Teenage dream: Soto, 19, powers Nats' win at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) Juan Soto is barely old enough to be in college, let alone lighting it up at Yankee Stadium.

The teenage rookie homered twice and drove in four runs, becoming the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a regular-season game in the Bronx, and the Washington Nationals beat New York 5-4 on Wednesday night.

After getting a game off Tuesday, his first in three-plus weeks as a major leaguer, a refreshed Soto showed exactly why he was rated one of baseball's best prospects.

''I'll start off by saying, Soto is really good. How's that?'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''He understands the game. He understands good at-bats.''

With family from New York in the crowd of 45,030, the 19-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic lofted a three-run homer into the left-field corner off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning to give Washington - shut out in its previous two games - a 4-3 lead.

Soto then launched a titanic shot in the seventh against Chasen Shreve (2-1), putting the Nationals back in front 5-4.

Projected at 436 feet, the drive soared to the back of a standing-room terrace above and beyond the Yankees' bullpen in right-center. It also ended a 23-inning scoreless streak for New York relievers and made Soto (19 years, 231 days old) the youngest player in Nationals history to have a multihomer game.

''Strong kid,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was 19 years, 190 days old when he homered (also twice) for Seattle at old Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1989. Andruw Jones was 19 as well when he hit two home runs there for Atlanta in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series.

''It feels pretty good. Two good outfielders,'' Soto said. ''I like that.''

Called up from Double-A Harrisburg on May 20, Soto is batting .344 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

''He has power. Super young. Good hitter,'' Shreve said. ''I didn't do my job. We lost the game because of it.''

New York got a long home run from its own impressive rookie, 21-year-old Gleyber Torres, to tie it at 4 in the fifth. Greg Bird also hit a solo homer and Giancarlo Stanton had three hits for the Yankees, including an RBI single.

Adam Eaton and Matt Adams had three hits apiece for the Nationals, who made five outs on the bases but still won to split the two-game interleague series between World Series contenders. The teams meet again next Monday in Washington to complete a May 15 matchup suspended with the score tied 3-all in the sixth inning and to make up a May 16 rainout.

Justin Miller (4-0) struck out four in 1 2/3 innings on his 31st birthday.

''Pretty nice,'' Miller said. ''I guess I'm just in the weeds - I keep snaking wins.''

Sammy Solis knocked down Brett Gardner's comebacker with a runner on third for the final out of the seventh. Ryan Madson pitched out of trouble in the eighth and Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

New York lost for only the fifth time in its last 23 home games.

Nationals rookie Erick Fedde allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. Pitching in place of injured ace Stephen Strasburg, the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse before the game to make his fifth major league start and second this season.

AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER

Soto became the youngest big leaguer with a multihomer game in the regular season since Jones against Cincinnati in August 1996 - and the youngest player with four RBIs since Hall of Famer Robin Yount was 19 for Milwaukee in 1975. ''It's unbelievable, honestly,'' Fedde said. ''Special kid and I'm excited to play with him hopefully for the next couple of years.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: As expected, Bryce Harper was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday night's loss in the eighth inning when he was hit by a pitch for the second time. The slugger was plunked on the right elbow and left foot but said afterward he was fine and there were ''no ill feelings at all.'' Washington pitchers made no apparent attempt to retaliate Wednesday. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. ... Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) was the DH again after going hitless Tuesday in his season debut. ''He's ready to play, so we're going to play him. Nice to have that bat in the lineup,'' Martinez said. Murphy went 0 for 3 with a walk. ... Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) is working out back home, Martinez said.

Yankees: Slumping catcher Gary Sanchez sat out for the second consecutive game, with backup Austin Romine catching Gray as usual. After a three-day breather, Sanchez will be back in the lineup Thursday, Boone said.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Following a day off, Washington resumes its AL East road trip in Toronto with LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-2, 2.65 ERA) pitching Friday night against RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33).

Yankees: Still looking for his first major league win, rookie right-hander Domingo German (0-4, 5.32 ERA) starts Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against Tampa Bay. LHP Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30) goes for the Rays.

