MLB Power Rankings: Who opens June as our No. 1 team?

We’re already two months into the 2021 MLB season, and the standings are starting to come into focus with teams already 50-plus games into their schedules. What does that mean for our first MLB Power Rankings of June?

Well, for starters, there’s plenty of movement at the top, including a very tight race for No. 1. Has the Tampa Bay Rays‘ torrid stretch moved them past the San Diego Padres ? How high has a strong run pushed the Chicago Cubs this week? And, on the other end of our rankings, where do the Baltimore Orioles sit after a recent 14-game losing streak?

Here is what our eight-voter expert panel decided based on what we’ve seen in the first two months of the season. We also asked ESPN baseball experts David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle, Joon Lee, Jesse Rogers and Alden Gonzalez to weigh in with one Week 9 observation for all 30 teams.

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Record: 34-23
Previous ranking: 1

The Padres followed 16 wins in a stretch of 19 games with four consecutive losses to the Astros and Cubs. Worse, Fernando Tatis Jr. exited the game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night with tightness around his midsection. The Padres hope his ailment isn’t serious, but Tatis has already experienced two start-and-stops this season. And despite the Padres’ enviable depth, Tatis makes that team go like no one else. His shortstop replacement, Ha-Seong Kim, finished May with a .195/.248/.331 slash line. — Gonzalez


Record: 35-22
Previous ranking: 3

The Rays continue to impress while now standing atop the American League East, with the lineup anchored by Randy Arozarena and Austin Meadows, who looks to be bouncing back after a lackluster 2020 season. Among the team’s bright spots has also been reliever Andrew Kittredge, who sits second in WAR among Tampa Bay’s pitchers behind Tyler Glasnow, posting a 1.38 ERA, 0.92 WHIP in 26 innings pitched. — Lee


Record: 33-23
Previous ranking: 2

The Dodgers got Cody Bellinger back on Saturday and could get AJ Pollock and Brusdar Graterol back relatively soon. They remained one of the sport’s best teams despite suffering a rash of injuries and could soon be one of the sport’s healthier teams, even without Corey Seager. The Dodgers own a .589 winning percentage even though Seager, Bellinger and Mookie Betts, widely regarded as their three best players, have all contributed far less than what would have been expected. In other words: The Dodgers’ best baseball might still be ahead, and Wednesday’s first-inning explosion is a reminder what this team can do when healthy. — Gonzalez


Record: 33-22
Previous ranking: 4

The White Sox (19-10) posted the third-best marks in record and run differential during May. Chicago led the majors in run prevention, allowing just 3.07 runs per game. It posted baseball’s second-best strikeout rate last month. The rotation ranked third in collective ERA (2.93) and the bullpen ranked fourth (2.83). The White Sox offense usually grabs the headlines, but this is shaping up as a really hard team to score against. — Doolittle


Record: 34-21
Previous ranking: 7

The Giants lost their first four games against the Dodgers this season but came back to win three in a row at Dodger Stadium over the weekend. Through the first two months, the Giants ranked sixth in ERA and second in outs above average while getting optimal offensive production from Buster Posey and Evan Longoria, among others. Maybe they’re just legit. — Gonzalez


Record: 32-23
Previous ranking: 5

Boston has established itself as one of the best teams in baseball and a force to be reckoned with moving forward this season. Beyond the lineup’s anchoring trio of J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, the team is getting contributions from players such as Hunter Renfroe, who sits fourth in WAR among Red Sox position players, providing strong defense while hitting .258/.291/.465. — Lee


Record: 31-24
Previous ranking: 8

Houston went 15-12 in May despite an offense that ranked among the game’s best during the month and a rotation that deployed eight different pitchers but still managed to rank eighth with a 3.28 starter ERA. The disconnect between that record and those strengths points to one area: the bullpen. Houston relievers posted a collective 5.03 ERA last month and blew more saves (seven) than they converted (five).

Presumably, the Astros will eventually get offseason signee Pedro Baez back to help. But in the meantime, Cristian Javier, who has been one of the Astros’ top starting pitchers since his arrival last season, has been moved to the bullpen, where he can be used in multi-inning stints. — Doolittle


Record: 32-23
Previous ranking: 13

The Cubs have been on roll, having won 19 games in May and starting June with a sweep against the Padres. That gave them series wins over the Dodgers, Mets and Padres this season. Patrick Wisdom has been the latest in a group providing depth beyond Chicago’s known names. He hit four home runs in his first 10 career games as a Cub. — Rogers


Record: 33-25
Previous ranking: 9

Oakland has cooled off considerably after its 13-game win streak in April, not winning more than three games in a row since. Oakland’s pitching is anchored by Chris Bassitt, who sports a 3.53 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 74 innings across 12 starts, and Sean Manaea, who has a 3.86 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 60⅔ innings pitched in 11 starts this season. — Lee


Record: 27-21
Previous ranking: 15

Jacob deGrom finished May with a 0.71 ERA, the lowest ERA for a qualified starter through May since Chris Short had a 0.64 ERA for the 1964 Phillies. In his start Monday, he threw 27 pitches of 100-plus mph, the third most in a single game since 2008 (Jordan Hicks had 29 in 2019 and Nathan Eovaldi had 28 in 2015). Batters are hitting .129 against him … and deGrom is hitting .450. Luis Rojas pulled him after 70 pitches, as they played it conservatively, but he should be back to a 100-pitch count or so in his next outing. — Schoenfield


Record: 31-25
Previous ranking: 6

The Yankees looked to be hitting their stride, but then Corey Kluber and Luke Voit landed on the injured list. New York’s lineup has fallen short of expectations given how the offense looks on paper, with second baseman DJ LeMahieu among those performing below what we’ve seen in recent years. — Lee


Record: 29-25
Previous ranking: 10

Top pitching prospect Alek Manoah made his debut against the Yankees, throwing six innings, allowing two hits, walking two batters while striking out seven. The rotation remains the team’s biggest question with Hyun-Jin Ryu anchoring the pitching, but questions remain around how the rest of the rotation — Steven Matz, Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling — will continue performing over the rest of the season. — Lee


Record: 31-25
Previous ranking: 11

The impact of the injury to Jack Flaherty can’t be overstated. The Cardinals were already having pitching problems and now have to cover for their ace. After Wednesday’s route at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cardinals are just 8-14 against plus-500 teams. — Rogers


