MLB roundup: Mets lose Cespedes, Syndergaard in loss to Nats

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[July 09, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

NEW YORK -- Stephen Strasburg completed an unbeaten first half of the season Friday night, when the right-handed pitcher allowed one run over seven strong innings to earn the win as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 3-1 at Citi Field

The Mets lost for just the second time in nine games, but it was a costly defeat. A pair of All-Stars, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, left with injuries. Cespedes exited after the third inning with a strained right quad while Syndergaard left with two outs in the fifth due to arm fatigue.

Clint Robinson hit a two-run homer in the second for the Nationals while Daniel Murphy continued to dominate his former team with an RBI double in the third. Murphy is batting .409 with five homers and 15 RBIs this season against the Mets, with whom he played the first seven seasons of his career before signing with Washington in December.

Angels 9, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE -- Daniel Nava had a pair of RBIs and leaping grab to rob Manny Machado of a homer, helping Los Angeles extend its winning streak to a season-high tying four games with a victory over Baltimore.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Angels first baseman C.J. Cron suffered a fracture in his left hand after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and will see a specialist on Monday.

Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop each homered for the Orioles. Mark Trumbo had an RBI single in the sixth and his league-leading 27th home run in the ninth.

Red Sox 6, Rays 5

BOSTON -- Bryce Brentz, in the game because of an injury suffered by Brock Holt in the fourth inning, snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-out RBI single in the sixth and Boston pulled out a victory over floundering Tampa Bay.

Newcomer Aaron Hill drove in two runs in his first game with his new team and David Ortiz hit his 21st homer of the season as the Red Sox handed the Rays their 20th loss in the last 23 games.

Brentz's hit made a loser of Chris Archer, who became the first 12-game loser in the major leagues while falling to 1-9 lifetime against the Red Sox.

Pirates 8, Cubs 4

PITTSBURGH -- A four-run seventh inning helped Pittsburgh defeat Chicago at PNC Park.

The Pirates have won eight of their past nine games while the Cubs lost their fourth straight.

Jake Arrieta, who faced Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano, left the game after allowing three straight hits to start the seventh inning, punctuated by a John Jaso single that scored Adam Frazier from third base to tie the game.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 0

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, J.A. Happ struck out nine in winning his sixth straight start and Toronto defeated Detroit.

Happ allowed six hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays increased their season-best winning streak to seven games.

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run and six hits, three walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out two and had three double-play grounders.

Indians 10, Yankees 2

CLEVELAND -- Five Cleveland home runs -- two by Jason Kipnis -- and a Corey Kluber gem led to a rout of New York at Progressive Field.

The Indians also got home runs from Carlos Santana, Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Napoli, the five home runs being a season high for the streaking AL Central leaders.

Kluber, who was making his last start prior to his first trip to the All-Star game, gave up one run on five hits, with eight strikeouts and no walks in eight innings.

Marlins 3, Reds 1

MIAMI -- All-Star right-hander Jose Fernandez improved to 25-1 at Marlins Park as he led Miami over Cincinnati.

Fernandez, who has a 1.43 ERA in his career in his home stadium, held the Reds to six hits, no walks and one run, which was unearned. He struck out eight batters in seven innings.

Fernandez was supported by left fielder Christian Yelich, who had two RBIs, including a solo home run in the sixth, giving the Marlins the lead.

Mariners 3, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hisashi Iwukuma frustrated Kansas City, helping Seattle earn a win at Kauffman Stadium.

The Mariners starter gave up one run on five hits through 6 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and three walks. Iwakuma left with two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh.

Yordano Ventura had a solid outing for the Royals, but didn't receive enough offensive support. He gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Villar's two-out RBI double in the ninth gave Milwaukee a 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park.

Chris Carter hit two of the brewers three runs off Michael Wacha. Wacha scattered five hits, struck out eight, walked two in 6 2/3 innings but exited after taking a come-backer from Jonathan Villar off his right ankle.

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Jimmy Nelson only allowed two runs despite giving up six hits and four w walks -- one intentional -- with a pair of strikeouts over six innings.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Villar's two-out RBI double in the ninth gave Milwaukee a 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park.

Chris Carter hit two of the brewers three runs off Michael Wacha. Wacha scattered five hits, struck out eight, walked two in 6 2/3 innings but exited after taking a come-backer from Jonathan Villar off his right ankle.

Jimmy Nelson only allowed two runs despite giving up six hits and four w walks -- one intentional -- with a pair of strikeouts over six innings.

Rangers 6, Twins 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A sixth-inning rally pushed Texas past Minnesota at Globe Life Park.

Nomar Mazara led off the top of the sixth with a double down the left-field line. Elvis Andrus followed with a triple to score Mazara. Then No. 9 hitter Bobby Wilson lofted a sacrifice fly to right, bringing in Andrus for the go-ahead run.

The Twins lost promising center fielder Byron Buxton to a knee injury in the first inning. The injury came on a triple by the Rangers' Rougned Odor, who finished a home run shy of the cycle.

Braves 11, White Sox 8

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale fell short of earning his 15th victory before the All-Star break, struggling in Chicago's 11-8 loss to National League-worst Atlanta.

Sale allowed three home runs as his five-game winning streak ended.

Braves starter Matt Wisler wasn't much sharper, but picked up the win, giving up six runs in five innings. Tyler Flowers and Jeff Francoeur each drove in three runs, and Adonis Garcia had a career-high four hits.

Astros 10, A's 9

HOUSTON -- Luis Valbuena hit a three-run, walk-off home run to cap a wild ninth inning and lift Houston over Oakland at Minute Maid Park.

Valbuena's 12th home run of the season came against Athletics closer Ryan Madson, drilling the first pitch into the upper deck in right field. Valbuena followed Jose Altuve, who singled with one out, and Carlos Correa, who reached on a wild pitch after striking out.

The Athletics rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth, with Khris Davis drilling a two-run double off Michael Feliz, the Athletics' fourth extra-base hit in the inning.

Phillies 5, Rockies 3

DENVER -- Tommy Joseph came off the bench in the seventh and walloped a go-ahead, three-run pinch-hit homer off Jake McGee that enabled Philadelphia to beat Colorado.

It was the first pinch-hit homer of Joseph's career, his 10th since making his major-league debut May 14, and capped a four-run seventh.

Trevor Story's two-out single in the bottom of the inning made it a one-run game. But set-up man Hector Neris gave the Phillies a solid inning, and closer Jenmar Gomez, aided by left fielder Tyler Goeddel's sprawling catch, got the final four outs of the game to earn his 24th save in 26 opportunities.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford responded to his manager's ejection with a two-run homer that sparked a comeback as San Francisco defeated Arizona in the opener of a three-game series.

Both managers -- the Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Diamondbacks' Chip Hale -- were ejected by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott in separate incidents during San Francisco's first home win of the season over Arizona in five tries.

The home team won for just the second time in 12 meetings between the Giants and Diamondbacks this season.

Dodgers 10, Padres 6

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal hit three home runs against his former team as Los Angeles pounded San Diego at Dodger Stadium.

Grandal went deep twice against Padres starter Andrew Cashner -- a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run home run in the third inning -- before bunting for a single against the defensive shift in the fourth.

Traded by the Padres to the Dodgers in a deal that included Matt Kemp before the 2015 season, Grandal's next at-bat came against Padres reliever Jose Dominguez in the seventh inning and he crushed a solo home run for his third homer, fourth hit and sixth RBI of the night.

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