Wednesday's MLB: Christian Yelich hits for record-tying third cycle

Associated Press

Cincinnati — Christian Yelich hit for a record-tying third cycle — all of them against Cincinnati — but the Milwaukee Brewers’ rally fell short in the ninth inning in a 14-11 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Tyler Stephenson drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Colin Moran hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati. The Reds, with the worst record in the majors, won their second straight series by topping the NL Central leaders.

Brewers' Christian Yelich hits a ground-rule double during the first inning against the Reds on Wednesday.

The Reds, with the worst record in the majors, won their second straight series by topping the NL Central leaders.

Yelich became the sixth player in major league history to hit at least one home run, triple, double and single in the same game three times. He joined Trea Turner, Adrián Beltré, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly in accomplishing the feat.

Hunter Renfroe hit two solo homers for the Brewers. Jace Peterson and Mike Brosseau also went deep.

Milwaukee's Adrian Houser (3-3) was charged with seven runs, three earned, in four innings.

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(At) New York Yankees  5, Toronto 3: Gleyber Torres homered and drove in five runs, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for their 15th win in 17 games.

DJ LeMahieu had two hits and scored twice for New York. Jameson Taillon (3-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, and Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for eighth save.

New York won its seventh straight series and improved to a major league-best 22-8, its best 30-game start since 2003. The Yankees are 13-0 when scoring five runs or more.

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres hits a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in New York.

Toronto has lost a season-high four straight and seven of nine. José Berríos (2-2) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.82.

Tampa Bay 4, (at) Los Angeles Angels 2 (10 innings): Vidal Bruján got an RBI double leading off the 10th inning for his first hit of the season, and Tampa Bay rebounded from its no-hit loss with a win over Los Angeles.

The game was a 1-0 pitchers’ duel until the eighth, with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan barely outpitching Shohei Ohtani. McClanahan had a career high-tying 11 strikeouts over seven innings of three-hit ball.

Ohtani yielded two hits and two walks over six sharp innings for the Angels, striking out five on 92 pitches.

Pinch-hitter Taylor Ward hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth for the Angels.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo homer in the second for Tampa Bay. He scored from second base in the 10th when Bruján popped a double to left off Aaron Loup (0-2).

J.P. Feyereisen (3-0) pitched the ninth for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid.

Kansas City 8, (at) Texas 2: Local high school star Bobby Witt Jr. hit a two-run double and had his first three-RBI game in the majors, Whit Merrifield homered for the first time since August and Kansas City beat Texas to snap a three-game losing streak.

Emmanuel Rivera padded a three-run Royals lead in the ninth inning, clearing the bases with a two-out, pinch-hit triple.

Brad Miller and Corey Seager hit solo homers for Texas. It was Seager’s third in two games. Miller hit his second pinch-hit homer in four days.

Joel Payamps (1-1), the second of six Kansas City pitchers, allowed two singles in three innings to earn the victory, striking out five and walking none.

Kolby Allard (0-2) was the second of Texas’ six pitchers. He gave up Merrifield’s homer among two hits and a walk in three innings.

Houston 5, Minnesota 1 (4 innings - suspended): Houston and Minnesota had their game suspended Wednesday night when a severe thunderstorm rolled through and halted play in the top of the fourth inning with the Astros leading the Twins 5-1 on Jeremy Peña’s three RBIs and Jose Altuve’s home run.

The teams will pick up where they left off Thursday afternoon and play the last six innings, before staging the series finale at Target Field about a half-hour after the first game concludes.

Chicago Cubs 7, (at) San Diego 5: Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single against his hometown team in the eighth inning, leading the Cubs to the victory.

Rivas, who grew up in Chula Vista, came up with the bases loaded and singled to center off Luis Garcia (0-2).

One-time Padres pitcher Rowan Wick got a six-out save, striking out Manny Machado to end the eighth with a runner on second. It was his second save in as many chances.

Mychal Givens (2-0) got the win.

Chicago took two of three in the series after arriving in San Diego with a five-game losing streak.

The Padres announced during the game that manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

San Diego tied it at 5 on solo homers by Eric Hosmer and Luke Voit in the seventh.

(At) Pittsburgh 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3: Daniel Vogelbach hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and the Pirates took a series from the Dodgers for the first time in nearly five years.

Vogelbach lined a shot to the seats in right field off Daniel Hudson (1-2), putting the Pirates back in front after they squandered a three-run lead in the top of the inning.

Jack Suwinski hit his second home run in three days for Pittsburgh. Josh VanMeter also homered off Dodgers reliever Tommy Kahnle in the sixth, but he committed an error in the seventh that helped kickstart a Los Angeles rally highlighted by Edwin Rios’ bases-clearing double off Chris Stratton.

Wil Crowe (2-2) got the win, and David Bednar worked two perfect innings for his fifth save.

Pittsburgh, which entered the series having lost 16 straight games to the Dodgers, took two of three for its first series win against Los Angeles since a three-game sweep in June 2016.

Miami 11, (At) Arizona 3: Jacob Stallings hit a go-ahead single during Miami's eight-run ninth inning, and Jazz Chisholm Jr. followed with a three-run homer.

Miami controlled most of the game until the eighth, when pinch hitter Jordan Luplow connected for a tying two-run homer against Marlins reliever Steven Okert.

Miami responded quickly against Mark Melancon (0-4). Stallings' single put the Marlins back in front. Chisholm then drove a low pitch out to left-center.

Avisaíl García and Joey Wendle also homered for the Marlins. Anthony Bass (1-1) got the win.

D-backs rookie Alek Thomas hit his first career homer in the third, a solo shot over the 413-foot sign in center.

Philadelphia  4, (at) Seattle 2: Rhys Hoskins homered for the third straight game and provided all of Philadelphia’s offense with his second career grand slam.

The Phillies took two of three from the Mariners. Hoskins hit solo homers in each of the first two games and provided the big blow with his first grand slam since March 28, 2019, against Atlanta.

Hoskins lined a 2-1 pitch from Logan Gilbert (4-1) just inside the foul pole down the left-field line with one out in the fourth inning.

Seranthony Domínguez (2-1) got the win, and Corey Knebel earned his sixth save.

Julio Rodríguez and Ty France each hit an RBI single for the Mariners.

(At) San Francisco 7, Colorado 1: Brandon Crawford homered, and the Giants earned their 10th straight win over the Rockies.

Crawford drove in three runs and scored twice as San Francisco extended its overall winning streak to five. Alex Cobb (2-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first victory since April 12.

Colorado lost its fourth in a row.

San Francisco handed Chad Kuhl (3-1) his first loss of the season, tagging him for five runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was just the second time in six starts that Kuhl allowed more than one run.

(At) Washington 8, New York Mets 3: Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz homered and Washington sent New York right-hander Tylor Megill to the earliest exit of his career.

Soto hit a two-run homer in the Nationals’ five-run first inning and Cruz hit his 453rd career longball, a three-run blast to left-center in the second that traveled an estimated 436 feet. Staked to a big lead, Aaron Sanchez (2-2) pitched to contact.

Megill (4-2) recorded four outs while allowing eight runs on eight hits with a walk and a hit batter, losing his second straight start as his ERA swelled from 2.43 to 4.41. Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer in the first for the NL East-leading Mets.

(At) Atlanta 5, Boston 3: Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Atlanta a win over Boston.

Arcia lined his first homer of the season over the left-field wall off Ryan Brasier (0-1) with one out in the ninth for his third hit of the game. The homer drove in Ozzie Albies, who led off with a single to end an 0-for-10 slump.

Kenley Jansen (1-0) recorded two strikeouts while walking one batter in a scoreless ninth.

Trevor Story’s two-run homer in the second drove in Alex Verdugo, who doubled with one out. It was Story’s first homer with Boston.

(At) St. Louis 10, Baltimore 1: Juan Yepez homered and Miles Mikolas pitched seven strong innings, leading St. Louis to a win over Baltimore.

Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Brendan Donovan added a two-run double to the Cards’ 11-hit attack, and Tommy Edman also drove in a pair of runs.

Spenser Watkins (0-1) took the loss for Baltimore, which had its season-best three-game winning streak halted.

Mikolas (3-1) allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Guardians hit with COVID-19 outbreak

The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several of the team’s coaches, leading to the postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Shortly after Francona’s positive test became known, Major League Baseball said there were “multiple positive COVID-19 tests” in Cleveland’s organization and called off Wednesday’s series finale to allow for more testing and contact tracing.

It’s the first coronavirus-related postponement since the season started on April 7.

Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who was slotted to fill in for Francona, also tested positive, and Cleveland has “multiple coaches and other team support staff members” infected with the virus, according to team spokesman Bart Swain.

At this point, it’s unclear who will manage the Guardians when they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. It’s likely the team will bring up several minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.

First-base coach Sandy Alomar could be an option to manage. He took over those duties during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after Francona was forced to step away after just 14 games due to a health issue.

The Guardians are off Thursday. The team did set its rotation for the Twins series, with Aaron Civale starting on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie. Civale was scheduled to start Wednesday.

Francona, who has dealt with serious health problems the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a few hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team said the 63-year-old Francona currently is not showing any symptoms.

Cleveland’s team recently had a coronavirus outbreak, with infielders Owen Miller, Yu Chang and pitchers Cal Quantrill and Anthony Castro all being placed on the COVID-19 injury list. All have returned except Chang, who is in the minors.

Also, the team’s TV broadcast crew had several members test positive during the team’s West Coast trip.

Francona had been in good health this season following two challenging years. In 2020, he was hospitalized with gastrointestinal issues. Last year, Francona struggled after undergoing offseason surgery on his foot and left the team in July.

Francona is in his 10th season with Cleveland. He won two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox.