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Sports Soto homers twice, boosts average to .325, Nats beat Reds

07:50  24 september  2021
07:50  24 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

Soto's go-ahead homer sends Nationals past Braves, 4-2

  Soto's go-ahead homer sends Nationals past Braves, 4-2 ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Soto crushed a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals relied on their bullpen after Sean Nolin’s first-inning ejection to take a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Soto’s 462-foot drive off Richard Rodriguez (0-1) landed about halfway up the seats in right-center and snapped a 2-all tie. Luis García’s run-scoring double off Drew Smyly in the eighth drove in Yadiel Hernández for a two-run lead. The Braves began the night 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia in the NL East. Nolin was ejected after only eight pitches.

Juan Soto becomes the youngest teenager to homer at Yankee Stadium since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989 and the third teenager to ever have a multi- homer gameAbout The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels ; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — National League batting leader Juan Soto homered in consecutive innings, and the Washington Nationals pushed the Cincinnati Reds further from playoff contention with a 3-2 win Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

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Seeking his second straight NL batting title, Soto raised his average to .325 with a three-hit night and is four points ahead of the Los Angeles' Dodgers Trea Turner. Soto's former Nationals teammate had a three-hit game at Colorado.

Soto led off the sixth against Luis Castillo with an opposite-field drive to left that bounced off the top of the wall and into the stands. He homered to the opposite field again in the seventh for his 29th homer and third in two nights.

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Nationals rookie Juan Soto watches his seventh-inning blast head into the Bronx night for a tie-breaking home run in Washington’s 5-4 win over the Yankees. Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, himself just 21 years old, responded with a solo homer off Fedde, who allowed four runs over five innings starting for the injured Stephen Strasburg. That knotted the game at 4. From there, three Nationals relievers — Miller, Sammy Solis, and Ryan Madson — held the Yankees scoreless until Soto added another chapter to his astounding 25-day major league career in the seventh inning.

“I always enjoy matchups with hitters like Soto," Castillo said through an interpreter. "It is part of the game. I always enjoy it.”

Soto, who turns 23 on Oct. 25, has 11 multihomer games, one behind Eddie Mathews for the most before a player's 23rd birthday.

“He doesn’t give at-bats away," manager Dave Martinez said. "He works counts and stays on the ball. He comes ready to play. I definitely think he should be considered for MVP. The numbers he’s putting up are incredible.”

“He’s showing his teammates that he comes every day to win baseball games. He wants to do that. It’s fun to watch him.”

Patrick Corbin (9-15) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts and four walks as last-place Washington won for the fourth time in five games.

Juan Soto for NL MVP? September stretch has Nationals outfielder presenting strong case

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In the series opener, Soto hit the longest homer of his young career, a 463-foot bomb that cleared the big apple in center. His personal record lasted only two days. Mets starter Robert Gsellman threw a slider right into Soto ’s wheelhouse. Soto hit his second homer in the sixth, this one off left-hander Justin Wilson, to slim the deficit to one run. Wilson tried a middle-away cutter with the count even at 2-2. Soto used it to crack the 60th homer of his career, tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. for the fifth-most all-time before a 22nd birthday.

JOEY Votto homered twice and Eugenio Suarez went deep for the go-ahead blow as the desperate Cincinnati Reds erased an early five-run deficit with nine unanswered runs to beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates (9-5) Monday night. Votto’s career-high fourth multi- homer game of the season gives him a team-leading 33 homers . The Reds (78-73) won for just the ninth time in 25 games to remain three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second National League wild card spot.

“I worked on a couple of things in my bullpen and when I was throwing every day, like throwing over my leg more and throwing quality strikes," Corbin said. "It was just a good step. Hopefully, I can finish the season with another good one and take it into the offseason.”

Mason Thompson finished the seventh, former Red-Tanner Rainey pitched the eighth and Kyle Finnegan gave up two runs in the ninth before getting his 11th save in 14 chances.

Cincinnati dropped 5 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild card with nine games left. The Reds have lost four of six on a season-long 10-game homestand.

Castillo (8-16) broke a tie with Corbin for the most losses in the majors, allowing two runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. He is 2-6 in his last nine starts, which includes four losses in which the Reds scored one run in each game.

Cincinnati struck out 11 times, was 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners. The Reds had the bases loaded with one out in the third, but Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto struck out, then had runners at the corners in the fourth before Castillo grounded out.

Reds beat Nationals 8-7 in 11 but fall further behind Cards

  Reds beat Nationals 8-7 in 11 but fall further behind Cards CINCINNATI (AP) — Aristides Aquino drove in TJ Friedl with a game-ending single off the glove of second baseman Luis Garcia, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 in 11 innings Friday night. Aquino’s sharp one-hopper off Mason Thompson (1-2) trickled into short right field, allowing Friedl to score from second. “It’s super special," Aquino said. "Any time you can do something to help the team win is pretty special.” Despite the victory, the Reds fell further behind St. Louis in the race for the second NL wild card because the streaking Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs.

Joey Votto homered twice , and Eugenio Suarez went deep for the go-ahead blow as the desperate Cincinnati Reds erased an early five-run deficit with nine unanswered runs to beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Monday night. Votto’s career-high fourth multi- homer game of the season gives him a team-leading 33 homers to lead the Reds (78-73), who won for just the ninth time in 25 games to remain three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second National League wild-card spot.

First baseman Luke Voit homered twice to lead the New York Yankees to a win over the rival Boston Red Sox Monday night and cap off a series sweep at Yankee Stadium. The Rockies' Raimel Tapia (R) safely steals second base as his slide prevents Astros' Carlos Correa from making a catch. Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo. Washington Nationals outfielders, from left to right, Juan Soto , Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor celebrate a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore on Sunday.

““Corbin made pitches when he had to," Reds manager David Bell sad. "His slider was his key pitch especially to our right handed hitters. Those guys, Castellanos and Votto, have been doing it all season. They’re not going to come through every time. It’s such a tough game. I am sure they can’t wait to be in that same situation tomorrow.”

Josh Bell's RBI grounder in the first and Soto's home runs built a 3-0 lead.

Pinch-hitter Max Schrock had an RBI triple into the right-field corner in the ninth and scored on Tucker Barnhart's grounder.

PASSING BRYCE

Soto’s first inning walk was his 131st of the season, a Washington single-season franchise record. He went into the game tied with Bryan Harper, who drew 130 walks in 2018.

NET LOSS

Washington third baseman Carter Kieboom leaned into the protective netting along the third base line to catch Joey Votto’s popup in the third inning, but third base umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that the ball grazed the netting just before Kieboom caught it, making it no play.

OH, BABY

Nationals: OF Yadiel Hernandez went on the paternity list. RHP Jhon Romero was promoted from Triple-A Rochester.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: LHP Wade Miley was pushed back from his scheduled start on Friday after reporting tightness around his neck in his last start.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (5-5) is Washington’s scheduled starter for Friday’s second game of the four-game series.

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (7-8) is 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA in four starts against Washington, all with Cincinnati.

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The Associated Press

Soto top known quantity as last-place Nats begin 'reboot' .
WASHINGTON (AP) — These are now Juan Soto’s Washington Nationals. He is their lone bona fide superstar, someone around whom they will try to rebuild — or, to use general manager Mike Rizzo's preferred term, “reboot.” Soto is the only player left from the 2019 World Series champions who managed to make any sort of truly meaningful contribution throughout this disappointment of a 65-97, last-place season who is also in the fold for next year after a significant sell-off at the trade deadline. “I can't wait to watch him continue to do what he does and watch him grow.

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