Peralta strikes out 11 for Brewers in 11-1 victory over Orioles

Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames is congratulated in the dugout after his three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Freddy Peralta struck out 11 in six outstanding innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers hit three home runs in an 11-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles that included a bench-clearing incident in the sixth inning Friday night.

Gary Sánchez, Willy Adames and William Contreras went deep for the National League-leading Brewers (9-3), who have scored 47 runs in their last five games. They scored three runs each in the second, fifth and sixth to take the series opener.

Intrigue built for the matchup when Milwaukee traded ace Corbin Burnes to the Orioles for left-hander DL Hall and infielder Joey Oritz just before spring training. Hall pitches Saturday and Burnes takes the mound Sunday.

Ortiz had his first big league three-hit game Friday. That included an RBI triple in the second — shortly after Sánchez opened the scoring with a two-run homer — and a run-scoring single in the ninth.

The other big draw of this series was the “Jackson vs. Jackson” matchup of two top prospects. That didn’t amount to much in Friday’s opener. Baltimore’s Jackson Holliday, the game’s top-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, struck out in all three of his plate appearances. Milwaukee’s Jackson Chourio, ranked No. 2, went 0 for 6 with three strikeouts of his own.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Waguespack and five relievers combined on a six-hitter and Tampa Bay beat San Francisco.

Waguespack gave up one run and four hits over four innings in his first start since Sept. 25, 2019, and fourth appearance this season. Garrett Cleavinger (2-0) followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Phil Maton, Colon Poche, Jason Adam and Pete Fairbanks — who worked the ninth to get his third save in as many chances — closed out the Rays’ fifth win in six games. Fairbanks retired his final two batters with a runner on third.

Tampa Bay has five starting pitchers on the injured list and the Rays’ bullpen entered with an AL-worse 6.43 ERA.

San Francisco has three extra-base hits, including one Friday, over the last three games. The Giants went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position against Tampa Bay.


NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso homered and Luis Severino earned his first win for New York, who snapped Kansas City’s seven-game winning streak.

Brett Baty hit a two-run double and the Mets scored all five of their runs off starter Michael Wacha with two outs. New York reached double digits in hits for the fourth consecutive game and has won six of eight following an 0-5 start.

Coming off a 7-0 homestand that marked the longest winning streak in the majors this season, the surprising Royals (9-5) were looking for their first eight-game winning streak since a nine-game run in July 2017.

Salvador Perez homered for the Royals, making their first visit to Citi Field since June 2016. The year before that, they clinched the club’s second World Series title there.

Severino (1-1) worked around four walks in five innings during his third start for the Mets


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bailey Falter allowed one run over five innings to beat his former team, leading Pittsburgh over Philadelphia as Phillies star Bryce Harper broke out of an 0-for-18 slide with two hits.

David Bednar pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in five chances, and Henry Davis doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Bryan Reynolds and Connor Joe also had RBIs for the Pirates, who took advantage of some sloppy play by Philadelphia.

Philadelphia ditched its red and white pinstripes to debut blue, yellow and black City Connect jerseys that were odes to Philadelphia’s flag and rich history. The jerseys have gotten mixed reviews from the Phillies’ notoriously tough fan base, and the club’s play on the field on Friday didn’t give the home crowd of 35,578 much to be thrilled about, either.

Falter (1-0) allowed one run and four hits and three strikeouts. He had a 4.56 ERA in 24 starts and 26 relief appearances over three seasons for the Phillies before his Aug. 1 trade to Pittsburgh for infielder Rodolfo Castro.

Harper singled in the first and doubled in the sixth in a 2-for-4 night, raising his average from .196 to .220.


BOSTON (AP) — Reid Detmers allowed three hits over 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and Taylor Ward matched a season high with three RBIs to lead Los Angeles over Boston.

The Angels sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring three runs (one earned) against Boston right-hander Tanner Houck (2-1), who had not allowed a run in his two previous starts this season, spanning 12 innings. Houck matched a career high with seven runs allowed (four earned) on a career-high 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The left-hander Detmers (3-0) had a similar outing to his last — an April 6 win against Boston — when he allowed one run on three hits with a walk and 12 strikeouts in six innings. He had two walks on Friday.

