Thanks to a doubleheader in the nation’s capital — it’s the second doubleheader in Washington in the span of four days — there is an extra full 16-game slate of big-league contests on Tuesday. Here is everything you need to know about the day’s MLB action.

Tuesday’s scores

Bartolo makes history

Against the Mariners on Tuesday, Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon didn’t exactly dominate — he allowed four runs in seven innings and struck out only one batter — but that plus plenty of run support was enough to earn him the win. Said win was of the milestone variety … 

That’s good company right there. Colon has won just six games this season, which is a mix of his playing for a bad team and also running an ERA of more than 5.00. So it’s left to question whether he’ll get to 250 career wins or pitch beyond this season. If this is his last milestone, then it’s no doubt one of great importance to him. 

On the other side, Seattle starter Felix Hernandez allowed 12 baserunners and 11 runs (seven earned) in six innings of work. In 124 innings this season, he’s now pitched to a 5.73 ERA with nine unearned runs allowed and an FIP of more than 5.00. It’s left to question how much King Felix, even though he’s a franchise legend, will remain in the rotation. 

On the upside for the M’s, Nelson Cruz reached 30 homers for the fifth straight season. 

Red Sox first to 80 wins

The Red Sox won their fifth in a row on Tuesday night, and in doing so reached 80 wins for the season (it’s early August, you know). As well, the victory pushed their 2018 winning percentage past the .700 mark for the season — .702, to be precise, which puts them on pace for 114 wins. 

In this one, the Sox trailed for most of the game, but J.D. Martinez in the eighth decided he’d had enough of all of that … 

Martinez now has 34 bombs on the season, and he’s now slugging .650. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Craig Kimbrel blew a save for the second time in his last four appearances, but in the 10th the Sox unloaded on Ken Giles, who was making his Blue Jays home debut. Speaking of which … 

Along those same lines … 

The Sox can go 20-28 the rest of the way and still get to 100 wins for the first time since 1946. 

Yankees outlast White Sox

The Yankees won their second straight against the White Sox, but as you see above it took awhile. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 26th homer of the season, and Sonny Gray worked three scoreless innings in relief. Starter CC Sabathia lasted just 5 2/3 innings because of a mounting pitch count, but he struck out 12 over that brief span. On that point … 

On the Sox’s side of things, Jose Abreu stayed hot with a clutch homer in the bottom of the 10th to tie the score at 3-3. Also, Adam Engel robbed the Yankees of a homer for the second straight night … 

Phils’ win over D-Backs features “Little League” home run

Starters Zack Greinke and Nick Pivetta each pitched well, but the Phillies were able to do decisive damage against recently acquired Arizona reliever Jake Diekman. The “big” blow? Call it a sorta-kinda bunt home run off the bat of Cesar Hernandez … 

Actual home run? No. People’s Home Run? Indubitably. These two contenders will play the rubber match on Wednesday. 

Dodgers get back to first place

The Dodgers held off the A’s, and that in tandem with the Diamondbacks’ loss means the Dodgers are a half-game in first place in the hotly contested AL West. Despite the tight margins, the SportsLine Projection Model still gives the Dodgers better than a three-in-four chance of winning the division for a sixth straight season.  

In Tuesday night’s win, the Dodgers failed to homer for a third straight game, but four Dodger relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. On the other side, Oakland’s Khris Davis hit his 32nd home run of the season. 

It was a good day for Ohtani

Before the Angels’ eventual win over the Tigers even got underway, two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani got some good news: 

Ohtani hasn’t pitched since June 6 because of a UCL injury. Despite initial fears about Tommy John surgery, however, Ohtani’s not only avoided the knife, but he also he’s now on the verge of a major step in his recovery. 

As for Ohtani the hitter, on Tuesday he went 2 for 4 with this opposite-field shot that left the bat at 107 mph … 

The 24-year-old rookie is now batting .273/.351/.535 in 223 plate appearances this season. He also has 12 home runs and five stolen bases. 

Carpenter comes up big for Cards

The Cardinals staged a comeback in Miami last night to pick up a crucial win. The Marlins led 2-0 in the seventh, but Paul DeJong tied it with a two-run shot. Then in the eighth, the magma-hot Matt Carpenter came up. You can probably guess what happened next … 

That put the Cards up for good, as Dakota Hudson and Bud Norris — in relieve of a Miles Mikolas — made it stand up. That blast also made Carpenter the first National Leaguer to get to 30 home runs this season (five ALers have reached that mark in 2018). He’s now batting .282/.393/.594, and Carpenter is very much in the NL MVP race. 

