Raburn hits win­ning run as Na­tion­als edge Mets

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Ryan Raburn drove in the game-win­ning run with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth as the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als sur­vived an­other bullpen col­lapse for a 3-2 vic­tory over the New York Mets on Mon­day night. Cur­tis Gran­der­son tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Na­tion­als re­liever Matt Al­bers (4-1). Gran­der­son’s hero­ics came af­ter Michael Tay­lor’s two-run homer in the bot­tom of the eighth broke a score­less tie. Matt Wi­eters opened the ninth with a walk against Paul Se­wald (0-3), moved to sec­ond fol­low­ing a sac­ri­fice bunt and took third on Adam Lind’s deep fly ball. Fol­low­ing Stephen Drew’s walk, Raburn’s slow, loop­ing liner to left field off Fer­nando Salas fell in front of a div­ing Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes, scor­ing Wi­eters. Na­tion­als left fielder Brian Good­win kept the game score­less in the top of the eighth by throw­ing out Bran­don Nimmo try­ing to score from sec­ond on Jose Reyes’ base hit.


Rookie Raimel Tapia fin­ished a sin­gle shy of the cy­cle, Char­lie Black­mon lined a solo shot af­ter it was an­nounced he would par­tic­i­pate in the All-Star Home Run Derby. Tapia’s homer in the sixth broke a tie game as the Rock­ies re­turned home fol­low­ing a for­get­ful 1-8 trip. Right-han­der Jeff Hoff­man (5-1) nearly col­lected as many hits at the plate (two) as he sur­ren­dered on the mound (four). He went seven ef­fec­tive in­nings, with his only hic­cup back-to-back homers to Scooter Gen­nett and Joey Votto in the sixth. Hoff­man’s run-scor­ing dou­ble in the sec­ond was his first ma­jor league RBI. Hoff­man turned the ball over to the bullpen, where Jake McGee pitched the eighth and re­cently named All-Star Greg Hol­land threw a per­fect ninth for his 27th save in 28 chances. Luis Castillo (0-1) went 5 2-3 in­nings and al­lowed four runs. He also struck out eight.


Travis Shaw started the rout with a goa­head sin­gle in a four-run first in­ning, then left af­ter he was hit on a hand by a pitch dur­ing the Brew­ers’ win over the Orioles. Backed by 7-0 lead in the sec­ond, Brent Suter (1-1) struck out eight over six in­nings, al­low­ing an un­earned run and four hits - all sin­gles. The 27-year-old left han­der made his sec­ond big league start, pitch­ing in place of Chase An­der­son, on the dis­abled list be­cause of a left oblique strain. Wade Miley (3-7) gave up seven runs, seven hits and two walks in 1 2/3 in­nings, rais­ing his ERA to 5.20 from 4.54. He is 1-4 with an 11.69 ERA in his last six starts.


Aaron Nola struck out eight in seven splen­did in­nings, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers and the Phillies beat the Pi­rates. Nola (6-5) al­lowed four hits and none un­til Jordy Mercer lined a dou­ble down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth. Joaquin Benoit and Hec­tor Neris com­pleted the four-hit­ter. Galvis hit a shot es­ti­mated at 417 feet into the sec­ond deck in right field to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first off Ivan Nova (8-6). Af­ter Galvis reached on a bunt sin­gle his next time up, Franco ripped a liner out to left to make it 40 in the third. Nova gave up four runs and seven hits in six in­nings. He al­lowed more than three earned runs for only the fourth time in 17 starts.


Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven sharp in­nings for his sec­ond straight win fol­low­ing a long slump, help­ing the Yan­kees beat the skid­ding Blue Jays. Hours af­ter an­nounc­ing they’ll both com­pete in the Home Run Derby next week, All-Star slug­gers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez sparked New York’s of­fense. Con­sec­u­tive sin­gles by those Baby Bombers in the first helped the Yan­kees scratch out two runs against Mar­cus Stro­man. Judge’s lead­off sin­gle and Sanchez’s dou­ble set up a four-run eighth that in­cluded Chase Headley’s two-run dou­ble off Ryan Tepera. Headley was hit by a pitch to force home a run in the first and fin­ished with three RBIs. Ja­coby Ells­bury drew a bases-loaded walk from Stro­man (8-5), who grew up on Long Is­land about 55 miles from Yankee Sta­dium. Last-place Toronto has dropped five straight and nine of 11. Tanaka (7-7) turned in his third con­sec­u­tive strong out­ing, a big pos­i­tive for the bangedup Yan­kees as they chase AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton. Sec­ond-place New York won for only the sixth time in 20 games.


