MLB results: Rays lose combined perfect game in ninth inning; Dodgers take series in Boston (2024)

As usual, Sunday's schedule featured a full slate across MLB. It was a busy day packed with afternoon games, one of which included the Rays' taking a combined perfect game into the ninth against the Orioles. The Phillies walked off vs. the Nationals to avoid getting swept at home, the Indians salvaged the finale against their AL Central rival first-place Twins. Also, the Cubs might be starting another big second half.

And more! Let's get to it.

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Baseball scores for Sunday, July 14

  • FINAL - Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2 (box score)
  • FINAL - Rays 4, Orioles 1 (box score)
  • FINAL - Phillies 4, Nationals 3 (box score)
  • FINAL - Mets 6, Marlins 2 (box score)
  • FINAL - Indians 4, Twins 3 (box score)
  • FINAL - Giants 8,Brewers3 (box score)
  • FINAL - Cardinals5, Diamondbacks 2 (box score)
  • FINAL - Tigers 12, Royals8 (box score)
  • FINAL - Cubs8, Pirates 3 (box score)
  • FINAL - Astros 12, Rangers4 (box score)
  • FINAL -Rockies10, Reds 9 (box score)
  • FINAL - Angels6, Mariners 3 (box score)
  • FINAL - Athletics3, White Sox 2 (box score)
  • FINAL - Braves 4, Padres1 (box score)
  • FINAL - Dodgers 7, Red Sox4 in 12 (box score)

Rays miss out on combined perfect game

The Rays were three outs away from making history Sunday in Baltimore. Tampa Bay took a combined perfect game into the ninth inning against the Orioles before third baseman Hanser Alberto beat the shift with a leadoff single against Ryan Yarbrough.

They're still in our history books. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/bXsEEvSdSK

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 14, 2019

Ryne Stanek and Yarbrough combined to throw eight perfect innings, setting down the first 24 batters they faced.

Here's more on the nearly historic game.

Cubs sweep Buccos and increase lead

The Cubs sputtered into the All-Star break, having gone 12-16 in the last month or so. They held a lead in the NL Central, but it was only a half game and, from their point of view, they really should have distanced themselves from the rest of the pack of mediocrity.

Maybe it is starting to happen. It has every other year in this window of contention, save for last season's miraculous Brewers run (the Cubs still won 95 in all).

Here are the Cubs' second half records under Joe Maddon:

2015: 50-25
2016: 50-23
2017: 49-25
2018: 40-30

After Sunday's win in Wrigley, the Cubs are now 3-0 since the break and have already picked up two games on the Brewers. Sunday's victory was of the come-from-behind variety, too. The Cubs trailed 3-1 early. They scratched together a pair of runs to tie it before Jason Heyward put them up for good:

That blast was in spite of the wind blowing in, and Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber would later go back-to-back. After a blowout win Saturday and Heyward's clutch single to help win it on Friday, these Cubs appear to have their mojo back. They have six more games at home to build on this momentum.

Heyward, by the way, is hitting .275/.359/.474 with 15 homers. In his previous three years with the Cubs, Heyward slashed .252/.322/.367 with a season-high of 11 homers.

Dodgers survive scare, win series in Boston

I don't know if we can really call this revenge for the World Series, because this was a regular-season series, but the Dodgers did get back at the Red Sox this weekend by taking two of three. It looked like the Dodgers might get out of Boston at a decent hour, too, but instead the Red Sox tied things up with back-to-back homers from Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez off Pedro Baez in the eighth.

The Dodgers finally broke the tie by getting three in the top of the 12th to take the series. They have the best record in the majors.

On the Red Sox's end, we still just can't be sure with this team. It seemed like they might have gotten over their World Series hangover the week before the All-Star break, as they had won five of six, but that was against the lowly Tigers and Blue Jays. On the flip side, losing two of three to the best team in baseball when the rubber game went 12 innings isn't exactly an indictment. The champs remain a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Phillies walk off, avoid the sweep at home

The Phillies narrowly avoided getting swept by the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, thanks to third baseman Maikel Franco's solo home run -- his 100th career homer -- with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Franco's shot came off of the first pitch he saw from Nationals reliever Matt Grace. Before the blast, he was 0 for 2 in the game.

Since leading the NL East by 3 1/2 games on May 29, the Phillies are 15-23. Sunday's win brings the Phillies overall record to 48-45, and they still sit in third place behind the National (49-43).

Giants are hot

The Giants thumped the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday and that means they take the series from a team that is usually excellent at home. The Brewers are 9-17 since June 12, but let's focus on the positive here. The San Francisco Giants are showing great signs of life with a few weeks until the trade deadline.

The Giants have now won eight of their last 10 games and, to quote the great Bob Uecker, "are threatening to climb out of the cellar." They now head to Colorado for a four-game series and we know anything can happen there.

We've been talking so much about the Giants selling Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, but they are now just 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card position. There are lots of teams to leap, but can they justify selling if they hang like that? It's definitely something to watch.

A's win with improbable walk-off

The A's were one of baseball's hottest teams going into the break, closing with a 21-11 record in games since June 2. They picked right up with where they left off in starting back up after the break, as they swept the White Sox. Things were all tied up on Sunday heading to the bottom of the ninth where the A's won in most improbable fashion:

Sometimes you just gotta take what the defense gives you

And we will gladly take this 😏#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/mIhJuhMNa2

— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 14, 2019

They were actually tied at the seventh-inning stretch, but Ramon Laureano came through with a clutch homer in the bottom of the sevenths to tie it. These A's, man. They are relentless. They just keep coming and coming. They have now gone 24-11 since a five-game losing streak followed a 10-game winning streak.

