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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 9: Pitching need not apply, as the Blue Jays take three of four from Baltimore. Toronto enjoyed a five run fifth and then sat uncomfortably through an O’s comeback late but held on. Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, but doubles were the name of the game on Sunday. Seven in all for the Blue Jays, four in the first inning alone. The idea that homers kill rallies is dumb as all get-out, but there is something kind of helpless and disconcerting about giving up a crap-ton of doubles. It’s like the wheels are all falling off, constantly.

Athletics 6, Reds 1: The A’s snap a seven-game skid. That two of those games came against Cincinnati was rather embarrassing for them, but here we are. Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each hit two-run homers and Danny Valencia had a solo shot.

Rays 5, Astros 0: Matt Moore tossed seven shutout innings striking out 10 and allowed only two hits. Dallas Keuchel had four shutout innings. Unfortunately he pitched five innings in all, and that fifth one was a lulu: five runs on four hits and an error.

Cubs 13. Braves 2: Jon Lester allowed only one unearned run in seven and the Cubs’ bats did what you’d expect them to do against a bunch of jabroni Braves pitchers. Chicago has won 14 of 18. Anthony Rizzo drove in three. David Ross drove in two. Javier Baez had a three-run shot.

Tigers 4, Yankees 1: Michael Fulmer continue his dominant run, winning his seventh and adding six more scoreless innings. That brings his total up to twenty eight and a third. If he retires the first batter he faces the next time out, he’ll set the Tigers scoreless innings record. In addition to that 7-1 record, the Tigers rookie has a 2.52 ERA and a 52/19 K/BB ratio over 53 and two-thirds innings.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: Yordano Ventura allowed one run over seven innings, struck out ten and somehow managed not to hit anyone or have an embarrassing emotional meltdown of some sort. Progress, man.

Brewers 5, Mets 3: Bad day all around for the Mets. First manager Terry Collins was taken to the hospital and then Zach Davies dominated them, allowing one run — unearned — and striking out seven in six innings. Milwaukee had a 5-0 lead by the fifth. New York made a little noise agains their old friend Carlos Torres in the eighth, but not enough noise.

Twins 7, Red Sox 4: Rookie Max Kepler hit his first career home run at a great time: tie game, bottom of the tenth for a walkoff win. It was a three-run shot after an 0-for-4 day. The heroics salvaged the final game of the series for Minnesota and prevented the sweep.

Indians 8, Angels 3: Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs. And that came in just the first two innings. He had three hits on the day. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three himself. The Indians have won nine of 12. Mike Trout left the game late with a hurt thumb after being hit by a pitch, though the x-rays were negative, which is a positive.

Nationals 5, Phillies 4: Jayson Werth played the hero, hitting a walkoff two-run single with two outs in the ninth. That’s a three-game sweep of the reeling Phillies, who have lost 17 of 22. It was tied entering the ninth but Jonathan Papelbon gave up a homer to Maikel Franco in the top of the inning. He was still pitcher of record in the bottom half so Werth’s hit helped him vulture a win. Pitcher wins are the best, man.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4: Cole Hamels struck out five dudes on the day. One of them was his 2,000th career strikeout. Only 77 pitchers have struck out as many as 2,000 batters. I would’ve guessed more, but nope. I bet there aren’t many things you’ve done in your life that only 76 other people have done. Good things, I mean.

Rockies 2, Padres 1: Tyler Anderson made his major league debut and gave up one run on six hits while pitching into the seventh. The Rockies scored their two runs on a bases loaded walk and a homer. Must’ve been late-90s throwback day. The Padres are 0-10 on Sundays. Maybe they just give up and try to lose fast in order to watch all of that prestige cable TV and awards shows and stuff. Maybe they just think Sunday’s to relax.

