Marcus Stroman pitched one-hit ball for eight innings, Dominic Smith launched a grand slam and the New York Mets cruised to a 7-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Stroman (7-8) gave up a leadoff single to Aristides Aquino in the third inning and little else. He struck out seven and walked one while giving New Yorks beleaguered bullpen precious rest going into Thursdays day off. Jeurys Familia struck out three in a hitless ninth.
Luis Guillorme hit his first homer of the season and Jonathan Villar also connected for the NL East leaders. Mets manager Luis Rojas returned to the dugout after serving a two-game suspension for excessive arguing on Sunday.
Jeff Hoffman (3-5) came off the 10-day injured list to make his first start since May 26 and lasted four innings, allowing seven hits including Smith’s slam and five runs with three walks.
PADRES 3, BRAVES 2, 1ST GAME
ATLANTA: Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run homer, starter Chris Paddack reversed his recent struggles and San Diego bat Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader.
Tatis made it 3-0 in the fifth inning against reliever Shane Greene when his NL-leading 29th homer landed in the left-field seats. The All-Star shortstop has eight hits, seven runs scored and six RBIs in his last five games.
Paddack (6-6), who had a 10.31 ERA in his last five appearances, worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and one strikeout. All-Star closer Mark Melancon wrapped it up for the Padres in the seventh, earning his major league-leading 28th save in 32 chances.
Kyle Muller (1-3) allowed two hits and walked three in four innings for the Braves, working out of jams in the first and third.
Atlanta’s Bryse Wilson (2-3) was scheduled to face San Diego’s Reiss Knehr (0-0) in the second game. Both were both called up from Triple-A to serve as the 27th man for their teams.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Austin Meadows hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay rallied past Baltimore.
Randy Arozarena hit two home runs and also had a key single as the Rays won for the 10th time in 13 games. He stopped a 21-game home run drought in Tuesday nights 9-3 win over Baltimore.
Tampa Bay trailed when Francisco Meja led off the ninth with a single against Tanner Scott (3-4) and pinch-hitter Mike Zunino drew a one-out walk. Arozarena then hit a flare to right field, with first baseman Ryan Mountcastle and second baseman Pat Valaika colliding in pursuit, for a single that loaded the bases. After Vidal Brujn struck out, Meadows lined an 0-2 pitch to center.
Collin McHugh (3-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Mountcastle and and Valaika each hit solo homers for Baltimore, which placed scheduled starting pitching Keegan Akin and outfielder Anthony Santander on the COVID-19 injured list before the game.
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