AROUND THE HORN
Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Marlins Monday night in the first game of a pivotal series between National League playoff contenders. The Mets pulled even with the Marlins for second place in the NL East. Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to give him 3,011 for his career and break a tie with Wade Boggs for 27th place on the all-time list. He also scored the Marlins’ lone run.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello became the majors’ first 18-game winner and the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 in Fenway Park as he went seven solid innings in a 9-4 victory over the Rays. OF Mookie Betts hit his 30th homer and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who hold the American League’s first wild-card spot but had lost four of five. 2B Brock Holt and 3B Travis Shaw each had three hits.
Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson hit his fourth home run in two days and OF Jose Bautista also went deep in support of RHP Marco Estrada as the Blue Jays maintained a two-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Cole pitched five shaky innings in a 5-4 loss to the Astros on Wednesday and then let the team know he experienced some discomfort during the outing. He had a 6.08 ERA in five August starts. ... Manager Clint Hurdle said the decision to have INF Jung Ho Kang continue rehabbing his left shoulder injury in Indianapolis instead of Chicago had nothing to do with an investigation into an allegation that Kang sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman during the team’s June visit to Chicago.
Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake went on the 15-day DLbecause of shingles, while reliever Dean Kiekhefer was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal in December, is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA for the Cardinals.