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Trevino walks off for Texas on 1st Father's Day

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Trevino had an uncanny feeling as he stood in the on-deck circle on Sunday, waiting his chance to come up as a pinch-hitter with the Rangers down one and the bases loaded and one out.

"I was talking to one of the security guards in the tunnel, and I said, 'I have a funny feeling about this.' I knew I was going to have help from an angel above," Trevino said.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Trevino had an uncanny feeling as he stood in the on-deck circle on Sunday, waiting his chance to come up as a pinch-hitter with the Rangers down one and the bases loaded and one out.

"I was talking to one of the security guards in the tunnel, and I said, 'I have a funny feeling about this.' I knew I was going to have help from an angel above," Trevino said.

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The angel was his dad, lost to the family in October 2014, the year Trevino was drafted out of Oral Roberts University.

Perhaps with the help of that angel, Trevino got it done, blooping a walk-off two-run single into shallow left field in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Rougned Odor and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to give the Rangers a wild 13-12 victory over the Rockies at Globe Life Park.

Video: COL@TEX: Trevino on Father's Day walk-off, tears up

Texas overcame two four-run deficits and scored four in the last frame off Wade Davis, who could not find the strike zone in a game that featured 25 hits and 10 walks, including four issued by the Colorado closer.

Jesse Chavez (3-1) earned the victory in relief for the Rangers, who have won two straight. Davis (0-2) suffered his fourth blown save.

"I knew if it got down to it, he wouldn't let me down," Trevino said.

It has been quite the week for the 25-year-old native of Corpus Christi, who made his Major League debut on Friday and got his first start on Saturday. And only a week ago, Trevino became a father himself.

"Pretty incredible week for the young man," Banister said. "To become a father, a big-leaguer and play a significant role in a couple of wins ... I think he'll look back on his first few days in the big leagues and think of how special they really were."

Video: COL@TEX: Rangers take the lead with a 5-run 6th

Down 5-1 in the sixth, the Rangers broke through with five runs on three hits, a walk and two Colorado errors. Jurickson Profar had two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the inning. Nomar Mazara, in his first game back after missing two straight with a sore left wrist, had two hits and three RBIs for Texas.

Gerardo Parra had three hits and four RBIs, one of eight Rockies hitters with an RBI. Trevor Story, local boy done good, from Irving, had a two-run home run in the ninth.

Offensively, Texas had very little to show early against right-hander Jon Gray, who struck out six of the first nine hitters he faced. Profar's blast off of Gray was his eighth homer of the season and sixth in his last 27 games.

Video: COL@TEX: Profar hammers a go-ahead 3-run home run

Another local boy done good was Yovani Gallardo, whose ideal Father's Day would have included a homecoming victory in his first start of the season.

He'll be happy with the consolation of a no-decision.

Video: COL@TEX: Gallardo's first K since rejoining Rangers

Gallardo, who was raised and still lives in nearby Fort Worth, began his second stint with the Rangers after pitching for them in 2015. He is now winless in 12 career starts after giving up five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings.

DJ LeMahieu, the leadoff hitter, drove Gallardo's third pitch off the foul pole in left to put the Rockies up.

"I thought Yo threw the ball well," manager Jeff Banister said. "It was similar to what we've seen in the past from Yo. He gave up a couple of soft hits, the walks are something not typical of Yo, but he managed the game and was able to give us some length."

Video: COL@TEX: Banister on his team's passion in 13-12 win

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Joey Gallo had a day to forget. The Rangers' left-fielder had four strikeouts in his first four at-bats, including two looking, but Gallo worked a walk off Davis to drive in Texas' 11th run and set up Trevino's heroics.

SOUND SMART
Shin-Soo Choo's base hit, part of the Rangers' five-run sixth inning, extended his on-base streak to 31 consecutive games, an AL-best in 2018, and longest for a Texas player since Elvis Andrus reached 32 straight in 2012.

HE SAID IT
"I say it all the time. I'm one of the most blessed human beings alive to be able to have a group of guys who continue to come to the ballpark charged up and ready to play the game of baseball. They have the passion and love of the game. They don't quit. That's inherent in them. That's not coaching, it's inherent in you as a person and competitor. They have that." -- Jeff Banister

RUA SENT DOWN
After the game, the Rangers optioned Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock, one of a couple of roster moves that will need to be made to make room for the long-awaited return of Andrus. The others will be made Monday morning.

UP NEXT
The Rangers begin a six-game road trip with the first of three in Kansas City on Monday at 7:15 p.m. CT. It might be the most welcome trip away from Arlington this season with Andrus expected to rejoin the team on Monday after missing more than two months with a fractured right elbow. Andrus has been on the shelf since being hit by a pitch from Angels closer Keynan Middleton on April 11.

Right-hander Bartolo Colon (3-4, 4.94 ERA) goes for Texas. The veteran is seeking career victory No. 244, a mark that would set a record for most wins by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Kansas City is set to send out right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is 1-6 with a 5.13 ERA.

John Henry is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Correa, Gattis boost Astros to 11th straight W

Gattis logs go-ahead single for sweep of Royals, 10-0 road trip
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KANSAS CITY -- There was star shortstop Carlos Correa igniting an eighth-inning rally with a homer, Tyler White coming off the bench in the eighth and hitting a key double on the first pitch, and a suddenly stingy relief corps slamming the door.

