Taijuan Walker pitched through some apparent discomfort to toss seven scoreless innings as the New York Mets won another series with a 4-1 victory over the host Washington Nationals on Thursday.
Mark Canha had three hits — including a homer — for the Mets, who are unbeaten in 10 series this season with nine wins and a four-game split with Atlanta last week. They took two of three from the Nationals.
New York is the first National League team — and the second one in the majors, after the crosstown Yankees — to reach 22 victories.
The Nationals have lost six of eight. Joan Adon (1-6) dropped his majors-leading sixth decision of the season, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out two over 3 2/3 innings.
Astros 11, Twins 3 (completion of suspended game)
Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs and Kyle Tucker had a home run and a run-scoring double in the same inning as torrid Houston rolled over Minnesota in the completion of a suspended game in Minneapolis.
The first three innings were played on Wednesday before the contest was stopped due to torrential rains.
Jeremy Pena added two hits and three RBIs for the Astros. The Twins received a pair of hits and two RBIs from Jorge Polanco.
Astros 5, Twins 0 (regularly scheduled game)
Yordan Alvarez hit two home runs, Jeremy Pena had three hits and Houston pitching continued its dominating run, again beating Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Houston also swept the three-game series, outscoring the Twins 21-3, and has won 10 straight games.
Astros starter Luis Garcia (3-1) pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out nine. Twins starter Josh Winder (2-1) allowing four runs, three earned, in 3 1/3 innings. Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon each had two of Minnesota’s seven hits.
Reds 4, Pirates 0
Tyler Stephenson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Connor Overton combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout as Cincinnati beat host Pittsburgh to snap a 13-game road losing streak.
Stephenson hit a solo homer and an RBI single, Tyler Naquin added an RBI double and Colin Moran had an RBI single for the Reds, who are 5-2 in their past seven games. Overton (1-0) picked up his first big-league win with a career-high 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and four walks with one strikeout.
Pirates starter JT Brubaker (0-3) pitched five innings, giving up two runs and four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Athletics 5, Tigers 3
Seth Brown blasted a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the eighth inning and visiting Oakland finished off a rare five-game series with a win over slumping Detroit.
Brown’s shot off Michael Fulmer (1-2) gave the A’s their fourth victory in the elongated series. A.J. Puk (1-0) tossed two innings of scoreless relief to collect the victory, and Dany Jimenez got the last three outs for his sixth save.
Christian Bethancourt drove in two runs while Jed Lowrie scored two runs and drove in another for Oakland. Tucker Barnhart had two hits and an RBI while Willi Castro contributed two hits and a run scored for the Tigers, who have lost nine of their past 10 games.
Orioles 3, Cardinals 2
Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom hit solo home runs as visiting Baltimore edged St. Louis for its sixth win in eight games.
Bryan Baker worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings to open the game for the Orioles, and then Keegan Akin (1-0) followed by shutting out the Cardinals for 2 2/3 innings to earn the victory. Felix Bautista, the Orioles’ sixth pitcher, got the final four outs to earn his second save.
Dylan Carlson hit a solo homer and Steven Matz (3-3) lasted 6 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, allowing three runs on seven hits. Matz struck out seven batters without a walk.