Rookie Luke Voit hit his first ma­jor league homer and drove in four runs, Tommy Pham reached base five times and the Car­di­nals beat the Mar­lins. St. Louis scored four runs in the first in­ning and seven in the third on the way to an 11-0 lead. Voit added a tworun homer in the eighth in the Car­di­nals’ fifth win in six games. Adam Wain­wright (95) picked up his sec­ond suc­ces­sive win and also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded sin­gle. The Mar­lins have lost five of six. Mi­ami starter Jeff Locke (0-5) gave up 11 hits and 11 earned runs in 2 2/3 in­nings. Pham had three hits and two walks. He drove in a pair of runs.


An­drew Ben­in­tendi blooped a two-run sin­gle over a drawn-in in­field in the 11th in­ning and the Red Sox beat the Rangers for their AL-best fifth straight vic­tory. Bos­ton needed ex­tra in­nings af­ter Mike Napoli led off the Rangers ninth with a homer off Al­lS­tar closer Craig Kim­brel, who had blown only one of his pre­vi­ous 24 save op­por­tu­ni­ties. With run­ners at sec­ond and third with one out in the 11th against Ernesto Fri­eri (01), the Rangers in­ten­tion­ally walked Dustin Pe­droia, who al­ready had three hits and four RBIs. Ben­in­tendi, who had en­tered the game as a pinch hit­ter in the ninth, then hit a ball that landed just be­yond the in­field dirt in short left. Heath Hem­bree (1-2), the sixth Bos­ton pitcher, re­tired all six bat­ters he faced over the last two in­nings.


Max Ke­pler tied a ca­reer high with four hits, in­clud­ing a home run, Adal­berto Me­jia earned his third straight win and the Twins beat the An­gels. Joe Mauer also home­red and Miguel Sano had three hits for Min­nesota, which won for just the third time in nine games. Me­jia (4-3) al­lowed nine hits and three earned runs in seven in­nings. He’s given up five earned runs in 22 1/3 in­nings over his past four starts af­ter al­low­ing eight in a June 12 start. His ERA has dropped from 5.53 to 4.32 in that span. Luis Val­buena and Martin Mal­don­ado home­red and An­drel­ton Sim­mons had three hits for Los An­ge­les, which has lost four of five.


Ian Kennedy al­lowed one run pitch­ing into the sev­enth in­ning, Mike Mous­takas and Alex Gor­don both hit solo home runs, and the Roy­als beat the Mariners. Kennedy (3-6) won his third straight de­ci­sion with one of his best per­for­mances of the sea­son. The lone run scored on a wild pitch as Kansas City handed Seat­tle its fifth straight loss at home. Mous­takas led off the sec­ond in­ning with his 23rd home run of the sea­son and gave the Roy­als a 2-0 lead against Seat­tle starter An­drew Moore. Gor­don’s home run came with two outs in the fifth, a pitch he broke his bat on but was still able to get it over the wall in right just be­yond the leap of Mitch Haniger. It was Gor­don’s fifth homer and sec­ond in the past three games.


Todd Fra­zier dou­bled twice and drove in two runs to back Car­los Rodon’s first win of the sea­son, and the White Sox beat the slump­ing Athletics. Melky Cabr­era added three hits and an RBI, Willy Gar­cia dou­bled twice while Matt David­son had an RBI dou­ble to break out of a per­sonal slump and help Chicago to its fifth win in seven games. One week af­ter get­ting swept by the A’s at home, the White Sox jumped on Oakland starter Jharel Cot­ton early and got strong pitch­ing from Rodon and two re­liev­ers to make it hold up be­fore a crowd of 40,019 the largest to watch a base­ball game at the Coli­seum in nearly 12 years. Rodon (1-1) al­lowed two runs over 6 1/3 in­nings and came within one shy of his ca­reer high with 10 strike­outs in his sec­ond start af­ter miss­ing nearly the first three months of the sea­son on the dis­abled list with bur­si­tis in his left bi­cep. Rodon gave up a two-run dou­ble to Adam Ros­ales in the sec­ond the re­tired 14 of 16 on his way to win­ning for the first time since Sep. 30. — AP

WASH­ING­TON: Bran­don Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets beats the throw to Ryan Zim­mer­man #11 of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als for an in­field sin­gle in the eighth in­ning dur­ing a base­ball game at Na­tion­als Park on Mon­day in Wash­ing­ton. — AFP

OAKLAND: Adam Ros­ales #16 of the Oakland Athletics com­pletes a dou­ble play over Todd Fra­zier #21 of the Chicago White Sox dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning at the Oakland Coli­seum on Mon­day in Oakland, Cal­i­for­nia. The Chicago White Sox de­feated the Oakland Athletics 7-2. — AFP

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