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Valdez has MLB-record 25th quality start, Astros down Athletics Wright wins 19th, Riley and Rosario homer, Braves beat Nats

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HOUSTON – Close collaboration with Framber ValdesHouston Catcher Martin Maldonado enjoyed a front-row seat for a journey that turned the left-hander into one of baseball’s top pitchers in his fifth season.

“He has a lot of calm, a lot of confidence and a lot of maturity,” Maldonado said. “He knows what he can do well. Listen more and be proud of your work, less emotional on the mound. So I saw a lot of things that affect (his height).”

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Valdez set a major league record with his 25th straight start. Jordan Alvarez and Maldonado had four RBIs each in the Astros’ 11-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

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Alvarez, who is second in the AL with 37 homers, drove three runs with a double in Houston’s third inning with five runs. He scored an RBI double in the sixth.

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Alvarez extended his hitting streak to nine games of the season. He had nine hits, four homers and nine RBIs in the series, helping Houston win three of four.

Valdez (16-5) missed two tries and four hits in six innings Jacob de Grom (24 in 2018) for the most consecutive single-season high-quality start in MLB history. Valdez, who threw his first shutout in his latest start, is 15-4 during his streak, which began April 25.

“It’s one of those things that just shows up on your resume and having a record like that means a lot to me,” he said through a translator.

Valdes’ career-high 16 wins rank second in the AL behind a teammate. Justin Verlander (17) and his 2.57 ERA is sixth.

Manager Dusty Baker is delighted with the stability Valdez has brought to the team this season.

“It’s a wonderful series,” Baker said. “There were some great pitchers he surpassed to break that record and I’m just glad he did it and we won the game.”

Maldonado set a career high by scoring four goals for the first time since 2015, and the first time he has scored four goals in his 12-year career. He singled three times before slapping a three-way homer to the left with two strikeouts in the seventh.

Oakland Rookie Ken Valdichuk (0-2) was marked for five runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings in his fifth career start.

Dermis Garcia scored a double with two runs in the sixth, but the Athletics could not do better offensively as they lost for the fourth time in six games.

“This team has been competing all year,” said manager Mark Kotsey. “We’re fighting. We’ve shown it. Right now we’re playing some good baseball teams that will be in the playoffs. … It’s a test and we’re going to keep working.”


Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain. INF Jordan Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place on the roster. Diaz made his major league debut and got his first hit on a one-loss single in seventh place.


Athletics: JP Sears (2-2, 5.13 ERA) starts Tuesday night for Oakland at the start of a three-game streak against Seattle.

Astros: Luis Garcia (12-8, 4.04 ERA) vs. Tampa Bay Drew Rasmussen (10-5, 2.77) at the start of a three-game streak on Monday night.

ATLANTA – Kyle Wright didn’t quite feel sluggish, just not quite in his game.

Despite this, his performance, which Wright said was just “normal”, was good enough to bring him closer to 20 wins.

“The more times I can get on the field and play for as long as I can, however long it takes, and hopefully that gives us a chance to win, that’s what I’m most proud of,” he said. “When I take the mound, I have a lot more confidence.”

Wright won his 19th major league game, Austin Riley as well as Eddie Rosario Homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Monday night.

The defending World Series champions won their ninth straight home game and improved their record to 92-55. Atlanta remained one game behind the top-seeded Mets in the NL East after New York beat Milwaukee 7-2 to advance to the playoffs.

Wright (19-5) won a sixth consecutive decision, allowing two runs and eight hits in one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings. The Braves improved to 22-6 in Wright’s starts this season, including seven straight wins. Wright hit 64 of 88 shots for strikes.

“He was sharper, but you do something right when you win so many games and keep your club there and it’s not going to be just flawless or smooth all the time,” manager Brian Snitker said. . “And probably most of the time not. And the fact that you can maneuver and do things when you’re not doing your best is what winners do.”

Riley hit his 37th homer, the second best in the NL and eighth against the Nationals in 14 games this year. He went deep for the first time Corey Abbott, his 368-foot shot barely hit the wall in left field. Rosario disabled Steve Chishek to make it 5-2 in the seventh, his fifth homer travels 392 feet to the right.

Washington, in last place, dropped to 51–96 and lost for the seventh time in nine games.

“They have the opportunity to play and they show me some of the things I want to see and they are doing well,” manager Dave Martinez said. “We are looking for players, right? Come to spring training and these guys will be able to prove themselves well.

Wright is 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts this year against the Nationals. The No. 5 pick in the 2017 draft waived a single in the first, second, and fourth, but kept the runner out of the scoring position until Ildemaro Vargas doubled to start fifth.

Vargas pushed forward CJ Abrams‘ single and scored on Victor Robles“Sacrificial fly”. Wright betrayed his lonely walk before Alex Call doubled to beat Abrams to cut the lead to 4-2. Wright gave up singles for Joey Menezes and Vargas in the sixth but struck out Riley Adams to end the threat.

Jesse Chavez hit a low in the seventh, Raizel Iglesias faced four batters in the eighth – his 18th consecutive no-point game – and Kenley Jansen made a perfect ninth for his 35th 42-odd save leading the NL.

In the fourth, the Braves scored three points. Riley walked and moved forward with a double step. Matt Olson which ended with a 0-of-22 stretch and then scored Travis d’Arnosingle. Michael Harris It was followed by the RBI single. He stole second place, moved up to third due to an Adams shooting error and scored on William Contreras“Sacrificial fly”.

Olson started the game with four hits in the last 66 at-bats dated August 28.

“Personally, it wasn’t the easiest path for me, but it’s a crazy game and you just stay in the loop,” he said. “We won a few games and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. I’m trying to point you in the right direction. Nice baby step.

Atlanta beat the opposition 39–12 during their home winning streak. The Braves last won nine straight games in a modern-era record 13-game home win streak in 2019. At 51–25 at home, the Braves are second in the NL in home win percentage.

Facing Atlanta for the first time, Abbott (0-3) has allowed four runs and six hits in four innings, his ERA up 51 points to 5.70 in seven starts this season.

Meneses went 4 out of 4 with each of his hit singles.

This season, the Braves improved their record to 11–3 against Washington.


Nationals: Martinez told DH Nelson Cruz (eye inflammation) feels better after taking the eye drops, but may need a couple more days before he returns to the lineup. … PD Mackenzie Gore (inflammation of the left shoulder) will throw the bullpen on Tuesday. If all goes well, he will start rehab at Triple-A Rochester. … FROM Cabert Ruiz (testicular bruise) and RHP Horses are falling (right shoulder inflammation) are traveling with the team but do not expect to return this season. … Right side Victor Arano (strained right shoulder) played ball.


Wright is in contention to become the first Braves pitcher to lead the NL in wins since Russ Ortiz had 21 wins in 2003. The last Atlanta pitcher to lead in wins was Tom Glavin in 2000. Hall of Famer won 21 times that year.


Brave RHP Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.17 ERA) will face LHP Patrick Corbin (6-18, 6.11) as the teams play the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday.


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