Soto, Hicks HRs give Nats, Yanks unusual doubleheader split

WASHINGTON (AP) It was a long and odd day, one that started with teenager Juan Soto homering in a game that officially was played before he made his major league debut.

Huh?

Soto delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit, two-run shot in the sixth inning of a game that began and was suspended because of rain last month, five days before he was called up from the minors for the first time, to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees in the opener of an unusual semi-doubleheader Monday.

''Geez, he has a bright future. How old is he, 19? You don't see too many 19-year-olds doing what he's doing,'' Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said about Soto. ''I'm excited to see him develop for years to come.''

In Game 2, Judge made two key catches of balls hit by Trea Turner, including one on the warning track that bailed out Aroldis Chapman with two men on in the bottom of the ninth to end it, and the Yankees grabbed a 4-2 victory with the help of Aaron Hicks' go-ahead two-run homer.

That final-out fly ''got me to hold my breath for a sec,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Throw in a trade by Washington to add reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals, full-throated chants of ''Let's go, Yankees!'' from portions of the sellout crowd of 42,723, and all in all, so much happened at Nationals Park.

''That,'' Nationals closer Sean Doolittle said, summing up things neatly, ''was weird.''

Game 1 resumed with the score 3-all and the Nationals about to bat in the bottom of the sixth. After Bryce Harper - who had a full beard back on May 15, when the game began, but was clean-shaven this time - struck out, and Anthony Rendon singled, Soto drove a 97 mph fastball from Chad Green (4-1) to the back of the second deck in right field.

''I thought he had a good chance to hit the ball hard,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''That was hard.''

It was Soto's sixth homer since he was brought up from Double-A Harrisburg on May 20 - and half have come against the Yankees. Soto stood and admired this one before beginning his trot around the bases.

''A lot of people tell me, `Hey, you're killing the Yankees,'" Soto said. ''Everybody knows the Yankees, likes the Yankees. That feels pretty good.''

Soto also was involved in a double play while playing left in the seventh. Didi Gregorius lined to Soto, and he lobbed the ball to shortstop Turner, who sprinted to second base to double off Gary Sanchez.

Soto's stats - and all others from Game 1 - will count as being part of the originally scheduled game on May 15, but Soto's debut will still be considered to have come on the actual date it happened, May 20, according to the Nationals, citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

Wander Suero (1-0) got the win for 1 1-3 scoreless innings - one inning on May 15, and one out on Monday.

Doolittle struck out Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, then got Sanchez to fly out to center in the ninth for his 18th save.

The Nationals had lost five of six games entering the day.

Game 2, which was completely rained out May 16, began a half-hour after Game 1 finished, and Washington led 2-1 before Hicks' ninth homer, which came in the fifth against Erick Fedde (0-2) and got plenty of Yankees fans excited - and loud.

The rookie righty lost to the Yankees for the second time in less than a week, giving up three runs in 5 1-3 innings this time.

Stanton provided some cushion with an RBI double off Sammy Solis in the seventh, part of a 4-for-5 showing in Game 2.

Sonny Gray (5-4) allowed two runs in five-plus innings, with Mark Reynolds driving in both.

HARPER'S DAY

Harper's batting average is .212 after he went 0 for 5 on Monday, with two strikeouts, three groundouts and a walk. He has one hit in his last 27 at-bats. ''He's just in one of those little funks, where you're kind of happy to face him right now,'' Boone said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Brett Gardner didn't play, a day after an MRI exam showed swelling in his right knee. Boone doesn't expect Gardner to go on the DL.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on the DL for two weeks with a strained right hamstring, took fielding practice before the start of play Monday and said he ''felt fine.'' Hellickson has taken two bullpen sessions and ''felt 100 percent,'' so expects to be able to return soon. ... 1B Matt Adams was ''still a little sore'' after getting hit by a pitch on a finger Friday and did not play.

ROSTER MOVE

The Yankees returned right-hander Giovanny Gallegos to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game. Gallegos had been called up as the 26th man for the nightcap Monday.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Open a three-game set against visiting Seattle, with RHP Domingo German (1-4, 5.23 ERA) pitching Tuesday.

