NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard pitched out of trouble in a rusty return from the disabled list and helped himself with an RBI single as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Friday night.
Amed Rosario tripled and doubled, both times over Bryce Harper’s head in center field, and the Mets won for only the sixth time in their last 26 home games. Brandon Nimmo had three hits for New York, which built a three-run cushion in the first inning against struggling starter Tanner Roark.
Roark (3-12) became the first 12-game loser in the majors this season. He allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.
Matt Adams homered for the inconsistent Nationals, who fell back to .500 at 47-47. They have lost just three of 13 games at Citi Field since the start of last season.
After missing seven weeks with a strained ligament in his right index finger, Syndergaard (5-1) came out firing 99 mph fastballs.
Gsellman gave up Adams’ upper-deck shot in the eighth but got six outs for his fourth save.
Rockies 10, Mariners 7: Trevor Story homered and drove in four runs, Charlie Blackmon also connected and Colorado defeated Seattle in Denver.
Tony Wolters had three RBIs for Colorado, which won its third straight.
Both teams used emergency starters but neither made it through five innings. Seattle’s Christian Bergman (0-1), a former Rockies pitcher, gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings and left during Colorado’s four-run fifth inning.
Colorado righty Jeff Hoffman was called up to start for Antonio Senzatela, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He allowed three runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Dodgers 3, Angels 2: Max Muncy homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, helping the Dodgers rally past the Angels in Los Angeles.
Muncy, who will participate in next week’s Home Run Derby, singled to deep right-center off Cam Bedrosian, scoring pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2.
Muncy took second on right fielder Kole Calhoun’s throw that sailed over the head of catcher Jose Briceno. Bedrosian scrambled to the backstop, but he bobbled the ball and had no throw to the plate as Pederson scored.
Caleb Ferguson got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Scott Alexander induced a double play to end the ninth for his first save.
Cubs 5, Padres 4 (10): Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on consecutive errors with one out in the 10th, lifting visiting Chicago over San Diego.
Giants 7, Athletics 1: Buster Posey singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and San Francisco slowed down visiting Oakland.
Madison Bumgarner pitched three-hit ball over six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. Alen Hanson added two hits and Steven Duggar had two RBIs and scored twice.
The A’s had won 19 of 24 and took three of four from A.L. West-leading Houston before falling to their rivals from across the San Francisco Bay.
Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 7: Kevin Pillar had four hits and Justin Smoak had three, including a pair of homers, and they drove in four runs apiece to help visiting Toronto snap Boston’s 10-game winning streak.
Dwight Smith Jr. also homered for Toronto, which won for the second time in six games. Jake Petricka pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Ryan Borucki, who lasted just three-plus innings but left with an 8-6 lead.
Mookie Betts had three hits, including two triples, to raise his major league-leading batting average to .357. J.D. Martinez had two hits for the Red Sox, who won 15 of their previous 17 games and will head into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and the A.L. East lead.
Rick Porcello allowed seven hits and eight runs in two innings to take the loss.
Phillies 2, Marlins 0: Aaron Altherr drove in his first run of July and later started a sensational relay to protect the lead, helping Jake Arrieta and visiting Philadelphia topped Miami.
Arrieta pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. Victor Arano got three outs and Pat Neshek finished the three-hitter for his first save.
Maikel Franco hit his 13th homer of the season in the ninth for the Phillies, who have won 10 of their last 13.
For Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen, it was another brilliant home showing. He allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out eight – his most since May 2016 – and walking one. At home this season, his ERA is now 1.83. On the road, it’s 10.47.
Indians 6, Yankees 5: Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber pitched into the eighth inning and Cleveland’s shaky bullpen narrowly closed things out in a win over visiting New York.
Bieber was removed after Tyler Wade’s leadoff double in the eighth and Cleveland leading 6-3.
Pirates 7, Brewers 3: Josh Bell tied a career high with four hits, Gregory Polanco homered and both drove in two runs to lead Pittsburgh over visiting Milwaukee.
The fourth-place Pirates have won five of their last six. First-place Milwaukee has lost four of five and its lead has been cut to a half-game over the Chicago Cubs.
Rangers 5, Orioles 4: Ryan Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and visiting Texas held on against Baltimore to snap a three-game losing streak.
Cole Hamels won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.
Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.
The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.
Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb.
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 1: Nick Ahmed hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh after Zack Godley allowed a run over six innings and visiting Arizona beat Atlanta.
Both teams began the week in first place but have since fallen out. The Diamondbacks began the night a half game behind the Dodgers in the N.L. West. The Braves fell 1 1/2 games behind N.L. East-leading Philadelphia.
Godley gave up three hits in the first, including Kurt Suzuki’s run-scoring single. He allowed only two hits over the next five innings and struck out seven overall.
Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save.
Sam Freeman took the loss in relief of Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez.
Astros 3, Tigers 0: Dallas Keuchel pitched six strong innings, three relievers completed the seven-hitter and Alex Bregman provided the offense by setting a career high with his 20th homer to give Houston a win over visiting Detroit.
Keuchel allowed six hits and struck out four to win his fourth straight decision after dropping the previous three. Tony Sipp and Brad Peacock pitched the seventh and eighth innings before Hector Rondon walked one in the ninth for his eighth save.
The Astros got to former teammate Mike Fiers early. George Springer hit a leadoff single before the two-run shot by Bregman, which bounced off the wall above the Crawford Boxes in left field, made it 2-0.
Ronny Rodriguez had two hits for the Tigers, who went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position to lose their fifth straight game.
Reds 9, Cardinals 1: Scooter Gennett and Dilson Herrera homered, Matt Harvey tossed five solid innings and Cincinnati beat the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Jesse Winker reached base four times and drove in three runs for the Reds, who won their second in a row against St. Louis after breaking a 13-game losing streak to the Cardinals on June 10.
St. Louis had won 17 of the previous 20 games between the teams.
Twins 11, Rays 8: Joe Mauer homered and drove in four runs, and Minnesota held on to defeat Tampa Bay in Minneapolis.
Jake Cave had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and Robbie Grossman added three hits for Minnesota, which has won eight of nine games on its homestand.
Trevor Hildenberger struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the win in relief of starter Jake Odorizzi.
White Sox 9, Royals 6: Leury Garcia had three hits and three RBIs, All-Star Jose Abreu homered for the first time in July, and the White Sox beat Kansas City in Chicago.
Garcia doubled in two runs in the first, singled in the third and connected for a solo drive in the sixth. Omar Narvaez added a two-run homer in the eighth off Kevin McCarthy and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.