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  • Mets RHP Syndergaard exits with elbow injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his start in the second inning Sunday against the Washington Nationals with an elbow injury.

    • Syndergaard immediately held up his right elbow after throwing a 2-2 pitch to Bryce Harper.

      The Mets right-hander was scratched from his start on Thursday in Atlanta with a "tried arm," according to Mets manager Terry Collins.

      Syndergaard refused to take an MRI exam earlier this weekend.

      "I'm pretty in tune with my body," Syndergaard told MLB.com, adding that he refused to undergo an MRI. "I knew there was nothing happening in there."

      He gave up five hits and five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings Sunday, with two walks, a wild pitch and two strikeouts. Syndergaard was replaced by Sean Gilmartin in a game that the Mets trailed 5-2.

      Syndergaard entered Sunday with a record of 1-1 and a 1.73 ERA. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury. He had not walked a batter this year until Harper drew a free pass in the first. He now has 32 strikeouts and two walks this year.

      Rene Rivera of the Mets hit a solo shot in the top of the second to trim the Washington lead to 5-2.

      The Nationals scored five runs in the last of the first to take a 5-1 lead. Ryan Zimmerman had an RBI single, Anthony Rendon had a two-run single to left, Michael A. Taylor had an RBI single and pitcher Joe Ross singled to left to drive in the speedy Taylor.

      Syndergaard hit 100 mph on the Nationals Park scoreboard in the first inning but gave up several hard-hit balls. He gave up a line out to third to Jayson Werth to lead off the second before he left the game after the pitch to Harper.

      New York lost slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the disabled list on Friday with a hamstring injury.

      The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Jose Reyes tripled down the right-field line and scored on a single by Jay Bruce, who had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats.

  • Nationals' Eaton tears ACL, likely to miss rest of season
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Washington center fielder Adam Eaton, acquired for three young pitchers in a trade with the Chicago White Sox in December, has an ACL tear in his left leg and will likely miss the rest of the season, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Sunday.

    • "His return to this season is unlikely but we don't know until the doctors get in there and we'll see what the surgery leads us to believe," Rizzo said before the Nationals faced the New York Mets. "It's a big piece of our team that's been taken from us, but we can't dwell on that. Every team in baseball goes through these types of things and this is a good, special player for us that's hurt. Usually ACLs take 6-9 months to fully regain ability to perform at major league level."

      Eaton had been used as the leadoff hitter for the Nationals while playing center field for manager Dusty Baker. He was injured in the bottom of the ninth Friday night as he beat out an infield single, as his left leg hit the first base bag at a weird angle.

      Eaton was carried off the field and had an MRI exam on Saturday.

      "It's probably the worst pain I've ever felt in my life," Eaton told reporters Sunday. "When I heard it pop I thought it was my ankle. I looked down to basically see if I saw any bones and make sure that everything's still there."

      The fiery left-handed hitter is batting .297 (27-for-91) and played in the first 23 games. Eaton has seven doubles, a slugging mark of .462, on-base average of .393 and two homers and 13 RBIs.

      He formed a dynamic one-two punch with Trea Turner, the team's shortstop.

      The first-place Nationals will turn to Michael A. Taylor, who is 26, to play center field while moving Turner up to the leadoff spot where he has thrived in the past. Taylor had three hits Saturday while starting in center for the Nationals.

      "We're comfortable. We think we have the offense to compensate for Adam," Rizzo said. "We feel we have the personnel specifically at that position to compensate for him. It's one of the greatest depth positions we have in the organization, so we feel good about that."

      Taylor hit in the No. 2 hole on Saturday but the Nationals put left fielder Jayson Werth in that spot Sunday against the Mets, moving Taylor to the No. 7 spot.

      Taylor, a fine defensive player, hit .231 in 76 games last season and began this year with a career mark of .228 in 231 games. He strikes out a lot, and entered Sunday with an average of .192 in 26 at-bats.

      Taylor struck out 252 times in 732 at-bats coming into this season. He saw time at center for parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

      Baker shot down the idea of moving right fielder Bryce Harper to center and also dismissed the idea of moving Turner to center, a spot he played some last year after coming up through the San Diego and Washington systems as a shortstop after playing there at North Carolina State.

  • Blue Jays RHP Sanchez exits return start after one inning
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    TORONTO -- Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez left his start against the Tampa Bay Rays after one inning Sunday afternoon after suffering a split nail on his right middle finger.

    • The setback occurred in his first outing since returning from the disabled list.

      Sanchez had not pitched since April 15 because of a blister on his the same finger. Part of the nail of the nail was removed in a procedure performed on April 18.

      Sanchez made 13 pitches (seven strikes) with one walk and one strikeout in his inning on Sunday.

      Ryan Tepera replaced Sanchez in the second inning.

  • Orioles scratch 1B Davis with sore elbow
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was scratched from Sunday's series finale against the New York Yankees due to a sore right elbow.

    • Davis was in the original lineup but the injury was announced about an hour before the scheduled first pitch. He was replaced by rookie Trey Mancini, who made his second start at first base.

      On Friday, Davis was hit by a pitch during a plate appearance against CC Sabathia and stayed in the game when Baltimore blew an eight-run lead and was handed a 14-11 loss.

      Davis is batting .238 with three home runs and five RBIs in 23 games this season. He started Saturday and was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

  • Blue Jays activate RHP Sanchez off DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    The Toronto Blue Jays activated right-hander Aaron Sanchez off the 10-day disabled list to start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • Sanchez left his return start after just one inning Sunday afternoon. He made 13 pitches (seven strikes) with one walk and one strikeout in his inning.

