Schwarber socks 2 more homers, surging Nats beat Mets, 8-4

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber homered twice, becoming the first player in major league history to hit 15 home runs in a 17-day span, and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 8-4 on Monday night.

Schwarber socked a 1-0 fastball from Jared Eickhoff an estimated 439 feet into the upper deck in right field in the first inning. It was his sixth leadoff homer this season, and Trea Turner followed with a 435-foot bomb to left to make it 2-0.

Schwarber took Eickhoff (0-1) deep again in the fifth inning, his 24th of the year.

The Nationals have won 12 of 15 to return to .500 — their only winning record this year was after their season opener — and move within three games of the first-place Mets in the NL East. Schwarber has powered the team’s surge, setting a franchise record for home runs in any month with his 15 homers in June.

Ryan Zimmerman had a pinch-hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning for the Nationals after New York had cut the lead to 5-4. Gerardo Parra also homered for Washington, his first since rejoining the team on June 20.

Paolo Espino (2-2) threw five scoreless innings in a spot start. Brad Hand retired pinch-hitters Michael Conforto and James McCann in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.

The Mets made it interesting in the late innings. Jeff McNeil singled in New York’s first run in the seventh, and Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer, his 12th of the season, off reliever Justin Miller in the eighth. Billy McKinney followed with a homer to right.

The game was a makeup of a contest that was scheduled for the season-opening series between the teams, which was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Nationals organization.

∫ MORE SCHWARBS: Schwarber’s 11 homers in his last nine games is tied for the most in any nine-game span since 1901. Frank Howard did it in 1968 for the Washington Senators.

His tear began when he was moved to the leadoff spot. Jose Altuve shares the major league lead in leadoff homers, but his six have come in 66 games at the top of the order. Schwarber has batted leadoff 17 times.

Schwarber has five multi-homer games this season, all in June, and three against the Mets. He has 13 in his career.

∫ TRAINER’S ROOM: Nationals: RHP Daniel Hudson (right elbow inflammation) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. Hudson threw from flat ground at Nationals Park on Monday. … Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) also threw from flat gorund.

Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo (detached hand ligament) was expected to join the team today but will remain on his minor-league rehab with Triple-A Syracuse. Nimmo has been out since May 3, and the Mets want Nimmo to get more at-bats. He has not had a setback, manager Luis Rojas said. … RHP Marcus Stroman was placed on the bereavement list Monday. Sean Reid-Foley was called up from Triple-A.

Reds 12, Phillies 4

CINCINNATI — Nick Castellano hit a grand slam in the seventh inning and drove in a career-high seven runs as Cincinnati beat Philadelphia.

Cincinnati trailed 4-2 before Castellanos connected for his sixth career grand slam, driving a 1-1 fastball from Neftali Feliz (0-1) deep to center for his 15th homer.

It was Feliz’s first big league appearance since 2017. He came on after Bailey Falter pitched four innings of one-run ball in relief of Spencer Howard.

Alec Bohm and Ronald Torreyes each drove in two runs for the Phillies.

Heath Hembree (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Indians 13, Tigers 5

CLEVELAND — José Ramírez homered and drove in five runs, Austin Hedges had a two-run shot and Cleveland blasted Detroit.

Ramírez connected for a three-run drive in the fourth inning off rookie Matt Manning (1-2) as the Indians opened a seven-game homestand with season highs in runs and hits (19).

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera connected for his 493rd homer, tying him with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the career list.

Indians rookie Eli Morgan (1-2) held the Tigers in check for five innings to get his first big league win.

Red Sox 6, Royals 5

BOSTON — Hunter Renfroe homered twice, the second a 434-foot solo shot over the Green Monster to break a sixth-inning tie, and Boston rallied for a four-run deficit to beat Kansas City.

Kiké Hernández led off the bottom of the first with a home run for the second straight game, Bobby Dalbec also homered and Renfroe had a two-run shot in the fourth as Boston came back after falling behind 5-1.

The score was 5-5 in the sixth when Renfroe’s second homer, off Josh Staumont (0-2), banged off a billboard above Lansdowne Street.

Hirokazu Sawamura (4-0) got four outs in relief of starter Garrett Richards. Matt Barnes came in for the ninth to earn his 17th save.

Rockies 2, Pirates 0

DENVER — Kyle Freeland pitched five scoreless innings before leaving with an apparent leg injury suffered while running the bases, Elías Díaz homered and Colorado beat Pittsburgh.

Yonathan Daza had an RBI triple and an over-the-shoulder catch of Erik Gonzalez’s deep flyball to the center field warning track.

The Pirates had six hits, all singles. Daniel Bard got the last three outs for his 11th save in 16 chances.

Freeland (1-2) allowed three hits and struck out seven in his seventh start of the season. Tyler Anderson (3-8) went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits.

Cardinals 7,

Diamondbacks 1

ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong homered to cap a six-run burst in the seventh inning and St. Louis beat Arizona.

St. Louis had lost six of seven before beating the team with baseball’s worst record.

Dylan Carlson hit a go-ahead single. Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single, Yadier Molina hit a two-run double with two outs and DeJong followed with a two-run homer.

Giovanny Gallegos (5-1), the fifth of seven Cardinal pitchers, went one inning. Alex Young (2-6) took the loss.

Josh Rojas homered in the fifth for Arizona.

Brewers 14, Cubs 4

MILWAUKEE — Willy Adames and Keston Hiura each hit a three-run homer during a 10-run outburst in the eighth inning that lifted Milwaukee over Chicago.

The Brewers earned their sixth consecutive victory to extend their NL Central lead over the Cubs to four games.

Avisaíl García homered and drove in three runs for the Brewers. Jace Peterson went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Hiura had two hits and four RBIs.

Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom each hit a two-run homer for the Cubs.

Devin Williams (5-1) earned the victory. Ryan Tepera (0-2) took the loss.

Orioles 9, Astros 7

HOUSTON — Austin Hays hit a tiebreaking two-run homer during Baltimore’s five-run ninth inning, helping the Orioles top .

Cedric Mullins opened the ninth with his third single for Baltimore. Hays then connected for his seventh homer against Brandon Bielak (2-3). Pedro Severino added a two-run double and scored on Ramon Urias’ two-out double.

Houston got three back in the bottom half, scoring on RBI singles for Myles Straw and Robel Garcia before Jose Altuve delivered a sacrifice fly. But Adam Plutko got Michael Brantley to fly out to left, earning his first save.

Rookie Ryan Mountcastle homered and drove in three runs for Baltimore. Paul Fry (2-2) surrendered three runs in 1 1/3 innings, but got the win.

By Paul Wager