The Marlins shut out the Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday evening, thanks in part to outfielder Giancarlo Stanton robbing Brian Goodwin of a home run to end the game. Adrian Sanchez had singled with two outs to bring up Goodwin. On a 1-2 count, Goodwin lifted an 82 MPH change-up out to right field. Stanton tracked the ball, timed his leap, and caught the ball before it could land beyond the fence.
At the plate, Stanton went 1-for-5 with an RBI double. He’s now hitting .272/.367/.586 with 33 home runs, 74 RBI, and 76 runs scored on the season.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.