      Sanchez has not pitched since April 14 because of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He gave up five runs, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles.

      Sanchez has made two starts this season, going 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. He allowed one run in seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8.

      Sanchez had a side session Friday and declared himself ready to start Sunday.

      "Everything was good," Sanchez said. "Mechanics were good, the ball came out easy. No pain around the finger. No pain around any of the nail. So, it's back to hopefully the schedule as planned."

      Sanchez was an All Star for the first time last season when he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.

      The Blue Jays optioned left-hander Matt Dermody to Triple-A Buffalo following Saturday's 4-1 win to open a roster spot for Sanchez.

  • A's place LHP Manaea on 10-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 30, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics placed left-hander starter Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, the team announced Sunday.

    • The move is retroactive to April 27.

      Manaea, 25, was removed from his most recent start on Wednesday after two innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He allowed three runs before his night ended after only 34 pitches, and took the loss to drop his record to 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA.

      "Just a little sharp pain," Manaea said after the game. "Nothing serious. I've dealt with it before. It only took me a few days to get back on the mound. To me, I'm not really worried about it. Just trying to do everything I can to minimize the days I don't throw."

      Manaea has started five games for the A's this season, allowing 14 earned runs and 17 hits in 24 1/3 innings. He has struck out 27 and walked 12, and opponents are hitting just .191 against him.

  • Diamondbacks RHP Miller to undergo Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    After mulling different treatment options, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller will undergo Tommy John surgery.

    • Miller, who had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, told reporters Saturday that he will have the season-ending procedure that is expected to sideline him for 12 to 18 months.

      "It's the best decision I think we could make," Miller said.

      Miller's MRI exam results were review by three doctors this week after he experienced tightness in the elbow during last Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The consensus from the doctors is that the ligament isn't fully torn but Miller also has a flexor strain in the elbow.

      The 26-year-old Miller was hoping to avoid surgery and was considering alternatives, such as plasma-rich platelet injections or stem cell treatment, which promote healing. Even that course of treatment would likely have kept him out for the remainder of the 2017 season.

      "That's the thing, you don't want it to not work out and end up missing a lot more time," Miller said Thursday. "The biggest thing is I want to be back on the field. There's no doubt about that. I want to do that as soon as possible. But to be able to do that, is that the smartest thing to do? That's what we're looking into."

      Miller was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA in four starts with Arizona. He did not allow more than three runs in either of those starts.

  • MLB notebook: Nationals' Eaton goes on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    The Washington Nationals placed center fielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day disabled list because of a left knee strain after he was carried off the field on Friday night, the team announced Saturday.

    • Eaton, who was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam, sustained the injury in the ninth inning of a 7-5 loss to the New York Mets on a play at first base.

      The 28-year-old Eaton was hurt after beating out an infield single, when he stepped awkwardly on the bag and collapsed to the ground, grabbing at his left leg.

      Eaton was unable to put any weight on his leg and had to be carried off the field by team trainers.

      "We're hopeful it's not as serious as it looked," manager Dusty Baker said Saturday.

      Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago White Sox, Eaton went 2-for-5 Friday as Washington's leadoff hitter to boost his batting average to .297. He has two home runs and 13 RBIs in 23 games.

      --David Price threw to hitters for the first time in two months on Saturday as the Boston Red Sox left-hander made another step in his rehab progression.

      Price faced hitters in two simulated innings at Fenway Park, throwing 30 pitches. He did not report any discomfort in his left elbow, manager John Farrell told reporters.

      "It was a quality workday for him," Farrell said. "Accomplished what the plan was, and that was for two simulated innings after he warmed up. Good intensity. So that was a good day for him."

      The 31-year-old Price is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Monday. Farrell said if the session goes as planned, Price would get back on the mound at Fenway for a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Thursday.

      "That's all subject to how he feels physically over the coming days," Farrell said. "We're happy with the progress he's making and we'll continue to take this week by week."

      --Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. of the Tampa Bay Rays left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning on Saturday after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

      Souza went to the ground and was tended to by a trainer after a pitch by Joe Biagini appeared to hit him on the knuckles. X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a left hand contusion.

      Souza was replaced by pinch runner Shane Peterson, who took over in left field, with Peter Bourjos moving from left to right.

      --The Oakland Athletics reinstated infielder Joey Wendle from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

      Wendle, 27, was placed on the DL on March 30 because of a strained right shoulder. He played in six games for Nashville on a rehab assignment, hitting .364 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.

      The A's also announced that right-hander Raul Alcantara cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville. Alcantara, 24, was designated for assignment on Tuesday after appearing in three games, including one start, with the A's this season. He went 0-1 with a 16.71 ERA in seven innings.

  • MLB roundup: Gomez hits for cycle in Rangers victory
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle for the second time in his career as the Texas Rangers recorded a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

    • Gomez went 4-for-4 and completed the cycle with his two-run homer in the seventh inning off Jose Valdez that put Texas up 6-2. Gomez doubled in the first, singled in the third and had an RBI triple as part of a four-run fifth inning for the Rangers that saw the club erase a 2-0 deficit.

      Gomez, who scored twice and had three RBIs, had his first cycle in 2008 with Minnesota.

      Texas's Yu Darvish (3-2) struck 10 and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings. The Rangers got Darvish the run support he'd need in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored four times off Jesse Chavez (2-4).

