For all the exciting young talent on the Atlanta Braves, a pair of veterans did all the heavy lifting in Sunday's 2-1 win over the New York Mets in MLB.
Josh Donaldson hit a pair of solo home runs, and 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, to pick up the victory.
The 33-year-old Donaldson, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Braves, now has 32 home runs this year, and 24 homers since June 11, tied with Mike Trout (24) for most in the majors in that span.
The Braves (80-52) have now won eight straight. Yet they cannot shake the Washington Nationals, who defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-5 in 11 innings to win their fifth straight and 12th out of 14. Howie Kendrick scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Tyler Chatwood, and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single for insurance, one of his four hits for the day.
The Nats (73-57) remain six games behind the Braves.
Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn hit a pair of solo home runs, the second providing the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Kansas City beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8.
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman went four for four and scored three runs in a 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Matt Carpenter had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs in the St Louis Cardinals' 11-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Los Angeles Angels reliever Taylor Cole gave up seven earned runs in one inning in an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros.
Buster Posey struck out four times and stranded six runners in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Angels third baseman David Fletcher made an incredible catch.
When you see it ... pic.twitter.com/7jFSpwaSPr— MLB (@MLB) August 25, 2019
Nolan Arenado turns hits into outs more routinely than arguably anyone.
"This is gonna be a tough chance for Nolan." LOL pic.twitter.com/DIVTYhnGKN— MLB (@MLB) August 25, 2019
Baltimore Orioles 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 9-8 Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins 3-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves 2-1 New York Mets
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox 2-0 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 11-2 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 7-4 Detroit Tigers
St Louis Cardinals 11-4 Colorado Rockies
Washington Nationals 7-5 Chicago Cubs
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 3-1 Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners 3-1 Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees 5-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Cardinals at Brewers
These two playoff contenders just met in a three-game series early last week in St Louis. The Cards took two of three, moving them into first place in the National League (NL) Central. Third-placed Milwaukee trail the Cards by 4.5 games, and the second-placed Cubs by two games. The Brewers will go with lefty Gio Gonzalez, who gave up only one earned run and struck out six against the Cardinals last Tuesday. Adam Wainwright will look to rebound from a tough outing against the Brewers on August 21, when he gave up five earned runs in five innings.
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