Two of baseball’s most prolific sluggers sent balls into orbit on Wednesday, as the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hit home runs of 461 feet and 453 feet, respectively.
What’s more, Ohtani’s American League-leading 21st homer of the year was clocked at 116.1mph, making it the hardest hit opposite-field homer by a left-handed hitter since 2015.
Unfortunately for Ohtani and the Angels, it came in a losing effort as Anaheim fell, 6-3, to the first-place Texas Rangers.
Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies had solo homers earlier for the NL-East leading Braves, who scored in five of the first six innings.
Braves’ Marcell Ozuna (20) and Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrate after the final out against Detroit
Andy Ibanez, Matt Vierling and Jake Rogers also cleared the fences in the second game, pulling Detroit into a 5-all tie after five innings.
Collin McHugh (3-0) pitched three perfect innings after starter Dylan Dodd allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over four innings.
Detroit’s Michael Lorenzen (2-4) gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings.
In the opener, Michael Harris went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs while Acuna Jr. had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs.
Atlanta ace Spencer Strider (7-2) benefited from pitching for a high-scoring team, picking up the win despite giving up five runs and seven hits in five innings of the opener. The right-hander gave up three homers, walked two, hit a batter and struck out six to increase his major-league leading total to 127 this season.
Tigers rookie Reese Olson (0-2) gave up seven runs – six earned – on five hits and two walks over three innings.
As for Marcus Semien and Corey Seager hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Texas over LA.
Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his AL-leading 21st. It extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.
Josh Sborz (3-2) got the win working scoreless seventh and eighth innings.
Jimmy Herget (1-3) allowed Texas´ three seventh-inning runs in his one inning of relief of Reid Detmers.
Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani tosses his bat after a solo home run against the Rangers
BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 1
José Berríos took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, George Springer homered and Toronto beat Baltimore to end the Orioles´ five-game winning streak.
Berríos allowed only two runners to reach through six innings – on a walk and a hit batter – before Adley Rutschman led off the seventh with a soft liner that dropped well in front of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
Berríos (7-4) went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, striking out five and walking one. The 29-year-old righty improved to 10-0 lifetime against the Orioles. Jordan Romano gave up three straight two-out singles in ninth, the last an RBI hit by Aaron Hicks, before striking out Adam Frazier to earn his 19th save.
Berríos outpitched Orioles starter Kyle Bradish (2-3), who had a shutout going until Springer hit a solo shot in the sixth.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles
METS 4, YANKEES 3, 10 INNINGS
Brandon Nimmo hit a game-ending double in the 10th inning and the New York Mets recovered from a string of mental and physical errors to beat the New York Yankees for a two-game Subway Series split.
In the 10th, with Eduardo Escobar the automatic runner at second, Albert Abreu (2-2) struck out Mark Vientos. Nick Ramirez relieved and Nimmo hit a drive over Jake Bauers and off the wall in right-center. Escobar tagged up and sprinted home with a headfirst slide, giving the $355 million Mets just their second victory in 11 games and third walk-off win this season.
Dominic Leone (1-2) got his first win since joining the Mets last month.
The Mets made two errors and committed only the second shift violation in the major leagues this season.
Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, second from right, celebrates with teammates after beating NYY
ASTROS 5, NATIONALS 4
José Abreu scored on catcher Keibert Ruiz´s throwing error in a wild ninth inning to give Houston a victory over Washington.
Kyle Tucker led off with a single off Hunter Harvey (2-3), and Abreu followed with an infield single. Yainer Diaz struck out before Corey Julks walked to load the bases to set up Jake Meyers´ grounder to short. Josiah Gray allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
Washington rallied for three runs in the ninth off Houston closer Ryan Pressly (1-2). Joey Meneses reached on an error by Alex Bregman to start the inning and scored on an RBI double by Corey Dickerson. Framber Valdez allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Astros’ Jose Abreu, right, celebrates as he scores the game-winning run vs Washington
GIANTS 8, CARDINALS 5, 10 INNINGS
Mike Yastrzemski hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Thairo Estrada had the go-ahead single in 10th, and San Francisco rallied to complete a three-game sweep of St. Louis.
Estrada´s single scored Yastrzemski, who was the automatic runner at second base. Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr. followed with RBI singles off Steven Matz (0-7).
Tyler Rogers (1-4) got the win with a perfect ninth inning and Camilo Doval earned his 18th save in 19 opportunities.
Cardinals starter Jordan Montgomery gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Mike Yastrzemski of the San Francisco Giants hits a game-tying two-run home run vs St. Louis
CUBS 10, PIRATES 6
Dansby Swanson started Chicago´s six-run sixth inning with a hit, then capped the rally with an RBI single as the Cubs overcame a four-run deficit.
Swanson finished with three hits and two RBIs to help Chicago knock off Pittsburgh, which entered in first in the NL Central, for the second straight night. The Cubs had 13 hits – 12 singles – to reach double-digits in hits and runs again.
The Pirates were cruising with a 5-1 lead before the Cubs sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth. Roansy Contreras (3-6) the first of five Pirates relievers, yielded five runs on three hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings to fuel the rally. Pittsburgh´s Osvaldo Bido started in his major league debut. The rangy 27-year-old right-hander allowed one run on four hits, while striking out six through four innings.
Chicago starter Drew Smyly (6-4) ended a three-game losing streak despite allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings. Three relievers closed it out, with Adbert Alzolay throwing a scoreless ninth.
