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Baseball Roundup: Harper a Hit (by Pitch) in N.Y.

  • New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius hits a home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius rounds the bases with a home run during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals in a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watches his home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy reacts after striking out during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (57) waits as New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius (18) rounds the bases with a home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers the ball to a Washington Nationals batter during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark delivers the ball to a New York Yankees batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy fields ground balls before a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Harrison Bader is unable to catch a single by San Diego Padres' Jose Pirela during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko, left, arrives too late at first on his grounder as San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer handles the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New York — Didi Gregorius ended a long power outage with a pair of home runs, Washington slugger Bryce Harper left in the eighth inning after he was hit by a pitch for the second time, and the New York Yankees beat the Nationals, 3-0, on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 12 games.

Harper returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time in three years and fell to the ground in pain when hit on the right elbow by a 90 mph pitch from CC Sabathia (4-1) in the fifth inning. The 2015 NL MVP initially remained in the game but came out after he was hit on the left foot by Dellin Betances’ 89 mph slider leading off the eighth. Harper had been hit just once previously this season and had not been dinged twice in a game since Aug. 16, 2013, at Atlanta.

Harper, a free-agent-to-be, walked in his first two plate appearances. He is hitting .215 since May 1, dropping his average to .228.

Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy made his season debut after recovering from right knee surgery on Oct. 20. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter and did not hit the ball out of the infield.

Twins 6, Tigers 4

Detroit — Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon, an injury that will sideline the Detroit slugger for the rest of the season, and the Tigers lost to Minnesota.

The two-time AL MVP will have surgery this week, the Tigers said. Cabrera, playing his 12th game since missing 26 with a hamstring strain, exited in the third inning and underwent an MRI during the game.

Cabrera missed three games earlier this season with spasms in his left biceps.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wilson Ramos homered, six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the Rays beat Toronto.

With right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Faria on the disabled list, Tampa Bay is using relievers to start three times through the rotation.

Ryne Stanek opened the game, striking out three in two perfect innings, and was followed by Austin Pruitt (2⅔ innings), Jonny Venters (one-third of an inning), Chaz Roe (1⅓ innings), Jose Alvarado (1⅔ innings) and Sergio Romo (one inning).

Pruitt (2-3) allowed four hits and a run but picked up the win. Romo allowed the other hit but locked down his second save.

Padres 4, Cardinals 2

St. Louis — Eric Hosmer homered, San Diego’s bullpen took a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Padres beat St. Louis for their 10th win in 14 games.

Padres reliever Matt Strahm started the bullpen game and retired nine batters on 36 pitches, including four strikeouts. It was the team’s third bullpen start this season while left-hander Joey Lucchesi recovers from a right hip strain.

Adam Cimber (3-2) retired the next six with two strikeouts before Harrison Bader broke up the perfect game with an infield single in the sixth. Bader was promptly erased in a double play.

Braves 8, Mets 2

Atlanta — Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam and Freddie Freeman homered during a six-run sixth inning, and Atlanta beat reeling New York.

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six, but left the game after batting in the fifth. The team said he has triceps tightness.

Ender Inciarte added a pair of RBI singles to help Atlanta shake a rough West Coast trip, when it lost four of six. The Braves moved ahead of Washington for first in the NL East by beating a Mets team that has lost nine of 10 and 16 of 20.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4

Philadelphia — Aaron Nola struck out 10 in another dominant performance, Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia beat Colorado.

Nola (8-2) allowed one run and four hits in 6⅔ innings, lowering his ERA to 2.27. He has given up three runs or less in 13 of 14 starts.

Seranthony Dominguez escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth for his third save.

Marlins 3, Giants 1

Miami — Trevor Richards pitched six effective innings for his first major league win, helping Miami beat San Francisco.

Richards (1-3) allowed two hits in his seventh major league start. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked three.

Brandon Crawford’s groundout in the first inning drove in the only run for the Giants, who had just three hits.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

Milwaukee — Chase Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to take advantage of some rare run support, and Milwaukee two-hit Chicago to take back first place in the NL Central.

Travis Shaw hit a pair of two-run doubles, and Anderson (5-5) locked it down from there to end Milwaukee’s seven-game skid against the Cubs. The Brewers had been shut out in Anderson’s three most recent starts against Chicago.

White Sox 5, Indians 1

Chicago — James Shields won for the first time since opening day, Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez homered to lead off a three-run first, and Chicago beat Cleveland.

Shields (2-7) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings after going 12 starts and 13 appearances without a win. The veteran right-hander struck out two and did not walk a batter in his first victory since the opener at Kansas City.

Moncada and Sanchez connected on consecutive pitches from Adam Plutko. Matt Davidson drove RBI doubles off the center-field wall in both the first and a two-run fifth, and the White Sox beat the AL Central leaders after losing their first four meetings this season.