We have 13 MLB games to enjoy on Thursday. The Phillies split their four-game series with the Dodgers, Boston’s Chris Sale looked untouchable at Fenway in the team’s shutout win over the Blue Jays. Elsewhere, the AL East first-place Yankees and Rays will cap off their four-game series with a doubleheader in the Bronx (weather permitting), while the Athletics look to win their seventh straight game.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Thursday, June 18
- FINAL – Marlins 4, Padres 3 (box score)
- FINAL – Phillies 7, Dodgers 6 (box score)
- FINAL – Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0 (box score)
- FINAL – Royals 6, White Sox 5 (box score)
- LIVE – Game 1, Rays at Yankees (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Game 2, Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Cardinals at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Tigers at Indians, 7:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Athletics at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Astros at Angels, 9:07 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Brewers at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Mets at Giants, 9:45 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
Phillies split series with Dodgers
Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins led a come-from-behind rally — a four-run seventh inning — against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon. Harper tied the game with an RBI single, and then Hoskins followed up in the next at-bat with a two-run RBI single. Here’s how it played out:
The seventh inning rally got started when Dodgers’ reliever Caleb Ferguson hit Adam Haseley and walked pinch-hitter Roman Quinn. Then Jean Segura cut the Phillies’ deficit to 5-4 with a single up the middle off of Dylan Floro.
Hector Neris picked up a savein the ninth.
The Phillies other win against the Dodgers — the National League’s best team — was also in dramatic fashion as Harper clubbed a walk-off double on Tuesday. The momentum should bode well for the Phillies, who are looking to hang onto the NL Wild Card spot.
Sale puts up six scoreless innings in Fenway win
The Red Sox’s Chris Sale returned to Fenway, and notched his first win in over a yea. The lefty ace struck out 12 Blue Jays batters over six scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits.
In Sale’s (4-9, 4.05 ERA) last three starts, he was 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA. But he bounced back in a big way for the Sox, who are trying to climb their way into the second AL Wild Card spot.
It was Sale’s 11th game this season with 10 or more strikeouts, and now he has notched 38 career games with 12 or more strikeouts.
On the offensive side of things, Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox player to score a run in 13 straight games since Ted Williams in 1946. The reigning AL MVP smacked a solo home run off Blue Jays reliever Derek Law in the seventh inning. Betts tied Williams’ franchise record.
Stat of the day: Tampa goes back-to-back off German
The first game of the Yankees and Rays doubleheader was pushed back a few times, but Tampa didn’t take long to get things going when play started in the Bronx. Left fielder Austin Meadows and third baseman Yandy Diaz hit back-to-back home runs off Yankees right-hander Domingo German.
It’s just the second time in franchise history it’s happened, and the first time was accomplished over 20 years ago: