MLB: Texas Rangers' Andrew Heaney ties AL record

Shane Bieber shook off a rough first inning to pitch seven, Josh Naylor gave Cleveland the lead with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and Karinchak worked out of a harrowing jam as the Guardians won 3-2 on Monday night in a rematch of last year’s AL Division Series. 

James Karinchak drummed on his chest, danced off the mound and nearly barreled over catcher Mike Zunino.

Even in April, beating the Yankees warrants a big celebration.

‘Those are the moments you live for,’ Karinchak said.

Bieber (1-0) looked to be in trouble after giving up two runs and three hits to New York’s first four batters. But Cleveland’s ace settled in and retired 17 of 18 in one stretch. He allowed two runs and five hits.

Naylor, who became a target for New York fans during the playoffs for his ‘rock the baby’ gesture after hitting a home run in Game 4, put the Guardians up 3-2 in the seventh with his liner off Ian Hamilton (0-1).

Guardians' Andres Gimenez (0) celebrates with Myles Stra, Amed Rosario and Steven Kwan after a win over the New York Yankees at a baseball game in Cleveland, Monday April 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Guardians’ Andres Gimenez (0) celebrates with Myles Straw, Amed Rosario and Steven Kwan

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers against the New York Yankees

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers against the New York Yankees

The Yankees were in position to tie it in the eighth when Gleyber Torres tripled leading off. But he was stranded at third by Karinchak, who after being called for a clock violation before his first pitch, retired Aaron Judge on an infield pop and then struck out Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.

‘That was huge,’ Bieber said. ‘An unbelievable inning. It was awesome, and I think it did a lot for us as a team.’

After fanning Stanton, the animated Karinchak pounded his chest and then the reliever bumped Zunino so hard that he knocked the mask off his catcher’s head.

‘I’m happy I had gear on, that’s for sure,’ joked Zunino. ‘I love it. Guys that play with emotion, guys that pitch with emotion, the key is to balance it. But that’s well deserved. That was a huge outing there.’

With Torres on third to start the eighth, Yankees manager Aaron Boone felt confident his team would tie it.

‘Karinchak made some really good pitches,’ he said. ‘We´ll take that situation. But he made some good pitches and sure got excited about it. We just gotta cash in the next time.’

Boone was asked if he had any problem with Karinchak’s enthusiasm.

‘No,’ he said. ‘That’s a big spot.’

Guardians' Mike Zunino, left, tags out New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo (48) at home plate

Guardians’ Mike Zunino, left, tags out New York Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo (48) at home plate

Emmanuel Clase worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save as the Guardians got their fourth one-run win of this young season.

Zunino had three doubles and drove in a run for the Guardians, who were up 2-1 on the Yankees last October before being eliminated.

New York starter Domingo German walked five in three innings – the Yankees walked nine overall – and New York didn’t build off its early success against Bieber.

Judge went 0 for 3 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to 43 straight games, the longest for the Yankees since 2005. It’s also the third-longest on-base run for New York in the past 82 years, eclipsed only by Derek Jeter (57) and Alex Rodriguez (53).

With DJ LeMahieu getting a day off, Torres moved into the leadoff spot and got the Yankees going right away.

Torres doubled on Bieber’s first pitch and New York loaded the bases before Stanton ripped his two-run double – clocked at 116.3 mph – off the wall in left-center. Bieber, though, buckled down and got got three outs to avoid further damage.

‘Probably a good thing that Stanton used a 2-iron, not a 4-iron because he hit that ball about as hard as you can,’ Guardians manager Terry Francona said. ‘But then from there, Beebs was back to Bieber, which I don´t know how easy that is to make that transition, but he sure did it.’

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the Kansas City Royals in the first

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the Kansas City Royals in the first

RANGERS 11, ROYALS 2

Andrew Heaney tied an AL record by striking out nine consecutive batters, Adolis Garcia hit a grand slam as Texas routed Kansas City.

Heaney (1-1) began the streak by fanning Matt Duffy and Nicky Lopez to end the first inning, then struck out the side in the second and third innings. After Salvador Perez went down swinging leading off the fourth, Duffy ended the streak with a flyout to right field.