When you're on an incredible run like the Astros, the heroes are numerous and come from every corner of the clubhouse.

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KANSAS CITY -- There was star shortstop Carlos Correa igniting an eighth-inning rally with a homer, Tyler White coming off the bench in the eighth and hitting a key double on the first pitch, and a suddenly stingy relief corps slamming the door.

When you're on an incredible run like the Astros, the heroes are numerous and come from every corner of the clubhouse.

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Correa drove in three runs, including his game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth, and relievers Tony Sipp, Ken Giles and Hector Rondon combined to throw three hitless innings to seal the Astros' 11th consecutive win, 7-4, over the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

"The winning streak is great, man," Correa said. "We're on a long road trip and away from our families for 10 days; winning every single game makes it a lot better. Hopefully we can go home and keep grinding and keep playing the way we've been playing."

With the win, the Astros (48-25) completed a 10-0 road trip through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City and improved to a Major League-best 29-11 on the road. The win was only the Astros' third this season (3-21) when trailing after seven innings. They join the Indians (11-0 in 2017), A's and Mariners (both 10-0 in 2002), Braves (10-0 in 1992), Reds (12-0 in 1957) and Yankees (14-0 in 1953) as the only clubs with unbeaten road trips of 10 or more games since 1953.

Video: HOU@KC: Altuve turns athletic DP to help seal win

"This was incredible, just by the way we played and the way we completed games," manager AJ Hinch said. "Obviously, winning every game is incredible. We did it in a lot of different ways, so we want to keep the same intent and same mentality we've been playing with. It's been pretty remarkable. It's hard to put into words. It's been somebody different every night. We've had good pitching, we've played good defense, we've rallied late, we've blown guys out early."

During the streak, the Astros have outscored their opponents, 81-40, and reached double-digit hits nine times, including seven games in a row. They've scored at least six runs in seven consecutive games, matching the third-longest streak in club history.

"Nobody knows what's going to happen, you still have to hit a ball, but I take confidence in our lineup versus anybody," said designated hitter Evan Gattis, who's hitting .386 with six homers and 21 RBIs during the streak.

Video: HOU@KC: Gattis delivers go-ahead single in the 8th

Correa homered to left off reliever Brandon Maurer and Gattis (3-for-4) and Marwin Gonzalez added RBI hits off lefty Tim Hill to give Houston a 6-4 lead. Correa's sacrifice fly in the ninth gave him three RBIs. The Astros were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

"When we're right, we keep coming at you and make you get your 27 outs," Hinch said. "Even when the game was getting towards the end and we know they have [closer Kelvin Herrera] at the back end, the game was starting to tilt in their favor a little bit, we had no quit in us. Correa hits the big home run and all of a sudden, the at-bats piled up on them."

Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out nine in six innings, sending down 10 of the final 12 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the fifth inning. He said it may have been his "best stuff of the year."

Video: HOU@KC: McCullers makes an athletic barehanded play

"Overall, I felt like the team played really hard, I felt like I threw the ball really well and still gave us a chance to win," he said. "I really made one bad pitch [a two-run homer by Hunter Dozier in the third that put the Royals up, 4-2], and he hit it out of the park. That was really the day."

SOUND SMART
The Astros have scored 135 runs in the seventh inning or later, surpassing the Cubs (132) for most in the Major Leagues.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Gonzalez made a 95.9-mph throw from left field, according to Statcast™, to get Mike Moustakas at the plate in the third inning. Moustakas was trying to score from second on a single by Salvador Perez. The Royals challenged the call, but the call was ruled to stand.

Video: HOU@KC: Gonzalez flashes arm with 95.9-mph throw home

"I was just hoping that was an out," Gonzalez said. "I thought they were going to overturn it, but they didn't. I felt good. Any time I can help on defense, it makes you feel good."

HE SAID IT
"What a day for him. He showed up, took his sweatshirt off, swung at the first pitch, doubled, I pinch-ran for him. What a life." -- Hinch, on White, who doubled in the eighth off the bench

UP NEXT
Right-hander Gerrit Cole will take the mound as the Astros return home to face the Rays at 7:10 p.m. CT on Monday at Minute Maid Park. Cole leads the American League in strikeouts per nine innings (12.49), ranks third in WHIP (0.88), fourth in ERA, second in opponents' batting average (.175) and third in opponents' OPS (.558). Ryne Stanek will get the start in the Rays' third consecutive bullpen day. He last pitched on Saturday, going 1 1/3 innings without allowing a run against the Yankees.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Boston's homer barrage secures split in Seattle

Devers, Bradley, Bogaerts go yard to back Rodriguez's strong starting performance
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SEATTLE -- The drought that started midway through the game Friday night and didn't let up at all on Saturday was erased by an eruption from the Red Sox on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

After going 17 innings without a run, the Boston bats livened up on Father's Day en route to a 9-3 victory that allowed manager Alex Cora's team to salvage a four-game split against the surging Seattle Mariners.