Chicago Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki watches his two-run double off Pirates pitcher Colin Holderman
TWINS 4, BREWERS 2
A four-run third inning sparked by Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo and Trevor Larnach vaulted Minnesota to its first series sweep of Milwaukee since 2017, handing the Brewers their sixth straight loss.
Twins starter Bailey Ober (4-3) recorded a season high-tying seven strikeouts and two earned runs on six hits. Relievers Brock Stewart, Jhoan Duran and Griffin Jax each pitched a perfect inning of relief, with usual closer Duran playing an unconventional setup role in the eighth. Jax earned his second career save.
A recently rejuvenated Twins lineup got hot during its second time through the batting order against starter Colin Rea (3-4). Rea allowed four earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings.
Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates his walk-off home run with teammates
REDS 7, ROYALS 4
Cincinnati got three homers during a five-run fifth inning, including a three-run shot by Matt McLain, and held on to complete a three-game series sweep.
Spencer Steer homered in the second inning before Stuart Fairchild and Jonathan India joined McLain in going deep in the fifth, breaking open a 1-all game and sending the Reds to their fifth straight win and eighth in the last 10 games.
Ben Lively (4-4) ended a rough stretch for Cincinnati starters, allowing 10 hits but just two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Alexis Diaz entered with two on and one out in the ninth and struck out Freddy Fermin and retired Dairon Blanco for his 17th save.
The Royals´ Daniel Lynch (0-3) gave up all four Reds homers, the most he´s allowed in an outing in his career. He allowed seven runs on seven hits and a pair of walks as his winless streak stretched to 15 starts.
Cincinnati Reds’ Matt McLain (9) watches his three-run home run during the fifth inning
RED SOX 6, ROCKIES 3
Alex Verdugo and Rob Refsnyder had two RBIs apiece and the Boston Red Sox rallied in a five-run seventh inning to avoid a sweep with a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
The start of the game was delayed more than two hours because of thunderstorms.
Garrett Whitlock (4-2) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. He improved to 3-0 in his past four starts.
Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber delivers to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first
PADRES 5, GUARDIANS 0
Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado hit two of San Diego’s four solo homers in the Padres’ 5-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday night.
Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz also homered for the Padres, who have won five of their last six games and have an opportunity to sweep the three-game series versus Cleveland and reach the .500 mark for the first time since May 11th.
Wacha (7-2), who has a major league best 0.91 ERA since the beginning of May, gave up four singles in 6 2/3 innings. He lowered his season ERA to 2.89.
Fernando Tatis Jr. celebrates his homerun with his San Diego Padres teammates in the first
RAYS 6, ATHLETICS 3
Josh Lowe singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland 5-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Athletics’ winning streak at seven games.
Christian Bethancourt, Manuel Margot and Yandy Díaz also drove in runs for the MLB-best Rays (49-22). Tampa Bay is the only team in the majors that has yet to lose three games in a row this season. The Rays have lost back-to-back games seven times.
The A’s lost on the night they cleared a major hurdle for their planned relocation to Las Vegas after the Nevada Legislature gave final approval to public funding for a portion of a proposed $1.5 billion stadium.
Manuel Margot #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Josh Lowe #15 after scoring
PHILLIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Nick Castellanos drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after two Arizona players collided on a fly ball, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Phillies starter Ranger Suarez held the Diamondbacks in check with seven scoreless innings, but Christian Walker tied it in the eighth with a three-run homer.
After Craig Kimbrel (5-1) stranded a runner at third in the ninth inning, Trea Turner floated a fly ball to shallow right field off Scott McGough (0-5). T
Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates in the dugout
WHITE SOX 8, DODGERS 4
Chicago clawed its way back from a 4-2 deficit thanks to three-run rallies in the eighth and ninth innings to beat Los Angeles, 8-4, at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
White Sox centerfielder Luis Robert J. hit his 16th home run of the year, while third baseman Jake Burger added his 14th and 15th long balls.
Clayton Kershaw had a strong outing for LA, going six innings and yielding two earned runs, but the Dodgers’ bullpen struggled, allowing six runs in the last two innings.
White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger made an early exit on Wednesday due to right biceps soreness. He will be reevaluated Thursday.
The right-hander exited the field in apparent physical discomfort with two outs in the fifth inning. Clevinger was biting the top of his jersey while accompanied by the team’s trainer.
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol was ejected in the sixth inning.
The Dodgers had just tied it 2-all when Grifol came out of the dugout to argue with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg. The first-year manager kept pointing to his right as Hoberg tossed him.
Grifol continued jawing as crew chief Brian O’Nora came over from his position at third base. A member of the White Sox coaching staff separated Grifol from O’Nora while the manager’s rant went on.
It was Grifol’s third ejection of the season.
Bryan De La Cruz #14, Jonathan Davis #49 and Jesus Sanchez #7 celebrate Sanchez’s catch
MARLINS 4, MARINERS 1
Miami’s Jesús Sánchez made a leaping, game-saving catch at the wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to rob Seattle’s Eugenio Suárez of a grand slam, and the Marlins avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Seattle loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against A.J. Puk thanks to a pair of errors by Luis Arraez. Suárez lined a 2-1 pitch from Puk deep to right field, but Sánchez quickly tracked his way to the wall and made a leaping grab and pulled back the potential game-tying homer.
Ty France scored on the play to break up the shutout, but Cal Raleigh lined out to Sánchez to end the game.