AL West tightens...Phils add ‘Bats’ lose game...Interleague win extends Braves division lead
HOUSTON (AP) — The race in the American League West remains a tight one. Nick Martini hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated Houston 4-3 Tuesday night, snapping the Astros’ six-game winning streak and moving the A’s within 1 ½ games of division-leading Houston.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has added a new “Bats,” picking up veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets Tuesday. But that couldn’t make up for a base-running gaffe, as the Phillies chase Atlanta in the National League East. Vince Velasquez, a pinch-running pitcher, was called out for leaving second base early while tagging up, resulting in a game-ending double play that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over the Phils.
ATLANTA (AP) — A pinch-runner helped the Braves extend their NL East lead to 4 ½ game over the Phillies Tuesday night. Adam Duvall scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base in Atlanta’s four-run eighth inning, and the Braves beat Tampa Bay 9-5. That snapped the Rays’ eight-game winning streak.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill homered, rookie Jack Flaherty pitched seven innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night. It was Mike Shildt’s first game since being promoted to full-time manager. Earlier in the day, St. Louis took off the interim tag on Shildt, who was put in charge after Mike Matheny was fired last month. The Cards are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central and currently hold the top wild card.
NEW YORK (AP) — Among those winning first round match at the U.S. Open Tuesday were Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and young American Frances Tiafoe. One the women’s side, Madison Keys, Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) and Eugenie Bouchard (boo-SHARD’) advanced, while CoCo Vandeweghe (KOH’-koh VAN’-duh-way) double-faulted 12 times on her way to an early exit.