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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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These are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 10, Orioles 3: The Red Sox are officially the winningest team in the AL East, and second only to the 13-win Astros in the American League. Hanley Ramirez helped reached that goal on Saturday, lining a single, double and home run into left field to boost the Sox’ 10-run spread. Even more impressive? This no-holds-barred catch from Jackie Bradley Jr. to preserve the shutout in the sixth:

Nationals 6, Rockies 2: Max Scherzer looked untouchable on Saturday afternoon, which is exactly what you want to see from one of the league’s best pitchers. (In case you missed it, this was Scherzer’s third outing in which he’s registered 10+ strikeouts and two or fewer runs this season.)

Something else you probably want to see: plenty of run support for said pitcher. The Nationals didn’t disappoint, delivering six runs on Matt Wieters‘ two-RBI performance (including his first home run of 2018), a Wilmer Difo RBI single and a pair of controversial plays in the sixth.

Cardinals 6, Reds 1: Seven straight losses isn’t a good look for anyone. The Reds’ unlucky streak was extended with another loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, this one at the hands of Miles Mikolas, Greg Holland and Jordan Hicks. The silver lining: Tucker Barnhart spared the Reds another shutout, muscling his second home run of the season on a 391-foot shot in the fifth.

Rangers 6, Astros 5 (10 innings): Despite their best attempts to move upward in the AL West standings, the Astros sat pat with their 10-3 record after losing in extras with Ronald Guzman’s walk-off base hit. They squandered a perfectly good five-run lead, too, backing starter Charlie Morton‘s six quality innings of two-run, one-walk, 12-strikeout ball with a Carlos Correa 2-RBI double and three-run knock from Yuli Gurriel in the fourth.

Cubs 14, Braves 10: Speaking of comebacks, none was more dramatic than the eight-run rally the Cubs staged against the Braves. The good? The Cubs proved they could overcome even the most skewed of games, plating nine runs in the eighth to tie the game and reverse the score with a four-run lead in their favor.

The bad? They might not have retained any stamina for Sunday’s series finale against Julio Teheran.

(ETA: Scratch that. The Braves/Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather. They’ll replay the game on May 14 at 2:10 PM ET.)

Phillies 9, Rays 4: Don’t look now, but the Phillies are riding a five-game winning streak. They improved to a .615 wining percentage on Saturday — good for second place behind the 11-2 Mets — during a nine-run affair that hinged on a tremendous six-run effort in the second. Jake Arrieta held on for his first win of the year, too, rattling off 6 2/3 innings of three-run, one-strikeout ball.

Brewers 5, Mets 1: The Mets, meanwhile, finally saw their nine-game win streak fizzle out during a decisive performance from Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson. Anderson limited the Mets to a single run — an RBI single from Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth — while the Brewers worked up a four-run lead against Matt Harvey.

Pirates 1, Marlins 0: So much for the Marlins’ bout of good luck. The Pirates returned in fine form to even the series on Saturday, crafting a combined six-hitter on the back of Jameson Taillon‘s quality start and an airtight performance from the bullpen. Corey Dickerson put up the first and only run of the game: an RBI bunt to score Starling Marte in the top of the ninth.

Padres 5, Giants 4: Hunter Renfroe‘s seventh-inning go-ahead home run may have been the difference-maker on Saturday, but Brad Hand was the one who inked his name in the Padres’ history books. Hand entered in the eighth inning to strike out Hunter Pence, then closed out his sixth save of the year with three more strikeouts in the top of the ninth to preserve the Padres’ one-run advantage. Per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell, no San Diego reliever has managed to strike out every single batter in a save of 1+ innings.

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 1: Luckily for the Diamondbacks, runs weren’t in short supply on Saturday. If they had been, it would have made this home-run-turned-single even more frustrating:

Mariners 10, Athletics 8: Safeco Field’s “Hit It Here” sign, perched just above the second deck in right field, is really intended as more of a suggestion than a challenge. That didn’t stop Daniel Vogelbach from using it as target practice, however:

Vogelbach’s 433-footer wasn’t the only blast of the night. Jean Segura opened the game with his first home run of the year, followed by another long ball from Mitch Haniger and a game-tying homer from Kyle Seager. Who knew the Mariners could make hitting home runs at Safeco Field look so effortless?

Angels 5, Royals 3: Snow flurries and 42-degree weather weren’t grounds enough to delay the Angels-Rangers game on Saturday afternoon, and both sides made the best of a chilly situation. Mike Trout, professional slugger and amateur weatherman, slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning, good for his sixth blast of the season. The Royals eked out a few runs against Garrett Richards and a mostly-impenetrable bullpen, but came up short in the ninth as they cemented their 10th loss of the year.

White Sox, Twins (postponed): It’s looking less and less likely that the Twins will spend any time actually playing baseball at Target Field during their homestand this week. They were forced to postpone three consecutive matches against the White Sox after heavy snowfall compromised playing conditions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There’s been no word yet on official dates for the make-up games, though an announcement will likely be made sometime next week.

Blue Jays, Indians (postponed): Compared to light snowfall and raging blizzards, a little rainout seems almost laughable. Still, the Blue Jays weren’t taking any chances on Saturday. They’ll make up Saturday and Sunday’s games with a doubleheader on May 3.

Yankees, Tigers (postponed): Ditto for the Yankees/Tigers, who were expected to face off during a doubleheader on Sunday to compensate for time lost to inclement weather. As it currently stands, the teams are scheduled to keep their appointment for Game 2 at 7:10 PM ET on Sunday, while the earlier game has been bumped to Monday afternoon at 1:10 PM ET.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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