Syndergaard wins for Mets in return from disabled list

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard pitched out of trouble in a rusty return from the disabled list and helped himself with an RBI single as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Friday night.

Amed Rosario tripled and doubled, both times over Bryce Harper’s head in center field, and the Mets won for only the sixth time in their last 26 home games. Brandon Nimmo had three hits for New York, which built a three-run cushion in the first inning against struggling starter Tanner Roark.

Roark (3-12) became the first 12-game loser in the majors this season. He allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

Matt Adams homered for the inconsistent Nationals, who fell back to .500 at 47-47. They have lost just three of 13 games at Citi Field since the start of last season.

After missing seven weeks with a strained ligament in his right index finger, Syndergaard (5-1) came out firing 99 mph fastballs.

Robert Gsellman gave up Adams’ upper-deck shot in the eighth but got six outs for his fourth save.


BOSTON (AP) – Kevin Pillar had four hits and Justin Smoak had three, including a pair of homers, and they drove in four runs apiece to help Toronto snap Boston’s 10-game winning streak.

Dwight Smith Jr. also homered for Toronto, which won for the second time in six games. Jake Petricka (1-0) pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Ryan Borucki, who lasted just three-plus innings but left with an 8-6 lead.

Mookie Betts had three hits, including two triples, to raise his major league-leading batting average to .357. J.D. Martinez had two hits for the Red Sox, who won 15 of their previous 17 games and will head into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and the AL East lead.

Rick Porcello (11-4) allowed seven hits and eight runs in two innings to take the loss.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Max Muncy homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally past the Angels in the resumption of the Freeway Series.

The Angels took two out of three last week in Anaheim.

Muncy, who will participate in next week’s Home Run Derby, singled to deep right-center off Cam Bedrosian (3-2), scoring pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2.

Muncy took second on right fielder Kole Calhoun’s throw that sailed over the head of catcher Jose Briceno. Bedrosian scrambled to the backstop, but he bobbled the ball and had no throw to the plate as Pederson scored.

Caleb Ferguson (2-1) got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Scott Alexander induced a double play to end the ninth for his first save.


MIAMI (AP) – Aaron Altherr drove in his first run of July and later started a sensational relay to protect the lead, helping Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia top the Miami.

Arrieta (7-6) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. Victor Arano got three outs and Pat Neshek finished the three-hitter for his first save.

Maikel Franco hit his 13th homer of the season in the ninth for the Phillies, who have won 10 of their last 13.

For Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen (2-7), it was another brilliant home showing. He allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out eight – his most since May 2016 – and walking one. At home this season, his ERA is now 1.83. On the road, it’s 10.47.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber pitched into the eighth inning and Cleveland’s shaky bullpen narrowly closed things out.

Bieber (5-1) was removed after Tyler Wade’s leadoff double in the eighth and Cleveland leading 6-3. Brett Gardner’s RBI groundout cut the lead to two and set up a tense ninth inning.

Closer Cody Allen, who allowed a career-high six runs in the ninth inning against Cincinnati on Tuesday, gave up Giancarlo Stanton’s leadoff homer but recorded his 19th save in 20 chances.

The Indians broke a seven-game losing streak against the Yankees dating to last season’s AL Division Series when New York came back from a 2-0 deficit. The Yankees won the first four games between the teams this season.

Yankees rookie Domingo German (2-5) allowed six runs – matching a season high – in four-plus innings.


SAN DIEGO (AP) – Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on consecutive errors with one out in the 10th, lifting Chicago over San Diego.

All-Star closer Brad Hand was one out away from his 25th save when Rizzo doubled into the gap in left-center to bring in pinch-runner Jason Heyward. Hand had retired Ben Zobrist and Ian Happ before hitting pinch-hitter Victor Caratini. Caratini was replaced by Heyward.

After Pedro Strop (4-1) struck out the side in the ninth, Baez reached on an infield single to third base with one out against Adam Cimber (3-5). Baez stole second, took third when catcher Austin Hedges‘ throw sailed into center field and raced home when Manuel Margot bobbled the ball.

Brandon Morrow pitched the 10th for his 21st save.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Josh Bell tied a career with four hits, Gregory Polanco homered and both drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh over Milwaukee.

The fourth-place Pirates have won five of their last six. First-place Milwaukee has lost four of five and its lead has been cut to a half-game over the Chicago Cubs.

