MLB Saturday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Scherzer's bat helps Nats edge Braves in extras (2024)

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Plus an ALDS rematch continues in Houston and everything you need to know about Saturday's MLB action

By Mike Axisa

& R.J. Anderson

4 min read

Saturday brings a full 15-game slate of baseball, though rain threatens several East Coast games. Here is everything you need to know about Saturday's MLB action.

Saturday's scores

  • Brewers 5, White Sox0 (box score)
  • Royals5, Athletics 4 (box score)
  • Cardinals3, Pirates 2 (box score)
  • Yankees8, Orioles5 (box score)
  • Twins7, Indians 1 (box score)
  • Tigers7, Blue Jays 4 (box score)
  • Nationals 5, Braves3 in 14 (box score)
  • Red Sox 5, Astros4 (box score)
  • Cubs 7, Mets1 in 14 (box score)
  • Dodgers 12, Rockies4 (box score)
  • Padres 8, Reds 2 (box score)
  • Rangers 3,Angels2 in 10 (box score)
  • Giants2, Phillies 0 (box score)
  • Diamondbacks6, Marlins 2 (box score)
  • Mariners3, Rays 1 (box score)

Nationals take marathon game from Braves

By late May/early June standards, the Braves and Nationals are playing an important four-game series at SunTrust Park this weekend. The two teams went into the series separated by a half-game atop the NL East, and, after back-to-back wins, the Braves held a 1 1/2-game division lead entering Saturday. As the subhead suggests, that lead was sliced into.

The Nationals outlasted the Braves, winning in 14 innings behind an unlikely contributor. Ace Max Scherzer pinch-hit in the 14th, knocking a single and later scoring the go-ahead run. Scherzer did not pitch -- the Nationals turned things over to Sean Doolittle to close the door in a quick and tidy manner.

Doolittle wasn't alone in quality pitching performances for the Nationals. Gio Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the fifth, and finished with nine strikeouts in seven innings. From there, the Nats bullpen threw seven scoreless innings, with three of those coming at the hands of Justin Miller. Miller, by the way, struck out five and didn't allow a baserunner in what was his fourth appearance with the club.

ALDS rematch continues as Red Sox win

Two months into the 2018 season, it is becoming increasingly clear the three best teams in baseball reside in the American League. Two of them, the Red Sox and Astros, are playing a four-game series in Minute Maid Park this weekend. (The third team, the Yankees, has been squeezing in a few innings around rain delays in Baltimore.)

The BoSox and 'Stros met in the ALDS last year -- Houston won that series in four games, I'm sure you remember -- and, through Friday, the Astros led the rematch, 2-0. That changed Saturday, with the Red Sox nailing down a 5-4 win.

The pitching matchup featured a pair of old teammates, as Justin Verlander faced David Price. Verlander had the better outing (six innings, two runs, six strikeouts, two walks) but Price held his own (six innings, three runs, seven strikeouts, one walk) and the Boston offense was able to touch up the Houston bullpen. The damage was done by Christian Vazquez and Andrew Benintendi, who each homered in the seventh off Will Harris to make it 5-3.

Houston would answer back with a run in the eighth, but that represented the final run of the night. The Red Sox will try to earn a series split on Sunday.

Mets drop another

Things keep getting worse for the Mets. On Friday, the Mets fell below .500 for the first time. On Saturday, the Mets fell two games below .500, pushing their losing streak to three in a row.

Making matters more frustrating for the Mets? This loss came in 14 innings against the Cubs, and followed yet another brilliant outing from Jacob deGrom. For those wondering, deGrom struck out 13 batters over seven one-run innings. Alas, he didn't factor into the decision, as the Mets lineup was able to plate only run off Cubs starter Mike Montgomery.

In the end, the Mets couldn't win a battle of attrition. Buddy Baumann and Gerson Bautista combined to give up five hits, two walks, zero strikeouts, and six runs. Just like that, the game was out of reach and the Mets had been dealt another L.

Quick hits

  • The Orioles have explored signing 1B Hanley Ramirez, reports The Athletic. Baltimore is already loaded with first basem*n, however, so there doesn't appear to be a natural fit. Chris Davis, Trey Mancini, and Mark Trumbo are all on the roster.
  • The Red Sox placed 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day DL with left knee inflammation. He had offseason surgery on the knee and returned to the lineup just a few days ago. The Red Sox have not announced a timetable for Pedroia's return.
  • Giants ace LHP Madison Bumgarner will be activated off the disabled list to start Tuesday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Bumgarner has not pitched this season after a comebacker broke his pinky in spring training.
  • Giants 1B Brandon Belt had an appendectomy late Friday night. It is unclear how long he will be sidelined. Belt leads the team in home runs and most offensive categories.
  • Brewers 1B Eric Thames took batting practice Saturday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He's been sidelined since April with a torn ligament in his thumb. Thames could begin playing in minor league games next week.
  • The Indians signed LHP Oliver Perez, the team announced. He opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday. LHP Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
  • Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey suffered a torn ligament in his thumb, reports Sportsnet. He'll have the thumb immobilized at least three weeks and is unlikely to return until the second half of the season.
  • The Royals claimed UTIL Rosell Herrera off waivers from the Reds, the team announced. The former Rockies farmhand went 2- for-13 with Cincinnati in his first taste of the big leagues earlier this year.

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