      Dodgers 6, Phillies 5

      LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk-off single after Los Angeles homered three consecutive times to open the ninth inning, lifting the Dodgers to a victory over Philadelphia at Dodger Stadium.

      Phillies closer Hector Neris (0-1) entered the ninth with his club leading 5-2 before serving up consecutive home runs to Yasiel Puig and rookie Cody Bellinger, who hit the second of his first two major league homers. Justin Turner followed as a pinch hitter and delivered his first homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games and tying the score at 5.

      After Neris gave up a base hit to pinch hitter Austin Barnes, Joely Rodriguez relieved him. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager lined a single to left off Rodriguez before Gonzalez punched the game-winner off the glove of third baseman Maikel Franco and past shortstop Freddy Galvis to plate Barnes.

      Braves 11, Brewers 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Matt Kemp hit three home runs and Jaime Garcia worked six innings as Atlanta defeated Milwaukee.

      Garcia (1-1) battled with his command, walking a season-high five batters, but held the Brewers to a pair of runs while only allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson (1-2) gave up five runs and 11 hits in five innings.

      The Braves' offense backed him up with a season-best 20-hit performance, including a home run by Dansby Swanson. Atlanta hadn't recorded 20 hits in a game since 2008.

      Yankees 12, Orioles 4

      NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge slugged his American League-leading 10th home run and scored four times as New York continued its roll with a victory over Baltimore.

      Judge became the first AL player to reach double digits when he homered into the Yankees bullpen beyond the center field wall on a 1-0 pitch from Jayson Aquino. Before hitting fourth home run against the Orioles, Judge drew two walks and singled.

      Brett Gardner and Austin Romine combined for three home runs and nine RBIs for New York. The contributions from their leadoff and ninth-place hitters helped the Yankees win for the 14th time in the last 17 games.

      Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 6

      PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning and Colorado scored the winning run on a wild pitch one batter later to erase a 6-1 deficit and defeat Arizona.

      Pat Valaika singled to open the ninth, DJ LeMahieu walked and Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked after the runners moved up on a ground out before Reynolds tied the game off Fernando Rodney (1-2). Rodney then threw two wild pitches, the second of which scored Gonzalez from third with the go-ahead run.

      Reynolds also homered while Jake Lamb hit a 481-foot homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three of four

      Mets 5, Nationals 3

      WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto homered twice and drove in three runs as New York beat first-place Washington, winning for the second straight day after a six-game losing streak.

      It was the first career two-homer game for Conforto (3-for-4), whose solo shot in the eighth off Enny Romero gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. Nationals starter and loser Stephen Strasburg (2-1) gave up six hits and three runs with only two strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

      Washington's Ryan Zimmerman, who had three hits and three RBIs, hit a solo homer in the eighth off Addison Reed to trim the lead to 4-3. Zimmerman has 226 career homers, second-most in Montreal/Washington franchise history.

      Cubs 7, Red Sox 4

      BOSTON -- Kyle Schwarber's go-ahead RBI single helped spark a three-run seventh inning as Chicago rallied past Boston.

      Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer, Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist each added solo shots and Zobrist had another RBI for the Cubs, who pulled even in its three-game series with the Red Sox after Friday's 5-4 loss.

      Chicago's John Lackey (2-3), who spent three-plus seasons with Boston, gave up four runs and eight hits -- two homers -- and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi cracked homers for Boston, with Benintendi adding another RBI and Jackie Bradley Jr. also driving in a run.

      Pirates 4, Marlins 0

      MIAMI -- Ivan Nova pitched a three-hit shutout with no walks to lead Pittsburgh to its season-high fourth straight victory.

      It was the third career shutout for Nova (3-2), who did it twice for the New York Yankees in 2013. Nova, who struck out seven, lowered his ERA to 1.50 after throwing a season-high 95 pitches.

      The Pirates were led offensively by Gregory Polanco, who went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, one walk and one run scored. John Jaso added a homer, his first of the season, and two RBIs.

      Athletics 2, Astros 1

      HOUSTON -- Andrew Triggs worked seven shutout innings and Khris Davis belted his fifth home run against Houston this season in Oakland's victory.

      Triggs (4-1) rebounded splendidly from his worst start of the season, recording a career-high nine strikeouts while limiting the Astros to five hits, all singles. Triggs did not walk a batter and lowered his ERA to 1.84 in his 12th career start, and the seven innings pitched also represented a career high.

      Jed Lowrie also homered for the Athletics. Davis has clubbed three this series, all the opposite way against right-handers.

      White Sox 6, Tigers 4 (10 innings)

      DETROIT -- Melky Cabrera hit a home run to lead off the 10th inning and Chicago extended its winning streak to six games by beating slumping Detroit.

      Cabrera's first homer of the season off Justin Wilson (1-1) gave closer David Robertson (1-0) the victory. Robertson blew a ninth-inning save opportunity by giving up two runs, then pitched a scoreless 10th.

      Jose Abreu blasted his first two homers of the season for the White Sox. Victor Martinez had a homer and two RBIs for the Tigers, who have lost four straight to drop below .500 for the first time this season.

      Indians 4, Mariners 3

      CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall had two-run hits in the first inning and Danny Salazar pitched into the seventh inning as Cleveland beat Seattle in a game in which all the runs were scored in the first inning.

      Salazar (2-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and three hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

      The Mariners' Yovani Gallardo (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

      Blue Jays 4, Rays 1

      TORONTO -- Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer, Francisco Liriano pitched into the sixth inning and Toronto ended a three-game losing streak by defeating Tampa Bay.

