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And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights:

Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: Aaron Hicks found Addison Reed‘s weak spot on Friday, working a full count before unleashing a 335-foot bomb off of Reed’s slider:

The homer uncorked a five-run rally in the eighth inning, giving the Yankees just enough fuel to outpace the Red Sox and spoil the lofty plans John Farrell had for his new setup man.

Mets 7, Phillies 6: Dominic Smith may have had a whirlwind rise to the big leagues, but he delivered with all the poise of a professional Major Leaguer on Friday, collecting his first MLB hit off of the Phillies’ Nick Pivetta in the fourth inning.

He wasn’t the only rookie to steal the show, as the Mets’ go-ahead run was delivered by No. 1 prospect Amed Rosario with his first career homer in the ninth:

Pirates 4, Blue Jays 2: The Pirates found some equilibrium behind Jameson Taillon‘s big night, reaching .500 for the first time in August and sitting just three games back of the division lead. Taillon couldn’t hang on as long as opposing starter Marcus Stroman, who let four unearned runs slip through the cracks over eight innings, but emerged with the win after six innings of two-run, seven-strikeout ball.

Indians 5, Rays 0: It’s been almost exactly five years since the Rays found themselves on the wrong end of a no-hitter, and on Friday, they narrowly avoided another such incident with Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco blanked Tampa bay through 6 2/3 spotless innings, striking out seven batters before Logan Morrison prevailed with a line drive in the seventh.

It isn’t the first attempt Carrasco has made against the Rays — his first was in July 2015 — but completing a nine-inning no-no would put him in rare company, as no Indians’ pitcher has managed the feat since Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981.

Marlins 6, Rockies 3: Giancarlo Stanton became the first Major Leaguer to reach 40 home runs this season, mashing another solo shot off of Jon Gray in the eighth inning:

Given Aaron Judge‘s compelling case for Rookie of the Year, not to mention the blistering pace at which Mike Moustakas and Cody Bellinger have been collecting homers, Stanton may not be atop the leaderboard for long. His knock helped decide the game on Friday, however, as the Marlins capitalized on their slugger’s efforts to rout the Rockies with a three-run spread in the eighth. They’ll look for their first win streak since July 29 on Saturday.

Twins 9, Tigers 4: The Twins steamrolled their division rivals with their sixth straight win, eclipsing both the Angels and Mariners to slide into the second American League wild card spot. While it wasn’t Kyle Gibson’s finest night (five hits, three runs, two walks and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings), a solid backing from the bullpen and a steady stream of run support gave the team the boost they needed to top the fourth-place Tigers.

Rangers 6, Astros 4: A sharp comebacker struck Cole Hamels in the left knee during Friday’s contest, but the Rangers’ left-hander powered through the pain to complete seven scoreless frames and hand the Astros their fourth consecutive loss of the week. Credit for the assist goes to Adrian Beltre, who helped pad the Rangers’ lead with an RBI double and coordinated his defensive efforts with Elvis Andrus by shoving his teammate in the face:

Reds 11, Brewers 10: No lead is safe until the game is over, and never was that illustrated better than during the Reds’ nail-biter on Friday night. They constructed an eight-run lead by the fourth inning, then watched it implode during the Brewers’ seven-run rally in the sixth with a handful of RBI singles and Eric Thames‘ 26th home run of the year. Jonathan Villar‘s ninth-inning blast brought Milwaukee to the cusp of a much-needed win, but Raisel Iglesias managed to strand Thames on first base and hang on for his 20th save.

White Sox 6, Royals 3: If Reynaldo Lopez was feeling jittery during his Major League debut, he masked it well. The 23-year-old rookie played it cool against the Royals, subduing the competition with four hits, two runs, three walks and six strikeouts. Mike Moustakas proved his one and only foil, delivering not one, but two solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings to put the Royals on the board. With the loss, the Royals have taken five consecutive losses and nine in their last 11 games.

Cardinals 8, Braves 5: The Cardinals’ Rally Kitten has been officially recovered, as confirmed by the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach on Friday, and the Cardinals are looking similarly revived after taking a decisive win over the Braves during their series opener. Well, perhaps “revived” is the wrong word. The win marked the Cardinals’ seventh consecutive victory, their longest streak of the year and enough to keep them within one game of the division-leading Cubs. Adam Wainwright pulled off an impressive win despite failing to register a single strikeout or throw a ball faster than 90 MPH, and clocked the competition with four hits, a run and three walks over five innings.

Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 3: Speaking of the Cubs, they’re looking to reverse their fortunes after dropping three back-to-back-to-back series against the Diamondbacks, Nationals and Giants. They returned to Chase Field for a little revenge on Friday, blurring Taijuan Walker‘s pitching line with five innings of five-run, two-homer ball and handing John Lackey his 10th win of the season. It was a reassuring effort for the defending champs, who lost starting catcher Wilson Contreras to a four-week DL stint earlier in the day.

