Friday's MLB: 6 MLB rainouts, most in a day since 2018

Associated Press

All-Star aces Max Scherzer, Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole all got early showers Friday.

So did many other players after six games were rained out, the most Major League Baseball postponements in a day because of inclement weather since 2018.

Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards were among the ballparks where games were wiped out. And there's no guarantee the rain will go away this weekend, either.

The last time there were a half-dozen games called off because of weather was April 15, 2018, when snow, sleet, wind and rain conspired to close ballparks. Those were the most since Sept. 12, 2008, when there also were six — Hurricane Ike battering the Gulf Coast contributed to those postponements.

Heavy rain in the East Coast and out in Ohio and Illinois dampened this weekend's schedule.

The rainouts: Kansas City at Baltimore, Texas at the New York Yankees, Toronto at Cleveland, Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, New York Mets at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.

Teams playing division rivals pushed back makeup dates until late this summer, with the Pirates and Reds rescheduling for July and the Mets and Phillies until August.

Bieber and the Guardians will try to host Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays in a traditional doubleheader Saturday. Cleveland has had four home games called off by inclement weather this season and this will be its third doubleheader at Progressive Field.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to pitch Saturday in a split doubleheader against the Cubs. It's supposed to be clear but cool at Wrigley for those games.

The Royals-Orioles and Rangers-Yankees games are scheduled to be made up as part of doubleheaders Sunday. But it's still shaky on whether those two series will be played to completion — rain is in the forecast Saturday in Baltimore and New York.

MLB games

Chicago White Sox 4, (at) Boston 2: Luis Robert hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster and Vince Velasquez halted a rough road stretch by pitching five solid innings to lead the Chicago White Sox past the struggling Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Tim Anderson had three singles, and Reese McGuire and José Abreu each contributed a sacrifice fly for the defending AL Central champions (12-13), who moved a step closer to .500 after an eight-game losing streak last month.

Chicago White Sox's AJ Pollock (18) congratulates Luis Robert after scoring on Robert's two-run home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Boston.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI double for Boston (10-17), which has lost 12 of 16.

Velasquez (2-2) held Boston’s slumbering offense to three hits and a run. Liam Hendricks struck out three in the ninth for his eighth save.

Milwaukee 6, (at) Atlanta 3: Eric Lauer allowed one earned run, Christian Yelich’s infield single was the big hit in a four-run sixth inning and four Milwaukee pitches combined for a three-hitter in a win over Atlanta.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have won four straight and nine of 10.

Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. opened the fourth with a 450-foot homer to center field — his first since returning from knee surgery. Dansby Swanson added an eighth-inning homer for Atlanta.

Lauer (3-0) gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

(At) Minnesota 2, Oakland 1: Byron Buxton hit his ninth home run of the season and Jose Miranda connected for the first homer of his career, backing another sharp start by rookie Josh Winder and sending Minnesota over Oakland.

Twins reliever Emilio Pagán escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth inning and sent the A’s to their seventh straight loss.

Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda (64) high-fives Royce Lewis (23) after Miranda hit a home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Minneapolis.

Making just his second major league start, Winder (2-0) allowed three hits and one unearned run in six innings while striking out eight and walking none.

Zach Logue (1-1) made his first major league start for the Athletics after Cole Irvin was placed on the injured list before the game. Logue gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.