And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 8, Red Sox 0: James Paxton was absolutely dominant, tossing eight shutout innings and allowing just two hits while striking out 12. Mike Tauchman — an outfielder the Yankees acquired from Colorado at the end of spring training — hit a three-run homer and doubled in a run for four RBI on the night. Not a bad evening for the Bombers, whose lineup, thanks to injuries, looked like something you’d see in a split squad game in spring training.

Pirates 5, Tigers 3: Joe Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates but his bullpen let him down. Matt Boyd pitched well for the Tigers but his offense let him down. That led to extras where Starling Marte saved the day for Pittsburgh by smacking a two-run homer in the tenth. I’d say something like “this will make Pittsburgh sports fans feel a bit better after the Penguins got swept out of the first round of the playoffs,” but I’m told by Pittsburgh friends that no, this will not make anyone feel better about that.

Giants 7, Nationals 3: The Giants have a poor, punchless offense but they punched pretty well last night, getting homers from Evan LongoriaBrandon Belt and Steven Duggar, all off of Stephen Strasburg. The Giants have won four of five. In other news, Dave Martinez was ejected in this one for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. Martinez’s explanation:

“I was in the dugout. I said, ‘Hey, let’s go. You got to be better than that.’ I didn’t cuss. I didn’t say much other than, ‘Let’s go.”’

I’m normally on the manager’s side with this stuff as I find it comical that umpires cannot be expected to handle even a little chatter regarding their strike zone without being entitled to eject a guy. But I also argue on the Internet a lot, and one of the laziest, most cowardly Internet argument tactics I encounter on a regular basis is someone saying “c’mon, you’re better than that.” It’s so weak. If you have a point, make it, don’t just go to that kind of smug, conclusory and condescending bit of ad hominem. As such, I am fully on the ump’s side here and I would like Martinez to be suspended for approximately 79 games or something.

Phillies 14, Mets 3: This one was over before it began with the Phillies putting up a ten-spot in the first dang inning. Steven Matz was charged with six of those runs — with two unearned runs coming on his watch as well — without recording even a single out. Drew Gagnon ended up mopping up that mess, having to wear five and a third innings of it while allowing five earned and one unearned run himself. But hey, bright side: Mickey Calloway didn’t have to worry about using Edwin Díaz for more than three outs. As for the damage [Craig lowers his glasses to his nose and looks down at the box score like a cashier at a deli looking at long, long, carryout ticket before hitting every key on the register] Scott Kingery and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits and five RBI, Maikel Franco hit a three run homer and Cesar Hernández doubled in a run.

Rays 4, Orioles 2: Tyler Glasnow keeps on keepin’ on, twirling seven innings of two-run ball, scattering seven hits in the process. After spotting the O’s two runs, the Rays came back and scored four unanswered, with Avisail García hitting a two-run homer and singling in a run. Glasnow won his fourth consecutive start to begin the season. He’s allowed only three runs in those four games. The Rays have the best record in baseball.

Cubs 4, Marlins 0: José Quintana tossed seven shutout innings, striking out seven. In so doing he extended his scoreless innings streak to 14. That creep can roll, man. Javier Báez went 3-for-4 and homered. The Marlins are terrible.

Diamondbacks 9, Braves 6: Braves starter Max Fried was good. The Braves offense was good. The Braves bullpen, however, gave the viewer the feeling one gets when one clogs a toilet at a party at someone else’s house, the water rises with no sign of stopping and a line of people are outside the door yelling, “c’mon, already, will ya?” Except there’s no window in the bathroom for you to jump out of to your merciful death and you just gotta watch it all happen, hoping, at the very least, for that bizarrely peaceful, slow motion, out-of-body feeling one hears about people experiencing when they are overcome with brain chemicals designed to help them become OK with being resigned to their fate. Arizona scored seven runs off of the Braves bullpen in the final three innings. Chad Sobotka and Jesse Biddle were the chief arsonists, failing to retire a batter as the Diamondbacks scored four runs in the seventh. Atlanta tied it back up again and then A.J. Minter gave up a homer to Christian Walker to give Arizona the lead for good. In all, six Braves relievers combined to allow seven runs on five hits, six walks and two hit batters. Atlanta’s pen has a 5.43 ERA and has allowed 36 walks in 59.2 innings. Woof.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Homers from Lorenzo Cain, Yasmani Grandal and Christian Yelich paced the Brewers to another win. Yelich now has nine homers on the year. Eight of them have come against the Cardinals. We tend to reward late season performance — like Yelich’s 2018 performance — with MVPs, but I don’t think that thoroughly dominating a division rival like this in April is any less important than doing it in September. The Brewers have won nine of their last 10 against St. Louis, including four in a row.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 5:  Teoscar Hernández was the hero for the second night in a row, following up Monday’s three-run homer with a key RBI single in the top of the seventh to give Toronto a 6-4 lead. He also started a game-ending relay play that was pretty dang sweet:

If that runner isn’t pegged at home they’re, at best, heading to extra innings. Nice play.

Rangers 5, Angels 0: Mike Minor tossed a big boy shutout. Like, pitching all nine innings and stuff like starters used to do. Three hits, no runs obviously, seven strikeouts and a mere 103 pitches. He was backed by homers from Asdrúbal Cabrera and Joey Gallo.

White Sox 5, Royals 1: Yoan Moncada smacked two homers, Yonder Alonso went 4-for-4 with a homer and Leury García went deep as well. Reynaldo López allowed only one run over six. Moncada, once considered the top prospect in the game, is hitting .333/.371/.652 with five homers and 16 driven in in his first 16 games.