Record: 30-24
Previous ranking: 12

The bullpen continued to keep the team afloat even as Cleveland’s touted starting pitching machine sputtered over recent weeks. During May, the Indians’ relievers ranked fifth in bullpen ERA (3.05), second in strikeouts per nine innings (11.4) and were the only relief staff to avoid a blown save, going 9-for-9 during the month. For the season, Cleveland has four qualifying relievers with an average leverage index greater than 1.0: Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak, Bryan Shaw and Nick Wittgren. That quartet has combined to post a 2.38 ERA and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings while converting 18 of 20 save opportunities. — Doolittle


Record: 29-26
Previous ranking: 16

Milwaukee had a five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, as its performance on the mound continues to keep it in the National League Central race despite some hitting woes. The Brewers gave up just 10 runs during the streak, which included two extra-inning affairs. Milwaukee has dominated good competition, going 17-11 against plus-500 teams, but sits below .500 against teams with losing records. — Rogers


Record: 25-28
Previous ranking: 14

Marcell Ozuna was arrested on domestic violence charges and could face a long suspension by Major League Baseball, which plans to review the matter under the joint domestic violence policy in place between MLB and the players’ union.

On the field, the Braves might have to turn to the trade market to find a bat. That could be a left fielder or a third baseman, if they want to move Austin Riley back to the outfield. High-end options could include Mitch Haniger or Joey Gallo. Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta of Arizona should be available. Baltimore’s Trey Mancini can hit, but he hasn’t played any left field this season. Detroit’s Robbie Grossman has a .362 OBP. — Schoenfield


Record: 24-30
Previous ranking: 17

Some good news/bad news down on the farm. Max Meyer, the third overall pick in 2020, has a 1.96 ERA through five starts at Double-A. J.J. Bleday, the fourth overall pick in 2019, is hitting .159 with one home run at the same level. Jesus Sanchez, who played with Miami for 10 games in 2020, is hitting .402 with seven home runs at Triple-A and might force the Marlins’ hand with a call-up. — Schoenfield


Record: 27-26
Previous ranking: 19

What a topsy-turvy team the Royals have been. After winning their first game in May, Kansas City stood 16-9, the best mark in the majors. They then lost 11 in a row. Ah, but then they bounced back, and after winning their first game of June, the Royals had won 11 of 17. All told, K.C. is a game over .500 and hanging around the postseason races. The breakout player in May was first-year Royal Andrew Benintendi, who might have put to rest any notion that the lackluster guy who slumped in Boston last season was in fact the player he’d become. Benintendi hit .340/.377/.443 in May, then started June with a five-RBI game that included a grand slam. Some of Benintendi’s sagging Statcast-based metrics that worried so many, such as exit velocity and sprint speed, have largely bounced back to their pre-2020 levels. — Doolittle


Record: 26-29
Previous ranking: 18

Roman Quinn is out for the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon, an injury that could sideline him into the 2022 season. That means Odubel Herrera is the full-time center fielder, and he has hit well so far. Bryce Harper was eligible to come off the injured list on Wednesday, but that didn’t happen, although he has resumed hitting and could return Friday. Didi Gregorius, out with an elbow injury since May 12, hasn’t started hitting yet, so there’s no timetable on his return. — Schoenfield


Record: 28-29
Previous ranking: 24

Jarred Kelenic‘s struggles are intensifying, as he’s 0-for-26 with 11 strikeouts over seven games entering Wednesday’s contest. Remember, he only has 27 games above Class A, so you can argue the Mariners rushed him to the big leagues more so than held him back. Meanwhile, Kyle Lewis landed on the IL with a small tear in the meniscus in his right knee. Taylor Trammell, who hit .384 with six home runs in 17 games at Triple-A, was called back up and homered in his first game. –Schoenfield


Record: 22-33
Previous ranking: 22

Minnesota’s cruel April was followed by a not-too-flowery May, leaving the Twins and their decision-makers a vanishing window to salvage a season the club entered with playoff aspirations. The pitching has been terrible and May didn’t offer many signs of improvement. Minnesota ranked 28th in overall ERA last month, with the starters landing at No. 27 (5.11) and the relievers at No. 21 (4.82). And if you want to say “at least the bullpen wasn’t as bad as the starters,” consider this: Twins relievers allowed 71% of inherited runners to score in May, last in the majors by a mile. The next-worst mark was put up by St. Louis — at 54%. — Doolittle


Record: 24-29
Previous ranking: 21

Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos are bright spots for a team that has gone backward since April. Luis Castillo simply isn’t the same pitcher this year, as his ERA is over 7.00 and he hasn’t given up fewer than three runs in an outing since early April. The Reds are dead last in ERA. That says it all about their playoff chances. — Rogers


Record: 23-29
Previous ranking: 20

After leaving Tuesday’s start after 30 pitches, Stephen Strasburg underwent an MRI for a tight right trapezius muscle. If he lands on the injured list, it will be the second time this season and 14th time in his career. The Nationals were 21-29 after 50 games, a reminder that they were 19-31 after 50 games in 2019. The difference is that year Strasburg and Patrick Corbin were both healthy and effective. Not the case so far in 2021. — Schoenfield


Record: 25-30
Previous ranking: 25

Anthony Rendon had three hits and drove in five runs in the Angels’ road win over the Giants on Tuesday night, accounting for only his sixth multi-hit game of the season. Rendon’s OPS is still only .647, but obviously he’s a much better hitter than that. If the Angels are going to stay relevant without Mike Trout, who might not return until after the All-Star break, they’ll need a lot more performances like that from Rendon. — Gonzalez


Record: 22-35
Previous ranking: 23

A weeklong losing skid that included sweeps by the Angels and Mariners has dropped the Rangers into the cellar of the AL West. As of late, their problems have been at the plate. Texas compiled just a .454 OPS over the past seven days entering Wednesday. Second baseman Nick Solak has cooled off, going just 3-for-18 last week. Nate Lowe was 0-for-10. — Rogers


