The Washington Nationals capped off a productive week on offense by slugging a franchise-record-tying eight home runs in a 16-8 rout of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
Brian Dozier (three hits, four RBIs) and Juan Soto smacked a pair of homers, and Matt Adams (three hits) and Anthony Rendon mashed three-run shots.
Victor Robles and Adam Eaton notched solo dingers for the Nationals, who tallied 19 hits and won for the sixth time in seven games, including a 17-7 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday. Catcher Yan Gomes went 3-for-5. Washington scored 66 runs in going 5-1 during the week.
Erick Fedde (4-2) won his third straight start by tossing five innings and yielding four runs and 10 hits. The Nationals rocked starter Chase Anderson (5-3), who lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his worst outing this season. The right-hander allowed nine hits – three of them homers – and 10 runs as Washington built a commanding 13-0 lead after three innings.
For the Brewers, Mike Moustakas had three hits, two homers and five RBIs, and Ben Gamel went 4-for-5 with a homer. Keston Hiura was 3-for-4.
The clubs started the series finale a little over 12 hours after Saturday night’s epic 14-inning, 15-14 win by the Brewers that featured 11 home runs, 38 hits and 19 pitchers and lasted five hours and 40 minutes. Adams lined a 93 mph fastball off the facing of the second deck in center for a 3-0 lead in the first, homering for the 19th time. Robles followed by clubbing a 2-0 fastball deep to left-center for his 16th shot of the season.
Eaton, who finished a triple shy of the cycle on Saturday, banged his seventh triple off the right field fence to score two to make it 6-0 in the second. Dozier took Anderson deep in the third, stroking a three-run shot to left for his 18th to make it 9-0. Rendon and Soto hit back-to-back blasts – the 27th homers for both – off Aaron Wilkerson to make it 13-0 in the seven-run third inning. The Brewers got one back when Gamel led off the fourth with his seventh homer, and Moustakas added a three-run shot in the fifth for Milwaukee, which hit seven long balls on Saturday night. Washington made it 15-4 on solo shots by Eaton and Soto in the fifth. Brewers outfielder Hernan Perez made his third pitching appearance this season and allowed Dozier’s second homer, a solo shot, in the eighth. Moustakas and Orlando Arcia homered in a four-run ninth.
Greinke, Bregman help Astros dispatch Athletics
Right-hander Zack Greinke earned his 200th career victory, and the visiting Houston Astros avoided a series sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Alex Bregman went 4-for-4 and belted his 30th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that erased a 1-0 deficit and allowed the Astros, who had lost the first three games of the series, to snap a five-game losing streak. Greinke (13-4) held the A’s to one run and four hits in seven innings en route to his third consecutive win since joining the Astros in a trade last month.
The 35-year-old improved to 4-1 in his career in Oakland and, coupled with his 6-0 record in San Francisco against the Giants, 10-1 in his big-league career in the Bay Area. He walked three and struck out six, giving up his only run on a Marcus Semien leadoff homer in the fourth inning that temporarily put Oakland on top 1-0.
Greinke had retired the first nine A’s in order before serving up Semien’s 21st homer of the year. The Astros rebounded immediately from their one-run deficit when Josh Reddick and George Springer led off the fifth with consecutive singles off Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson (10-9). Anderson got two outs, but with the baserunners at second and third, he got taken deep by Bregman for a 3-1 Astros’ advantage. The 30th homer for the 25-year-old is one shy of his career-high, set last season. The Astros increased their lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Carlos Correa walked and Yuli Gurriel drove him home with a double.
Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna completed a six-hitter with a shutout inning apiece. Osuna was credited with his 27th save. Remaining winless in three starts against the Astros this season, Anderson went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He walked four and struck out three. Bregman finished with two singles, a double and his home run for Houston, which completed a 4-6 trip.
Matt Olson had two hits for the A’s, who saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.
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