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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Astros 11, Athletics 4: The Astros were wearing t-shirts yesterday that said “dream-crushers” on them, and while Astros players are saying the shirt is about them chasing their own dreams of glory — um, that’s not what “crush” means, but whatever — it’s pretty clear they’re meant as a message to the A’s. That message: do not get too invested in a would-be dream season in which they chase down the Astros in the AL West after being down double digits in July. If that is what the shirts mean — and if they truly are taking motivation from a Gildan or a Fruit of the Loom — so far so good, because Alex Bregman and Tyler White homered and drove in four runs each, helping Houston come back from an early 4-0 deficit and win their sixth straight game. George Springer and Jose Altuve each drove in a run as well in the Astros’ five-run third, that ended Brett Anderson‘s scoreless innings streak pretty definitively. The Astros knocked the A’s down to two and a half back.

Cubs 7, Mets 4: The Cubs won their sixth straight game as well. Jon Lester allowed three runs over six innings, drove in two runs with an RBI single off of Noah Syndergaard and even made a couple of slick defensive plays. He didn’t get the win thanks to the Mets tying things up late with a Kevin Plawecki homer, but Ben Zobrist‘s seventh inning go-ahead RBI, a fielder’s choice and an eighth inning Anthony Rizzo bomb powered Chicago to victory.

Angels 10, Rockies 7: The Angels beat the Rockies in a game, the box score of which anyway, that looked like it took place in Coors Field even if it didn’t. The Angels blew a three-run lead at one point thanks to DJ LeMahieu‘s grand slam and the Rockies blew two two-run leads. Eric Young Jr. drove in a pair as the Angels took the lead last thanks to a five-run eighth inning. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani each homered — Ohtani’s was a two-run shot — and the duo drove in two and three runs, respectively. Not the sort of game the Rockies want to lose, but ar least they did not lose any ground on the Dbacks in the west because . . .

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0: . . . Chris Stratton shut out Arizona for eight innings, giving up only five hits and striking out six. Steven Duggar drove in two runs — these via a second inning two-run homer — for the second game in a row to account for all of the Giants scoring.

White Sox 6, Yankees 2: Masahiro Tanaka had a two-run cushion and was shutting out one of baseball’s worst teams until the sixth inning when he surrendered three to the Chisox, thanks in large part to a couple of drips and drabs that just landed in the wrong spots of the infield to put runners on. Tanaka was allowed to stay in the game after losing the lead and gave up one more in the seventh. His counterpoint, Carlos Rodon, had no such trouble. He pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, although one of those hits was a two-run homer surrendered to Gleyber Torres. Otherwise, though, it was all Chicago, with Yoan Moncada doubling in two, Nicky Delmonico popping up a sac fly, Matt Anderson doubling in a run and a couple of runs scoring on an error and a wild pitch, respectively. The Yankees only managed three hits all night. The White Sox have won four in a row.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 0: Baltimore finally wins a game, breaking an eight-game losing streak. Trey Mancini did the bulk of the damage, driving in five via a three-run homer and a two-run double. He’d also score a run when Tim Beckham drove him in after reaching in the seventh. David Hess pitched shutout ball for six innings and three relievers each tossed a scoreless frame to complete the blanking.

Nationals 5, Phillies 3: The last we saw Stephen Strasburg he was getting his butt handed to him by the Phillies in his first game back from the disabled list. He was much better last night against the same men, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five over six innings. Matt Wieters homered. The Phillies threw the ball around a bit too much and fell three and a half games behind the first-place Braves.

A’s players, staff support coach after gesture, no penalty

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Major League Baseball has been in touch with the Oakland Athletics about their bench coach making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following a win over the Texas Rangers.

No discipline has been announced against coach Ryan Christenson, who has apologized for the gesture.

“Ryan Christenson is fully supported by everybody in our clubhouse and they know who he is. So do I. Obviously it didn’t look great but that was not his intent at all. I know that for a fact,” manager Bob Melvin said Friday before a game against Houston.

“He’s just not that guy. I’d say he’s progressive, very progressive as a person. Everybody feels bad for him right now `cause they know who he is,” Melvin added.

A short team meeting was all that the A’s needed because Christenson had full support, Melvin said.

Christenson apologized late Thursday for raising his arm during the postgame celebration. He made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following a 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Hendriks immediately pushed Christenson’s arm down. Cameras showed Christenson laughing and briefly raising his arm a second time.

Christenson faced criticism after video of the gesture circulated on social media.

“I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said in a statement issued through the team. “Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”

The A’s called the gesture “offensive” and apologized for it.

“We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it,” the team said in a statement. “This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field.”

The 46-year-old Christenson played six years in the majors from 1998-2003. He later spent several years coaching in the minors before becoming bench coach for the A’s in 2018.