And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Braves 7, Pirates 5: Mike Foltynewicz wasn’t sharp but Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann and Ozzie Albies all hit homers in the second inning. The Pirates would tie it at four but McCann hit his second homer of the game — a three-run shot — in the sixth to break the deadlock. Later the rains came, ending this one in the eighth. Fun Elias Sports Bureau facts: The last time the Braves homered four times in an inning was May 28, 2003, when Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa, Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez went deep. I was watching that game. The last time the Pirates allowed four homers in an inning was July 8, 1956, against the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds when Willie Mays, Hank Thompson, Daryl Spencer and Wes Westrum went deep. I was not watching that game. In any event, the Braves have won five straight and are tied for first place in the NL East.

Royals 3, Tigers 2: Detroit had a late 2-0 lead but this is 2019, not 1919, and 2-0 leads aren’t likely to hold very often. Ryan O'Hearn hit a solo shot in the seventh, Jorge Soler knocked in a run in the eighth to tie it and Chelsor Cuthbert gave Kansas City the lead and, ultimately, the win, with an RBI single of his own. Soler’s double came after a hustle double from Adalberto Mondesí. It was his third hit of the game. Terence Gore pinch ran for Soler, stole third and scored on Cuthbert’s RBI single. The Royals kinda stink this year but their speed is pretty fun.

Rockies 10, Cubs 3: Rookie Peter Lambert allowed one run and three hits in his home debut. He has pitched two big league games. Both have been against the Cubs. Both wins. That should earn him some sort of nickname like “Papa Bear” or something. Someone get on that, will ya? Daniel Murphy had three hits, including a two-run double. Charlie Blackmon hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run Rockies sixth. Colorado has won ten straight at home.

Yankees 12, Mets 5; Mets 10, Yankees 4: A split twin bill that I’ll give to the Yankees on goal differential. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer and had four RBI and Gary Sánchez and Luke Voit went deep in the first game as well. Peter Alonso hit a three-run shot and J.D. Davis and Carlos Gómez each went deep for the Mets in the nightcap. This split plus the Rays’ loss puts the Yankees back into a tie with Tampa Bay atop the AL East.

Indians 2, Reds 1: Trevor Bauer and Luis Castillo each allowed only one run and the pens allowed nothing else in regulation to send this one to extras tied at 1. In the 10th the Indians strung together a walk, a single and an intentional walk to load the bases and Oscar Mercado walked it off with an RBI single.

Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 4: A four-run second inning, powered by a three-run blast from Scott Kingery and an RBI double from Bryce Harper gave Philly a lead it’d never relinquish. Arizona’s five-game winning streak ends. Only two homers between the teams here, a day after they combined for 13.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2: John Means and four O’s relievers combined to allow only two runs on five hits while striking out 13 Jays hitters. Anthony Santander had three hits and an RBI-double. The Jays have lost five in a row and 11 of 13.

Athletics 4, Rays 3: Matt Olson hit a two-run shot and Khris Davis immediately followed him with a solo shot in the A’s three-run sixth to back Mike Fiers‘ two-run performance over six. He and three Oakland relievers combined to allow only four hits and strike out ten. Oakland got out to a rocky start this year but they’re back in the second Wild Card conversation. Well, six teams in the AL are in the second Wild Card conversation, but Oakland looks pretty good at the moment.

Rangers 9, Red Sox 5: Part of the reason six teams are in the second Wild Card conversation is because the Red Sox, who seem like the most talented team in that conversation, can’t seem to break orbit.  Andrew Benintendi got ejected which forced the Sox to move the outfield around, putting Brock Holt in right. In the sixth Hunter Pence hit one right behind Pesky’s Pole in right, Holt went up on the wall to try to catch it, missed, it kicked away about a mile and ended up as the easiest inside-the-park homer you’ll ever see:

The Rangers led 7-3 when that happened so it probably didn’t matter, but it probably tells you what’s going on with Boston right now. They’ve lost three in a row and five of six. Texas has won four of five.

Cardinals 7, Marlins 1: Dakota Hudson allowed one run over seven, giving up only four hits. Yadier Molina came back and had two hits. Kolten Wong reached base four times, Marcell Ozuna homered against his old team. Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a triple and a bases-loaded walk. Dexter Fowler had an RBI single and Jose Martinez had a pinch-hit two-run single.

Astros 10, Brewers 8: Yordan Álvarez played in his second career game and, in his second career game, he homered again. I think he has the hang of this whole hitting thing. Yuli Gurriel, Tyler White, and Robinson Chiniros all homered too. Houston led 10-4 late and the Brewers rallied for four in the ninth, but they’d only get close. Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 25th home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Brewers’ four-game winning streak came to an end.

White Sox 7, Nationals 5: Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and Eloy Jiménez hit another long homer — 462 feet — went 2-for-3 and drove in three. Anthony Rendon homered twice in a losing cause. Patrick Corbin got rocked for seven runs in five innings. Since a May 25 shutout against the Marlins he’s allowed 16 runs in twelve and two-thirds innings over three starts. That sucks, but at least Victor Robles made a fun catch:

Twins 6, Mariners 5: The Twins were down 5-3 in the eighth but rallied for three. Jorge Polanco was a big part of that rally. He hit a hustle double to knock in one, took third on a sac fly and then scored on a wild pitch. A Marwin Gonzalez RBI single completed the rally. Polanco reached base four times. He’s now leading the AL in batting at .341.

