And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Orioles 8, Rays 3: Anthony Santander went 5-for-5 with a homer, Renato Núñez had two hits and drove in three, Jonathan Villar homered, and DJ Stewart had three hits. The Orioles take the last two of the four-game series to earn the split. The Rays look really great sometimes. Then they look like crap for a couple of days. Right now they’re holding on to the second Wild Card by a mere half game.

Braves 2, Mets 1: The sweep. And a now eight-game winning streak for Atlanta. Dallas Keuchel tossed seven shutout innings while Josh Donaldson hit two solo homers. The first one allowed him to taunt a Mets fan in the process:

Atlanta continues to lead the NL East by six games. The Mets are 12 back and two back in the Wild Card.

Yankees 5, Dodgers 1: Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 Yankees but he also gave up three home runs, with D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Mike Ford all hitting solo shots. Meanwhile his counterpart Domingo Germán allowed only one run over six and four Yankees relievers combined for three shutout frames to end it. Judge’s homer came after he promised the father of the Yankees’ bullpen coach Jason Brown:

That’s not something you see every day, eh? Something else you don’t see very often is the Dodgers dropping two of three at home, but that’s what happened, thanks in part to nine Yankees homers over the weekend. Here’s what Aaron Judge’s looked like, in photographic form:

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Royals 9, Indians 8: Cleveland came back from three-run deficit to tie things up in the seventh and then fell behind by five runs a mere inning later. They came back from that too, plating five in the eighth and ninth, thanks to three homers — a solo shot from Francisco Lindor and both a solo shot and a three-run homer from Franmil Reyes — to tie it up at eight and force extra innings. Momentum, schmomentum: the Royals’ Ryan O'Hearn hit a solo homer in the top of the 10th to end the scoring and, three Indians outs later, the game. Something of a gut-punch loss for Cleveland, on a day they lost one of their big bats to injury. They’re probably glad every day is not like Sunday. Come, Armageddon, come.

Marlins 3, Phillies 2: Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer to stake Aaron Nola to a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Apart from Hoskins’ blast there was nothing doing, though, as four Miami pitchers, led by Elieser Hernández, combined to allow only four hits and one walk to Philly batters. The Marlins got all of their runs in the bottom half of the sixth, with Jon Berti hitting an RBI single and Starlin Castro smacking a two-run double. Teams that have playoff pretensions probably don’t wanna drop two of three to Miami.

Pirates 9, Reds 8: Likewise, teams that wanna have self-respect probably don’t wanna drop all three games of a three-game series to Pittsburgh. Trevor Bauer was beat up for eight runs — seven earned — in only three innings. Since coming to the Reds he’s 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in five starts. Bryan Reynolds hit a bases-loaded triple. Kevin Newman went 4-for-4, was hit by a pitch and stole two bases. Starling Marte‘s hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth to give Pittsburgh a two-run lead. They’d hold on by one.

Astros 11, Angels 2: This was a 2-1 game until the seventh, believe it or not. That’s when Martín Maldonado hit a two-run homer. Still, 4-1 in the eighth is not an insurmount— ah, screw it. Houston plated seven runs in the eighth to make it a laugher. Alex Bregman doubled in a run that innings, followed by Abraham Toro singling in one, Yordan Álvarez coming home on a wild pitch, Josh Reddick doubling two guys in, and José Altuve hitting a two-run homer. Houston sweeps the Angels in three and has won four in a row overall.

Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 2: Robbie Ray pitched five scoreless innings while Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker each homered to help the Dbacks avoid a sweep. The Brewers remain two back of the Cubs and four and a half back of the Cardinals because . . .

Nationals 7, Cubs 5: . . . Chicago got swept in a three-game series by the hot Nationals, who have taken five in a row. Anthony Rendon was the big bat here, as he homered and had four hits overall including an RBI single in the 11th inning. Juan Soto had three hits and, though he got the no-decision, Stephen Strasburg struck out ten batters in six innings of two-run work. Shockingly, though, Hunter Strickland and Fernando Rodney could not hold the 5-2 lead to which they were staked, giving up homers to Victor Caratini and Kyle Schwarber, respectively. Not that anyone needs to tell anyone else that relying on Hunter Strickland and Fernando Rodney down the stretch against good teams isn’t the strongest idea anyone’s ever come up with.

Cardinals 11, Rockies 4: The Brewers and Cubs are continuing to battle for second place and second place only at the moment, because the Cards have won four in a row and remain atop the Central. Matt Carpenter — who has been terrible this year — hit a homer, two singles and drew a walk, while Lane Thomas hit a pinch hit homer as they easily beat the Rockies. Colorado has dropped six of seven.

White Sox 2, Rangers 0: Reynaldo López no-hit Texas for five frames but had to leave after that due to some stomach problems. Never fear, though, as four relievers each blanked the Rangers for one to complete a one-hitter. José Abreu was responsible for both of the Chisox’ runs via an RBI single and a fielder’s choice.

