WASHINGTON — Trea Turner and Matt Adams homered, Erick Fedde pitched well after allowing a solo shot on the game’s first pitch and the depleted Washington Nationals held on to edge the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Monday night.
Washington led 7-2 but blew most of that advantage before Sean Doolittle got his 27th save in 32 chances. He entered in the ninth with a 7-4 lead, but the struggling lefty closer’s first pitch of the evening became Phillip Ervin’s pinch-hit homer. The next batter singled, and came around on Joey Votto’s two-out double off the wall in left. Doolittle finally ended things on Josh VanMeter’s foul pop to third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Coming off a 5-4 trip that left them tied for the lead in the NL wild-card race, the Nationals opened a six-game homestand without three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, left fielder Juan Soto or first baseman Ryan Zimmerman — all injured — while second baseman Brian Dozier was ill and limited to pinch-hitting duty.
And Washington quickly trailed, because Jesse Winker drove a sinker from Fedde to left for his 16th homer — and third leading off a game this season.
Votto then walked and took second on a groundout. But when VanMeter singled up the middle, Votto headed home and easily was thrown out by center fielder Victor Robles, who picked up his eighth assist of 2019.
Fedde (3-2) settled down and ended up going six innings, giving up two runs and six hits. He finished by wriggling out of a two-on, one-out jam, striking out rookie sensation Aristides Aquino and getting Nick Senzel to ground out.
Aquino, who received NL Player of the Week honors Monday, hit his eighth homer — a record for a player’s initial 12 major league games — off former Reds reliever Tanner Rainey in the eighth to make it 7-4.
Adams, starting in place of Zimmerman, hit a two-run shot, his 18th homer, to straightaway center off a slider in the first. Turner connected off a slider for a three-run homer in the fourth, his 11th. Both came off Anthony DeSclafani (7-7).
DeSclafani’s 100th career start ended after four innings, during which he allowed six runs for the third time this year.
Indians 6, Red Sox 5
CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana homered leading off the ninth inning to send Cleveland to a win over fast-fading Boston and back into first-place in the AL Central.
Blue Jays 19,
TORONTO — Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits, and Toronto routed Texas.
Yankees 8, Orioles 5, Game 1
NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin kept up a record home run barrage against Baltimore, powering New York to victory in the opener of a twin bill.
Yankees 11, Orioles 8, Game 2
NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres hit three more home runs, including a pair of three-run drives in the night game that gave him 13 of New York’s record 59 long balls against Baltimore this season, and the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep that stretched their winning streak versus the Orioles to 14 games.