Stan­ton slams No. 51

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WASH­ING­TON — Gian­carlo Stan­ton tied a ma­jor league record with his 18th home run in Au­gust, but An­thony Ren­don had four RBIs and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 8-3 on Tues­day night.

Stan­ton hit a long homer in the first in­ning off Ed­win Jack­son (5-3), his 51st this sea­son, to open the scor­ing fol­low­ing a 26-minute rain de­lay. His Au­gust out­put matched the mark set by Rudy York with the De­troit Tigers in 1937. Sammy Sosa set the record for homers in a month when he hit 20 in June 1998, and Stan­ton has two games left this month to catch the for­mer Cubs slug­ger.

Stan­ton added an RBI with a deep sacri­fice fly in the fifth in­ning.

Ren­don’s three-run dou­ble in the sev­enth came after Wash­ing­ton’s bullpen thwarted a rally ear­lier in the in­ning. Daniel Mur­phy also had a two-run sin­gle.

The Na­tion­als, 16-7 since Aug. 6, had five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 in­nings against Vance Wor­ley (2-4). RED SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 0 TORONTO — Chris Sale and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a four-hit­ter, Han­ley Ramirez hit a solo home run and Bos­ton beat Toronto.

Sale (15-6) fanned 11 in his ma­jor league-best 17th dou­ble-digit strike­out game, rais­ing his league-lead­ing to­tal to 264. His 15 wins lead the AL.

Sale, who matched a sea­son-worst by al­low­ing seven runs in his pre­vi­ous out­ing, pitched seven in­nings. The left-han­der has not al­lowed a run in 22 in­nings against the Blue Jays this sea­son.

Craig Kim­brel fin­ished for his 31st save in 35 chances.

Pro­moted from Triple-A Buf­falo to make his first start for the Blue Jays, left-han­der Brett An­der­son (2-3) al­lowed one run in 5 2/3 in­nings. ORI­OLES 4, MARINERS 0 BAL­TI­MORE — Dy­lan Bundy threw a one-hit­ter for his first ca­reer shutout, Manny Machado hit two of Bal­ti­more’s four solo homers, and the Ori­oles ex­tended their win­ning streak to six games.

Bundy (13-8) al­lowed just a bunt sin­gle to Kyle Sea­ger in the fourth in­ning and set a ca­reer high with 12 strike­outs. The right-han­der has a 2.00 ERA in Au­gust and has struck out 10 or more in three of his last four starts.

Jonathan Schoop and Wel­ing­ton Castillo also went deep for the Ori­oles, who moved two games over .500 for the first time since June 10.

Schoop col­lected his 29th homer of the sea­son and 500th ca­reer hit with a solo shot in the first off Erasmo Ramirez (5-5). ROY­ALS 6, RAYS 2 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whit Mer­ri­field, Jorge Boni­fa­cio and Eric Hos­mer home­red as Kansas City snapped a 45-in­ning score­less streak on the way to a vic­tory over Tampa Bay.

Mer­ri­field’s 16th home run with two outs in the third ended the Roy­als’ drought, three in­nings shy of the ma­jor league record. The 1906 Philadel­phia Ath­let­ics and 1968 Chicago Cubs share the mark with 48 score­less in­nings.

Boni­fa­cio home­red with two outs in the sixth off Alex Cobb (9-9).

Cobb gave up a run on three sin­gles and three wild pitches in the fourth. Hos­mer scored on Mike Mous­takas’ sin­gle, but the Roy­als stranded run­ners at sec­ond and third.

Roy­als rookie Jake Ju­nis (6-2) did not al­low a hit un­til a one-out sin­gle in the fifth. CUBS 4, PI­RATES 1 CHICAGO — Jake Ar­ri­eta con­tin­ued his dom­i­nant sec­ond half with six in­nings of two-hit ball, Ben Zo­brist home­red and Chicago beat Pittsburgh.

An­thony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI sin­gle and Ja­son Hey­ward added a sacri­fice fly for NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Chicago.

Ar­ri­eta (14-8) struck out four and re­tired the last seven bat­ters he faced, leav­ing after 97 pitches with a 3-0 lead. He hasn’t al­lowed more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts since the All-Star break, go­ing 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA dur­ing that span.

Wade Davis got the fi­nal three outs for his 27th save in 27 chances to es­tab­lish a new Cubs record for con­sec­u­tive saves op­por­tu­ni­ties con­verted.

Chad Kuhl (6-10) al­lowed three runs in 5 1/3 in­nings. CAR­DI­NALS 10, BREW­ERS 2 MIL­WAU­KEE — Matt Car­pen­ter hit a two-run homer and Luke Voit drove in four runs, back­ing Luke Weaver’s 10-strike­out night in a 10-2 win Tues­day over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

Car­pen­ter’s shot to right in the fifth had added im­por­tance for the third base­man after he had pledged $10,000 for ev­ery home run that he hit the rest of the sea­son to Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief ef­forts. The Galve­ston, Texas na­tive looked up and pointed two fingers to­ward the night sky as he touched the plate to ex­tend the Car­di­nals’ lead to 9-1.

