MILWAUKEE – The Washington Nationals were about out of pitchers, and first baseman Adam LaRoche was told he would take the mound next in an emergency situation.
Ryan Zimmerman made sure LaRoche didn’t have to pitch by hitting a two-run home run in the 16th inning to lift the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Washington manager Matt Williams told LaRoche to get ready to pitch the bottom of the 16th had the game remained tied.
“I’d rather not see that and go home any day of the week, but I’m sure Rochey is mad at me for hitting the home run,” Zimmerman said. “I guess I’ll have to see it maybe another time.”
Zimmerman hit a 2-0 pitch off Mike Fiers (0-1) over the wall in left field for the Nationals’ fourth consecutive win.
“I’ve had a rough past two weeks or so, but I kept grinding it out,” said Zimmerman, who was in an 8-for-53 slump coming into the game. “I got myself into a good count and put a good swing on the pitch.”
Cubs 7, Reds 3
In Chicago, Jake Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings.
Phillies 7, Marlins 4
In Philadelphia, Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer, and David Buchanan threw five effective innings.
Padres 7, Giants 2
In San Francisco, Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits and San Diego handed the stumbling Giants their 12th loss in 15 games.
Rockies 10, Cardinals 5
In Denver, Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs as Colorado snapped a seven-game skid.
Dodgers 2, Royals 0
In Kansas City, Clayton Kershaw followed his first career no-hitter with eight marvelous innings and Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier drove in a run apiece.
Pirates 6, Rays 5
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs.
Mets 10, Athletics 1
In New York, slumping outfielder Chris Young homered twice, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a three-run shot.
D-Backs 9, Indians 8 (14)
In Phoenix, Aaron Hill singled in Gerardo Parra from third in the 14th inning to give the Diamondbacks a victory in a game that matched the longest in Chase Field history.
Braves 3, Astros 2
In Houston, brothers B.J. and Justin Upton tied the major league record for brothers homering in the same game as teammates, accomplishing the feat for the fourth time, to lead Atlanta.
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6
In Toronto, Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of misplays by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte committed a throwing error.
Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
White Sox 4, Orioles 2
In Baltimore, Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings, Gordon Beckham homered and Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak.
Tigers 8, Rangers 2
In Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler homered in the first at-bat of his return to Texas as an opponent and J.D. Martinez had a tiebreaking two-run shot.
Mariners 8, Red Sox 2
In Seattle, Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth as the Mariners won their fifth straight.
Angels 8, Twins 6
In Anaheim, Mike Trout hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the second and the Angels held on for the win.