Ward’s two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, scoring Mike Trout who singled, ended Houck’s night with left-hander Brennan Bernardino entering.

Boston made three errors, matching a season high on April 5 against the Angels. The Red Sox are 0-4 at Fenway Park this season.


MIAMI ( AP) — Max Fried pitched six solid innings and Marcell Ozuna homered to lead Atlanta to a win over Miami in their series opener.

Fried (1-0) entered with an 18.00 ERA after a pair of rough starts to open the season, but limited the Marlins to four hits while striking out four and walking one. The 30-year old left-hander was replaced by Pierce Johnson after giving up back-to-back hits in the seventh.

Ozuna blasted a solo shot 446 feet to center field in the ninth for his sixth home run — tying him with Boston’s Tyler O’Neill and the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout for the major league lead — and the second-longest homer hit at loanDepot park this year. Ozuna was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia led off a five-run seventh with a double off reliever George Soriano, who then walked Ronald Acuña Jr. and hit Ozzie Albies with a pitch to load the bases. Andrew Nardi replaced Soriano and gave up a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson and a two-run single to Ozuna.

Nardi exited to some boos before Burch Smith gave up a pair of RBI singles to make it 7-0. Smith got Travis d’Arnaud to ground out to end the inning.


TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Feltner pitched five innings for his first win of the season and Colorado had 20 hits in a rout of Toronto.

Ryan McMahon had four of those hits for the Rockies, who won north of the border for the first time after nine consecutive defeats in Canada.

The Rockies hadn’t reached 20 hits since 2022 and not since 2013 in a road game.

Feltner (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits, walked two and struck out four.

Making his third start of the season, struggling Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. His earned run average rose from 9.53 to 11.57.

Gausman missed most of spring training because of a sore shoulder. He lasted 1 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to the Yankees, his shortest outing since May 2019.


CHICAGO (AP) — Elly De La Cruz hit a three-run drive for his fourth homer in his last four games, helping Andrew Abbott and Cincinnati beat Chicago.

Tyler Stephenson also homered for Cincinnati, which had dropped three of four. Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Santiago Espinal each had two hits and three RBIs, and Jonathan India walked four times from the leadoff spot.

Abbott (1-1) pitched seven innings of one-run ball in Cincinnati’s longest start so far this season. The left-hander struck out three and walked none.

Chicago finished with four hits in its seventh loss in eight games. It has scored just 30 runs during its 2-11 start.

Robbie Grossman doubled home Zach Remillard in the third to account for the team’s only run in the opener of a six-game homestand. Chris Flexen (0-3) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in his third consecutive loss.


DETROIT (AP) — Mark Canha hit a solo homer in first inning, Tarik Skubal pitched five scoreless innings and Detroit went on to beat Minnesota.

Canha, Spencer Torkelson and Matt Vierling each had two hits and two RBIs, helping Detroit pull away with six runs from the fourth to the the sixth inning.

Skubal (2-0) gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out five. Alex Faedo, Andrew Chafin and Will Vest followed in relief.

Pablo Lopez (1-2) gave up five runs on six hits and three walks over four innings and had seven strikeouts.

Minnesota had six hits, including a pair of doubles, and is batting a major league-low .184 They were held scoreless until the ninth when Kyle Farmer hit an RBI double and Edouard Julien followed with a run-scoring single.


HOUSTON (AP) — Jonah Heim homered and drove in four runs, and Texas beat Houston to drop them seven games under .500 for the first time in eight years.

Evan Carter added three hits as the Rangers built a 12-3 lead by the sixth inning.

Houston fell to 4-11. The Astros had not been that many games below .500 since they were 22-29 before a Memorial Day win in 2016, a season in which they fell to 20-29 before a five-game winning streak.

In their first visit to Houston since Game 7 of last year’s AL Championship Series, the defending champion Rangers rebounded after managing just one hit Thursday as they were shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 loss to Oakland.

They jumped on J.P. France (0-2) for eight hits and eight runs in just four innings in a third consecutive dismal start for Houston’s pitching staff. Heim’s three-run shot in a six-run third inning put the Rangers up 7-1.


