Soto ham­mers Yanks as Nats pull out vic­tory

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BASEBALL -

NA­TION­ALS 5, YAN­KEES 4 Fri­day: Wash­ing­ton at Toronto, 7 p.m. TV: MASN

NEW YORK — Teenage rookie Juan Soto home­red twice and drove in four runs, be­com­ing the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game at Yan­kee Sta­dium, and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat New York 5-4 on Wed­nes­day night.

After get­ting a game off Tues­day, his first in three-plus weeks as a ma­jor lea­guer, a re­freshed Soto showed why he was rated one of base­ball’s best prospects.

The 19-year-old out­fielder lofted a three-run homer into the left-field cor­ner off Sonny Gray

in the fourth in­ning to give

Wash­ing­ton, shut out in its pre­vi­ous two games, a 4-3 lead. Soto then launched a shot to right-cen­ter in the sev­enth against Chasen

Shreve (2-1), putting the Na­tion­als back in front 5-4.

Pro­jected at 436 feet, the drive soared to the back of a stand­ing-room ter­race above and be­yond the Yan­kees’ bullpen in right-cen­ter. It also ended a 23-in­ning shutout streak for New York re­liev­ers and made Soto (19 years, 231 days old) the youngest player in Na­tion­als his­tory to have a mul­ti­homer game.

Hall of Famer Ken Grif­fey Jr. was 19 years, 190 days old when he home­red — also twice — for Seat­tle at old Yan­kee Sta­dium on May 30, 1989. An­druw Jones was 19 as well when he hit two home runs for At­lanta in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Called up from Dou­ble-A Har­ris­burg on May 20, Soto is bat­ting .344 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

New York got a long home run from its own im­pres­sive rookie, 21-year-old Gley­ber Tor­res, to tie it at 4 in the fifth.

Greg Bird also hit a solo homer and Gian­carlo Stan­ton had three hits for the Yan­kees, in­clud­ing a two-out RBI sin­gle that glanced off the glove of third base­man An­thony Ren­don.

Adam Ea­ton and Matt Adams had three hits apiece for the Na­tion­als, who split the twogame in­ter­league series be­tween World Series con­tenders.

The teams meet again next Mon­day in Wash­ing­ton to com­plete a May 15 matchup sus­pended with the score tied 3-all in the sixth in­ning and to make up a May 16 rain­out.

Justin Miller (4-0) struck out four in 1 2/3 in­nings to earn the win on his 31st birth­day. Sammy So­lis knocked down Brett Gard­ner’s come­backer with a run­ner on third for the fi­nal out of the sev­enth. Ryan Mad­son pitched out of trou­ble in the eighth and Sean Doolit­tle worked a per­fect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Na­tion­als rookie Erick Fedde al­lowed four runs and six hits in five in­nings. Pitch­ing in place of in­jured ace Stephen Stras­burg, the right-han­der was re­called from Triple-A Syra­cuse be­fore the game to make his fifth ma­jor league start and sec­ond this sea­son.

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