Frazier, Mets rally past Nationals 7-6
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier clobbered a tying three-run homer and Michael Conforto lined a game-ending single as the New York Mets stormed back in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals 7-6 Friday night for their seventh straight win.
Trailing 6-3, the Mets rallied against Sean Doolittle to win for the 14th time in 15 games at pulsating Citi Field. The Nationals hold the top spot in the NL wild-card race, and the Mets are 1½ games behind them.
Doolittle (6-4) blew his fifth save in 30 chances.
Luis Avila?n (3-0) got two outs for the win.
Cleveland trailed Minnesota by 11½ games on June 3 before putting together a 41-16 run, the best record in the majors since June 4. The Twins are 30-28 in those games and their division lead finally slipped away with their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Bieber (12-4) allowed a pair of home runs but struck out 11 in seven-plus innings.
Jason Castro and Eddie Rosario homered for Minnesota, which broke its franchise record for home runs in a season with its majors-leading total of 226. Devin Smeltzer (1-2) surrendered six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Gardner was ejected and had to be restrained from going after home plate umpire Chris Segal in the fourth.
Blue Jays right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (2-2) allowed one run in five innings.
MIAMI (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a pair of two-run homers for NL East-leading Atlanta, and Julio Teheran extended his scoreless streak against Miami this season to 24 innings before allowing a run in the seventh.
Acuña homered for the fourth game in a row in the fifth inning, and homered again in the ninth to increase his season total to 32. Ozzie Albies went 4 for 5 and hit his 18th homer.
Teheran (7-7) pitched seven innings and departed with a 6-1 lead.
Miami’s Caleb Smith (7-6) allowed 10 hits and six runs, both season highs, in 4 2/3 innings.
Harper hit a solo shot off Tyler Beede in the fifth. The slugger connected again in the seventh against Tony Watson (2-1), belting his 22nd homer after Adam Haseley singled and pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez walked.
José Alvarez (3-2) retired one batter to earn the win. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carson Kelly hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and a tiebreaking solo shot in the 11th, sending Arizona to the victory.
Both benches cleared after the final out when Archie Bradley shouted and pointed at the Dodgers’ dugout after completing his third save.
Bradley had thrown an inside pitch to A.J. Pollock that appeared to hit the slugger on the hand, but instead popped into the air and was caught for the first out of the 11th.
Video review confirmed the out, but Pollock and Bradley exchanged gestures as Pollock left the field. The hostilities resumed after the final out, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts getting particularly upset with someone on the Diamondbacks‘ side, but no punches were thrown.
Andrew Chafin (2-2) pitched the 10th for the Diamondbacks, who ended the Dodgers’ five-game winning streak and earned their fifth victory in six games.
After Kelly drove his tying shot to right off Kenley Jansen, the catcher improbably added a solo shot to left against Julio Urías (4-3) for the first multihomer game of his career.
Quantrill (5-3) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none in the longest of his 11 career starts.
The Rockies, who didn’t score until the ninth, have lost 18 of 24 to fall a season-worst 12 games under .500.
Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (3-10) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Miley (11-4) allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander, who went 10-20 with Baltimore in 2016-17, is 5-0 in nine starts since June 17.
Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 26th save.
Milwaukee opened a 5-2 lead with three runs in the seventh, but Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer off newly acquired reliever Jake Faria in the eighth and Elvis Andrus‘ solo shot off Hader tied it at 5 in the ninth.
Hader (2-5) threw a season-high 44 pitches in 1 2/3 innings.
Enter Thames, who hit his 16th homer against Emmanuel Clase (0-1) with two out in the ninth. Thames was mobbed by his teammates at the plate after ending a game that lasted more than 4 hours.
Milwaukee earned its fourth straight win and moved within 2½ games of NL Central-leading Chicago.
The Reds’ biggest July trade paid off both ways against the NL Central leaders. Cincinnati got Bauer from the Indians as part of a three-team deal last week, sending Puig — one of their hottest hitters at midseason — to Cleveland.
Bauer (10-8) allowed three hits in seven innings, including Nicholas Castellanos‘ third homer of the series.
Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland also homered for Boston, which is desperately trying to climb back into contention for a wild-card berth after an eight-game losing streak. The Red Sox tagged the Angels for 14 hits and won for the third time in four games.
Marcus Walden (7-1) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after replacing Brian Johnson in the third inning.
The Rays won for the eighth time in 10 games and remain second in the AL wild-card race.
Anthony Bass (1-4) got the loss. He was charged with three runs, two earned, and walked three in one inning.
Goldschmidt’s single went under the glove of Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman, scoring Dexter Fowler to break a 2-all tie. Five pitches later, Ozuna drove a 99 mph fastball from Richard Rodriguez (3-5) into the left field bullpen for his second homer in two games.
The rally made a winner out of Carlos Martínez (3-2), who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings as the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Pirates lost their sixth straight to drop to 4-22 since the All-Star break.
CHICAGO (AP) — Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers tossed seven sparkling innings to extend his career-best win streak to nine consecutive decisions.
Fiers (11-3) allowed three hits, struck out a season-high eight and walked none. The 34-year-old right-hander also hit two batters, but improved to 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 starts dating to his no-hitter on May 7 against Cincinnati.
The Tigers, who topped Kansas City a day earlier, posted back-to-back wins at home for the first time since they swept the Royals in their first home series of the season. Detroit, which has the worst record in the majors, hadn’t won two straight anywhere since a three-game winning streak in Baltimore and Atlanta from May 28-31.
Jackson (2-5) spent the 2009 season with the Tigers, going 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA. Ten years later, he was just as good, allowing one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Joe Jimenez got one out for his first save.
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