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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.

And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rays 6, Marlins 4: A pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam from Daniel Robertson completed a stunning last-inning comeback for the Rays, who trailed 4-1 from the second inning all the way until the ninth. The blast, in addition to being cool as hell, salvaged a win in the series for the Rays, denying the Marlins the sweep. Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer struck out 13 in six innings, but he allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 1: Zack Greinke was outstanding, striking out 13 and allowing only one run on two hits over eight innings of work. Backing him up was a two-run triple and a bases-loaded walk from Nick Ahmed, a two-run single from Jeff Mathis and an RBI double from Steven Souza, not necessarily in that order. Not in that order at all, in fact. I just listed them that way because that’s the order in which they interested me. Beware of unreliable narrators, dudes. It’s a classic trope, but one which still snookers the noobs.

Padres 10, Phillies 2; Phillies 5, Padres 0: In the first game Freddy Galvis had his second straight three-hit game against his old club in a row, Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers each had two RBI and the Padres rattled off 15 hits. In the second game Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing only two hits over seven shutout innings as the Phillies earn the split in the twin bill.

Fun Padres note: yesterday, for whatever reason, some random Padres fan went back and found a tweet I made two years ago about Padres general manager A.J. Preller. The tweet came in the wake of that scandal in which Preller was caught hiding players’ medical information from other clubs in the course of transactions.  In it I said that it may be difficult for other GMs to trust Preller in deals in the future and that because of that the Padres should fire him. For what it’s worth, I thought they should’ve fired him for dishonesty regardless, though they obviously did not.

Anyway, the person who found my tweet retweeted it and several other Padres fans responded back to me yesterday afternoon with mockery, noting that Preller subsequently received a contract extension and that the Padres have a great deal of top prospects in their system. Nowhere, however, did any of those people note that the Padres currently have the worst record in the National League and are working on their eighth straight losing season and their ninth in their last ten. And that it isn’t even close, as they have not won even 80 games in any of those losing seasons and aren’t likely to this year either. But yep, they sure got me with that tweet. I feel totally owned.

Pirates 9, Reds 2: It was 6-0 Buccos after two and 8-0 after four and by then the Pirates were thinking about their super short flight up to Cleveland and the Reds were thinking about catching up on whatever Sunday night prestige TV everyone is into at the moment. I don’t watch much of that and I lose track of that stuff, but “Better Call Saul” is coming back in a couple of weeks and that’s my jam. Anyway, Corey Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days — he was 4-for-5 on the afternoon — and Starlin Marte went back-to-back with him during Pittsburgh’s four-run second frame. Gregory Polanco and Sean Rodriguez also went deep as the Pirates sweep the Reds for the first time in nearly five years which does not seem like it should be right at all but, yep, it is.

Royals 5, Twins 3: Here’s something Vegas was not taking prop bets on: Drew Butera hitting an inside-the-park homer. A tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run, that is. Which, yes, was given a HUGE assist by an ill-advised attempt to make a diving catch by the center fielder and some backup by the right fielder that was apparently called in via regular U.S. Mail, but let’s not take this away from Butera:

The Royals took three in a row from the Twins and in doing so completed their first series sweep in just under a year, which does not seem like it should be right at all but, yep, it is.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4: The O’s led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth but a pair of two-run homers — from Randal Grichuk and Yangervis Solarte — changed that pretty quickly. J.A. Happ‘s latest audition for would-be trade partners went well (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 9K). John Axford‘s did not (1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB), but hey, he vultured a win.

Red Sox 9, Tigers 1: Red Sox recaps feel the same every day. They won. They scored a lot of runs. They got a great pitching performance. Yawn. It’s, like, the banality of dominance or something. Sure, they lost on Saturday and only scored one run in a 1-0 win on Friday, but I didn’t recap those. Perception is everything. Anyway, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer and Chris Sale cruised through six, striking out nine Tigers and not allowing a run. Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Nunez each knocked in a couple.

Rangers 5, Indians 0: It was the Rougned Odor show as the Rangers’ second baseball knocked in the first three runs of the game via a single, a sac fly and a homer. Ryan Rua‘s two-run homer accounted for the other two Texas runs as Yovani Gallardo tossed six shutout innings and the pen covered the rest. Also: first pitch temperature was 102 degrees and it went up to 108 as the game wore on. I’m firmly on the record thinking that the Rangers are ripping taxpayers off in getting them to build them a new ballpark when they have a pretty new one already, but boy howdy do they need that air conditioned one to get finished because this is simply ridiculous.

Dodgers 11, Brewers 2: Matt Kemp smacked two solo homers and had three hits and scored three runs in all and Chris Taylor drove in three as L.A. blows out Milwaukee to take two of three in the series. Manny Machado had a couple of hits and drove in his first run as a Dodger. He finished his first weekend in blue 5-for-13 with a double and a couple of walks. The Brewers played atrocious defense too. Maybe Ryan Braun isn’t a first baseman? Just a thought.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 2: Jose Quintana allowed two runs on six hits and, most significantly, did not allow a home run to Matt Carpenter, and that’s more than opposing pitchers from the last six games against the Cardinals could say. Really, the dude has been on fire. So on fire that the Cubs played a three-man infield against him in the first, moving Kris Bryant to the outfield out of respect for Carpenter’s 12-at-bat streak of hitting for extras bases. My dude laid down a bunt single. Respect:

That was it for the Cards, though. It was competitive for most of the game but Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking homer with two out in the sixth inning and the Chicago broke it wide open with three runs in the eighth, helping them take three of five from the Cards.

Mariners 8, White Sox 2: Ryon Healy hit two three-run homers in this one — one in the first inning, one in the eighth — as the Mariners win in a romp. The other two runs came in the course of a five-run first inning via a bases-loaded walk drawn by Kyle Seager and a Denard Span sac fly. Healy is far from a complete player — he has 20 homers on the season but he hits for poor contact and seems to hate walks like de Havilland hates Fontaine — but it sure was a hell of an afternoon for the big lug.

Angels 14, Astros 5: Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and Kole Calhoun all went deep, with Calhoun driving in three as the Angels salvage the final game of a three-game set with Houston. Trout’s first inning single ended a streak of 16 plate appearances without a hit. Trout slumping is . . . weird and unsettling. Andrew Heaney allowed one run over six.

Athletics 6, Giants 5: Matt Chapman singled in Marcus Semien in the bottom of the 10th for a walkoff win. The win also gave Jeurys Familia his first win in his first game as an Oakland Athletic after he pitched two scoreless innings. This after only arriving in Oakland about an hour before the game began after catching a 7 a.m. flight from New York. Between that and no longer having to be a New York Met, things are looking pretty good for him these days.

Nationals 6, Braves 2: Anthony Rendon doubled in two in the first and Bryce Harper homered and drove in two as the Nats split two games with the Braves in a rain-shortened series. Saturday’s game was postponed and this one was delayed almost two hours at the outset and featured an hour and a half delay in the middle of it. Nothing like a steamy late July day in Washington. Besides, as Nats manager Dave Martinez noted after the game, they made the most of it:

“It’s part of it. We play outdoors. But the boys hung in there. They were all pretty loose in the clubhouse, honestly. Watching Shark Week. So, it was good.”

Live every week like it’s shark week.

Mets vs. Yankees — POSTPONED:

Another rainy day in New York City
Softly sweet, so silently it falls
As crosstown traffic crawls

Memories in my way in New York City
Tender, tough, too tragic to be true
And nothing i can do

City workers cheer
The taxis disappear
Another rainy day in New York City