Mets beat Nationals 2-0 to cut NL East gap to half a game

ABS-CBN Sports on May 18, 2016 03:47 PM
Mets beat Nationals 2-0 to cut NL East gap to half a game
New York Mets' Matt Reynolds (15), Eric Campbell (29) and Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate with teammates after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. The Mets won 2-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 batters to guide the Mets to a 2-0 win against Washington on Tuesday, cutting the gap between the National League East division's top two teams to half a game.

It was a timely win for the Mets after four successive defeats, and gave them a victory over Daniel Murphy, who starred for New York in their run to the World Series last year before moving to the Nationals.

Philadelphia remains level with the Mets in the tightly contested NL East after beating Miami, while the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs lost at Milwaukee.

In the clash of American League division leaders, Seattle won easily at Baltimore.

Washington's Murphy returned to Citi Field with a major league-best .400 batting average and drew two early standing ovations, then got booed. He got one of the five hits off Syndergaard, who pitched seven scoreless innings.

New York got the ideal start when Curtis Granderson homered on Max Scherzer's first pitch. Scherzer was making his first start since matching the all-time record with 20 strikeouts in a game. He got 10 this time and gave up only three hits in 6-1/3 innings but two of them left the ballpark.

Philadelphia's Tommy Joseph hit his first major league homer and had two other hits to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 win against Miami, opening a 1-1/2 game gap between the division rivals.

Joseph hit a solo shot in the second inning and was given the key role of fourth in the batting order in just his third big-league game.

Six Phillies pitchers combined to strike out 17 Marlins.

Milwaukee's Chase Anderson did not give up a hit until the eighth inning, setting up the Brewers for a 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Anderson did not allow a base unner until he issued a walk with one out in the sixth.

The Cubs entered averaging 5.94 runs per game, but Anderson (2-5) stopped them almost cold to snap a personal five-game skid, leaving after 8-2/3 innings following two Chicago homers.

Seattle's Nelson Cruz homered and drove in five runs, powering the Mariners to a 10-0 win at a wet and chilly Baltimore.

Kyle Seager hit a three-run drive for the Mariners, who moved into sole possession of the lead in the AL West, while the Orioles missed a chance to do the same in the AL East.

Instead they remained in a virtual tie with Boston, which lost 8-4 at Kansas City.

Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, tripled and had a two-run single for the Royals, while Eric Hosmer also hit a home run for the defending World Series champs.

San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 in his first complete game this season, guiding the Giants to a 5-1 win against San Diego.

The benches cleared after Bumgarner struck out Wil Myers to end the third. Bumgarner stared at Myers as he walked off the field, and the two exchanged words. They had to be separated, but no punches were thrown.

Bumgarner was on track for a shutout until he allowed a homer at the start of the ninth.

Brandon Crawford homered and drove in all five runs for the Giants.

Houston's Evan Gattis celebrated his return to the majors with a two-run homer in the 11th inning that lifted the Astros over the Chicago White Sox 6-5.

Gattis, who returned from minor league Corpus Christi earlier in the day, lined an 0-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers into the left-field bullpen.

Colorado's Chad Bettis held St. Louis scoreless until the seventh inning, and also drove in a run, to lead Colorado to a 3-1 victory.

Bettis didn't give up a hit until the fifth and did not give up any extra-base hits in his 6-2/3 innings.

Oakland's Khris Davis hit a game-ending grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning — his third homer of the night — to give the Athletics an 8-5 victory over Texas.

In the all-Los Angeles clash, the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-1, led by ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who improved to 4-0 in May.

Tampa Bay's Chris Archer pitched six innings to win his third straight decision as the Rays routed Toronto 12-2, a day after a similar 13-2 thrashing.

Arizona's Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the eighth inning to steer the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees and giving them their first ever regular-season series win against the Bronx Bombers.

Cleveland's Rajai Davis had three hits, drove in three runs and scored four as the Indians crushed Cincinnati 13-1.

Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco doubled three times in a 12-9 win for the Pirates against Atlanta, which fired Fredi Gonzalez as manager shortly before the game.

Detroit won in the absence of suspended manager Brad Ausmus, beating Minnesota 7-2 after Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive homers during a seven-run seventh inning.

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