Heaney threw 93 pitches and left after five innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on two hits. He matched a record shared by Detroit reliever Tyler Alexander against Cincinnati on Aug. 2, 2020, and Detroit reliever Doug Fister against Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2012.

Garcia’s slam capped a seven-run sixth inning and snapped his 0-for-16 slump. Corey Seager and Jonah Heim also homered off Royals right-hander Zack Greinke (0-3).

PHILLIES 15, MARLINS 3

Alec Bohm homered and had six RBIs and Philadelphia tagged NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara for nine runs.

Brandon Marsh and Jake Cave added solo homers. The Phillies pounded out 20 hits.

Alcantara (1-1) allowed five runs in the third inning and four more in the fifth. Miami’s ace didn’t give up more than six runs in a game in 32 starts last season.

Matt Strahm (1-0) struck out six in five scoreless innings.

Philadelphia Phillies' Alec Bohm rounds the basses after hitting a three run home run

Phillies’ Alec Bohm rounds the basses after hitting a three run home run off against Miami

METS 5, PADRES 0

Max Scherzer shut down San Diego for five innings, rebounding from his postseason flop last year, as New York won the playoff rematch.

Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor each laced a two-run double as the Mets finally beat Yu Darvish (0-1) for the first time. Eduardo Escobar added a sacrifice fly, and four relievers finished a two-hitter.

A clean single by Ha-Seong Kim off Scherzer (2-1) with one out in the fifth was San Diego’s only hit until the ninth. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked three.

Darvish was charged with five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

New York Mets' Max Scherzer pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres

New York Mets’ Max Scherzer pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres

BRAVES 5, REDS 4, 10 INNINGS

Sean Murphy hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and Atlanta recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat Cincinnati.

Murphy blasted the first pitch from Derek Law (0-2) to center field for his third hit of the game, driving in designated runner Austin Riley. Atlanta snapped a three-game skid.

Jonathan India opened the 10th inning for the Reds with a single to right field off Dylan Lee (1-0), driving in designated runner Jose Barrero for a 4-3 lead.

Braves fill-in closer A.J. Minter blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth, wasting a strong start by rookie Bryce Elder, who allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings and departed with a 1-0 lead.

Braves' Sean Murphy (right) celebrates with Austin Riley after hitting a walk off two-run homer

Braves’ Sean Murphy (right) celebrates with Austin Riley after hitting a walk off two-run homer

CUBS 3, MARINERS 2, 10 INNINGS

Nico Hoerner’s soft single off Matt Brash with one out in the 10th inning scored pinch-runner Nick Madrigal and gave Chicago the win over Seattle.

Madrigal was inserted as a pinch-runner and stole third off Brash (0-1), setting up Hoerner’s winning hit. Keegan Thompson (1-0) had worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th.

The Cubs were two outs away from a win in regulation when the Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic launched a home run off closer Michael Fulmer that struck the right-field message board.

Cubs' Cody Bellinger watches as he runs after hitting a one-run double during the fourth

Cubs’ Cody Bellinger watches as he runs after hitting a one-run double during the fourth

ASTROS 8, PIRATES 2

Yordan Alvarez had three hits and boosted his RBI total to a major-league-leading 16 by driving in two runs as Houston beat Pittsburgh.

Kyle Tucker added two hits and drove in three runs for the Astros. Maruicio Dubon singled three times to extend his hitting streak to a career-best six games.

Framber Valdez (1-1) allowed two runs in seven innings as Houston won consecutive games for the second time this season.

Roansy Contreras (1-1) gave up seven runs – tied for a career-worst – in 3 1/3 innings.

Astros' Martin Maldonado (right) and Mauricio Dubon (left) celebrate after scoring on a single

Astros’ Martin Maldonado (right) and Mauricio Dubon (left) celebrate after scoring on a single

ROCKIES 7, CARDINALS 4

German Marquez pitched five strong innings before leaving with tightness in his right forearm, Alan Trejo tied a career high with three hits and Colorado beat St. Louis.

