Lucas Giolito, MLB's Top Prospect Has Debut Shortened by Rain

Harvey gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings and, like Giolito, did not return after a rain delay in the bottom of the fourth. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good". "I obviously want to do the same thing, but it's up to the higher-up guys, whatever they want is whatever they want and I'm just going to go out and compete whenever I'm given the opportunity".

At the time Collins was hoping Syndergaard could give him some peace of mind with a gem against the Nationals. "You belong here.' That's just what I tried to prove", the 21-year-old said.

"After the first pitch I could have been pitching Double-A". It wouldn't have mattered. "I was just locked in".

The Nationals have Max Scherzer (8-5 3.52 ERA) on the hill tonight at home and he had one of his worst outings of the season in his last start giving up five earned runs in six innings in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. An RBI triple by Danny Espinosa was the only crack Washington needed against Harvey, who was a hard-luck loser. Nationals manager Dusty Baker went to former Met Oliver Perez (W, 2-1) to get out of the jam. Perez got the job done by striking out James Loney and getting Wilmer Flores to fly out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Logan Verrett, who gets a spot start Wednesday so that Steven Matz can get an extra day of rest, is what stands in the way of the Nationals' completing a three-game sweep.

St. Louis' Matt Carpenter homered to help the Cardinals win 8-4 at Kansas City, splitting the games at the home of the Royals before the series goes to Busch Stadium for a further two games.

Dodgers 5, Pirates 4: A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking, two-out infield single that capped a four-run fifth inning, and Los Angeles rallied to beat Pittsburgh and salvage the finale of a four-game series. He has improved his line from.248/.330/.393 to.260/.337/.407 in that time.

Whether you were judging by performance or pitches, Giolito was sitting pretty early on.

The Nationals stole six bases - five against Syndergaard - matching their most since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

Though the injury is listed as an upper back strain, Baker and Strasburg both had mentioned discomfort in the pitcher's ribs. He came into the clubhouse covered in sweat after throwing a bullpen session with pitching coach Mike Maddux on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mets, who confirmed that Matz has a bone spur in his left elbow, don't know if the lefty will be able to make his scheduled start on Wednesday, and if he can't there is the possibility he would opt for surgery, even though he has been told he isn't putting the elbow at risk by pitching through pain. The Mets will have one fewer arm available in the bullpen as a result.

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