And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much misery in being a Mets fan in recent years. And even at the best of times Mets fans tend to skew pessimistic. But this is real hope. Real excitement. One legitimate ace and another in training who can form the basis of the next great Mets team.

Red Sox 5, Rays 1; Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Not quite as auspicious a debut for Wil Myers, who went 1 for 7 with a couple of strikeouts in the twin bill. The first game — a rescheduled rainout — included a three-hour rain delay. It also included David Ortiz driving in three. Jonny Gomes won the nightcap with a two-run walkoff homer. Tough no-decision for Feliz Dubront, who shut the Rays out for eight before Andrew Bailey allowed a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Cliff Lee pitched eight strong innings for his ninth win. Ryan Howard was 1 for 2 with a sac fly and a triple. He’s been heating up. Three doubles for Michael Young. Carlos Ruiz was 1 for 3 in his first game back off the DL. The Phillies are now tied with Washington for second place.

Pirates 4, Reds 0: Reds pitchers struck out 17 Pirates batters. Pirates pitchers allowed zero runs. Advantage: Pirates pitchers, who were more democratic and less fascist, apparently. All the Pirates runs came on singles.

Indians 4, Royals 3: Three runs in the eighth brought the Indians from behind. A base running mistake in the ninth kept the Royals from tying it back up, despite the fact that they got three singles and a walk that inning. David Lough coulda and maybe woulda scored, but his third base coach had a stop sign up, Lough hesitated in no-man’s land and got caught in a rundown. It ended with both him and Mike Moustakas on third base and Vinnie Pestano tagging everyone in sight because even major leaguers forget sometimes that the lead runner has a right to the base he just passed.

Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3: That’s seven straight for the Jays. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer while J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit back-to-back homers.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2: J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each hit homers off Justin Verlander. My daughter, wanting to brush up on her new skill, scored the first half of this game. At one point she and her brother had a big laugh calling Hardy “J.J. Farty.” I bet he’s never heard that one.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 2: Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning, outdueling Adam Wainwright, who dug himself a 4-0 hole in the first from which he couldn’t recover.

Athletics 6, Rangers 2: Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered, Jarrod Parker went seven scoreless innings as the A’s continued to beat Yu Darvish on the regs.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: The Dbacks snap a four-game losing streak via a Paul Goldschmidt homer in the ninth. Kirk Gibson, speaking to Cliff Pennington right before Goldschmidt’s homer: “I just said to Penny, ‘Let’s have another Goldy party,’ and then he hit it.'” Not sure I like the sound of “Goldy Party.” That could be any number of things, most of them awful.

Giants 5, Padres 4: Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth and helped snap the Padres seven game win streak. Perez is 8 for 19 with four outfield assists since being called up by the Giants to replace the injured Angel Pagan.

Twins 7, White Sox 5: One of several games with see-sawing leads and late runs deciding it. Here Ryan Doumit’s eighth inning double.

Astros 10, Brewers 1: Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam and a sac fly to account for his five-RBI night. The sac fly was pretty darn close to being a grand slam itself. The Astros have won five of six, scoring 27 runs in that span.

Mariners 3, Angels 2: Kendrys Morales haunts his old team with an RBI single in the tenth to put the M’s ahead for good. Josh Hamilton had five at bats: he grounded into double plays his first three times up and struck out his next two times up. That’s really something.

Dodgers vs. Yankees: POSTPONED: As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days. I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange. But when the color goes out of my eyes its usually the change. But damn Sam I love a woman that rains.

Astros hitting coach receives 20-game suspension; A’s Laureano six

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland, while Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine.

Cintron’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.

“I accept MLB’s suspension and will learn from this,” Cintron said in a statement. “Although I never referenced Ramon’s mother, my actions were inappropriate. I apologize for my part in Sunday’s unfortunate incident. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players. Hopefully, other coaches will learn from my mistake so that this never happens again in the future.”

Laureano appealed, so his discipline didn’t begin Tuesday night in Oakland’s game against the Angels. He was in the lineup batting second and playing center field at Angel Stadium.

Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory Sunday. He began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintron then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward the 41-year-old Cintron.

Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been the top two in the AL West the past two years. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, another former Houston player, revealed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in November to The Athletic.

Laureano was hit for the third time in the weekend series swept by Oakland – the fifth time the A’s were hit in all while the Astros didn’t get plunked once – and he pointed at Castellanos.

Players rushed out of both dugouts. Laureano was ejected by plate umpire Ted Barrett, and the umpiring crew could easily be heard yelling at the players to “get back to the dugout!” through a ballpark with no fans.

“I just thought that, whew, boy they threw the book at us big time. But what can you do?” said Astros manager Dusty Baker, who had already been ejected by the time the brawl occurred and didn’t see it on TV. “The ruling is the ruling. I talked to the powers that be in the commissioner’s office this afternoon and we had a good conversation. So … we have to deal with it and hopefully this brings our guys even closer together. He was a big part of our team.”

The A’s lost the AL wild-card game each of the past two seasons after winning 97 games both years to place second in the AL West behind three-time reigning division champion Houston, which won a World Series in 2017 and an AL pennant last season.

Laureano began Tuesday batting .259 with three homers and 10 RBIs as the A’s regular center fielder and No. 2 hitter.

“It’s just something we have to deal with,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of the suspension. “I don’t make those decisions, and whatever I think about them doesn’t really matter anyway, so I think the best thing to do is try to get it behind us as quickly as we can.”

Melvin wasn’t sure how he would potentially structure his outfield and lineup without Laureano for several games.

“You can’t replace him,” Melvin said. “You just have to play short.”

The Dodgers and Astros had their own dustup when Los Angeles visited Houston last month. LA lost the ’17 World Series to the Astros when the sign-stealing scam was happening.

In announcing the punishments, MLB said Cintron’s discipline was “for his role in inciting and escalating the conflict between the two clubs.” Given the coronavirus pandemic, baseball has established strict guidelines about avoiding brawls.

“The explanation was that he’s a coach and especially with the COVID situation out here … in essence they’re not going to stand for it,” Baker said. “Basically, somebody had to be the example. Especially in these times that we’re going through.”

A former infielder from Puerto Rico, Cintron played parts of nine major league seasons with Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore and Washington. He won’t be eligible to coach again until Sept. 2, when the Astros are scheduled to host Texas.

“Cintron said what he did was wrong, and he apologized for it,” Baker said. “It still doesn’t take the fact away that it happened.”