Mets shrug off Duda setback and beat Nationals 7-1
ABS-CBN Sports on May 24, 2016 05:16 PM
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets set aside some bad injury news and won 7-1 at Washington on Monday, cutting the gap between the National League East's two top teams to half a game.
New York slugger Lucas Duda was ruled out for four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his back, but his teammates showed against the Nationals that they have the power to replace him.
In the NL Central, St. Louis' edged the leading Chicago Cubs with a ninth-inning homer, while San Francisco also left it to the final frame to beat San Diego, settling a scoreless pitchers' duel.
The day's key American League clash saw Chicago and Cleveland split a double-header, keeping the White Sox 2-1/2 games clear of the Indians.
New York manager Terry Collins said it will take a committee approach to replace Duda, and the Mets lineup immediately set about showing how that will work as David Wright hit a three-run homer during a five-run third inning, and Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker padded the lead with back-to-back homers in the fifth.
Pitching on the eve of his 43rd birthday, New York starter Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven efficient innings.
St. Louis' Randal Grichuck hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth to lift the Cardinals past the Cubs 4-3.
Matt Adams tied the score with a two-run homer off in the seventh, ending a streak of 13 innings by Chicago starter John Lackey against his former team in which he'd given up just one run.
Grichuk drove a 2-2 pitch off Adam Warren for the win.
San Francisco's Brandon Belt sprinted in from first base when Hunter Pence's mistimed hit fell between two San Diego players in shallow right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Giants a 1-0 win.
Belt led off the ninth with a single against Brad Hand (1-1). After two strikeouts, Pence lofted a shallow fly which fell between right fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Alexi Amarista as they chased in vain.
Cleveland's Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Indians to a 5-1 win at Chicago in night game to split the double-header, after the White Sox won the opener 7-6.
Davis' shot to left field off Erik Johnson on a 3-0 fastball snapped a 1-1 tie.
Jose Ramirez had scored the Indians opening run on the first pitch he saw, creating an unusual instance of back-to-back homers, as he also homered on the last pitch he face in the early game.
In the opener, Brett Lawrie broke a fifth-inning tie with a three-run homer and Todd Frazier hit his 14th of the season for the White Sox.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hit two of the Tigers' four solo homers, then scored the tiebreaking run on Victor Martinez's seventh-inning single to secure a 5-4 win against Philadelphia.
Cabrera, who is 6 for 6 over his past two games, doubled with one out in the seventh. After moving to third on a wild pitch, he scored on Martinez's hit off Colton Murray (0-1).
Detroit has won seven of eight.
Los Angeles' Nick Tropeano pitched 6-2/3 innings to steer the Angels past Texas 2-0.
Tropeano allowed just one walk while striking out six. He has held opponents to two runs or fewer in seven of nine starts and lowered his season earned run average to 2.86 per nine innings.
Albert Pujols accounted for all the scoring with a two-run home run in the third inning. It was the 569th of his career, tying him for 12th on the career list with Rafael Palmeiro.
Oakland ended a four-game losing sequence by winning 5-0 at Seattle, with Rich Hill pitching eight scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start.
Pittsburgh pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was carted off the field and taken to a hospital with eye injuries after getting struck in the head by a pitch in the second inning of the Pirates' 6-3 win over Colorado.
Miami's Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a single in a two-run eighth inning that rallied the Marlins to a 7-6 victory over Florida rival Tampa Bay.
Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw pitched his third shutout of the season, steering the Dodgers past Cincinnati 1-0 for their eighth straight win over the Reds.
Kansas City's Salvador Perez had a career-high five hits, including a double, a triple and an RBI, to lead the Royals past Minnesota 10-4.