Twins 7, Tigers 4: C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered — Cron’s was a three-run shot — Martín Pérez pitched six strong innings, as Minnesota takes two of three in the series. In so doing they increased their AL Central lead to three and a half games over Cleveland.

Giants 5, Athletics 4: Evan Longoria homered and hit a go-ahead, two-run single late in the game. Donovan Solano — the guy with maybe the most Bay Area name in this Bay Area series — had four hits and an RBI as the Giants took both games of the two-game series. Which, my God, who plays a two-game weekend series? I used to understand the schedule but I really don’t anymore.

Padres 3, Red Sox 1: Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first to give San Diego a 3-0 lead. Joey Lucchesi gave up a solo homer to J.D. Martinez in the fourth but that’s all he and four relievers would allow to the Red Sox as they avoid a three-game sweep.

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1: Marco Gonzalez allowed only one run on three hits over seven and was backed by a Dylan Moore solo shot and an RBI double from the red hot Kyle Seager. Tons of Jays fans come down from British Columbia whenever they play Seattle to make it a near-home game for them. Those who did watched Toronto drop two of three. That’s sad, I guess. But it’s also a reminder that the Blue Jays have an entire country of 37 million people as their market. Keep it in mind the next time they cry poor or act poor as a franchise.

Nationals blow 6-run lead, rebound to beat Phillies 8-7

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WASHINGTON (AP) Lane Thomas singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals sent the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight loss, winning 8-7 after blowing a six-run lead.

The defending NL champion Phillies have just five victories in their last 18 games and are tied with the Nationals at the bottom of the NL East at 25-32.

“We’ve got to overcome it,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We’ve got to play better, get consistent in all phases and keep moving forward.”

Alex Call drew a two-out walk against Connor Brogdon (2-1) in the eighth, stole second on a low pitch that catcher JT Realmuto couldn’t make a throw on and scored on Thomas’ single to right center.

“The way Lane’s swinging the bat, if you can get on second base, we can win the game,” Call said. “I look over and the ball’s in the dirt, he doesn’t catch it. Now I’m saying: ‘All right, Lane. Come on!’”

Kyle Finnegan (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory, stranding the tying run on second in the ninth.

Nick Castellanos homered twice, singled, doubled and drove in five runs for Philadelphia, which had scored just three runs in its past three games.

“There’s definitely a lot of positives as a group,” Castellanos said. “Showing some fight. It would have been really, really easy to lay down and allow the way the game started to be the way that it finished.”

Down 7-1 after four innings, Philadelphia tied it at 7 in the eighth. Brandon Marsh worked a nine-pitch walk against Mason Thompson leading off, and Drew Ellis singled with one out. Finnegan came on to face Kyle Schwarber, who hit a ground ball up the middle. Shortstop CJ Abrams fielded it behind it behind second base, touched second for one out, but threw wildly to first and Marsh came home with the tying run.

Castellanos’s second homer, a two-run shot to center in the sixth, pulled the Phillies to 7-3 and Marsh added an RBI single in the inning.

In the seventh, Schwarber doubled with one out and Bryson Scott reached on an infield single. Hunter Harvey came on and walked Bryce Harper to load the bases. Castellanos singled to center scoring two runs to make it 7-6.

Luis Garcia homered and Jeimer Candelario doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Nationals, who have won seven of 12.

Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler, coming off eight shutout innings against Atlanta, allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“This one’s on me really,” Wheeler said. “Guys battled back. Just couldn’t finish it out. We know who we have in this room and what we’ve got to do.”

Josiah Gray gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for Washington.

Candelario doubled just beyond the reach of left fielder Schwarber to drive in the first of Washington’s two runs in the first.

In the second, Abrams hit a one-out drive to deep center that Marsh misplayed into a double. With two outs and two on, Candelario doubled off the wall in right center to make it 5-0.

Garcia ended Wheeler’s night with a solo homer in the fourth.

“When you come out the way we did, you’ve got to tack on,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “It didn’t happen tonight, but we got one more than the other guys.”


Candelario is 9 for 26 (.346) with four doubles, a home run, nine RBIs, five walks, and seven runs scored in his last seven games.


Phillies: Thomson said RHP Taijuan Walker played catch Friday and there are “no worries about his next start.” In a four-inning outing against the Mets on Thursday, Walker’s sinker velocity averaged 90.6 mph, down from 92.7 mph for the season. His fastball, splitter and curveball velocity also dropped.

Nationals: OF Victor Robles (back spasms) took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the injured list. … LHP Sean Doolittle (elbow) gave up a run on two hits and struck out two batters in 2/3 of an inning working his second straight night for Class A Fredericksburg.


Phillies: LHP Matt Strahm (4-3, 3.20) will start a bullpen game on Saturday.

Nationals: LHP MacKenzie Gore (3-3, 3.57) went seven innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters in his previous outing – a no decision against the Royals.

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