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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rangers 6, Astros 5: Rougned Odor hit a walkoff RBI double. Quite the knockout punch. The Rangers so thoroughly own the Astros right now that Houston has to ask permission before making any renovations at Minute Maid Park and have to pay them $30 extra a month if they want to keep a pet around.

Yankees 5, Angels 2: Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer, breaking a 2-2 tie in the eighth. After the game he said “The plan isn’t to go out and hit homers. It’s a terrible plan.” This is sort of like how I tell my kids it’s horrible to sit in front of the computer all day. Do as Carlos Beltran and I say, not as Carlos Beltran and I do. We’re creating monsters.

Orioles 4, Royals 1: Mark Trumbo, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado all went deep as the Orioles take their fifth win in six games, all of which were come-from-behind victories.  Quite a week for O’s starter Mike Wright. Last time out he got shelled by Boston and was sent down to the minors. He was recalled the next day due to an injury and was given a second chance and all he did was allow one run on five hits over seven innings against the World Series champs. Five straight losses for the Royals, who are probably going to file a lawsuit against the Orioles today for infringing on their “relentless” patent.

Tigers 11, Blue Jays 0: The Tigers jumped all over J.A. Happ early, grabbing a 6-0 lead by the third inning thanks to homers from James McCann and Justin Upton. The two of them would combine for six RBI in all. Rookie Michael Fulmer remained impressive, tossing six shutout innings. He’s won four straight, allowing just one run, in total, over those four games.

Cubs 6, Phillies 4: Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings and struck out nine. The Cubs had a 6-0 lead entering the ninth. They held on but Philly made it interesting, plating four, as Justin Grimm certainly was. This is why the putatively best team in baseball does stuff like sign the nearly undead Joe Nathan.

Rays 6, Diamondbacks 4: Big game for Desmond Jennings who had three hits, including a homer. Tim Beckham homered too. Four straight for Tampa Bay, the only team in baseball not named after a city or a state.

Indians 3, Mariners 1: Six in a row for the Indians who were powered by Trevor Bauer‘s ten strikeouts in seven and two-thirds innings. Things are bouncing just right for Cleveland. One of their runs scored on a send of Carlos Santana which should have had him nailed at the plate but Chris Iannetta dropped the throw home. Then another run scored after that.

Rockies 6, Dodgers 1: Tyler Chatwood (eight innings) and Gonzalez Germen (the ninth) held the Dodgers to one hit — a Howie Kendrick single in the second inning — and Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra homered. Afterward Chatwood said”It wasn’t my best outing, I didn’t have good command early . . .” I was going to call BS on that but he allowed no runs over seven innings on May 27 and tossed eight shutout innings on May fourth so I suppose he’s allowed to say so. Nice year for Chatwood so far (7-4, 2.79 ERA).

Padres 7, Braves 2Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer in the third and Matt Kemp drove in two as the third worst team in the NL beat the worst. The AP game story described Solarte’s homer as “a towering shot that landed a few rows behind a party deck atop the right-field wall.” Imagine having a party at a Braves-Padres game.

Mets vs. Pirates — POSTPONED: I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain

Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

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ATLANTA — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.

Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn’t feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.

The Braves placed Hamels on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 18,, but that was a mere formality. General manager Alex Anthopoulos already contacted Major League Baseball about replacing Hamels in the team’s postseason player pool.

“Cole knows himself and his body,” Anthopoulos said. “You trust the player at that point when he says he can’t go.”

The Braves began Monday with a three-game lead in the NL East .and primed for their third straight division title.

Even with that success, Atlanta has struggled throughout the shortened 60-game series to put together a consistent rotation beyond Cy Young contender Max Fried and rookie Ian Anderson.

Expected ace Mike Soroka went down with a season-ending injury, former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was demoted after just one start, and Sean Newcomb also was sent to the alternate training site after getting hammered in his four starts.

The Braves have used 12 starters this season.

Anthopoulos had hoped to land another top starter at the trade deadline but the only deal he was able to make was acquiring journeyman Tommy Milone from the Orioles. He’s on the injured list after getting hammered in three starts for the Braves, giving up 22 hits and 16 runs in just 9 2/3 innings.

“There’s no doubt that our starting pitching has not performed to the level we wanted it to or expected it to,” Anthopoulos said. “I know that each year you never have all parts of your club firing. That’s why depth is so important.”

Hamels, who signed an $18 million, one-year contract last December, reported for spring training with a sore shoulder stemming from an offseason workout.

When camps were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamels was able to take a more cautious approach to his rehabilitation. But a triceps issue sidelined again before the delayed start of the season in July.

The Braves hoped Hamels would return in time to provide a boost for the playoffs. He also was scheduled to start the final game of the regular season Sunday, putting him in position to join the postseason rotation behind Fried and Anderson.

Now, Hamels is done for the year, his Braves’ career possibly ending after he made that one appearance last week in Baltimore. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk in a loss to the Orioles.

Hamels reported no problems immediately after his start, but he didn’t feel right after a bullpen session a couple of days ago.

“You’re not going to try to talk the player into it,” Anthopoulos said. “When he says he isn’t right, that’s all we need to hear.”

Atlanta recalled right-hander Bryse Wilson to replace Hamels on the 28-man roster. The Braves did not immediately name a starter for Tuesday’s game.

With Hamels out, the Braves will apparently go with Fried (7-0, 1.96), Anderson (3-1, 2.36) and Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.74) as their top three postseason starters.

Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a career record of 163-122. He starred on Philadelphia’s World Series-winning team in 2008 and also pitched for Texas and the Chicago Cubs.

Last season, Hamels went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Cubs.