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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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

Blue Jays 7, Pirates 2: Chris Rowley got his first taste of the majors this weekend, holding the Pirates to a single run over 5 1/3 innings and making history as the only West Point graduate to break into Major League Baseball.

Despite ranking fourth-to-last among Major League teams in run production, the Blue Jays scrounged together seven runs of support for their starter, capitalizing on a a pair of force outs and fielding errors to build a five-run lead and clinch their 55th win of the year.

Red Sox 10, Yankees 5: Andrew Benintendi was the one-man wrecking crew the Red Sox needed on Saturday, mashing two three-run jacks as the team coasted to their first win of the series.

Benintendi’s two-homer, six-RBI performance was hardly the worst thing to happen to the Yankees this weekend. Luis Severino was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings, his worst start of the season to date, while Masahiro Tanaka landed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and Jordan Montgomery took a line drive to the head prior to the game.

Indians 3, Rays 0: Chris Archer has been the picture of consistency for the Rays, lasting at least six innings in each of his previous 15 starts. That streak came to an abrupt end with the Indians’ surge on Saturday, forcing Archer to bow out early after pitching into a jam after 5 1/3 innings. With the loss, the Rays sit pat at .500 and remain one full game back of an AL wild card spot.

Tigers 12, Twins 11: The Tigers went big in their second win of the week, staging an impressive six-run rally to topple the second-place Twins. Brian McCann helped the team to an early five-run lead in the first inning, destroying a Jose Berrios curveball with his first grand slam of the season, but Justin Upton‘s late-game heroics proved the difference-maker for the Tigers after he smashed a game-winning two-RBI home run in the ninth:

Phillies 3, Mets 1: The Phillies’ win, on the other hand, was anything but a slugfest as Steven Matz crafted four innings of a no-hitter and Aaron Nola clinched his 10th consecutive quality start. Yoenis Cespedes collected a lone home run against Nola for the Mets’ first and only run of the night, while a couple of mistake pitches to Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis gave the Phillies the edge they needed.

Nationals 3, Giants 1: After a rainout on Friday and a three-hour delay on Saturday, the Nats and Giants finally got a chance to face off in a late-night series opener. The field was dry enough for the contest, but not dry enough to prevent Bryce Harper from slipping on first base while attempting to beat out an infield single.

The Nationals rallied without their star slugger, putting up a two-spot in the first inning and returning in the sixth to cap their win with Adam Lind‘s RBI double.

Brewers 6, Reds 5 (10 innings): Every streak has to find an endpoint sometime, and on Saturday, the Brewers’ six-game losing streak found theirs. Milwaukee bested their division rivals with five airtight innings from the bullpen and a walk-off wild pitch to score Eric Sogard in the 10th:

Marlins 4, Rockies 3: If the rumors are true, the Marlins’ home run sculpture will be on the chopping block once the Sherman-Jeter group assumes control of the team. Unless the Marlins have something even gaudier in the works, that means we have precious few moments left to enjoy Giancarlo Stanton dingers commemorated in full Technicolor spectacle and glory:

Royals 5, White Sox 4: Most hitters undergo a protracted adjustment period when they begin to face big league competitors, but Jose Abreu just isn’t one of them. The White Sox’ first baseman cranked two home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Royals on Saturday night, becoming the first player in franchise history to start his career with four consecutive 20+ homer seasons.

Melky Cabrera, meanwhile, reminded his former team exactly what they’re missing after unleashing a tie-breaking 397-footer in the eighth to snap the Royals’ five-game losing streak.

Rangers 8, Astros 3: Rotation issues continue to plague the Astros, whose 12-game lead in the AL West masks this week’s five-game skid. The latest culprit: Mike Fiers, who exited in the fifth inning after issuing six runs on five hits and four walks. The Rangers’ Tyson Ross fared little better, registering three runs and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, but was bailed out by an explosive performance from the offense, including three RBI from Adrian Beltre and a pair of home runs from Brett Nicholas and Mike Napoli.

Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 2: Good luck catching David Peralta at the plate — or anywhere else on the basepaths, for that matter. The Diamondbacks’ left fielder clocked an inside-the-park home run in 15.59 seconds to secure the win on Saturday night, beating the relay from Ian Happ and narrowly avoiding Alex Avila‘s tag at the plate.

The Cubs broke through in the ninth on Kris Bryant‘s two-run single, but failed to close the four-run gap and tie the game. With the loss, the club relinquished sole possession of first place in the NL Central after 15 consecutive days at the top of the standings.

