Juan Soto’s epic home run headlined the Washington Nationals’ barrage against the New York Mets as the MLB World Series champions won 16-4.
Soto produced a two-run shot in the third inning in Washington’s dominant display away to the Mets at Citi Field in New York on Monday.
Asdrubal Cabrera led the Nationals with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs against his former team in the Big Apple.
Per STATS, Cabrera is the first player to go four-for-four with four extra base hits against a former team since the Dodgers’ Johnny Cooney did so against the Boston Bees in 1937.
The game also marked the first time in franchise history that three players all recorded at least three hits, three RBIs and a home after Trea Turner produced three hits, three RBIs and a home run.
The Philadelphia Phillies put on a show with five home runs as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 13-8.
A grand slam from Didi Gregorius and Bryce Harper’s three-run shot set the tone for the red-hot Phillies in Philadelphia, while Roman Quinn, Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto also homered.
It came as Aaron Nola almost celebrated a complete game, allowing one run, two hits and 10 strikeouts through eight innings before two relievers gave up seven runs in the ninth.
Jones with an inside-the-park homer
JaCoby Jones inspired the Detroit Tigers to their fourth consecutive victory, a 5-1 win against the Chicago White Sox. Jones hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning. Tiger team-mate Niko Goodrum homered and tallied four hits.
The Minnesota Twins were 4-2 winners over the Milwaukee Brewers to snap a four-game skid. Eddie Rosario helped stop the rot, clubbing a grand slam in the third inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit in Milwaukee.
Mike Trout’s two home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth, lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-9 triumph and snapped the Oakland Athletics’ nine-game winning streak.
Gibson struggles against Mariners
Kyle Gibson conceded a three-run shot in the fifth inning as the Texas Rangers were swept aside 10-2 by the Texas Rangers. Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in 4.3 innings.
Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner struggled in the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. The trio were one for four with a strikeout each, while the Dodgers were one for eight with runners in scoring positions.
Soto with a monster homer
Soto’s home run off Mets starter Steven Matz travelled 463 feet – the longest homer of the Nationals star’s career. Only Giancarlo Stanton (468 feet in 2017), Kyle Schwarber (467 in 2017 and Freddie Freeman (464 in 2015) have hit longer home runs at Citi Field since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
Washington Nationals 16-4 New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies 13-8 Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers 5-1 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 6-4 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 2-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels 10-9 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 10-2 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 12-8 Colorado Rockies
Minnesota Twins 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Boston Red Sox
Marlins at Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays (5-8) will stage their first game at temporary home Sahlen Field in Buffalo on Tuesday when they host the Miami Marlins (7-3). Bottom of the AL East, the Blue Jays will send Ryu Hyun-jin to the mound, while the Marlins will counter with Elieser Hernandez.
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