Cubs stay in form by beating Washington
ABS-CBN Sports on May 08, 2016 04:14 PM
Chicago Cubs' Ryan Kalish hits a two-run single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
The Associated Press
Addison Russell dropped in a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 Saturday for their sixth straight victory.
Kris Bryant homered and Ben Zobrist had an RBI for the sixth game in a row as the Cubs took the matchup of NL division leaders.
Chicago has won 10 of 11 and improved the best record in the majors to 23-6. The Nationals have the league's second-best record but have lost three straight.
Russell finished with three RBIs. He's now 10-for-32 (.313) with 16 RBIs with runners in scoring position this season.
"It's fun," Russell said. "Just try to slow the game down, just try to do your best to perform out there and just try to have some fun with it."
It was 5-all when the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs, and Russell hit a flyball to right that just landed fair. Zobrist singled home a run in the eighth. He has 15 RBIs in his last six games.
New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run, connecting just prior to his 43rd birthday to help the Mets to a 6-3 victory at San Diego.
Colon's impressive two-run drive off James Shields into the seats in the left field corner gave the Mets a 4-0 lead with two outs in the second.
Colon (3-1) watched the ball all the way, and didn't toss his bat until he was well more than halfway to first base. The portly pitcher's trot around the bases took about 30 seconds.
When he returned to the dugout, his teammates were hiding in the tunnel before coming out to mob him.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer for the Mets.
In New York, Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight effective innings and Didi Gregorius hit a three-run double as the Yankees handed David Price his first loss with the Red Sox.
Carlos Beltran added a two-run double for the last-place Yankees, whose 8-2 victory was their third win in four after a six-game slide.
Gregorius broke a 1-all tie in the fourth when he reached down and hooked an 0-2 pitch from Price (4-1) into the right-field corner. Eovaldi (2-2) struck out six and walked none while matching the longest start of his career.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 while Joc Pederson and Justin Turner homered as the Dodgers stopped the Blue Jays' season-high winning streak at four, with a 6-2 victory in Toronto.
Coming off a three-hit shutout against the Padres and facing the Blue Jays for the first time, Kershaw (4-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has fanned at least 10 in four straight outings.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing four runs and six hits in seven innings.
In other games, Milwaukee won 13-7 in 10 innings at Cincinnati, St Louis won 6-4 at home to Pittsburgh, Texas hit five home runs to win 10-5 at Detroit, San Francisco won 2-1 at home to Colorado in 13 innings, and visiting Kansas City crushed Cleveland 7-0.
The White Sox beat Minnesota 7-2 in Chicago, Seattle won 3-2 at Houston in 10 innings, Tampa Bay won 4-2 at Los Angeles Angels, Arizona won 4-2 in Atlanta, Philadelphia won at Miami 4-3, and Oakland and the Orioles split a double header in Baltimore, the Athletics taking game 1 by 8-4, the home side taking the second game 5-2.