Sun, Jun 11, 2017 - Page 11 News List

Holland escapes with win as Rockies defeat Cubs 5-3


The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez, left, tags out the Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon in the second inning of their MLB game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday.

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Rockies closer Greg Holland on Friday walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning before escaping as Colorado held off the Chicago Cubs 5-3 in Major League Baseball for their season-high sixth win in a row.

After three straight one-out walks, Holland retired Ben Zobrist on a short fly ball and struck out Jason Heyward for his major league-best 23rd save.

The Rockies posted their National League-leading 40th win this season and have their longest winning streak since 2014.

Chris Rusin (3-0) won in relief. Seth Frankoff (0-1) lost in his major league debut.

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned to the team a day after the club told him not to travel to Wrigley Field while the MLB investigates a domestic abuse claim.

Russell, who did not play, had been accused in a social media post that has since been deleted of hitting his wife. Russell denied the allegation.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Giancarlo Stanton smashed a home run over the batter’s eye at PNC Park and Tyler Moore went deep twice as Miami pounded reeling Pittsburgh.

Moore hit a two-run homer off Tyler Glasnow (2-6) in the second and took reliever Dovydas Neverauskas deep over the left field wall in the seventh.

Dustin McGowan (4-0) won in relief.

The Marlins have won 11 of 15, while the Pirates have lost four straight to drop into last in the National League Central division.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Dansby Swanson turned a normal grounder up the middle into a hustle double, then dashed home on a single by pinch hitter Rio Ruiz in the ninth inning to lift Atlanta over New York.

With one out in the ninth, Swanson hit a bouncer through the infield and ran hard out of the batter’s box.

As center fielder Curtis Granderson took a casual approach to the ball, Swanson never let up as he rounded first base and slid head-first into second.

Josh Edgin then relieved Fernando Salas (0-2), and Ruiz followed with a single to left. Swanson skipped out of the way of the ball, sped home and slid in safely.

Jim Johnson (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

In other results, it was:

‧ Rangers 5, Nationals 2

‧ Cardinals 3, Phillies 2

‧ Yankees 8, Orioles 2

‧ Red Sox 5, Tigers 3

‧ Angels 9, Astros 4

‧ Indians 7, White Sox 3

‧ Rays 13, Athletics 4

‧ Twins 4, Giants 0

‧ Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 6

‧ Dodgers 7, Reds 2

‧ Mariners 4, Blue Jays 2

‧ Padres 6, Royals 3

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