Record: 23-32
Previous ranking: 30

If the Tigers are tanking this season, they aren’t doing a very good job of it. After an 8-19 April with an equally horrific run differential, all signs pointed toward a season of at least 100 losses. But Detroit rebounded to go 14-13 in May and then won its first game of June. All of which makes you think of those construction workers from “Major League” when they reached the point of saying, “These guys ain’t that (gosh-darn) bad.” Well, it’s just a good month, but what is exciting for Tigers fans is that the success was driven by a 3.48 rotation ERA. That rotation includes some foundation pieces in the Tigers’ rebuild. Spencer Turnbull posted a 2.83 ERA in May and threw a no-hitter. Casey Mize had a 1.74 ERA and put up four quality starts in five outings. And Tarik Skubal had a 3.33 ERA while striking 13 batters per nine innings over five starts. — Doolittle


Record: 22-34
Previous ranking: 27

German Marquez has a 1.97 ERA over his past five starts, striking out 35 batters and walking 12 in 32 innings. On Tuesday, he limited the Rangers to one run over seven innings, improving the Rockies to 17-12 at home. (Don’t worry about their road record. We’re trying to focus on the good stuff this week.) Marquez is controllable through at least 2023 and could soon evolve into the Rockies’ most coveted trade piece, Trevor Story included. — Gonzalez


Record: 20-37
Previous ranking: 26

The D-backs amazingly lost 13 consecutive games before finally snapping their skid on Sunday. During that stretch, they averaged 2.6 runs per game, pitched to a 5.35 ERA and were outscored 73-34. They went from four games below .500 to 17 games below .500 and with no shot in a highly competitive NL West. — Gonzalez


Record: 20-34
Previous ranking: 29

Adam Frazier just keeps hitting, as he went 9-for-23 last week, raising his batting average to .335. Going into Wednesday’s games, he led the NL in hits and doubles. It really hasn’t helped the Pirates, though, as Pittsburgh has gone just 2-9 in its past 11 with both wins coming over the lowly Colorado Rockies on the same day. — Rogers


Record: 19-37
Previous ranking: 28

The Orioles fell to the bottom of the AL East with a 1-14 record since May 18. The bright spots on this team remain consistent with center fielder Cedric Mullins, first baseman Trey Mancini and John Means, who looks like a Cy Young contender with a 2.05 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 3.3 WAR, all playing well despite the team’s struggles. — Lee

Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar suffers multiple nasal fractures after being hit by pitch – The Globe and Mail

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MLB roundup: Jays beat Yanks to end skid; Corey Kluber injured – Reuters

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel and Randal Grichuk each homered as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays ended their six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Guerrero has three home runs in the last two games. Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz (6-2) allowed one run on six hits, with a season-high 10 strikeouts, over 6 2/3 innings (112 pitches).

New York saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber (4-3) left after three innings due to tightness in his right shoulder. The right-hander will have an MRI on Wednesday. Kluber gave up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five.

Guerrero’s major-league-leading 16th homer came off Kluber, who was making his first start since tossing a no-hitter May 19 against the Texas Rangers. Kluber gave up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Kyle Higashioka had two hits and drove in a run for the Yankees.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3

Tom Murphy doubled home the tie-breaking run and scored another and the Seattle bullpen held a lead over the final five innings as the Mariners made it two in a row over host Oakland.

J.P. Crawford collected three hits, including a double, for the Mariners, who recorded a second straight tightly contested win over the American League West leader after holding on for a 4-2 victory in Monday’s series opener.

Jed Lowrie, Elvis Andrus, Matt Olson and Ramon Laureano all doubled for the A’s, who lost their third straight. Andrus had three hits.

Dodgers 9, Astros 2

Clayton Kershaw carried a shutout into the seventh inning and Justin Turner provided early support with a two-run home run as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to eight games with a win over host Houston.

Kershaw (7-3) went 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits with six strikeouts. He did not issue a walk in 81 pitches. The Dodgers have won his last four starts and 12 of their last 13 games overall.

Turner and Chris Taylor each had two hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers. Turner, Max Muncy and Gavin Lux each scored twice.

White Sox 8, Cardinals 3

Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as Chicago White cruised to a win over visiting St. Louis.

Nick Madrigal and Yoan Moncada added one RBI apiece for Chicago. The White Sox have won back-to-back games and will go for a three-game series sweep on Wednesday.

Dylan Carlson and Max Moroff each drove in a run for St. Louis, which has dropped three straight to match its longest skid of the season.

Padres 7, Brewers 1

San Diego worked Corbin Burnes for a season-high three walks plus a hit batter and scored four runs on just two hits against the Brewers’ right-hander en route to a win at Milwaukee.

Padres starter Joe Musgrove and relievers Tim Hill, Craig Stammen and Emilio Pagan held the Brewers to one run on two hits as San Diego improved to 13-2 over its last 15 games. Musgrove didn’t allow a hit until Lorenzo Cain singled to center with two outs in the fifth.

Jurickson Profar went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for San Diego.

Mets 3, Rockies 1

Jacob deGrom struck out nine over five strong innings in his return from the injured list for New York, which received a tie-breaking two-run home run from Tomas Nido in the sixth inning of the win over visiting Colorado.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mets, who won for just the fourth time in 11 games. The Rockies’ four-game winning streak was halted.

deGrom, who missed 15 days with a sore right side, allowed one run on three hits and walked none while throwing a dozen of his 63 pitches 100 mph or faster. Ryan McMahon homered off deGrom with one out in the second and Brendan Rodgers followed with a single before deGrom retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, eight by strikeout.

Braves 3, Red Sox 1

Right-hander Charlie Morton limited the powerful Boston bats to three hits in seven strong innings as visiting Atlanta extended its winning streak to four games.

Morton (3-2) allowed only one run, this one unearned, for the second straight game and picked up his first victory since April 26. Morton retired the final 13 batters he faced and improved his career record to 7-1 against Boston. Will Smith picked up his eighth save.

Pablo Sandoval had three hits for the Braves, and Marcell Ozuna, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies drove in their runs. The Red Sox scored their only run when Rafael Devers was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded. Boston starter Garrett Richards (4-3) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Reds 2, Nationals 1

Kyle Farmer and Eugenio Suarez hit solo homers off Max Scherzer to give visiting Cincinnati enough offense to edge Washington.

Tyler Mahle kept the Nationals at bay by throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, while striking out two and issuing one walk.

Josh Bell belted his sixth homer of the season for the Nationals, who had won four of their previous five games. Scherzer struck out nine and walked one while allowing five hits over seven innings.

