Kyle Schwarber continued his torrid stretch by scoring three home runs to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 win over the visiting New York Mets on Sunday afternoon.
Schwarber, who went deep twice in Washington’s 6-2 win on Saturday night, has nine home runs in his last 10 games and 18 this season.
Juan Soto and Starlin Castro had two wins each for the Nationals, who won three out of four from New York to finish 8-3 over an 11-game homestand.
Washington star Patrick Corbin (5-5) conceded two points out of four hits and eliminated seven in more than six innings. Brad Hand threw the ninth pitch for his fifteenth save.
Yankees 2, Athletics 1
Gary Sanchez continued his recent rip off with a go-ahead, two-point double in the sixth inning against ruler Sean Manaea and New York turned a late-game triple to resist Oakland’s visit.
Three innings after Sanchez’s friction hit, the Yankees transformed their third triple play of the season – all in the last month – to preserve Aroldis Chapman’s 16th save in 18 chances. The Yankees have won for the seventh time in 11 games since they were swept away in a three-game streak by the Boston Red Sox two weeks ago.
Manaea (6-3) allowed two points and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He scored a career-high of 11 but suffered his first defeat in seven games as a starter since May 13 against the Boston Red Sox. Matt Olson made home to Oakland, who did little against New York southpaw Jordan Montgomery and only lost for the fourth time in 17 games this month.
Astros 8, White Sox 2
Abraham Toro recorded his first game of four career wins, while Carlos Correa went home in support of Lance McCullers Jr. while Houston completed a four-game streak by visiting Chicago.
The Astros have improved to 16-4 in their last 20 games by beating their former ace of staff, Dallas Keuchel (6-2), who suffered his first defeat since April 30. Keuchel conceded six points (three earned) out of seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings, his shortest start since his rookie season in 2012.
Correa scored his 14th home run and seven different Astro’s recorded at least one RBI. Jake Lamb hit a two-point home run for the White Sox, but Houston beat Chicago 27-8 in the four-game series and completed a 6-0 homestand. The White Sox are mired in a four-game slip of the season.
Brewers 7, Rocky Mountains 6
Kolten Wong scored among his three wins, Daniel Vogelbach and Derek Fisher had two wins each and on a visit to Milwaukee he beat Colorado in Denver.
Devin Williams (3-1) hit the team in his only relief inning and Brad Boxberger earned his third save for the Brewers.
For Colorado, CJ Cron had three hits which included a home run, Trevor Story scored a home run and a single, Yonathan Daza and Joshua Fuentes went deep, and Raimel Tapia had two singles to extend his winning streak to 17. matches.
Cardinals 9, Braves 1 (Game 1)
Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt both scored at home and Adam Wainwright pitched a full game of seven innings to lead a visit to St. Louis over Atlanta to open a double hit.
Arenado ended a 0 of 20 slump with a two-point home run in the first inning, his 13th of the season. Arenado was 2-for-3 with one walk and three RBI. Goldschmidt was 3 for 4 with four RBI and finished a 1 for 12 streak with a 401-foot three-point home run in the fifth inning against reliever Josh Tomlin.
Wainwright (5-5) went far and allowed for a three-stroke, three-step run. He finished with a season-high of 11 strikeouts. It was the 26th full game of his career, tying him with Justin Verlander for the most part from an active player.
Braves 1, Cardinals 0 (Game 2)
Ronald Acuna Jr. scored the 100th home run of his four-year career and Drew Smyly took home a no-hitter in the sixth inning and Atlanta defeated visiting St. Louis to earn a split of his doubleheader.
Acuna’s home run arrived in the front row of the stands in the left center court with one out in the third inning. It was his 19th of the season and made him the sixth fastest player in major league history to make it to 100, reaching the finish line in his 378th game.
Smyly (4-3) didn’t allow a jab until Paul Goldschmidt pulled out an inside jab with two outs in the sixth inning, barely beating the shot from Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies. St. Louis holder Kwang Hyun Kim (1-5) pitched well in the defeat. He worked four innings and allowed one out of three hits and one walk, and hit two.
Tigers 5, Angels 3 (10)
Daz Cameron’s two-point single at the top of the tenth inning lifted Detroit over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California, avoiding a sweep and saving the final game of the four-game series.
Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had hit three times in the game when he came to the pot with bases loaded and no outs to face Angels reliever Raisel Iglesias (4-3) in the tenth.
Tigers relief Jose Cisnero (1-4) took the win and Michael Fulmer pitched a goalless tenth place for his sixth save. Shohei Ohtani scored once again for the Angels, his 23rd of the season, equaling Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. Ohtani has scored at home in five of his last six games, including a home game on Friday.
