Saturday's MLB: Cease takes no-hitter into 9th, White Sox rout Twins 13-0

Associated Press

Chicago — Dylan Cease came within one out of his first career no-hitter before Luis Arraez lined a single, and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Saturday night.

Cease, vying for Chicago’s third no-hitter in as many seasons, got a huge ovation when came out to start the ninth. With fans on their feet, he struck out Caleb Hamilton swinging on a 1-2 slider and retired Gilberto Celestino on a fly to center. Arraez with his line-drive single to right on a 1-1 pitch. After a meeting on the mound, Cease struck out Kyle Garlick to end the game for his first nine-inning complete game.

The only other runners Cease (13-6) allowed were when he walked Jake Cave in the third and Gilberto Celestino in the sixth. Cease had seven strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022.

Eloy Jiménez gave the White Sox a 4-0 lead in the first with a long, opposite-field drive to right-center against Tyler Mahle (1-1). Romy Gonzalez added a three-run shot in the fourth against Aaron Sanchez for his first career homer. Elvis Andrus added a grand slam in the eighth.

The White Sox rolled to their fourth straight win after losing 10 of 12, and pulled within one game of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

(At) Tampa Bay 2, New York Yankees 1: Corey Kluber limited the Yankees to a pair of singles over seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay withstood Aaron Judge’s 52nd home run to cut itsr deficit in the AL East to four games.

The first-place Yankees, who have seen their 15 1/2-game advantage slip away, have lost six of seven. This was the second of six games between the teams in a 10-day stretch. Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in the third inning and the Rays made it stand up.

Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Siri, right, reacts after scoring against the New York Yankees during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Judge boosted his major league homer lead with a leadoff drive in the ninth inning off Jason Adam. But Adam retired the next three batters for his eighth save.

Kluber (10-7) struck out four without a walk as the Rays improved their AL-best record since Aug. 3 to 20-9. It was the first time the 36-year old has thrown a pitch in the seventh inning since his no-hitter for the Yankees on May 19, 2021, at Texas.

Díaz put the Rays up 2-0 on a two-run single in the third that deflected off Clarke Schmidt (5-4) and into right field. Schmidt allowed two runs and four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

(At) Atlanta 2, Miami 1: Robbie Grossman drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk against Steven Okert in the ninth inning, bailing out closer Kenley Jansen and giving Atlanta the win.

Matt Olson singled to begin the ninth to break an 0-for-22 skid and advanced to third on Michael Harris II’s double. After Okert (5-2) intentionally walked Vaughn Grissom to load the bases and pinch-hitter Travis d’Arnaud lined out against a five-man infield, Grossman took drew the walk to win it.

The Marlins tied a season-high with their sixth straight loss. It was their 30th one-run loss of the year, most in the majors.

Jansen loaded the bases with no out on two singles and a walk. Jerar Encarnacion then hit a sacrifice fly to tie it the score at 1. Jansen was replaced by Tyler Matzek (4-2) with a 2-2 count on Miguel Rojas and runners on first and second with two outs. Matzek retired Rojas on one pitch.

Austin Riley homered in his fourth straight game and Bryce Elder pitched six strong innings in a spot start for Atlanta. The Braves have won four in a row and 19 of 24 to move within two games of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

(At) San Francisco 5, Philadelphia 4: Joc Pederson drove in three runs, drawing a bases-loaded walk that broke a sixth-inning tie and sending San Francisco past Philadelphia.

The Giants won their second in a row following a seven-game losing streak. The Phillies have lost five of six.

Philadelphia pitchers again had trouble with their control. With the score 3-all and the bases loaded with two outs, reliever Brad Hand (3-2) got ahead of Pederson in the count 0-2, then walked him to force home the go-ahead run.

Zack Littell (2-2) got one out in the sixth. Camilo Doval, the seventh Giants pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

Jean Segura hit two doubles for the Phillies, including a hit in the sixth that made it 3-all. Bryson Stott homered for Philadelphia.

(At) Boston 5, Texas 3: Brayan Bello pitched six scoreless innings in his first major league win and John Schreiber escaped a jam in the ninth, helping Boston beat Texas.

Bello (1-4) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one in the longest of his eight big league appearances. Rafael Devers drove in two runs in Boston’s fourth straight victory. Devers, Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story each had two hits.

Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe homered for Texas in the eighth. Dennis Santana (3-7) pitched two innings of one-run ball in his first major league start, serving as an opener for the Rangers, who lost their seventh straight.

Boston manager Alex Cora turned to Matt Barnes for the ninth, and Texas loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles by pinch-hitter Jonah Heim and Bubba Thompson. Schreiber then came in and struck out Semien on three pitches, and then got Corey Seager to ground out for his sixth save.

Toronto 4, (at) Pittsburgh 1: Bo Bichette hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh inning to lift Toronto.

George Springer and Bichette each had two hits for the Blue Jays, who won for the fourth time in five games and maintained their lead for the third and final wild card in the American League. Toronto drew within six games of the division-leading New York Yankees in the AL East.

With the score tied 1-1, the Blue Jays loaded the bases against Duane Underwood Jr. (1-4) in the seventh on a single by Springer and walks to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman. Bichette then doubled to left field with two outs.

Pirates rookie Oneil Cruz opened the scoring with a run-scoring triple to the right-center field gap in third inning. The Blue Jays tied it an inning later when Raimel Tapia’s groundout scored Bichette, who led off with a single.

Yimi Garcia (4-4) got the win as the third of seven Blue Jays’ pitchers in a bullpen game. Garcia retired all four batters he faced. Jordan Romano pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

Seattle 4, Cleveland 0: Robbie Ray started September the way he finished August with six solid innings as Seattle won its sixth straight.

The AL Central-leading Guardians lost their fourth in a row and have been shut out in three of them.

Ray (12-8), who won the AL Cy Young Award last year, was one of the league’s top pitchers last month, going 3-0 in five starts. The left-hander allowed six hits, but not a costly one. Seattle’s bullpen combined to finish the shutout with Matt Brash, Andrés Muñoz and Paul Sewald working one inning apiece.

Mariners first baseman Ty France homered in the first inning off rookie Xzavion Curry (0-1), who struggled with control in his second career start and was pulled in the fifth after walking the bases loaded.

Seattle, trying to end a 20-season playoff drought, currently holds one of the AL’s three wild-card spots and has won 13 of 17.

(At) St. Louis 8, Chicago Cubs 4: Paul Goldschmidt hit his 34th homer, and St. Louis won its third straight.

Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill also went deep for NL Central-leading Cardinals, who improved to 27-8 in their last 35 games. Yadier Molina had two hits and three RBIs, and Adam Wainwright (10-9) pitched five innings of four-run ball for the win.

Goldschmidt’s two-run homer off Drew Smyly (5-8) in the first lifted the All-Star slugger to an NL-best 107 RBIs. He also tops the NL with a .331 batting average and trails Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber for the NL lead in homers by two.

With the win, the Cardinals have won their last seven series and are 10-1-1 in their last 12 series.

In his first start since turning 41 on Aug. 30, Wainwright allowed nine hits, struck out two and walked two.

Washington 7, (at) New York Mets 1: Mets ace Max Scherzer exited with left side fatigue after five sharp innings and 67 pitches and NL East-leading New York lost to the Washington.

Scherzer, who missed almost seven weeks earlier this season with a left oblique strain, had his fastball clocked as high as 96 mph. He retired his final seven batters before heading straight to the tunnel leading to the Mets’ clubhouse following the fifth.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits — including Luis Garcia’s homer with one out in the first — and walked one with five strikeouts. Scherzer is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA this year.

Lane Thomas hit a tiebreaking solo homer with one out in the eighth off Adam Ottavino (5-3) for the last-place Nationals. Garcia also doubled twice, then singled in a five-run ninth.

Patrick Corbin (6-17), who leads the majors in losses and has the highest ERA (6.28) among qualified pitchers, earned his second straight win. He gave up three hits, including Eduardo Escobar’s homer in the third, and walked one with five strikeouts in seven innings.

(At) Baltimore 8, Oakland 1: Ryan Mountcastle hit two of Baltimore’s five homers and drove in four runs in a win over Oakland.

Adley Rutschman, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander also homered for the Orioles, who have won four straight and are 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the race for the American League’s third wild-card spot.

Baltimore improved to 71-61 and is 10 games over .500 for the first time since May 12, 2017.

The Athletics jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by catcher Sean Murphy off Austin Voth.

Keegan Akin (3-1) earned the win, and Adam Oller (2-7) took the loss.