Sánchez, Nats blank Braves

Posted 9/16/19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez has seen enough in 14 years in the majors to know when his team needs a lift.He provided one Sunday, pitching seven sharp innings to help the Washington Nationals …

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Sánchez, Nats blank Braves


WASHINGTON (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez has seen enough in 14 years in the majors to know when his team needs a lift.

He provided one Sunday, pitching seven sharp innings to help the Washington Nationals prevent a three-game sweep and beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 7-0.

"I think that's what we needed right now," Sánchez said. "I think every game we win right now is really important for us."

Washington manager Dave Martinez left in the middle of the game. Bench coach Chip Hale, who took over for Martinez, said the second-year manager was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. The Nationals anticipate he will rejoin the club in St. Louis for the start of a three-game series Monday.

"I know he'll be in St. Louis," Hale said. "We're expecting him."

Howie Kendrick homered and drove in three runs for Washington, which clinched its eighth winning season in a row. The Nationals held their position atop the NL wild card standings, remaining 1½ games ahead of the Cubs and 2½ games in front of Milwaukee.

Atlanta's magic number to clinch the NL East remained at four. The Braves were shut out for the fourth time, the fewest in the NL.

Sánchez (9-8) worked seven innings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out three and not allowing a runner past second base. Coupled with Tuesday's seven innings of two-run ball at Minnesota, it was the first time this season Sánchez pitched more than six innings in consecutive starts.

Sánchez, who signed with the Nationals after spending last season with Atlanta, is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against the Braves. Washington, however, struggled against the division leaders, going 8-11 this season and only winning one series.

Seeking to tie Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the NL lead in victories, Atlanta's Max Fried instead had his shortest outing since May 7. He surrendered two-run singles to Yan Gomes in the second and Kendrick in the third.

"He actually made a really good pitch there and honestly, I was trying to foul it off and it just snapped my bat and I stayed through it and was able to get a hit there," Kendrick said. "I never discount any of these guys. They're in the major leagues, so all the guys are good, but he's one of those special guys and he has great stuff. Today, he was just off."

Fried exited with the bases loaded, and reliever Jeremy Walker immediately walked Victor Robles to force in a run.

Fried (16-6) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings as the Braves failed to complete their first sweep of the Nationals since 2014 and first sweep in Washington since 2013.

"I think it's just one of them days," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I think he was trying like hell to make everything happen, and it just wasn't happening for him. He kind of lost it there."

Kendrick added a solo shot off reliever Grant Dayton in the fifth. The 36-year-old has 15 homers on the season, his most since smashing a career-high 18 in 2011.


Braves: INF/OF Charlie Culberson broke multiple facial bones when he was hit by a 91 mph pitch from Washington's Fernando Rodney on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. He will not require surgery. "It's probably about a best-case scenario, really," Snitker said. "All the fractures and everything are not displaced. It's things that will heal. He's got to be careful for a while as far as his activity. But he'll be here with us, which is a really good thing."

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki (right elbow inflammation), who has not played since Sept. 7, has been swinging a bat but has yet to throw. Martinez said Suzuki will try to hit on the field Monday or Tuesday. ... 1B Matt Adams (AC sprain) remains day to day. Adams has not played since Thursday.


Atlanta OF Matt Joyce was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning. It was his first ejection of the season and fifth of his career.


Braves: Atlanta has Monday off. The Braves have not announced their starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, the opener of a six-game homestand.

Nationals: Strasburg (17-6, 3.49 ERA), who is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis, gets the ball Monday as Washington begins its final trip of the regular season.


CHICAGO (AP) — Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo was pulled from a game Sunday with a sprained right ankle, putting a damper on the Chicago Cubs' 16-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed a three-game sweep.

Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base, had to be helped off the field and could not put pressure on the leg. X-rays taken at Wrigley Field showed no fractures. He'll get an MRI on Monday.

Chicago's postseason pursuit has already been hindered by an injury to shortstop Javier Báez, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture of his left thumb.

The Cubs maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.

Kris Bryant homered twice, and Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connected for the Cubs, who outscored the Pirates 47-15 in the series.

Brad Wieck (1-1) struck out both batters he faced. Trevor Williams (7-7) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jedd Gyorko came off the bench late and played a big role in rallying Los Angeles to a victory that damaged New York's dwindling wild-card chances.

