Jacob deGrom continued to make history on Friday night as the New York Mets ace hit a career high of 15 in a two-hit shutout and doubled the first run of the game with a 6-0 home win over the visiting Washington Nationals.
The Mets have lost three games. The Nationals had stopped a two-game winning streak.
deGrom (2-1) allowed Starlin Castro a single in the second inning and Andrew Stevenson a double in the third inning before withdrawing the last 19 batters. He lowered his ERA to .31 when he wrote his fourth career full game and second shutout.
DeGrom’s 15 strikeouts bring his season to 50 – the highest any pitcher has ever had in his first four season starts. The two-time winner of the National League’s Cy Young Award was the third pitcher in history to sniff at least 14 batters in three starts in a row, along with Pedro Martinez (1999) and Gerrit Cole (2019).
Twins 2, Pirates 0
JA Happ made a no-hit offer for the eighth inning in Minnesota’s eighth win over Pittsburgh in Minneapolis.
Happ (1-0) allowed two walks and a double from Jacob Stallings to break the no-hit rule with an out in the eighth. Happ, who was removed right after the hit, hit three and threw a season high of 95 pitch.
Tyler Duffey threw a goalless inning and Taylor Rogers got the final two outs to sew the shutout with a combined one-hitter. Willians Astudillo and Jake Cave met Solo Homer for the Twins, who lost four in a row and nine of their last 10 games.
Athletics 3, Orioles 1
Oakland went to the East Coast, beating Baltimore for the 12th straight, the first team to win so many games in a row since Houston from June 6-18, 2018.
Left-handed Cole Irvin (2-2) scattered eight hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings to take the win. He allowed the Orioles to run and turned down six. Jake Diekman threw a perfect ninth place for his second save of the season. Ramon Laureano started for athletics.
Pedro Severino had two hits and was running in Baltimore’s run, and teammates Maikel Franco, Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins also had two hits apiece. The lost pitcher Jorge Lopez (1-3) gave up three runs with five hits and two walks over four innings.
Padres 6, Dodgers 1
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs and Yu Darvish hit seven strong innings as San Diego won a victory in Los Angeles and played the first two games of a four-game series.
Tatis’ multi-homer night came 22 years to the day his father, Fernando Tatis Sr., hit two grand slams in the same inning at Dodger Stadium, both in front of Chan Ho Park, while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals played.
Tatis Jr. hit his solo home runs in separate innings against Clayton Kershaw (3-2), who allowed three runs with three solo homers over seven innings. Wil Myers also deeply for the Padres. Darvish (2-1) gave up a four-hit run with three walks and nine spikes.
Cardinals 5, Red 4
Yadier Molina scored a home run and an RBI double when St. Louis visited Cincinnati, but left the game after five innings due to pain in his right foot.
Paul Goldschmidt scored a double with two runs and Nolan Arenado added an RBI single for the Cardinals, who had won their fourth win in their last 12 games.
Nick Castellanos hit a homer for the Reds, who lost their fifth in a row. The winning pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0) allowed Castellanos’ homer, but only four more hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has recorded eight strikes in his career.
Blue Jays 5, Rays 3
Marcus Semien’s three-run homer highlighted Toronto’s first four-run inning when the visiting Blue Jays defeated Tampa Bay.
Randal Grichuk also scored when the Blue Jays won their last three games for the second time despite making three infield mistakes. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was the first to build his perfect mark for reaching the base in all of Toronto’s 19 games – the only player in the majors to do so for his club.
Randy Arozarena was 2-4 with a three run homer when the Rays lost their second straight after an impressive 5-1 road trip.
Cubs 15, Brewers 2
Jake Marisnick made a career high with five RBIs when Chicago visited Milwaukee to kick off a three-game series.
Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez also faced the Cubs, who recorded a season high of 17 hits and extended their winning streak to four games.
Kolten Wong and Billy McKinney hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning for Milwaukee, who ended their winning streak in five games on the road.
Braves 5, Diamondbacks 4
Huascar Ynoa threw six strong innings and scored the first victory of his career when hosts Atlanta ended Arizona’s four-game defeat.
