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Josh Naylor played the game of his life for the Cleveland Guardians, finishing with eight RBIs capped with a three-run home run.
The Cleveland Guardians pulled off a spectacular comeback to beat the Chicago White Sox 12-9 on the road in extra innings, as Josh Naylor finished with a remarkable eight RBIs. As a comparison, the single-game record in the MLB stands at 12, jointly held by Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993).
After an action-packed first inning, highlighted by Gavin Sheets’ three-run home run for Chicago, the White Sox led 4-1. There would be no more runs over the next five innings as Cleveland’s Zach Plesac and Chicago’s Michael Kopeck found a nice rhythm, with both starters withdrawn at the beginning of the seventh inning.
This also happened to be when the action picked back up, with the White Sox adding another run via a Tim Anderson double to make it 5-1 going into the eighth.
Naylor collected his own RBI double in the eighth to peg back one run, but the game appeared to be done when the White Sox’s AJ Pollock blasted a three-run homer to make it 8-2 with one inning to play.
The Guardians had other ideas, as Andres Gimenez led off the inning with a solo home run, and a pair of errors first allowed Amed Rosario to advance from first base to third, and then brought him home, making it 8-4 with no outs.
After the next two batters were retired, a walk and a single loaded the bases for Naylor to be the hero. Naylor blasted the first pitch he saw over the right-centre wall for a grand slam, tying the game and sending it to extra innings.
Gimenez added a run in the top of the 10th inning, which was matched by Reese McGuire’s RBI in the bottom of the frame, forcing an 11th innings.
With two outs, capping off an outrageous day at the plate, Naylor hit a three-run home run, giving him eight RBIs with three hits and a walk from six at-bats.
Stars shine in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Angels’ two MVP hopefuls put on a show in their 11-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After a fourth-inning solo home run for Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena, Angels stars Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout collected back-to-back hits later in the inning, setting the table for Jared Walsh to blast a three-run homer.
There was more back-to-back magic in the sixth inning, as Trout stepped up and blasted a two-run home run, before Ohtani came out next and sent a 407-foot shot over the wall at left-centre.
Trout would drive in another run an inning later with his bases-loaded walk, before Ohtani once again followed him in style, bombing a 413-foot grand slam.
Yankees no-hitter broken up late
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes took his no-hit bid into the eighth inning as his side beat the Texas Rangers 1-0.
Through seven complete innings, the score was tied at 0-0, with the Rangers’ four base-runners for the game all reaching via walk.
After the first batter of the eighth inning was struck out, Texas’ Eli White finally broke up the no-hitter with a base hit to centre-field, before New York’s Anthony Rizzo drove in the one and only run for the contest later in the same frame. Cortes finished with 11 strikeouts from his seven-and-a-third innings.