Giants 6, Padres 5: The Giants won and all of that but the most fun thing in this game was the Padres scoring two runs on a ball that wasn’t hit past the mound. Watch:

Angels 5, Dodgers 3: The Angels put up a five-spot in the first thanks to a Shohei Ohtani solo homer and a three-run shot from Justin Bour. Max Muncy tried to bring the Dodgers back on his own, hitting two homers, but those and a late David Freese blast were just solo shots. The Angels sweep the short, two-game series. Worst part for the Dodgers: Corey Seager strained his hamstring late in this one. We’ll hear more today, but it looked pretty bad. He’ll likely miss some considerable time.

Olson blasts two HRs, Acuña has 4 hits as Strider, Braves overpower Phillies 11-4

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ATLANTA – Given a seven-run lead in the first inning, Atlanta right-hander Spencer Strider could relax and keep adding to his majors-leading strikeout total.

“That game felt like it was over pretty quick,” Strider said.

Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in three runs with four hits, including a two-run single in Atlanta’s seven-run first inning, and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 on Sunday night to split the four-game series.

“Getting a lead first is big, especially when you get that big of a lead,” Strider said. “… When we’re putting up runs, my job isn’t to be perfect. My job is to get outs.”

Following the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced right-hander Michael Soroka will be recalled to make his first start since the 2020 season on Monday night at Oakland.

Matt Olson hit a pair of two-run homers for Atlanta, and Strider became the fastest pitcher in modern history to reach 100 strikeouts in a season.

“It’s incredible,” said Acuña through a translator of Strider. “Every time he goes out to pitch it seems like he’s going to strike everybody out.”

Acuña hit a run-scoring triple in the fifth before Olson’s second homer to center. Acuña had two singles in the first when the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate, collected seven hits and opened a 7-0 lead. Led by Acuña and Olson, who had three hits, the Braves set a season high with 20 hits.

Strider (5-2) struck out nine while pitching six innings of two-run ball. The right-hander fired a called third strike past Nick Castellanos for the first out of the fourth, giving him 100 strikeouts in 61 innings and topping Jacob deGrom‘s 61 2/3 innings in 2021 as the fastest to 100 in the modern era.

“It’s cool,” Strider said, adding “hopefully it’ll keep going.”

Olson followed Acuña’s leadoff single with a 464-foot homer to right-center. Austin Riley added another homer before Ozzie Albies and Acuña had two-run singles in the long first inning.

Phillies shortstop Trea Turner and left fielder Kyle Schwarber each committed an error on a grounder by Orlando Arcia, setting up two unearned runs in the inning.

Strider walked Kody Clemens to open the third. Brandon Marsh followed with a two-run homer for the Phillies’ first hit. Schwarber hit a two-run homer off Collin McHugh in the seventh.


Michael Harris II celebrated the one-year anniversary of his major league debut by robbing Schwarber of a homer with a leaping catch at the center-field wall in the second. As Harris shook his head to say “No!” after coming down with the ball on the warning track, Strider pumped his fist in approval on the mound – after realizing Harris had the ball.

“He put me through an emotional roller coaster for a moment,” Strider said.


Soroka was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, setting the stage for his final step in his comeback from two torn Achilles tendons.

“To get back is really a feather in that kid’s cap,” Snitker said.

Soroka will be making his first start in the majors since Aug. 3, 2020, against the New York Mets when he suffered a torn right Achilles tendon. Following a setback which required a follow-up surgery, he suffered another tear of the same Achilles tendon midway through the 2021 season.

Soroka suffered another complication in his comeback when a hamstring injury slowed his progress this spring.

Acuña said he was “super happy, super excited for him, super proud of him” and added “I’m just hoping for continued good health.”

Soroka looked like an emerging ace when he finished 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 2019 and placed second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.

The Braves are 0-3 in bullpen committee games as they attempt to overcome losing two key starters, Max Fried (strained left forearm) and Kyle Wright (right shoulder inflammation) to the injured list in early May. Each is expected to miss at least two months.

RHP Dereck Rodriguez, who gave up one hit in two scoreless innings, was optioned to Gwinnett after the game to clear a roster spot for Soroka.


Phillies right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 20, didn’t make it through the first inning. Covey allowed seven runs, five earned, and six hits, including the homers by Olson and Riley.


Phillies: 3B Alex Bohm was held out with hamstring tightness. … LHP José Alvarado (left elbow inflammation) threw the bullpen session originally scheduled for Saturday. Manager Rob Thomson said there was no report that Alvarado, who was placed on the injured list on May 10, had any difficulty.


Phillies: Following an off day, LHP Ranger Suárez (0-1, 9.82 ERA) is scheduled to face Mets RHP Kodai Senga (4-3, 3.94 ERA) in Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series in New York.

Braves: Soroka was 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight games with Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed a combined four hits and two runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts. RHP Paul Blackburn (7-6, 4.28 ERA in 2022) is scheduled to make his 2023 debut for Oakland as he returns from a finger injury.