And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mets 8, Nationals 4: I guess Tuesday’s rip-you-heart-out loss didn’t really rip the Mets’ hearts out. They bounced back just fine last night, getting five solid innings from Zack Wheeler and three and a third scoreless innings to close out the game from the bullpen. In between Wheeler and those innings Jeurys Familia got tagged for three runs, but details, details. Juan Lagares, Robinson Canó and Pete Alonso homered for New York and Jeff McNeill knocked in a couple. Alonso’s homer was his 45th, which leads all of baseball.

Yankees 4, Rangers 1: A bullpen game for the Yankees with six relievers combining to allow one run on seven hits. Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres homered for the Bombers. Fun thing: Rangers starter Lance Lynn thought umpire Will Little was throwing too many balls out of play, so after he did it again Lynn yelled “We’ve got a plane to catch” at him. Little responded professionally but if it was me I probably would’ve shot back “It’s a charter, they’ll wait for ya.”

Reds 8, Phillies 5: Cincinnati built up a 5-0 lead after two innings, blew it by the seventh, but then got homers from José Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen in the seventh and eighth to pull back ahead and win it. Lorenzen had an interesting game: In addition to that homer he pitched two innings — blowing the save by giving up a game-tying homer to Jay Bruce — but vulturing a win — and also appeared in center field to finish the game. It’s the first time a player had pitched, played outfield and homered in a game since Babe Ruth did it in 1921.

Pirates 6, Marlins 5: Maybe Tuesday’s save from José Ureña was not a precursor of future greatness at closer, because here he came into the game to protect a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to pinch-hitter Elias Díaz, walked a guy, gave up a double and then surrendered a two-run single to Bryan Reynolds to give the Pirates a walkoff win. Reynolds, a rookie, is now batting .332 and trails Anthony Rendon, who is hitting .338 in the race of the NL batting title.

Indians 8, White Sox 6: The Indians were barely holding on as the White Sox mounted a rally in the final two frames. What cut the rally short: Oscar Mercado making this catch with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning:

That probably saved the whole game for Cleveland, allowing them to gain a game on the Twins and kept them tied with Oakland for the second Wild Card. Just a spectacular catch. In other news, Franmil Reyes went 2-for-3 with a homer, two driven in and scored three times and Shane Bieber went seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out nine.

Red Sox 6, Twins 2: Mookie Betts had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two homers and five driven in. Eduardo Rodriguez had a nice game too, tossing seven shutout innings and notching his 17th win on the year. The highlight of the game for the Twins: Max Kepler, was listed on the lineup card as the center fielder and Jake Cave was listed on the lineup card as the right fielder began the game in the opposite positions, with Kepler in right and Cave in center. Seems an earlier version of the card had them listed that way and they didn’t get the message that it had been switched before game time. They were where they were supposed to be by the second.

Giants 9, Cardinals 8: Kevin Pillar had four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth. Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski also homered for the Giants. Paul Goldschmidt drove in four and Paul DeJong homered for St. Louis in a losing cause. The loss came despite the Giants’ best efforts to give them the game, blowing leads of 4-0 and 7-4 at various times.

Royals 5, Tigers 4: Jorge Soler hit his 40th homer of the season and Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon had three hits each to give the Royals their fourth straight win. That’s their longest winning streak of the year. Of course their last five games have been against the Orioles and Tigers, who are the only two teams worse than them in the American League, so yeah.

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 1: Rookie right-hander Zac Gallen took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, which he had to, because his hitters were being shut out through six by Chris Paddack and Craig Stammen. Stammen put two on to start the seventh, however, and his relief, Luis Perdomo put on one more before surrendering a grand slam to Ketel Marte which blew it open. The Snakes complete the three-game sweep of the Friars.

Athletics 4, Angels 0: Tanner Roark shut the Halos out into the seventh and three relievers completed the five-hitter. Solo homers from Jurickson Profar and Sean Murphy and a two-run shot from Marcus Semien provided the offense as the A’s keep pace with Cleveland in the Wild Card race.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 3: Hyun-Jin Ryu was once again mortal but at least this time he wasn’t totally shellacked, allowing three runs while working into the fifth. Four relievers, working four and two-thirds shutout innings saved his bacon, however, as did Joc Pederson who hit two homers and drove in three. Pederson has been on a tear. He sat out Tuesday’s game with sore ribs but between Sunday and yesterday he hit five homers and a double in a string of six at-bats. L.A. swept the three-game series against the Rockies, reducing their magic number to four. They also hit 12 homers in the series, allowing them to set the National League record for homers in a season with 250, breaking the 2000 Astros’ record of 249.

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.”

CANDY MAN

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.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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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