Nationals fall back to .500 with shutout loss to Pittsburgh
Marquez (8-8) pitched six innings of two-run ball. He connected for his first career homer in the fifth.
Marquez’s drive to center was the first homer by a pitcher off a position player since Mike LaCoss went deep for the Giants against San Diego’s Dane Iorg on June 23, 1986, according to STATS.
Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller (0-4) allowed five runs in one inning before departing with right elbow tightness.
MIAMI (AP) – Milwaukee slugger Jesus Aguilar was added to the NL All-Star team and then validated the selection with three hits and three RBIs, but the Brewers went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
Aguilar learned he won the online vote for the final NL roster spot, and he’ll also compete in the Home Run Derby next week in Washington.
Miami took two of three in the series from the NL Central leaders. Jorge Lopez (0-1) got the loss.
Williams (7-7) won for just the second time in his past 10 starts, permitting four hits in five innings.
Gio Gonzalez (6-6) remained winless since May 28 despite allowing just two runs in six innings.
Washington lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500.
Lance Lynn (7-7) recovered from a three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the first inning to win his second straight start for the Twins, who used the bottom third of their lineup to launch rallies in the second and the fourth against Royals starter Burch Smith (0-1).
Mike Moustakas homered twice for the Royals, who have the fewest home runs in MLB, but took the Twins deep five times over the last two games of this series. Kansas City has lost 23 of its past 27 games.
RAYS 4, TIGERS 2
The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22.
Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-1) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1). Andrew McCutchen then singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game with San Francisco’s first run since scoring four in the first.
Dereck Rodriguez (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He also had three of San Francisco’s 16 strikeouts.
BOSTON (AP) – Chris Sale struck out 12 in seven innings of shutout ball in his final start before the All-Star Game, and major league batting leader Mookie Betts had two more hits to lead Boston to its ninth straight victory over Texas.
Sale (10-4) allowed six hits and walked one to win his fifth straight decision and move the Red Sox 36 games above .500 for the first time since Bucky Dent homered into the net above the Green Monster in a one-game playoff to settle the 1978 AL East title.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save, and his 19th in a row.
Facing Dylan Bundy (6-9) in the third inning, Bird launched a drive off the right-field foul pole to put New York up 5-0. It was the second night in a row he homered and had four RBIs.
Gray (6-7) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out eight over six innings.
METS 3, PHILLIES 0, 10 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and New York got another dominant outing from All-Star Jacob deGrom in a 3-0 victory over Philadelphia Phillies.
Amed Rosario, who had two of New York’s four hits, began the winning rally with a two-out double off Mark Leiter Jr. (0-1) – the first hit for the Mets since the fourth inning. Jose Reyes walked and Nimmo drove Leiter’s next pitch well over the wall in right-center for his first career walk-off RBIs.
In his final scheduled start before heading to the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Washington, deGrom scattered five hits and matched his longest outing of the season. He struck out seven and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.68.
Robert Gsellman (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Rodon (2-3) allowed only two singles and a double while walking two and striking out a season-high seven though 7 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, who spent the first two months of 2018 on the disabled list rehabbing from shoulder surgery, sparkled in just his seventh start this season.
Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.
Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start.
Mike Foltynewicz (7-5) and the Braves led 7-0 before Toronto scored five runs in the seventh on Justin Smoak’s leadoff homer and a grand slam by Devon Travis. But Albies hit a two-run shot in the eighth to help Atlanta hold on for just its second win in eight games.
Coupled with Philadelphia’s loss to the New York Mets, the Braves moved into a tie with the Phillies for the division lead.
Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio (2-3) allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs as Cleveland took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a thumping of Cincinnati.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Tyler Mahle (7-7) and connected for a three-run shot in Cleveland’s nine-run third. With the Indians up 17-0, the All-Star was replaced in the fifth inning by manager Terry Francona before he could inflict further damage.
It was a much-needed rebound by the AL Central leaders, who squandered a 4-0 lead in the ninth on Tuesday night, when Francona’s miscommunication with pitching coach Carl Willis on a choice of relievers helped the Reds rally for seven runs and stun the Indians.
Carlos Carrasco (10-5) reached 1,000 career strikeouts, and given the humongous lead, coasted through five innings for his second straight win since coming off the disabled list. Adam Plutko worked four innings for his first career save.
Davis, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games, put the A’s up 2-0 with a double in a three-run first. Pinder made it 6-0 when he connected off McCullers (10-4) for his ninth homer in the fourth.
Oakland starter Chris Bassitt (2-3) yielded five hits and three runs in five innings for his second straight win after losing his first three decisions.
Gonzalez (10-5) gave up just two hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. He not only earned his seventh victory since May 17, he became the 10th pitcher in Mariners history to reach 10 wins before the All-Star break.
Freitas went deep against starter Jaime Barria (5-6), who allowed three runs in five-plus innings. The right-hander has lost his last five decisions, including the past two to Seattle.
Nelson Cruz had a two-run single for the Mariners, who have won 11 of 15.
The surging Dodgers pulled within a half-game of NL West-leading Arizona with their 34th victory in 50 games.
Maeda (6-5) won for the first since June 25 as the right-hander allowed a run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He had nine strikeouts and a walk to help the Dodgers defeat the Padres for the eighth time in 12 meetings this season.
It was Maeda’s second start since coming off the paternity list. In his last nine starts, he has a 1.97 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.
Kenley Jansen closed for his 25th save.
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