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WAS37-28
1003001005101
NYY43-20
111010000480
  • W: J. Miller (4-0)L: C. Shreve (2-1)S: S. Doolittle (17)
  • HR: WAS - J. Soto 2 (5), NYY - G. Bird (3), G. Torres (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF41300000.366.435.6101.0455.0
M. Taylor PR-CF00000000.220.289.381.669-1.0
T. Turner SS40200000.258.340.386.7264.0
B. Harper CF-RF40000022.224.364.500.864-1.0
A. Rendon 3B30010000.251.328.434.7631.0
D. Murphy DH31000111.000.125.000.1251.5
M. Adams 1B41300000.276.353.579.9324.0
J. Soto LF32242101.344.447.6411.08815.0
W. Difo 2B30000012.241.309.353.662-0.5
S. Kieboom C30000000.185.214.222.4370.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41100001.262.357.394.7504.0
    A. Judge RF31110010.272.394.565.9593.5
    D. Gregorius SS20000201.246.323.474.7971.0
    G. Stanton DH40310010.248.324.484.8073.5
    A. Hicks CF40000024.243.345.420.765-1.0
    M. Andujar 3B40000012.304.333.541.874-0.5
    G. Bird 1B41211010.200.254.473.7277.5
    A. Romine C40000011.329.400.571.971-0.5
    G. Torres 2B41111021.296.353.566.9195.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Eaton (4)
      • HR - J. Soto 2 (5)
      • SF - A. Rendon (2)
      • RBI - A. Rendon (23), J. Soto 4 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto 3 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (14), G. Bird (4)
      • HR - G. Bird (3), G. Torres (12)
      • SF - A. Judge (3)
      • RBI - A. Judge (46), G. Stanton (35), G. Bird (5), G. Torres (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner (19)
      • CS - M. Taylor (4)
      • Picked Off - T. Turner (2), J. Soto (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (7)
      • CS - D. Gregorius (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Kieboom
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (4)
      • DP - (Torres-Gregorius)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Fedde5.06441325.911.315.5
      J. Miller (W, 4-0)1.21000400.000.1911.0
      S. Solis (H, 11)0.10000003.471.200.0
      R. Madson (H, 8)1.01001103.971.461.5
      S. Doolittle (S, 17)1.00000101.520.5710.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Fedde5.0
      J. Miller (W, 4-0)1.2
      S. Solis (H, 11)0.1
      R. Madson (H, 8)1.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 17)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray5.07442114.981.492.5
      C. Shreve (L, 2-1)2.01110214.371.320.0
      D. Robertson1.01000103.821.082.5
      J. Holder1.01000002.380.842.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray5.0
      C. Shreve (L, 2-1)2.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      J. Holder1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Solis (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 87-55, J. Miller 27-18, S. Solis 4-2, R. Madson 22-11, S. Doolittle 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 9-2, J. Miller 1-0, S. Solis 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 21, J. Miller 6, S. Solis, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 89-51, C. Shreve 30-19, D. Robertson 22-15, J. Holder 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-3, C. Shreve 4-0, J. Holder 3-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, C. Shreve 7, D. Robertson 3, J. Holder 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      WAS37-28
      1003001005101
      NYY43-20
      111010000480
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Eaton RF41300000.366.435.6101.0455.0
      M. Taylor PR-CF00000000.220.289.381.669-1.0
      T. Turner SS40200000.258.340.386.7264.0
      B. Harper CF-RF40000022.224.364.500.864-1.0
      A. Rendon 3B30010000.251.328.434.7631.0
      D. Murphy DH31000111.000.125.000.1251.5
      M. Adams 1B41300000.276.353.579.9324.0
      J. Soto LF32242101.344.447.6411.08815.0
      W. Difo 2B30000012.241.309.353.662-0.5
      S. Kieboom C30000000.185.214.222.4370.0
      Total3151052246-----
      HITTERSAB
      A. Eaton RF4
      M. Taylor PR-CF0
      T. Turner SS4
      B. Harper CF-RF4
      A. Rendon 3B3
      D. Murphy DH3
      M. Adams 1B4
      J. Soto LF3
      W. Difo 2B3
      S. Kieboom C3
      Total31
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF41100001.262.357.394.7504.0
        A. Judge RF31110010.272.394.565.9593.5
        D. Gregorius SS20000201.246.323.474.7971.0
        G. Stanton DH40310010.248.324.484.8073.5
        A. Hicks CF40000024.243.345.420.765-1.0
        M. Andujar 3B40000012.304.333.541.874-0.5
        G. Bird 1B41211010.200.254.473.7277.5
        A. Romine C40000011.329.400.571.971-0.5
        G. Torres 2B41111021.296.353.566.9195.0
        Total3348422910-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Eaton (4)
          • HR - J. Soto 2 (5)
          • SF - A. Rendon (2)
          • RBI - A. Rendon (23), J. Soto 4 (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto 3 (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Judge (14), G. Bird (4)
          • HR - G. Bird (3), G. Torres (12)
          • SF - A. Judge (3)
          • RBI - A. Judge (46), G. Stanton (35), G. Bird (5), G. Torres (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton (13)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Turner (19)
          • CS - M. Taylor (4)
          • Picked Off - T. Turner (2), J. Soto (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Gardner (7)
          • CS - D. Gregorius (4)
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Kieboom
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (4)
          • DP - (Torres-Gregorius)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Fedde5.06441325.911.315.5
          J. Miller (W, 4-0)1.21000400.000.1911.0
          S. Solis (H, 11)0.10000003.471.200.0
          R. Madson (H, 8)1.01001103.971.461.5
          S. Doolittle (S, 17)1.00000101.520.5710.5
          Total9.0844292---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Fedde5.0
          J. Miller (W, 4-0)1.2
          S. Solis (H, 11)0.1
          R. Madson (H, 8)1.0
          S. Doolittle (S, 17)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray5.07442114.981.492.5
          C. Shreve (L, 2-1)2.01110214.371.320.0
