San Diego pitcher Matt Strahm drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth inning as the Padres beat Colorado 14-13 in Denver on Sunday to close a record-breaking series.
The teams set a modern-era record by combining for 92 runs in a four-game set in which San Diego outscored Colorado 48-44 and the teams combined for 131 hits. The Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon became the first player since at least 1900 with 15 hits in a four-game series, according to STATS.
“A four-game series here, it feels like a month,” San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “This was a grind.”
The Padres trailed 13-10 in the ninth before Wil Myers had an RBI single and Greg Garcia tied it with a two-out, two-run triple off Wade Davis. The Rockies brought in starter Jon Gray, who intentionally walked two batters to face Strahm after the Padres used up all their position players. Gray fell behind 3-1 before throwing a strike. Strahm then watched a 98 mph fastball narrowly miss for ball four.
“The 3-2 was down and I know I can’t handle that with his velocity,” Strahm said.
Nationals 15, D’backs 5: Matt Adams homered twice and drove in seven runs for host Washington to help Anibal Sanchez (two runs allowed in six innings) earn his 100th career victory. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki exited in the seventh with a neck injury when Tanner Rainey’s pitch bounced and struck Suzuki. “The doctor said he is fine,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Blue Jays 12, Astros 0: Trent Thornton, traded by Houston to Toronto in the offseason, shut down his former team into the seventh inning and another former Astro, Teoscar Hernandez, hit two of his team’s five home runs as the visiting Blue Jays rolled.
Reds 11, Rangers 3: Jesse Winker had a home run among his four hits and had five RBIs as host Cincinnati avoided a three-game sweep. Texas right fielder Hunter Pence, who hit his 15th homer in the third inning, left the game in the fifth because of tightness in his groin.
Braves 15, Phillies 1: Josh Donaldson homered for the third straight game and Mike Foltynewicz allowed only one run in six innings for host Atlanta. Donaldson had three hits for the second day in a row.
Red Sox 8, Orioles 6: Rafael Devers led off the 10th inning with a home run to start a five-run rally as visiting Boston moved a season-high five games over .500.
Indians 8, Tigers 0: Trevor Bauer pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout as visiting Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.
Rays 6, Angels 5: Brandon Lowe and Tommy Pham homered to help host Tampa Bay earn a split of a four-game series.
Pirates 5, Marlins 4: Josh Bell boosted his NL-best RBI total to 65 with a go-ahead double in the seventh for visiting Pittsburgh.
Cardinals 4, Mets 3: Paul DeJong hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, his fifth homer in his past five games at Citi Field, for St. Louis.
Royals 8, Twins 6: Martin Maldonado and Jorge Bonifacio had two RBIs apiece for visiting Kansas City.
Yankees 10, White Sox 3: James Paxton pitched six effective innings and Brett Gardner and Austin Romine each had four RBIs for visiting New York.
Dodgers 3, Cubs 2: Russell Martin singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd homer for host Los Angeles.
Briefly: Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb is expected to avoid the injured list after being hit on the back of the head by a line drive and knocked out of Saturday night’s game. Newcomb had no concussion symptoms Sunday. “We’re fortunate we dodged a bullet there,” manager Brian Snitker said. … Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard was placed on the IL because of a strained right hamstring. He underwent an MRI exam, with the results to be announced Monday. … The Reds placed shortstop Jose Iglesias on the three-day paternity list and activated reliever Robert Stephenson from the IL.
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