Nationals: Begin a three-game series at home against Baltimore on Tuesday, with Jefry Rodriguez on the mound for his second major league appearance and first start.

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  • W: W. Suero (1-0)L: C. Green (4-1)S: S. Doolittle (18)
  • HR: NYY - T. Austin (9), WAS - A. Rendon (6), J. Soto (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Judge RF30000231.000.400.000.4000.5
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G. Sanchez C40200100.250.333.500.8335.0
D. Gregorius SS41000006.283.311.431.7421.0
T. Austin O212310001.000.6672.5003.1679.0
N. Walker 1B10000000.261.327.446.7720.0
M. Andujar 3B40100012.250.250.500.7501.5
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A. Warren P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Torres 2B30200012.667.750.6671.4172.5
  • a-flied out for Tanaka in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Shreve in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100001.571.625.8571.4822.0
B. Harper RF30000110.256.402.485.8870.5
A. Rendon 3B42211010.259.346.416.7627.5
M. Adams LF20000000.276.325.481.8060.0
f- J. Soto PH-LF21121010.500.5002.0002.5006.5
H. Kendrick 2B21100000.239.297.333.6303.0
g- B. Goodwin PH-CF20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B30100011.285.349.446.7960.5
A. Stevenson CF21110000.500.500.5001.0003.0
d- W. Difo PH-2B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Severino C30110000.200.333.400.7333.0
G. Gonzalez O10000011.120.148.160.308-0.5
a- M. Sierra PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Gonzalez in the 6th
  • d-flied out for Stevenson in the 6th
  • e-struck out for Solis in the 7th
  • f-fouled out for Adams in the 6th
  • g-grounded out for Kendrick in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Sanchez 2 (2), M. Andujar, G. Bird
  • HR - T. Austin
  • SF - T. Austin
  • SH - A. Hicks (2)
  • RBI - T. Austin 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks 3 (27), A. Judge, D. Gregorius 2 (40), M. Andujar 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (2), H. Kendrick (11), P. Severino
  • HR - A. Rendon (9), J. Soto
  • RBI - A. Rendon (33), J. Soto 2 (2), A. Stevenson, P. Severino
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (; )
  • E - A. Stevenson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka5.04330213.451.059.0
C. Green (L, 4-1)1.03220215.251.25-6.0
C. Shreve1.01001104.951.151.5
A. Warren1.00000203.381.314.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka5.0
C. Green (L, 4-1)1.0
C. Shreve1.0
A. Warren1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez5.06324514.751.425.5
W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.11000200.000.7510.0
S. Solis0.20000002.121.010.0
R. Madson1.02000002.751.331.0
S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.00000202.841.0111.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez5.0
W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.1
S. Solis0.2
R. Madson1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 72-49, C. Green 32-22, C. Shreve 16-10, A. Warren 16-10
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 19, C. Green 6, C. Shreve 4, A. Warren 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 111-65, W. Suero 19-13, S. Solis 5-3, R. Madson 12-8, S. Doolittle 14-8
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 25, W. Suero 6, S. Solis, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Judge RF30000231.000.400.000.4000.5
G. Stanton LF41100121.219.316.434.7502.0
G. Sanchez C40200100.250.333.500.8335.0
D. Gregorius SS41000006.283.311.431.7421.0
T. Austin O212310001.000.6672.5003.1679.0
N. Walker 1B10000000.261.327.446.7720.0
M. Andujar 3B40100012.250.250.500.7501.5
M. Tanaka O20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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C. Shreve P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Warren P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Torres 2B30200012.667.750.6671.4172.5
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  • a-flied out for Tanaka in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Shreve in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100001.571.625.8571.4822.0
B. Harper RF30000110.256.402.485.8870.5
A. Rendon 3B42211010.259.346.416.7627.5
M. Adams LF20000000.276.325.481.8060.0
f- J. Soto PH-LF21121010.500.5002.0002.5006.5
H. Kendrick 2B21100000.239.297.333.6303.0
g- B. Goodwin PH-CF20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B30100011.285.349.446.7960.5
A. Stevenson CF21110000.500.500.5001.0003.0
d- W. Difo PH-2B10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Severino C30110000.200.333.400.7333.0
G. Gonzalez O10000011.120.148.160.308-0.5
a- M. Sierra PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Gonzalez in the 6th
  • d-flied out for Stevenson in the 6th
  • e-struck out for Solis in the 7th
  • f-fouled out for Adams in the 6th
  • g-grounded out for Kendrick in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Sanchez 2 (2), M. Andujar, G. Bird
  • HR - T. Austin
  • SF - T. Austin
  • SH - A. Hicks (2)
  • RBI - T. Austin 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks 3 (27), A. Judge, D. Gregorius 2 (40), M. Andujar 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (2), H. Kendrick (11), P. Severino
  • HR - A. Rendon (9), J. Soto
  • RBI - A. Rendon (33), J. Soto 2 (2), A. Stevenson, P. Severino
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (; )
  • E - A. Stevenson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka5.04330213.451.059.0
C. Green (L, 4-1)1.03220215.251.25-6.0
C. Shreve1.01001104.951.151.5
A. Warren1.00000203.381.314.0
Total8.0855172---
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka5.0
C. Green (L, 4-1)1.0
C. Shreve1.0
A. Warren1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez5.06324514.751.425.5
