Drew Silva

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


Everything keeps coming up New York Mets.

Breakout rookie starter Noah Syndergaard delivered seven innings of one-run, two-hit ball and Yoenis Cespedes launched yet another home run as New York defeated the host Braves 6-4 on Saturday in Atlanta. That’s now six straight wins for the Mets, who increased their division lead to 9 1/2 games with the Nationals yet again taking a loss — Washington’s fifth straight defeat.

Syndergaard was skipped on his last turn through the Mets’ rotation as a way to limit his overall workload, and that extra rest can sometimes throw a pitcher off. But the young right-hander looked as sharp as ever in striking out eight batters and lowering his season ERA to 3.20. He also boasts a shiny 1.10 WHIP and 137/30 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 frames this season.

Cespedes has 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 39 games since the trade.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …

Royals 14, Orioles 6

Cardinals 1, Reds 5

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5 (11 innings)

Blue Jays 10, Yankees 7

Red Sox 10, Rays 4

Cubs 5, Phillies 7

Brewers 2, Pirates 10

Twins 2, White Sox 8

Mets 6, Braves 4

Nationals 0, Marlins 2

Athletics 5, Rangers 3

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5

Astros 2, Angels 3

Padres 0, Giants 8

Rockies 2, Mariners 7

Jose Fernandez cleared to return to Marlins’ rotation Saturday against the Nationals


Marlins ace Jose Fernandez made it through another bullpen session on Wednesday without experiencing any discomfort in his right biceps and remains on schedule to return to Miami’s starting rotation Saturday in the second of three games against the visiting Nationals.

That news comes from Joe Frisaro at MLB.com.

Fernandez has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a right biceps strain and he missed 13 months before that following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.30 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings (seven starts) this season for the Fish.

He’ll try to play spoiler against the Nationals, who are currently six games back of the Mets in the National League East standings.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes launches go-ahead homer as Mets sweep Nationals


That is probably going to be a wrap for the 2015 edition of the Washington Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg was terrific through seven innings against the Mets on Wednesday night at Nationals Park, but pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson belted a game-tying solo shot off him in the top of the eighth inning and then Yoenis Cespedes put the Mets ahead for good a couple batters later with this heroic two-run shot to left-center field on a hanging Drew Storen curveball …

That’s now 14 home runs and 36 RBI in 36 games for Cespedes since joining the Mets.

Bryce Harper slugged his second of two homers in the bottom of the eighth inning to bring Washington back within one run, but the New York offense answered with an insurance tally in the top of the ninth in what became a 5-3, series-sweeping victory for the visiting team.

New York’s lead in the National League East is up to seven games with 23 games to play.