Bartolo Colon pitched a nine-hitter and made a nifty behind-the-back toss on a grounder as the New York Mets hit three homers in a 7-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Colon (13-11) struck out two and walked none while throwing 100 pitches and extending his scoreless innings streak to 25. The 42-year-old right-hander became the oldest Mets pitcher to throw a shutout. He topped Miguel Batista, who threw one at 40 in 2011.
It was Colon’s 36th career complete game and 13th career shutout. He last accomplished both feats during the 2013 season. It was also the 12th shutout for Mets pitchers this season.
Brad Hand (4-5) gave up all seven runs and six hits in 1-2/3 innings to fall to 0-5 in his career against the Mets.
BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 1
In Toronto, David Price earned his 100th career victory and Jose Bautista hit his 32nd home run of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays bounced back from a 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Toronto have not dropped two in a row since Aug. 14-15 against the Yankees.
Price (14-5) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA since joining Toronto in a July 30 trade with Detroit, and 100-56 overall in eight seasons.
RAYS 3, YANKEES 2
In New York, Didi Gregorius lined out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and whipped his bat toward the dugout, a telling sign of frustration for the Yankees during a costly loss.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single and Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single as Tampa Bay handed Nathan Eovaldi (14-3) his first loss since mid-June, snapping the right-hander’s nine-game winning streak.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left the game with a bruised right forearm, three innings after he was hit by a pitch.
New York, which leads the AL wild-card race, fell one-and-a-half games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-1.
Xavier Cedeno (4-1) struck out four in 1-2/3 hitless innings, and Brad Boxberger got three quick outs for his AL-high 34th save in 39 chances.
BREWERS 8, REDS 6
BREWERS 7, REDS 3
In Cincinnati, Ohio, rookie Shane Peterson hit his first career home run, Elian Herrera added his second homer of the day and Ariel Pena got the win in his major league debut as Milwaukee completed a sweep of their day-night doubleheader against Cincinnati.
Peterson led off the sixth inning with a 366-foot drive into the right field seats for his second RBI of the game, helping the Brewers extend their winning streak to six games with their first doubleheader sweep since taking two from the Cubs on July 30, 2013, in Chicago.
Milwaukee won the opener of the day-night doubleheader 8-6.
Herrera broke the second game open in the ninth with his seventh homer of the season, a three-run shot.
Pena (1-0) allowed two runs over three innings in relief of Wily Peralta after a one-hour, 33-minute thunderstorm delay.
Keyvius Sampson (2-3) gave up three runs in three innings.
In the first game, Herrera hit a tiebreaking home run on reliever J.J. Hoover’s first pitch of the eighth inning.
Will Smith pitched the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 34th save despite allowing one-out singles by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, who finished with four hits.
In other results, it was:
‧ Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 0
‧ Red Sox 9, Phillies 2
‧ Cardinals 4, Pirates 1
‧ Tigers 6, Indians 0
‧ Twins 3, Astros 2
‧ Nationals 8, Braves 2
‧ White Sox 6, Royals 1
‧ Giants 7, Rockies 3
‧ Dodgers 2, Padres 0
‧ Rangers 2, Angels 1
‧ Mariners 8, Athletics 3
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