And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Seven games yesterday. Six of them decided by one run. Three of them in extra innings. Not bad?

Blue Jays 10, Angels 6: The Blue Jays ended their five-game skid, thanks in part to a big long homer by Jose Bautista, who drove in three runs in all. Bonus fun: at one point in the game Josh Donaldson yelled obscenities across the diamond at the Angels dugout. Specifically, Angels’ pitching coach Mike Butcher. And while I normally don’t mind working a tad blue, this stuff was so radioactive I don’t really even want to link the video and/or GIF in which you can clearly read Donaldson’s lips. If I did, your reaction would be like Mrs. Schwartz’ in “A Christmas Story” after Ralphie’s mom tells her that Ralphie heard “fudge” from her son. Except Donaldson didn’t say “fudge.” He didn’t even say THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word. Just go Googling around if you want to be thoroughly scandalized and if you have some time this morning to retire to your fainting couch.

Mets 2, Cardinals 1: Matt Harvey tossed eight shutout innings, striking out nine but didn’t figure in the decision because John Lackey only have up one run and then, in the ninth, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia gave up two singles and a sac fly to let the Cards tie it and send it to extras. In the 14th Cards reliever Samuel Tuivailala walked a couple guys to lead things off, one of them got to third base and then came home to score the winning run on a John Mayberry infield single. That’s the second start in a row where Harvey gave up no runs but was staked to only a 1-0 lead and ended up getting a no-decision.

Brewers 3, Tigers 2: Carlos Gomez was hit in the head by a 97 m.p.h. fastball on Sunday. On Monday he hit a homer to lead off the game and and added a tiebreaking single in the seventh. Not too shabby. The Tigers had a chance to go back ahead in the eighth, putting men on first and second with nobody out. But then they experienced Martinez failure as Victor — who is hitting a mere .216 — hit into a double play and J.D. struck out. Folks, we tell you this all the time, but check the batteries on your Martinezes every spring when you set your clocks forward and every fall when you set them back. It can save lives.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: Dan Jennings’ first game in the dugout was close, but he did not end up with a victory cigar. Not that any of it was his fault as it was a tactics-and-intrigue-free game. It went 13, with the Dbacks winning after Chris Owings singled, stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta drove him home with a go-ahead double. Jennings did get a nice uniform modification, though:

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White Sox 2, Indians 1: Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, but those going home from this game were likely thinking about how nice a starting pitching matchup they saw. Corey Kluber went nine, striking out 12 and allowing only one run on five hits. Chris Sale went eight, allowing only one run on four hits. Bullpens really were buzzkills yesterday, no?

Athletics 2, Astros 1: OK, not all bullpens were buzzkills. The A’s bullpen — which has an application pending for current, exclusive use of the term “much-maligned” — tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings and Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth. The win snapped the A’s four-game losing streak and the loss snapped the Astros’ five-game winning streak.

Phillies 4, Rockies 3: Hey, you guys: the Phillies aren’t in last place! That after their sixth straight win. Odubel Herrera broke a tie in the sixth inning with a two-run double and Cole Hamels allowed only one run while pitching into the eighth. The Rockies added a couple of runs in the eighth and ninth to make it close, but close ain’t good enough.

Braves sweep Mets, take 2-game lead in East with 3 remaining

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered for the third straight game, Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning, and Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-3, completing a three-game sweep of their NL East rival and taking a two-game lead in the division with three games to play.

The defending World Series champion Braves have been chasing the Mets the entire season. In the final series of the season, any combination of one Atlanta win or one Mets loss would give the Braves their fifth straight division title.

New York plays its final three games of the season against worst-in-the-majors Washington. Atlanta closed out the regular season with a three-game set in Miami. Should the season end Wednesday in a tie, Atlanta would win the division after claiming the season series 10-9 with Sunday’s victory.

The Braves won five of the last six games in the series, outscoring the Mets 42-19 over that stretch. New York had a 10 1/2-game lead on June 1 but now is the lower in the standings than at any point this season.

It was a lost weekend for New York, which came to Atlanta hoping to clinch its first division title since 2015. Instead, aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer lost Friday and Saturday before 15-game winner Chris Bassitt lasted just 2 2/3 innings on Sunday.

Swanson took Bassitt deep to right-center in the first with his 25th homer, and Atlanta took charge with a three-run third. Bassitt (15-9) issued a bases-loaded walk to Olson before d’Arnaud delivered a single up the middle to score Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley for a 4-3 lead. That chased Bassitt, who was charged with four runs, three hits and three walks.

Olson connected for his 33rd homer to make it 5-3 leading off the sixth, his 410-foot shot landing in the seats in right-center. Olson, in his first year with Atlanta, surpassed 100 RBIs for the second straight season.

Charlie Morton stranded runners on first and second in the first, but he gave up Daniel Vogelbach‘s 18th homer that tied it at 1 in the second. The righty struck out Francisco Lindor with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Jeff McNeil went deep off Morton in the third and Vogelbach followed with an RBI single to put the Mets up 3-1. Morton entered the game having allowed 28 homers, sixth-most in the NL.

Morton scuffled throughout his start, giving up three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings as the 38-year-old made his first start since signing a $20 million, one-year contract to remain with Atlanta next season.

Dylan Lee (5-1) relieved Morton and pitched 1 1/3 innings, leaving after a walk to Brandon Nimmo with two outs in the sixth. Collin McHugh entered and struck out Francisco Lindor.

Raisel Iglesias faced four batters in the seventh, A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen converted his third save of the series with a clean ninth.

Jansen leads the NL with 40 saves in 47 chances.

The Braves’ bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA last month, pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings the last two nights.

BIG NUMBERS

Atlanta leads the NL with 241 homers. And the Braves have their first 100-victory season since 2003.

TWO, DARN HOT

McNeil went 3 for 5 and has multiple hits in five straight games. His average is .326, one point behind the Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman for the NL batting title. In 23 career games at Truist Park, McNeil is hitting .395 with 12 runs, nine doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four walks. … Jansen tied Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley for eighth place on the career list with 389. He’s also is the 10th closer to have four different seasons with at least 40 saves.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. … Braves 2B Ozzie Albies (broken right pinky finger) is still wearing a cast. … Braves RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique.

ATTENDANCE

The Braves drew 42,713 in their regular season finale, the club’s 42nd sellout of the season. Overall. that’s 3,129,931 for the season – and the most tickets sold since 2000. In 2019, the team’s last full season before the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta drew 2,655,100.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.95 ERA) will face Nationals RHP Cory Abbott (0-4, 5.11).

Braves: RHP Bryce Elder (2-3, 2.76 ERA) will face Marlins LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-7, 3.53).