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SEATTLE -- The drought that started midway through the game Friday night and didn't let up at all on Saturday was erased by an eruption from the Red Sox on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

After going 17 innings without a run, the Boston bats livened up on Father's Day en route to a 9-3 victory that allowed manager Alex Cora's team to salvage a four-game split against the surging Seattle Mariners.

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The big blows were homers by Rafael Devers (three-run shot), Xander Bogaerts (two-run blast) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (solo).

Not to be overlooked, however, was a nine-pitch walk by J.D. Martinez that loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third. Mitch Moreland followed with a two-run single against Mike Leake.

Video: BOS@SEA: Moreland drives in 2 with a single to center

And Devers capped the damage in the inning when he belted one off the scoreboard façade of the second deck in right field. Devers got all of a 1-2 slider from Leake and smoked it at an exit velocity of 105.8 mph and a projected distance of 408 feet to make it 5-0, Red Sox.

"Yeah, it was great," said Cora. "The at-bat by J.D., the walk, that was a good one. Obviously Benny getting on base and a big hit by Mitch not trying to do too much. And Raffy, he crushed that homer and he crushed one to right field."

Video: BOS@SEA: Devers launches a 3-run homer to right

With a cushion to work with, Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3.59 ERA) took over the team lead in wins with his latest strong performance. This time, the lefty even pitched six innings, a plateau he had been unable to reach in six of his previous seven starts. Rodriguez limited Seattle to six hits, two runs and a walk while striking out nine.

"Eddie did a great job," said Moreland. "We were on him and all celebrating because he hit that six-inning mark, but he threw the ball great just like he has been pretty much the whole season. He pretty much led the way for us. It was a big game and a good win for us."

Video: BOS@SEA: Rodriguez goes 6 strong frames in win

Rodriguez worked at a good pace throughout, and when Nelson Cruz temporarily interrupted his momentum by belting a solo homer, the lefty struck out the next three batters to end the bottom of the fourth inning.

"You have to go out there and sometimes you give up homers, sometimes you give up base hits, you have to get to the next hitter," said Rodriguez. "That's the mentality I had there. After the homer I was thinking to get the other guys out and that's what happened."

With the win, the Sox improved to 14-3 on getaway days this season. And they had some fun after the game, when every player and member of the team's traveling party wore soccer jerseys representing different countries in honor of the World Cup.

• See the Red Sox players' World Cup allegiances

"It's a sign they like to have a happy flight," said Cora. "It's a lot better to win when you're leaving. They finish series, that's great. Regardless of where we were, Houston, down two games and we came back and won the last two. Here, after the last two games, we bounced back. We're a good team. We know how to play the game and we turn the page very quick and we focus on the next one."

Video: BOS@SEA: Bogaerts launches a 2-run homer to left

The Red Sox are 49-24, just percentage points behind the Yankees in the American League East, heading into an off-day on Monday.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
E-Rod escapes: Clinging to a 5-2 lead with the bases full of Mariners and two outs in the fifth, Rodriguez had to face Cruz, who had homered an inning earlier. Cruz worked a strong, seven-pitch at-bat but Rodriguez made the pitch he needed to, inducing the slugger into a popup on a 93.6 mph fastball.

"With the score where it was, you've got to throw strikes and he did and he executed some pitches in that at-bat," said Cora.

JBJ gets positive result: In particular, the homer that Bradley hit -- just his fourth of the season -- was one that could pay dividends. Over the last 10 days or so, Bradley has ironed out some mechanics and gotten rid of his toe tap. Until Sunday's homer, he hadn't had many results to show for it.

Video: BOS@SEA: Bradley slugs a solo homer to center

"Just stay with the process, especially Jackie. He's hit some balls hard right at people. Finally, he hit one to straight center that went out. When he hit it, I was like, 'He's going to catch it.' It's gotten to that point. But that was good to see."

SOUND SMART
One win shy of 50 for the season, the Red Sox can thank their starting pitching for their strong start. That has been particularly true of late, as Boston starters have held the opponent to two earned runs or fewer in 12 of the last 14 games.

HE SAID IT
"Yeah, I think we're disappointed we didn't win Game 2. We've got to finish them. This is a team you've got to play nine innings and today, we did an outstanding job finishing the game and we got the W. Although that's OK, two out of four, we'll take it, but I think there was one that slipped away." -- Cora, on the split in Seattle

UP NEXT
After an off-day on Monday, the Red Sox send ace Chris Sale to the mound for Tuesday night's opener of a three-game series at Target Field against the Twins. Sale has dominated in his last two starts, allowing a total of two runs and striking out 19 on 14 innings. He will face Jose Berrios, with an 8:10 p.m. ET first pitch.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Mets stun D-backs with 2 HRs, 4 runs in 9th

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PHOENIX -- It rained this weekend in Arizona, the type of biblical downpour that happens infrequently enough for some of the desert's more cynical dwellers to conclude, not entirely tongue-in-cheek, that a black cloud might be following the Mets. Losing 19 of 24 games coming into Sunday's play, the Mets could pin the blame on their bullpen, their offense, their defense -- anything, really, other than their starting pitching.

There was also the less quantifiable fact that the Mets never seemed to catch a break.

