Saturday's MLB: Ozuna homers in 8th inning, Braves rally to beat Padres 6-5

Associated Press

Atlanta — Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Riley hit a tiebreaking double during a four-run rally in the eighth inning in the Atlanta Braves' 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

The Braves tagged reliever Steven Wilson (3-1) for Ozzie Albies’ RBI single, Ozuna’s two-run homer and Riley’s go-ahead hit.

Atlanta Braves' Marcell Ozuna (20) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Atlanta.

The game appeared to turn in San Diego’s favor in top of the eighth when first baseman Matt Olson misplayed Trent Grisham’s grounder for a two-base error with one out. Grisham advanced on Will Smith’s wild pitch and scored on Jorge Alfaro’s single to tie it at 2.

After Jake Cronenworth doubled, Jurickson Profar drew a walk to set the stage for Braves closer Kenley Jansen (2-0) to face Manny Machado with the bases loaded. Machado hit a grounder to Riley at third base, but his throw to second sailed into shallow center field for an error that allowed two runs to score. San Diego added another run to make it 5-2 on Eric Hosmer’s RBI forceout.

The defending World Series champion Braves have won four of six to improve to 16-18.

(At) Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 1: Zach Thompson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Daniel Vogelbach homered to lead Pittsburgh past Cincinnati.

Brandon Drury broke up the no-hit bid by lining a clean single to right field with two outs.

That was the only hit allowed by Thompson (2-3) in six innings. He had three walks and three strikeouts while throwing 76 pitches and combining with Wil Crowe, Chris Stratton and David Bednar on a four-hitter that ended the Reds’ three-game winning streak.

Bednar retired the last four batters for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Vogelbach’s 433-foot leadoff home run to center in the fourth made it 3-0. It was Vogelbach’s team-leading sixth homer and the game’s lone extra-base hit.

Luis Castillo (0-1) was the loser.

(At) St. Louis 4, San Francisco 0: Dakota Hudson and four relievers combined for St. Louis' sixth shutout of the season to end San Francisco’s winning steak at six.

Hudson (3-2) worked around five hits and two walks in five innings. Génesis Cabrera, Andre Pallante, Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos teamed up to pitch the final four innings.

Yadier Molina opened the second with a double off the top of the right-center field wall for his 2,128th career hit, moving him past Mike Piazza for sixth most among catchers.

Tommy Edman homered as the Cardinals won for the second time in seven games. St. Louis has homered in 10 straight games.

Jakob Junis (1-1) was the loser.

(At) Oakland 4, Los Angeles Angels 1 (Game 1): Luis Barrera hit a walk-off, three-run shot for his first career home run and Oakland beat Los Angeles in the opener of a day-night doubleheader to snap a seven-game home losing streak.

The A’s trailed 3-1 with two outs in the ninth before rallying against closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).

Ramon Laureano doubled and Christian Bethancourt walked before Barrera launched the drive into the right-field seats in his 17th career at-bat. Barrera had made an error in left field that allowed the Angels to score their third run.

Lou Trivino (1-2) retired Mike Trout with two on and two out to end the ninth to earn the win.

Trout came off the bench and was part of a two-run rally that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead in the eighth.

Toronto 5, (at) Tampa Bay 1: Teoscar Hernandez and Danny Jansen homered in the eighth inning and Toronto beat Tampa Bay to end a five-game skid.

Hernandez, who missed three weeks with a sore left oblique, hit his second homer of the season. Jansen was activated Saturday after being sidelined for more than a month with a strained left oblique. He hit his third homer in only his ninth at-bat this year.

Both homers came off Ryan Thompson (1-2), who also gave up singles to Santiago Espinal and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the decisive four-run inning. Tim Mayza (2-0) got the win in relief after striking out two of his three batters in the seventh.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled in the first inning off Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Yandy Diaz led off the Rays' first with an opposite-field home run.

(At) Miami 9, Milwaukee 3: Jesús Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Brian Anderson homered to help Miami beat Milwaukee.

Miami starter Trevor Rogers pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Rogers (2-4) allowed five hits, struck out eight and hit a batter.

A day after leaving early because of stomach discomfort, Avisaíl García singled twice for the Marlins, who snapped a five-game home skid.

Eric Lauer (3-1) was the loser.