Nick Kingham (4-4) tied a career high with nine strikeouts and allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Kyle Crick got four outs for his second save of the season.

Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra (6-6) yielded six runs, nine hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Joe Mauer homered and drove in four runs, Jake Cave had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and Robbie Grossman added three hits for Minnesota, which has won eight of nine games on its homestand.

Trevor Hildenberger (2-2) struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the win in relief of starter Jake Odorizzi.

Tampa Bay starter Nathan Eovaldi (3-4) gave up eight runs and nine hits with two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Rookie Jake Bauers hit a three-run homer for the Rays, who climbed within a run before the Twins pulled away late.

Eovaldi saw his ERA rise from 3.35 to 4.59 in his shortest outing of the season.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Buster Posey singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and San Francisco slowed down surging Oakland.

Madison Bumgarner (3-3) pitched three-hit ball over six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. Alen Hanson added two hits and Steven Duggar had two RBIs and scored twice.

Oakland All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie was forced out of the game with a left leg contusion following a collision with Stephen Piscotty while both chased Hanson’s fly ball to short right field in the third. Lowrie’s status for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Washington is uncertain. He was selected to the AL team as an injury replacement for Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees.

Neither team did much offensively early and the Giants scored their first run on a balk by A’s starter Edwin Jackson (1-1) in the fourth. The A’s had won 19 of 24 and took three of four from AL West-leading Houston before falling to their rivals from across the San Francisco Bay.


ST. LOUIS (AP) – Scooter Gennett and Dilson Herrera homered, Matt Harvey (5-5) tossed five solid innings and Cincinnati beat St. Louis.

Jesse Winker reached base four times and drove in three runs for the Reds, who won their second in a row against St. Louis after breaking a 13-game losing streak to the Cardinals on June 10.

Gennett hit his 17th homer of the season off Carlos Martinez (6-5) in the third to push the lead to 3-1.

Herrera added a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Sam Tuivailala to highlight a five-run outburst in the seventh.


BALTIMORE (AP) – Ryan Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and Texas held on to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cole Hamels (5-8) won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.

Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.

The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb (2-12).


DENVER (AP) – Trevor Story homered and drove in four runs, Charlie Blackmon also connected and Tony Wolters had three RBIs for Colorado, which won its third straight.

Both teams used emergency starters but neither made it through five innings. Seattle’s Christian Bergman (0-1), a former Rockies pitcher, gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings and left during Colorado’s four-run fifth inning.

Colorado righty Jeff Hoffman was called up to start for Antonio Senzatela, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He allowed three runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings and left after allowing an RBI single to Bergman that made it 4-3.

Harrison Musgrave (1-1) pitched three innings to get his first career win.


ATLANTA (AP) – Nick Ahmed hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh after Zack Godley allowed a run over six innings and Arizona beat Atlanta.

Both teams began the week in first place but have since fallen out. The Diamondbacks began the night a half game behind the Dodgers in the NL West. The Braves fell 1 games behind NL East-leading Philadelphia.

Godley (11-6) gave up three hits in the first, including Kurt Suzuki’s run-scoring single. He allowed only two hits over the next five innings and struck out seven overall.

Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save.

Sam Freeman (2-5) took the loss in relief of Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez.


HOUSTON (AP) – Dallas Keuchel pitched six strong innings, three relievers completed the seven-hitter and Alex Bregman provided the offense by setting a career high with his 20th homer to give Houston a win over Detroit.

Keuchel (7-8) allowed six hits and struck out four to win his fourth straight decision after dropping the previous three. Tony Sipp and Brad Peacock pitched the seventh and eighth innings before Hector Rondon walked one in the ninth for his eighth save.

The Astros got to former teammate Mike Fiers (6-6) early. George Springer hit a leadoff single before the two-run shot by Bregman, which bounced off the wall above the Crawford Boxes in left field, made it 2-0.

Ronny Rodriguez had two hits for the Tigers, who went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position to lose their fifth straight game.


CHICAGO (AP) – Leury Garcia had three hits and three RBIs, All-Star Jose Abreu homered for the first time in July and Chicago beat Kansas City. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

James Shields (4-10) pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning as the White Sox earned their second straight win after a six-game slide.

Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored two runs for Kansas City, which has dropped 12 of 13. Brad Keller (2-4) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

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