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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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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: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Pirates 3, Tigers 0Trevor Williams tossed a one-hit shutout for seven innings and George Kontos and Juan Nicasio were each perfect for an inning to complete the job. Williams left with only a 1-0 lead but John Jaso hit a two-run pinch-hit homer when replacing him in the lineup in the seventh. That’s gotta feel pretty good if you’re Williams.

Nationals 3, Marlins 2: I guess Max Scherzer was no worse for wear following that neck spasm-shortened outing from last week. Here he didn’t hit a homer — he did single! — and went seven innings allowing two runs and striking out nine. He got a no decision, however, as four Marlins pitchers matched him, collectively. Adam Lind solved all of that with an eighth inning RBI single to give the Nats the lead for good. Bryce Harper homered.

Reds 11, Padres 3: Joey Votto homered for the third straight game, Patrick Kivlehan hit a grand slam and Adam Duvall and Zack Cozart went deep as well. Votto’s blast was his 251st, which ties him on the all-time Reds home run list with Ted Kluszewski. If Votto were to walk out on the field one day with no sleeves like Big Klu did, people would lose their minds. You can pretty much do anything you want, though, when you’re hitting .314/.438/.604 and you’re on pace for 43 bombs and 117 RBI.

Twins 5, Brewers 4: Eddie Rosario doubled home the tying run in the seventh inning. He then advanced to third and the Brewers went in to a big shift for the next hitter, Ehire Adrianza, leaving no one to even pretend to cover him at third base. As a result, Rosario decided to take a biiiiiig lead off third because, hey, why wouldn’t you? That rattled pitcher Oliver Drake, who promptly balked Rosario in for what would be the winning run:

Shifts work a lot of the time, but there are still inefficiencies to exploit in them.

Cardinals 11, Royals 3: Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer in St. Louis’ six-run fourth inning as the Cards cruised. Earlier he doubled. Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong each hit two-run homers and Dexter Fowler tripled, walked and scored two runs in his first game back off the disabled list. The Royals have dropped six of eight.

Cubs 5, Giants 3: Javier Baez hit one to the deep recesses of AT&T Park, it bounced off the brick wall, he turned the jets on and got himself a two-run inside-the-park homer:

That’s great, but give credit to Giants outfielder Carlos Moncrief for making it a pretty dang close play at the plate with his throw from right field once he caught up to the ball. Later in the game Moncrief would have a chance to show off that hose again:

Orioles 6, Angels 2: Mike Trout homered on his 26th birthday to tie things up at two in the sixth inning and earlier he doubled to collect his 1,000th career hit. Manny Machado and the Orioles would be the ones celebrating, however, as he hit a grand slam in the seventh to give the Orioles their third win in a row and their eighth in ten games. Dylan Bundy struck out ten Angels in seven innings of two-run work.

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: