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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 5, Padres 2: The Padres took an early 2-0 lead but that’s all they’d get against a sextet of Yankees relievers on what was a bullpen day for the Yankees. Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner homered in the second to give the Yankees the lead and Gary Sánchez went deep in the eighth to give them some breathing room. Oh, and Yankees fans booed Manny Machado and chanted “overrated” at him. How friggin’ brainwashed are these people for blaming their own team’s tightfisted ways and refusal to acquire the best players available on the guy who never got a competitive offer from them?

Astros 6, Cubs 5: Gerrit Cole struck out 12 in six innings of work and Cole Hamels gave up six runs in four innings of work. So, fine, you know how this game went. The biggest takeaway here is that for the second straight start, Cole Hamels took on someone with Cole in his name. The last time being Cole Irvin of the Phillies. A.J. Cole is a reliever so I guess he won’t face off against him, but at this point I suppose anything can happen.

Athletics 8, Angels 5: That’s ten wins in a row for Oakland. Here Matt Chapman homered for the third straight game and  Jurickson Profar and Josh Phegley hit bombs as well. Here’s what Bob Melvin said about the A’s current run: “We’re just a little bit relentless right now with how we’re going about out our business.” I’ve never seen the term “relentless” modified with both a diminishing factor like “a little bit” and a cliche that is aimed at making things seem mundane like “going about our business.” If I was the concept of relentlessness I’d sue Melvin for slander.

Marlins 3 Nationals 2: Max Scherzer allowed one run in six and even drove one in. He can’t do alone, though, and this year his Nats teammates have not been much help to him. He left the game with a 2-1 lead but Tanner Rainey allowed the tying run in the seventh and Kyle Barraclough allowed the go-ahead run an inning later. The defense let him down too. As a result of this loss the Nationals fell to 2-10 in games started by Scherzer. He could do almost anything to his teammates right now and I’m guessing no jury would convict him.

Orioles 5, Tigers 3: I guess someone had to win a matchup between two of the worst teams in baseball. Here Baltimore benefitted from some dumb and sloppy play by the Tigers and from homers off the bats of Renato Núñez and Jonathan Villar to take the first of a three-game set. Detroit has dropped 12 of 13.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: Yonny Chirinos tossed five no-hit innings but he was on a pitch count so they pulled him. The first reliever in gave up a hit so the combined no-no was gone but they still only allowed the Jays four hits on the day. A couple of those were homers which made things close in the seventh, but the Rays pulled away. Austin Meadows homered and drove in three for Tampa Bay. And Kevin Kiermaier did this:

Pirates 8, Reds 5; Reds 8, Pirates 1: Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a tie-breaking two-run triple and then Starling Marte homered as Pittsburgh’s put up a four-spot in the eighth inning of Game 1. Josh Bell went deep too as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak. They began a new losing streak — one is a streak, right? — when the nightcap began with starter Mitch Keller surrendering six runs in the first, including a grand slam to José Iglesias. It never got better as Reds starter Sonny Gray looked good through six while Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig homered late to make it a laugher.

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 3: Raimel Tapia singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Colorado their third walkoff win in four games. It could’ve easily been the Snakes’ game as Jarrod Dyson led off the top of the tenth with a triple but was stranded. When you don’t score after a leadoff triple things just really aren’t going your way.

Red Sox 12, Indians 5: It was 5-3 Boston in the fifth when Terry Francona called Óliver Pérez from the bullpen. Before he could begin work he stopped the game because a spike broke on one of his cleats. He waited on the mound in socks while someone fetched him a new pair. Then he changed his shoes. Watch: this is the most riveting highlight you’ll see this year:

Newly-shod, Pérez promptly gave up an RBI double to Jackie Bradley Jr. and then served up a three-run homer to Sandy León to break things wide open. Boston keeps cruising. Cleveland has lost seven of eight.

Brewers 5, Twins 4: The only good news for the Indians on the day was that the Twins’ win streak was snapped at seven. Here Orlando Arcia hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth and drove in three on the evening. The Brewers bullpen gave Craig Counsell four and a third innings of scoreless relief with Jeremy JeffressJunior Guerra, Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader throwing bullets. For his part, Jeffress dodged a bullet, Neo from “The Matrix”-style:

As you can see, Jeffress took a bit more damage than Neo ever did. He left the game after that but he seems to be OK.

Dodgers 9, Mets 5: Cody Bellinger can’t be stopped. He homered again here, bringing his batting line on the year to .383/.469/.761, and he flashed some fantastic defense. Check out this putout at third as Carlos Gomez tries to tag:

Earlier he cut down Michael Conforto at home plate to save a run. The guy has MVP written all over him right now. The Dodgers have won 10 of 12 and lead the West by eight games.

Mariners 6, Rangers 2: The M’s snap a six-game losing streak. It was power and speed here. The speed: Mallex Smith, who stole four bases on the night. Three of them came in one inning after a walk. The steal of home came on a pickoff throw to first, but he still showed off his wheels with it:

The power came via Dan Vogelbach‘s big time dinger to the third deck in right field that, yes, stayed fair:

You know you hit a moon shot when the camera tracking the ball gets the retractable roof in the frame.