          D. Robertson1.01000103.821.082.5
          J. Holder1.01000002.380.842.0
          Total9.01055242---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray5.0
          C. Shreve (L, 2-1)2.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          J. Holder1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Solis (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 87-55, J. Miller 27-18, S. Solis 4-2, R. Madson 22-11, S. Doolittle 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 9-2, J. Miller 1-0, S. Solis 1-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 21, J. Miller 6, S. Solis, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 89-51, C. Shreve 30-19, D. Robertson 22-15, J. Holder 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-3, C. Shreve 4-0, J. Holder 3-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, C. Shreve 7, D. Robertson 3, J. Holder 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Soto homered to right center54
          • 5TH INNING
            Torres homered to left center44
          • 4TH INNING
            Soto homered to left, Murphy and Adams scored43
          • 3RD INNING
            Stanton singled to left, Judge scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Bird homered to right center12
          • 1ST INNING
            Judge hit sacrifice fly to center, Gardner scored11
            Rendon hit sacrifice fly to center, Eaton scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jonathan Holder relieved David Robertson
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to second
            • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams singled to left
            • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine lined out to first
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Torres popped out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • David Robertson relieved Chasen Shreve
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton singled to center
            • Michael Taylor ran for Adam Eaton
            • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to deep left
            • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Madson relieved Sammy Solis
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Judge flied out to right
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • G. Stanton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Stanton singled to left, Gregorius to second
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Shreve Pitching:
            • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams grounded out to first
            • J. Soto: Ball, Soto homered to right center
            • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
            • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Miller Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bird doubled to deep right
            • A. Romine: Foul, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • Sammy Solis relieved Justin Miller
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bird to third on wild pitch, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Sonny Gray
            • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Harper grounded out to second
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon grounded out to second
            • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Miller relieved Erick Fedde
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • S. Kieboom: Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Fedde Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres homered to left center
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Gregorius caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to first
            • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
            • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy walked
            • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Adams singled to deep right, Murphy to third
            • J. Soto: Ball, Soto homered to left, Murphy and Adams scored
            • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Difo grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Fedde Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bird grounded out to first
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton singled to left, Eaton out at second
            • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Turner singled to center
            • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Turner picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Fedde Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Judge doubled to deep left
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to shortstop, Judge to third
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton singled to left, Judge scored
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • M. Adams: Adams singled to right
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Adams to second
            • W. Difo: Difo lined into double play second to shortstop, Adams out at second
            • S. Kieboom: Soto picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Fedde Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Andujar grounded out to first
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Bird homered to right center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton doubled to deep left
            • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner reached on an infield single to shortstop, Eaton to third
            • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Turner stole second
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to center, Eaton scored
            • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Fedde Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner to third, Gardner stole second, Gardner to third on catcher Kieboom fielding error, Foul, Ball, Judge hit sacrifice fly to center, Gardner scored
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Stanton singled to right
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hicks grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)