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August 25, 2019
Major League Baseball News
The New York Yankees left Los Angeles feeling good about how they matched up against the team with the best record in baseball.
DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Mike Ford homered, and Domingo German outdueled Clayton Kershaw for his major league-leading 17th win in a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.
“We played consistent and we have a dangerous lineup,” said Judge, who homered in all three games and is one away from 100 in his career.
“To come in here and win two of three from the best team in the National League and one of the best teams in baseball is awesome,” he said.
The Yankees set a major league record for most homers in a month with 61 in August. They slugged nine in a potential World Series preview to remain tied with Houston for the best record in the American League at 85-47. The Dodgers are 86-46.
Matt Carpenter knew it was just a matter of time. The veteran infielder busted out of a prolonged slump with a homer and two singles as the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies after a long rain delay Sunday.
Lane Thomas had a pinch-hit homer for the Cardinals, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. It is their largest lead since holding a three-game cushion on May 1.
St. Louis, which has won seven of eight and 13 of 16, swept the four-game series by a combined score of 31-12.
Carpenter entered in a 4-for-29 skid with 12 strikeouts. But the three-time All-Star broke loose by reaching base in his first four trips to the plate during a 3-for-4 performance.
Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead, two-run single off Treinen in the seventh inning after homering earlier in the game, and San Francisco rallied late again to beat Oakland 5-4 on Sunday for a two-game sweep.
Donovan Solano added four hits and an RBI for the Giants in Bruce Bochy’s 4,000th game as a major league manager. Buster Posey struck out four times and grounded into a double play.
It took just one swing by Manny Machado in the first inning to give the San Diego Padres all the runs they’d need to avoid being swept by the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Machado hit a two-run home run — his first in more than three weeks — and left-hander Joey Lucchesi pitched five decent innings in the Padres’ 3-1 win Sunday.
Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez thinks Anthony Rendon should win all the awards. Rendon homered and had four hits, including an RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
Marco Gonazles sent flocks of Blue Jays fans back north of the border with a sour taste in their mouths. Gonzales pitched three-hit ball over seven innings to get his career-best 14th win, Dylan Moore hit a solo homer and the Seattle Mariners beat Toronto 3-1 Sunday.
Robbie Ray convinced Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo to allow him to finish the fifth inning, and it paid off.
Ray returned from the injured list and pitched five scoreless innings, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker each homered, and Arizona beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
The first-place Minnesota Twins didn’t get many hits off Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but they certainly made them count.
C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martin Perez pitched six solid innings and Minnesota beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.
Reynaldo Lopez shut down the Texas Rangers before a stomach bug got the better of the White Sox right-hander and shortened a sensational afternoon. Lopez pitched five no-hit innings before leaving with dehydration and flu-like symptoms, and the Chicago went on to beat Texas 2-0 on Sunday.
The Astros finally began to barrel up baseballs in the eighth inning, and it seemed like they might never stop.
Jose Altuve’s career-high tying 24th home run capped a seven-run eighth after Framber Valdez grinded through six gritty innings, and Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 Sunday.
Alex Bregman, Abraham Toro and Josh Reddick also drove in runs in the eighth as the Astros sent 11 batters to the plate.
Trevor Bauer’s beginning with the Cincinnati Reds has been about as rocky as his ending with the Cleveland Indians.
Bauer allowed eight runs in three innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 9-8 Sunday to sweep a three-game series.
Josh Donaldson and Dallas Keuchel were playing T-ball back in the days when Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves began tormenting the New York Mets.
Donaldson hit two more home runs against the Mets, Keuchel pitched his best game of the season and the Braves won their eighth in a row, holding off New York 2-1 Sunday.