Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit consecutive home runs off Craig Stammen with one out in the eighth inning as Washington beat the Padres 5-2 in San Diego on Sunday.
With the score tied 1-1, Kendrick started the homer parade with a shot to left, his 11th. Turner followed with a drive to center, his fourth, and Eaton’s homer just cleared the wall in center, his sixth. Fans began booing then, and piled on after Rendon homered to right-center, his 12th.
“It’s just one of those things. If you know how that happens, and how you can hit four in a row again, let me know, because we’ll write a book and we’ll be rich,” Eaton said. “That play is contagious, when Howie did it, then Trea comes up and does the same thing, and then for me.
“If you could say four home runs, I would never be in that mix anywhere. The first one, the last one, the middle, anything to keep it going. I was happy I was in there. It’s a pretty cool experience.”
The homers came in a span of seven pitches by Stammen.
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“That’s never happened to me before,” Stammen said. “I wish I could explain. It’s not fun to go through.”
Mariners 9, Angels 3: Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers, including the 400th of his career, and Tom Murphy added two more for visiting Seattle. Encarnacion and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and Encarnacion added a solo shot in the seventh for his AL-leading 20th homer.
Twins 12, Tigers 2: Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game, and Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also connected for visiting Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi held Detroit to one run and five hits in six innings. He has given up one run in his past 22 ⅓ innings.
Braves 7, Marlins 6: Matt Joyce delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the 12th for visiting Atlanta, which got a three-run homer from Ronald Acuña Jr. during a four-run ninth against Sergio Romo as it erased a 5-1 deficit. Both teams scored in the 10th before Joyce singled home Ozzie Albies, who had tripled.
Rays 6, Red Sox 1: Brandon Lowe hit two solo homers and Guillermo Heredia and Yandy Diaz also homered for Tampa Bay, which took three of four in the series in Boston.
D’backs 8, Blue Jays 2: Carson Kelly and Ketel Marte homered during an eight-run third inning for visiting Arizona. Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray struck out 10 in 6 ⅔ innings as Arizona recorded its fifth sweep.
Mets 6, Rockies 1: Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs and Noah Syndergaard and two relievers combined on a two-hitter for host New York. Colorado had won 10 of 12 before dropping the final two games of the series.
Yankees 7, Indians 6: Aaron Hicks doubled home Cameron Maybin with two outs in the 10th inning as New York avoided a sweep in Cleveland.
Astros 4, Orioles 0: Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run homer in his major-league debut and Wade Miley pitche six-plus innings to lead host Houston.
Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Christian Yelich hit his majors-leading 24th home run on his bobblehead day as host Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.
White Sox 5, Royals 2: Eloy Jimenez launched a 471-foot home run and Yoan Moncada had four hits for visiting Chicago.
Reds 4, Phillies 3: Joey Votto tied the game with a two-out single in the seventh inning and Eugenio Suarez followed with the go-ahead hit as visiting Cincinnati avoided a three-game sweep.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1: Kyle Hendricks pitched seven effective innings and Carlos González hit his first homer with Chicago as it completed a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field.
Briefly: The Angels placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the injured list because of elbow soreness. … Other players going on the IL included Yankees right-hander Domingo German (left hip flexor), Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (quadriceps tightness) and White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (shoulder inflammation).