Royals vs. White Sox — SUSPENDED:

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
What I’ve got they used to call the blues
Nothin’ is really wrong
Feelin’ like I don’t belong
Walkin’ around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Marlins clinch 1st playoff berth since 2003, beat Yanks 4-3

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NEW YORK (AP) Forced from the field by COVID-19, the Miami Marlins returned with enough force to reach the playoffs for the first time since their 2003 championship.

An NL-worst 57-105 a year ago, they sealed the improbable berth on the field of the team that Miami CEO Derek Jeter and manager Don Mattingly once captained.

“I think this is a good lesson for everyone. It really goes back to the players believing,” Mattingly said Friday night after a 4-3, 10-inning win over the New York Yankees.

Miami will start the playoffs on the road Wednesday, its first postseason game since winning the 2003 World Series as the Florida Marlins, capped by a Game 6 victory in the Bronx over Jeter and his New York teammates at the previous version of Yankee Stadium.

“We play loose. We got nothing to lose. We’re playing with house money.,” said Brandon Kintzler, who got DJ LeMahieu to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded after Jesus Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th. “We are a dangerous team. And we really don’t care if anyone says we’re overachievers.”

Miami (30-28), second behind Atlanta in the NL East, became the first team to make the playoffs in the year following a 100-loss season. The Marlins achieved the feat despite being beset by a virus outbreak early this season that prevented them from playing for more than a week.

After the final out, Marlins players ran onto the field, formed a line and exchanged non socially-distant hugs, then posed for photos across the mound.

“I can’t contain the tears, because it’s a lot of grind, a lot of passion,” shortstop Miguel Rojas said. “It wasn’t just the virus. Last year we lost 100 games. But we came out this year with the hope everything was going to be better. When we had the outbreak, the guys who got an opportunity to help the organization, thank you for everything you did.”

Miami was one of baseball’s great doubts at the start of the most shortened season since 1878, forced off the field when 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.

“Yeah, we’ve been through a lot. Other teams have been through a lot, too,” Mattingly said “This just not a been a great situation. It’s just good to be able to put the game back on the map.”

New York (32-26) had already wrapped up a playoff spot but has lost four of five following a 10-game winning streak and is assured of starting the playoffs on the road. Toronto clinched a berth by beating the Yankees on Thursday.

“I don’t like any time somebody celebrates on our field or if we’re at somebody else’s place and they celebrate on their field,” Yankees star Aaron Judge said. “I’m seeing that too much.”

Mattingly captained the Yankees from 1991-95 and is in his fifth season managing the Marlins, Jeter captained the Yankees from 2003-14 as part of a career that included five World Series titles in 20 seasons and is part of the group headed by Bruce Sherman that bought the Marlins in October 2017.

Garrett Cooper, traded to the Marlins by the Yankees after the 2017 season, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off J.A. Happ.

After the Yankees tied it on Aaron Hicks‘ two-run double off Sandy Alcantara in the third and Judge’s RBI single off Yimi Garcia in the eighth following an error by the pitcher on a pickoff throw, the Marlins regained the lead with an unearned run in the 10th against Chad Green (3-3).

Jon Berti sacrificed pinch-runner Monte Harrison to third and, with the infield in, Starling Marte grounded to shortstop. Gleyber Torres ran at Harrison and threw to the plate, and catcher Kyle Higashioka‘s throw to third hit Harrison in the back, giving the Yankees a four-error night for the second time in three games.

With runners at second and third, Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly.

Brad Boxberger (1-0) walked his leadoff batter in the ninth but got Luke Voit to ground into a double play, and Kintzler held on for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Miami ended the second-longest postseason drought in the majors – the Seattle Mariners have been absent since 2001.

Miami returned Aug. 4 following an eight-day layoff with reinforcements from its alternate training site, the trade market and the waiver wire to replace the 18 players on the injured list and won its first five games.

“We’re just starting,” said Alcantara, who handed a 3-2 lead to his bullpen in the eighth. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing.”

TOSSED

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing from the dugout in the first inning. Plate umpire John Tumpane called out Judge on a full-count slider that appeared to drop well below the knees and Boone argued during the next pitch, to Hicks, then was ejected. Television microphones caught several of Boone’s profane shouts.

“Reacting to a terrible call and then following it up,” Boone said. “Obviously, we see Aaron get called a lot on some bad ones down.”

ODD

Pinch-runner Michael Tauchman stole second base in the eighth following a leadoff single by Gary Sanchez but was sent back to first because Tumpane interfered with the throw by catcher Chad Wallach. Clint Frazier struck out on the next pitch and snapped his bat over a leg.

SLOPPY

New York took the major league lead with 47 errors. Sanchez was called for catcher’s interference for the third time in five days and fourth time this month.

REMEMBERING

Mattingly thought of Jose Fernandez, the former Marlins All-Star pitcher who died four years earlier to the night at age 24 while piloting a boat that crashed. An investigation found he was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system. The night also marked the sixth anniversary of Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium.

UP NEXT

RHP Deivi Garcia (2-2, 4.88) starts Saturday for the Yankees and LHP Trevor Rogers (1-2, 6.84) for the Marlins. Garcia will be making the sixth start of his rookie season.