Diamondbacks 6, Marlins 0: Robbie Ray threw shutout ball into the eighth. Peter O’Brien hit a three-run homer in the first inning. It was basically over at that point but they still had to keep playing because it’s baseball. There have been four different Pete/Peter O’Brien’s in baseball history, by the way. It’ll take Peter O’Brien playing, like, five more years before I stop thinking that he’s this guy.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 4: The Redbirds sweep the Buccos. Big fan of secondary team nicknames, by the way. “Redbirds,” “Buccos,” “Bombers,” “Fish,” “Tribe,” “Pale Hose.” Not every team has them, I don’t think. Not sure the Dodgers do. Or the Giants. Maybe there are some hyper-local ones most of us don’t know. Some teams’ are kind of lame — just initials like the “M’s” or the “O’s.” I guess it’s like individual nicknames in that way.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off rookie Julio Urias in the sixth inning. Urias had an otherwise nice day, so his first two starts of the season are starting to fade a bit. No run support, however, as Jake Peavy tossed six shutout innings to earn his 150th win.

And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Where we stand:

  • The Brewers and Cubs both won, giving them each a half-game boost over the Phillies and a full game boost over the Mets, who lost, but keeping the status quo between themselves. Chicago has a one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second Wild Card and a five-game lead over both New York and Philly;
  • The Nationals lost to the Cardinals, reducing their lead for the top spot in the Wild Card race to a half game. We’ve sort of assumed for a couple of weeks that they were a lock at the top but, know what? They’re not;
  • The Twins put a half-game more on their lead over the idle Indians in the AL Central, making the margin five;
  • The Rays and Indians both had the night off while the Athletics lost, putting the Rays a game and a half behind the A’s in second and first, respectively, in the AL Wild Card race while Cleveland trails Tampa Bay by one and a half.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 5, Orioles 2: When I did yesterday’s recap I didn’t realize that this was a wraparound series and none of you corrected me so I guess that tells ya how this matchup rates in our collective consciousness. Jordy Mercer hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Victor Reyes hit a two-run double in the second to help Detroit earn the split.

Brewers 5, Padres 1: Corey Spangenberg spent five years with the Padres before this season but he set any residual loyalties aside while facing his old comrades, driving in three runs, including a tie-breaking, two-run triple in the fourth inning. Zach Davies, meanwhile, allowed one run over five and the Milwaukee pen held San Diego scoreless for the final four innings. The Brew Crew has won ten of eleven.

Twins 5, White Sox 3: The Sox took an early 2-0 lead but those were the only two runs Twins starter José Berríros allowed while pitching into the eighth inning. Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz knocked an RBI single in the second to tie things up and Mitch Garver‘s RBI double in the fifth put the Twinkies ahead for good. They didn’t hit a homer in this one. I hope they feel OK.

Cardinals 4, Nationals 2: Marcell Ozuna drove in all four of the Cardinals runs with a two-run homer and a two-run double. He also nailed a runner at home plate in the fourth to keep the Nats from tying things up:

The Nationals are looking over their shoulder and seeing the possibility of three NL Central teams making the postseason while they’re on the outside looking in. Not saying it’s gonna happen, but it could.

Cubs 8, Reds 2: Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer and Nicholas Castellanos hit a two-run double while five Cubs relievers tossed five and two-thirds scoreless innings. Schwarber — who we have always identified with stellar defense, right? — also made this diving catch:

Rockies 9, Mets 4: Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a tying, two-run single in the fourth after which Trevor Story, a far more usual offensive contributor, smacked a three-run homer to blow things open for Colorado. In all the Rockies roughed up Steven Matz for seven runs on six hits in four innings. Before that single, Senzatela had been 0-for-44 on the year.  Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil each homered in a losing cause for New York.

Diamondbacks 7, Marlins 5: Robbie Ray pitched five and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball and left the game after allowing only one run in six innings. Once he was gone, however, the Fish put up a five-spot in the top of the seventh to come back from being down 3-0. Their lead didn’t last long as the Snakes put up a four-spot in their half of the seventh, including a bases-clearing three-run double by Jake Lamb, to give themselves back the lead and, ultimately, the game. Lamb also knocked in the game’s first run while being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first. There are easier ways to get an RBI but whatever works, right?

Royals 6, Athletics 5: The A’s six-game winning streak comes to an end thanks to some late inning heroics by Royals batters. Specifically, Brett Phillips hit a tying home run off Liam Hendricks in the ninth after which Adalberto Mondesí hit an RBI double to put Kansas City on top. That Mondesí double isn’t an RBI if not for the fact that, one batter earlier, Whit Merrifield reached second thanks to a Ramón Laureano letting the ball simply pop out of his glove. Oops.