Pedro Alvarez delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Pirates eke out a win against the Padres on Monday.
In a 1-1 game, Alvarez stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth against Brandon Maurer. He hit a single to right-center to plate the winning run, finishing 1-for-4. Alvarez has been solid this season, hitting almost exclusively against right-handed pitching. He owns a .242/.313/.450 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 37 RBI.
Aroldis Chapman kept the Nationals off the board in the ninth inning to earn his 17th save as the Reds held on for a 3-2 victory on Monday.
Chapman allowed a one-out walk to Michael Taylor, who advanced to second base on a passed ball, but was able to retire Jose Lobaton on strikes and Mat den Dekker on a ground ball to end the game. Chapman, officially a 2015 NL All-Star, is 17-for-18 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA and a 62/20 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Yunel Escobar had to exit Monday's game versus the Reds with left hamstring tightness.
Escobar didn't seem to injure the hamstring on one particular play, but he was spotted stretching multiple times as the ailment appeared to creep up on him. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss.
Anthony DeSclafani got a no-decision after yielding two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the Reds pulled out a late victory on Monday against the Nationals.
DeSclafani allowed five hits and walked four while striking out six. Despite allowing only two runs, it registers among his poorer outings on the season. He owns a 3.65 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 74/41 K/BB ratio over 101 innings. DeSclafani will take on the Marlins in a road start next.
Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with back spasms.
Span is probably looking forward to the All-Star break in order to have some rest, as he's dealt with the back issue off and on for a month now. Consider him day-to-day.
Doug Fister limited the Reds to two runs (one earned) over six innings, but took a no-decision as the Nationals ended up losing on Monday.
Fister allowed his first run on an RBI double to the opposing pitcher. It may as well have been an earned run as it was set up by Fister's throwing error. His second run scored on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single in the sixth inning. Overall, Fister gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll bring a 4.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 31/14 K/BB ratio over 64 innings into a start in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.
Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
An X-ray on Mark Buehrle's ankle came back negative.
Buehrle was hit in the ankle by a comebacker in Monday's loss to the White Sox. He gutted it out for an eight-inning complete game, but it swelled up on him later. He'll surely be sore for a couple days but should be fine for his start this weekend versus the Royals.