The stumbling Washington Nationals are now hurting themselves. Right-hander Drew Storen broke his right thumb slamming the lock box in his locker in frustration Wednesday after giving up the go-ahead homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning, helping the NL East-leading New York Mets complete a three-game sweep. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday the former closer would likely miss the rest of the season.
Sometimes, when Lance Lynn makes mistakes, hitters still pop them up. Skip Schumaker popped Lynn's Saturday mistake into the right field seats. Schumaker hit a three-run homer, rookie Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds won their second game of the day, beating the struggling St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Saturday.
Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley was suspended Saturday for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Stanley, 26, spent most of this season at Triple-A Memphis, but was promoted to St. Louis when major league rosters expanded on Sept. 1. Major League Baseball said Stanley tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, and the suspension is effective immediately.
This was one really bad bounce for the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Duvall's drive to right for Cincinnati in the eighth inning bounced off the top of the wall and went over for a tiebreaking two-run homer, sending the Cardinals to a 4-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday in the completion of a game suspended Friday by rain. Eugenio Suarez singled with one out before Duvall connected on a 1-0 pitch from former Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton (2-5).
At the moment, the Los Angeles Angels have their sights set on overtaking two teams in the race for the AL's second wild card berth. On Friday night, the Angels parlayed a fielding error by Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel into three unearned runs in the second inning and went on to beat Houston 3-2, putting them within 4 1-2 games of first place. ''It's obviously an important series, and the only way we get these guys where we need them is to beat them,'' winning pitcher Jered Weaver said.
Mark Teixeira will miss the rest of the season after tests revealed the New York Yankees first baseman has a broken right leg. ''Actually, not surprised,'' Teixeira said. The Yankees have a comfortable lead in the wild card race.
Colby Lewis simply jogged to his spot for defensive positioning after giving up the hit that ended his bid for a perfect game in the eighth inning. ''I don't know, like I guess on any given night, but I don't look at myself like having no-hitter or perfect game stuff,'' said Lewis (15-8), who beat his previous career high in wins from 2011, the last of two straight seasons that the Rangers went to the World Series. The fans gave him a standing ovation after Danny Valencia's leadoff double down the left-field line in the eighth.