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PHOENIX -- It rained this weekend in Arizona, the type of biblical downpour that happens infrequently enough for some of the desert's more cynical dwellers to conclude, not entirely tongue-in-cheek, that a black cloud might be following the Mets. Losing 19 of 24 games coming into Sunday's play, the Mets could pin the blame on their bullpen, their offense, their defense -- anything, really, other than their starting pitching.

There was also the less quantifiable fact that the Mets never seemed to catch a break.

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In the ninth inning Sunday, they caught two, using a pair of Arizona defensive mistakes to give Brandon Nimmo a chance in a one-run game. And in the midst of a breakout season, Nimmo delivered, hitting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning of the Mets' 5-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

"We've been waiting for a big hit to happen," Nimmo said. "I don't know what it means for the future, but for right now, to get two wins in a row against a good D-backs team, that's awesome."

Video: NYM@ARI: Nimmo discusses his go-ahead home run in 9th 

Consecutive wins may not seem like much, but for a Mets team that hadn't accomplished the feat in nearly a month, they were everything. Trailing for most of Sunday's game, Nimmo described a "tense" Mets dugout, staring down a series loss to a potential playoff team. Facing D-backs closer Brad Boxberger, who shut them down without issue Thursday and Friday, the Mets slid further into their shells when their first two batters in the ninth struck out.

Next up was Jose Reyes, the focal point for so many of the Mets' frustrations in recent weeks. Noticing a defensive overshift, Reyes dropped a bunt just in front of home plate, where catcher Alex Avila speared it rather than let it go foul. By the time Avila whirled around, ball in hand, Reyes was nearly at first base.

The Mets' second break happened moments later, when Jose Bautista punched an outside fastball down the right-field line. Though Bautista struck the ball well enough to send it close to the wall, it hung up for nearly five full seconds -- enough time for Statcast™ to register Jon Jay's catch probability at 99 percent. But Jay didn't catch it; the ball glanced off his glove, allowing Bautista to cruise into second with an RBI double.

Video: NYM@ARI: Bautista plates Reyes with a double to right

Still, the Mets trailed, but now the top of their order was up. Already with a single, a double and a run scored on the afternoon, Nimmo hammered a Boxberger changeup 419 feet over the fence, clapping his hands and grinning as he rounded first base. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo shot, and Robert Gsellman pitched around an error to record the final three outs in the ninth.

"Just elated," was how Nimmo described the moment. "It felt like a weight had been lifted off us."

Video: NYM@ARI: Gsellman induces line out to earn 3rd save

Much work remains for the Mets, who are still eight games under .500 and will play their next seven against the Rockies and Dodgers, both of whom also entered this season with playoff aspirations. But at least they now have hope. Nimmo is as hot as at any point this year. Michael Conforto is breaking out of his slump. And the Mets' starting pitching -- Zack Wheeler struck out eight over six innings of two-run ball Sunday -- continues to thrive, with the league's best ERA since May 21.

Video: NYM@ARI: Wheeler strikes out Jay looking in the 1st

Although manager Mickey Callaway noted that "the way we won is probably more significant than just getting a back-to-back win," the Mets will take the bump in the standings, too. Nimmo joked that their consecutive wins reminded him of a famous scene from "Major League II," in which fictional manager Lou Brown attempted to convince his players that winning streaks are, in spite of so much evidence to the contrary, possible.

"Yeah, it's been a while," Nimmo said, still grinning well after the game's official end. "And so for us to get that second win in a row, on a big hit, that's really good for our positivity going forward, our momentum going forward. Like I said, I don't know what it means for our future. I hope this team keeps fighting."

Video: NYM@ARI: Callaway on Mets' 5-3 win over the D-backs

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Making his own luck: Reyes' slump had grown long enough, and conspicuous enough, that he was beginning to have trouble escaping talk of the Mets releasing him. While the team did go that route with another slumping 30-something, Adrian Gonzalez, they offered Reyes a bit more rope.

He took advantage of it Sunday with one of his best games as a Met, making several slick defensive plays behind Wheeler before coming to the plate in the ninth. Pushing his bunt just far enough that Avila had to scramble out from behind the plate to grab it, Reyes dropped his head and reached a top sprint speed of 28.3 feet per second, per Statcast™ -- strong for anyone, elite for a 35-year-old. He then took second base on defensive indifference, scoring on Bautista's double.

Video: NYM@ARI: Reyes charges, fires on the run to nab Dyson

"He made a perfect bunt," Avila said. "The ball was just dead there in the grass and I was going to try to make a barehanded play."

"I just put it down and ran, man," added Reyes. "It means a lot, because I feel like I contributed today. I contributed to the ballclub. I contributed to this win."

VARGAS EJECTED
Although he did not appear in the game, Mets pitcher Jason Vargas chirped loud enough from the dugout that home-plate umpire Jim Reynolds ejected him during the fourth inning. Vargas appeared to take exception to Reynolds' calls during a four-pitch walk of Daniel Descalso, who took two pitches for balls that Statcast™ data showed as strikes.

After Reynolds ejected Vargas, Callaway emerged from the Mets' dugout for a brief conversation with the home-plate umpire. The situation escalated no further than that.

Video: NYM@ARI: Vargas ejected for arguing in the 4th inning

"I came in and told him, 'Thank you, I needed another little break to catch my breath,'" joked Wheeler, who allowed both of his runs in the fourth. "He sort of stuck up for me and voiced his opinion."

