Long balls, deGrom power Mets past Car­di­nals

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

METS 6, CAR­DI­NALS 5

ST. LOUIS — Jose Reyes and Jay Bruce hit solo home runs to help Ja­cob deGrom win his fifth straight de­ci­sion, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 6-5 on Fri­day night. Bruce's homer in the fifth gave broke a 4-all tie. It was his 11th home run in 61 ca­reer games at Busch Sta­dium. deGrom (9-3) gave up four runs, all on solo homers, in seven in­nings. It was the first time in his ca­reer that deGrom gave up four home runs in a game, but it was good enough to tie his ca­reer-best win­ning streak set in 2014. Ad­di­son Reed earned his 15th save in 17 chances. Reyes and Bruce each reached base three times and Reyes scored twice. T.J. Rivera also reached three times, ex­tend­ing his hit­ting streak to seven games, and drove in two runs. Car­di­nals starter Car­los Martinez (6-8) strug­gled again, giv­ing up five runs in five in­nings for a sec­ond straight start while fail­ing to record a per­fect in­ning. Reyes' sec­ond home run in two games gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ran­dal Grichuk and Paul DeJong led off the Car­di­nals' third with back-to­back homers to tie it. It was the third time this sea­son that St. Louis has had back-to-back home runs. Travis d'Ar­naud had an RBI sin­gle and Cur­tis Gran­der­son fol­lowed with an RBI dou­ble to re­gain a 4-2 lead for the Mets in the fourth. Dex­ter Fowler and Jedd Gy­orko re­peated the back-to-back homer act to lead off the fourth, ty­ing it at 4. It is the first time the Car­di­nals have had two back-to-back homers in the same game since May 2, 2016. DeJong went 3 for 3 and was just a triple away from the cy­cle. Gy­orko had a pair of hits and drove in two runs. NA­TION­ALS 5, BRAVES 4 (10) Daniel Mur­phy’s one-out RBI sin­gle in the 10th in­ning capped the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ come­back vic­tory over the At­lanta Braves. Adrian Sanchez led off the 10th against Ian Krol (1-2) with his first ma­jor league hit and two bat­ters later moved to third on Ryan Zim­mer­man’s sin­gle. Mur­phy then lofted an op­po­site-field sin­gle over left fielder Matt Kemp’s head to win it for Wash­ing­ton.

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

ASTROS 12, BLUE JAYS 2 Ge­orge Springer home­red twice and tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs as Hous­ton rocked Aaron Sanchez in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, pro­pel­ling the Astros to a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Springer hit his 26th and 27th homers of the sea­son, in­clud­ing a two-run shot off Sanchez (0-2) in the sec­ond in­ning. The All-Star out­fielder had four hits, and the Astros im­proved their ma­jor league-lead­ing record to 59-28. RED SOX 8, RAYS 3 Dustin Pe­droia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Han­ley Ramirez all home­red,

Drew Pomer­anz won his third con­sec­u­tive start, and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Pe­droia hit a two-run shot dur­ing a four­run third, and Bradley Jr. had a fourth-in­ning solo drive off Jake Odorizzi (5-4) as Bos­ton took a 5-0 lead. Ramirez scored his 1,000th run on his ninth-in­ning solo homer. RANGERS 10, AN­GELS 0 Cole Hamels threw 72/3 shutout in­nings and Adrian Bel­tre’s three-run homer high­lighted a five-run sec­ond in­ning as the Texas Rangers blanked the Los An­ge­les An­gels. Hamels (4-0) al­lowed three sin­gles, two to Al­bert Pu­jols, and one walk. He struck out six, match­ing his sea­son high, in his third start since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list on June 26.

INTERLEAGUE

BREW­ERS 9, YAN­KEES 4 Je­sus Aguilar home­red twice and matched a Brew­ers record with seven RBIs, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning that sent Mil­wau­kee past the skid­ding New York Yan­kees for its fifth straight vic­tory. The sur­pris­ing NL Cen­tral lead­ers over­came a sea­son-high five er­rors and a record-break­ing homer by Aaron Judge to win at Yan­kee Sta­dium for the first time in ex­actly 21 years.

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