Braves, Nats split doubleheader

We often hear about the Home Run Derby ruining a player’s swing — a myth that has been debunked numerous times, I might add — but what about the Home Run Derby fixing a player’s swing? Rhys Hoskins made that case a few weeks ago

Like Hoskins, Bryce Harper has seen an uptick in his production since the Home Run Derby, and Harper’s hot streak continued Tuesday. He homered and had an RBI single in Tuesday afternoon’s doubleheader opener against the Braves. The homer was part of back-to-back dingers with Ryan Zimmerman.

Harper went 2 for 5 with the homer Tuesday afternoon, and he now has four home runs and a .370/.478/.777 batting line in 16 games since the Home Run Derby, which is awfully Bryce Harper-like. He hit .330/.460/.649 during his 2015 MVP season, remember. It’s not like he hasn’t done something close to this before.

In Game 2, the Nats got a strong start from Max Scherzer, and a notable home run from teenager Juan Soto … 

That’s a 19-year-old, and that’s some serious opposite-field power. It also pushed Soto passed a notable name … 

Let’s not bury the lede too much, though: The Braves won this game. Ender Inciarte tripled home a pair of runs in the top of the ninth … 

Washington threatened in the home half, but Matt Wieters grounded into a game-ending double play with the tying run on base. Charlie Culberson homered in both ends of the doubleheader for Atlanta. 

Montgomery continues to thrive in Cubs’ rotation

Lefty Mike Montgomery worked six shutout innings in the Cubs’ win over the Royals, and that continues a trend of his pitching well since joining the Chicago rotation.

Montgomery’s been a valuable swingman for the Cubs since he was acquired in July of 2016, but this season he struggled out of the bullpen. So the Cubs moved him to the rotation in late May not long after Yu Darvish went down. Here’s what Montgomery’s done since then … 

Needless to say, he’s been an important arm for the Cubs in recent weeks as they’ve risen to the top of the NL Central. 

Taillon goes the distance in Coors Field

Jameson Taillon of the Pirates pitched his second complete game of the season (and second of his career), but this one occurred in Coors Field. Taillon allowed two runs on 10 hits, and Starling Marte hit his 17th homer as the Pirates rolled and snapped their three-game losing streak. 

Adames walks it off

The Rays got back above the .500 mark thanks in part to a strong, albeit short start from the recently acquired Tyler Glasnow (four innings, one earned, nine strikeouts). On offense, rookie shortstop Willy Adames mashed the first walk-off home run of his brief career … 

Adames, 22, was a consensus top-20 overall prospect coming into the season, so this may indeed be only the beginning. 

Giants suffer another tough loss

On Monday, the Giants fell 3-1 to the Astros after Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the ninth. On Tuesday, it was Tyler White who flipped the script against Ray Black after Madison Bumgarner twirled seven shutout innings … 

 That blast gave the Astros a 2-1 lead, and it held up. That brings us to this … 

Sure, we can debate whether it’s possible to achieve a sweep of a two-game series, but the point stands. The Giants are now back to below the .500 mark, and they’re behind six teams in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. 

Quick hits

  • The 2019 MLB All-Star Game logo was unveiled Tuesday. The game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
  • Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani made some dry throws in the bullpen Monday, reports the Orange County Register. It was his first mound activity since being cleared to resume throwing a few weeks ago. Ohtani is rehabbing an elbow injury.
  • Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip Monday, the team announced. Ellsbury has not played this season due to a variety of injuries, including hip and back trouble.
  • Rays IF Daniel Robertson is expected to miss the rest of the season following thumb surgery, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Robertson was having a breakout season with Tampa.
  • In waiver news, the Brewers claimed RHP Ariel Hernandez from the Dodgers and the Rangers claimed LHP Zac Curtis from the Phillies. Both Hernandez and Curtis were optioned to Triple-A by their new teams.
  • The Pirates have claimed LHP Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Astros. 
  • Blue Jays INF Brandon Drury is headed to the DL with a fractured left hand. 
  • The Royals have acquired RHP Jon Perrin from the Brewers in exchange for RHP Sal Biasi. 
  • The Pirates have placed INF Sean Rodriguez on the DL with an abdominal strain.
  • The Angels have placed RHP Nick Tropeano on the DL with shoulder inflammation. 

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