HE SAID IT
"It's a fresh breath of air. We needed that hit and he came through for us at the right time. He's becoming a very good player for us." -- Wheeler, on Nimmo's home run

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Mere minutes after his team took the lead in the ninth, first baseman Dominic Smith gave the D-backs a bit of life when he dropped Cabrera's throw on a routine ground ball, attempting to transfer it from his glove to his hand between his legs. Callaway challenged first-base umpire Bruce Dreckman's safe call, but the call would stand after a replay review. When Gsellman retired the next three batters to take him off the hook, Smith pointed to the sky in obvious relief.

"I don't think Dom Smith will try to transfer the ball in between his legs anymore," Callaway said.

Video: NYM@ARI: Avila reaches on error, call stands in 9th

UP NEXT
The Mets are 2-8 in the last 10 games Jacob deGrom has started, despite his 0.87 ERA in those contests. They can only hope a trip to hitter-happy Coors Field will help them give deGrom a bit more support. He'll open a four-game series there on Monday, starting an 8:40 p.m. ET game opposite left-hander Tyler Anderson.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Hamilton's latest catch: 'Are you kidding me?'

Reds center fielder lays out to rob Cervelli on ball with 2% catch probability
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PITTSBURGH -- When the guy who was just robbed of a hit applauds the catch, it must have been really good.

In the bottom of the first inning of the Reds' 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-out drive to deep right-center field. Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton reacted quickly, sprinting toward the wall before laying out to make a diving snowcone catch on the warning track.

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PITTSBURGH -- When the guy who was just robbed of a hit applauds the catch, it must have been really good.

In the bottom of the first inning of the Reds' 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-out drive to deep right-center field. Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton reacted quickly, sprinting toward the wall before laying out to make a diving snowcone catch on the warning track.

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"That has to be up there with one of my top plays," Hamilton said. "That one, I came in and I was like, 'I don't know how I caught that one. I don't even know how I got close to it.'"

According to Statcast™, the play had only a 2 percent catch probability, tied with a catch by Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain on March 30 for lowest this season. Hamilton covered 83 feet of ground in 4.3 seconds and reached a sprint speed of 30.1 feet per second.

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was the biggest beneficiary of the superb effort. At the time, it was a scoreless game.

"He saves pitchers all the time. He's just fun to watch out there. It's like video game stuff," said DeSclafani, who was aided by Hamilton last Sunday in a win vs. St. Louis with a great throw that nailed a runner at the plate.

Video: STL@CIN: Hamilton nabs Martinez at home

Watching the play as he rounded first base, Cervelli clapped after Hamilton secured the ball for the third out. He removed his helmet and also gestured his appreciation with raised arms and a smile.

"That was unbelievable. I think that's the only person who can catch that ball. It's amazing," Cervelli said.

Hamilton was still laying on his back trying to gather himself and didn't see Cervelli's appreciation of a good catch.

"I was just so excited I made the catch and we got out of the inning with the play," Hamilton said. "[Cervelli] is one of those guys, he always gives credit where credit is due. Even when you get a nice hit or something, he'll let you know that it was a great hit."

The crowd at PNC Park also didn't seem to mind that Cervelli missed out on a hit, either: Pirates fans acknowledged the great catch with loud applause as Hamilton returned to the dugout.

"These are some great fans over here," Hamilton said. "They've always been great to me in the outfield. You can go some places where there are mean fans, like disrespectful fans. This is one stadium I can come to and enjoy myself, relax and play baseball."

Perhaps Hamilton's play energized him for the rest of the day. He was 3-for-4 with three singles, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Entering the day, he was 3-for-40 over his last 12 games with 15 strikeouts and batting .187 overall.

Video: CIN@PIT: Hamilton swipes his 12th base of 2018

"You make a play like that, you're like, 'OK, something good has got to happen.' I feel great, my body is feeling great, I just made a nice catch. I just take that happiness into the at-bat," Hamilton said. "That was an exciting catch for me coming into the at-bat, like, 'Oh yeah, let's go.' That's the boost I need."

Hamilton had one more strong defensive play in the eighth inning on Gregory Polanco's RBI double that made it 6-5. He made a perfect relay throw from right-center field to Jose Peraza, who threw to the plate to get Josh Bell and prevent the tying run from scoring.

Video: CIN@PIT: Peraza throws out Bell, review confirms

"I know once I get it out of my hands and get it to those guys, they are going to make great decisions," Hamilton said. "Peraza did a great job of getting the ball home and it was a big stop for us, to be honest with you."

Interim manager Jim Riggleman likes the consistent extra effort on defense Hamilton provides.

"We see him giving us tremendous plays regardless of whether he's struggling with the bat or not," Riggleman said.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Jose Ramirez fell down and did a full 360-spin on this strikeout

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Baez exits after getting plunked in left elbow

Cubs infielder has a contusion, scheduled for an X-ray
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ST. LOUIS -- Cubs infielder Javier Baez had to leave Sunday night's game after he was hit by a pitch from the Cardinals' Jack Flaherty. He was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion and will have an X-ray to confirm there is no further damage.

