MLB Roundup: Eduardo Escobar’s 7 RBIs Carry Diamondbacks To Win

May 16, 2021 Updated: May 16, 2021

Eduardo Escobar had two home runs and seven RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching, including Seth Frankoff in his first major league start, subdued the visiting Washington Nationals 11–4 on Saturday night.

Frankoff, a 32-year-old right-hander who toiled in the minors and professionally in South Korea, lasted 4 2/3 innings—matching his three relief appearances combined in his big-league career.

He allowed three hits and two runs with four strikeouts and four walks before he was pulled by manager Torey Lovullo after Washington loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth.

Arizona, which is 4–10 in its last 14 games, had 12 hits on Saturday. Escobar went 3-for-5 with his eighth and ninth home runs, and David Peralta was 2-for-5 with his fourth homer.

Rays 12, Mets 5

Pinch hitter Austin Meadows drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run fourth inning and Shane McClanahan won for the first time in the majors as Tampa Bay topped New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

As they did in Friday’s 3-2 series-opening win, the Rays had to battle back against the Mets. Tampa Bay received five hits in the fourth inning and secured a 5-4 lead off Joey Lucchesi (1-3) on a double by Meadows.

In a career-long 5 1/3 innings, the left-handed McClanahan (1-0) surrendered four runs and two homers but struck out seven—all career-high marks. He allowed six hits and walked just one in the 75-pitch outing.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 0

Trevor Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings, Chris Taylor and DJ Peters each drove in two runs as Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting Miami to stretch its winning streak to four games.

The Dodgers lost Corey Seager in the process when the 2020 World Series MVP fractured his right hand in the fifth inning when he was hit by a pitch. Bauer (4-2) picked up his first victory in his last four starts, giving up just two hits with 10 strikeouts.

Marlins right-hander Jordan Holloway (1-2) went three-plus innings, giving up two runs on two hits with four walks in his second career start. He also singled in the third inning off Bauer for his first major league hit.

Pirates 8, Giants 6

Jacob Stallings hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning as host Pittsburgh erased two four-run deficits in defeating San Francisco.

Stallings’ third home run of the season came off Jake McGee (1-1). Stallings earlier hit a two-run double. Kevin Newman and Ka’ai Tom each added an RBI single. Richard Rodriguez (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win. Starter Tyler Anderson allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Darin Ruf, Brandon Crawford and Mike Tauchman homered and Mauricio Dubon hit an RBI single for the Giants. San Francisco starter Johnny Cueto pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and eight hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

Reds 6, Rockies 5 (12)

Nick Castellanos homered and hit a go-ahead double in the 12th inning, and visiting Cincinnati beat Colorado.

Castellanos also singled and drove in three runs, Kyle Farmer homered among his three hits, and Lucas Sims (3-1) pitched two innings of relief for Cincinnati. Heath Hembree pitched the 12th for his first save.

Ryan McMahon homered and Yonathan Daza had two hits for Colorado.

Blue Jays 4, Phillies 0

Vladimir Guerrero hit a solo homer for the second consecutive game, his 10th of the season, and Toronto defeated visiting Philadelphia 4–0 in Dunedin, Fla.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI double and Reese McGuire added an RBI single to set up a rubber match in the three-game series on Sunday afternoon. Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper, who struck out twice, left the game in the fourth inning with what the club called right shoulder soreness.

Blue Jays starter Anthony Kay allowed one hit, two walks and hit a batter in four scoreless innings. The left-hander struck out six. Travis Bergen (2–0) pitched around an infield single in the fifth inning for Toronto to get the win. Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (3–3) allowed three runs, nine hits and one walk while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

Tigers 9, Cubs 8 (10)

Harold Castro hit a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning to give Detroit a home win over Chicago.

Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the offensive attack for Detroit, which has won five of its last six games.

Matt Duffy went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs for the Cubs, who have lost four of their last five.

Yankees 8, Orioles 2

Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer and starter Domingo German threw six solid innings as visiting New York defeated Baltimore.

Judge now has hit three homers in the first two games of the series, belting two in Friday’s victory over the Orioles. Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit each also drove in two runs as the Yankees took a big early lead and never looked back.

Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez (1–4) found trouble immediately. He gave up three runs, walked two and hit a batter in the top of the first as New York took a lead it never lost.

Royals 5, White Sox 1

Salvador Perez’s three-run home run off Carlos Rodon lifted Kansas City to a victory over host Chicago.

Mike Minor (3–2) gave up two hits and one run in seven innings for the Royals. He walked two and struck out seven. It was Minor’s first quality start of the season and only the second time he’s pitched at least six innings.

Rodon (5–1) took the loss. He gave up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five. He raised his ERA from an American League-best 0.58 to 1.47.

Braves 5, Brewers 1

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman hit his 250th career home run to back the strong pitching of Ian Anderson and help the visiting Braves to a win over Milwaukee.

Freeman was 2-for-4 with a walk, scored two runs and drove in a pair with his 10th homer, a two-run shot in the second inning. He became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 250-homer milestone.

Brewers starter Brett Anderson (2–3) was knocked out after pitching 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.

Twins 5, Athletics 4

Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run eighth inning as Minnesota rallied to snap its five-game losing streak with a victory over Oakland in Minneapolis.

Sano, batting just .114 heading into the at-bat, hit a 1-1 fastball from reliever Jake Diekman (2–1) 349 feet into the bleachers down the right-field line for his third homer of the season and first since April 15 against Boston.

Matt Olson and Mark Canha each homered for Oakland, which lost for the first time in five games against Minnesota this season.

Red Sox 9, Angels 0

Martin Perez threw six scoreless innings and got support from an offense that hit three home runs, leading host Boston over Los Angeles.

Perez (1–2) got his first win of the season in his eighth start, allowing three hits. He struck out five, including Shohei Ohtani twice.

Alex Verdugo snapped an 0-for-14 slide with a home run in the first inning against Angels starter Dylan Bundy. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers also homered for Boston, which finished with 12 hits.

Astros 6, Rangers 5

Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker slugged two-run home runs while Luis Garcia earned his first career victory as Houston claimed a victory over Texas.

The Astros improved to 16–2 against Texas at Minute Maid Park since the start of the 2019 season and will go for the four-game series sweep—and an 8–2 record on this homestand—Sunday. The Astros have won five in a row.

Houston erased a 1–0 deficit with a four-run first inning, then labored to convert multiple opportunities with runners in scoring position before Tucker delivered his club-leading ninth homer off Rangers reliever Hunter Wood in the bottom of the seventh.

Mariners 7, Indians 3

Mitch Haniger hit his 12th home run of the season to tie Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. for the major league lead as host Seattle defeated Cleveland.

Dylan Moore also went deep for Seattle, which won its second straight game. Mariners left-hander Justus Sheffield (3–3), making his first appearance against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014, allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Indians right-hander Triston McKenzie (1–2) went 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Jose Ramiez had three hits for Cleveland, and Harold Ramirez hit a solo homer.

Padres 13, Cardinals 3

Veteran St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright had given up three home runs to San Diego hitters in 82 1/3 innings in his career, but he surrendered three homers to the first 14 Padres he faced.

Former Cardinal Tommy Pham, Ha-Seong Kim and Austin Nola all homered in the first three innings as the host Padres shot out to a 6–0 lead en route to the win.

Pham, whose only extra-base hit this season was a double on April 18, followed a walk to Jake Cronenworth with a two-run homer in the first. Kim hit his second homer of the season in the second to make it 3–0, and Nola, who had a career-high six RBIs, followed a single by Cronenworth and a walk to Pham with his first homer of the season in the third.