Cardinals outlast Nationals' late rally
The St Louis Cardinals accomplished a feat no other MLB team have since the All-Star break on Wednesday.
Their one-run, 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals put them at 30 wins since the break and 11-1 in their last 12 outings. St Louis are heating up at just the right time as they continue to fight for a National League (NL) wildcard spot.
Powered by the bats of Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna, the Cardinals were up 6-0 before the Nationals finally got on the board. A late rally gave Washington a chance but Yairo Munoz's seventh home run of the season gave St Louis enough of a cushion to pull ahead, and take the series.
The Cardinals will continue their stretch on the road with a stop in Detroit to face the Tigers for a three-game series starting Friday.
HURTING OHTANI IN FORM
What happened just hours after reports surfaced that suggested Shohei Ohtani needs Tommy John surgery? He hit not one but two home runs. The rookie might not be able to toe the rubber, but he can definitely swing a bat.
In the top of the fifth, Ohtani helped the Angels increase their lead to 6-0 over the Rangers. Again in the eighth, he pushed Los Angeles' lead to 9-2. He is the only player for the Angels this season with two homers and four hits in a single game, something he has done twice now – for comparison, Mike Trout has only done that once in his career.
The Rockies are playing for their spot atop the NL West standings, and three monster home runs off the bat of Trevor Story aided their efforts.
In the first inning, Story knocked a 459 footer over the left field fence and followed it up with a 505-foot home run – the longest of the Statcast era (2015). The second homer in the fourth inning tied the game at three runs apiece and knocked the go-ahead run out of the park in the sixth against the Giants.
How do you follow up a 459-foot HR?— MLB (@MLB) September 6, 2018
Go 505 feet your next time up. pic.twitter.com/v2o96jlIf3
Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow has been having a tough go and Wednesday's outing did not help. He was pulled after just 0.2 of an inning after giving up five hits to the Blue Jays. Toronto went up 7-0 after the first and eventually came away with a 10-3 win that pushed Glasnow to 0-3 this season.
RED SOX STAGE COMEBACK
Six-run deficit? No problem. Ninth inning? That is fine. The Red Sox checked all those boxes when Brandon Phillips' home run with two outs in the top of the ninth put Boston up for good over the NL East-leading Braves.
ZERO IS OUR HERO. pic.twitter.com/jqXL9WzU7A— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 5, 2018
Boston Red Sox 9-8 Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians 3-1 Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals 7-6 Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Miami Marlins 2-1 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 7-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels 9-3 Texas Rangers
Detroit Tigers 10-2 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 9-1 Minnesota Twins
Chicago Cubs 6-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Colorado Rockies 5-3 San Francisco Giants
Oakland Athletics 8-2 New York Yankees
Seattle Mariners 5-2 Baltimore Orioles
BRAVES AT DIAMONDBACKS
The Braves will be heading to the desert licking their wounds after getting swept by the Red Sox, but Atlanta will need to bounce back as the Diamondbacks are working to stay in the running during a contentious NL wildcard race. Arizona have only won four of their last 10 games, two of which came at Chase Field.