Freeman's clutch bomb leads to Braves sweep

The Braves have now gone 9-0-1 in their past 10 series after completing a sweep in San Diego. The big blow Sunday came off the bat of All-Star starter Freddie Freeman. A three-run blast to break a scoreless tie:

Obviously the MVP field right now starts with Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, but Freeman is hitting .302/.387/.576 with 24 homers and 71 RBI. He's probably a top-five NL candidate at the moment.

The Braves' lead is now seven games in the NL East.

Highlight of the day: Yankees' Urshela scores on wild pitch

Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a tie with the Blue Jays. It's the way he managed to tag up at home that's the impressive part, take a look:

When right-hander Marcus Stroman's two-out wild pitch with Aaron Judge at the plate sailed to the backstop, Urshela raced home and made a spectacular slide to score. At first, Urshela was called out as it appeared that Danny Jansen tagged Urshela on his jersey. But, the call was reversed after a challenge from New York.

Here's a closer look:

Quite the slide and flexibility by Gio Urshela to score the go-ahead run in the 5th inning. pic.twitter.com/SUH2ft8KBc

— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) July 14, 2019

Along with scoring a run, Urshela finished his day at the plate 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Quick hits

  • The Royals sent starting pitcher Homer Bailey to the Athletics in a trade. The A's are adding to their roster as they try to get back to the playoffs in 2019.
  • Just days after the experimental rule was introduced, an Atlantic League player became the first professional to steal first base. More on that here.
  • The baseball world received some saw news as Cardinals legend and Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Gibson announced that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
MLB results: Rays lose combined perfect game in ninth inning; Dodgers take series in Boston (2024)

FAQs

How many perfect games were lost in the 9th? ›

From 1961 into 2023, 22 pitchers, including a combination of two pitchers in one game (Dierker, Seaver, Palmer, Brett, Clancy, Wilcox, Carman, Robinson, Browning, Stieb, Holman, Mussina, Baker, Galarraga, Wood, Darvish, Petit, Lopez, Stanek/Yarbrough, Leake, Rodon, and Rasmussen), who brought perfect games into the ...

Has anyone lost a perfect game? ›

Lopez loses perfecto in the 9th

Hill's heartbreak was doubly painful in that not only did he lose a perfect game in the ninth inning due to an error in the field, but he lost the no-hitter and the game when he surrendered a Josh Harrison walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning at PNC Park.

When was the last perfect game pitched? ›

When was the last MLB perfect game? The last MLB perfect game was June 28, 2023, by Domingo Germán (New York Yankees) against the Oakland Athletics.

Who pitched a perfect game in the World Series? ›

On October 8, 1956, Don Larsen threw the only perfect game ever in the World Series, pitching for the New York Yankees in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Has a perfect game ever been thrown in the World Series? ›

No pitcher has thrown more than one. The perfect game thrown by Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series is the only postseason perfect game in major league history and one of only three postseason no-hitters.

Has anyone had 2 perfect games? ›

Faut is the only professional baseball player, male or female, to have pitched two perfect games. In Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the first perfect game was thrown by Hideo Fujimoto of the Giants on June 28, 1950, against the Nishi Nippon Pirates.

Who was robbed of a perfect game? ›

Facing the Cleveland Indians, Galarraga retired the first 26 batters he faced. His bid for a perfect game was ruined one out short when first-base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that Indians batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball.

Who pitched the longest perfect game? ›

On May 26, 1959, Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a perfect game for 12 innings against the Milwaukee Braves, but lost the no-hitter and the game in the 13th inning. The game was played at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Has anyone thrown a perfect game in extra innings? ›

Since then, more than 210,000 games have been played. Being part of something that's only happened once in baseball is a rare feat indeed. On May 26 1959, Pittsburgh Pirates lefty pitcher Harvey Haddix became the only man to take a perfect game into extra innings.

Has anyone struck all 27 batters? ›

— Seventy years ago, Ron Necciai accomplished a feat that no other professional pitcher — not Walter Johnson, not Bob Gibson, not Nolan Ryan, not anyone — ever managed: He struck out 27 hitters in a nine-inning game.

Has there ever been a 27 pitch game? ›

In Major League Baseball there has never been a 27 strike game (in 9 innings, performed by one pitcher). It did happen in the Class-D Appalachian League on May 13, 1952.

Did Nolan Ryan ever pitch a perfect game? ›

And then there were the no-hitters. Seven of them in all, more than any pitcher in big league history. Ryan also tossed a dozen one-hitters, tied with Bob Feller for the most in history, and 18 two-hitters. His propensity for walking batters precluded him from ever tossing a perfect game.

Who was the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the World Series? ›

The first came in the 1959 World Series, when Don Larsen threw a perfect game against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. Larsen threw only 97 pitches in that game to retire all 27 batters. The second time it has happened just last year, in 2022, when the Houston Astros pitching staff combined for a no-hitter in Game 4.

Did Pedro Martinez ever pitch a perfect game? ›

Expos manager Felipe Alou then removed Martínez from the game, bringing in reliever Mel Rojas, who retired the next three batters. Martínez officially recorded neither a perfect game nor a no-hitter.

Has a perfect game ever gone to extra innings? ›

Since then, more than 210,000 games have been played. Being part of something that's only happened once in baseball is a rare feat indeed. On May 26 1959, Pittsburgh Pirates lefty pitcher Harvey Haddix became the only man to take a perfect game into extra innings.

How many teams have lost 10,000 games? ›

The Yanks were founded in 1903. Since their 10,000th career loss in 2007, five other teams have joined them in the club -- the Braves (10,803), Pirates (10, 617), Cubs (10,588), Reds (10,570) and Cardinals (10,214). The Phillies are the lone member of the 11,000-loss club in major league history.

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