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Settling the Scores: Monday’s results


Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie facing new Marlins reliever Fernando Rodney. The Mets’ eight runs were all unanswered, as the Marlins took a 6-0 lead after four innings. In valiant fashion, the Mets scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth, and twice in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings for the victory. At its lowest, the Mets’ win expectancy was just 2.8 percent after Brandon Nimmo lined out for the second out of the fourth inning.

After sweeping the Cubs in four games, Monday’s win over the Marlins extends the Mets’ winning streak to five games. They’re now 45-37 in second place, four games behind the first-place Nationals. Despite the adversity the defending National League champs have faced, they’re still very much in the thick of things.

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The box scores.

Brewers 1, Nationals 0
Rays 4, Angels 2
Red Sox 12, Rangers 5
White Sox 8, Yankees 2
Athletics 3, Twins 1
Astros 2, Mariners 1
Pirates 4, Cardinals 2
Cubs 10, Reds 4
Phillies 8, Braves 2
Giants 3, Rockies 1
Mets 8, Marlins 6
Blue Jays 6, Royals 2
Indians 5, Tigers 3
Dodgers 7, Orioles 5
Padres 8, Diamondbacks 4

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”