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And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Orioles 6, Yankees 5: The trade talk may be annoying Manny Machado, but it’s certainly not affecting his production. The O’s shortstop hit two homers last night, going 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Baltimore over New York. The Orioles have won 26 games this year but five have come against the Yankees.

Nationals 5, Pirates 1: Jeremy Hellickson threw five shutout innings and the Nats scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth — two off of an Anthony Rendon homer and two off of bases-loaded walks — to beat Joe Musgrove and the Buccos.

Red Sox 8, Rangers 4: A five-run third inning was powered by the Red Sox’ killer B’s — Bradley, Benintendi and Bogaerts — who hit RBI doubles and an RBI triple, respectively. Mitch Moreland singled in a run that frame as well. Moreland, Bradley and Benintendi would later knock in runs six, seven and eight later in the game, again, respectively. That’s eight wins in a row for the Bosox.

Reds 7, Indians 4: I wrote about this last night but, boy howdy, that was some ninth inning, eh? Trevor Bauer dominated Cincinnati with 12 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings but the Reds scored seven off Cody Allen and Dan Otero — which should’ve been Oliver Perez, Terry Francona said after the game, but the bullpen coach got the wrong guy up — with Joey Votto‘s bases-loaded double knocking in the go-ahead runs. The Reds started the season so miserably and dug themselves too deep a hole to climb out of, but they’re downright frisky these days.

Astros 6, Athletics 5: Crazy game. Justin Verlander shut the A’s out for six innings, two relievers extended that shutout through eight, and Houston got two homers from Alex Bregman to help stake him to a 4-0 lead. But, just as was the case with Trevor Bauer and the Indians, you gotta go nine. Oakland rallied for four runs in the final frame and that sent the game to extras and then took the lead on a Stephen Piscotty homer in the top of the 11th. Victory was three outs away! In the bottom half, however, the the Astros tied it on a fielder’s choice, which featured a close slide and a missed tag by A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy, allowing Josh Reddick to leap back to the plate and smack it. Then, with Kyle Tucker on second base, Alex Bregman hit a little dribbler in front of the plate. The thing went a total of five feet up the first base line, in fact. Lucroy grabbed it and tried to tag Bregman, who had stopped, missed, and Bregman leaped past and started down to first. He should’ve been dead to rights out at first but when Lucroy threw to first base the ball glanced off of Bregman’s helmet, allowing Tucker to come all the way around from second to score the walkoff run. Check out the entire sequence:

Phillies 7, Mets 3: Enyel De Los Santos — who the Phillies got from the Padres in the Freddy Galvis deal — made his big league debut, holding the Mets to one run over six and then tiring a bit and allowing two more in the seventh. He looked good, though. Also looking good Maikel Franco knocking in four runs, including a three-run homer. Not looking good: Rhy Hoskins, who crashed violently, face-first, into the outfield wall while chasing a ball in the third. Kind of scary given that Hoskins broke his jaw in May, but he stayed in the game and afterward said he was alright.

Brewers 8, Marlins 4: Christian Yellich wanted the heck out of Miami after they started tearing things down last offseason but he was pretty happy to be there last night as an opposing player. Yellich had three hits and a season-high four RBI against his old mates and his new mates, Travis Shaw and Tyler Saladino each had two RBI.

Rays 5, Tigers 2: Tampa Bay scored all five of their runs in the third innings thanks to RBI singles from Willy Adames and Kevin Kiermaier and a three-run homer from Wilson Ramos. They did the bullpen game thing too, collectively allowing two runs on five hits. There was a lot of skeptical talk about their pitching approach this year — and a lot of jokes — but the Rays have the seventh best team ERA overall in all of baseball this year, the third best batting average against, the second best OPS against, the second best slugging against, the third best OBP against, have the third best WHIP,  have given up the fourth fewest homers and are in the top half of the league in walks issued.

Blue Jays 6, Braves 2: Marcus Stroman was sharp, allowing one run over seven and then sat back and watched his mates score five runs in the eighth to seal the deal. Russell Martin singled in the go-ahead run and Kevin Pillar singled in what turned out, eventually, to be the winning run. The Braves’ skid continues — they’ve now lost six of seven and have fallen out of first place in the NL East for the first time since June 10.

Cardinals 14, White Sox 2: Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam — no word if the Cardinals brass thought he lollygagged his home run trot — Kolten Wong had a two-run homer and a double and Jose Martinez had three hits and two RBI as the Cardinals romped. Every St. Louis starter except catcher Yadier Molina got at least one hit and starter Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball.

Royals 9, Twins 4: The Royals break their ten-game losing streak by scoring more than five runs for the first time in over a month. Adalberto Mondesi had a three-run homer and four RBI in all. It wasn’t all good news for Kansas City, though, as Ian Kennedy made his first start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left oblique but lasted only three innings before leaving due to left side tightness. Welp.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3David Peralta and A.J. Pollock homered in Arizona’s four-run seventh inning to give the Snakes a come-from-behind win. Nick Ahmed also went deep. The Diamondbacks have won nine straight games at Coors Field.

Cubs 2, Giants 0: Jose Quintana shut San Francisco out for six innings, allowing only three hits and then then pen was perfect for the final three. Derek Holland pitched well for the Giants — allowing only one run in six and a third — but Chicago pushed two across in the seventh via a wild pitch/throwing error and a Victor Caratini RBI double.

Angels 9, Mariners 3: Good news: Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits and two RBI — and Calhoun and Albert Pujols homered — as the Angels rattled off 15 in all in an easy win. Bad news: Angels starter Garrett Richards left in the third inning due to what was called irritation in his right forearm, accompanied by about a four m.p.h. dropoff in his fastball velocity, which is not good. The Angels have had more than their fair share of injuries this year. Heck, they’ve had more than three teams’ share.

Padres 4, Dodgers 1: Padres rookie starter Eric Lauer came one out short of a complete game, leaving after allowing a Max Muncy homer in the ninth, but that was a mere blemish on an excellent start (8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8K). Homers by Austin Hedges and Wil Myers in the fifth gave him the cushion he needed.

The Nationals have inquired about Kris Bryant

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The Washington Nationals, fresh off signing Stephen Strasburg to a $245 million deal, are now turning their attention to their third base hole. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that they have made inquiries to the Chicago Cubs about trading for Kris Bryant.

Emphasis on the word “inquiry” because it’d be premature for the Cubs to trade Bryant at the moment, even if they are reported to be considering the possibility.

Bryant and the Cubs are awaiting word from an arbitrator about Bryant’s years-old service time grievance. If Bryant wins, he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season. If the Cubs win they control him for two more years. The team may or may not choose to trade him in either case as they are reportedly trying to cut payroll, but the price for him will vary pretty significantly depending on whether or not the acquiring club will receive one or two years of control over the former MVP.

For Washington, this would be a means of replacing free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon. Or, perhaps, the inquiries are a means of creating a tad more leverage for the Nats as they talk to Rendon’s agent about re-signing him.

Which, in the past, the Nats said they could not do if they also re-signed Strasburg, though I suspect that’s just posturing too. They may not want to spend big money to keep their World Series core together, but they can afford it. They’re going to see, I suspect, an eight-figure uptick in revenue by virtue of being the defending World Series champs. They are poised to receive a significant payout as a result of recent rulings in their own multi-year dispute with the Orioles and the MASN network. They are, of course, owned by billionaire real estate moguls. All of that taken together means that, if they choose to, they can bring back Rendon. Assuming he chooses to come back too.

But, if that doesn’t happen, they appear to be giving themselves options at the hot corner.