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Royals 2, Rays 1

Brad Keller outdueled Rich Hill as Kansas City defeated Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Rays, who fell one game short of matching the franchise record for consecutive wins set in 2004. It was the Royals’ fifth win in their last six games.

Keller (4-4) pitched a season-high seven innings and tied his season best with seven strikeouts. Hill (3-2) struck out a career-high 13 and did not walk a batter. His previous career high in strikeouts was 11. Carlos Santana hit the 250th home run of his career.

Indians 4, Tigers 1

Aaron Civale pitched eight-plus solid innings, Jordan Luplow hit a two-run home run, and visiting Cleveland downed struggling Detroit.

Civale (7-1) gave up one run on six hits and struck out six while holding the Tigers scoreless until the ninth. James Karinchak recorded his sixth save. Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a solo homer. Eddie Rosario added two hits and scored a run.

Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (1-7) gave up two runs on six hits and tied his career high with nine strikeouts in five innings. Jonathan Schoop knocked in the lone run for Detroit, which has lost four straight.

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Joc Pederson smacked two home runs as visiting Chicago erased an early three-run deficit to beat Pittsburgh.

Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single in the fifth provided the winning margin for the Cubs, who have won two games in a row and four of five.

Ben Gamel was 2-for-2 with an RBI single, a double and a walk, and Jacob Stallings added an RBI single for the Pirates, who dropped their fourth straight.

Phillies 2, Marlins 0

Rhys Hoskins slugged a two-run homer off a 99 mph fastball, leading Philadelphia to a win at Miami.

Vince Velasquez (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his best start of the season. He allowed three hits and three walks and struck out five. Sam Coonrod, Jose Alvarado and Hector Neris, with Neris earning his eighth save of the season.

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (2-4) lost despite allowing only two runs on two hits in eight innings. He walked one and fanned four.

Twins 7, Orioles 4

Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles and Jorge Polanco also went deep to lead the Minnesota past Baltimore in Minneapolis.

It was the third straight victory and fifth in the past six games for the Twins. Refsnyder, who made a nice diving catch in center field to end a potential Baltimore rally in the sixth, finished with two RBIs and three runs. Mitch Garver and Alex Kirilloff each added two doubles for the Twins. Baltimore’s DJ Stewart homered for the second straight game.

Jose Berrios (5-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven while improving to 6-0 in seven career starts against Baltimore. Taylor Rogers pitched 1 1/3 innings to notch his third save. Losing pitcher Dean Kremer (0-5) gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out five.

Angels 11, Rangers 5

Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and Jared Walsh homered to help Los Angeles demolish Texas in the opener of a two-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

Ohtani blasted his 15th home run of the season to cap a six-run fourth inning for the Angels, who matched their season-high run total. Angels starter Andrew Heaney (2-3) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked four.

The Angels knocked rookie Hyeon-Jong Yang from the game in the fourth inning. Yang (0-2) gave up seven runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking three. Adolis Garcia slammed his 15th home run of the season for the Rangers.

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 0

Evan Longoria homered and had four RBIs and Brandon Crawford smacked a three-run double to help San Francisco defeat struggling Arizona in Phoenix.

Kevin Gausman (5-0) continued his strong season with nine strikeouts in five shutout innings as San Francisco halted a three-game slide. Gausman gave up five hits and two walks before leaving after 97 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 1.53.

Nick Ahmed and Pavin Smith each had two hits for Arizona, which has dropped nine consecutive games and 12 of 13. Diamondbacks right-hander Corbin Martin (0-2) gave up six runs and five hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out two in his second start of the season.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3

Tom Murphy doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored another and the Seattle bullpen held a lead over the final five innings as the Mariners won at Oakland.

J.P. Crawford collected three hits, including a double, for the Mariners, who recorded a second straight tightly contested win over the American League West leader after holding on for a 4-2 victory in Monday’s series opener.

Jed Lowrie, Elvis Andrus, Matt Olson and Ramon Laureano all doubled for the A’s, who lost their third straight. Andrus had three hits.

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Braves-Mets rained out; no makeup date announced – Reuters

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The game between the host New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was postponed Friday due to inclement weather.

No makeup date was announced. Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters that the teams will look to add a doubleheader to a four-game series July 26-29 as a makeup for Friday.

With rainy weather forecast for the East Coast through the weekend, it might not be the only Braves-Mets game impacted over the weekend.

“We’ve just got to get ready to play a game tomorrow,” Rojas said. “These are very important games. All games are important, but you’re facing your division rivals. You’ve got to prepare. These are the teams you see the most, so it’s a constant battle. For me, it’s 100 percent right now until they tell us we can’t play.”

Friday marks the 10th Mets’ game postponed this season. Seven were due to weather (six full postponements and one early-game weather suspension in a game against the Marlins) and three were due to an opponent, the Washington Nationals, having an early-season spate of positive COVID-19 tests.

The National League East rivals are scheduled to play on national TV for the rest of their series: Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. ET on Fox followed by “Sunday Night Baseball” on ESPN.

Rojas said the Mets plan to start Taijuan Walker on Saturday, but they would require a corresponding move to activate Walker off the 10-day injured list. Walker last pitched May 17 against Atlanta and left after three innings due to left side tightness.

New York would pitch either Jacob deGrom or David Peterson on Sunday, Rojas said.

–Field Level Media

Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:28 PM EDT on Sunday, June 13 – Reuters

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Report: Cam Newton could rejoin Patriots Monday New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton could be available for the beginning of mandatory minicamp on Monday after making a surprise showing at OTAs on Friday, according to ESPN. FOOTBALL-NFL-NEP-NEWTON, Field Level Media

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Le’Veon Bell: ‘I’ll never play for Andy Reid again’ Running back Le’Veon Bell apparently wasn’t much of a fan of coach Andy Reid during his brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. FOOTBALL-NFL-KC-BELL-REID, Field Level Media

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Coverage of Sunday games (all times Eastern) N.Y. Yankees at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m. San Francisco at Washington, 1:05 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 1:10 p.m. Colorado at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Seattle at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:07 p.m. L.A. Angels at Arizona, 4:10 p.m. Texas at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 7:08 p.m.

