Around the Bases: Mets, Nationals split double-header

Greg Fiume

The Mets had a chance to tie the Nationals in the NL East standings after winning the first game of a day-night double header, but dropped the nightcap.

Mets 11, Nationals 0: Jenrry Mejia got his first win of the season in his 2013 debut with seven strong innings of work, allowing just seven hits and no walks while striking out seven. Daniel Murphy put the Mets on the board early with a solo shot in the first and led the Mets potent offensive attack, going 4-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored.

Braves 4, Cardinals 1: Yadier Molina's second-inning solo home run was all the Cardinals could manage against Mike Minor, who in seven innings allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out five. Minor also drove in the go-ahead run in the second inning with a single. Jason Heyward went deep for the Braves with a solo shot in the fifth.

Marlins 2, Pirates 0: Henderson Alvarez shutout the Pirates over six innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out five to earn his first win with Miami. Jeff Locke matched him most of the way, but an RBI-infield single from Placido Polanco put the Marlins on the board in the sixth and Giancarlo Stanton hit the ball slightly further in the seventh, adding some insurance with a solo home run.

Tigers 2, Phillies 1: Doug Fister was just a little bit better than Cole Hamels in this pitcher's duel. Fister went eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six. Hamels went seven and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Alex Avila's two-RBI double in the fifth was the difference.

Blue Jays 12, Astros 6: Toronto broke out the big bats in the late innings against Houston in this one. Edwin Encarnacion led the charge with two home runs - one a grand slam - in the team's eight-run eighth inning. Jose Reyes fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3-3 with two walks at the top of the lineup.

Indians 11, Rangers 8 (11 innings): Ryan Raburn's three-run walk-off gave the Indians the win and their seventh walk-off victory of the season. The Indians left with the win, but they also blew a 7-1 lead in this one. Relievers Cody Allen and Joe Smith were the main culprits, allowing four runs on six hits in 2⅔ innings between them.

Orioles 6: Red Sox 0: The Red Sox bats once again fell silent, this time at the hand of Chris Tillman. The Orioles righty limited Boston to two hits and three walks without a run over seven innings, punching out eight. Adam Jones took John Lackey deep twice and J.J.Hardy and Manny Machado also added home runs.

Rays 10, Yankees 6: The Rays have gone on 20-3 to fight their way to the top of the AL East. The Rays got to CC Sabathia early, putting up six runs in the second inning to spoil Alfonso Soriano's return to the Bronx. James Loney went deep in the seven and notched four RBIs on the night. Jeremy Hellickson was solid as he earned his 10th win, holding the Yankees to one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six.

Nationals 2, Mets 1: Ross Ohlendorf proved to be the equal of one the best pitchers in the game in this one, matching Matt Harvey by allowing just one run over seven innings. Harvey lasted eight with just one run allowed, but it wasn't enough: Ryan Zimmerman delivered a walk-off shot off LaTroy Hawkins to give the Nationals the win.

Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings): Felix Hernandez reigned supreme until the ninth, when Trevor Plouffe's RBI-single with one out ended His Majesty's shut out. Four innings later, the teams traded home runs.

Dodgers 2, Reds 1: Sometimes, baseball will make you look silly. A few people wound up looking less than dignified in the bottom of the fourth inning of this game. There is Homer Bailey, who is pictured below fist pumping a safe call for opponent Hanley Ramirez. He's not actually cheering on the team, he just hasn't noticed foolish moment number two, which is umpire Alfonso Marquez incorrectly calling Ramirez safe, which he isn't. Ramirez knows he isn't safe, because he hasn't touched the bag. Not realizing that Marquez doesn't know that Ramirez returns to touch the plate and gets tagged, at which point Marquez picks up on his own error and calls him out. Well played everyone.

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Ultimately, this one wasn't decided by Ramirez and company's antics there, but by Clayton Kershaw's not-at-all-silly performance. Kershaw continued his incredible season with another gem, going eight innings and allowing one run on six hits and no walks while striking out eight. Bailey was excellent as well, allowing just two runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts, but Hanley Ramirez redeemed himself for his Buster Keaton-esque mistake in the fourth with a two-run home run in the sixth that proved the edge for L.A.

Diamondbacks 10, Padres 0: Randall Delgado isn't going to give up his starting gig without a fight. After manager Kirk Gibson suggested Delgado might head to the bullpen when Brandon McCarthy or Trevor Cahill returns, Delgado suggested otherwise. The 23-year-old threw a complete game shutout with just three hits and one walk allowed against the Padres to help his case. The offense pitched in too, with 10 runs on 17 hits against Eric Stults and the San Diego 'pen.

Cubs 3, Giants 2: Chicago scored a pair of ninth-inning runs when first baseman Brandon Belt couldn't corral a ground ball, allowing the Cubs to rally from behind for the victory. Jeff Francoeur drove in both of San Francisco's runs with a seventh-inning single.

Athletics 6, Angels 4: Jed Lowrie drove in three runs, using a solo home run and a two-run single, and Stephen Vogt added two to lift Oakland over their rivals. Bartolo Colon improved to 14-3 on the year after allowing two runs in six innings. Mike Trout hit his 17th home run of the year to lead the Angels.

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