Ynoa (1-1) allowed two runs – both on Carson Kelly’s homer with two runs – with two hits, one step and five strokes. Ynoa also had the first two hits of his career, one of them a double and a single, which spawned his first career RBI. Will Smith worked a perfect ninth inning to score his fourth save.
The losing pitcher was Luke Weaver (1-2), who threw more than five innings and allowed four runs with six hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
Rockies 5, Phillies 4
Raimel Tapia scored in ninth place, Trevor Story, CJ Cron and Garrett Hampson also went down and hosts Colorado beat Philadelphia.
Tapia ended with three hits, and Hampson and Story each had two for the Rockies. Mychal Givens (1-1) threw an inning for the win.
Rhys Hoskins scored, JT Realmuto tripled from his three hits, and Alec Bohm and Nick Maton had two hits apiece for Philadelphia. Tapia lost 2-0 to Hector Neris (2-1), but drove a splinter into the seats in the right field to end it.
Astros 5, Angels 4 (10 innings)
Robel Garcia stroked a single-to-center field with two outs and two hits, scored Jason Castro from third base and gave him a win in Houston against Los Angeles in 10 innings.
Garcia followed an RBI infield single from Myles Straw and a sacrificial fly from Carlos Correa with his hit from Raisel Iglesias (1-2) to complete the triple frame and second comeback of the night for the Astros.
David Fletcher and Albert Pujols from the Angels delivered RBI singles in tenth place ahead of Ryan Pressly (2-0).
Yankees 5, Indians 3
Giancarlo Stanton buckled up two solo homers to lift New York above hosts Cleveland and erased an early three-run deficit for the second time in as many days.
Rougned Odor started a homer with two runs and Aaron Hicks added a solo shot for the Yankees, who hit four season highs. Lucas Luetge (1-0) took the win and only allowed a walk in 1 1/3 innings to the relief of Jordan Montgomery. Aroldis Chapman added his fourth save.
Franmil Reyes had an RBI double and Eddie Rosario and Amed Rosario each ran a run for the Indians, who have lost three in a row and five of their last six games. Starter Logan Allen (1-3) took the loss and scored four runs with five hits – including three homers – in 2 1/3 innings.
Giants 5, Marlins 3
Alex Wood allowed a goal over seven innings and hosts San Francisco defeated Miami in the second game of their four-game streak.
Marlin’s rookie shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. led the game with a 427-foot home run to right midfield from a 90 mph sinker from Wood (2-0). But he only allowed one more baserunner, a two-part walk to Garrett Cooper in the fourth inning, and hit seven.
The Marlins have lost for the fourth time in their last five games. The Giants have won five to six games and beaten the Marlins three times in a row.
Royals 6, Tiger 2
Andrew Benintendi and Ryan O’Hearn each hit their first homers of the season, Jorge Soler had a double with two runs, and Kansas City hosted Detroit.
Benintendi had two hits and scored two goals, while O’Hearn – his debut of the season – made three bases. Whit Merrifield had two hits, a run score and an RBI.
Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer to explain the Tigers’ runs. Detroit has lost seven of its last eight games.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 5
Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez hit home runs and Boston beat Seattle.
Seattle’s Kyle Seager secured a triple homer over right-handed Matt Barnes with a hit in ninth place to pull the Mariners in one run. However, Barnes retired the next two batters to end the game.
Red Sox reliever Hirokazu Sawamura (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 innings of the scoreless ball to take his maiden Major League win and help Boston take a two-game loss.
White Sox 9, Rangers 7
Rookie Yermin Mercedes went 4-4 with three RBIs, including a brace in the seventh inning, and Liam Hendriks scored a five-out save to help hosts Chicago beat Texas.
Chicago opened a nine-game homestand with their fourth win in five games, beating Texas 16-10. Yoan Moncada hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to win a 3v4 night with three RBIs, while Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn and Nick Madrigal contributed two hits apiece.
Adolis Garcia scored twice for Texas, including a solo shot with two outs in ninth place that marked the only blemish against Hendriks.
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