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Sluggers ignite Nationals in rout

AP, Kyodo

The Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way.

Juan Soto hit two of Washington’s seven home runs, finishing with four hits and five RBIs, and the Nationals routed the Philadelphia Phillies 17-7 on Friday night.

Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Nationals, who set a season high for homers. Washington hadn’t homered while losing its last three, getting outscored 16-3 in those defeats.

Rendon added two doubles and three RBIs, and Harper also contributed three hits and three RBIs. With his drive, Harper became the first NL batter to reach 20 homers.

“We needed that,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Bats came alive and they came alive big.”

Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Carlos Santana homered for Philadelphia. Kingery was a triple shy of the cycle.

The teams combined for 28 hits, including 16 for extra bases.

Yankees 8, Red Sox 1

In New York, CC Sabathia shut down the high-scoring Red Sox, Greg Bird hit two home runs and Aaron Judge connected off a college teammate as the Yankees bopped the Red Sox to retake the top record in the majors.

Not since the famed Bucky Dent playoff game in 1978 had New York and Boston met so late in a season when they owned the two best marks in baseball. Homers decided this matchup, too, with Miguel Andujar also going deep for the Yankees.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1

In Phoenix, reliever Yoshihisa Hirano pitched his 25th consecutive scoreless outing to break the team record, but Arizona fell to San Francisco.

The right-hander took the mound with one out in the seventh, after Austin Slater doubled in a run to give the Giants a 2-1 lead at Chase Field. Hirano closed the inning by retiring the two batters he faced.

Hirano is now two games shy of tying compatriot Koji Uehara for the longest streak by a Japanese pitcher in the majors.

Rays 3, Astros 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilmer Font and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and Tampa Bay snapped Houston’s 11-game road winning streak.

Angels 7, Orioles 1

In Baltimore, Mike Trout celebrated his return to center field with a solo home run and an impressive catch, and Los Angeles whipped the Orioles.

Cubs 10, Twins 6

In Chicago, Addison Russell hit his second career grand slam and Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had two-run homers for the Cubs.

Brewers 8, Reds 2

In Cincinnati, Keon Broxton homered twice and drove in four runs, while Chase Anderson pitched two-hit ball for six innings.

Blue Jays 3, Tigers 2

In Toronto, Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to get his first win this season.

Marlins 8, Mets 2

In Miami, Sandy Alcantara allowed just one run over five innings to win his first career start, helping the Marlins beat New York.

Rangers 11, White Sox 3

In Arlington, Texas, Choo Shin-soo reached base for the 41st straight game and hit one of five Texas home runs in the first three innings.

Braves 5, Cardinals 1

In St. Louis, Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings and Johan Camargo had a two-run double among his three hits to help Atlanta top the hosts.

Athletics 3, Indians 1

In Oakland, Paul Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh and the Athletics beat Cleveland for their fifth straight win.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1

In Los Angeles, Tyler Anderson tossed eight shutout innings and Pat Valaika, Nolan Arenado and Chris Iannetta homered as Colorado prevailed against the Dodgers.

Mariners 4, Royals 1

In Seattle, Marco Gonzales pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino went deep for the hosts.

Pirates 6, Padres 3

In San Diego, Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings against his hometown team and Jody Mercer homered to lead Pittsburgh over the sloppy Padres.