Best of MLB: Twins rally late, beat Royals in 10 innings

Best of MLB: Twins rally late, beat Royals in 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pinch hitter Kennys Vargas launched a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night.

Polanco lofted a soft liner to left field and Joe Mauer beat Alex Gordon's throw to the plate. Al Albuquerque (0-1) walked the first two batters of the inning and reliever Travis Wood walked Max Kepler, loading the bases with no outs for Polanco.

Brandon Kintzler (2-0) allowed two hits in the top of the 10th, but snagged a comebacker to start an inning-ending double play.

Vargas batted for Byron Buxton Vargas following Jason Castro's one-out single in the ninth. Vargas sent Kelvin Herrera's 1-0 offering into the second deck in right-center field.

Vargas was recalled from Triple-A on April 23 and is tied for second on the team with five home runs despite playing just 17 games. Herrera had his second blown save of the season in 10 chances (see full recap).

deGrom, Mets shut down Angels
NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom dominated until dealing with discomfort in his throwing hand in the seventh, then escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam that inning to help the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday night and snap a seven-game losing streak.

The Mets avoided their first eight-game skid since losing 11 straight in 2004.

After multiple visits by Mets coaches and a trainer, DeGrom survived the seventh with a strikeout, a juggling catch by shortstop Jose Reyes and Cameron Maybin's flyout.

Jerry Blevins got two outs in his major league-leading 25th appearance, Paul Sewald recorded an out in the eighth and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Terry Collins managed his 1,012th game with the Mets, tying Davey Johnson for the most with the franchise. Collins is 498-514 in seven seasons with New York.

Ricky Nolasco (2-3) allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings. Los Angeles had won four straight (see full recap).

Amarista, Rockies thump skidding Reds
CINCINNATI -- Alexi Amarista hit a three-run homer and a run-scoring single during Colorado's eight-run rally on Friday night, and the Rockies extended the best start in their history with a 12-6 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

The Rockies lead the NL in wins at 27-16, their best mark through 43 games.

Amarista's three-run shot off Lisalverto Bonilla (0-2) sparked the big sixth-inning rally. Nolan Arenado had a two-run homer off Wandy Peralta. Amarista kept it going with an RBI single during his second at-bat in the inning, matching his career high with four RBIs. Colorado sent 14 batters to the plate and piled up nine hits overall.

Cincinnati hadn't allowed that many runs in an inning since 2015, when it gave up 10 at Colorado.

The Reds have lost seven straight, their longest skid since they dropped 11 in a row last May (see full recap).

Phillies reportedly interested in trade for OF Curtis Granderson

Phillies reportedly interested in trade for OF Curtis Granderson

With the Phillies still in first place in late July, Matt Klentak has said the team is likely to make a move.

The latest rumor has the Phillies improving their bench. The team has reportedly talked to the Blue Jays about veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal

Though the 37-year-old is not the player he once was, he would be an upgrade over what the Phillies currently have. Struggling outfielder Aaron Altherr (.171/.290/.595) was optioned to Triple A and J.P. Crawford is still recovering from a fractured left hand. The team’s current bench consists of Jesmuel Valentin (.182), Mitch Walding (hitless in 12 big league at-bats), Trevor Plouffe and whichever catcher has the night off.

Granderson is a veteran that can give Gabe Kapler a professional at-bat, has some pop and can play all three outfield spots. He’s hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 235 at-bats this season with Toronto.

It’s been reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury that the Blue Jays have already been scouting the Phillies’ farm system in a possible trade for Toronto starter and former Phil J.A. Happ. Perhaps Granderson could be part of a bigger trade including Happ and/or third baseman Josh Donaldson? In either case, the Blue Jays should have a head start in picking out the prospect(s) of their liking.

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