Cardinals 6, Braves 5: Thanks to an eight-game win streak, another solid outing from Carlos Martinez and the blessings of the Rally Kitten, the Cardinals are back on top of the division for the first time since May 16. Martinez evened his win-loss record with six innings of three-run, seven-strikeout ball, while the Cardinals turned to Paul DeJong for the tie-breaking knock:

Orioles 12, Athletics 5: You know what they say: It only takes one seven-run inning to win the game. The Orioles wasted no time booting Sean Manaea from the mound on Saturday, batting around in the first and collecting seven straight bases before the A’s managed to record the first out of the game.

When the dust settled, the Orioles were standing atop a seven-run lead, one that catapulted them to their 58th win of the season and brought them within 1.5 games of a wild card spot.

Angels 6, Mariners 3: Speaking of the AL wild card race, the Mariners dropped out of the running with their third straight loss on Saturday, despite a strong performance from Erasmo Ramirez and Kyle Seager‘s two-RBI effort. Ramirez went six innings on three hits and an unearned run, but couldn’t do much to prevent Tony Zych from imploding in the eighth:

Dodgers 6, Padres 3: Don’t look now, but Cody Bellinger is one home run shy of breaking a franchise record. The rookie first baseman smashed his 34th homer on Saturday, taking Carter Capps deep in the seventh inning to pad the club’s two-run lead. Another blast will tie him with the Dodgers’ all-time rookie home run record set by Mike Piazza in 1993.

It’s been a banner year for the team as a whole after they amassed a league-leading 82 wins on Saturday, reaching the 82-win mark faster than any National League team since the 1944 Cardinals.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 4, Rockies 1: Nolan Arenado made a clever play but Yan Gomes won the game with a walkoff three-run homer. This is the baseball equivalent of some smarty pants dropping a droll bon mot over a classmate’s mispronunciation of a word only to walk out of the building at three o’clock and get decked in front of the whole school. Corey Kluber, meanwhile, tossed a complete game, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out 11. Ace stuff, right there.

Red Sox 2, Rays 0: Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings allowing only two hits and striking out 13. In the American League it’s him and Kluber, then there’s 50 feet of crap, then there’s the rest of the pitchers. OK, there’s, like, Luis Severino and some other dudes too, but I wanted to use that Brad Pitt quote from “Moneyball” for a while and I haven’t had any good chances. Either way: if there’s any justice in the world (spoiler alert: there isn’t, but go with me here) Sale and Kluber will face off in a deciding game in the playoffs this year. It will go eight and two-thirds innings, tied at zero, and then the home team will win on a walkoff inside-the-park homer. Everyone would love that except guys who write gamers on deadlines and their problems aren’t our problems.

Marlins 7, Nationals 3: Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run shot to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth. It was his 38th bomb of the year, setting a personal record and extending his league lead in dingers. Derek Dietrich also homered and drove in three. The Marlins scored seven runs on only six hits. Earl Weaver was right about three-run homers being awesome. He was also right about Alice Sweet’s tomato plants, but I suppose that’s best left for another time.

Pirates 6, Tigers 3: Chad Kuhl took a shutout into the sixth striking out six and walking one. He also (all together now) helped his own cause with a two-run single in the fourth to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead which they would not relinquish. Andrew McCutchen hit his 23rd homer of the year. The Tigers have lost four in a row.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2: Josh Donaldson homered twice, each of which were two-run shots. Garrett Cooper hit a sac fly and an RBI single, each of which were good for one run. 2 x 2 > 1 x 2, ergo the Blue Jays won. That’s just math. CC Sabathia left the game after three innings due to a recurrence of his old knee problems. That’s just age.

Padres 7, Reds 3Jose Pirela had four hits and scored three times and Yangervis Solarte had three hits including a homer, driving in three. Luis Perdomo pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh, inducing three double plays. The Padres got a fourth double play on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out with the throw-em-out nabbing Billy Hamilton. That doesn’t happen very often.

Mets 5, Rangers 4: The Mets snap their four-game losing streak. Chris Flexen allowed three runs over five and two-thirds for his first big league win. He was backed by homers from Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud which staked him to a 4-0 lead after two innings, so that helps.

