The Toronto Blue Jays heaped more misery on the slumping Washington Nationals following a 5-1 victory in MLB on Tuesday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays as World Series champions the Nationals slumped to their third consecutive defeat.
It was a forgettable outing for the Nationals in Washington, where two outfielders collided on Guerrero's homer and two errors from second baseman Starlin Castro led to three unearned runs.
The Nationals – without star slugger Juan Soto – are now 1-4 for the season, usually not a big deal but it is a lot different in 2020 due to the condensed 60-game regular campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Baez fuels Cubs, Indians sweep doubleheader
Javier Baez was the hero for the Chicago Cubs, hitting a pair of home runs in an 8-5 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2016 World Series champion and two-time All-Star also doubled in the fifth and later scored to help the Cubs improve to 4-1 for the season.
The Cleveland Indians claimed their doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox – winning 4-3 and 5-3. Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer in the second game, while Oscar Mercado had a two-run single.
Albert Pujols recorded his 657th career home run to lift the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle Mariners 10-2. Pujols punished Mariners reliever Nestor Cortes in the fifth inning for his first homer of the season. The 40-year-old is now just three home runs shy of tying Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list.
The San Diego Padres topped the San Francisco Giants 5-3 after Fernando Tatis Jr. sent a home run to the right-field porch at Oracle Park. The homer turned an early deficit into a 3-1 lead for the Padres, who improved to 4-1 for the best record in the National League alongside the Cubs.
Cardinals lose Mikolas
The St Louis Cardinals will be without starter Miles Mikolas for the remainder of the season. Mikolas – an All-Star in 2018 – requires surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm. St Louis lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Twins.
It was a forgettable night for the Houston Astros, who lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a spiteful showdown. Welcoming the Dodgers to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the 2017 World Series, which has been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros – who went on to outlast the Los Angeles franchise in seven games during that MLB showpiece series, Houston conceded five runs in the fifth inning. There was plenty of words spoken as the benches cleared in the sixth inning.
Donaldson brings the rain
Twins recruit Josh Donaldson hit his first home run for his new team. The three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and 2015 American League MVP arrived from the Atlanta Braves this year.
Cleveland Indians 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-5 Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 Milwaukee Brewers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Kansas City Royals
New York Mets 8-3 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 6-3 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 8-3 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels 10-2 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 5-3 San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies (postponed)
Baltimore Orioles-Miami Marlins (postponed)
Yankees at Orioles
After agreeing to a schedule change, the New York Yankees (2-1) will face the Baltimore Orioles (2-1) on the road on Wednesday. The Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak has had a domino effect throughout the league following the postponement of Tuesday's Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies matchup. Instead, the Yankees will now meet the Orioles in Baltimore midweek. The Orioles were scheduled to take on the Marlins, but Miami's season has been suspended through Sunday.