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Jacob deGrom is lights out again as Mets blank Phillies

The Mets followed starting pitcher Jacob deGrom to a 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Saturday.John Minchillo/Associated Press

Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six dominant innings and Edwin Díaz earned his 200th career save, helping the host New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 ,on Saturday night.

Pete Alonso hit an early RBI single as the NL East leaders improved to 31-9 following a loss and 10-4 in the season series with Philadelphia. Alonso leads the National Leagu with 97 RBIs.

Díaz issued two walks in the ninth, and Philadelphia had runners on second and third when Nick Castellanos struck out swinging for the final out. It was Díaz’s 27th save of the season.

DeGrom (2-0) allowed two hits and walked none in his third start after spending the first part of the season on the injured list.

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The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner opened the game by striking out Bryson Stott looking on a 101.1-mile-per-hour fastball and then allowed a soft single to Rhys Hoskins. After Alec Bohm grounded into a force play, deGrom fanned J.T. Realmuto on three straight sliders.

It was deGrom’s second double-digit strikeout game since returning and his 55th in the regular season overall. He improved to 9-1 in 20 career starts against the Phillies.

Rays leapfrog Orioles

All-Star Shane McClanahan stopped a two-start losing streak, working six solid innings as the host Rays moved back in front of the Orioles in the AL wild-card race with an 8-2 victory.

The benches and bullpens briefly emptied after Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the eighth. Fairbanks was unhappy earlier in the at-bat when Chirinos was granted a late timeout, and he said something to the Orioles catcher when leaving the mound. Chirinos spun around and headed toward the pitcher.

“There was a late time call, I took offense,” Fairbanks said. “Apparently I misunderstood who had called time, where it came from . . . apparently it was the umpire, not Chirinos. Guys know I can be a little fiery, so I think that might of caused some things today.”

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“He said somethings to me. I said some things to him,” Fairbanks added. “I thought it was a fairly normal exchange of talking. I didn’t think that they were going to empty that fast. I did not think that what was said back and forth between us warranted everybody sprinting out there, but I’m not the one who took offense in the dugout.”

Chirinos said the timeout call was not his fault because it was granted.

“I guess he thought it was my fault,” Chirinos said. “And then we lost that game, so doesn’t matter. I don’t care about that guy.”

McClanahan (11-5) gave up two runs, seven hits, and three walks, and had five strikeouts to help the Rays improve to 8-12 since the All-Star break.

Wainwright’s effort wasted by Cardinals

Hunter Renfroe tripled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, as the host Cardinals wasted a magnificent start by Adam Wainwright, falling 3-2 to the Brewers.

Wainwright, 40, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ended up finishing nine, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in his 109-pitch outing. Wainwright worked nine innings for the second time this season without winning either game. He went the distance in a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on July 8.

Wainwright and Yadier Molina made their 319th start as batterymates, the second most in the majors since 1901 and five shy of tying the Tigers duo of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324 starts from 1963-75).

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Milwaukee moved within a half-game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, ending the Cardinals’ nine-game home winning streak.

The Cardinals took the lead in the seventh inning on Nolan Gorman’s line-drive double to left-center against Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes. Paul Goldschmidt, who led off the inning with a single, scored from first as the ball eluded center fielder Tyrone Taylor.

But Wainwright allowed Luis Urías, one-out, first-pitch homer to center in the eighth, and Devin Williams (4-2) retired the side in order in the ninth.

In the 10th, Renfroe led off with a triple to right against Giovanny Gallegos (2-5), scoring automatic runner Andrew McCutchen. He later scored on Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly.

Matt Bush allowed Dylan Carlson’s sacrifice fly in the 10th but struck out the next two batters for his third save.

Burnes, last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. He worked seven scoreless innings in each of his previous starts against the Cardinals this season.

McCutchen broke up Wainwright’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the seventh. The Brewers finished with four hits.

Betts, Dodgers run win streak to 12

Max Muncy had a homer and four RBIs, Mookie Betts hit his team-leading 26th home run of the season, and the visiting Dodgers extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 13-3 win over the Royals.

Betts led off the game with a homer as part of a five-run first inning.

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Muncy went 4 for 5, including his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning.

The Dodgers’ 12-game win streak is the third longest in the majors this season. It is the first time since 1976 that Los Angeles has run off a dozen straight.

A season-high six Dodgers homered, including Joey Gallo, Cody Bellinger, Will Smith, and Gavin Lux. Smith hit a two-run homer in the second and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games.

Braves sweep away Marlins

Ronald Acuña homered on the first pitch of the game, Matt Olson hit his 24th homer, and the Braves beat the host Marlins, 6-2, to sweep their doubleheader.

Rookie Vaughn Grissom also went deep for the surging Braves, who won their fifth straight after losing four of five to the NL East-leading Mets.

In the first game, Chadwick Thompson doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 win.

The Marlins played their first nine-inning doubleheader at loanDepot Park since they moved to the retractable roof stadium in 2012. During the pandemic shortened 2020 season, the Marlins had three home doubleheaders, but those were reduced to seven-inning games.

Acuña’s shot over the wall in center was his 26th career leadoff homer. He also has 10 career blasts on the first pitch, four against Miami.

Braves starter Ian Anderson, who was optioned to Triple A Gwinnett Aug. 7 only to return temporarily as the 27th man for the doubleheader, scattered two runs in six innings. Anderson (10-6) gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out four.

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Although he reached double-digit victories in a season for the first time in his career, Anderson has struggled with command, prompting the demotion to the minors.

The Marlins have lost 12 of 13 at home and scored 23 runs total through their first 12 games in August.

Blue Jays stop Guardians’ streak

Teoscar Hernández hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Matt Chapman also connected, and the Blue Jays beat Cleveland, 2-1, Saturday in Toronto, halting the Guardians’ season-high winning streak at six.

Hernández and Chapman both connected off Guardians starter Triston McKenzie, who has lost three of his past four decisions. McKenzie (8-9) allowed two runs and five hits in 6⅔ innings.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a double in the first as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak. He has the longest active hitting streak in the majors.

Cleveland, the AL Central leaders, lost for the third time in 10 games.

Chapman matched Guerrero for the Blue Jays team lead in home runs with his drive to left.

Hernández put Toronto in front with a leadoff homer in the seventh, his 17th.

Anthony Bass (3-3) pitched one inning for the win as five Toronto relievers combined to pitch five shutout innings in relief of Mitch White.

Melvin: Tatis remorseful

San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin reached out to suspended All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in a phone call and said the player “feels remorseful.”

Melvin did not reveal anything else about what he termed a “private conversation” with Tatis, the dynamic fan favorite whose 80-game ban for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid, Clostebol, was announced by Major League Baseball on Friday.

The first-year Padres skipper said he did not feel the need to discuss the Tatis suspension with other players again before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park.

Asked by a reporter whether he would want Tatis to speak to his teammates about what happened, Melvin replied: “I don’t know where and when that would potentially happen, so I’m not sure at this point.”

Some other Padres players were critical in their comments after Friday’s game, including pitcher Mike Clevinger, who talked about being “disappointed” in Tatis and hoping the shortstop realizes “it’s about more than just him right now.”

A talented hitter and fielder, Tatis led the National League with 42 home runs last season, pairing with third baseman Manny Machado to give the Padres a feared middle of the order. But Tatis had not played at all in 2022 because he broke his left wrist in the offseason — in what is believed to have been a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

Skubal out for season

The Tigers moved ace lefthander Tarik Skubal (left arm fatigue) to the 60-day injury list prior to the game to make room for Norris. Hinch said Skubal’s visit with a specialist next week will focus on his elbow . . . Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (right elbow) is nearing a return after going on the injured list retroactive to Aug. 5. He was scheduled to hit on the field and test his arm with some light throwing, interim manager John Schneider said.