Albert Almora Jr. had singled to open the third inning, dribbling an infield hit down the third-base line. Baez took a called strike and Flaherty then made a throwing error trying to pick off Almora at first.

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ST. LOUIS -- Cubs infielder Javier Baez had to leave Sunday night's game after he was hit by a pitch from the Cardinals' Jack Flaherty. He was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion and will have an X-ray to confirm there is no further damage.

Albert Almora Jr. had singled to open the third inning, dribbling an infield hit down the third-base line. Baez took a called strike and Flaherty then made a throwing error trying to pick off Almora at first.

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The second pitch from Flaherty struck Baez, who was in obvious pain and sat down on the grass as manager Joe Maddon and athletic trainer PJ Mainville checked him out. Baez, who started at shortstop, left the game and was replaced by Addison Russell.

"Got him right in the elbow. Your hand, it does feel numb at that particular time," Maddon said from the dugout during an in-game interview on the ESPN broadcast. "He just could not get the feel back. I don't think it's anything serious, but for right now it's gonna hurt all night and maybe into tomorrow."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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Injury updates: Carrasco, Soler, Eickhoff

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Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Olson, Indians

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Olson, Indians

The Indians placed Carrasco on the disabled list with a right elbow contusion Sunday.

Carrasco was originally diagnosed with a right forearm contusion after being struck by a line drive on Saturday, but X-rays revealed that the injury was to his elbow. He will be re-evaluated Monday morning.

Olson was also placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain. More >

Jorge Soler, Royals

Soler was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Astros with a broken metatarsal bone in his left foot. He is expected to miss at least six weeks. More >

Video: HOU@KC: Soler fractures left first metatarsal

Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies

Eickhoff, who has not pitched this season, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He opened the season on the disabled list with a strained right lat, but he had a setback when he felt the same tingling and weakness in the fingertips of his right hand that ended his 2017 season during a rehab start. Four specialists ruled out thoracic outlet syndrome, which could have required a rib to be surgically removed.

Eickhoff said doctors seem confident that the inflammation in his right wrist can be addressed with the injection and anti-inflammatories, but no one will truly know until he gets on the mound and starts throwing again. More >

Jimmy Nelson, Zach Davies and Wade Miley, Brewers

Sunday marked one month since Nelson's check-up with the doctor who performed his shoulder surgery, and Nelson told Milwaukee radio station 105.7 FM The Fan that "it's trending in the right direction right now."

There is still no timetable for Nelson to throw off a mound or return to the Brewers' rotation, because those benchmarks all depend on his repaired right shoulder. He is working back toward throwing 150 feet on flat ground, the distance he was at leading up to a shutdown period before and after a visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Davies will begin another Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, while Miley will join Double-A Biloxi later in the week as both starting pitchers work back from injuries.

Davies, in his second stint on the 10-day DL for right rotator cuff inflammation, is expected to make at least three starts in the Minors this time. Miley, who is on the 60-day DL with a strained right oblique, will probably pitch four times in the Minors, since he is not eligible for reinstatement until July 9. More >

Kurt Suzuki, Braves

Suzuki exited Sunday afternoon's game against the Padres for precautionary reasons after getting hit in the head by Raffy Lopez's backswing to end the second inning. Suzuki was evaluated and is day to day. More >

Video: SD@ATL: Suzuki injured by backswing and exits game

Whit Merrifield, Royals

Merrifield left Sunday's series finale against the Astros in the second inning after fouling a pitch off his left knee. He was diagnosed with a contusion and is day to day. More >

Video: KC@HOU: Merrifield leaves after fouling ball off knee

Shelby Miller, D-backs

In his latest rehab start for Class A Advanced Visalia on Saturday, the right-hander tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out 10 and walked none, throwing 81 pitches.

"He's getting close," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "With these outings and the feedback he's giving us, he's telling us that he's getting closer every day."

Lovullo said Miller, who had Tommy John surgery last May, is headed back to Arizona, where the athletic training staff will assess him. The staff will formulate a plan for his next steps, which Lovullo will know more about Monday when the D-backs are in Anaheim. More >

Tom Koehler, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers

Koehler suffered a setback in his recovery from a right anterior capsule sprain of the shoulder and an expected return was pushed back to August, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. Koehler was nearing a rehab appearance when he threw a curveball this week and felt discomfort. He has been out since sustaining what was originally termed a mild sprain in his first Spring Training appearance.

Kershaw (lower back strain) threw on flat ground Sunday and still is expected to throw a simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Ryu had a Saturday bullpen session cut short at 20 pitches when he felt a little tightness in his strained groin, but Roberts did not call it a setback. More >

Nick Vincent, Juan Nicasio and Chris Herrmann, Mariners

Vincent, on the 10-day disabled list for the past three weeks with a strained right groin, will begin a Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday and could be back with the team by next weekend in Boston. Vincent will pitch two rehab outings, with the second one slated for Double-A Arkansas on Wednesday, before being re-evaluated, according to manager Scott Servais.

Nicasio is also on the disabled list with a swollen right knee that has sidelined him for 10 days, but he threw live batting practice without issue on Saturday and the plan remains intact for him to come off the DL on Tuesday in New York.