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Yankees OF Aaron Judge (back spasms) not in lineup vs. Phillies New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the host Philadelphia Phillies due to back spasms. BASEBALL-MLB-NYY-JUDGE, Field Level Media

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Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts back in lineup vs. Blue Jays Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is back in the lineup on Sunday against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. BASEBALL-MLB-BOS-BOGAERTS, Field Level Media

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Indians RHP Triston McKenzie optioned to Triple-A Cleveland Indians right-hander Triston McKenzie was optioned to Triple-A Columbus before Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Mariners. BASEBALL-MLB-CLE-MCKENZIE, Field Level Media

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom on track for next start New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom appears to be on track for his next scheduled start, despite leaving Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres with right flexor tendinitis in his pitching elbow. BASEBALL-MLB-NYM-DEGROM, Field Level Media

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Blue Jays place LHP Steven Matz on COVID IL The Toronto Blue Jays placed left-hander Steven Matz on the COVID-related injured list Sunday and recalled right-hander Jeremy Beasley from Triple-A Buffalo. BASEBALL-MLB-TOR-MATZ, Field Level Media

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Coverage of Sunday playoff games (all times Eastern) G4: Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. G4: Phoenix at Denver, 8 p.m.

Jazz G Donovan Mitchell (ankle) says he’ll be ready for Game 4 Nagging pain in his right ankle won’t stop Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell from suiting up for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers. BASKETBALL-NBA-UTA-MITCHELL, Field Level Media

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Nets security guard barred from games vs. Bucks A Brooklyn Nets security guard who made contact with Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker in Game 3 will be barred from working the rest of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, according to ESPN. BASKETBALL-NBA-BKN-SECURITY-GUARD, Field Level Media

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WOMNE’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Coverage of Sunday games (all times Eastern) Seattle at Connecticut, 2 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Dallas at Las Vegas, 6 p.m. New York at Phoenix, 6 p.m. Lynx to retire numbers of Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus The Minnesota Lynx will retire the jersey numbers of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus during the 2022 WNBA season. BASKETBALL-WNBA-MIN-BRUNSON-AUGUSTUS, Field Level Media

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Coverage of Sunday playoff game (all times Eastern) G1: N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m.

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GOLF

Coverage of Sunday tournaments PGA — Palmetto Championship at Congaree LPGA — Mediheal Championship Champions — American Family Insurance Championship World No. 3 Jon Rahm says he’s cleared to play in U.S. Open Jon Rahm got a bit creative while letting the world know that he is cleared for this week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. GOLF-PGA-RAHM, Field Level Media

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SOCCER USWNT vs. Jamaica at Houston, 10 p.m.

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TENNIS

Coverage of Sunday tournaments ATP — French Open; Stuttgart, Germany WTA — French Open (doubles final); Nottingham, England French officials defend Naomi Osaka treatment As the French Open came to a close on Sunday, French tennis officials defended their treatment of Naomi Osaka. TENNIS-WTA-OSAKA, Field Level Media

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ESPORTS

Coverage of Sunday events CS:GO — Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Summer Dota — WePlay AniMajor (Kyiv, Ukraine) Call of Duty League, Stage 4, Week 3 (L.A. Thieves’ home series) LoL – League Championship Series Summer Split (North America)

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MLB roundup: Jacob deGrom lowers ERA to 0.62 as Mets blank Padres – Reuters

Jacob deGrom added seven more scoreless innings to his resume and Jose Peraza and Francisco Lindor hit solo homers in the fifth inning as the New York Mets scored a 4-0 victory in San Diego on Saturday night to end the Padres’ 12-game home winning streak, a franchise record.

Peraza and Lindor connected off Padres starter Joe Musgrove (4-5) an inning after deGrom struck out Wil Myers and rookie Tucupita Marcano to pitch out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.

deGrom (5-2) gave up three hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts to earn the win. He threw 85 pitches with 60 strikes. He threw 33 pitches over 100 mph, most in the pitch-tracking era. And his earned run average fell from 0.71 to 0.62.

Musgrove had just struck out deGrom to open the fifth and was ahead of Peraza 1-and-2 when the infielder hit a hanging slider into the left field seats to end the scoreless tie. Lindor then hit his fifth homer, pulling a slider into the right field seats.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3

Rookie left-hander Tarik Skubal struck out a career-high 11 batters in five innings, Eric Haase hit home runs in consecutive at-bats off Lucas Giolito and Detroit defeated host Chicago.

Skubal (3-7) allowed one run four hits and won his second straight start six days after pitching six scoreless innings against the New York Yankees. It was the first career double-digit strikeout game for Skubal, who picked up his fourth career victory.

Skubal pitched at least five innings for the sixth straight start since May 7. He has 50 strikeouts with 12 walks in that span. His 11 strikeouts are tied for the most in a game by a Tigers rookie since 1974.

Red Sox 7, Yankees 3

Enrique Hernandez’s two-out RBI double snapped a tie and fueled a four-run eighth-inning rally, leading Boston past host New York.

The Red Sox have won the first two games of the three-game set and six of their last nine. The Yankees have lost three straight and nine of 12. Winning pitcher Garrett Whitlock (1-1) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Matt Barnes got the last out for his 14th save.

Rafael Devers had a two-run single to put the Red Sox on the board in the sixth, and Bobby Dalbec slammed a two-run homer in the eighth. Gleyber Torres homered and had three RBIs for the Yankees. Reliever Chad Green took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Reds 5, Cardinals 2

Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lift visiting Cincinnati to a victory over St. Louis.

Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (5-2) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out eight over seven innings. The Reds have won three in a row and five of their last six games.

The Cardinals have lost four straight games and six of their last seven. St. Louis’ injury woes continued, too, as catcher Yadier Molina sustained a left knee contusion on a foul tip.

Angels 12, Mariners 5

Shohei Ohtani, Max Stassi and Taylor Ward homered and Alex Cobb rebounded from one bad inning to lift Los Angeles over Seattle in Anaheim, Calif.

The Mariners scored five runs off Cobb in the fourth inning, four of them on Jake Fraley’s grand slam. But after the slam, Cobb (4-2) retired the next 11 hitters to get through seven innings. Seattle reliever Drew Steckenrider (2-2) got the loss.

The Angels put the game away with a five-run eighth inning. Seven Angels hitters had two hits apiece in the game, including Ohtani with a home run and double. Five Angels each drove in two runs, and the Angels finished with 15 hits.

Blue Jays 6, Astros 2

Joe Panik hit a three-run homer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added a two-run shot and Toronto defeated visiting Houston at Buffalo, N.Y.

