Things are getting very interesting in the NL Wild Card race. While the Reds lost to the Brewers last night, the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-1 for their seventh straight victory.
Ross Ohlendorf, who started in place of the scratched Stephen Strasburg, tossed five innings of one-run ball in the victory. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the ninth time in his last 11 games while Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 24 games. Only Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer has had a longer hitting streak (29 games) in MLB this season.
With the win, the surging Nationals find themselves 4.5 games back of the Reds for the second Wild Card spot with 15 games left to play. They are four back in the loss column.
Your Friday box scores:
Indians 3, White Sox 1
Cubs 5, Pirates 4
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
Marlins 3, Mets 4
Royals 3, Tigers 6
Yankees 4, Red Sox 8
Padres 4, Braves 3
Athletics 9, Rangers 8
Reds 1, Brewers 5
Rays 3, Twins 0
Mariners 1, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)
Angels 7, Astros 9
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 5
Giants 4, Dodgers 2
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.