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MLB Roundup: Whiz Kid Leads Nats

  • Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) celebrates his three-run home run with Matt Adams (15), Wilmer Difo (1) and Daniel Murphy (20) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals' Juan Soto watches his three-run home run in front of New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Washington Nationals' Juan Soto tosses his bat after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, heads to third after stealing second base as Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo (1) couldn't handle the ball thrown by catcher Spencer Kieboom for an error during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk makes a sliding catch on a pop out by Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Duffy during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New York — Teenage rookie Juan Soto homered twice and drove in four runs, becoming the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a regular-season game at Yankee Stadium, and the Washington Nationals beat New York, 5-4, on Wednesday night.

After getting a game off on Tuesday, his first in three-plus weeks as a major leaguer, a refreshed Soto showed exactly why he was rated one of baseball’s best prospects.

The 19-year-old outfielder lofted a three-run homer into the left-field corner off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning to give Washington, shut out in its previous two games, a 4-3 lead. Soto then launched a titanic shot to right-center in the seventh against Chasen Shreve (2-1), putting the Nationals back in front 5-4.

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Matt Duffy’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth drove in the game’s only run in the Rays’ win over Toronto.

Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a ground ball.

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4

Phoenix — Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBIs, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and Pittsburgh avoided a sweep.

The Pirates blew a five-run lead in the opener and were knocked for 13 runs in the second game.

Brewers 1, Cubs 0

Milwaukee — Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to give the Brewers their second straight shutout of Chicago.

Chacin (6-1) allowed four hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking four to win his sixth consecutive decision.

Braves 2, Mets 0

Atlanta — Mike Soroka did not allow a hit until the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman homered and drove in both runs, and Atlanta beat New York.

Soroka, the youngest pitcher in the major leagues and one of baseball’s top prospects, returned from a right shoulder strain that sidelined him since May 17 to outpitch NL ERA leader Jacob deGrom in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 minutes.

Mariners 8, Angels 6

Seattle — Mitch Haniger hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give Seattle a sweep of the three-game series.

After Jean Segura singled to center off reliever Oliver Drake (0-1), Haniger launched his 16th homer of the season over the left-field wall. Nelson Cruz and Ryon Healy also homered for Seattle, and Healy’s upper-deck shot in the eighth inning tied it at 6-6.

The Mariners have won six of their last seven games and 11 of their last 13.

White Sox 3, Indians 2

Chicago — Dylan Covey carried a shutout into the eighth inning, continuing his impressive June and helping Chicago beat Cleveland.

Covey (3-1) allowed 10 hits — all singles — and walked none. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from Oakland in the 2016 Rule 5 draft, improved to 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in five starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte last month.

Reds 7, Royals 0

Kansas City, Mo. — Tyler Mahle allowed three hits while pitching into the seventh, Adam Duvall hit a ninth-inning grand slam and Cincinnati beat Kansas City.

Mahle (5-6) allowed only one runner to touch second base in 6⅓ innings, matching his career longest start. He is 2-0 in June, allowing two earned runs and 14 hits in 16⅓ innings.

Marlins 5, Giants 4

Miami — Brian Anderson hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Miami over San Francisco.

J.T. Realmuto had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who have won three straight for the first time since winning four in a row April 28-May 1.

Tigers 5, Twins 2

Detroit — Victor Reyes’s RBI single keyed a four-run eighth inning and Detroit rallied to beat Minnesota.

The Tigers, playing their first game since Miguel Cabrera’s season-ending biceps injury, won for just the fourth time in 11 games.

Rockies 7, Phillies 2

Philadelphia — Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning, Tyler Anderson pitched seven strong innings and Colorado routed Philadelphia to end a five-game losing streak.

Trevor Story added three hits and drove in two for the Rockies, who had dropped nine of 11 while falling from first place to fourth in the NL West.