Nationals score 7 in 9th to stun Mets

A few cheering fans in Washington caught the attention of Nationals manager Dave Martinez as he began his nightly debrief with reporters.

“Thank you for staying,” Martinez said.

Had they left, they would have missed the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals franchise history, capped by Kurt Suzuki’s game ending, three run homer. That helped Washington score seven runs in its final at-bat to stun the Mets 11-10 Tuesday night.

“With the at-bats everyone was putting on that inning, I didn’t want to kill the rally,” Suzuki said. “I wanted to come through just like everyone else was.”

New York relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz retired one batter as Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games. New York led 10-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the ninth.

“We had a six-run lead,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said. “Major-league pitchers got to be able to hold that.”

“It kind of just seemed like a bad dream,” New York outfielder Brandon Nimmo said. “I don’t know. That’s hard to do even in a Little League game I feel like, come back from (six) runs down in the bottom of the ninth against guys throwing 99 mph. I don’t really have words for it.”

Cubs 6, Mariners 1: Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in four runs, and Jon Lester escaped three bases-loaded jams while working six innings for host Chicago.

Phillies 6, Reds 2: Bryce Harper drove in his 100th run with a single, J.T. Realmuto had two hits and a sacrifice fly, and visiting Philadelphia won its third in a row.

D’backs 2, Padres 1: Merrill Kelly allowed three hits and two walks in seven shutout innings for host Arizona.

Brewers 4, Astros 2: Zack Greinke took his first loss since joining Houston, giving up a three-run homer to Eric Thames of host Milwaukee.

Orioles, Rays split: Austin Meadows homered, seven relievers combined on a five-hitter and host Tampa Bay blanked Baltimore 2-0 to split a doubleheader. In the opener, Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander homered and Mark Trumbo had a run-scoring, pinch-hit double in Baltimore’s 4-2 win.

White Sox 6, Indians 5: In Cleveland, Carlos Carrasco pitched his first home game since being diagnosed with leukemia, but he gave up home runs to James McCann and Eloy Jimenez in the eighth inning that lifted Chicago.

Twins 6, Red Sox 5: Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano homered in the fifth inning as Minnesota won at Fenway Park.

Yankees 10, Rangers 1: James Paxton pitched one-hit ball for seven innings, winning his seventh straight start for host New York.

Marlins 5, Pirates 4: Miguel Rojas hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth and Garrett Cooper connected in the 10th as visiting Miami rallied past Pittsburgh.

Braves 7, Blue Jays 2: Josh Donaldson doubled and drove in three runs, and Mike Foltynewicz pitched five scoreless innings for host Atlanta.

Royals 6, Tigers 5: Jorge Soler broke the Royals’ home run record with his 39th homer of the season and Ryan O’Hearn hit a game-ending homer to lift host Kansas City over Detroit.

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