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It’s also the longest current run

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin Gomber learned plenty about pressure during a 15-game stint in the St. Louis Cardinals‘ bullpen earlier this season.The left-hander used that experience to his advantage on Wednesday night.Gomber tossed six shutout innings in his fourth start of the year http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-hicks-jersey , Marcell Ozuna homered and the Cardinals won their season-high eighth straight game, 4-2 over the Washington Nationals.The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.Gomber gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four. He wriggled out of a pair of jams while nursing a 1-0 lead.“I think being in the bullpen kind of helped me in these situations,” Gomber said. “Even when the bases get loaded, I never feel any panic. It’s just something that you’ve got to become more comfortable with.”Gomber ended his 99-pitch outing by striking out three successive batters after giving up a leadoff double to Bryce Harper in the sixth.“This guy gets after it,” St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s not going to back down from anyone.”Gomber (3-0) struck out Michael A. Taylor looking with the bases loaded to end the fourth. He retired Anthony Rendon on a flyball with runners on first and third in the fifth.Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.“When you’re in a playoff race, we’ve got to score first, we’ve got to score early,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We can’t squander the opportunities that we get and we’ve been doing that.”Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30, covering 62 plate appearances.Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by Shildt on July 15.Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities,St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It’s the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.Carpenter does not expect to miss any time.“The pain and swelling started to go down a bit Aaron Judge Jersey ,” Carpenter said. “I definitely dodged a bullet there.”Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after he fell on his wrist on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.Hellickson realizes the Nationals’ chances of making the postseason are dwindling.“We’re going to need a lot of help, that’s for sure,” Hellickson said. “We’ve made it pretty tough on ourselves here.”Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Harper in the fourth. Bader scampered home on a wild pitch in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.“We’ve known all year that we’re capable of playing this type of baseball,” Bader said. “It’s nice to see it come out in between the white lines. Everything’s rolling together and we’re just going to try and preserve it the best we can.”The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in neck) threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return from the disabled list early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the DL on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.UP NEXTRHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decisions. Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, “Who are these guys?”With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young Gleyber Torres Jersey , struggling team.The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.“There’s a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most,” Trumbo said. “The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job.”Entering the series, Trumbo hadn’t gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.“Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone,” Hutchison said. “When you do things like that, those are the results that you’re going to have.”Both of Trumbo’s homers came with two strikes.“I’ve been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits,” he said. “I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it.”The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.“(Trumbo) almost didn’t play today,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “His knee’s been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run.”Another difference was Baltimore’s beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings Tyler Austin Jersey , which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo’s single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly, Andrus’ groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Davis didn’t play for a second straight game. Showalter said, “He’s banged up a little bit. We’re going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday.” … Showalter said it’s likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. … INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn’t played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.UP AND DOWN AGAINTo make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.JUST KEEP HITTINGAndrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It’s also the longest current run in the majors.UP NEXTOrioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.
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