W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.11000200.000.7510.0
S. Solis0.20000002.121.010.0
R. Madson1.02000002.751.331.0
S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.00000202.841.0111.0
Total9.0932491---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez5.0
W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.1
S. Solis0.2
R. Madson1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 72-49, C. Green 32-22, C. Shreve 16-10, A. Warren 16-10
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 19, C. Green 6, C. Shreve 4, A. Warren 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 111-65, W. Suero 19-13, S. Solis 5-3, R. Madson 12-8, S. Doolittle 14-8
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 25, W. Suero 6, S. Solis, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Soto homered to right, Rendon scored35
  • 5TH INNING
    Austin hit sacrifice fly to center, Stanton scored, Sanchez to third33
  • 4TH INNING
    Austin homered to right, Gregorius scored23
  • 2ND INNING
    Severino doubled to left center, Stevenson scored03
    Stevenson singled to left center, Kendrick scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
    • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
    • G. Stanton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
    • G. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • N. Walker: Walker grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to third
    • Greg Bird hit for Chasen Shreve
    • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bird doubled to deep left
    • G. Torres: Torres singled to center, Bird to third
    • A. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Warren pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Suero Pitching:
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
    • G. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez doubled to left center
    • Sammy Solis relieved Wander Suero
    • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gregorius lined into double play left to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chasen Shreve relieved Chad Green
    • P. Severino: Foul, Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • Adam Eaton hit for Sammy Solis
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Foul, Turner doubled to deep left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harper walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Turner picked off at second, catcher to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Suero Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gardner flied out to left
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Torres hit by pitch
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Torres to second
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Moises Sierra hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • Brett Gardner hit for Masahiro Tanaka
    • Chad Green pitching
    • Neil Walker at first base
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to right center
    • Juan Soto hit for Matt Adams
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto homered to right, Rendon scored
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Howie Kendrick
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds singled to center
    • Wilmer Difo hit for Andrew Stevenson
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton singled to shallow right, Judge to second
    • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Judge to third, Stanton to second
    • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to first, Judge out at home, Stanton to third, Sanchez to second
    • T. Austin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Austin hit sacrifice fly to center, Stanton scored, Sanchez to third
    • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Severino lined out to left
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Ball, Sierra flied out to right
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Turner grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gregorius safe at first on center fielder Stevenson fielding error, Gregorius to second
    • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Austin homered to right, Gregorius scored
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
    • M. Tanaka: Strike looking, Ball, Tanaka grounded out to pitcher
    • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Torres reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to right
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Stevenson lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Stanton grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Judge out at second
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rendon flied out to right
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • T. Austin: Ball, Austin singled to center
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar doubled to deep right, Austin to third
    • M. Tanaka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tanaka struck out swinging
    • G. Torres: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick doubled to deep left
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stevenson singled to left center, Kendrick scored
    • P. Severino: Pickoff attempt, Severino doubled to left center, Stevenson scored
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Severino to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton walked
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez doubled to deep left, Stanton to third
    • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper grounded out to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon homered to left
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)