      Liriano (2-2) allowed four hits, four walks and one run and had six strikeouts in five-plus innings. Struggling closer Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save in five opportunities.

      The Rays' Matt Andriese (1-1) allowed five hits, three walks and four runs (three earned) while striking out four in seven innings.

      Padres 12, Giants 4

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers crushed a three-run home run to cap an eight-run sixth inning Saturday night that allowed San Diego to erase a deficit en route to a triumph over San Francisco.

      Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer of his own as part of a 14-hit attack that allowed the Padres to put up a season-best run total and even the three-game series after having lost the opener 4-3 on Friday night.

      The Padres exploded against the San Francisco bullpen after Giants starter Matt Cain had pitched five innings of one-run ball and left with a 3-1 lead.

      Twins at Royals, ppd.

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The game between Minnesota and Kansas City was postponed because of rain.

      It was rescheduled for July 1 as part of a day-night doubleheader.

      Reds at Cardinals, ppd.

      ST. LOUIS -- The game between Cincinnati and St. Louis was postponed because of rain.

      No makeup date was immediately announced.

  • Red Sox LHP Price throws two simulated innings
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    David Price threw to hitters for the first time in two months on Saturday as the Boston Red Sox left-hander made another step in his rehab progression.

    • Price faced hitters in two simulated innings at Fenway Park, throwing 30 pitches. He did not report any discomfort in his left elbow, manager John Farrell told reporters.

      "It was a quality workday for him," Farrell said. "Accomplished what the plan was, and that was for two simulated innings after he warmed up. Good intensity. So that was a good day for him."

      The 31-year-old Price is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Monday. Farrell said if the session goes as planned, Price would get back on the mound at Fenway for a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Thursday.

      "That's all subject to how he feels physically over the coming days," Farrell said. "We're happy with the progress he's making and we'll continue to take this week by week."

      The Red Sox have not put a timetable on Price's return.

      The former American League Cy Young Award winner experienced pain and swelling after throwing a simulated spring training game on Feb. 28 and was later examined by surgeons James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache, who concluded that the injury did not require surgery.

      In 2016, Price posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA and 228 strikeouts over 230 innings in 35 starts -- his first year of a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox.

  • Rays RF Souza (hand) leaves game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    TORONTO -- Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. of the Tampa Bay Rays left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning on Saturday after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

    • Souza went to the ground and was tended to by a trainer after a pitch by Joe Biagini appeared to hit him on the knuckles. X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a left hand contusion.

      Souza was replaced by pinch runner Shane Peterson, who took over in left field, with Peter Bourjos moving from left to right.

  • Twins-Royals rained out in K.C.
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Saturday night's game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals was postponed because of rain in the Kansas City area.

    • The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 1, as part of a day-night doubleheader.

      Royals right-hander Jason Hammel was slated to throw opposite Twins righty Phil Hughes. The teams have not yet announced how the rainout will affect their pitching rotations with a Sunday afternoon game scheduled at Kauffman Stadium.

  • A's INF Wendle off DL, sent to Nashville
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics reinstated infielder Joey Wendle from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

    • Wendle, 27, was placed on the DL on March 30 because of a strained right shoulder. He played in six games for Nashville on a rehab assignment, hitting .364 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.

      In 2016, Wendle played in 28 games for Oakland, hitting .260 with one home run and 11 RBIs.

      The A's also announced that right-hander Raul Alcantara cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville.

      Alcantara, 24, was designated for assignment on Tuesday after appearing in three games, including one start, with the A's this season. He went 0-1 with a 16.71 ERA in seven innings.

  • Nationals CF Eaton suffers torn ACL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Friday night's game against the New York Mets, according to multiple reports Saturday.

    • Eaton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with what the team termed a left knee strain as they awaited results of his MRI exam.

      Although the club did not make an official announcement, Ken Rosental of FOX Sports, citing sources, first reported the torn ACL, which was confirmed by the Washington Post.

      Following Saturday's loss to the New York Mets, Washington manager Dusty Baker said the team was still awaiting the medical results and was unsure if the injury was to Eaton's knee or ankle.

      "We're waiting for the MRI," Baker said. "It's not that easy. Not that many people work on Saturdays. We're hopeful that it's not as serious as it looked."

      Eaton sustained the injury in the ninth inning of Friday's game on a play at first base.

      The 28-year-old Eaton was hurt after beating out an infield single, when he stepped awkwardly on the bag and collapsed to the ground, grabbing at his left leg.

      Eaton was unable to put any weight on his leg and had to be carried off the field by team trainers.

      Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago White Sox, Eaton went 2-for-5 Friday as Washington's leadoff hitter to boost his batting average to .297. He has two home runs and 13 RBIs in 23 games.

      The Nationals called up outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Eaton's roster spot. Bautista, 24, was batting .291 with a .325 on-base percentage in 19 games for Syracuse this season.

  • Reds-Cardinals postponed due to severe weather
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    The Cincinnati Reds-St. Louis Cardinals game scheduled for Saturday afternoon was postponed due to severe weather.

    • The two teams will make up the game at Busch Stadium at a date and time yet to be determined.

      The Carlos Martinez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead promotion will be distributed prior to the rescheduled game, the Cardinals announced.

  • MLB roundup: Holliday blast caps Yankees' stunning comeback
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the New York Yankees completed a stunning comeback from an eight-run deficit and pulled out a wild 14-11 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    • After Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka drew walks against Jayson Aquino (1-1), Chase Headley struck out. On the next pitch, Holliday drove a breaking ball over the center-field wall to give the Yankees their 13th win in the last 16 games.

