Major League Baseball
Phillies 6, Braves 5
Scott Kingery timed a diving catch just right. He hustled around the bases for a thrilling inside-the-park home run.
Kingery was in the right place for the Phillies — except in the clubhouse.
"Go stand in your locker. Have you ever done this before," J.T. Realmuto kidded his teammate as a media scrum spilled a few lockers down.
Kingery hopes to keep the Phillies moving in their playoff push.
Corey Dickerson homered twice to help Philadelphia's wild-card chase and the Phillies hit five home runs overall in a win over Atlanta on Tuesday night.
The Phillies entered three games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Realmuto, Bryce Harper and Dickerson all homered in the first inning, Kingery excited fans with his race around the bases and Dickerson tacked an insurance run with a solo shot late to help the Phillies win for the third time in four games. Harper's homer went 443 feet, his sixth of the season of 440-plus feet. He has 13 homers off lefties this season.
The Phillies played in front of an announced crowd of just over 24,000, and the seats were largely empty against the NL East leaders in the late innings. But there were plenty of boos when Atlanta's Johan Camargo hit a solo shot off Jared Hughes in the eighth to make it 6-5.
Blake Parker (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings of the relief for the win. Hector Neris worked a scoreless ninth for his 25th save.
The Phillies came out swinging in the first against starter Max Fried (16-5). Realmuto opened the home run surge when he clanged his 24th of the season off the left field foul pole for a 1-0 lead. Harper drilled the next pitch into right for his 31st home run to give the Phillies back-to-back homers for the eighth time this year. Rhys Hoskins came inches from a third straight home run but settled for a double off the center field wall.
Braves pitching coach Rick Kranitz came out to settle Fried, but it didn't work. Dickerson lined a shot over the right field wall for a 4-0 lead and Philadelphia homered three times in the first for the first time since 2009.
"It's a good-hitting team over there and when you leave some pitches over the middle of the plate that aren't as sharp as they normally are, they're going to hit them," Fried said.
The Phillies went deep off Fried one more time in the third inning to take the lead for good. Kingery hit a deep shot that centerfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. brought back from over the fence. But the ball popped out of his glove and Kingery scampered all the way around for a head-first slide and inside-the-park homer and a 5-4 lead.
"We weren't sure if it was a home run," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Kingery wasn't sure if it was a home run. Acuna wasn't sure if it was a home run. King never stopped running."
His head-first slide was an instant season highlight.
"One of the more exciting plays we've seen all year," Kapler said.
Jason Vargas failed to hold the early cushion.
Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson cut it to 4-2 with RBI singles. With the bases loaded and one out, Francisco Cervelli hit a dribbler toward the mound that Vargas scooped with his mitt and shoveled to Realmuto. Vargas had time for a clean exchange, but the hustled toss turned into an error and made it 4-3. Austin Riley's deep drive to center was snagged by Kingery on a diving catch, but the sac fly was enough to tie the game at 4-all.
Dickerson added a solo shot in the sixth for a 6-4 lead.
Harper saved at least another run in the third when his one-hop throw to third nailed Ozzie Albies for an out.
Acuna was thrown out by Realmuto trying to steal in the sixth. Realmuto has thrown out 36 runners attempting to steal this season, the most among all catchers since 2016.
Rockies 2, Cardinals 1
Nolan Arenado hit a 482-foot two-homer that bounced out of Coors Field in the first inning, Chi Chi González got his first big league win in four years and Colorado slowed St. Louis' playoff push.
St. Louis had won 23 of 30 coming in to open a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.
González (1-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Jairo Díaz got six outs and finished a six-hitter for second save.
Michael Wacha (6-7) allowed five hits in four innings and is winless in seven starts and two relief appearances since July 19.
Giants 5, Pirates 4
Johnny Cueto dazzled over five shutout innings in his long-awaited season debut, pitching San Francisco past Pittsburgh.
The charismatic right-hander, far fitter and stronger than before he got hurt, returned to the mound for the first time in more than 13 months following Tommy John surgery. Cueto, back on the mound for the first time in 13 months after Tommy John surgery, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one.
Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs. His two-run single in the first off rookie Mitch Keller (1-4) staked Cueto to a quick lead and Brandon Crawford added an RBI single as four of the first five batters got hits.
Shaun Anderson earned his first save as the Giants won at home for the sixth time in 18 games.
Athletics 21, Astros 7
Matt Olson and Sean Murphy each homered twice, and Oakland tagged Wade Miley for seven runs in the first inning and scored a season-high 21 runs in a rout of Houston.
After being blanked in a lopsided loss on Monday, Oakland recovered to win its seventh of nine and remained ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.
The Astros were coming off a 21-1 win over Seattle on Sunday and a 15-0 thrashing of Oakland on Monday in which they hit seven homers. It was the first time the Athletics had been shut out since May 9.
But on Tuesday, the A's had a season-best 25 hits and built a 7-0 lead in the first inning without an extra-base knock. They still ended up tying a season high with six homers after not hitting any in their previous two games.
Houston's Wade Miley (13-5) allowed seven hits and seven earned runs in a third of an inning.
Tanner Roark (4-1) worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, five earned runs and a walk with three strikeouts.
Rays 5, Rangers 3 (11 innings)
Austin Meadows tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth, and Tampa Bay scored twice in the 11th after two Texas errors on the same play, stretching its winning streak to six games.
The Rays (87-59) won for the 11th time in 12 games to stay 1½ games ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild-card spot.
Tampa Bay had two on with two outs in the 11th against Emmanuel Clase (2-3) when the rookie reliever bobbled a slow roller by Kean Wong and had his desperate throw bounce away from the first baseman. Second baseman Rougned Odor picked it up and made a high errant throw into left field with a runner diving back into second base, and Nate Lowe scored the tiebreaking run from third. Guillermo Heredia followed with an RBI single.
Emilo Pagan (4-2) struck out two in a perfect 10th before Peter Fairbanks worked the 11th for his first career save.
Indians 8, Angels 0
Rookie Zach Plesac pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and Cleveland kept pace in the playoff race.
Francisco Lindor and Jordan Luplow homered, and Franmil Reyes drove in four runs as the Indians stayed a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. Cleveland trails wild-card leader Tampa Bay by two games.
The Indians have won four of five. The Angels, again playing without star Mike Trout, have dropped three in a row — the loss ensured the Angels will miss the postseason for the fifth straight year.
Plesac (8-6) struck out five and walked two while throwing 114 pitches.
José Suarez (2-6) took the loss.
White Sox 7, Royals 3
Rookie Eloy Jiménez hit his first career grand slam, Yoán Moncada launched a two-run homer and Chicago beat Kansas City.
Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games.
Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Ryan O'Hearn went deep for the Royals.
Ivan Nova (10-12) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to snap his three-game losing streak. The right-hander yielded six hits, while walking none and striking out five.
Jakob Junis (9-13) permitted five runs in five-plus innings in losing for the third time in four decisions.
Twins 5, Nationals 0
José Berriós surrendered two singles over seven innings in his best start in six weeks, Mitch Garver hit the tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, and Minnesota beat Washington.
Berriós (12-8) struck out four and walked one. Aníbal Sánchez (8-8) was almost as sharp for the Nationals, finishing with four hits and one walk allowed, along with five strikeouts.
The American League Central-leading Twins took a five-game lead on Cleveland into the night. The Indians, who have six more losses than the Twins, played at the Los Angeles Angels.
The Nationals entered 9½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, but they were in the first wild card spot, 4½ games above the cut, ahead of Milwaukee. The Chicago Cubs have the second spot.
Mariners 4, Reds 3
Kyle Lewis homered in his major league debut, Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth, and Seattle stopped a six-game losing streak by beating Cincinnati.
Amir Garrett (4-3) took the loss.
Dan Altavilla (1-0) pitched around a leadoff walk in the eighth for his first big league win since May 18 last year against Detroit. Anthony Bass tossed a perfect ninth for his third save.
Cincinnati's Brian O'Grady had a two-run homer. Seattle's Dylan Moore hit his eighth home run.
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