Guerrero had three hits to help Toronto gain a split of the first two contests of the three-game series.

Carlos Correa had three hits for the Astros, who were playing the second game of a nine-game road trip.

Indians 10, Orioles 4

Harold Ramirez had three hits, including one of Cleveland’s three home runs, in a win over host Baltimore.

Yu Chang had a three-run homer and Cesar Hernandez also went deep for the Indians, while Eddie Rosario had three hits. Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (8-2), the American League wins leader, allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Cedric Mullins went 5-for-5 with a pair of solo homers for the Orioles, who had won three straight. Ryan Mountcastle also homered, giving him home runs in four of his past five games. Baltimore starter John Means (4-2) departed in the first inning with left shoulder fatigue.

Phillies 5, Nationals 2

Andrew McCutchen belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning to fuel host Philadelphia over Washington.

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Ranger Suarez (1-0) earned the victory with three shutout innings in relief of Spencer Howard. Suarez did not allow a hit and struck out three after Howard gave up one run and one hit in 2 1/3 innings.

The Phillies’ lineup got a boost with the return of Bryce Harper (wrist) from the injured list, and he helped by going 1-for-3 with an RBI single.

Rays 3, Rangers 0

Tampa Bay starter Rich Hill and four relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, Manuel Margot homered and the Rays beat Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Austin Meadows produced a two-run single, Margot clubbed his fifth long ball and Yandy Diaz, Taylor Walls and Randy Arozarena each had singles for the Rays, who are 18-4 in their past 22 games and evened their weekend series with Texas at 1-1.

Charlie Culberson stroked his first triple, and left-hander Kolby Allard (1-2) allowed two runs and three hits over five innings in his second start for Texas. He struck out six and walked one.

Giants 4, Cubs 3

Kevin Gausman struck out 10 batters over seven innings and Alex Dickerson belted a solo homer as host San Francisco defeated Chicago.

Brandon Crawford had an RBI double among his two hits to help San Francisco win its third straight game, all against the Giants to start the four-game series. Chadwick Tromp and LaMonte Wade Jr. each had an RBI single to propel the Giants to their ninth victory in their last 11 games overall.

Patrick Wisdom launched a two-run homer in the second inning for the Cubs, who won 14 of their previous 17 games before entering this series. Joc Pederson exited the game prior to the Cubs taking the field in the fifth inning with lower back tightness.

Pirates 8, Marlins 7 (12 innings)

Jacob Stallings’ RBI single in the 12th inning gave Pittsburgh a win over visiting Miami.

Against reliever Adam Cimber (1-2), Adam Frazier started at second and moved to third on Ke’Bryan Hayes’ fly to center. Bryan Reynolds was intentionally walked before Stallings singled to center.

It was Stallings’ fifth career walk-off hit and his second game-winning hit of the series.

Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 5

Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning and surging Milwaukee won its third straight, beating Arizona, which extended its club-record road losing streak to 16 games.

Tied at 5, Yelich went to the opposite field over the left-field fence off Joakim Soria (0-2) to put Milwaukee up by one. Narvaez followed with his third hit of the game, a homer into the right field seats for the final scoring margin.

Willy Adames also clubbed a two-run homer for the Brewers, who have homered nine times while winning the first three of this four-game set.

Twins 5, Royals 4

Miguel Sano belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to fuel Minnesota’s victory over host Kansas City.

It was Sano’s second home run in two days. Saturday’s came against Mike Minor (4-3), who allowed five runs on seven hits in seven innings. Jose Berrios (6-2) picked up the win despite surrendering four runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four.

The Royals had Jarrod Dyson on third base with one out in the ninth inning, but Michael A. Taylor lined into a double play. The loss snapped Kansas City’s five-game winning streak.

Braves 6, Dodgers 4

Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson each had a two-run double to spark a five-run rally and help Atlanta beat Clayton Kershaw for the first time ever in a win over visiting Los Angeles.

It was Kershaw’s first loss to the Braves in 12 career starts. Kershaw pitched six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. He passed Atlanta Hall of Famer Tom Glavine and moved to 27th on the career strikeout list with 2,612.

Kershaw (7-5) allowed five runs in back-to-back games for the first time since June 2011, a span of 268 starts. Atlanta starter Charlie Morton (5-2) worked five innings and allowed four runs on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

A’s 6, Rockies 3

Matt Olson and Chad Pinder hit home runs and left-hander Cole Irvin pitched six innings of one-run ball to end a personal losing streak as Oakland made it two consecutive wins over host Colorado.

The homers by Olson, a two-run shot in the first inning, and Pinder, a solo blast in the third, came as part of a five-run, 10-hit Oakland assault on Rockies starter Kyle Freeland (0-1), who worked five innings and left trailing 5-1.

Irvin (4-7) benefited from the early support, throwing all 85 of his pitches with a lead. He allowed six hits and one walk in his six innings, with five strikeouts.

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MLB roundup: Mets beat Padres despite Jacob deGrom getting injured – Reuters

Jacob deGrom threw six scoreless one-hit innings, delivered a two-run single and earned the win but departed with right flexor tendinitis Friday night as the host New York Mets edged the San Diego Padres, 3-2.

But deGrom (6-2) was at just 80 pitches when he headed into the tunnel after a consultation with Mets trainers as the team batted in the bottom of the sixth. Miguel Castro relieved him to start the seventh.

deGrom retired the first 13 batters on 57 pitches before Wil Myers singled through the shift-vacated second base area. Fellow former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell matched deGrom’s zeroes until the fifth, when Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney doubled on back-to-back pitches to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Snell (2-3) then walked Jose Peraza and balked before deGrom laced an opposite-field, two-run single. The run-scoring hit gave deGrom more RBIs (five) than earned runs allowed (four). Edwin Diaz allowed a two-out single in the ninth to Machado before locking down the four-out save, his 11th of the season.

Giants 1, Nationals 0

Anthony DeSclafani tossed his second shutout of the season and visiting San Francisco defeated Washington in the opener of a four-game series as Nationals starter Max Scherzer left early due to injury.

Buster Posey homered for the Giants, who have won nine of 12. DeSclafani (6-2) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight with 103 pitches. He threw a three-hitter against the Colorado Rockies on April 26. It was his third career complete game.