      Starlin Castro hit a game-tying two-run homer off Balitmore's Brad Brach in the ninth. Aaron Judge homered twice to start the comeback for the Yankees, who trailed 9-1 after Mark Trumbo's sixth-inning grand slam off Bryan Mitchell.

      Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first career grand slam in the seventh off Vidal Nuno to pull the Yankees to 11-8. Before Baltimore blew the game, Manny Machado hit a two-run double and a 470-foot homer off CC Sabathia. Wellington Castillo also hit a two-run homer.

      Mets 7, Nationals 5

      WASHINGTON -- Travis d'Arnaud hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs and Jacob deGrom fanned 12 batters in seven innings as New York beat Washington.

      The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak and cooled off the first-place Nationals, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games. The win spoiled a two-homer night for Washington's Ryan Zimmerman, who had three RBIs.

      A right-hander from Florida, deGrom (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits while fanning at least 10 batters for the 13th time in his career. He struck out 10 Washington batters on April 22.

      Red Sox 5, Cubs 4

      BOSTON -- Slumbering Boston erupted for five runs off Jake Arrieta in the first inning and held on for an interleague victory over the Chicago Cubs.

      On a night that featured the return to Boston of Chicago general manager Theo Epstein and former Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara, rookie Andrew Benintendi homered to start the five-run assault against Arrieta. The right-hander lasted 4 1/3 innings and saw his 10-game April winning streak snapped.

      Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings, allowing solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. before leaving with a 5-2 lead. Relievers Robby Scott and Joe Kelly each allowed a run (Kelly wild-pitched home the first run allowed in Scott's career), but Fernando Abad struck out two men with first and second and one out in the eighth and ended the inning with Kyle Schwarber's fourth strikeout of the game.

      White Sox 7, Tigers 3

      DETROIT -- Geovany Soto smacked a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning and Chicago, aided by Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos' three errors, won its fifth straight.

      Soto's two-out hit made a winner of Anthony Swarzak, who tossed two innings of scoreless relief. Todd Frazier, Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson homered for the White Sox. Garcia, the American League's leading hitter, had three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

      Chicago starter Mike Pelfrey, released by the Tigers at the end of spring training, allowed three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Justin Upton had a two-run single for the Tigers, who have lost three straight.

      Mariners 3, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano and Ben Gamel each homered and Ariel Miranda gave up one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings as Seattle beat Cleveland.

      Miranda struck out seven and walked two in his first career appearance against Cleveland. The only run he gave up came on a home run by Jose Ramirez in the fourth inning.

      Indians starter Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings, allowing three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts. The three runs he gave up came on the two Seattle home runs.

      Pirates 12, Marlins 2

      MIAMI -- Pittsburgh produced an eight-run second inning to rout Miami at Marlins Park.

      Francisco Cervelli provided the biggest blow of the inning with a three-run, line-drive triple that went under the glove of sliding left fielder Marcell Ozuna. It was just the 11th triple of Cervelli's 10-year big-league career.

      Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen each drove in two runs to lead the Pirates. Pittsburgh rookie second baseman Gift Ngoepe, the first native of the African continent in the majors, went 3-for-3 and is batting .800 (4-for-5) in two games.

      Rays 7, Blue Jays 4

      TORONTO -- Tampa Bay hit three home runs in a four-run eighth inning, capped by a two-run blast by Logan Morrison to defeat Toronto.

      Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria also homered for Tampa Bay in the eighth and Derek Norris added a homer in the ninth. Jason Grilli (1-3) replaced Blue Jays starter Stroman with one out in the eighth and gave up Longoria's fourth homer to tie the game at 3. After Brad Miller walked, Dominic Leone replaced Grilli with two out and gave up Morrison's fifth homer.

      Kevin Pillar had four hits, including a homer, for the Blue Jays, who have lost three in a row. Stroman allowed five hits, two walks and two runs and had nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

      Astros 9, Athletics 4

      HOUSTON -- Houston right-hander Charlie Morton delivered a career-best strikeout performance and rode the support of multi-hit games from Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis to a victory over Oakland at Minute Maid Park.

      Morton (2-2) worked a season-high seven innings and recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed five hits and four runs, all coming via two home runs from Athletics left fielder Khris Davis, who posted his 13th career multi-homer game.

      Gurriel and Gattis both finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Gurriel, who clubbed his second homer in the seventh inning, also scored twice and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Houston finished 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Jharel Cotton (2-3) allowed six runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings.

      Twins 6, Royals 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Minnesota rallied to beat Kansas City.

      The Royals have lost eight straight games. The last time they had a longer losing streak was April 2012 when they lost 12 in a row.

      Sano's two-run double off Joakim Soria (0-1) tied it in the ninth. Joe Mauer followed with a two-run double to put the Twins up. The inning included an Eddie Rosario single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Craig Breslow (1-0) got the victory, retiring the only batter he faced in the eighth inning, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth to pick up his sixth save.

      Braves 10, Brewers 8

      MILWAUKEE -- Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning in Atlanta's victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

      Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia and Domingo Santana all homered for Milwaukee, but the Brewers blew a pair of four-run leads. Chase Anderson gave up a season-high four runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over seven innings for the Brewers, who had won three straight.

      Atlanta got five innings out of Bartolo Colon, who gave up six runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five. A two-run double by Keon Broxton and Arcia's three-run shot put the Brewers up 4-0 in the second.