Marquez (2-1) was warming up for the sixth inning when he began rubbing his forearm as manager Bud Black and the trainers gathered around him. He allowed two runs and struck out four.

Steven Matz (0-2) struggled for a second straight start, allowing six runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez works against the St. Louis Cardinals

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez works against the St. Louis Cardinals

WHITE SOX 4, TWINS 3

Hanser Alberto hit a three-run homer and Chicago’s Dylan Cease had another strong outing against Minnesota.

Yasmani Grandal had two hits and drove in the other run for the White Sox, who had to remove shortstop Tim Anderson in the sixth inning with left knee soreness after he collided with a baserunner.

Cease (2-0) allowed three runs, one earned, in five innings. The Twins were scoreless in 16 innings in two games against Cease last season.

Kenta Maeda (0-2) surrendered four runs on eight hits in six innings for Minnesota.

Chicago White Sox's Hanser Alberto (right) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run

Chicago White Sox’s Hanser Alberto (right) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run

ORIOLES 5, ATHLETICS 1

Adley Rutschman homered for the second straight game and Kyle Gibson earned his third victory in as many starts with Baltimore.

Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run shot to left-center in the first inning off JP Sears (0-1). Austin Hays also went deep for the Orioles.

Oakland has lost five in a row and fell to a majors-worst 2-8, matching its worst start since 2010.

Gibson (3-0) allowed five hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings.

Baltimore Orioles' Adley Rutschman hits a solo home run against Oakland Athletics

Baltimore Orioles’ Adley Rutschman hits a solo home run against Oakland Athletics

DIAMONDBACKS 3, BREWERS 0

Zac Gallen struck out 11 over seven innings, Christian Walker smacked a two-run homer as Arizona beat Milwaukee.

Nick Ahmed had three hits while Ketel Marte added two for the D-backs, who have won four straight.

Gallen (1-1) gave up three hits and a walk. Scott McGough threw a scoreless eighth and Andrew Chafin completed the three-hitter for his second save. The Brewers struck out 15 times.

Wade Miley (1-1) gave up three runs on five hits over five innings.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Milwaukee Brewers

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Milwaukee Brewers

DODGERS 9, GIANTS 1 

Max Muncy hit a grand slam and a three-run drive for his 10th career multi-homer game, Mookie Betts led off the game with a homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers got back to their slugging ways in a 9-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Muncy hit his third career grand slam and first since July 1, 2021, against Washington. His seven RBIs were a career high with his previous best of five done three times, the last on June 9, 2022.

Julio Urias (3-0) struck out eight, walked two and allowed one run on four hits over six innings. The star lefty received plenty of run support from a lineup that had homered in each of the first nine games before missing during Sunday´s 11-6 loss at Arizona.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, middle, celebrates after hitting a three-run home run

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, middle, celebrates after hitting a three-run home run

NATIONALS 6, ANGELS 4 

Jeimer Candelario and CJ Abrams drove in two runs apiece, and the Washington Nationals pounded out 14 hits in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Every batter in the starting lineup got a hit for the Nationals, who won for the third time in four games. Candelario tied it with a two-run single in the fourth, and Abrams’ grounder in the fifth brought home the go-ahead run.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez felt ill before the game and didn’t appear to be in the dugout during the game, although the team made no announcement. Bench coach Tim Bogar took Martinez’s spot on the dugout’s top bench.

Nationals' Alex Call celebrates after scoring off of a single hit by Jeimer Candelario vs. Angels

 Nationals’ Alex Call celebrates after scoring off of a single hit by Jeimer Candelario vs. Angels

RAYS 1, RED SOX 0 

The Tampa Bay Rays became the first major league team since the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers to open the season with 10 straight wins, getting a solo homer from Brandon Lowe in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 on Monday night.

Lowe homered for the third straight game, sending a one-out pitch from Chris Martin (0-1) into the right-field stands. Lowe has nine RBIs over his last three games.

The 1987 Brewers and 1982 Atlanta Braves share the major league record for the best start to a season at 13-0.

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