Angels slug 3 solo home runs and beat the MLB-leading Braves 4-1

Los Angeles Angels catcher Chad Wallach (35) celebrates in the dugout Monday after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Luis Rengifo, Randal Grichuk and Chad Wallach hit solo homers off Charlie Morton, Chase Silseth won his second straight start and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the major league-leading Atlanta Braves with a 4-1 victory on Monday night.

Matt Olson’s NL-best 36th homer and major league-leading 89th RBI made it 2-1 in the fifth, helping the Braves join the 2019 Minnesota Twins as the only teams with 200 long balls before August. Atlanta began the game with 31 more homers than the Los Angeles Dodgers, the No. 2 team.


Los Angeles two-way star Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 3 and was robbed of a three-run homer by center fielder Michael Harris II in the ninth.

Silseth (3-1) started in place of Griffin Channing, who was scratched with what Channing described as “general soreness. Making his third major league start, Silseth gave up three hits and one run in five innings as the Angels won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Morton (10-9) lost his third straight start, allowing six hits and three runs in six innings.

Phillies 4, Marlins 2

MIAMI (AP) — Taijuan Walker became the first 12-game winner in the major leagues, throwing 6 2/3 solid innings in Philadelphia’s win over Miami.

Walker (12-4) allowed two runs and six hits while striking out four to win his eighth decision.

Alec Bohm doubled, singled and had two walks and an RBI for the Phillies (57-49), who moved a half game ahead of the Marlins for the third NL wild-card spot.

Miami’s Luis Arraez had three singles and increased his major league-leading batting average to .381. Jorge Soler ended a 12-game homerless drought with a two-run shot for the Marlins. Tanner Scott (4-4) took the loss.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO (AP) — Austin Hays made a lunging, game-saving catch of Whit Merrifield’s liner in the ninth inning, and AL-best Baltimore remained unbeaten at Toronto this season.

Orioles closer Félix Bautista walked two with one out in the ninth before Merrifield lined a 99 mph fastball to left-center. Left fielder Hays sprinted toward the ball, left his feet and grabbed it just before he hit the turf. Bautista then struck out Santiago Espinal to complete the five-out save, his 29th in 34 opportunities.

Gunnar Henderson homered for Baltimore, which swept a three-game series at third-place Toronto in May. Ryan Mountcastle doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Orioles maintained their 1 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Kyle Gibson (10-6) allowed one run and four hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time in four starts.

Toronto’s Chris Bassitt (10-6) took his first loss since June 13 at Baltimore, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Rays 5, Yankees 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Glasnow pitched seven strong innings and Tampa Bay hit four early homers off spot starter Jhony Brito to beat New York.

Brandon Lowe launched a two-run drive in the first and Wander Franco added a solo shot in the third before Isaac Paredes and Josh Lowe went back-to-back in the fourth.

Glasnow (5-3) allowed three hits and struck out eight for Tampa Bay, which is behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East and leading the wild-card standings. Robert Stephenson and Pete Fairbanks finished the three-hitter.

Brito (4-5) was called up from the minors earlier in the day to start in place of Domingo Germán, who was scratched because of discomfort in his armpit that prevented him from playing catch Sunday. Germán entered out of the bullpen in the fifth and worked five scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Jake Bauers homered in the second for the last-place Yankees (55-51).

Nationals 5, Brewers 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joey Meneses homered and drove in three runs, and Washington handed Milwaukee its fourth straight loss.

Lane Thomas had a pair of RBI singles for Washington, which has won seven of 11 overall and eight of its last nine at home.

Joey Wiemer homered for the Brewers, who are chasing first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Jordan Weems (2-0) recorded the final out of the seventh and earned the win. Kyle Finnegan picked up his 15th save.

Washington went ahead in the seventh with three runs against Elvis Peguero (2-4).

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