Harper’s HR helps Nats thwart Giants
WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper hit his National League-leading 19th homer of the season and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Saturday.
Harper’s 437-foot blast to right-center came off reliever Ty Blach in the fourth inning.
Adam Eaton scored two runs in his return from the disabled list for Washington.
Eaton, activated from the 60-day disabled list Saturday after missing 52 games with a left ankle bone bruise, was hit by a pitch to lead off the first.
He scored on Anthony Rendon’s one-out single. An inning later, he scored again as part of a four-run rally against Dereck Rodriguez to make it 5-0.
Giants catcher Nick Hundley hit a threerun homer into the San Francisco bullpen off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez in the third.
The Giants then loaded the bases with one out an inning later to chase Gonzalez, but managed only one run on Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly.
Justin Miller (3-0) retired all five batters he faced after replacing Gonzalez. Fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler left with an undisclosed injury after facing three batters in the eighth inning and was replaced by former Virginia star Sean Doolittle, who earned his 16th save in 17 chances.
Brewers 12, Phillies 3: Ji-Man Choi hit a goahead, pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning, and Jesus Aguilar and Jonathan Villar also went deep for Milwaukee in the Brewers’ road victory over Philadelphia.
Aguilar also doubled and drove in three runs and Christian Yelich had three hits for the Brewers, who won their second straight over the Phillies while outscoring Philadelphia 24-7 to keep hold of first place in the NL Central.
Red Sox 4, White Sox 2: J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, David Price pitched six solid innings to win his fifth straight decision and Boston rebounded from a series-opening loss with a home victory over Chicago.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (Prince George) added a solo shot for Boston, which avoided tying its season-high three-game losing streak.
Yankees 4, Mets 3: Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning and the visiting Yankees won a game of home run derby, beating the Mets for their sixth straight victory in the Subway Series.
Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar also homered at Citi Field. The Yanks have won four in a row overall and nine of 10.
Rays 7, Mariners 3: Blake Snell overcame occasional wildness to go six effective innings, and Tampa Bay stopped an eight-game losing streak by beating Felix Hernandez and Seattle in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Snell (8-3), who was born in Seattle, gave up two runs and seven hits. The left-hander walked two, recorded one strikeout, hit a batter and had two wild pitches.
Hernandez (6-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings in his shortest start this season.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3: Luke Maile drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and Toronto beat visiting Baltimore.
Maile walked on four pitches from Baltimore’s Mychael Givens (0-2) to score Justin Smoak as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 in extra innings.
Cubs 2, Pirates 0: Jon Lester combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, and the Cubs took advantage of a first-inning slip by center fielder Starling Marte in a home victory over Pittsburgh, Chicago’s 11th win in 13 games.
Angels 2, Twins 1: Albert Pujols hit his 623rd career homer and tied Stan Musial for seventh on the career RBI list with 1,951, helping Los Angeles beat Minnesota after a four-hour rain delay in Minneapolis.
Royals 2, Athletics 0: Danny Duffy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and Kansas City snapped a six-game skid with a road victory over Oakland. Duffy (3-6) struck out a season-high 10 and walked three.
Cardinals 6, Reds 4: Yadier Molina doubled with the bases loaded, and Michael Wacha pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning leading St. Louis to a road victory and its 13th straight win over the Reds.
Padres 5, Marlins 4: Travis Jankowski hit a go-ahead bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to lift visiting San Diego over Miami. Jankowski hit a line drive with two outs off reliever Drew Rucinski (1-1) that scored Hunter Renfroe.
Tigers 4, Indians 2: Jeimer Candelario’s two-run homer in the 12th inning gave Detroit a home victory over Cleveland. Miguel Cabrera singled off Cody Allen (2-3) with two outs, and Candelario drove a 2-0 pitch deep into the right-field stands for the first gameending homer of his career.