For most of the night Monday, the Astros trailed. ''When we can get into a game of bullpens, we feel pretty good about it,'' Hinch said. After the Astros rallied to tie the score with two runs in the seventh and then took the lead with two more in the ninth, closer Will Harris wriggled out of major trouble in the bottom of the inning to preserve a 4-2 victory.
By the time Adrian Beltre stepped to the plate with the bases loaded well past midnight, Yankee Stadium was nearly deserted. The Texas Rangers wrapped up a weird win at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday, rallying after a rain delay of more than 3 1/2 hours in the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees 9-6 with maybe 100 fans left in the stands. The ballpark was so empty that shouts from Texas players hollering in the dugout for Beltre's go-ahead, two-run single could easily be heard bouncing around the yard.
Rookie Daniel Mengden, with that quirky double-pump delivery and old-school handlebar mustache, thought his first major league win might come sooner than this as well as he had pitched so far. The 23-year-old pitched into the eighth inning for his first major league win Monday night, backed by Marcus Semien's three-run homer and four RBIs, and Oakland beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 to open the Bay Bridge Series. Semien connected in the decisive second and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis added RBI doubles against Jeff Samardzija (8-5) in that five-run inning, then Semien added a run-scoring double in the sixth.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A rain delay in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium has kept Texas and New York waiting well past 1 a.m., with no word on when the game might resume.
Troy Tulowitzki received a warm reception from the Coors Field fans. Carlos Gonzalez homered, Jon Gray tossed seven solid innings and the Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Monday night to spoil Tulowitzki's return to Colorado. Tulowitzki went 0 for 4 in his first game in Denver since Toronto acquired him from the Rockies last July 27.
Tampa Bay's longest losing streak in seven years is over, thanks to a breakout offensive performance led by Nick Franklin. The utility infielder had his first three hits of the season and drove in a career-high five runs Monday night, helping the Rays end an 11-game skid with a 13-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Franklin, recalled from the minors last week, had a two-run single in the first, a RBI single in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Washington Nationals looked in trouble early. The New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard was in big trouble a couple of innings later. The Nationals dealt Syndergaard his first loss in more than a month, an 11-4 victory over the Mets on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the division rivals.
There have been plenty of times over the years when Royals pitcher Danny Duffy would give up a first-inning home run, or fall into a big early hole, and it would cause everything else to slowly unravel. After serving up Matt Holliday's two-run shot in the first, Duffy settled in to go eight innings while striking out eight without a walk, sending Kansas City to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game, two-city series between cross-state rivals. ''I think no walks is more of a win for me than anything, outside of the team winning,'' said Duffy, who had gone eight innings just once before.
When Kris Bryant reached the dugout after his record-setting third homer, thousands of Cubs fans in the stands cheered for a curtain call. Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter in April, setting up an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem that's had some huge moments in Cincinnati.
Trevor Bauer complained that he wasn't as sharp as in recent outings. The way Cleveland has been hitting, Bauer didn't have to be sharp to help extend the longest winning streak in the majors this season. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run homer, Bauer gave up two runs in six innings and the Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 on Monday night for their 10th straight win.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves rookie right-hander John Gant left Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left oblique strain.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returned to Coors Field saying he is ''in a good place'' 11 months after being traded by the Colorado Rockies. Tulowitzki was in Denver on Monday for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that acquired him from the Rockies last July 27. Tulowitzki landed in Toronto after asking the Rockies to trade him to a contender.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have promoted right-hander Joel Peralta from the minors to help their bullpen for the start of a series at the Cincinnati Reds.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were in deep trouble before Scott Kazmir settled down and the lineup went to work. A.J. Ellis capped Los Angeles' four-run fifth inning with a tiebreaking RBI single with two out, helping the Dodgers rally for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Los Angeles was looking at a four-game sweep by Pittsburgh after the Pirates scored four in the first.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz could miss his next start because of elbow discomfort.
Yankees star Alex Rodriguez says he is ''surprised'' he is out of the lineup for the second day in a row. Rodriguez was on the bench Monday night when New York played Texas. Rodriguez, who turns 41 next month, is batting .223 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 44 games as a designated hitter.
When the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central every year from 2011-14, the title often seemed to come down to a handful of head-to-head matchups between the champions and their closest challengers. The Tigers consistently won those games during that impressive stretch, but so far this year, the roles are reversed. Detroit's 9-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday dropped the Tigers to 0-9 against the first-place Indians this season.
The Yankees and StubHub ended their squabble, announcing a sponsorship agreement Monday that sets an advertising minimum price for resale tickets. StubHub will become the official fan-to-fan ticket reseller for the Yankees, replacing Ticketmaster's Yankee Ticket Exchange, and will be fully operational July 7. Ticketmaster will still remain the primary ticket vendor for the Yankees.