Gyorko scored the tying run in the eighth inning on Chris Taylor's double and hit an RBI single off Seth Lugo (6-4) with two outs in the ninth to put the NL West champions in front.

Brandon Nimmo laced a two-run triple for the Mets, who managed only three hits and wasted an excellent start from Zack Wheeler. They dropped four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card to with 13 to go. Milwaukee is three games ahead of New York.

Scuffling closer Kenley Jansen (5-3) worked a perfect eighth, and Kenta Maeda got two outs for his fifth career save and second this season.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Braun overcame a 4-3 deficit with a grand slam off Junior Fernández with two outs in the ninth. Milwaukee won for the ninth time in 10 games and closed within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Jon Gant (10-1) walked the bases loaded in the ninth.

Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom half off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hitter Tyler O'Neill for his 33rd save. Bader hit a pair of solo homers.

Matt Albers (7-5) got two outs.


TORONTO (AP) — Pitchers Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery made their season debuts for the Yankees after lengthy layoffs.

Betances, a 31-year-old right-hander, recovered from a strained lat muscle and struck out Reese McGuire and Brandon Drury, his only two batters. New York hopes Betances will be a factor in the playoffs, joining an already strong bullpen that includes Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green.

Recovered from Tommy John surgery, Montgomery made his first major league appearance since May 1 last year. He allowed three runs and four hits in two innings. He threw 26 of 41 pitches for strikes.

Randal Grichuck homered twice, including a tiebreaking three-run drive in the fifth off Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-1).

T.J. Zeuch (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings for his first big league win, and Ken Giles got his 20th save.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christian Vázquez homered twice, including his first career grand slam, and drove in a career-high five runs.

Andrew Benintendi had a pair of hits for the defending World Series champions, who have won three in a row. Boston began play trailing Tampa Bay by 10 games for the AL's second wild card.

Rick Porcello (13-12) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, and Brandon Workman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.

Rhys Hoskins homered for Philadelphia, which fell 4½ games behind the Cubs.

Jason Vargas (6-8) gave up five runs — four earned — in three innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — Eugenio Suárez homered twice to tie the New York Mets' Pete Alonso for the major league lead with 47 homers, and Trevor Bauer (11-12) held his former team to one run and four hits over eight innings as Arizona dropped 5½ games behind the Cubs

Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

Zac Gallen (3-6) was charged with three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.


DETROIT (AP) — Edwin Jackson (3-10) allowed five runs in five innings for Detroit (44-104), which lost two of the first three games of the four-game series against the Orioles (49-100) and opened a 4½-game advantage for the worst record in the major leagues — and the top pick in next June's amateur draft.

Asher Wojciechowski (3-8) won for the first time since July 26, allowing two runs and eight hits in five innings. He had been 0-5 in his previous eight starts.

Trailing 2-1, the Orioles took the lead in a three-run third that included Dwight Smith Jr.'s two-out triple, Hanser Alberto's run-scoring bunt single and tiebreaking two-run homer by Rio Ruiz.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wade Miley (14-5) allowed two runs and in six innings, rebounding from a pair of bad starts, and Houston tied the Yankees for a big league-leading 98 wins.

Josh Reddick's five hits included a two-run homer.

Jakob Junis (9-14) gave up five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing in 77 career starts.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sean Manaea (2-0) limited Texas to three singles over six scoreless innings, Marcus Semien became the third Oakland slugger with 30 homers and the Athletics won their sixth straight to move 1½ games ahead of Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card.

Rookie left-hander Jesus Luzardo allowed one run over three innings for his first big league save.

Jonathan Hernández (1-1) allowed three runs and two hits in 2 2/3 innings.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off Ryan Yarbrough (11-4) in the fifth inning and drove in four runs, cutting Tampa Bay's lead over Cleveland for the second AL wild card to 1½ games.

Tampa Bay trailed 6-1 before Austin Meadows' 31st homer, a three-run drive off Ty Buttre with two outs in the eighth. Hansel Robles struck out pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi, then worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his career-high 21st save.

