Gerardo Parra’s homer helps Nationals beat Mets

Gerardo Parra hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning and Sean Doolittle stopped the Mets’ ninth-inning rally by striking out Keon Broxton with the bases loaded, giving the Nationals a 7-6 win in Washington on Thursday.

Parra, who batted .198 with one home run in 30 games with the Giants before being designated for assignment May 3, also had a double among his three hits. He has two homers in five games with Washington.

“I bring energy every day,” Parra told “If I’m playing, not playing. Win, lose. Baseball has an opportunity every day, so you need to come in positive. You need to come in here with the best you have every day.”

New York’s Michael Conforto hit a tying, three-run homer in the third inning but left after suffering a concussion when he collided with second baseman Robinson Cano’s shoulder while chasing Howie Kendrick’s popup down the right-field line in the fifth inning. reported that the Mets will place Conforto on the seven-day injured list.

Washington, too, endured a loss as starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez left in the second inning because of left hamstring soreness.

“Scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow,” manager Dave Martinez said. “As of right now he’s going to end up on the (10-day) IL. He’ll probably miss a start.”

Rangers 16, Royals 1: Former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hit his eighth home run, one of five hit by visiting Texas. Joey Gallo, Willie Calhoun and Danny Santana each had four of the Rangers’ 21 hits, and Roughed Odor had two homers among his three hits for Texas.

Brewers 11, Phillies 3: Christian Yelich hit his majors-leading 17th and 18th homers and Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as visiting Milwaukee won its third in a row. Brewers starter Zach Davies allowed one earned run in six innings as he lowered his ERA to a majors-best 1.54.

Indians 14, Orioles 7: Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in six runs as host Cleveland rallied to beat Baltimore. The Indians trailed 5-1 before taking the lead for good on Carlos Santana’s RBI single in the sixth. The Indians broke it open with five runs in the seventh.

Reds 4, Cubs 2: Eugenio Suarez singled home the go-ahead run during a fifth-inning downpour for host Cincinnati. Chicago’s Jose Quintana gave up Jose Peraza’s solo homer with one out in the fifth, his first since April 26. After two singles, Quintana threw back-to-back wild pitches that let in a run with two outs. Suarez’s single made it 3-2. He added an RBI single in the seventh.

Braves 10, Cardinals 2: Austin Riley had three hits and Julio Teheran pitched five scoreless innings as host Atlanta won for the fifth time in six games. Riley, who homered in his second major-league at-bat Wednesday, doubled off the top of the wall in the second inning and singled in a run in the third. He scored twice.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Yolmer Sanchez scored the tie-breaking run on Ryan Cordell’s suicide squeeze in the eighth inning as host Chicago won for the fourth time in five games. With runners at the corners and the infield in, Cordell bunted to the first-base side. Toronto reliever Derek Law threw to catcher Danny Jansen, but Sanchez slid under the tag.

Briefly:Detroit right-hander Reed Garrett, who allowed four runs in one inning against the A’s on Thursday, and Minnesota reliever Addison Reed were designated for assignment. … Milwaukee catcher Manny Piña was placed on the IL because of a right hamstring strain. … Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda will go on the IL on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported, as a precaution after he fouled a ball off his thigh Wednesday. … Cubs catcher Victor Caratini was activated from the IL. … The Cubs and Cardinals will play a regular-season series in London next season, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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