Rockies 8, Padres 2: Nolan Arenado — who turned 28 yesterday — homered for the third straight game. Jon Gray allowed one run over seven as the Rockies hand the Padres their third straight loss. And, if you’re curious, with the Padres losing and the Dodgers winning, that never-ending argument in my Twitter mentions has resumed.

Astros 9, Athletics 1:

Colin McHugh: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?

A.J. Hinch: No, Colin. I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to.

Six shutout innings for Neo McHugh over here. Alex Bregman hit a grand slam. There is no spoon.

Dodgers 6, Reds 1: With two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh inning, the Reds decided to walk Enrique Hernandez and pitch to Alex Verdugo in order to (a) give Zach Duke a lefty-lefty matchup; and (b) to set up the force. It’s a smart baseball move. Verdugo made them pay for it, though, by hitting an RBI double to turn a three-run game into a five-run game. Afterwards he said “it was a slap in the face” for them walk Hernandez to get to him. Whatever you need to motivate yourself, kid, but in my experience I have found almost everyone who uses the phrase “a slap in the face” to describe something that happened to them that falls short of an actual slap in the face is being mildly insufferable in the moment. That said, Verdugo is batting .370 with two home runs and 10 RBI, and has hit safely in six of seven starts this season, so like I said, if insufferable works, go with what works.

Indians 4, Mariners 2: Shane Bieber and three relievers held the Mariners to just six hits, though one of them was a Jay Bruce homer. That extended Seattle’s major league record string of games with a home run to start the season to 20 games. They’ve also lost five in a row, so I imagine that streak seems less fun every day.

Pujols has 2 more RBIs, Cardinals beat Pirates 8-7 in 10

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PITTSBURGH – Albert Pujols drove in two more runs and the St. Louis Cardinals went on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 in 10 innings Tuesday night.

Pujols hit a two-run single in the third inning to push his career total to 2,218 RBIs. That came a night after he broke a tie with Babe Ruth for second place on the career list. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2,287.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol then removed the 42-year-old Pujols at the end of the inning. St. Louis opens postseason play Friday when it hosts a best-of-three National League wild-card series.

Juan Yepez gave the Cardinals the win when he hit a tiebreaking single with one in the 10th inning off Chase De Jong (6-3) to score automatic runner Ben Deluzio.

“Tonight was interesting because you’re fairly scripted in who you want to use and who you don’t want to use and what you want tomorrow to look like so you can get ready for Friday,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It was a good one to still figure out a way to come out on top.”

The Cardinals threw out the potential tying run at home in the bottom of the 10th when automatic runner Kevin Newman tried to score from second base on Oneil Cruz‘s line single off the glove of first baseman Alec Burleson. The ball deflected to second baseman Brendon Donovan, who threw home to catcher Andrew Knizner.

The Pirates challenged the call, but it was upheld on video review.

“I thought we were going to get it overturned,” Newman said. “I just thought he didn’t tag me until he got higher up on the body.”

It was the Pirates’ 100th loss, the second year in a row they have reached that mark.

The Cardinals got two hits each from Donovan, Corey Dickerson, Knizner and Paul DeJong.

Cruz had three hits for the Pirates and Bryan Reynolds, Rodolfo Castro, Jack Suwinski, Ke'Bryan Hayes and Ji-Hwan Bae added two apiece. Miguel Andujar drove in two runs.

Chris Stratton (10-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

“They weren’t the prettiest two innings I’ve ever pitched but I got a great play from the defense in the 10th inning to help me out,” Stratton said. “It was a good play all the way around.’

Pujols’ hit put the Cardinals ahead 3-1 but the Pirates answered with six runs in the bottom of the third. Andujar’s run-scoring double highlighted an inning that includes RBI singles by Castro, Suwinski, Ben Gamel and Bae.

The Cardinals then scored four runs in the seventh inning to tie the score at 7-all. Donovan hit an RBI single, Dickerson drove in two runs with a double and the tying run scored on a throwing error by Cruz, the rookie shortstop.

Both starting pitchers lasted just 2 2/3 innings. The Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson was rocked for seven runs and nine hits while the Pirates’ JT Brubaker allowed three runs on four hits.

Brubaker was activated from the injured list before the game. He had been out since Sept. 16 with right lat discomfort.

HELSLEY HURT

Reliever Ryan Helsley, the Cardinals’ closer, left in the eighth inning with a jammed right middle finger. Helsley was injured after catching a line drive by Bae and using his hands to brace himself while dodging a piece of a broken bat.

Helsley said he expects to be ready to pitch Friday.

“I don’t think there was anything super wrong with it,” Helsley said. `Just give it some rest and let it resolve itself.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates optioned right-hander Roansy Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a roster spot for Brubaker. They also recalled infielder/outfielder Tucapita Marcano from Indianapolis and optioned catcher Jose Godoy to the same club.

PIRATES AWARDS

Center fielder Bryan Reynolds was voted the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, emblematic of the Pirates’ MVP, by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Mitch Keller won the Steve Blass Award for best pitcher. Former infielder Michael Chavis was voted the Chuck Tanner Good Guy Award.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Tyler O'Neill (strained right hamstring) has been ruled out for the wild-card series but St. Louis is hopeful he can play in the NLDS round if it advances. . 3B Nolan Arenado (left quadriceps tightness) missed his second straight game but could play Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Have not decided on a starter for Wednesday, though Marmol said LHP Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 5.46) and RHP Jake Woodford (4-0, 2.33) are possibilities.

Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (4-3, 3.12), who was acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 1, gets the start.