Cueto lowers historic ERA in Giants' win
Johnny Cueto delivered a stellar start as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Angels in MLB on Sunday.
Cueto took a no-hitter through the fifth inning, but ran into some trouble in the next frame. Ian Kinsler singled up the middle for the Angels' first hit and Los Angeles had the bases loaded until Cueto got Luis Valbuena to hit into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning.
He finished with zero runs on two hits with seven strikeouts over six innings as the Giants won 4-2.
Cueto now owns a 0.35 ERA, which is the lowest by a Giants pitcher in their first four starts of the season since 1968 when Ray Sadecki had a 0.25 ERA.
Another highlight of the game came when San Francisco's first baseman Brandon Belt set a new MLB record by battling out a 21-pitch at-bat against right-hander Jaime Barria.
It marks the most pitches in a single plate appearance in the last 20 years and took 12 minutes and 45 seconds before Belt flew out to right field. He went on to hit a home run in the fifth.
YOUTHFUL YANKEES LEAD THE WAY
A young group led the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays with strong games from Luis Severino (24) and Miguel Andujar (23). Severino allowed one run and three hits over seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.32, while Andujar enjoyed the first four-hit game of his career. Two of Andujar's hits were doubles, giving him six straight games with an extra-base hit.
REDS LOSE AGAIN
The Reds fell to 3-13 this season after a 9-2 thumping by the Cardinals. Cincinnati batters recorded just five hits and earned zero walks. Still the Reds are just two wins behind the Marlins for not having the worst MLB record. Miami (5-16) lost to the Brewers after leaving 18 on base and striking out a combined 11 times.
Manny Machado hit his eighth home run of the season despite facing Indians ace Corey Kluber.
He is tied with Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon for the most homers in MLB behind Mike Trout.
Manny hits 'em in bunches.-- MLB (@MLB) April 22, 2018
PS: He's tied for the league lead in homers. pic.twitter.com/S08oliUuCZ
Cleveland Indians 7-3 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 5-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 8-5 Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 Minnesota Twins
Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros 7-1 Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Miami Marlins
St Louis Cardinals 9-2 Cincinnati Reds
Texas Rangers 7-4 Seattle Mariners
Chicago Cubs 9-7 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 4-1 Boston Red Sox
San Francisco Giants 4-2 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Washington Nationals
ANGELS AT ASTROS
The Angels and Astros will begin the three-game series in Houston. LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98 ERA) is expected to start for the Angels while Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will start for the Astros.