Scherzer beats former team despite giving up homer to Soto
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor homered, Max Scherzer defeated his former team, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Monday night for their seventh consecutive victory on the eve of ace Jacob deGrom’s season debut.
Washington slugger Juan Soto homered off Scherzer (7-2) in what could be his final game with the Nationals. Soto, who walked in his other three plate appearances, is perhaps the biggest star who could be dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Several teammates could also leave Washington as the Nationals, who own the majors’ worst record at 35-69 and have lost four of five, look to sell for the second consecutive year.
Corbin (4-15), who leads the majors in losses, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four. He has lost five consecutive starts, posting a 10.29 ERA in that span.
YANKEES 7, MARINERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 43rd home run, Jose Trevino had his first multihomer game and the Yankees beat the Mariners in a series opener between teams bulking up for the postseason.
Anthony Rizzo started the onslaught with a three-run homer in the first, and New York clinched its 31st consecutive winning record at home (41-13), second only to its big league standard of 47 in row from 1918-64.
Before the game, the Yankees acquired starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from Oakland, three days after Seattle obtained Luis Castillo.
After Kyle Lewis’ solo homer in the second against Domingo Germán (1-1), Judge hit a two-run drive in the bottom half. Judge also leads the majors with 93 RBIs.
REDS 3, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Hunter Greene won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings to lead the Reds over the reeling Marlins.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles, in his first game off the injured list. Joey Votto walked twice and singled for the Reds, who won their third in a row as they began a four-city, 10-game trip.
Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham was in the original lineup, then removed and traded to Boston for a player to be named or cash.
Miami has lost eight straight home games and 11 of 15 overall.
Greene (4-12) struck out eight and walked none. He had been 0-5 in eight starts since beating Arizona on June 6.
ORIOLES 7, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cedric Mullins homered leading off Baltimore’s first game without Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single and the Orioles matched their 2021 win total with a win over the Rangers.
Hours after the Orioles traded their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, with Mancini going to Houston in a three-team deal, they won their 52nd game to get back over .500 and within 2 1/2 games of the American League’s final wildcard spot. Baltimore was 52-110 last season.
Spenser Watkins (4-1) struck out five without a walk over six innings. The only run allowed by the right-hander was on a solo homer by Corey Seager in the sixth inning.
TWINS 5, TIGERS 3, 10 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gio Urshela hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the 10th inning and Jose Miranda had three RBIs as the Twins came back to beat the Tigers and maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central.
Miranda hit a tying, two-run single in the eighth, long after Tigers starter Tarik Skubal was pulled following five scoreless innings with left arm fatigue.
Akil Baddoo delivered a go-ahead single in the top of the 10th off Griffin Jax (5-2) against the team that drafted him six years ago.
Miranda responded in the bottom of the inning by driving in the automatic runner with a single, and then Urshela finished it with his high drive onto the grass berm beyond center field against Alex Lange (4-2). That kept the Twins alone in first place, just ahead of Cleveland after the Guardians beat Arizona in 11 innings.
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