NL East Rundown: Mets Win After Rivera Blows First Ever Save Without Getting an Out
Atlanta 7, Toronto 6 (10 innings)
Brian McCann hit two home runs out of the designated hitter spot, Freddie Freeman had three hits, and rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered as the Braves slipped past the Blue Jays 7-6 in extra innings.
McCann led off the 10th with a homer against Thad Weber (0-1), his sixth home run and provided the game winner. Cory Gearrin (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win and Craig Kimbrel got the save on his 25th birthday.
Washington 9, Baltimore 3
The Nationals evened up the Beltway Series by silencing the Orioles’ bats, riding the starting pitching of Nathan Karns and 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief to beat Baltimore, 9-3.
Adam LaRoche homered twice and Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore each added a homer in the fourth, when the Nats broke the game open following the Orioles tying the game in the top of the fourth. Chris Davis hit his major-league leading 17th homer for the Orioles and J.J. Hardy also went deep in the fourth. But the Nationals bullpen shut down the O’s offense the rest of the game, and Baltimore's streak of scoring at least five runs in 10 straight road games ended.
Philadelphia 3, Boston 1
Cliff Lee allowed just one run over eight, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the 9th for his 10th save, as the Phillies beat Boston 3-1 Tuesday night. The loss snapped Boston’s four-game winning streak.
Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster (2-6) allowed two runs on six hits, striking out four in seven innings for Boston. Michael Young and Domonic Brown hit home runs for the Phillies, and Erik Kratz drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh with a single.
NY Mets 2, NY Yankees 1
Mariano Rivera (0-1) blew his first save in 19 chances this year, failing to get an out in the 9th as the Mets handed the Yankees their first 3-game losing skid of the year with a 2-1 win Tuesday night. Scott Rice (3-3) tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Matt Harvey, who would have been in line for the loss but remains unbeaten on the year.
The Mets had just finished honoring Rivera with a video tribute for his Hall of Fame career, before David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles to rally past the Yankees. The blown save spoiled a great outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who pitched seven innings of shutout ball in the loss.
Tampa Bay 7, Miami 6
Desmond Jennings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth off of Mike Dunn (1-1) for a walk-off win against the Marlins Tuesday night, 7-6. The Rays overcame an early 4-0 deficit to bang out 16 hits, winning their sixth game in which they surrendered six runs or more.
Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched the ninth to get the win for the Rays. Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria singled off Dunn, setting up Jennings’ heroics, a single against Chad Qualls.