Reali 7, Red Sox 3
Kansas City won a three-game streak for the first time this month by scoring three runs in each of the third and sixth innings by beating visiting Boston.
Kansas City, which ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox on Friday night, won two of three in a series for the first time May 28-30 in Minnesota. The Royals started the day with losses in 12 of their previous 14 games.
Boston opened the scoring in the second on a two-point home run by Enrique Hernandez after Mike Minor (6-4) overtook Hunter Renfroe with two outs. That was all the Red Sox could put together against Minor, however, as he ended up going 6 2/3 innings giving up nine hits with six strikeouts.
Puppies 2, Marlin 0
Alec Mills pitched five impressive innings and his bullpen added four perfect frames, leading Chicago to visit Miami.
Mills (3-1) set the season record of 77 shots, conceding six hits and no marching, scoring three. Mills, who didn’t allow extra shots, gave up at least one single in each frame, but no Miami runner made it past second base.
The Cubs bullpen did the rest as Ryan Tepera (two innings), Andrew Chafin (one inning) and Craig Kimbrel (one inning) closed the game. Kimbrel earned his 20th save on 22 occasions this year, including an active streak of 13 in a row.
Padres 3, Rossi 2
Wil Myers scored a two-point triple and scored on a mistake in the third and San Diego avoided visiting Cincinnati in the last three innings and completed his first round of a four-game streak since August 2011.
Dinelson Lamet (2-2) conceded four hits in five innings and a walk with seven strikeouts to collect the win. Mark Melancon scored his second save in as many games and his 21st this season.
All three San Diego points came from Reds star Luis Castillo (2-10) in the third inning. Castillo allowed three points – two earned – on six hits and three passes with seven strikeouts in six innings. Both teams have failed on a string of scoring chances, combining to go 2 of 19 with runners in scoring position.
Giants 11, Phillies 2
Wilmer Flores scored two of San Francisco’s four home runs and Sammy Long pitched six solid innings in his first major league start as the Giants overcame the visit to Philadelphia.
Flores finished with four hits while Mike Yastrzemski (two hits) and Brandon Crawford (four RBI) each scored two-point homers for the Giants, who completed a 6-1 homestand.
Long (1-0), whose first two big league appearances came in relief earlier this month, conceded four hits and scored six with a walk. He gave up two points on a homer at JT Realmuto.
Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 8
Albert Pujols scored the 673th home run of his major league career and Los Angeles held out to complete a three-game round against the Arizona host.
Pujols had two hits and three RBIs, AJ Pollock had three hits and three RBIs, while Chris Taylor and Justin Turner also had two hits each for the Dodgers, who remain 1 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the advantage of the National League West.
Dodgers owner Tony Gonsolin went 3 2/3 innings, allowing one point and three hits. He scored two points and didn’t beat a hitter in his third game as a starter this season.
Sailors 6, Rays 2 (10)
Shed Long Jr. hit a grand slam with two outs at the bottom of the tenth inning while Seattle completed a four game visit sweep to Tampa Bay.
Luis Torrens and Ty France also made it home to Seattle, who have won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
The Rays suffered their sixth straight season-high defeat
Indians 2, Pirates 1
Josh Naylor hit an RBI tiebreak single in the seventh inning and Harold Ramirez went home when visiting Cleveland overtook Pittsburgh to avoid being blown away in the three-game series.
Cleveland star Sam Hentges threw five unscored innings, giving up two hits and one setback, with four strikeouts. Phil Maton (2-0) gave up one run and three hits in the sixth but struck wide. James Karinchak pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
JT Brubaker (4-6) gave Pittsburgh a good start despite the defeat, going 6 2/3 innings. He gave up two points and three hits, no walks and nine strikeouts.
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 4
Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Reese McGuire had three doubles, a single and two RBI, and on a visit to Toronto he defeated Baltimore.
Bo Bichette also had two RBI for Toronto in the three-game series rubber match. Ryu (6-4) kept the Orioles one run, three hits and one pass. The southpaw scored four goals, winning for the first time since May 28.
Trey Mancini scored two home runs and had three RBI for the Orioles. Pedro Severino added only one homer.
Gemini 4, Ranger 2
Byron Buxton scored, doubled and led in two runs as Minnesota completed a Texas streak at Arlington.
Luis Arraez, Andrelton Simmons and Trevor Larnach each scored three hits for Minnesota, which ended with 14 hits extending its winning streak to four draws.
Kenta Maeda (3-2) scored his first win since the May 3 victory over the Rangers in Minneapolis. Dane Dunning (2-6) suffered defeat after conceding four points (three earned) out of 10 hits and two walks out of four innings. He beat five.
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