      Cardinals 7, Reds 5

      ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since Opening Night, St. Louis owns a winning record. Six different players knocked in runs and Lance Lynn worked six solid innings to win his third straight start the Cardinals held off Cincinnati at Busch Stadium.

      Lynn (3-1) allowed six hits and a run, walking two and striking out five in his 101-pitch effort. His last pitch walked Devin Mesoraco to fill the bases, but Yadier Molina bailed Lynn out of the jam with a pickoff of Eugenio Suarez at third as Suarez apparently thought time was called and was a step off the bag when tagged by Jedd Gyorko.

      The Cardinals then scored three in their half of the sixth for a 6-1 lead, driving starter Tim Adleman (0-1) out of the game. Gyorko walloped his fourth homer, Randal Grichuk's single off reliever Blake Wood plated Stephen Piscotty and pinch-hitter Matt Adams added a sacrifice fly.

      Angels 6, Rangers 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Albert Pujols knocked in the winning runs in Los Angeles victory over Texas at Globe Life Park with a no-doubt three-run homer off reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the eighth inning.

      It was Pujols' third homer of the season and the three RBIs vaulted him past Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Griffey Jr. into 15th on the major league career RBI list.

      The Rangers worked around Mike Trout, who homered in the sixth, with a walk to bring Pujols up with one out. The Angels made the Rangers pay. The Angels scored all six of their runs via home runs.

      Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 1

      PHOENIX -- Kyle Freeland shut down Arizona's potent attack as Colorado edged the Diamondbacks.

      Freeland gave up just one run and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out two. By winning, the Rockies (15-9) moved back into first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of the D-backs (15-10).

      For the Diamondbacks, Robbie Ray also was effective, allowing three runs and five hits. Ray struck out nine and walked three. The Rockies' Trevor Story hit a solo homer, his fifth homer of the season, off Ray. Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his 10th save.

      Giants 4, Padres 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie shortstop Christian Arroyo hit reliever Ryan Buchter's second pitch for a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning Friday night, lifting San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over San Diego in the opener of a three-game series.

      Right-hander Jeff Samardzija and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, delivering the Giants their third one-run win in five games on their current homestand.

      The Giants' win came despite Padres third baseman Ryan Schimpf's third consecutive game with a home run, a two-run shot in a three-run fifth inning off Samardzija.

      Dodgers 5, Phillies 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner drove in two runs and Los Angeles ended Philadelphia's six-game winning streak at Dodger Stadium.

      Turner's two-run double in the sixth helped the Dodgers (12-12) defeat the Phillies for the 10th time in their past 14 meetings. Turner extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a first-inning single. It is the longest active streak in the major leagues.

      Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (2-2) struck out eight with a walk and allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. Maeda is 3-0 in his career against the Phillies. Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

  • Nationals OF Eaton carried off field
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton had to be carried off the field after suffering a leg injury in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the New York Mets.

    • Eaton was hurt after beating out an infield single and collapsed to the ground, grabbing at his left leg. The team said he would undergo an MRI exam on Saturday.

      "As you saw, the same thing we saw, it didn't look too good," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll know something more tomorrow."

      Eaton, 28, as unable to put any weight on his leg and had to be carried off the field by Washington's team trainers. He appeared to turn his ankle as he stepped on the first base bag.

      Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago White Sox, Eaton went 2-for-5 Friday as Washington's leadoff hitter to boost his season batting average to .297.

  • Giants' Bumgarner out three-plus months with Grade 2 shoulder sprain
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his throwing shoulder and is expected to miss at least three months, the team announced Friday.

    • Bumgarner, who injured his shoulder in a dirt bike accident earlier this week, tentatively is scheduled to return around the All-Star break.

      Dr. Kenneth Akizuki, the team's orthopedist, led the medical process although outside specialists were consulted, csnbayarea.com reported.

      Dr. Tim McAdams, the team doctor for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, saw Bumgarner and his test results were sent to Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. All of the doctors agreed that Bumgarner does not need surgery.

      "That's nice to hear," Giants trainer Dave Groeschner told csnbayarea.com. "It's nice when everyone is in agreement. Now we'll put a plan in place and work on the rehab and get him back. Bum is a very conscientious person. We feel good about the fact that if we're going to ask him to do something (to rehab), he's going to do it."

      Bumgarner sustained bruised ribs and the sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. The former World Series MVP will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.

      Bumgarner never previously was on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      The 27-year-old said Monday he regretted the decision to ride trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members.

      Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners' Hernandez, Haniger both out 3-4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and promising rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger will be sidelined three to four weeks with their respective injuries, the club announced Friday.

    • Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the team's medical director, examined the pair in Seattle on Friday and diagnosed Hernandez with bursitis in his right shoulder and Haniger with a grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle. Hernandez and Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

      Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Friday's action.

      --The New York Mets placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, the team announced.

      The move comes one day after Cespedes left a game after running out a fourth-inning double against the Atlanta Braves. Cespedes just returned to the lineup on Wednesday after a previous injury to the same hamstring kept him out of the lineup for three games.

      New York recalled left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Gregorius, 27, was expected to make his season debut on Friday night against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

      Gregorius missed the first 20 games of the season due to a right shoulder strain he suffered on March 18 during the World Baseball Classic.

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

  • Mariners' Hernandez, Haniger both out 3-4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and promising rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger will be sidelined three to four weeks with their respective injuries, the club announced Friday.

    • Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the team's medical director, examined the pair in Seattle on Friday and diagnosed Hernandez with bursitis in his right shoulder and Haniger with a grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle.

      Hernandez and Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

      Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Friday's action.

  • Mets place LF Cespedes on DL, recall LHP Gilmartin
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    The New York Mets placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, the team announced on Friday.

    • The move comes one day after Cespedes left a game while running out a fourth-inning double against the Atlanta Braves. He pulled up after rounding first base and limped into second before departing with what the club termed a strained left hamstring.

      Cespedes just returned to the lineup on Wednesday after a previous injury to the same hamstring kept him out for three games.

      Cespedes is batting .270 with six homers and 10 RBIs this season.

      New York recalled left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      Gilmartin, 26, appeared in one game earlier this for season for the Mets, pitching two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 65 major league appearances (two starts).

  • Yankees activate SS Gregorius from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius returned from his rehab assignment on Friday and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.

    • Gregorius, 27, was expected to make his season debut on Friday night against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

      Gregorius missed the first 20 games of the season due to a right shoulder strain he suffered during the World Baseball Classic. He was injured in a March 18 game while completing a double play for The Netherlands.

      Gregorius played his fifth and final minor league rehab game on Thursday for Class A Advanced Tampa, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. He was 8-for-18 (.444) with a homer against Florida State League pitching.

      Ronald Torreyes was impressive while filling in for Gregorius, hitting .308 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 19 games. Torreyes will now return to a backup role at second base, third base and shortstop, and he also could see some time in the outfield.

      "It's great to get Didi back," Yankees manager Girardi said Thursday. "Obviously he played extremely well last year for us. We've been kind of fortunate because Torreyes has played so well. It's good to have him back."

      Gregorius batted .276 for New York last season, setting career highs in hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and extra-base hits (54).

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

      Kozma, 29, collected just one hit and a walk in nine at-bats over nine games. He is a career .221 hitter, with the majority of his major league time coming for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011-15.

  • MLB notebook: Diamondbacks' Miller may need Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is considering season-ending Tommy John surgery, the pitcher said Thursday.

    • Miller's MRI exam results were reviewed by three doctors this week after he experienced tightness in the elbow during Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy John surgery would likely cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

      The consensus from the doctors is that the ligament isn't fully torn but the 26-year-old Miller also has a flexor strain in the elbow. Failing to have surgery would also qualify as a gamble.

      Miller is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA this season.

      --New York Mets have more injury problems, this time involving left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

      Cespedes exited Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury while rounding first base on a double.

      Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" and that the 24-year-old had been bothered by discomfort since his last start a week ago against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      --The Cincinnati Reds activated former All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco from the 10-day disabled list.

      To open the roster spot, Cincinnati sent right-handed reliever Barrett Astin to Triple-A Louisville.

      Mesoraco hasn't played yet in 2017 as he recovers from last season's shoulder and hip surgeries. Mesoraco finished a 20-day rehab stint earlier this week.

      --Relief pitcher Jason Motte, whose career went downhill following Tommy John surgery four years ago, is back in the majors with the Atlanta Braves after being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

      Motte, 34, pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk for Gwinnett.

      Motte tied for the league lead in saves with 42 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. But he was bothered by elbow soreness during the ensuing spring training, and had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.

      --Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is progressing from a blister issue and is expected to start Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      Sanchez is currently on the disabled list after a blister appeared on his right middle finger. He pitched a bullpen session on Thursday and will throw another one on Friday.

      --The Seattle Mariners outrighted outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Tacoma.

      The Mariners also activated Rob Whalen from the 10-day disabled list and optioned the right-hander to the Triple-A club.

      Martin, who was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 23, batted .111 with five runs scored in 15 games with the Mariners this season.

      --Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Kevin Steen was seriously injured in a car accident on Wednesday night near Fort Myers, Fla.

      Steen, 20, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital after his SUV was hit by another vehicle that had went airborne after crossing the median on Lee Boulevard. The driver of that vehicle died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • D-backs RHP Miller considering Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is considering season-ending Tommy John surgery, the pitcher said Thursday.

    • Miller's MRI exam results were reviewed by three doctors this week after he experienced tightness in the elbow during Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy John surgery would likely cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

      "It sucks. It's not good news," Miller said. "You never want to be put in this kind of situation and never would you think that it would happen to you. It is what it is.

      "It's just one of those things that you can't really control. I'm pretty torn up about not being able to pitch for a while."

      The consensus from the doctors is that the ligament isn't fully torn but the 26-year-old Miller also has a flexor strain in the elbow. Failing to have surgery would also qualify as a gamble.

      "It's not 100 percent torn where it's automatic having to get surgery," said Miller, who was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA this season. "It's just in that area where you don't know what the future holds for it or whether it holds up or not. I'm deciding what I'm going to do."

      Miller said the non-surgical option is a mix of rest and rehab with either platelet-rich plasma or stem-cell injections to promote healing.

      Even if Miller chooses the rest-and-rehab approach, he will likely miss the rest of the 2017 season. There also is the fear of a setback if he doesn't have surgery.

      "That's the thing, you don't want it to not work out and end up missing a lot more time," Miller said. "The biggest thing is I want to be back on the field. There's no doubt about that. I want to do that as soon as possible. But to be able to do that, is that the smartest thing to do? That's what we're looking into. Doing, I guess, a little more studying and go from there."

      The Diamondbacks transferred Miller to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday and purchased the contract of left-hander reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Reno.

  • MLB roundup: Yankees sweep Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    BOSTON -- Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Chris Sale in a battle of aces, and the New York Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.

