By Monday standards, we’ve got a nice slate of 13 games under the lights. Also the trade deadline is coming up, so make sure you don’t miss our daily rumors roundup. Let’s go … 

Monday’s baseball scores

Pirates beat odds, rain for 10th in a row

The Pirates entered Monday’s slate with a nine-game win streak. They wound up winning a rainy, truncated game that gave them their 10th consecutive win, their longest win streak since 2004. They’re also back up to three games over .500 for the first time since June 1.

The Pirates got off to a hot start in 2018, but then they predictably faded. Most of us assumed Clint Hurdle’s squad would not be heard from again this season. This current streak, however, has put them back on the radar. At present, they’re ahead of the Cardinals and Nationals in the wild-card standings. The SportsLine Projection Model gave Pirates just a 6 percent chance of making the playoffs entering the night, but prior to this win streak that figure was basically zero. They’re nudging the needle in the right direction. 

That included Monday’s victory, which saw them pounce on Corey Kluber — yes, Corey Kluber. Pittsburgh chased Kluber after four innings, nine hits, and seven runs (three earned). Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco each drove in two runs while Josh Harrison notched three.

The game was called after six following the third rain delay of the night.

Reds ruin Poncedeleon’s storybook debut

Daniel Poncedeleon made his big-league debut on Monday for the Cardinals, throwing seven no-hit innings against the Reds

Alas, the Cardinals would go on to lose the game, with closer Bud Norris allowing four hits and two runs in 2/3 innings of work. Eugenio Suarez hit a game-tying home run and later Dilson Herrera drove in the winning run. 

The loss drops the Cardinals to 50-50. The Reds, somewhat improbably, are now just six games behind St. Louis. 

Phillies fans kind to Utley, Machado

The Dodgers played a road game against the Phillies on Monday night. You wouldn’t have known it by how kind the Philadelphia crowd was to a few Dodgers players, however.

One standing ovation was to be expected, as it went to Chase Utley. 

Utley, who’s retiring after this season, spent the first 12-plus years of his big-league career with the Phillies and was a leading member of their 2008 championship team. Utley, who has a Hall of Fame case, remains highly popular in Philly thanks to his excellence and hard-nosed style:

Manny Machado, conversely, has never played a game with the Phillies — and hasn’t even been with the Dodgers for a full week. Yet Phillies fans greeted him warmly, perhaps as a way of making a good impression before he hits free agency this winter:

For those wondering, the Dodgers will not make another regular-season trip to Philly this year. It’s at least possible the two sides will meet again come October, though. 

The Dodgers, by the way, went on to win 7-6 in a battle of first-place teams. Utley went hitless while Machado tripled.

A’s pull closer to wild card

The Mariners had Monday off. The A’s did not.

Oakland took advantage of playing the Rangers, routing them, 15-3. Four different A’s homered: Jonathan Lucroy, Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty, and Matt Chapman. Lucroy also added a double as part of a four-RBI night. In all, the A’s tallied 18 hits. Brett Anderson, meanwhile, recorded a quality start. He struck out six batters and allowed just one walk in six innings.

With the win, the A’s are now 2 1/2 games back of the Mariners in the hunt for the second wild card. The Mariners will begin a two-game set with the Giants on Tuesday.

Quick hits

  • The Mets on Sunday placed RHP Noah Syndergaard on the DL with hand, foot, and mouth disease.
  • Dodgers SS Manny Machado says the Orioles told him he was being traded long before the deal with L.A. was finalized. Read more here.
  • The Brewers have placed LHP Brent Suter on the DL with a torn UCL. He’ll undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
  • The Rays have placed LHP Blake Snell on the DL with shoulder fatigue.
  • The Dodgers have placed 3B Justin Turner on the DL with a right groin strain.
  • The Phillies have optioned OF Aaron Altherr and RHP Mark Leiter Jr. to Triple-A.

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