DENVER (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run for the fourth time in four games and reached 1,000 RBIs in his career by beating the New York Yankees 6-3 in four runs over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Stanton’s opposing three-run home run down the right field line with two outs in the second set capped a five-run innings ahead of Connor Seabold, who built a 6-1 lead. Stanton, who has 12 homers at Coors Field, drove the first run with a groundout in the first. He has 16 RBIs in his last 14 games.
Stanton was replaced in the seventh by Oswaldo Cabrera in right field. Stanton slipped late and awkwardly to third base while transitioning from first to third base in the fourth inning.
Gunnar Henderson hit a home run and started a seventh inning with two runs for Baltimore, and the Orioles recovered from an early four-run deficit to win their seventh straight game 6-5 over the Miami Marlins.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit his eighth career grand slam in a third inning with six runs, a day after two home runs, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-4 on Saturday.
Whit Merrifield and Bo Bichette hit solo homers, George Springer hit two runs and emergency starter Chris Bassitt threw six strong innings as the Toronto Blue Jays won for the seventh time in eight games and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2.
Josh Donaldson appeared to injure his right calf in the seventh inning when he ran to first base with a grounder. Donaldson was sidelined between April 5 and June 2 with a right thigh strain.
Clarke Schmidt (5-6) gave up two runs and three hits in six innings and set a career high with eight strikeouts. He’s 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 10 starts and one backup since May 14, bringing his season ERA down to 4.31 from 6.30.
All of Schmidt’s strikeouts were sweeping, four with an 86-mph sweeper that unbalanced the Rockies.
Schmidt went one and went after CJ Cron’s home run in the seventh inning – the first time in his big league career that Schmidt had thrown in the seventh inning. Schmidt missed a run in the first round.
Clay Holmes hit a one-hit ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including two doubles. Back at Coors Field, LaMahieu made his second appearance of the season and first since Jan. 23-24. April multi-hit games in a row.
Gleyber Torres had two goals for the Yankees, who hit six runs for the second time in seven games. Torres scored a triple throw on Seabold’s first throw in the game.
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Anthony Rizzo’s home-less stretch reached a career 144 at-bat as he hit 1-for-4 with a single. He hasn’t hit a home run since May 20.
“Baseball,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s hard, even for guys who are really good.”
Rizzo missed three games early in this period after sustaining a neck injury on a pickoff play on May 28 when he collided with Fernando Tatis Jr.
“When he came out of his neck problem, he had a lot of problems for two weeks and he couldn’t swing very well,” Boone said. “He’s been better for the past three weeks. It’s not easy to hit the ball out of the stadium or hit for power. It can be even more difficult when you go hunting.”
The game was delayed just before the end of the eighth inning when a fan ran onto the field and threw a towel at Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe, who jumped away. The fan was pulled down by security personnel and carried off the field.
Yankees: OF Aaron Judge (toe) took up batting practice and expanded his running routine before the game. … OF Jake Bauers (shoulder) will increase his baseball activities over the next few days, manager Aaron Boone said before a roster decision is made. He is eligible to return from the IL on Tuesday. … RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (elbow) “coming close to throwing live,” Boone said. … RHP Frankie Montas (shoulder) has a follow-up appointment in Anaheim with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed arthroscopic surgery on Montas’ labrum on April 21. “He’s still in the play-catch phase,” Boone said.
Rockies: OF Randal Grichuk (groin) did not start after being knocked out of Friday’s game in the sixth inning. … LHP Ryan Rolison (shoulder) was put on the 60-day injured list when RHP Tommy Doyle was bought from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. … 2B Brandon Rodgers (shoulder) could make his 2023 Arizona Complex League debut next week.
Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.85 ERA) faces the Rockies’ RHP Chase Anderson (0-4, 6.89) in the rubber game of a three-game series. Cole is 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA in five starts against Colorado and 1-0 in two starts at Coors Field. Anderson gave up 14 home runs in 49 2/3 innings.
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