MLB capsules: Pollock has eight RBIs, Beaty seven, each slam as Dodgers top Brewers

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Beaty, right, is congratulated by Justin Turner, left, after hitting a grand slam during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

MILWAUKEE — A.J. Pollock and Matt Beaty took out their frustrations on the Milwaukee Brewers’ injury-riddled pitching staff and made franchise history for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pollock drove in eight runs and Beaty drove in seven, with both players hitting early grand slams in a startling power show that sent the Dodgers over the Brewers 16-4 on Sunday.

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The World Series champion Dodgers won for just the second time in their last eight games.

“As a team, we just needed to be able to breathe a little bit,” Pollock said. “It’s been a rough couple of weeks for us.”

Pollock homered twice and doubled while Beaty went 4 of 6 and scored three times. Their slams came against Alec Bettinger, who gave up 11 runs in his big league debut after never pitching above Double-A.

“We gave him a tough assignment today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

This was the first time the Dodgers had two players with at least seven RBIs in the same game. The last time it happened for any MLB team was on Aug. 22, 2007, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez each had seven RBIs for the Texas Rangers in a 30-3 blowout of the Baltimore Orioles.

The last time two Dodgers hit grand slams in the same game came when Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green did it in a 12-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on May 21, 2000.

“That was a lot of fun,” Beaty said.

YANKEES 2, TIGERS 0

NEW YORK — Corey Kluber handcuffed Detroit batters to earn his 100th career win with his most dominant performance since 2018, and New York completed its first series sweep this season.

Kluber (2-2) looked like the pitcher who won AL Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017, before injuries wrecked his 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The 35-year-old right-hander allowed two hits in eight innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth that included Detroit’s lone flyout, remaining perfect in six save chances.

Detroit has lost five straight and 10 of 11, dropping to a major league-worst 8-21. The Tigers are batting a big league-low .195.

INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 0

CHICAGO — José Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez homered, Amed Rosario had three hits and Cleveland blanked Chicago.

Zach Plesac (2-3) and three relievers limited the White Sox to four hits as Cleveland took two of three in a series between AL Central foes that both made the playoffs last year. The Indians have won five of their last seven.

Chicago had won seven of nine.

Lucas Giolito (1-3) has allowed six homers in six starts. He gave up two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings.

RANGERS 5, RED SOX 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — David Dahl and Brock Holt each hit an RBI single in Texas’ three-run eighth inning, and the Rangers took advantage of a costly error by Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered to help Texas take three of four from the AL East leaders. Josh Sborz (3-1) got three outs for the win, and Ian Kennedy earned his seventh save in seven opportunities.

Xander Bogaerts had three hits for the Red Sox, including his fifth homer.

Nate Lowe scored on Dahl’s two-out single off Adam Ottavino (2-2) that tied it at 3.

Joey Gallo and Rangers manager Chris Woodward were ejected by plate umpire Brian O’Nora in the sixth after Gallo disputed a called third strike.

GIANTS 7, PADRES 1

SAN DIEGO — Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and scored twice, Mike Tauchman homered and drove in four runs, and San Francisco beat San Diego to prevent a three-game sweep.

Tauchman hit a three-run shot in the third off Joe Musgrove (2-3) to help the Giants remain atop the NL West.

Gausman (2-0) kept the Padres off balance, giving up six hits and striking out six. He also reached base on a single and an error to help the offense.

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the first inning for San Diego.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 4

PHOENIX — Stephen Vogt hit a go-ahead, two-run triple, Josh Rojas and Daulton Varsho added RBI doubles and Arizona topped Colorado.

The game was tied at 4 when Josh VanMeter led off the Diamondbacks eighth with a walk. David Peralta singled with one out and Vogt followed with a drive down the right-field line. Arizona has won 10 of 13 since a 5-10 start.

Chris Devenski (1-0) won in relief. Daniel Bard (1-2) gave up all four runs in the eighth.

ATHLETICS 7, ORIOLES 5

OAKLAND, Calif. — Center fielder Ramón Laureano robbed the Orioles of the likely go-ahead run with a leaping catch in the eighth inning and then hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom half to send Oakland past Baltimore.

Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) won in relief of starter Sean Manaea to help the Athletics avoid a sweep.

Trey Mancini hit a tying, two-run single in the fifth and put Baltimore ahead two innings later with an RBI single. Austin Hays had a solo homer for the Orioles.

Laureano’s fifth homer came against Travis Lakins (1-2). Lou Trivino escaped trouble in the ninth for his fifth save.

A’s first baseman Matt Olson returned after a three-game absence with an injury to his eye area and hit a two-run homer. Oakland won for the third time in eight games after a 13-game winning streak.

MARINERS 2, ANGELS 0

SEATTLE — Justus Sheffield shook off early control problems to allow just two hits over six innings, leading Seattle over Los Angeles.

Sheffield (2-2) and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Mariners won two of three in the series. Rafael Montero closed for his fourth save in eight opportunities.

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Dylan Moore hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth and Mitch Haniger added a sacrifice fly an inning later.

Dylan Bundy (0-3) yielded five hits in six innings.

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