Snell nears no-hitter, Kiermaier hits slam as Rays top Nats

ST. PETRSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell was nearly unhittable for the second straight start, and he found a little more of the strike zone, too.

Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Kevin Kiermaier hit a grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Washington Nationals 11-0 on Monday night.

Wilson Ramos homered twice and rookie Jake Bauers had four hits in the Rays' fourth straight win.

''I felt like the way we hit allowed me to get in a more aggressive mindset, which changed my pace and tempo, all of that,'' said Snell.

Snell (10-4) walked Trea Turner and Bryce Harper to open the game before retiring 18 straight, striking out five straight at one point. Anthony Rendon doubled off the left-field wall on a 3-1 pitch leading off the seventh for the first of Washington's two hits.

Snell, 6-1 in his last eight starts, struck out 10 while walking four. He left after the seventh inning and 103 pitches.

Snell had pitched seven innings in a 2-1 victory over Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros his last time out, walking a season-high seven. In his last three starts, the 25-year-old left-hander has given up nine hits while walking 15.

''I don't care if you're a lefty or righty, he's not a comfortable at-bat by any means. His stuff is that good,'' Kiermaier said. ''He's a superstar.''

Rendon's hit spared manager Kevin Cash the unenviable decision of whether to take out the young left-hander as his pitch count approached a career-high 114, no-hitter or not.

''He's not getting much past that,'' Cash said. ''I've already been asked by the front office how we would have handled that, and I don't have a good answer. But I would have been really concerned for Blake, and (pitching coach) Kyle (Snyder) would have probably choked me if I had gone beyond that.''

Kiermaier's first home run of the season came during a six-run second inning against starter Gio Gonzalez. It barely made it over the glove of center fielder Michael Taylor.

''I thought I hit it way better than that,'' said Kiermaier, who was playing in only his 18th game because of a thumb injury. ''It was a wall-scraper, but over the fence I'll take `em anyway I can.''

Gonzalez (6-5) threw 43 pitches in the second inning without getting an out. He gave up six runs, three hits and five walks overall, three of them in succession before Kiermaier's homer.

The one-inning start was the shortest of his career and resulted in the Nationals' eighth loss in 11 games.

The game marked the return to Tropicana Field of Washington manager Dave Martinez, who spent seven seasons (2008-14) as the Rays bench coach under Joe Maddon.

Gonzalez's early troubles made it a long night.

''Earlier in the season he was under control, he was using his legs a little bit better,'' Martinez said. ''He wasn't thinking as much. He was attacking the strike zone. Seems like his last couple outings, that's gone by the wayside.''

COMEBACK CHRIS

Rays RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a 40-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled for a three-inning simulated game Thursday. ''No issues, no limitations right now,'' Archer said. The opening day starter could make a minor league rehab start next week and be back around the All-Star break.

IN (FOR TWO GAMES) AND OUT

After completing Sunday night's game after midnight, the Nationals touched down in Tampa at 4 a.m. on Monday and expect to fly out well before sundown after Tuesday's afternoon game. ''The shortest trip ever,'' said Martinez, who got to bed at about 6:30 Monday morning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Brandon Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) was reinstated from the disabled list and RHP Jefry Rodriguez was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson (strained right hamstring) will make his first start since June 3 after one more problem-free bullpen session.

Rays: RHP Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw 30 pitches in his second bullpen session. He hasn't ruled out returning in late July. ... LHP Jonny Venters (strained right hamstring) went on the 10-day disabled and RHP Austin Pruitt was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Nationals ace Matt Scherzer (10-3) and Rays RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-3) are the scheduled starters Tuesday in the finale of a two-game series.

