Donaldson homers in 10th, lifts Braves over Nationals 5-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered against Sean Doolittle in the top of the 10th, and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday to take two of three in the series and pad their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games.
After the Nationals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, Donaldson swatted a fastball from Doolittle over the center-field wall for his 25th homer of the season.
Adam Duvall homered for the fourth time in five games. Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers also drove in runs for the Braves, who won consecutive series in Washington for the first time since 2013. They also won two of three in late June.
Washington starter Aníbal Sánchez (6-6) could not keep pace, allowing four runs on 10 hits in five innings of work.
YANKEES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5
The Yankees had been shopping for pitching and may have eyed Greinke ahead of the 4 p.m. trade deadline. The veteran right-hander gave them an impressive firsthand look, striking out seven and pitching five innings of two-run ball. He was in line for the win before Romine’s shot off Yoshihisa Hirano (3-5).
Instead, the 35-year-old Greinke is off to Houston, where he’ll play for a rival AL pennant contender. The Diamondbacks got a quartet of prospects in return.
Adam Ottavino (4-3) got the win with a scoreless inning.
Perez hit a three-run homer in the second inning off rookie José Urquidy (1-1) and a solo shot in the sixth as the Indians stayed on Minnesota’s heels in the AL Central.
Santana connected for his 23rd homer in the fifth and Kipnis hit his ninth in the sixth.
Rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (6-3) recovered after a rough start and won his third start in a row.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field, and the two teams were on good behavior during Cincinnati’s victory over Pittsburgh behind a strong outing from Luis Castillo.
Bell and three Reds, including now-traded Yasiel Puig, were ejected for a ninth-inning brawl during the Pirates‘ 11-4 win on Tuesday night. Four Pirates also were ejected. Major League Baseball was reviewing video of the fight Wednesday and was expected to hand down suspensions over the second fracas between the NL Central rivals this season.
Bell went after Hurdle during the fight and was restrained in a headlock by batting coach Rick Eckstein. Bell repeatedly cursed Hurdle as he left the field. A day later, the two managers didn’t say much while handing lineup cards to the umpires.
The two teams aren’t done with each other. They meet again at PNC Park on Aug. 23, and wrap up the season in Pittsburgh Sept. 27-29.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks struck out seven in seven innings and Ian Happ hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie as Chicago beat St. Louis and moved into a tie with the Cardinals atop the NL Central.
The teams have identical 57-50 records. The Cardinal have lost three of their last four.
Hendricks (8-8) allowed seven hits and didn’t walk a batter in a 104-pitch effort.
Closer Craig Kimbrel picked his eighth save in 10 chances.
Happ, who was recalled from Triple-A Des Moines on Friday, singled off Miles Mikolas (7-11) and scored Kris Bryant, who had reached on a one-out error by third baseman Tommy Edman. Chicago scored an unearned run in the eighth inning.
Minor (9-6) needed 103 pitches to get through five innings. He had five strikeouts while matching a season high in allowing 11 baserunners (seven hits, three walks and a hit batter).
Jesse Chavez, the fourth Texas reliever, worked the ninth for his first save this season.
Wade LeBlanc (6-4) was gone after 4 1/3 innings.
DENVER (AP) — Will Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to break open a scoreless game and lead Los Angeles over Colorado.
Rockies starter German Márquez was helped off the field at the start of the seventh inning with what the team said was full-body cramping. The right-hander fanned 10 through six innings.
The Rockies lost because of a bad ninth inning. Closer Wade Davis (1-5) walked Cody Bellinger and gave up a single to Corey Seager with one out. Smith followed with a homer to center, his fifth of the season. Verdugo then singled and Negrón homered for the second straight game.
Rookie Jacob Waguespack (2-1) went six innings for his second win in his fourth big-league start. He held the Royals to three hits and one run.
Willy Adames also homered for Tampa Bay, which won for the fifth time in six games since losing seven of eight to fall behind Boston in the wild-card race.
Rogers opened the scoring in the third with his first big league homer.
Dixon and Beckham homered during a five-run eighth inning off Luis García. Dixon — who ended up with four RBIs — had a two-run blast to left-center and Beckham’s was a three-run shot to right center.
Norris (3-8) allowed only three hits over five innings with five strikeouts.
Suarez (2-2) didn’t allow a hit the first two innings then surrendered four runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Berrios (10-5) retired the first 12 batters he faced, including six on strikeouts, before Neil Walker led off the fifth inning with a dribbler down the third-base line. Starlin Castro followed with a base hit to center.
Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Samardzija tossed three-hit ball over six scoreless innings, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar homered in a five-run fifth and short-handed San Francisco beat Philadelphia.
The Giants were down three relievers after a flurry of moves before the trade deadline, but Samardzija (8-8) handcuffed Philadelphia for his fifth straight road win.
White Sox closer Alex Colomé (3-2) took the loss. Chicago has dropped seven of eight.
BREWERS 4, ATHLETICS 2
Hours after completing a pair of trades that sent slumping slugger Jesús Aguilar to Tampa Bay and added lefty Drew Pomeranz to Milwaukee’s bullpen, the Brewers grabbed an early lead against A’s starter Brett Anderson and held on behind Lyles and four relievers.
Acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday, Lyles (6-7) tossed three-hit ball over five innings and retired nine of his final 10 batters to win for the first time since May 23. The right-hander was a reliever for the NL Central champion Brewers late last year.
Anderson (9-7) allowed three runs in seven innings.
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