Angels 6, Mariners 5: The Mariners had plenty to celebrate on Friday night, from the kickoff of Edgar Martinez Weekend to Nelson Cruz‘s three extra bases, but still couldn’t find that elusive final run in their one-run loss to the Angels. Righty reliever Andrew Moore singlehandedly unraveled Seattle’s four-run lead in the seventh, blowing his first save of the season after RBI singles from Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron and an Andrelton Simmons’ double helped the Angels tie the game. Cron retuned for the go-ahead run in the ninth, capitalizing on an error from Jean Segura to plate Mike Trout and move within a game of the second AL wild card.

Athletics 5, Orioles 4: It was a bittersweet way to kick off the weekend for Ubaldo Jimenez, who registered a season-best 11 strikeouts before a line drive felled him in the sixth inning:

While he didn’t appear to be in a great deal of pain at the time of the incident, he was removed from the mound immediately following the at-bat and left the rest of the game in the less-than-capable hands of Baltimore’s bullpen. Brad Brach registered his fifth blown save of the year after a two-run effort from Jed Lowrie and Chad Pinder, whose combined productivity got the job done for the A’s in the eighth.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3: There are some moments that remind us how pure this game can be, how simple the thrill is of taking in a game at the ballpark, looking up from your seat and watching one of your heroes seamlessly execute a routine play:

Other plays, like Yasiel Puig‘s 270-foot laser to catch Hunter Renfroe at home plate, offer the crowd a less intimate (but no less impressive) view of the game:

(And honestly, at 96 MPH, this is a play that belongs nowhere near the stands.)

Despite their run-saving acrobatics in the field, the Dodgers took home a rare loss after Jose Pirela unleashed a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning. The win moved San Diego within 13 games of an NL wild card spot, but they’ll still have to vault over seven other teams to earn a chance to compete in the postseason.

Giants, Nationals (postponed): The Giants and Nats are set for a twin bill on Sunday, when the two teams will do their best not to repeat the Hunter Strickland/Bryce Harper fracas that disrupted their last meeting.

Watch: Giancarlo Stanton clubs his 40th home run

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Giancarlo Stanton unleashed his 40th home run of the season on Friday night, a new career high mark and about two home runs shy of a new franchise record, too. The milestone blast came in the sixth inning of the Marlins’ 6-3 showstopper against the Rockies, kicking off a late-game rally that shifted Colorado to a mere half-game lead in the National League wild card standings.

Per Statcast, Stanton muscled the ball an estimated 433 feet to center field. The solo shot marked his seventh homer in his last 10 games; with just two more, he’ll tie Gary Sheffield for most single-season home runs in the Marlins’ 25-year history. Sheffield hit the mark in 1996 on a fifth-inning pitch off of the Expos’ Mark Leiter.

Stanton wasn’t the only one to collect a milestone hit during the Marlins’ win, either. Nolan Arenado took Jose Urena deep with a two-run shot in the third inning, plating Charlie Blackmon for his 100th RBI of the season. He’s the first player to reach 100 RBI in 2017 and has now collected at least 100 RBI in each of his last three seasons.

The Marlins completed their rally with a J.T. Realmuto sac fly, Derek Dietrich RBI single and Tomas Telis two-run triple, earning their 54th win of the year and scooting the Rockies a full 16.5 games back of the NL West-leading Dodgers. They currently rank second in the NL East, but sit 14.5 games behind the Nationals and an even 10 games back of a wild card berth.

And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Saturday’s scores and highlights:

Dodgers 7, Mets 4: The Mets have yet to win one against the Dodgers this season, and it may have something to do with L.A.’s historic run. The Dodgers improved to a league-best 78 wins on Saturday, overcoming the Mets’ initial three-run lead with a comeback effort from Rich Hill and a seven-run rally that featured home runs from Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner and Corey Seager. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo and Ken Gurnick, they’ve taken “12 of their last 13, 23 of 26 and 43 of 50, the best 50-game MLB stretch since the 1912 New York Giants.” The 1912 New York Giants, of course, went on to drop the World Series to the rival Red Sox, but for now, it’s a good omen for the best team in baseball.

Cubs 7, Nationals 4: The Cubs may not be running away with the division this year, but they don’t appear ready to relinquish their first-place ranking just yet. Alex Avila cranked his first home run with the club during Saturday’s win, rounding out a four-run first inning that gave the Cubs the boost they needed to snap a three-game losing streak.

Brewers 3, Rays 0: The Brewers posted back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday, extending their pitchers’ streak to 22 scoreless innings with a shutdown performance from Zach Davies. It’s just enough to keep them on the Cubs’ tail, though they haven’t been able to close that half-game gap and retake the division lead just yet.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2: Tim Beckham helped the Orioles to another collective franchise milestone on Saturday, capping the team’s win with their third home run of the night and their 10,000th regular season blast.