St. Louis chased Matt Garza (6-8) with one out in the fourth. The right-han­der walked five and al­lowed six runs, though only three were earned after the Brew­ers com­mit­ted two er­rors in the third.

The loss dropped the sec­ond-place Brew­ers to 3 1/2 games back of the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cubs, who won on Tues­day. RANGERS 12, ASTROS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shin-Soo Choo home­red and drove in four runs, help­ing Texas rout Hous­ton in the opener of a series re­lo­cated to Flor­ida due to flood­ing caused by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

Adrian Bel­tre of the Rangers drove in three runs to pass Hall of Famer Ernie Banks for 28th on the ca­reer RBI list with 1,637, and Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer off Mike Fiers (8-9) be­fore an an­nounced crowd of 3,485 at Trop­i­cana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The three-game series that con­cludes Thurs­day was moved from Minute Maid Park be­cause of flood­ing in the Hous­ton area, with the Astros serv­ing as the home team after the Rangers de­clined a pro­posal to play the games in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

It’s only the fourth time in ma­jor league his­tory that games have been re­lo­cated to neu­tral sites be­cause of weather.

Martin Perez (10-10) pitched seven strong in­nings for the Rangers. TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 4 MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Jorge Polanco home­red twice and Ervin San­tana struck out seven while pitch­ing into the sev­enth in­ning, lead­ing Min­nesota past Chicago.

Ed­uardo Es­co­bar drove in two runs for the Twins, who started the day with a one-game lead over the Los An­ge­les An­gels in the crowded race for the sec­ond AL wild card. San­tana (14-7) matched his high­est to­tal for wins since he was a 17-game win­ner 2010 with the An­gels.

Matt Belisle pitched the ninth for his fifth save. James Shields (2-5) has not won for the White Sox in 10 starts. DIAMODNBACKS 7, DODGERS 6 PHOENIX — A.J. Pol­lock hit a two-run homer and Ari­zona roughed up Rich Hill in his fol­low-up to a near no-hit­ter.

Hill (9-6) pitched nine no-hit in­nings against Pittsburgh on Wed­nes­day, los­ing the no-hit­ter and the game on Josh Har­ri­son’s walk-off homer in the 10th.

The Di­a­mond­backs scored 11 runs to com­plete a three-game sweep of San Fran­cisco on Sun­day and kept hit­ting after a day off, knock­ing around Hill in a five-run first in­ning.

Paul Gold­schmidt home­red and Fer­nando Rod­ney al­lowed a run-scor­ing sin­gle by Chris Tay­lor in the ninth be­fore clos­ing out his 33rd save. The wild card-lead­ing Di­a­mond­backs have won five straight.

Tay­lor hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig a solo shot off Zack God­ley (6-7) for the NL West-lead­ing Dodgers, who have lost three in a row for the first time since early June. ROCK­IES 7, TIGERS 3 DEN­VER — Nolan Are­nado capped a four-run sev­enth in­ning with his 30th homer, and Colorado beat De­troit.

Are­nado’s three-run shot broke open a close game and helped the Rock­ies win for the fourth time in six tries. Colorado in­creased its lead to four games over Mil­wau­kee for the sec­ond NL wild card.

Colorado went ahead 4-3 on sin­gles by Jonathan Lu­croy and Trevor Story, and a sacri­fice fly by pinch-hit­ter Car­los Gon­za­lez off starter Michael Ful­mer (10-12).

Char­lie Black­mon reached on a fielder’s choice. War­wick Saupold walked DJ LeMahieu, and Are­nado fol­lowed with his three-run drive to reach 30 homers for the third straight sea­son. He leads the ma­jors with 111 RBIs.

Rock­ies starter Ger­man Mar­quez tied a ca­reer high with 10 strike­outs be­fore leav­ing with one out in the sev­enth. Pat Neshek (2-1) got the last two outs of the in­ning. AN­GELS 8, ATH­LET­ICS 2 ANAHEIM, Calif. — C.J. Cron hit two homers, in­clud­ing a three­run drive in the first in­ning, and Los An­ge­les beat Oak­land.

Ben Re­vere had two RBIs for the An­gels, who have won three of four and are one game be­hind Min­nesota for the sec­ond AL wild card.

Cron drove a three-run homer off Chris Smith (0-4) in the first in­ning and also had a solo shot in the eighth.

Jesse Chavez (7-10) threw four score­less re­lief in­nings. REDS 14, METS 4 CINCINNATI — Scott Schebler hit his first ca­reer grand slam, and Cincinnati ended its 14-game los­ing streak against New York. PADRES 6, GIANTS 3 SAN DIEGO — Manuel Mar­got and Jabari Blash home­red to back Luis Per­domo’s six in­nings of solid pitch­ing as San Diego beat San Fran­cisco.

Per­domo (7-8) set­tled in after his pitch count climbed as he wig­gled from jams in the first two in­nings. Brad Hand han­dled the ninth for his 13th save.

Matt Moore (4-13) was charged with five runs and eight hits, with a walk and a hit bat­ter. He struck out two.

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