Sport Bell hits 3-run HR to rally Nationals past Cardinals 7-6
Future Dodger? Juan Soto, lowly Nats cool off LA in 4-1 win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Soto’s RBI triple capped a four-run fifth inning and the lowly Washington Nationals defeated the NL West-leading Dodgers 4-1 on Monday night, snapping Los Angeles’ 11-game home winning streak. The Nationals (33-65) brought the worst record in the majors into Dodger Stadium, where they won for the first time since the 2019 NL Division Series, against the team with baseball's best record (64-31). The Dodgers' season-highThe Nationals (33-65) brought the worst record in the majors into Dodger Stadium, where they won for the first time since the 2019 NL Division Series, against the team with baseball's best record (64-31). The Dodgers' season-high eight-game overall winning streak ended.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday night.
Bell, likely on his way out as the Major League Baseball trade deadline nears, gave the home fans possibly one final moment to celebrate his time with the club after his 14th homer of the season just cleared the wall in right-center off Génesis Cabrera (3-2).
Who could trade for Juan Soto? Here are 5 deals we could see the Nationals doing
Who could trade for Juan Soto? Here are 5 deals we could see the Nationals doingSoto remains only 23 years old, which is so young that 12 players in the recent MLB futures game were older than him. In five MLB seasons, he is a .292/.427/.540 hitter, which is basically unheard of among players his age since the days of Ted Williams. He already has a World Series ring, a batting title, two All-Star nods, two Silver Sluggers and, most recently, a Home Run Derby championship.
Bell, who turns 30 next month and will be a free agent after the season, is having one of his best seasons and leads the Nationals with 57 RBIs and is batting .305 in 101 games.
Juan Soto, who could be the biggest name dealt before next week’s deadline, finished 1 for 1 with three walks and scored twice for Washington, which has the worst record in baseball.
Pujols hits 3-run HR, Cards overcome absences, beat Jays 6-1
TORONTO (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and finished with three hits, passing Rogers Hornsby on St. Louis’ career list, and the Cardinals stopped Toronto’s seven-game win streak with a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Adam Wainwright pitched seven sparkling innings to help St. Louis earn a split of the two-game set while playing without unvaccinated sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Nolan Gorman homered, and Dylan Carlson and Lars Nootbaar each hit an RBI double. © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St.
Erasmo Ramírez (3-1) earned the win with a clean seventh, and Kyle Finnegan got the last five outs for his fourth save of the season.
St. Louis, which started the day even with Philadelphia for the last wild card spot in the NL, took the lead in the fifth for the second time when Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer into the Cardinals' bullpen.
Gone for over two months, DeJong — an All-Star in 2019 — was recalled earlier on Saturday after the Cardinals traded infielder Edmundo Sosa to the Phillies in exchange for left-hander JoJo Romero. St. Louis made room for DeJong from the taxi squad by sending Romero to Triple-A Memphis.
DeJong was optioned to the minors back on May 10 after struggling to hit .130 with one homer through 24 games. The 28-year-old since regained his form in Memphis by hitting 17 homers and driving in 54 RBIs in 51 games at the lower level. He had homered in three straight games before Saturday’s promotion.
Former All-Star SS Paul DeJong could be activated by Cardinals this weekend
The 28-year-old struggled to start the season with the Cardinals before eventually being sent down to Triple-A Memphis in May. In 24 games this season for St. Louis, DeJong batted .130/.209/.208 with a home run and seven RBI. DeJong has seemingly turned things around at the plate during his minor league stint. In 51 games for Memphis, DeJong batted .249/.313/.552 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI. An All-Star in 2019, DeJong has failed to regain that form since. After hammering 30 home runs and driving in 78 runs in 2019, DeJong has just 23 homers and 77 RBI over the past three seasons combined.
The Nationals scored three in the fifth — all with two-outs — to tie the score at 4-4. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run RBI double before Yadiel Hernandez RBI single up the middle.
Lars Nootbaar gave St. Louis their final lead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth before Bell’s blast.
Nolan Arenado hit his 19th homer of the season in the second. It was his first since July 13.
Cardinals: LF Tyler O’Neill left the game after the fourth inning with leg cramps. O’Neill singled and doubled in his two at-bats. ... C Yadier Molina (right knee inflammation) went 1 for 2 with a walk in five innings with Triple-A Memphis.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde was a late scratch after an MRI showed right shoulder inflammation. Fedde, who is 5-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 27. ... Washington recalled RHP Cory Abbot from Triple-A Rochester. Manager Dave Martinez said that the 26-year-old Abbot could be in line to start on Tuesday against the Mets.
Report: Blue Jays, Yankees, and Cardinals frontrunners for A's SP Frankie Montas
The rumor mill is heating up as the MLB trade deadline approaches. © Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas. One of the names expected to be on the move ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. deadline is Oakland Athletics' ace starting pitcher Frankie Montas.According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the market for Montas is beginning to take shape. While there should be plenty of interest from around the league in the 29-year-old starter, the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to land Montas, per Morosi.
Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.53 ERA) will start the final game of the series for St. Louis on Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie has thrown at least 96 pitches in each of his pervious three starts against NL East opponents.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (7-6, 4.45 ERA) will make his first career start against the Cardinals. Gray has given up multiple home runs in each of his last three starts and six times in 18 games this season.
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Wainwright, reunited with Molina, hurls Cards past Cubs 6-0 .
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven spotless innings with longtime catcher Yadier Molina back behind the plate, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday night. Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis offense. Dylan Carlson hit a two-run shot and made a nice catch in center field. Nolan Arenado also went deep. Molina returned from knee inflammation that had sidelined him since June 16. Paired once again with Wainwright, the two 40-year-olds teamed up to shut down Chicago. © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St.