His historic home run followed a record-setting shot on Thursday, when Beckham’s eighth-inning dinger ricocheted into right field for the 2,500th home run by an Orioles player at Camden Yards.

Padres 5, Pirates 2: The Pirates are still in the running for the NL Central title, but they won’t be getting there anytime soon — at least, not if Dinelson Lamet and the Padres have anything to do with it. San Diego snared their first win of the series behind 5 2/3 scoreless frames from their rookie right-hander, and supplemented his efforts at the plate with a pair of homers from Wil Myers and Dusty Coleman. Unfortunately for the Padres, playing spoiler to other NL teams is about as exciting as their 2017 season will get, as they currently sit nearly 14 games back of the wild card and almost a full 30 behind the NL West leaders.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: Drew Pomeranz lifted the Red Sox to their fifth consecutive win on Saturday, firing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and striking out eight batters en route to his 11th win of the year. Unlike his six-inning, one-run loss to the Royals last week, Pomeranz was treated to adequate run support and a solid backing by the bullpen, who set down 2 2/3 scoreless innings to preserve the Sox’ three-run lead. Then again, it must be easy to pull off a win when your opponents look… well, a little lifeless:

Braves 7, Marlins 2: Giancarlo Stanton muscled another home run into the stands of SunTrust Park on Saturday, but his 446-footer barely put a dent in the Braves’ seven-run effort. The rest of the Marlins’ lineup was frustrated by Mike Foltynewicz, who whiffed 11 batters in 6 1/3 innings for the Braves’ 51st win of the year.

Yankees 2, Indians 1: There’s only so much Danny Salazar can reasonably be expected to do. On Saturday, those reasonable expectations included seven innings of 12-strikeout, one-run ball, during which the Indians tried and failed to procure more than a single run. Chase Headley‘s eighth-inning blast sealed their fate, giving the Yankees a one-run lead to carry them to their 58th win of the season.

Cardinals 4, Reds 1: The Cardinals moved within five games of the division lead on Saturday, taking their first game of the series with a solid performance from Lance Lynn and Paul DeJong‘s two-run shot in the third inning. It was a rare display of power for the club, who ranks 21st in the league with 126 home runs and entered Saturday without a single 15-homer player on their roster.

Rangers 4, Twins 1: Cole Hamels came one run shy of a ‘Maddux’ on Saturday, wielding 96 pitches in a complete game effort on Saturday evening. His attempt was foiled in the fifth inning, when Byron Buxton and Ehire Adrianza netted the Twins’ first and only run on a productive out. Robinson Chirinos, whose throwing error helped position Buxton for the run, also helped pad Hamels’ lead, going 1-for-3 with a sac fly and RBI single.

Blue Jays 4, Astros 2 (10 innings): Josh Reddick clubbed his 11th home run, Tyler White collected his third blast of the year, and Charlie Morton matched Marco Estrada pitch-for-pitch on the mound, but in the end, it all came down to a game of tag between Rob Refsnyder and Brian McCann:

Rockies 8, Phillies 5: The Rockies cruised to their third straight win on Saturday, helping themselves to a five-run lead after batting around in the first inning. Jon Gray went seven strong with one run and four strikeouts, but found his seven-run lead partially erased on a three-run jack from Daniel Nava in the eighth inning:

The Phillies grabbed a final run off of Pat Neshek in the ninth, but still fell three runs shy for their second loss of the series.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings): The last time Pablo Sandoval appeared for the Giants, he went 3-for-3 in a Game 7 nail-biter to help clinch the 2014 World Series. Saturday’s homecoming was bound to be less auspicious, but Sandoval still made it count: he went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run on Jarrett Parker‘s RBI double in the seventh inning. He also committed a costly error in the fifth inning and overthrew the first base bag to send opposing starter Taijuan Walker home to score. Luckily, Parker was there to bail the Giants out again in the 10th inning, plating a walk-off RBI single to move the club within 36 games of first place.

Athletics 5, Angels 0: The Athletics spoiled the Angels’ four-game win streak on Saturday, backing Paul Blackburn‘s scoreless outing with Dustin Garneau’s RBI single, a handful of miscues by the Angels and a pair of standout defensive snags from Andrelton Simmons:

Four of the A’s five runs came via wild pitch, error, force attempt and stolen base. Outfielder Mark Canha recorded the club’s final run with his second stolen base of the year, swiping home on a double steal after the ball popped out of Martin Maldonado‘s glove at the plate:

Mariners, Royals (postponed): Rain kept the field soggy and the baseball players away on Saturday afternoon, forcing the Royals to squeeze a doubleheader into their plans on Sunday. They had nothing on the New Orleans Baby Cakes, however, whose catcher was spotted swimming through the dugout after the field was submerged: