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Phils lose for 1st time, Robinson forces in game-ending run

April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Robertson forced home the game-ending run with a ninth-inning walk to Jake Noll, a rookie without a hit in his two previous major league at-bats, and the Nationals beat the previously unbeaten Phillies 9-8 Wednesday as Washington’s fans again booed Bryce Harper.

Noll was sent to the minors after the game to make room for utilityman Howie Kendrick to come off the injured list Thursday.

Robertson (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Anthony Rendon, then walked three batters in a row.

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle (2-0) worked the ninth.

Philadelphia fell to 4-1 — it had been the last team in the majors without a loss. Making his second appearance against his former team since signing a $330 million, 13-year deal with the Phillies, Harper hit a pair of singles and was walked three times, twice intentionally.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado hit his first home run for San Diego, a two-run drive in the seventh off former Padres farmhand Matt Andriese. Machado is hitting .240 with three RBIs in his first seven games after signing a $300 million, 10-year contract.

Joey Lucchesi (2-0) extended his scoreless innings streak to 10 1/3 innings to start the season as the Padres avoided a three-game sweep. Lucchesi allowed four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one.

Backup catcher Francisco Mejia had a go-ahead pinch-hit double in the fifth off Robbie Ray (0-1).


CINCINNATI (AP) — Freddy Peralta (1-0) threw two-hit ball for a career-high eight innings, and Manny Pina singled home a run for Milwaukee’s only hit off Luis Castillo (0-1). The defending NL champions completed a three-game sweep and improved to 6-1.

Alex Wilson gave up a walk and a single in the ninth while getting his first save.

Reds starting outfielders Jesse Winker, Matt Kemp and Scott Schebler fell to a combined 1 for 42 this season.


NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Boyd (1-1) junk-balled his way to a career-high 13 strikeouts and Gordon Beckham hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth off Chad Green (0-1), his first homer since Aug. 28, 2016

The Yankees struck out 18 times, a team record for a nine-inning game, and dropped to 2-4 — against Baltimore and the Tigers, who combined for 213 losses. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki strained his left calf and will become New York’s major league-high 11th player on the injured list.

Boyd walked three and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shane Greene got his fourth save with a perfect ninth, completing a five-hitter.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Iannetta homered off Chad Roe (0-1) in the 11th inning, and Colorado stopped a four-game losing streak. Iannetta had the Rockies’ first hit since Raimel Tapia’s leadoff single in the fifth and second run in 41 innings.

Wade Davis (1-0) got four outs to complete a six-hitter.

Tampa Bay, which entered with a five-game winning streak, gave up one run or none for a team-record fifth straight game. The Rays have yielded 11 runs in seven games.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Abreu drove in three runs, Leury Garcia had four hits, and Yoan Mocada hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Corey Kluber (0-2), who had won nine straight decisions over Chicago since July 24, 2015, allowed six runs — four earned — eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t get his second loss in 2018 until his eighth start.

Carlos Rodon (1-1) gave up an unearned run and two hits over six innings.

Hanley Ramirez connected for a two-run homer in the ninth. He has both of Cleveland’s homers this season.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single in the ninth off Wily Peralta (0-1),

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 25 games, tied with George Brett and Mike Sweeney for third longest by a Royals player. Alex Gordon homered and drove in four runs.

Trevor May (1-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Blake Parker earned his second save in as many days.


TORONTO (AP) — Randal Grichuk took over from traded Kevin Pillar in center and hit a pair of solo home runs, a day after agreeing to a $52 million, five-year contract.

Matt Shoemaker (2-0) allowed two hits in seven shutout innings to help prevent a three-game sweep, and Ken Giles got two outs for his second save in as many chances.

Right-hander Nate Karns (0-1) opened for Baltimore. He allowed an unearned run and three hits in two innings.


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