Nationals set team scoring record, rout Mets, 25-4

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the highest-scoring game in franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and the Washington Nationals kept pouring it on against emergency reliever Jose Reyes and the New York Mets in a 25-4 rout Tuesday night.
Trea Turner, who apologized before the game to his teammates for homophobic and racially insensitive tweets he sent several years ago, had four of Washington’s 26 hits. Pitcher Tanner Roark (5-12) hit a three-run double during a seven-run first inning.
The Nationals set the team scoring mark dating to their days as the Montreal Expos in 1969. It was the Mets’ most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.
Reyes made the first pitching appearance of his career, and the 35-year-old infielder got tagged for home runs by Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds in a six-run eighth. Throwing a fastball in the mid-80s mph and a curve in the upper 40s, Reyes gave up five hits and walked two.
Reyes also plunked Ryan Zimmerman with a soft toss. After getting hit in the leg, Zimmerman playfully faked a charge toward the mound, drawing a laugh from Reyes, who wore one of ace Jacob deGrom’s gloves on the mound.
The game got so out of hand, Mets television announcers Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen took turns reading verbatim from the team’s media guide in the late innings — the SNY network played the theme from “Masterpiece Theatre” in the background.
Steven Matz (5-9) got only two outs and allowed seven runs in the shortest start of his career.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit his team-leading 19th home run, Francisco Cervelli added his 10th of the season and Pittsburgh finished off a frantic trade deadline day with a victory.
Hours after trading for Texas closer Keone Kela and Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer to give their postseason hopes a jolt, the Pirates won for the 16th time in 20 games by getting to Jon Lester (12-4) in the middle innings and holding on late.
Polanco’s solo homer in the eighth gave Pittsburgh a two-run cushion. The Pirates needed it after closer Felipe Vazquez gave up a single to pinch-hitter David Bote leading off the top of the ninth and Addison Russell followed with a shot to the gap in right-center that scored Bote.
Russell sped to third on the play and was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned upon review. Vazquez retired the next two batters to pick up his 24th save in 28 opportunities.
Jameson Taillon (8-8) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, his lone mistake an offspeed pitch to Javy Baez in the fourth that Baez turned into a three-run homer that tied the game.
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 13 starts, Miguel Andujar hit a three-run homer and New York beat Baltimore after the veteran-shedding Orioles dealt away three more players.
Coming off a three-hit shutout of Tampa Bay, Tanaka found his command after a 31-pitch first inning and limited the Orioles to a pair of singles and a double. Tanaka (9-2) struck out eight and walked two, lowering his ERA to 2.00 over his last five starts. He is 7-0 in 13 starts since an April 17 loss against Miami.
Baltimore (32-75), coming off its first three-game winning streak since mid-May, traded infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee before the game for infielder Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects, and dealt pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to Atlanta for four prospects and $2.5 million in international signing bonus allotment.
Yefry Ramirez (1-4), coming off his first big league win, allowed all six runs and lasted five innings.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for the second straight game and got his 29th save in 30 chances, his 21st in a row.
BOSTON (AP) — Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven strong innings and Philadelphia snapped a four-game slide.
The Phillies earned a split in a two-game visit to Boston despite leaving 13 on base and going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Arrieta (9-6) allowed only one run and six hits to finish July 4-0 in six starts. Tommy Hunter pitched a perfect eighth and Seranthony Dominguez closed it out for his 11th save, although he did make it interesting by walking J.D. Martinez and hitting Xander Bogaerts with a pitch to open the ninth.
Drew Pomeranz (1-5) threw five innings and held the Phillies to two runs and three hits, but hurt himself with four walks and two hit batters.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion combined to drive in five runs and Trevor Bauer earned his 10th win.
One day after hitting a pair of homers against the Twins, Ramirez’s bat stayed hot at Target Field. He drove in a run with a double in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fifth as part of a three-hit night.
Bauer (10-6) went 6 1/3 innings for Cleveland and gave up two runs on four hits. It was the first time all season Bauer issued more walks (4) than strikeouts (3).
The Twins started Ehire Adrianza at second base after trading Brian Dozier earlier in the day to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dozier had spent seven seasons in Minnesota. Adrianza was hitless in two at-bats before being pinch hit for in the ninth.
Kyle Gibson (5-8) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to earn his second loss in his last three starts.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kolby Allard, supported by a 19-hit attack that included three home runs, won his major league debut.
Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run double in Atlanta’s five-run fourth. Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in two runs with three hits, including a leadoff homer in the first. Nick Markakis added a two-run homer and Johan Camargo also homered.
Allard (1-0), a 2015 first-round draft pick, allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks in five-plus innings. Luke Jackson pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts.
Dan Straily (4-5) allowed eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandon Crawford singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning and San Francisco got seven strong innings from rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez to give San Diego its seventh straight loss.
Andrew McCutchen homered for the Giants, who swept the two-game series and won their third straight game.
Evan Longoria tripled leading off the 10th against Phil Maton (0-2) and scored on Crawford’s single to right.
Tony Watson (4-4) pitched a perfect ninth for the win, and Will Smith pitched the 10th for his sixth save.
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and Niko Goodrum homered in the fourth to lift Detroit.
Homer Bailey (1-8) retired his first 11 batters before Goodrum went deep for his 10th home run of the year. The Tigers never gave up the lead. Boyd struck out seven and walked one before being lifted after 105 pitches.
Shane Greene allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Boyd (6-9) won his second straight start after going seven in a row without a victory.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez each went deep, Jon Gray pitched into the eighth inning and Colorado beat St. Louis.
Gray (9-7) struck out five over 7 1/3 innings, helping Colorado finish the month 17-6. Gray allowed three runs, two earned, with four hits and two walks. Wade Davis got his 31st save in 35 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Chasen Shreve, making his first appearance for St. Louis since coming over in a July 28 trade with the Yankees, gave up a double to Gerardo Parra.
Jack Flaherty (4-6) pitched 5 1/3 innings.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After making a series of trades just before the non-waiver trade deadline, Tampa Bay broke through with a seven-run inning and beat Los Angeles despite Mike Trout’s 30th home run.
Trout’s homer, which came off Ryan Yarbrough in the seventh inning, made him the second major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season three times before the age of 26. The only other player to do it was Willie Mays.
Yarbrough (10-5) became the first rookie to win 10 games this season despite giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings. He took over in the second inning after Rays starter Ryne Stanek pitched the first.
Carlos Gomez had two of the Tampa Bay’s six hits in a seven-run fourth inning off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (8-7). That inning left the Rays with a 10-1 lead.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, helping Danny Duffy and Kansas City beat Chicago.
Brett Phillips also hit a two-run shot for last-place Kansas City, which had dropped four of five. Duffy (7-9) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, rebounding nicely from a rocky start against Detroit.
Matt Davidson hit a two-run shot in the seventh for his eighth homer against the Royals this season. But Tim Hill got one out, Jason Hammel worked a rocky eighth and Wily Peralta finished for his sixth save.
O’Hearn bounced to first in his first at-bat in the second. He came up again with one out and a runner on first in the fifth, and drove a 1-0 pitch from James Shields (4-13) over the wall in right.
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