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August 3, 2019

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PHOTO: Last Word on Baseball

Matt Adams had about 10 minutes to prepare, but that was all the time he needed to help Joe Ross end a two-year drought.

Adams broke a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning double and Ross won his first game since July 4, 2017, when Washington opened a nine-game road trip with a 3-0 victory over Arizona on Friday night.

Eric Lauer can boast about something not many major league pitchers currently can: an unbeaten record against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The San Diego left hander improved to 4-0 against the Dodgers as the Padres rallied for a 6-2 victory in Los Angeles on Friday night.

“We’ve seen him numerous times and it seems like he saves his best for us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Lauer (6-8) allowed two runs on three hits with six strikeouts for his first victory since June 3. He has a 1.72 earned run average in six starts against the Dodgers. According to Sportradar, that is the lowest ERA among active pitchers who have made six or more starts against LA. He is also the only one that is unbeaten.

Vince Velasquez did everything he could playing in the field for the first time since he was a kid, and it still wasn’t enough.

Jose Abreu hit an RBI single off outfielder Roman Quinn in the 15th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Friday night.

Velasquez, a starting pitcher playing left field, threw out the potential go-ahead run in the 14th with Quinn (0-1) on the mound. He nearly did it again in the 15th, but Leury Garcia barely beat the throw. Velasquez then made a diving catch to end the inning.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Velasquez became the first full-time pitcher with an outfield assist since Dodgers reliever Bobby Castillo on Sept. 10, 1980.

Starling Marte’s three-run homer in the seventh inning broke open a tight game and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory on Friday night.

The Pirates led 5-4 when Marte turned on a pitch from Tyler Bashlor and sent it into the seats in left field for his 19th home run of season.

Freddy Galvis had a home run among his three hits, Brandon Drury also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Galvis hit his 17th homer in the fourth inning off Aaron Brooks (2-5) and Drury connected in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. Toronto has seven home runs in the first two games of the series and a major league-leading 81 since June 16.

Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs, Alex Wood pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Friday night.

Wood (1-0) was sharp in his second start since returning from a season-long back injury, allowing five baserunners and solo homers to Austin Riley in the fifth and Ronald Acuna Jr. in the sixth. Wood struck out five.

Raisel Iglesias earned his 21st save in 24 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth, retiring Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson.

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PHOTO: Cincinnati Enquirer | Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25) argues with umpire Larry Vanover (27)

Suspended Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell planned to watch Friday’s game in privacy after his wayward experience the night before.

Bell, who is serving a six-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl this week, tried to observe his team from the stands Thursday at SunTrust Park, only to be recognized by fans who wanted to chat and take pictures with him during the action.

Yasiel Puig drove in his first two runs for Cleveland, Mike Clevinger won his fifth consecutive decision and the Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Friday night.

Puig, acquired from Cincinnati in a blockbuster trade Wednesday, had RBI singles in the first and second, helping Cleveland take an early 6-1 lead.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound right fielder also showed off his defensive skills. He made a leaping catch on the warning track of Andrelton Simmons’ line drive in the fourth and ran down Kole Calhoun’s fly ball in the corner in the eighth.

Gleyber Torres hit a first-inning grand slam, left-hander James Paxton cruised after that and the New York Yankees three-hit the Boston Red Sox in a 4-2 victory Friday night.

Boston has lost five straight for the first time since 2015 and dropped 11 1/2 games behind first-place New York in the AL East.

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer during yet another rocky first inning by Paxton, but Torres bailed him out with his slam off Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5). Paxton (6-6) struck out the side in the second and completed six innings on 100 pitches, allowing two hits and two runs with six strikeouts.

After another rough road trip, Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs came home to Wrigley Field and came out swinging.

Baez homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Friday.

Jose Quintana pitched solidly into the seventh inning and Jason Heyward also went deep to help Chicago move within one-half game of first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. The third-place Brewers fell 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals, who have a rare Friday off before starting a two-game series at Oakland.

The New York Yankees have reinstated outfielder Brett Gardner from the injured list. Gardner went on the 10-day IL last week with left knee inflammation. In a corresponding move, shortstop Tyler Wade has been optioned to Triple-A.

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ will be unavailable for the Yankees as he has been added to the paternity list. Fellow left-hander Stephen Tarpley has been recalled to take Happ’s place on the roster.

The Boston Red Sox have placed left-hander David Price on the paternity leave list, the team announced before its series opener against the Yankees in New York on Friday.

Manager Alex Cora said he was hopeful that Price would still be able to make his scheduled start Sunday against New York, but the pitcher’s availability is not set in stone.

Players can spend between one and three consecutive days on the paternity list. In the corresponding roster move, Boston recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Price is 7-4 with a 3.86 in 20 starts this season.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar returned to the injured list with a strained right groin, one day after appearing in his first game in two years.

Salazar, troubled by injuries to his right arm the last two seasons, pitched Thursday for the first time since the 2017 American League Division Series. He allowed two runs in four innings against Houston on Thursday. Afterward, he said his groin bothered him during the game.

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit said late Friday that he feels better now that he has had a cortisone shot to help treat a sports hernia, but he remains unsure about whether he’ll need a surgery to completely alleviate the issue.

Voit and the Yankees are planning to see how the shot takes effect within the next week before determining exactly what course of rehab action will come next.

The Colorado Rockies have removed Wade Davis from the closer role, manager Bud Black said Friday.

Davis has a 6.82 ERA this season, including an 11.29 ERA at Coors Field.

In his last appearance, Wednesday against the Dodgers, he allowed five runs in one-third of an inning, taking the loss to drop to 1-5 this season.

Just a few weeks after lighting up the radar gun at a Coors Field speed pitch cage during a Colorado Rockies game, 23-year-old Nathan Patterson is getting his shot to play for a major league team.

The Oakland Athletics, who had been keeping track of the righty for some time, recently signed Patterson to a minor league contract.

Patterson went viral after video of him throwing well into the 90s at the cage in Coors Field hit social media. Last summer, he hit 96 mph under the same circumstances at a Triple-A Nashville Sounds game.

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