Reds 5, Nationals 2: A day after they learned they”ll miss outfielder Jayson Werth indefinitely because of a broken wrist, the Nationals lost starter Stephen Strasburg at least temporarily. Strasburg left after only 16 pitches because of a stiff neck and the Reds took advantage of Strasburg”s quick exit for just their second win in 12 games.
Strasburg said as he sat in the dugout between innings, the left side of his neck tightened up. “It”s pretty stiff,” Strasburg said. “I felt fine in the first inning. Once I sat down before the second, it kind of tightened up a little bit. It was hard for me to turn my head to the left.” It”s unclear whether he”ll have to miss his next scheduled start.
Rangers 7, Red Sox 4: Josh Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week back with Texas. Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright. The homers came on pitches measured at 74 and 66 mph.
Rockies 4, Phillies 1: Chad Bettis took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and Troy Tulowitzki hit two solo homers in his first two at-bats of the game after hitting just two in his first 154 at-bats of the season.
Padres 6, Pirates 2: Derek Norris hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, snapping Pittsburgh”s season-high seven-game winning streak and capping a crazy ninth that saw the Pirates get two straight force plays at home while fielding a five-man infield.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0: John Lackey worked seven scoreless innings, and St. Louis got its fifth straight victory. The Dodgers have been shut out four straight times on the road, starting with a three-game sweep at San Francisco last week
Angels 2, Tigers 0: Albert Pujols had his 530th career homer among three hits, and Hector Santiago pitched three-hit ball into the eighth.
— ASSOCIATED PRESS