Phillies 5, Braves 2: Zach Eflin — one of the increasingly hard to find Zachs in baseball who spell it with an “h” — allowed two runs on seven hits over seven and (all together now) helped his own cause by singling in the go-ahead run in the fourth. Odubel Herrera hit a two-run shot on a 3-for-4 night.

White Sox 8, Astros 5: Kevan Smith hit a two-run homer and a two-run double as the White Sox hand the Astros their fifth loss in seven games. Question: when the White Sox and Astros face off do they do any “remember the 2005 World Series” bits on the local broadcasts, or do we all pretend that never happened now that Houston is in the AL?

Twins 11, Brewers 4: Brian Dozier hit a grand slam and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each homered twice. The three of them went a combined 9-for-13, with seven runs and 10 RBI. According to the AP, the last time the Twins had multiple players hit multiple homers in one game was Aug. 3, 2011, when Delmon Young and Michael Cuddyer each went deep twice. Blast from the past. Note: the last time Delmon Young was mentioned on this blog, apart from us talking about him either being released or arrested, was when we posted this:

Cardinals 10, Royals 3Yadier MolinaJedd Gyorko and Randal Grichuk each went deep in the service of the Cardinals’ 14-hit attack. Jason Vargas was beat up for six runs in four and two-thirds for the Royals. In the first half he was Cy Young material. In the second half Vargas is 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA and has allowed 31 hits, has walked 12 dudes and has surrendered six homers in 23.1 innings across five starts. You can’t run away and hide from a 162-game season. It will come and find you eventually and reveal you for who you truly are.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3: The Dodgers had a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Such things have been pretty safe for them in this charmed season, but Jake Lamb‘s grand slam off of Tony Watson flipped the usual script. In Watson’s defense, he’s only been with the team for a little over a week so maybe no one told him how things are supposed to work yet. Hard to fault the matchup of a lefty specialist and a guy in Lamb who struggles against lefties. Stuff just happens sometimes.

Mariners 7, Athletics 6:  The A’s took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning but the M’s rallied to tie it and Leonys Martin hit a solo shot in the top of the 10th to give Seattle the win. Khris Davis was 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and four RBI in the losing cause. The M’s comeback was aided by some bad Oakland defense. The A’s lead the majors with 95 errors and 70 unearned runs allowed so, yeah.

Angels 3, Orioles 2: Every time I say “Angels and Orioles” to myself I think it sounds like the title of a 1990s art house movie. This should play before the game starts:

After that — and some pretentious, pre-credits sequence in which, I dunno, some British kids in the 1960s lose something in some tall grass — former Oriole Parker Bridwell threw seven innings of one-run ball, outdueling Jeremy Hellickson. C.J. Cron singled in the Halos’ first run and singled in their last run. Then the game ended on a dissonant note with, like, Juliette Binoche looking longingly at something, I know not what.

Giants 6, Cubs 3: Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in the first inning. He’s hitting .322/.411/.485 on the year. He’s one of the few good things going for the Giants in 2017. Ty Blach allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings and (all together now) helped his own cause with an RBI single.

And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 8, Indians 1: Luis Severino keeps doin’ the do, allowing one run on two hits and striking out nine while pitching into the seventh inning. The Yankees had a comfy 5-1 lead when Aaron Judge hit his three-run homer, but three-run homers are friggin’ boss whenever they happen. It was Judge’s 35th on the year.

Cardinals 13, Reds 4: The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. In the next eight innings the Cardinals outscored ’em 13-1. All of St. Louis’ runs came in just two innings, actually, with four in the second and nine — nine? — nine in the fourth. Jose Martinez hit his first career grand slam in that fourth inning. Seven different Cardinal batters drove in a run and everyone got a hit except Adam Wainwright. Homer Bailey gave up ten runs in three and a third innings of work. He’s made 17 starts since he signed a six-year, $105 million deal with Cincy before the 2014 season. In those starts he’s 5-10 with a 7.71 ERA. Woof.

Rays 2, Brewers 1: Chris Archer allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven over six innings. He didn’t get the win, however, because Jimmy Nelson allowed one run over eight, striking out nine. Steven Souza Jr. settled all of that, though, with a walkoff solo homer.

