Baltimore defeats Wheeler with 4 home runs

Baltimore defeats Wheeler with 4 home runs
Baltimore defeats Wheeler with 4 home runs

BALTIMORE – Gunnar Henderson hit his eighth leadoff home run of the season, and three more Orioles home runs also beat a home run off Zack Wheeler to help Baltimore to an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

The pitching duel between Wheeler (8-4) and Corbin Burnes (8-2) did not live up to expectations, but it was still an eventful series finale in front of a sold-out stadium at Camden Yards for the third year in a row. Phillies manager Rob Thomson was ejected in the sixth inning, and shortly thereafter the game was stopped several times for a few seconds because airplanes flew loudly over the field in connection with Baltimore’s Fleet Week celebrations.

Wheeler had never allowed more than three home runs in a game, but the Orioles managed one in four of his five innings on the mound. In the bottom of the first inning, Henderson broke a tie with Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber — who had hit a home run earlier in Friday night’s game — to take the major league lead in leadoff home runs. Then, with a man on base, Colton Cowser hit a 443-footer in the second inning to make it 3-0.

“I think Gunnar’s (nine-pitch) leadoff AB gave everyone else a kind of blueprint, honestly,” Cowser said. “He was in the zone. Gunnar was fouling pitches and then getting one in the heart and hitting it out.”

Adley Rutschman hit another home run in the third inning, and after the Phillies scored twice in the fifth to make it 4-2, Jordan Westburg’s three-run shot capped a four-run rally for Baltimore in the bottom half of the inning.

Two errors in the Baltimore infield allowed the Phillies to load the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, but Yennier Cano came in and struck out Edmundo Sosa for his third save.

Wheeler lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed a career-high eight earned runs, the most he had allowed since 2018.

“Just the command. All four (home run) pitches were right in the middle of the plate,” Thomson said. “And a little higher up. It’s just one of those days.”

Burnes, who narrowly beat Wheeler in a close race for the 2021 National League Cy Young Award, faced a lot of pressure but made it through six innings, his 10th straight good start.

Philadelphia’s Garrett Stubbs attempted a bunt in the sixth inning, and when Burnes’ pitch bounced near the batter’s foot, Stubbs went to first base. The umpires conferred and allowed Stubbs to return so he could continue his at-bat appearance. Thomson was then ejected during a heated argument with batting umpire Mike Estabrook.

The ballpark provided a good view of the Fleet Week air shows all weekend, but there was a brief period when the planes were particularly loud and the players on the field paused for a few seconds at a time.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, WHITE SOX 5 Christian Walker homered and doubled to score three runs as Arizona defeated the Chicago White Sox. Walker hit a home run in the first inning, hit a single in the third and scored two more runs with a bases-loaded double in the six-run fourth inning to give Arizona two of three games in the series. With a chance to cycle, Walker struck out in his final two at-bats and made a double play.

DODGERS 3, ROYALS 0 Shohei Ohtani had his second two-home run game of the season, Tyler Glasnow pitched seven three-hit innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Kansas City when Mookie Betts left the field in the seventh inning after being hit with a left hand. Freddie Freeman also hit a home run for the Dodgers, who won two of three games against the Royals.

GIANTS 13, ANGELS 6 Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning of San Francisco’s nine-run homer and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Angels, avoiding a three-game sweep. The Giants’ sagging hitters woke up in grand fashion in the fourth inning, turning a 2-0 deficit into a big lead in a bullpen game for both teams, giving 29-year-old Spencer Bivens the win in his long-awaited major league debut.

RAYS 8, BRAVES 6 Jose Siri hit a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning against Braves closer Raisel Iglesias and Tampa Bay beat Atlanta, avoiding a three-game sweep. Ben Rortvedt hit the first grand slam of his career in the fourth inning and Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 for the Rays.


BREWERS 5, REDS 4 Willy Adames hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Milwaukee threw out the tying spot at the plate to end the game and beat Cincinnati. Brewers center fielder Blake Perkins threw out Stuart Fairchild at home base as he tried to score on Santiago Espinal’s bloop hit from second base.

CARDINALS 2, CUBS 1 Miles Mikolas had four hits through the seventh inning as St. Louis defeated Jameson Taillon and the Chicago Cubs. Mikolas (5-6) allowed one run, struck out five and did not allow a walk. The right-hander, who threw seven scoreless innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last seven starts. Pedro Pages hit a two-run home run for St. Louis.

METS 11, PADRES 6 Pete Alonso had a season-high five RBIs and teamed with Francisco Lindor on first-inning home runs that gave him a three-run lead over Dylan Cease after 16 pitches. The surging New York Mets beat San Diego for their fifth straight win. Tylor Megill (2-3) allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings as the Mets took a 7-1 lead and swept San Diego for the first time since 2006.

NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 1 Jacob Young hit his first major league home run, Lane Thomas hit a home run for the third straight day and Washington beat Miami to complete its three-game sweep. Washington won eight of nine games to improve its record against Miami to 7-0. The Nationals’ Mitchell Parker (5-3) allowed six hits and no walks in six innings, recording four strikeouts.

PIRATES 8, ROCKIES 2 Jared Triolo had two hits and two RBIs, Jason Delay had a three-run double and Pittsburgh beat Colorado. Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds hit a single in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.


ASTROS 4, TIGERS 1 Ronel Blanco had the second hitless appearance of his brief major league career but was removed from the game after seven innings as Houston beat Detroit. Blanco (7-2), who threw the only major league no-hitter this season on April 1 against Toronto, was just as good this time in his 20th start and 37th appearance of his career. The 30-year-old right-hander threw 94 pitches with 65 strikeouts and tied a season-high eight strikeouts. He managed three walks. Ryan Pressly replaced Blanco to start the eighth inning and allowed the Tigers’ first hit, a two-out single by Wenceel Perez.

BLUE JAYS 7, GUARDIANS 6 Daulton Varsho hit his third career grand slam, Ernie Clement added a two-run home run and Toronto held on against Cleveland. Jose Berrios (6-5) pitched six innings to end a four-game winless streak as the Blue Jays won two of three games against the AL Central leaders. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached base four times and scored a run as Toronto won for the seventh time in 11 games.

MARINERS 5, RANGERS 0 Logan Gilbert struck out nine players and allowed two hits in eight innings and Seattle won the series against Texas. Rookie Tyler Locklear hit a home run to lead Gilbert (4-4) and help Seattle improve its record to 12 games over .500. The Mariners have won seven of eight games and nine consecutive home series.

TWINS 6, ATHLETICS 2 Carlos Correa continued his offensive streak with two home runs as part of a three-hit day and Minnesota easily cruised past Oakland in the first game of a doubleheader. Royce Lewis and Carlos Santana also hit home runs in addition to their two hits, Bailey Ober pitched into the seventh inning and Minnesota won its fourth straight and sixth time in seven games.

photo Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo throws a pitch to CJ Abrams of the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
photo Washington Nationals starting pitcher Mitchell Parker throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
photo Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas (28) is congratulated by teammate Ildemaro Vargas (right) after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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