After learning that two-time AL MVP Mike Trout will have foot surgery and miss the rest of the season, Los Angeles stopped a six-game losing streak. On Saturday, the Angels ensured their fourth straight losing record. Noé Ramirez (5-2) retired six straight batters.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Roberto Perez hit a three-run homer for the Indians, who lost two of three to Minnesota and trail the AL Central-leading Twins by 4½ games

Eddie Rosario homered twice and Miguel Sanó and rookie LaMonte Wade Jr. connected as the Twins became the 13th team — and first since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies — to have four players reach 30 homers in the same season.

Nick Wittgren (5-1) allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings, and Oliver Perez got his first save since 2017 when Rosario popped out. Fernando Romero (0-1) was the loser,


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on Ryne Stanek's second wild pitch after Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt reached on consecutive one-out singles against Jarlin García (3-2).

Johnny Cueto pitched five scoreless innings in his second game back from Tommy John surgery.

Tyler Rogers (2-0) struck out one in a perfect eighth, and Will Smith worked around a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth for his 33rd save. Giants rookie Mauricio Dubón homered.


DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Colorado finished a three-game sweep that ensured San Diego's ninth straight season without a winning record.

San Diego (68-81) has not won more than 77 games since 2010. The Padres are one defeat from matching the team mark for consecutive losing records, set from their expansion season of 1969 through 1977.

Sam Howard (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings. Cal Quantrill (6-8) allowed four runs and six hits in three innings.


SEATTLE (AP) — José Ruiz (2-2) walked Tom Murphy with the bases loaded in the ninth, giving Seattle its second straight walk-off win. Kyle Lewis hit a three-run homer in the eighth that cut the Mariners' deficit to 10-9, the fourth homer during his first week in the major leagues.

Austin Adams (2-2) struck out Chicago's Nos. 1 through 3 batters in the top of the ninth.


National League

East Division




New York7772.51715



z-clinched playoff berth

Central Division


St. Louis8366.557_





West Division


x-Los Angeles9754.642_


San Francisco7278.48024½

San Diego6881.45628


x-clinched division


Saturday's Games

Chicago Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 1

Atlanta 10, Washington 1

N.Y. Mets 3, L.A. Dodgers 0

Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 2

Arizona 1, Cincinnati 0

Boston 2, Philadelphia 1

Colorado 11, San Diego 10

Miami 4, San Francisco 2

Sunday's Games

Boston 6, Philadelphia 3

Washington 7, Atlanta 0

Milwaukee 7, St. Louis 6

Chicago Cubs 16, Pittsburgh 6

Colorado 10, San Diego 5

San Francisco 2, Miami 1

Cincinnati 3, Arizona 1

L.A. Dodgers 3, N.Y. Mets 2

Monday's Games

San Diego (Bolanos 0-1) at Milwaukee (Davies 9-7), 7:40 p.m.

Washington (Strasburg 17-6) at St. Louis (Hudson 15-7), 7:45 p.m.

Cincinnati (Gray 10-7) at Chicago Cubs (Hamels 7-7), 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Matz 10-8) at Colorado (Senzatela 9-10), 8:40 p.m.

Miami (Lopez 5-8) at Arizona (Ray 12-8), 9:40 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Miami at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Tampa Bay at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

American League

East Division


New York9853.649_

Tampa Bay8962.5899




Central Division





Kansas City5595.36736½


West Division





Los Angeles6882.45329½



Saturday's Games

Minnesota 2, Cleveland 0, 1st game

N.Y. Yankees 13, Toronto 3

Minnesota 9, Cleveland 5, 2nd game

Detroit 8, Baltimore 4, 12 innings

Boston 2, Philadelphia 1

Houston 6, Kansas City 1

Oakland 8, Texas 6

Tampa Bay 3, L.A. Angels 1

Seattle 2, Chicago White Sox 1, 10 innings

Sunday's Games

Toronto 6, N.Y. Yankees 4

Boston 6, Philadelphia 3

Cleveland 7, Minnesota 5

Baltimore 8, Detroit 2

Houston 12, Kansas City 3

Oakland 6, Texas 1

L.A. Angels 6, Tampa Bay 4

Seattle 11, Chicago White Sox 10

Monday's Games

Baltimore (Means 10-10) at Detroit (Alexander 0-3), 4:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (López 9-13) at Minnesota (Pérez 10-7), 7:40 p.m.

Kansas City (Sparkman 4-11) at Oakland (Roark 10-8), 10:07 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.

Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Wild Card Glance




Tampa Bay8962.589_








New York7772.5174


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