Rodríguez and Polanco hit home runs in the successes of Mariners and Twins


Rookie Julio Rodriguez hit the first of four Seattle home runs off ace Justin Verlander, and the Mariners beat the Houston Astros 6-1 on Friday night.

Rodriguez, Kyle Lewis, Ty France and Taylor Trammell homered off Verlander, who matched his worst record for homers allowed in a start.

Verlander (6-2) entered the game with seven earned runs allowed in 51 2/3 innings this season. He allowed six to the Mariners, all on home runs.

Rodriguez got the offense going with his two-run homer in the first inning off Verlander’s opening pitch.

Chris Flexen (2-6) provided a pitching gem. He allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings, with six strikeouts.

For the Astros, the Venezuelan José Altuve 5-1. Cubans Yordan Álvarez 4-2, Yuli Gurriel 4-2 with a run scored. The Dominicans Jeremy Peña 4-2, José Siri 4-0 with an RBI. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 3-0.

For the Mariners, the Dominican Rodríguez 4-1 with a run scored and two RBIs. The Venezuelan Eugenio Suarez 4-0.

Reds 5, Giants 1

Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft earned his first win by going solid for six innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday.

The game included a political protest from Giants manager Gabe Kapler, as well as a near brawl between Tommy Pham and Joc Pederson.

Kapler refused to come out on the field to hear the national anthem. He explained that he was expressing his frustration with the political direction of the country after the massacre this week at a Texas elementary school.

The Reds’ Pham and the Giants’ Pederson got into a near brawl on the field before the game. Major League Baseball reported that they are investigating what happened.

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Pending that investigation, Cincinnati decided to exclude Pham from the match, which began with a delay of 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Kapler had an embarrassing moment in the eighth when he sent lefty Jake McGee to the mound. He had to back off, since that pitcher wasn’t on San Francisco’s lineup card.

Twins 10 Kansas 7

Jorge Polanco homered as part of a four-run run in the first inning, while Carlos Correa homered in the fourth to give the Minnesota Twins a go-ahead homer, who beat the Kansas Royals 10-7 on Friday. City

Bobby Witt Jr. fell a double short of hitting for the cycle for the Royals, who have lost seven of eight games. He had a single in the first inning, a two-run triple in the third and a solo shot in the seventh for six homers on the season.

In the eighth inning, he lofted a lob to right field, with two runners out on the trails.

The starter Bailey Ober covered three innings, in which he allowed three runs and five hits, without giving walks and with five strikeouts. The Twins turned to seven relievers to settle the final six innings.

Trevor Megill (1-1) got the win with a job of 2 2/3 innings. Emilio Pagán got the last out to reach seven saves.

For the Royals, the Dominican Carlos Santana 4-1. Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rivera 4-2 with an RBI.

For the Twins, the Venezuelan Luis Arráez 5-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Puerto Rican Carlos Correa 5-1 with one run scored and one produced. The Dominicans Polanco 5-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Gary Sánchez 5-3 with a run scored. Colombian Gio Urshela 5-3 with one run scored and two produced.

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