Herrmann, who went on the DL on May 30 with a strained right oblique after playing one game for Seattle, is midway through a rehab stint with Tacoma and also could be activated soon. More >

Steven Souza Jr. roamed the Chase Field concourse in his full D-backs uniform, surprising some fans

In the final hour or so before the start of a baseball game, the stadium concourse can be a busy place. Thousands of people convening in the same general area, trying to get to their seats, find the right thing to eat, visit the team store ... everybody's moving, and the scene can resemble a bustling subway station with all the hurrying around. 

There was a surprise in the Chase Field concourse for some D-backs fans walking around on Saturday night, before Arizona lost to the Mets, 5-1 -- in the form of Steven Souza Jr.. Currently on the disabled list, Souza opted to spend some of his free time just wandering the halls like a regular fan.

Felix's son throws Father's Day first pitch

Three years ago, the Mariners celebrated Father's Day with a special ceremonial first pitch, delivered by kids of players on the roster that afternoon. One of those children was Jeremy Hernandez, Felix Hernandez's eldest son. He looked good. 

Fast-forward to the present day, and an older Lil' King Felix took the Safeco Field mound for another Father's Day pitch before the Mariners' 9-3 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. This time, he was wearing a full Mariners uniform, just like his dad.

A's rally late, walk off Halos in 11 on Lucroy's hit

After tying it in 9th on Canha's two-out bloop single, Oakland earns series win
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OAKLAND -- A two-run ninth-inning deficit and a five-man infield proved to be conquerable obstacles Sunday for the A's, who beat the Angels, 6-5, in 11 innings on the longest single of the season for Jonathan Lucroy.

With Jake Jewell, their fifth pitcher of the day, working the 11th, the Angels brought left fielder Justin Upton in to play between second and third for both Mark Canha and Lucroy.

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OAKLAND -- A two-run ninth-inning deficit and a five-man infield proved to be conquerable obstacles Sunday for the A's, who beat the Angels, 6-5, in 11 innings on the longest single of the season for Jonathan Lucroy.

With Jake Jewell, their fifth pitcher of the day, working the 11th, the Angels brought left fielder Justin Upton in to play between second and third for both Mark Canha and Lucroy.

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Canha, whose two-out single in the ninth forced extra innings, drew a walk, loading the bases. Lucroy then hit the second pitch of his at-bat to the wall in center field that the Angels' outfield didn't even bother to chase. The game-winning single gave the A's a 5-5 split of their homestand.

"I was trying not to put the ball on the ground there," Lucroy said of the odd circumstance. "I was looking for something in the air the other way, and he gave me a pitch I could handle."

Jed Lowrie, who singled to start the 11th, scored from third as the A's rushed the field.

Video: LAA@OAK: Lucroy on his walk-off in the 11th

"We needed it, man" said Lucroy, noting that the club had been swept by the Astros last week. "On the homestand, we had some good teams coming in here. We were trying to make up for that Astros series."

While Lucroy got his first walk-off RBI since Sept. 16, 2016, the game was dominated by Canha. The center fielder hit a two-run homer in the second inning -- he homered on both Mother's Day and Father's Day this year -- and in the ninth, he looped a single to center that scored Dustin Fowler with the tying run.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha clubs a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning

If that weren't enough, in the 10th, having moved to left field, Canha sprinted 98 feet to turn in a terrific running catch of a drive off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. It was given a 5 percent catch probability, making it a 5-star catch and the most difficult catch for the A's in their first 72 games.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha makes a 5% probability catch in 10th

"It was hit, and as an outfielder, it was, 'I've gotta go.' There was nothing much to read," Canha said. "Just run as hard as you can. I told myself I was going to catch that ball or break my neck trying."

"I thought there was no way he was going to catch that ball," said A's reliever Liam Hendriks, who was positioned in the bullpen close to where Canha set up for the play. "But he just ran it down."

The A's entered the ninth down, 5-3, before Marcus Semien homered and Canha's game-tying single. The A's bullpen shut down the Angels the final four innings, including winning pitcher Blake Treinen setting down all six men he faced, striking out three.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha bloops a game-tying single in the 9th

The comeback eased the burden of starter Daniel Mengden, who gave up two homers and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. After allowing just six homers and eight walks in 12 starts in April and May, he has allowed eight homers and 10 walks in June.

Video: LAA@OAK: Mengden strikes out Maldonado in the 6th

"I made a couple of mistakes," Mengden said of the homers. "I'm just missing spots. But we know we are in every game. With a few good at-bats, we're right there."

Video: LAA@OAK: Melvin on walk-off win over the Angels

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After a day off Monday, the A's open a two-game set in San Diego, with right-hander Paul Blackburn facing Padres lefty Eric Lauer. It will be Blackburn's third start since joining the rotation, and the first since he gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Astros.

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Teheran throws 6 no-hit innings in win over SD

Righty fans 11 in return from DL, exits due to cramp, high pitch count
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ATLANTA -- Following Mike Soroka's lead, Julio Teheran came off the disabled list and created the possibility of a no-hitter. It was just that kind of homestand for the Braves, who exited this homestand justifiably feeling good about the makeup of their starting rotation.

A refreshed Teheran regained normal fastball velocity and had his trusty slider working as he recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts and completed six no-hit innings to help the Braves claim a 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. His bid to extend his gem was denied by the combination of a high pitch count and a hamstring cramp.