    • Tanaka (3-1) tossed a three-hitter to win a third consecutive start. It was the fifth complete game of his career and his first since 2015. He didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three in becoming the first Yankee to throw a complete-game shutout against Boston since Mike Mussina in 2002.

      Tanaka retired the last 14 batters, good for 15 outs, and needed 97 pitches to complete his second career shutout. New York, which started the season 1-4, is 12-3 since.

      Sale (1-2, 1.19 ERA), acquired by the Red Sox in a big offseason trade of major Boston prospects, continued to be the victim of non-support. He held the game close until the Yankees scored two in the ninth. He wound up charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in eight-plus innings for his fourth straight double-digit strikeout game.

      Nationals 16, Rockies 5

      DENVER -- Washington erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning and crushed Colorado with another stunning offensive display.

      While winning the final three contests of a four-game series, the Nationals outscored the Rockies 42-21. The Colorado bullpen, which allowed 20 runs in the first 19 games, was torched for 26 runs in the past three contests.

      Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy homered for Washington, which had 19 hits Thursday and 47 in the past three games, including seven homers. Gio Gonzalez (3-0) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

      Cardinals 8, Blue Jays 4 (1st game, 11 innings)

      ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter walloped his first career grand slam with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give St. Louis the victory over Toronto in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Kolten Wong led off the 11th with a triple down the right-field line against Ryan Tepera. After Toronto gave intentional walks to Randal Grichuk and Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz flew out to shallow left. But Carpenter unloaded on a 3-2 breaking ball from J.P. Howell.

      Toronto held a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth and was one out away from winning its first series of the year. But Randal Grichuk belted a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna to force extra innings.

      Cardinals 6, Blue Jays 4 (2nd game)

      ST. LOUIS -- Scoring in each of the first four innings in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader, St. Louis finished off a sweep of Toronto.

      Dexter Fowler homered and went 3-for-4, Matt Adams and Greg Garcia each went 3-for-3, and Adam Wainwright picked up his second consecutive victory for the Cardinals. Wainwright (2-3) allowed nine hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four in his first outing past five innings this year.

      Blue Jays rookie right-hander Casey Lawrence (0-3) was strafed for 10 hits and six runs in five innings in his second big league start, walking three and fanning one.

      Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a pair of homers, and Arizona starter Taijuan Walker kept San Diego in check.

      Owings hit solo homers in consecutive at-bats. His shot in the third inning tied the game 1-1, and his next in the fourth made it 4-1. In between, Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run blast in the fourth.

      Walker matched a career high with 11 strikeouts while allowing two runs and four hits in eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless ninth for Arizona, which leads Colorado by one-half game.

      Indians 4, Astros 3

      CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor's two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted Cleveland over Houston.

      With the Indians trailing 3-2 and Yan Gomes, who had walked, on first, Lindor pounded a 2-0 pitch from Chris Devenski (1-1) over the wall in center field. Lindor's sixth home run was estimated at 456 feet.

      Cleveland's Corey Kluber (3-1) struck out 10 in seven innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks. Bryan Shaw retired the side in order in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched around three hits in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

      Angels 2, Athletics 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron drove in runs in the first inning, and starter Ricky Nolasco made it stand up as Los Angeles swept Oakland.

      Nolasco (2-2) gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings to earn his second win in a row. Blake Parker got the final out in the sixth, and David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez and Bud Norris (fourth save) combined to pitch the final three innings.

      Oakland's Kendall Graveman (2-1) made his first start since April 14, having recovered from a strained right shoulder. After a bumpy first inning, Graveman settled in and pitched well, allowing two runs and six hits without walking a batter in six innings.

      Dodgers 5, Giants 1 (10 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Chase Utley tagged up and scored on a foul out to the first baseman as part of a four-run 10th inning as Los Angeles defeated San Francisco.

      Enrique Hernandez hit a high pop fly down the right-field line, which Giants first baseman Buster Posey was able to catch after bobbling. Utley tagged and slid home safely on what was scored a sacrifice fly.

      Kenley Jansen (1-0), who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, got the win for the Dodgers. Chris Hatcher retired San Francisco in the bottom of the 10th.

      Phillies 3, Marlins 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Starter Jeremy Hellickson and the bullpen helped Philadelphia win its sixth game in a row.

      Hellickson (4-0) outdueled Miami's Edinson Volquez (0-3) to stay undefeated. Hellickson allowed one run on seven hits and struck out only one batter against zero walks, lowering his ERA to 1.80 and his WHIP to 0.80.

      The Phillies tallied a run in the first thanks to a Dee Gordon throwing error. They scored again in the third on an Odubel Herrera RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead.

      Mariners 2, Tigers 1

      DETROIT -- Ben Gamel smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth as Seattle defeated Detroit.

      Gamel knocked in Kyle Seager from second base after Seager doubled off reliever Francisco Rodriguez (1-2). Seager knocked in the Mariners' other run with a single in the sixth.

      Reliever Tony Zych (1-0) recorded his second major league win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Edwin Diaz collected his third save.

      Braves 7, Mets 5

      NEW YORK -- Kurt Suzuki's three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning as Atlanta swept the two-game series versus New York.

      The Braves never trailed in their consecutive wins over the Mets, who finished 1-8 on their longest homestand of the first half.

      Worse yet for New York, its injury-wracked roster took two more hits when ace right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched hours before first pitch because of biceps tendinitis and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes exited in the fourth inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury.