Doug Fister gave up only two runs in six innings, earning the win as the Nationals beat the Marlins 7-2 on Wednesday.
Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI double in the second inning and Adeiny Hechavarria added an RBI single in the fourth to account for the damage. Fister, overall, allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. He's only had a couple of solid starts since coming off of the disabled list and owns a 4.39 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and a 42/18 K/BB ratio over 80 innings. Fister matches up at home with the Diamondbacks next.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.
TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday.
Tom Koehler left with a loss on Wednesday after yielding five runs in six innings versus the Nationals.
The Nationals scored twice in the fourth inning when Ian Desmond hit an RBI triple and later came home on a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Bryce Harper slugged a three-run home run. Koehler, overall, gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four. He's mostly been reliable this season, sporting a 3.38 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, and an 82/40 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. The right-hander hosts the Mets in his next outing.
Michael Taylor had a sacrifice fly and a solo home run in a 1-for-3 effort as the Nationals beat the Marlins on Wednesday.
Taylor's sacrifice fly broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning. His eighth-inning solo home run made it a 7-2 game. The outfielder has gone yard three times in his last four games, running his season total up to nine with 41 RBI and a meager .242/.286/.381 triple-slash line.
Bryce Harper hit two home runs and knocked in four runs in a 3-for-4 effort, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins on Wednesday.
Harper drilled a three-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth for good measure. That ends a nine-game homerless streak and allows Harper to retake the National League lead in home runs with 29. He carries a superb .335/.463/.690 batting line with 68 RBI.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams as part of the Cole Hamels trade.
Grant also notes that both sides will be receiving other players in the deal as well, and the Rangers will be receiving cash. Expect the deal to be finalized and announced on Thursday.
J.J. Hardy hit a solo home run in a 1-for-3 effort as the Orioles shut the Braves out 2-0 on Wednesday.
Hardy's homer provided some insurance, pushing the Orioles' lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning against Michael Foltynewicz. The shortstop has yet to gather momentum at the plate, hitting .240/.271/.354 with seven home runs and 29 RBI on the year.
Jonathan Schoop went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run as the Orioles narrowly defeated the Braves on Wednesday.
Schoop's homer, in the third inning off of Michael Foltynewicz, turned out to be the deciding factor as it broke a scoreless tie in the Orioles' shutout. The second baseman has gone yard seven times in 27 games this season while knocking in 15 and batting .268/.310/.561.