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ATLANTA -- Following Mike Soroka's lead, Julio Teheran came off the disabled list and created the possibility of a no-hitter. It was just that kind of homestand for the Braves, who exited this homestand justifiably feeling good about the makeup of their starting rotation.

A refreshed Teheran regained normal fastball velocity and had his trusty slider working as he recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts and completed six no-hit innings to help the Braves claim a 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. His bid to extend his gem was denied by the combination of a high pitch count and a hamstring cramp.

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"I wanted to stay in, but when I got to the dugout, I was still cramping and that's not a good sign," Teheran said. "I wanted to go, especially when you're feeling good and have all your stuff."

Video: SD@ATL: Teheran, Snitker, Flowers on no-hit outing

Looking like the Teheran of old, the Braves veteran battled through command issues during a 24-pitch first inning and retired 15 straight batters before issuing consecutive one-out walks in the sixth. His right hamstring began cramping during this inning and truly bit him when he threw the last of his 95 pitches to strike out Jose Pirela.

As much as Teheran might have wanted to extend his effort, he didn't put up much of a fight after he limped toward the dugout and arrived still feeling the effects of the cramp. He was starting for the first time since he jammed his right thumb while batting during his June 4 start in San Diego.

Video: SD@ATL: Camargo drives a 2-run double to left field

"He hadn't been out there in the heat, and the first two innings he had to work pretty hard," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I told him, 'You're not going nine innings anyway.' He did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Atlanta's bid for a combined no-hitter was erased when right-handed reliever Shane Carle allowed Cory Spangenberg to single to center with one out in the seventh inning. Pirela produced a sacrifice fly against A.J. Minter in the eighth, but Arodys Vizcaino then escaped trouble with a scoreless ninth that ended with Nick Markakis' diving catch near the right-field line.

Video: SD@ATL: Carle loses Braves' no-hitter in the 7th

The Braves, who now have a season-high 3 1/2-game lead in the National League East race, began this 5-1 homestand with Mike Foltynewicz delivering five solid innings before exiting with right triceps tightness. Foltynewicz is lined up to start next weekend, and Soroka, who allowed one hit over 6 1/3 innings on Wednesday, will start Tuesday's game in Toronto.

With the returns of Teheran and Soroka, the Braves are feeling good about a rotation that has posted a 2.20 ERA over the past 17 games.

"It allows you to take a big step forward, getting those two guys back," Snitker said. "Both were really good. It was just really good to see the crispness on Julio's stuff again."

Video: SD@ATL: Teheran strikes out Reyes for 10th K

Teheran's command was suspect as he walked Travis Jankowski and then hit Pirela with a pitch before recording the game's second out. But the veteran hurler then proceeded to strike out each of the next six batters he faced.

"When you have your arm feeling good, you don't have anything else to worry about," Teheran said. "You just go out there and make pitches. Today, it felt like everything was working."

Video: SD@ATL: Snitker on Teheran's start, Suzuki's injury

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Two was enough: Markakis' two-out infield single in the first inning accounted for the only hit allowed by Matt Strahm, who served as the starter in what was the Padres' latest bullpen game. Padres left-handed reliever Jose Castillo had limited opponents to one hit in 21 at-bats before allowing Tyler Flowers' single and Camargo's decisive double in the fourth.

Flowers added a two-run homer in the eighth off Brad Hand. He was forced to enter the game after Kurt Suzuki was hit in the head with Raffy Lopez's backswing to end the second inning.

Suzuki passed all necessary tests and will be available to play when the Braves return to action Tuesday.

"It was fate," Suzuki said. "I was meant to come out of that game. Flo came in and did an unbelievable job."

Video: SD@ATL: Suzuki injured by backswing and exits game

SOUND SMART
Teheran's four-seam fastball averaged 91.4 mph, which matched last year's average. He had averaged 89.5 mph with this pitch in the 13 starts he made before going on the disabled list.

"I think the uptick in velocity definitely helps his off-speed a little more," Flowers said. "He had good feel with his changeup and slider. His curveball, not so much. But when you've got three out of four with some confidence, those are some good weapons."

Teheran threw 19 sliders, six of which induced a swinging strike and three registered a called strike. The effective combination of these pitches helped him notch his ninth career double-digit strikeout game and first since notching a career-high 12 against the Tigers on Oct. 2, 2016.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
After Spangenberg and Freddy Galvis recorded consecutive singles to begin the ninth, Vizcaino notched consecutive strikeouts. But his escape wasn't completed until Markakis denied Franmil Reyes of an extra-base hit with his game-ending diving catch. 

Video: SD@ATL: Markakis dives for stellar game-ending catch

UP NEXT
Soroka will experience a thrill when the Braves open a two-game series against the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET Tuesday. Soroka will be pitching in front of a number of friends and family members, who will come from his hometown of Calgary to see him start for the first time in Canada. The 20-year-old right-hander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Wednesday's start against the Mets. The Blue Jays will counter with Jaime Garcia, who spent last season's first four months in Atlanta's rotation. 

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Atlanta Braves, Tyler Flowers, Nick Markakis, Julio Teheran

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