MLB wrap: Yankees, Nationals split unconventional doubleheader

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Giancarlo Stanton (Getty Images)

The Yankees and Nationals didn’t have any games scheduled for Monday, but ended up finishing two.

Finishing a suspended game from May 15, and making up a game from May 16, the two teams split their make-shift doubleheader Monday, with the Nationals winning the first game 5-3, and the Yankees avenging the loss with a 4-2 victory.

With the loss, the Nationals have now dropped six of their last seven games, and superstar Bryce Harper is batting just .211 after another hitless game.

Giancarlo Stanton powered the Yankees to victory in the second game, collecting four hits with two RBIs. Aaron Hicks also went 2 for 5 with two runs scored, a home run (9) and two RBIs.

Sonny Gray improved to 5-4 by allowing just two runs in five innings with seven strikeouts, as he continues to rebound from a dreadful start.

The Yankees are now tied with the Red Sox atop the American East standings.

Stud of the Night:

Pirates starter Trevor Williams improved to 6-4 after tossing seven shutout shutout innings to lead Pittsburgh to a 1-0 win over the Brewers. Williams allowed just one run and struck out seven batters in the gem.

Dud of the Night:

Rays closer Sergio Romo blew his fourth save of the season to let the Astros escape with a 5-4 win. Romo allowed two runs off two hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Tampa Bay’s bullpen has struggled since trading Alex Colome to the Mariners.

Highlight:

It appears Paul Goldschmidt is done hustling everyone this season:

Goldschmidt has raised his average from .209 to .267 since the start of June.

What’s Next:

Cardinals at Phillies — Two playoff hopefuls face off with Luke Weaver (3-6, 4.52 ERA) taking the bump for St. Louis, and Vince Velasquez (5-7, 4.74 ERA) starting for Philadelphia. The Phillies have been solid at home, but a small dip in form during June has them third in the NL East. The Cardinals are battling in the tough NL Central. They are starting to get healthy at the right time. The Phillies won on a walk-off Monday.