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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Diamondbacks 9, Braves 8: The Dbacks front office is under fire, brought into focus by the fact that the Braves, who have repeatedly fleeced said front office in the past year, are in town. On the field, however, it was all good last night as Paul Goldschmidt hit a long walkoff homer to give the Snakes the win. It would’ve been fitting if, right after, Dave Stewart traded Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke to Atlanta for Jeff Francoeur and cash considerations, but he somehow resisted the urge.

Indians 1, Athletics 0: Carlos Carrasco shut the A’s out for eight innings, Andrew Miller handled the ninth and thus Carlos Santana‘s eighth inning solo homer was all the Tribe needed. In other news, as an homage to Billy Butler, Danny Valencia and the A’s, I punched Bill Baer in the side of the head last night after he told my bosses at NBC that I watched Olympic team handball on the BBC stream instead of on a company network. Beyond admitting that, what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.

Dodgers 18, Reds 9: Adrian Gonzalez went deep one, two, three times, ah, ha, ha, and drove in eight runs. Made Joey Votto‘s 3-for-6, 4 RBI look like nothin’. Corey Seager and Andrew Toles combined to go 6-for-10 with 7 RBI themselves. The game took four hours. It was a nice day in Ohio yesterday, though. Low humidity, mild temperatures and clear, haze-free skies. Maybe everyone just wanted to stay outside and run around.

Brewers 4, Rockies 2: Jimmy Nelson was solid while his counterpart, Chad Bettis, issued seven walks, which ain’t ever gonna do a pitcher any good. He also gave up Chris Carter‘s 30th homer on the year. Carter also leads the NL in strikeouts with 156 and has a .224 average, making him the most 2016 player there is.

Orioles 4, Nationals 3: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but Mark Trumbo hit a homer. A two-run shot that broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth and proved to provide the winning margin. Trumbo has 12 hits in the month of August. Eight of them have been homers, including his last seven straight. I dedicate this to you, Mark:

Astros 3, Pirates 1: Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings and rookie Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer. Alex Bregman, also a rookie, hit a homer. The Astros are eight games out in the West and 3.5 back, but with five teams ahead of them, for the Wild Card. They’re not dead yet but the outlook is somewhat dire. Perhaps it’s not too early to start being happy when future regulars start producing for the very sake of the future.

Red Sox 6, Rays 2: David Price has not had the year many had hoped for, but here he was aces, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out eight as the Sox move into a first place tie in the AL East. This spectacular catch from Andrew Benintendi certainly helped.

Mariners 7, Yankees 5Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer and Nelson Cruzadded a solo shot. For the Yankees, Starlin Castro and rookie catcher Gary Sanchez each hit two homers. The M’s homers prevailed here, but I fully expect the New York papers are already talking up Sanchez like the second coming of Bill Dickey this morning.

Cubs 5, Padres 1Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward homered while Jon Lester allowed only one run in six innings while striking out eight. Anthony Rizzo didn’t homer but he got four hits to raise his batting line to .301/.399/.566. Bryant’s is .299/.390/.568. It’d be amazing if those two finished with identical lines. It’s certainly possible that they could.

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season.

The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision.

The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games.

“At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged he was caught by surprise when general manager Billy Eppler told him about Simmons’ decision Monday night after Simmons went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the Angels’ home finale. Maddon texted Simmons, but hadn’t heard back by Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed this guy a lot,” Maddon said. “I’m a big fan. This guy is a good baseball player, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations, too. It’s just unfortunate. He’s really a big part of what we’re doing right now.”

Simmons is a favorite of Angels fans for his defensive wizardry, and owner Arte Moreno has described Simmons as perhaps his favorite player to watch on the roster. Simmons has batted .281 with 36 homers and 281 RBIs during his five seasons with Los Angeles, and he won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2018.

“He’s a thinking kind of a player, and I’ve enjoyed him a lot,” Maddon said.

Simmons will be a free agent this winter, and the Angels have an obvious replacement for him in David Fletcher, who has a .374 on-base percentage while regularly hitting leadoff for the Angels during his breakout major league season. Fletcher has been playing second base since Simmons’ return from injury.

But the Angels haven’t publicly closed the door on Simmons’ return, and he could be given a qualifying offer. Maddon has repeatedly said he would like Simmons to return in 2021 if possible.

The Angels haven’t had a winning season during Simmons’ five years in Anaheim, although Simmons said last week he wasn’t discouraged by the lack of team success. Simmons played his first four major league seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2013.

Simmons also said he hadn’t been involved in any recent contract talks with the Angels, but he had enjoyed playing for the club. When asked if he wanted to return to the Halos, Simmons said he would have to “plead the fifth.”