Gerardo Parra’s grand slam in the eighth inning helped Washington rally for a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Parra — signed by the Nationals on Thursday after being designated for assignment by the Giants — hit a fastball by Dylan Floro on the sixth pitch of the at-bat into the seats in right-center for his second home run of the season and second grand slam of his career.
The Nationals trailed 2-0 in the eighth after Dodgers starter Walker Buehler allowed only four hits. They loaded the bases with one out against Pedro Baez and got their first run when Juan Soto’s single drove in Wilmer Difo.
Max Scherzer went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
Cubs 2, Brewers 1: Willson Contreras homered in the 15th to beat visiting Milwaukee. He turned on a 1-2 pitch from Burch Smith, sending a shot to left field that gave Chicago its 11th win in 13 games. Chicago moved back ahead of the Brewers for the NL Central lead. Milwaukee had its season-high seven-game win streak snapped.
Phillies 7, Royals 0: Zach Eflin became the majors’ first pitcher with two complete games this season as Philadelphia won in Kansas City. Eflin allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked none while throwing 110 pitches in his second career shutout.
Padres 4, Rockies 3: Greg Garcia drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the ninth and closer Kirby Yates struck out the side for his 16th save as San Diego won on the road.
Astros 11, Rangers 4: Gerrit Cole struck out a season-high 12 and Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam starting in place of Jose Altuve for host Houston. Altuve sat out a night after straining his left hamstring and went on the injured list after the game. Ex-Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hit his seventh homer for Texas, one more than anyone on the Giants has hit this season.
Braves 6, Diamondbacks 4: Brian McCann homered over the swimming pool behind the right-field wall in Phoenix and Johan Camargo also went deep for Atlanta. Arizona was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position — neither hit drove in a run.
Rays 7, Yankees 2: Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi hit run-scoring infield singles in the sixth after tempers flared in the top of the inning when reliever Yonny Chirinos hit Luke Voit near the left shoulder, and AL East-leading Tampa Bay won at home.
Mets 4, Marlins 1: Jacob deGrom ended a five-start winless streak, allowing one run over seven innings for host New York. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back homers in a three-run sixth that included an RBI single by deGrom, his second hit of the night.
Red Sox 9, Mariners 5: Sandy Leon fouled off a bunt attempt, then hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run third inning that carried surging Boston over struggling Seattle in Boston.
Tigers, Twins split: John Hicks hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth, Ronny Rodriguez went deep twice and Detroit won 5-3 at Minnesota in the opener of a doubleheader. In the nightcap, C.J. Cron homered after doing so in the opener, and his three-run shot broke it open in the fifth inning as Minnesota won 8-3.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1: Jordan Lyles overcame a 30-pitch first inning to combine with four relievers on a two-hitter as visiting Pittsburgh earned its seventh win in 10 games after an eight-game skid.
Angels 7, Orioles 2: Albert Pujols homered twice to increase his career total to 641, had three RBIs and scored three runs to help Los Angeles win in Baltimore. Shohei Ohtani had two hits and an RBI for the Angels in his fifth game. He’s 4-for-21 since returning after elbow surgery.
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 2: Marcus Stroman was angry when removed from yet another start in which he received little run support, and Toronto lost to visiting Chicago. Stroman has lost three straight starts and has a losing record despite a 3.12 ERA.
Briefly: Tampa Bay placed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, the AL’s ERA leader, on the 10-day injured list because of a mild right forearm strain that’s expected to sideline him four to six weeks. … Mets left-hander Justin Wilson (elbow), Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (forearm strain) and Padres catcher Francisco Mejia (knee) were placed on the IL. … The Pirates acquired former Giants right-hander Chris Stratton from the Angels for cash considerations.
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