Orioles 12, Tigers 3: The Orioles jumped all over Anibal Sanchez, plating four in the first inning and four more before he was chased in the fourth. Actually, it was less them chasing him than them bashing his brains in, smacking five homers off the Tigers starter. The bashers: Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini, who went back-to-back to back, and Manny Machado and Joey Rickard who just piled it on. Machado would drive in five on his 4-for-5 day, doubling and singling in runs as well. The Orioles have won seven of nine.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: Sox win! Mookie Betts got the day off and Chris Young started in his place. All Young did was drive in five of Boston’s six runs thanks to two homers — one of which was a three-run shot — and an RBI double. The other run came via an Eduardo Nunez dinger. Doug Fister was solid enough, allowing three runs in six innings. Chicago gets swept. They’ve lost six in a row and 23 of their last 27. They’re breathing down the Phillies’ necks in the race for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. But that’s OK because “best farm system in baseball” flags fly forever.

Marlins 4, Braves 1Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to help Miami avoid a three-game sweep. The two baserunners on board when he hit that fly got their via a hit-by-pitch and a walk from Braves’ starter Lucas Sims. J.T. Realmuto hit a homer right after that. Sims will have better days. Maybe as good as Jose Urena‘s day. He allowed one run on three hits over six.

Pirates 5, Padres 4: Sean Rodriguez was traded by the Pirates to the Braves in the offseason, then had his 2017 season almost completely derailed by a frightening automobile accident in which he, his wife, and two of his children were injured. The Braves traded him back to Pittsburgh in a cost-saving move over the weekend and yesterday he made his first appearance in a game with the Pirates since his return, entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth. In the 12th he ended it by hitting a walkoff homer. Welcome back, Sean Rodriguez! No one gets a do-over in life, but this is pretty good as far as hard reboots go.

Twins 6, Rangers 5: Texas jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first but that’s all they’d score in the game. The Twins got four of those runs back in the second, tied it up via an Eddie Rosario homer in the third and took the lead for good via a Robbie Grossman RBI single in the fifth. Brian Dozier and Max Kepler also homered for the Twinkies. Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo each hit dongs for Texas. Gallo’s been doin’ a lot of that lately.

Astros 7, Blue Jays 6: Toronto took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth but the Astros rallied for four thanks to a Carlos Beltran forceout with the bases loaded, a two-run triple from Alex Bregman to tie it and then an RBI single from Juan Centeno. The rally came against Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna. His ERA has jumped from 1.91 to 3.47 in the space of five appearances. Nori Aoki, who was traded from Houston to Toronto just last week, had a two-run homer for his new club against his old club.

Nationals 9, Cubs 4: Washington takes two of three in what the smart money would have as one of the two NLDS matchups this October. Tied at four in the eighth, Matt Wieters hit a grand slam. The inning before he drove in a run on a sac fly. His counterpart, Willson Contreras hit two homers, but both were solo shots. Baseball: where one is better than two sometimes.

Phillies 3, Rockies 2: A lot of late rallies yesterday. Here the Phillies were down 2-1 in the ninth when Cameron Rupp hit a two-run double to put Philly over. Nice amends for Rupp, who had been thrown out at home an inning earlier.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 3Jeff Samardzija was solid enough into the seventh inning and Albert Suarez got a seven-out save, which is not something you see too often these days. Hunter Pence hit a two-run single, Jarrett Parker homered and Nick Hundley drove in two.

Athletics 11, Angels 10: Yet another late rally, this one of the five-run variety in the eighth inning — with all the runs scoring with two outs — pushing the A’s over the Angels. Khris Davis hit a two-run homer that inning after which Ryon Healy doubled, Chad Pinder knocked him in with a single, Matt Chapman doubled and then Bruce Maxwell knocked in Pinder and Chapman.  Earlier Mark Canha and Pinder homered as well as the A’s mounted an 18-hit attack.

Mariners 8, Royals 7: Royals 9, Mariners 1: Seattle jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first one and then hung on, as Nelson Cruz hit a three-run shot and added a solo homer later. It was all Royals in the nightcap, with Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera combining to drive in seven and Jake Junis allowed only one run in eight innings of work.

Dodgers 8, Mets 0Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings and Tony Cingrani and Kenley Jansen kept the Mets hitless in the final two frames as well. New York’s only baserunners came on Travis d'Arnaud‘s third-inning single and Brandon Nimmo‘s ninth-inning walk. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each homered for the second game in a row for L.A., who beat the Mets in all seven games they played this season, outscoring them 57-15. Bellinger has 32 homers on the year. Turner is hitting .349. The Dodgers are now on pace for 115 wins. They’re 24-3 since July 4. If they only go 21-30 the rest of the way they’ll win 100 games.