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Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets 8-3

Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets 8-3

Taylor hit consecutive homers starting the third inning against Steven Matz (1-1). He's given up more than three runs just once in 14 starts, that coming on April 28 against the Mets. It was the fourth straight start in which Scherzer has struck out at least 10 batters. He never threw more than 16 pitches in an inning until the eighth. He got defensive help when Washington's infield turned three double plays behind him. Washington pounded out 12 hits and walked four times with Anthony Rendon cracking a three run bomb while Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor went solo. Yoenis Cespedes was on first with Bruce up after being hit by a pitch. But when you have Scherzer, a two-time Cy Young Award victor and throwing his best fastball and slider, the task is hard. He struck out six, and yielded two runs and five hits. The strikeouts followed. He had two in a 1-2-3 fourth - both on three pitches - and three more in the fifth.

CINCINNATI - Alex Wood allowed a run in eight stellar innings to remain unbeaten and Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati.

Gonzalez (6-1) gave up two hits and five hits in seven innings. The righty showed considerable improvement with his command after plunking a team-high 12 batters past year and profiles as a potential front-end starter with an impressive curveball and slider at his disposal. He pitched to a 5-6 record with Vanderbilt University in 2017, logging a 3.40 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 10.5 SO/9 through 103 1/3 innings.

TORONTO - Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs as Chicago routed Toronto.

After winning five of six games entering this four-game series, the Mets have lost all of their momentum, and continue whiffing on opportunities to make up ground against their NL East rival, having dropped all five home games to the Nationals this season. Washington's lead ballooned to 6-1.

DETROIT - Nicholas Castellanos doubled, tripled and drove in four runs for Detroit. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts.

Sale allowed four hits with 10 strikeouts, upping his MLB-leading total to 136. In his return from the disabled list, he won at Atlanta last weekend. Miami has won 13 of 18.

Matz retired his first six batters - matching the most by a Mets starter this season - before Wieters sent a sinker into the center-field seats.




The Mets had a chance to rally in the sixth, putting two runners on with one out. It is the longest home run in Busch Stadium III's history and the second-longest this season in the major leagues. Peralta advanced to third on Paul Goldschmidt's single off Pat Neshek and scored on Lamb's fly. Fernando Rodney got his 19th save.

Trey Mancini hit his 11th home run for Baltimore, an anticlimactic drive with two outs in the ninth.

The Cubs won for just the third time in nine games.

Harper was at the dish in the first inning during the play.

Chicago trailed 4-3 until Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras began the ninth with doubles off Juan Nicasio (1-3) to tie it.

Justin Wilson (3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Indians 8, Twins 1: Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as Cleveland beat pitching-thin Minnesota in Minneapolis.

As usual, the Nationals' ace made Terry Collins' team look like a Single-A squad, dominating the Mets over eight innings in a 7-2 win at Citi Field.


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