NEW YORK – Didi Gregorius was pleased after ending a long power outage with a pair of home runs. Bryce Harper felt relieved after escaping serious injury when twice hit by a pitch.
CC Sabathia was just surprised, not realizing why the crowd gave him a prolonged ovation in the fourth inning of a superb outing.
Playing a team with a winning record for the first time this month, the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Tuesday night for their 10th win in 12 games.
In a matchup of division leaders, Harper gave the Nationals a scare when he fell to the ground in pain after getting hit on the right elbow by a 90 mph (145 kph) pitch from Sabathia in the fifth inning. The 2015 NL MVP remained in the game but then came out after he was hit on the left foot by Dellin Betances’ 89 mph (143) slider leading off the eighth.
“I feel fine. Elbow feels OK, and the big toe just hurts a little bit,” Harper said. “I already got an X-ray on the toe. I’m fine.”
Gregorius has had a “That’s Life” season, following the song’s lyrics of “You’re riding high in April, shot down in May.”
He hit .327 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs through the season’s first full month, slumped to a .151 average with one homer and five RBIs in May and began the night with no homers and one RBI in June.
“It’s just getting to know myself through that slump,” he said. “I’m still not out of it.”
He drove a hanging curveball from Tanner Roark (3-7) into the Yankees bullpen in right-center during a two-run second that also included Austin Romine’s sacrifice fly. It was just the second home run for Gregorius since April 27.
He sent a fastball into the right-field second deck leading off the sixth for his fourth multihomer game, third this season. Gregorius has hit 11 of his 13 long balls in homer-friendly Yankee Stadium. New York leads the major leagues with 105.
“When Didi’s at his best,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone explained, “he’s into the ground — his feet really drive into the ground.”
A big league-best 43-19, New York was coming off a 7-2 trip. Sabathia (4-1) allowed four hits over 5⅔ innings in his first outing against Washington since 2009 and lowered his ERA to 3.27. He is 11-0 in 17 regular-season starts following a Yankees loss since the start of the 2017 season.
Fans applauded at length in the fourth when the video board informed fans the strikeout of Michael A. Taylor was Sabathia’s 1,500th since joining the Yankees for the 2009 season. The 37-year-old left-hander’s three strikeouts raised his career total to 2,893.
“I didn’t know what was going on, and Ro told me turn around,” Sabathia said, referring to Romine.
Reds 5, Royals 1 (10)
In Kansas City, Joey Votto hit a bases-loaded triple in the 10th inning after Billy Hamilton slipped out of a rundown.
Twins 6, Tigers 4
In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon during a loss to the Twins. The injury will sideline the slugger for the rest of the season.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 4
In Baltimore, home runs by Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi helped Eduardo Rodriguez win his fifth straight start, and Boston extended the Orioles’ losing streak to six games.
White Sox 5, Indians 1
In Chicago, Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez homered to lead off the White Sox’s three-run first, and James Shields won for the first time since opening day.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 1
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilson Ramos homered, and six Rays relievers combined for a five-hitter.
Astros 6, Athletics 3
In Oakland, Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Carlos Correa returned from a four-game absence and homered on the first pitch he saw, and Houston earned its sixth straight win.
Mariners 6, Angels 3
In Seattle, Mitch Haniger and Ryon Healy each homered twice as the first-place Mariners shook off two homers by Mike Trout for the second consecutive night.
Phillies 5, Rockies 4
In Philadelphia, Aaron Nola struck out 10 in another dominant performance and Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer.
Braves 8, Mets 2
In Atlanta, Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam and Freddie Freeman homered during the Braves’ six-run sixth inning.
Marlins 3, Giants 1
In Miami, Trevor Richards pitched six effective innings for his first major league win, helping the Marlins top the Giants.
Padres 4, Cardinals 2
In St. Louis, Eric Hosmer homered for San Diego, and the Padres carried a perfect game into the sixth inning of their 10th win in 14 games.
Dodgers 12, Rangers 5
In Los Angeles, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig homered off Bartolo Colon, sending the Dodgers to the victory.
Brewers 4, Cubs 0
In Milwaukee, Chase Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and the Brewers moved back into first in the NL Central.
Diamondbacks 13, Pirates 8
In Phoenix, Jon Jay got his first three hits for the Diamondbacks, including a three-run homer, and Arizona won its fifth game in a row.