full nine innings, allowing just the one hit and walking two while striking out nine.
COL 6, ATL 3
It took a late rally, but the Rockies combined for all their six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to overtake Atlanta in their home yard. Jose Reyes, who's not short of experience at Turner Field, smacked the go-ahead extra-base hit in the seventh -- his first triple of the season (remarkably).
LAD 7, CIN 4
Los Angeles went nuts, launching three home runs in the fourth inning, putting up a five-spot and notching their 69th win of the year.
CLE 6, MIL 2
When your starting pitcher puts eight batters on base via a walk, you're gonna have a tough time pulling out a victory. This was the case in Cleveland Wednesday, when Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson did exactly that. Jason Kipnis drove in three runs en route to the home victory.
MIN 5, TB 3
Runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth were enough for the Twins to knock off the Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday night. Also, Brian Dozier made one heck of a grab.
PIT 7, MIA 2
By the second inning, the Pirates led the Marlins 7-2. And when the final out of the ninth inning was recorded, the Pirates won 7-2.
TOR 12, TEX 4
The Blue Jays lead the Major League in home runs. They have 99 more runs than the Yankees, who have the second-most. Toronto scores. A lot. And Wednesday was no different.
BAL 8, KC 5
The Royals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Wei-Yin Chen. But five homers later, it was the Orioles who finished on top.
BOS 3, CWS 0
Rick Porcello came off the DL to make his first start since July 29, and it was a doozy. He got through seven scoreless, throwing just 94 pitches -- just 20 outside the strike zone. Chris Sale matched those zeroes through seven innings, but Chicago's bullpen wasn't up to task, allowing runs in the eighth and ninth, giving Boston the victory.
STL 3, ARI 1
What you're looking at is Arizona's only run of the game. But Paul Goldschmidt definitely sent it sailing, smacking a first-inning home run out with an exit velocity over 110 miles per hour.
SF 4, CHC 2
A pair of sixth-inning doubles by Buster Posey and Kelby Tomlinson broke a 2-2 tie, and inched the Giants ever so slightly back into the NL playoff race.
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