MLB-leading Rays lose ace McClanahan to back tightness and fall to Royals 6-5

Kansas City Royals' MJ Melendez, right, scores past Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia on a two-run single by Drew Waters during the eighth inning Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The major league-leading Tampa Bay Rays lost ace Shane McClanahan to mid-back tightness in a 6-5 loss to the lowly Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

McClanahan, looking to become the majors’ first 12-game winner of the season, left with two outs in the fourth. The left-hander, 11-1 this season, gave up two runs, four hits and two walks in a 66-pitch outing.


Maikel Garcia drew a walk from Pete Fairbanks (0-2) to start the ninth, then stole second and third. After Fairbanks got a pair of strikeouts, Garcia scored on MJ Melendez’s infield single to put the Royals ahead 6-5. The Royals stole seven bases overall.

Aroldis Chapman (3-2) picked up the win and Scott Barlow earned his ninth save.

Drew Waters hit a solo homer and drove in two runs with a single in the eighth for Kansas City, which has the second-worst record in the majors at 21-54.

Francisco Mejía homered and Randy Arozarena had a two-run single for Tampa Bay, which slipped to 52-26 overall and 32-9 at home.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run 10th inning, and NL East-leading Atlanta beat Philadelphia for its eighth straight win.

Ozuna’s 14th homer of the season followed a two-run single by Austin Riley after Philadelphia left fielder Kyle Schwarber misplayed a ball that would have been the third out of the inning. Michael Harris II knocked in the other Atlanta run of the inning, scoring automatic runner Sam Hilliard on a single up the middle.

Four Braves pitchers didn’t give up an earned run in 10 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Philadelphia’s only run came on Alec Bohm’s sacrifice fly, scoring automatic runner J.T. Realmuto in the 10th.

Raisel Iglesias (3-2) earned the win. Yunior Marte (0-1) took the loss.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manny Machado and Gary Sánchez hit three-run homers and San Diego ended San Francisco’s 10-game winning streak.

Blake Snell (4-6) won his third straight decision, striking out 11 and allowing three singles in six innings. Snell, García and Ray Kerr combined to retire San Diego’s last 13 batters in the Padres’ eighth shutout this season.

Ha-Seong Kim added a solo homer for the Padres, who went 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Juan Soto had his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs.

San Francisco batters struck out 14 times in the Giants’ seventh shutout loss.


NEW YORK (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit one of four early homers and Seattle teed off against Domingo Germán in routing New York and avoiding a three-game sweep.

Touted rookie Bryan Woo (1-1) breezed into the sixth inning with a no-hit bid to earn his first major league victory. Kolten Wong hit his first home run for the Mariners before Ty France and Cal Raleigh also went deep against Germán (4-5).

New York committed three errors in an embarrassing third inning. Germán gave up a career-high 10 runs — eight earned — and eight hits.

He threw 93 pitches in 3 1/3 innings as his ERA soared to 5.10.

Reserve utilityman Isiah Kiner-Falefa pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Yankees and then hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Ryan pitched a three-hitter for Minnesota’s first complete-game shutout in five years and Byron Buxton became the first player in at least nine seasons to hit a pair of 460-foot home runs in a game in a win over Boston.

Ryan (8-4) pitched his first complete game in 47 big league starts, striking out nine, walking none.

Buxton hit a 466-foot home run in the first inning and a 465-foot drive in the third, his ninth multi-homer game as AL Central-leading Minnesota got back to .500 at 38-38.

Justin Garza (0-2), making his first career start as the Red Sox opener, took the loss.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketel Marte hit a three-run homer, leading Arizona past Washington after Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected for complaining about umpire Doug Eddings’ strike zone.

Tommy Henry (4-1) earned his first victory since May 31 for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven and moved 16 games over .500 at 46-30. Henry gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

Jake Irvin (1-4) allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings as Washington completed a 1-6 homestand and has lost 14 of 17.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Bell homered and Myles Straw hit an RBI triple, leading Cleveland to a three-game sweep of Oakland, which dropped its eighth straight.

Bell’s 430-foot shot tied it and Straw put Cleveland ahead in the inning with his two-out shot to left.

The A’s were still within 2-1 in the eighth before reliever Yacksel Rios allowed four runs on two wild pitches and two bases-loaded walks.

Nick Sandlin (3-3) worked two hitless innings in relief for the win as four of Cleveland pitchers combined for the three-hitter.


MIAMI (AP) — Garrett Cooper doubled, singled and hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as Miami dealt Pittsburgh its 10th straight loss.

Trailing 4-1, the Marlins rallied in the eighth. Jonathan Davis doubled and Luis Arraez and Jorge Soler walked. Carmen Mlodzinski (0-1) gave up a two-run single by Bryan De La Cruz. Jesús Sánchez reached on a fielder’s choice before Garrett drove Mlodzinski’s first pitch over the wall in right-center.

Arraez went 1 for 3, and his major league-leading batting average slipped a point to .397.

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