Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell has plenty of confidence in rookie Trent Grisham, who batted leadoff for the fifth time in his first 11 major-league games.
Grisham made his manager proud Wednesday, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Brewers rallied to beat Minnesota 6-5 in Milwaukee.
“Young players can provide sparks for teams,” Counsell said. “I think that’s what Trent has been doing. It takes pressure off some of the other guys. It’s a little reverse of what we always think, but I think the young guys can do that.”
Leading off the eighth, pinch-hitter Ryan Braun reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jorge Polanco. Hernan Perez singled before Grisham hit a 2-2 fastball from former Giants reliever Sergio Romo into the right-field stands.
“I can only tip the cap to the kid because he seemed ready and prepared,” Romo said. “Just tried to pitch to my strengths and I just missed. Go figure, I missed. I don’t like to make too many mistakes.
“I understand that I can’t make too many mistakes. … Because the mistakes that I make, with the situations that I’m privileged to be pitching in, they’re loud.”
Nationals 17, Reds 7: Anthony Rendon, Kurt Suzuki and Adam Eaton hit homers in a 10-run fifth inning, and host Washington tacked on another six runs in the next inning in a rout.
Phillies 11, Cubs 1: J.T. Realmuto hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper went deep twice and Philadelphia routed Chicago in Charlie Manuel’s first game as hitting coach, ruining Cole Hamels’ return to Citizens Bank Park, where he pitched for 9 ½ seasons.
Braves 6, Mets 4: Tyler Flowers drove in a tie-breaking run with an infield hit, and host Atlanta scored five runs off Seth Lugo in the seventh and survived a ninth-inning scare to edge New York.
Cardinals 6, Royals 0: Rookie Dakota Hudson tossed six innings of five-hit ball for visiting St. Louis, and Kansas City counterpart Brad Keller allowed a no-hit bid to crumble in spectacular fashion. Keller issued three walks and was victimized by an early error, but he didn’t allow a hit until Marcell Ozuna’s single leading off the seventh. It began a streak of five base hits that knocked Keller from the game and resulted in a five-run inning.
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 6: In Denver, Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Colorado past Arizona. The Rockies are 14-33 since June 21, one of the worst marks by winning percentage in the majors over the stretch.
Padres 7, Rays 2: Cal Quantrill contributed with his arm and bat as host San Diego defeated Tampa Bay for the first time in more than nine years. The former Stanford pitcher is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA since the All-Star break. The rookie also had his first major-league hit and RBI with a single to right in the second inning.
Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Rafael Devers homered and singled, extending his robust hit streak to eight at-bats, and Xander Bogaerts connected twice as visiting Boston beat Cleveland.
Yankees 6, Orioles 5: Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and host New York defeated Baltimore for the 16th straight time.
Dodgers 9, Marlins 1: Clayton Kershaw struck out the first seven batters he faced and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings as visiting Los Angeles shut down Miami.
Angels 7, Pirates 4: In Anaheim, Albert Pujols had two hits and three RBIs and set the major-league record for career hits by a foreign-born player with 3,167, moving him past Adrian Beltre.
White Sox 13, Astros 9: James McCann hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning and host Chicago outlasted Houston to win the season series from the runaway AL West leader, 4-3. The Astros have lost three of four following an eight-game winning streak.
Rangers 7, Blue Jays 3: Kolby Allard pitched 5 ⅔ innings to win for the first time with Texas, Elvis Andrus had four hits and two RBIs and the visiting Rangers avoided a three-game sweep.
Tigers 3, Mariners 2: Victor Reyes hit a two-run single in the second inning and host Detroit held off Seattle.
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