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WAS41-36
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TB38-40
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  • W: B. Snell (10-4)L: G. Gonzalez (6-5)
  • HR: TB - W. Ramos 2 (11), K. Kiermaier (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS30000110.264.347.401.7470.5
B. Harper RF20000110.217.356.476.8320.5
B. Goodwin RF10000000.170.310.255.5660.0
A. Rendon 3B30100012.289.358.509.8671.5
S. Kieboom PR-1B10000010.206.308.235.543-0.5
J. Soto LF30100122.324.432.5811.0131.0
M. Taylor CF40000015.245.307.392.699-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B-3B20000110.232.289.463.7520.5
W. Difo 2B30000022.247.302.352.655-1.0
P. Severino C30000010.174.267.226.493-0.5
A. Eaton DH30000000.306.367.444.8120.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Kiermaier CF41141121.147.247.265.5119.0
    M. Smith CF00000000.275.339.361.6990.0
    M. Duffy 3B30100102.318.366.437.8034.0
    J. Field LF10000000.222.256.392.6480.0
    D. Robertson LF-3B51100002.257.381.422.8032.0
    W. Ramos C42232012.293.340.469.80812.5
    J. Sucre C11100000.224.268.250.5182.0
    C. Cron DH41100121.235.312.445.7572.0
    J. Bauers 1B52410010.297.416.563.9787.5
    C. Gomez RF41000134.199.277.338.6150.5
    A. Hechavarria SS31000101.276.307.362.6692.0
    W. Adames 2B31110111.220.277.339.6163.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rendon (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bauers (7)
      • HR - K. Kiermaier, W. Ramos 2 (11)
      • RBI - K. Kiermaier 4 (5), W. Ramos 3 (39), J. Bauers (6), W. Adames (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bauers
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Duffy (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Turner (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hechavarria-Adames-Bauers)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Gonzalez (L, 6-5)1.03665213.681.42-15.0
      J. Miller3.04221412.890.964.0
      T. Collins2.02220111.861.142.5
      M. Grace2.03110303.521.043.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Gonzalez (L, 6-5)1.0
      J. Miller3.0
      T. Collins2.0
      M. Grace2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 10-4)7.010041002.311.0431.0
      A. Pruitt2.01000104.081.115.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 10-4)7.0
      A. Pruitt2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Gonzalez (3), J. Miller
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 62-29, J. Miller 54-37, T. Collins 26-18, M. Grace 35-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Miller 1-4, T. Collins 3-2, M. Grace 4-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 11, J. Miller 14, T. Collins 8, M. Grace 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 103-63, A. Pruitt 30-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 6-4, A. Pruitt 3-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, A. Pruitt 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Turner SS30000110.264.347.401.7470.5
      B. Harper RF20000110.217.356.476.8320.5
      B. Goodwin RF10000000.170.310.255.5660.0
      A. Rendon 3B30100012.289.358.509.8671.5
      S. Kieboom PR-1B10000010.206.308.235.543-0.5
      J. Soto LF30100122.324.432.5811.0131.0
      M. Taylor CF40000015.245.307.392.699-0.5
      M. Reynolds 1B-3B20000110.232.289.463.7520.5
      W. Difo 2B30000022.247.302.352.655-1.0
      P. Severino C30000010.174.267.226.493-0.5
      A. Eaton DH30000000.306.367.444.8120.0
      Total28020041111-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        K. Kiermaier CF41141121.147.247.265.5119.0
        M. Smith CF00000000.275.339.361.6990.0
        M. Duffy 3B30100102.318.366.437.8034.0
        J. Field LF10000000.222.256.392.6480.0
        D. Robertson LF-3B51100002.257.381.422.8032.0
        W. Ramos C42232012.293.340.469.80812.5
        J. Sucre C11100000.224.268.250.5182.0
        C. Cron DH41100121.235.312.445.7572.0
        J. Bauers 1B52410010.297.416.563.9787.5
        C. Gomez RF41000134.199.277.338.6150.5
        A. Hechavarria SS31000101.276.307.362.6692.0
        W. Adames 2B31110111.220.277.339.6163.5
        Total3711129361014-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Rendon (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bauers (7)
          • HR - K. Kiermaier, W. Ramos 2 (11)
          • RBI - K. Kiermaier 4 (5), W. Ramos 3 (39), J. Bauers (6), W. Adames (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bauers
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Duffy (5)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Turner (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Hechavarria-Adames-Bauers)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Gonzalez (L, 6-5)1.03665213.681.42-15.0
          J. Miller3.04221412.890.964.0
          T. Collins2.02220111.861.142.5
          M. Grace2.03110303.521.043.5
          Total8.01211116103---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Gonzalez (L, 6-5)1.0
          J. Miller3.0
          T. Collins2.0
          M. Grace2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 10-4)7.010041002.311.0431.0
          A. Pruitt2.01000104.081.115.5
          Total9.02004110---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 10-4)7.0
          A. Pruitt2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - G. Gonzalez (3), J. Miller
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 62-29, J. Miller 54-37, T. Collins 26-18, M. Grace 35-25
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Miller 1-4, T. Collins 3-2, M. Grace 4-0
          • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 11, J. Miller 14, T. Collins 8, M. Grace 10
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 103-63, A. Pruitt 30-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 6-4, A. Pruitt 3-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, A. Pruitt 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Bauers singled to center, Sucre scored, Cron to second011
          • 6TH INNING
            Ramos homered to left center, Robertson scored010
          • 4TH INNING
            Ramos homered to left center08
          • 3RD INNING
            Bauers scored, Adames to second on wild pitch07
          • 2ND INNING
            Kiermaier homered to center, Gomez, Hechavarria and Adames scored06
            Adames walked, Bauers scored, Gomez to third, Hechavarria to second02
            Cron scored, Bauers to third, Gomez to second on wild pitch01
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to first
            • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
            • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto singled to center
            • M. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor grounded into fielder's choice to third, Soto out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Austin Pruitt relieved Blake Snell
            • Jesus Sucre catching
            • Mallex Smith in center field
            • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Severino flied out to deep center
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton grounded out to second
            • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Grace Pitching:
            • J. Field: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Field grounded out to third
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to third
            • J. Sucre: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre singled to center
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron singled to center, Sucre to second
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Bauers singled to center, Sucre scored, Cron to second
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Johnny Field in left field
            • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon doubled to deep left
            • Spencer Kieboom ran for Anthony Rendon
            • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
            • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Taylor grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kieboom to third, Soto out at second
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Difo grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Grace relieved Tim Collins
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria safe at first on shortstop Turner fielding error
            • W. Adames: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Eaton grounded out to second
            • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner lined out to center
            • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brian Goodwin in right field
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Duffy grounded out to third
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Robertson singled to left
            • W. Ramos: Ramos homered to left center, Robertson scored
            • C. Cron: Foul, Cron lined out to center
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
            • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
            • P. Severino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Collins relieved Justin Miller
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria flied out to center
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
            • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Miller Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Foul, Robertson flied out to left
            • W. Ramos: Ramos homered to left center
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Bauers singled to center
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
            • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Miller Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers singled to right
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria popped out to second
            • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Adames singled to center, Bauers to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Pickoff attempt to third, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Bauers scored, Adames to second on wild pitch
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Duffy lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
            • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Severino flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron walked
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers doubled to deep right, Cron to third
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomez walked
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron scored, Bauers to third, Gomez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames walked, Bauers scored, Gomez to third, Hechavarria to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier homered to center, Gomez, Hechavarria and Adames scored
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duffy singled to center
            • Justin Miller relieved Gio Gonzalez
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Duffy stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robertson popped out to second
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Duffy to third
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (6 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center, Turner to third, Harper to second
            • J. Soto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
            • M. Taylor: Taylor lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Robertson flied out to deep center
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramos struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)