Scherzer left with an injury in the first inning after throwing just 12 pitches. In the final season of a seven-year contract, Scherzer appeared to squat briefly and wince after a pitch to Brandon Belt. After manager Dave Martinez and the Nationals trainer came to the mound, the right-hander threw one warmup pitch before leaving the game.

Cubs 8, Cardinals 5

Joc Pederson drove in three runs to help host Chicago rally back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat St. Louis, knocking a solo home run in the fourth inning to cut into the Cardinals lead and notching a two-run double in the seventh to give the Cubs the lead for good.

Cubs starter Kohl Stewart allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in four-plus innings. Reliever Tommy Nance (1-0) got the win, while Craig Kimbrel earned his 16th save. The Cubs have won four of their last five, while the Cardinals have dropped seven of their last eight.

Cardinals starting pitcher Johan Oviedo allowed four runs on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Genesis Cabrera (1-2) took the loss.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

Alex Verdugo hit a walk-off single high off the Green Monster in left field with no outs in the ninth inning as Boston rallied past visiting Toronto.

Enrique Hernandez reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette to open the inning. Verdugo then hit a 1-2 pitch off Toronto reliever Rafael Dolis (1-2) to drive in pinch runner Danny Santana and give Boston its second walk-off victory of the season.

Bobby Dalbec and Christian Arroyo both hit solo home runs for the Red Sox, who overcame a four-run deficit to win for the seventh time in nine games. Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major-league-leading 19th home run and became the first in the majors to reach 50 RBIs this season.

Indians 7, Mariners 0

Right-hander Aaron Civale allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 to become the American League’s first nine-game winner as host Cleveland blanked Seattle.

Bobby Bradley homered for the Indians and drove in three runs in the opener of a three-game series. Amed Rosario had four hits and scored twice, and Jose Ramirez reached base five times on three hits and two walks. He drove in a run and also scored twice.

Civale (9-2) allowed two baserunners in the first inning but retired the final 22 batters he faced. Seattle right-hander Justin Dunn (1-3), activated from the 10-day injured list earlier in the day after experiencing right shoulder inflammation, allowed runs in each of his three innings as the Indians built an early 5-0 lead.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4 (10 innings)

Yoan Moncada hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and visiting Chicago held on against Detroit as Adam Engel homered for the White Sox and Danny Mendick supplied two hits, scored a run and knocked in another.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito gave up two runs on five hits and struck out nine in six innings. Liam Hendricks (3-1) picked up the win despite blowing his third save of the season by giving up two runs in the ninth.

Mendick started the 10th at second base. After Jose Cisnero (0-4) walked Tim Anderson, Mendick moved to third on a long fly out. Mendick then scored on Moncada’s sacrifice fly. Daz Cameron hit his first career homer, a game-tying two-run blast in the ninth, for Detroit. Isaac Paredes and Nomar Mazara hit solo homers.

Astros 6, Twins 4

Martin Maldonado ripped a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and Jose Altuve homered for the third straight game to help Houston beat Minnesota at Minneapolis.

Yuli Gurriel also homered, Alex Bregman had two RBIs without a hit and Michael Brantley went 4-for-4 with an RBI as the Astros won for the ninth time in the past 12 games.

Right-hander Jose Urquidy gave up three runs — on three solo homers — and four hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one and left with the lead, but wound up with a no-decision. Ryne Stanek (1-1) got the win despite giving up the lead in the eighth, and Ryan Pressly struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Brewers 7, Pirates 4

Christian Yelich hit a two-run double during a five-run seventh inning to help Milwaukee top visiting Pittsburgh.

Jackie Bradley Jr. added an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk for the Brewers, who are 7-1 in their past eight games. Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff (5-2) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings, and Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Ben Gamel, Gregory Polanco and Ke’Bryan Hayes homered for the Pirates, who have lost five straight. Pittsburgh starter Chase De Jong pitched five innings, allowing two runs and four hits.

Rays 4, Orioles 2

Brandon Lowe belted a two-run homer and Ryan Yarbrough tossed six strong innings as Tampa Bay beat visiting Baltimore in St. Petersburg, Fla., despite going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Yarbrough (4-3) allowed two runs, both unearned, on three hits and no walks with six strikeouts. It was his first start since he threw his first career complete game on June 3 in a 9-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Andrew Kittredge and J.P. Feyereisen each pitched a scoreless inning in relief before Pete Fairbanks retired the Orioles in order in the ninth for his second save.

Reds 11, Rockies 5

Five different Cincinnati batters homered in each of the first five innings, and starter Tyler Mahle went six innings as the host Reds routed road-weary Colorado.

Homers from Nick Castellanos, Scott Heineman, Joey Votto, Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson off Rockies starter Kyle Freeland (0-2) marked the first time in Reds franchise history that five different batters went deep in each of the first five innings.

Mahle (6-2) yielded a leadoff single to Raimel Tapia and a two-out walk to Charlie Blackmon to open the game but then retired the next 12 batters in winning his fourth straight start. Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers homered for the Rockies.

Marlins 4, Braves 3

Sandy Alcantara pitched six strong innings and Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a go-ahead two-run single, leading host Miami over Atlanta.

Alcantara (4-5) struck out six and allowed five hits, two walks and two runs while winning his second straight start. Yimi Garcia, the fourth reliever used by the Marlins, stranded two baserunners in a scoreless ninth, earning his 11th save in 14 chances. Miami won for the third time in four games.

For the Braves, who have lost three consecutive games, Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Ronald Acuna Jr. doubled twice, walked and scored twice while also swiping a base. Charlie Morton (5-3) had his personal three-game win streak snapped, losing his first game since May 7.

Dodgers 12, Rangers 1

Max Muncy, Justin Turner and Gavin Lux hit home runs in a six-run first inning and Los Angeles went deep five times on the way to a blowout over visiting Texas.

The Rangers lost their 16th consecutive road game to match a franchise record set by the Washington Senators during their debut season of 1961. Texas last won on the road May 6 at Minnesota.

The news was not all positive for the Dodgers, as Muncy left the game immediately after his home run with right side tightness. He was replaced at first base by Albert Pujols, who added a home run in the fourth inning. Los Angeles’ Cody Bellinger departed in the fifth inning due to left hamstring tightness after hitting an RBI single.

