Justin Turner hit a home run and rookie Tony Gonsolin pitched five strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on for a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon over the visiting New York Yankees.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on consecutive singles by Gleyber Torrez and Brett Gardner, as well as a fielder’s choice grounder by Gio Urshela when the Dodgers were late on the throw to second while trying to get Gardner.
Jansen then struck out Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez to earn his 27th save. It was kind of like a redemption outing after he squandered his two previous save opportunities, including one Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It doesn’t matter what you did the day before,” Turner told reporters after the game. “You gotta show up the next day at 0-0.
In his fourth career start, Gonsolin gave up one run on two hits over five innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Turner’s two-run home run in the third inning scored Gonsolin, who had singled.
Aaron Judge hit a home run in the fourth inning for the Yankees, his second in two games of the series between the teams with the best records in the major leagues. It was the Yankees’ 58th home run in August, tying the record for homers by a club in a single month. New York has six more August games to set the mark.
Veteran Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia gave up two runs on five hits over four innings with one walk and seven strikeouts in his second start since returning from the injured list with knee inflammation.
Gonsolin helped tame a Yankees offense that erupted for 10 runs and five homers in Friday’s series-opening victory. As the Dodgers continue to look for pitching help in advance of the playoffs, Gonsolin made a case for himself to be included on the postseason roster. Judge’s 15th homer of the season was his only blemish.
Dodgers relievers Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez and Jansen shut down the Yankees the rest of the way. Baez struck out the side in the eighth and Jansen did the same in the ninth. The Yankees lost for the fifth time in their past six games and are 1-4 on their nine-game West Coast road trip that started with a stop at Oakland and concludes at the Seattle Mariners next week.
Gomes helps Nationals pull away for win over Cubs
Yan Gomes went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals pulled away for a 7-2 win over the host Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Adam Eaton drove in one run apiece for the Nationals, who will go for the series sweep Sunday. Washington has won four games in a row, six of seven and 11 of 13.
Nicholas Castellanos and Jonathan Lucroy each drove in a run for Chicago. Javier Baez finished 2-for-4 with a double for the Cubs, who dropped their second straight game after winning the previous five in a row.
Nationals right-hander Wander Suero (4-7) picked up the victory with two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. Suero replaced starter Joe Ross, who allowed two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out three.
Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana (11-8) drew the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Washington grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Rendon’s sacrifice fly to deep left field. The fly ball scored Trea Turner and increased Rendon’s career-high RBI total to 102.
In the third, Washington added four more runs against Quintana to extend its lead to 5-0.
The Nationals loaded the bases with nobody out for Soto, who drove in the first run of the inning on a groundout. Kendrick came through in the next at-bat with an RBI single, and Gomes contributed a two-run single three batters later.
The Cubs trimmed the deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the third when Castellanos singled to drive in Victor Caratini.
Castellanos has 14 RBIs in 22 games since joining Chicago just before the trade deadline.
Lucroy pulled Chicago within 5-2 in the fifth with a pinch-hit, ground-rule double. Lucroy’s extra-base hit scored Castellanos, who singled to right-centre field and advanced to second base on a walk by Kris BrYant.
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