MLB notebook: Nationals slug 8 homers against Brewers

MLB notebook: Nationals slug 8 homers against Brewers
The Washington Nationals capped off a productive week on offense by slugging a franchise-record-tying eight home runs in a 16-8 rout of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

Aug 18, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier (9) hits a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Dozier (three hits, four RBIs) and Juan Soto smacked a pair of homers, and Matt Adams (three hits) and Anthony Rendon mashed three-run shots.

Victor Robles and Adam Eaton notched solo dingers for the Nationals, who tallied 19 hits and won for the sixth time in seven games, including a 17-7 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday. Catcher Yan Gomes went 3-for-5.

For the Brewers, Mike Moustakas had three hits, two homers and five RBIs, and Ben Gamel went 4-for-5 with a homer.

Astros 4, Athletics 1

Right-hander Zack Greinke earned his 200th career victory, and visiting Houston avoided a series sweep with a win over Oakland.

Alex Bregman went 4-for-4 and belted his 30th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that erased a 1-0 deficit and allowed the Astros — who had lost the first three games of the series — to snap a five-game losing streak.

Greinke (13-4) held the A’s to one run and four hits in seven innings en route to his third consecutive win since joining the Astros in a trade last month.

Mets 11, Royals 5

Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run of the season, establishing a National League record for rookies, as New York defeated host Kansas City.

Alonso’s ninth-inning blast cleared the Mets bullpen in left. He broke a tie with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, who hit 39 in 2017.

Trailing 4-3, the Mets scored six runs off the Kansas City bullpen in the seventh inning to seize the game. Jeurys Familia (4-1) picked up the win after a scoreless sixth before the Mets rally.

Braves 5, Dodgers 3

Rafael Ortega, recalled from the minor leagues last week, hit his first career grand slam to lift Atlanta over visiting Los Angeles.

Ortega connected in the sixth inning against reliever Dustin May (1-2) for a long homer to right field, his first since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.

The Braves won the final two games of the three-game series between two division-leading clubs. The Dodgers won four of six against Atlanta this season.

Cubs 7, Pirates 1

Nicholas Castellanos, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo homered to help Chicago drub Pittsburgh in the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa.

Kyle Schwarber added a two-run single, and Kris Bryant an RBI double for the Cubs, who won their second in a row following a four-game losing streak.

Chicago won its first road series since taking two of three against Washington from May 17-19. The first two games of the series were played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Indians 8, Yankees 4

Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in five scoreless innings to win his seventh straight decision, Mike Freeman hit a three-run homer and Cleveland gained a split of its four-game series at New York.

Freeman, who started at third base as Jose Ramirez rested, hit his fourth homer of the season in the second and doubled twice.

Francisco Lindor barely cleared the fence with a solo drive, and rookie Oscar Mercado accounted for Cleveland’s final three runs with a double and a two-run homer in the eighth. The Indians scored 27 runs and hit 10 homers in their two wins at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 7

Rafael Devers lined a tie-breaking RBI double that sparked a six-run sixth inning as Boston rallied to beat visiting Baltimore.

Boston has won five in a row. The Red Sox rallied from an early 6-0 deficit with help from Devers, who finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run homer and four RBIs.

The Orioles have lost seven in a row and 12 of 13.

Rockies 7, Marlins 6 (10 innings)

Garrett Hampson hit a soft single to left field with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, and Colorado beat Miami in Denver.

Nolan Arenado hit a pair of home runs, Charlie Blackmon also went deep and Carlos Estevez (2-2) got the win for the Rockies, who posted their first sweep since claiming a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks from June 18-20.
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