Angels 6, Diamondbacks 5 (10 innings)

Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs over five innings and doubled twice to help Los Angeles earn a 10-inning win over Arizona in Phoenix. Ohtani struck out eight, walked two and yielded five hits. He also drove in a run and scored another.

Kurt Suzuki had three hits, including a home run, was twice hit by a pitch and drove in two runs for the Angels, who have won a season-high four straight games.

Eduardo Escobar sent the game into extra innings with a two-out, two-strike homer in the ninth for the Diamondbacks, who have lost eight straight.

Athletics 4, Royals 3

Elvis Andrus followed a one-out double by Matt Chapman and an intentional walk with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Oakland to beat visiting Kansas City despite blowing a late three-run lead.

Chapman had three hits and scored twice for the A’s, who won for the seventh time in their last nine games. Andrus added two of Oakland’s eight hits. A’s starter Cole Irvin was charged with just one earned run (two total) on six hits in six-plus innings.

Salvador Perez hit two home runs for the Royals, giving him 16 for the season. Perez also singled as part of a 3-for-4 night.

–Field Level Media

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Mets’ Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom too much for D-backs – Reuters

Jacob deGrom pitched six shutout innings and Pete Alonso homered and had a season-high four RBIs in his return as the New York Mets notched a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Phoenix.

The right-handed deGrom (4-2) struck out eight and allowed two hits without issuing a walk. He lowered his ERA to 0.71 and has struck out 82 and given up just 22 hits in 51 innings over eight starts.

Alonso had been sidelined since May 18 due to an injured right hand but wasn’t the least bit hindered when he slammed a two-run blast 442 feet into the stands in left in the seventh to make it 5-0. Billy McKinney also went deep for the Mets.

New York won its fifth straight game with deGrom sailing along and retiring the first 13 batters he faced. Carson Kelly lined a single to center for Arizona’s first hit and Josh Reddick singled later in the inning for the only other safety against deGrom.

Eduardo Escobar hit his 13th homer and Reddick had three hits for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 23 of their past 27 games. Arizona is 0-4 against the Mets this season.

Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (2-6) gave up five runs and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Jose Peraza and Mason Williams led off the Mets’ third inning with singles and Francisco Lindor delivered a two-out single to right to load the bases. Alonso followed and ripped a single to left to score Peraza and Williams.

One inning later, Kelly was on the verge of retiring the side in order when Peraza hit a lazy fly to left center. Arizona left fielder David Peralta called for the ball and center fielder Ketel Marte appeared to call him off and the ball dropped between both for a double.

Williams was walked intentionally and the left-handed-hitting deGrom drilled a run-scoring single to right to make it 3-0.

Villar reached on an infield hit in the seventh before Alonso came up with two outs and smashed his seventh homer of the season to end Kelly’s outing.

Escobar homered in the bottom of the seventh off Trevor May to get Arizona on the board. Reddick had a run-scoring single later in the inning.

McKinney hit his fifth homer to start the eighth off left-hander Ryan Buchter.

–Field Level Media

Jacob deGrom fans nine in return from IL as Mets beat Rockies – Reuters

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Jacob deGrom struck out nine over five strong innings in his return from the injured list Tuesday night for the New York Mets, who received a tie-breaking two-run home run from Tomas Nido in the sixth inning of a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mets, who won for just the fourth time in 11 games. The Rockies’ four-game winning streak was halted.

deGrom, who missed 15 days with a sore right side, allowed one run on three hits and walked none while throwing a dozen of his 63 pitches 100 mph or faster.

Ryan McMahon homered off deGrom with one out in the second and Brendan Rodgers followed with a single before deGrom retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, eight by strikeout.

The one run allowed lifted deGrom’s ERA from 0.68 to 0.80 — still the lowest in the majors.

deGrom, who is batting .471 this season, also singled in the fourth and appeared to have legged out a double, though he was called out on replay because his foot came off the bag.

Miguel Castro (1-1), Trevor May and Edwin Diaz (eighth save) combined for four hitless innings of relief.

The Mets put Castro, who walked one in two innings, in line for the win in the sixth when Dominic Smith singled off Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3) with one out and Nido followed with a homer just beyond the left-center field fence.

James McCann had an RBI ground-out in the first for the Mets. Smith and Jonathan Villar each had two hits.

Kyle Freeland, making his season debut, allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings. Freeland spent the last two months recovering from a left shoulder strain.

Rodgers had two hits for the Rockies, who fell to 3-18 on the road this season.

–Field Level Media

Mets beat Padres despite deGrom suffering injury – Reuters

Jacob deGrom threw six scoreless one-hit innings, delivered a two-run single and earned the win but departed with right flexor tendinitis Friday night as the host New York Mets edged the San Diego Padres, 3-2.

The Mets have won four of five. The Padres have lost five of six.

deGrom was serenaded with “M-V-P” chants from a Citi Field crowd of 26,637 — the team’s largest since the pandemic began — as he continued his historic start to the season by striking out 10 and lowering his ERA to 0.56. The ERA is the lowest ever for a pitcher through his first 10 starts.

The right-hander’s seventh strikeout Friday gave him 100 for the season in just 61 2/3 innings, the fastest any pitcher has ever reached 100 strikeouts in a season.

But deGrom (6-2) was at just 80 pitches when he headed into the tunnel after a consultation with Mets trainers as the team batted in the bottom of the sixth. Miguel Castro relieved him to start the seventh.

The Mets announced the reason for deGrom’s exit in the top of the eighth. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner had a start pushed back in May due to right side tightness before he spent 15 days on the injured list for the ailment later in the month.

deGrom retired the first 13 batters on 57 pitches before Wil Myers singled through the shift-vacated second base area. Fellow former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell matched deGrom’s zeroes until the fifth, when Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney doubled on back-to-back pitches to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Snell then walked Jose Peraza and balked before deGrom laced an opposite-field, two-run single. The run-scoring hit gave deGrom more RBIs (five) than earned runs allowed (four).

The Padres mounted a comeback against Castro, who gave up a one-out double to Fernando Tatis Jr. before Jake Cronenworth hit a two-run homer. Castro walked Manny Machado before Seth Lugo retired both batters he faced.

Aaron Loup allowed a single and got two outs before departing when he took a comebacker off his chest. Edwin Diaz allowed a two-out single in the ninth to Machado before locking down the four-out save, his 11th of the season.

Snell (2-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over four innings.

–Field Level Media

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