Harper’s HR helps Nats thwart Gi­ants

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - BASEBALL -

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.

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