SEATTLE (AP) — Bryce Miller allowed one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings, Julio Rodríguez had a key two-out, two-run single and Seattle beat Chicago.

Miller gave up just three hits and quieted Chicago’s bats that entered averaging more than six runs per game, second-best in baseball.

Miller had another solid performance following up on his last outing against Milwaukee when he threw seven shutout innings. He has not allowed an earned run since the fourth inning of his first start on March 31 against Boston. Miller struck out four and left after issuing a four-pitch walk to Nico Hoerner on his 100th pitch.

Miller (2-1) should have finished the night without any runs allowed, but a pair of Seattle errors in the seventh inning after he left led to Hoerner scoring with two outs. Yan Gomes appeared to ground out to third to end the inning, but Luis Urías’ throw to first base was slightly into the runner and Ty France couldn’t make a clean catch.

Michael Busch hit a one-out solo homer off Ryne Stanek in the ninth, but Stanek recorded the final two outs for his second save.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead when Urías was hit by a 1-2 pitch from Chicago starter Jordan Wicks (0-2) with two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning.


PHOENIX (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning and St. Louis rebounded from blowing a six-run lead to beat Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lars Nootbaar added a two-run homer for the Cardinals in his return from the injured list. He missed the first 13 games with a left rib contusion suffered during spring training.

The Diamondbacks rallied from a 6-0 deficit, tying it with six runs in the fifth. Eugenio Suárez had the big blow with a tying three-run homer, lifting a fly ball down the right field line off Giovanny Gallegos that just cleared the fence.

The Cardinals shook off the collapse and jumped ahead 7-6 when Goldschmidt leaned across the plate and slapped a single up the middle, scoring Brendan Donovan, who reached on a triple and finished with three hits.

St. Louis stretched the lead to 9-6 in the eighth on an RBI triple for Masyn Winn, followed by a sacrifice fly by Victor Scott II.

Nootbaar flew out to left field in his first at-bat, but delivered a no-doubt shot in the third, turning on a fastball from Brandon Pfaadt and sending it 438 feet into the right field seats for a 6-0 lead.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawrence Butler hit the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning and had a solo home run to power Oakland to a walk-off win over Washington.

Max Schuemann scored the winning run in his major league debut after entering as the automatic runner on second base to begin the 10th inning. The 26-year-old utility man was called up on Thursday to replace injured outfielder Brent Rooker.

The Nationals tied the game in the top of the ninth inning on a solo shot from Jesse Winker off A’s right-hander Dany Jiménez.

A crowd of 5,777 fans attended Friday, as the A’s hosted their first home game since announcing April 4 they will play the next three seasons in Sacramento. They are playing their 57th and final season at the Oakland Coliseum until the team moves to Sutter Health Park, which is home to the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Butler hit a solo shot 445 feet to right field in the third inning with a 113.1 mph exit velocity, his first home run of the season.

Oakland right-hander Paul Blackburn made his third straight scoreless start to begin the season, striking out four in 6 1/3 innings.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackson Merrill provided the go-ahead single in the 11th inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered and had three hits, and San Diego rallied for a win over Los Angeles despite Shohei Ohtani hitting his 175th home run in the majors to tie Hideki Matsui for the most by a Japanese-born player.

Tatis Jr. hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning to tie it at 7-all. Manny Machado, Ha-Seong Kim and Jake Cronenworth also went deep for the Padres, who trailed 7-3 after three innings.

With José Azocar as the automatic runner in the 11th, Vázquez had a two-out base hit to left field off Alex Vesia (0-2) to drive in the go-ahead run.

Robert Suarez (1-0) threw 1 1/3 hitless innings for the win.

San Diego won its first extra-inning game this season. The Padres lost their first 12 last year before winning a pair in the season’s final week.

In the first inning, Ohtani drove an elevated outside fastball from Michael King 403 feet into the center-field stands, closing the Dodgers to 2-1.

Ohtani is batting .457 (16-for-35) during his eight-game hitting streak, including four homers, 12 extra-base hits and seven RBIs.