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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2: Price was mediocre in his return to the rotation last Saturday after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. He was magnificent on Thursday, tossing a complete game. The only blemish came on a two-run home run from Manny Machado in the top of the ninth, spoiling Price’s bid for a shutout. He gave up the two runs on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts on 95 pitches. J.D. Martinez continues to scorch the baseball, homering again — that’s eight May home runs and we’re barely past the midway point in the month. He ended up leaving the game early with a stomach illness. Xander Bogaerts also homered, giving him a three-run home run in each of his last two games. He’s already at six home runs after hitting 10 all of last season.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 0: This win must’ve felt amazing for the last-place Dodgers, who had dropped six games in a row and were on the verge of consecutive series sweeps at the hands of the Reds and Marlins. Kenta Maeda was the stopper, firing eight shutout innings on two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Kenley Jansen allowed a couple of hits but struck out three to finish out the game. Yasiel Puig homered off of reliever Junichi Tazawa, who was designated for assignment after the game. Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBI.

Pirates 5, Padres 4: Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva got off to a blazing hot start, but then the calendar flipped to May and he stopped hitting. He entered Thursday’s action batting .091 in 46 plate appearances this month. He didn’t start Thursday, but pinch-hit and stayed in the game, going 0-for-2 on the night. He committed a costly error in the bottom of the seventh, allowing the Pirates to score the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. Villanueva is ready for June already.

Athletics 10, Blue Jays 5: The A’s put on an offensive clinic, pounding out 10 runs on 14 hits, three of which were homers. Khris Davis, Matt Olson, and Matt Chapman all went yard. Get used to hearing that sentence. Aaron Sanchez lasted only four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks with eight strikeouts.

Phillies 6, Cardinals 2: Another win for the Phillies. That’s seven wins in their last eight ballgames. The Cubs/Braves game was postponed, so the Phils are only a half-game out of first place in the NL East. Vince Velasquez was outstanding, pitching 6 1/3 scoreless frames, yielding five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Luke Weaver was nearly as good, giving up a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. The bullpen was the Cardinals’ downfall, serving up five runs in the game’s final two innings. Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon both homered. Meanwhile, Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 43 consecutive games.

White Sox 4, Rangers 2: Doug Fister was masterful for the Rangers; Jose Leclerc was not. Fister tossed seven shutout innings on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Leclerk forked over four unearned runs on a hit and three walks while recording only two outs in the eighth. The unearned runs scored as a result of Leclerc’s own throwing error. Yikes. James Shields pitched a good ballgame, yielding a lone run on three hits and three walks with eight punch-outs in 7 1/3 innings.

Rays 7, Angels 1: The Angels’ bullpen imploded, ruining what was otherwise a solid night for starter Tyler Skaggs. He gave up one run, but Jim Johnson and Felix Pena came in after him and surrendered six more. C.J. Cron stayed hot, homering for the Rays. Johnny Field and Denard Span also went deep. Shohei Ohtani went deep in the ninth, salvaging the Angels from getting shut out. He has a .977 OPS on the year. And a 3.58 ERA.

Tigers 3, Mariners 2: The Tigers rallied late, plating a pair of runs in the top of the eighth on a Jose Iglesias single, taking a 3-2 lead. On the Mariners’ side, Guillermo Heredia was the only Mariner to rack up multiple hits, adding three to his ledger. Tigers starter Matt Boyd gave up just two runs in six innings and now carries a 3.19 ERA on the year.

Rockies 5, Giants 3 (12 innings): Carlos Gonzalez broke through with a two-run single in the top of the 12th to seal the deal. Brandon Crawford and manager Bruce Bochy were ejected in the bottom half of the 12th arguing an egregious called strike three. The umpires and the Giants haven’t gotten along much lately. Brandon Belt hit his 10th homer in the contest.

Cubs @ Braves: Postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 PM ET.

Ketel Marte shut down with back injury

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With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.

It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.

Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.

Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.