MLB News Today: Rays Secure Victory; Phillies Triumph Over Nationals

mlb news today: Rays Secure Victory; Phillies Triumph Over Nationals

Rays Secure Victory with Three Runs in the Eighth Against Cardinals

MLB News Today — In the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game, Yandy Díaz, Brandon Lowe, and Randy Arozarena each delivered RBI singles, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The eighth inning commenced with Josh Lowe hitting a triple against Miles Mikolas (6-8). Andre Pallante took over and managed to retire pinch-hitter Harold Ramírez on a ground ball before Díaz’s single to center field advanced the score to 2-1. This marked the first of four consecutive base hits, with Lowe and Arozarena following suit to drive in additional runs.

Díaz displayed an impressive 4-for-4 performance, elevating his batting average from .315 to .322. The Rays improved their record to 7-3 in their last ten games. In the seventh inning, Isaac Paredes countered with his 22nd homer of the season, leveling the score at 1-1.

Tampa Bay’s center fielder, Jose Siri, made a vital contribution by making a leaping catch at the wall to preserve the tie. This catch came in the eighth inning against Nolan Gorman’s two-out hit off Jason Adam (3-2) with a runner on first base.

Tampa Bay Rays' Yandy Diaz celebrates with first base coach Christ Prieto (31)
Tampa Bay Rays’ Yandy Diaz celebrates with first base coach Christ Prieto (31) after his single off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas during the sixth inning of a baseball game. Tuesday 8, 2023 in St, Petersburg Fla. (AP Photo/ Chris O’Meara)

Pete Fairbanks, the third pitcher for the Rays, conceded a solo home run to Willson Contreras in the ninth inning but ultimately secured his 15th save, closing out the game with a five-hitter.

Despite a strong effort, Rays starter Zach Eflin fell short of becoming the AL’s first 13-game winner and the third in the majors. Over seven innings, he allowed one run and four hits while striking out eight. Eflin displayed precision with 71 of his 99 pitches finding the strike zone.

Before the game, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash expressed doubts about All-Star left-hander Shane McClanahan’s return this season due to a left arm injury. Surgery, including Tommy John surgery, remains an option.

Mikolas returned to the mound after serving a five-game suspension from MLB for intentionally throwing at the Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ on July 27. He yielded two runs and eight hits across seven-plus innings.

St. Louis, however, suffered their twelfth loss in their last seventeen games.

Nolan Arenado gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with his 24th homer in the second inning. He also flew out twice against Eflin on deep balls that reached the warning track.

Arenado joined Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies with 31 interleague RBIs this season, the second-highest in the league. Only Houston’s Alex Bregman holds more interleague runs batted in, with 32.

In terms of injuries, Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill was a late scratch due to left knee tightness, categorizing him as day-to-day. Reliever Ryan Helsley (right elbow strain) and RHP Jake Woodford (right shoulder strain) were slated to participate in Double-A Springfield games on Wednesday. Rays’ RHP Tyler Glasnow (back spasms) received an injection, potentially paving the way for a weekend start against Cleveland.

Kyle Schwarber Hits Two Home Runs as Phillies Triumph Over Nationals in Opening Doubleheader Game

Kyle Schwarber’s impressive performance propelled the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-4 victory over the Washington Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Schwarber delivered two home runs and drove in a total of five runs, showcasing his prowess on the field.

Joining Schwarber’s home run spree, Jake Cave contributed with a home run, a single, and two RBIs, while Alec Bohm also went deep for the Phillies, securing their third consecutive win. The Phillies’ success was further enhanced by Johan Rojas, who chipped in with two hits and two runs.

Zack Wheeler, the Phillies’ starting pitcher, demonstrated his skill over six innings. He conceded seven hits and three runs while striking out six and issuing no walks, ultimately earning the win with a 9-5 record.

On the Nationals’ side, Lane Thomas ignited hope with a two-run home run, and Keibert Ruiz showcased his abilities with a homer, two singles, and two RBIs. Dominic Smith’s three hits added to the Nationals’ offensive efforts, despite their four-game winning streak being halted. CJ Abrams also contributed with two hits.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber reacts after hitting a three-run home run against Washington
Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber reacts after hitting a three-run home run against Washington Nationals pitcher Trevor Williams during the fourth inning of the first baseball game in a doubleheader, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

The Nationals took an initial lead of 1-0 in the second inning when Ruiz launched a solo home run to the right field.

Thomas extended the Nationals’ advantage to 3-0 in the third, driving a two-run homer to the left. This marked Thomas’ 20th home run of the season.

In the bottom of the third, the Phillies rallied back, narrowing the gap to 3-2. Schwarber unleashed a two-run homer to the right, followed by Bohm’s solo shot that tied the game.

The fourth inning witnessed Schwarber’s prowess once again, as he powered a three-run homer, propelling the Phillies ahead 6-3. Schwarber’s consistent performance led to him achieving 30 homers for the third consecutive season.

Cave sealed the victory with a two-run home run to the center in the sixth, extending the Phillies’ lead to 8-3.

The Nationals continued to fight, with Thomas hitting a line drive down the third base line in the seventh. However, Bohm’s agile response included a diving catch, thwarting what could have been a probable double.

Washington managed to close the gap in the eighth inning when Ruiz’s RBI single to the right brought them within 8-4. The game’s intensity persisted in the ninth inning, with Alex Call launching a deep fly ball. Rojas, stationed in center field, executed an impressive catch against the fence, highlighting his exceptional skills.

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