MLB scores: Rockies and Padres play highest-scoring series ever; Braves beat Phillies to increase NL East lead

Several MLB teams will play the 70th game of their 2019 season on Sunday. As always, Sunday brought a full slate of big league action, including important divisional matchups in Atlanta and Colorado. Here is everything you need to know about Sunday's games.

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Baseball scores for Sunday, June 16


Rockies, Padres play highest-scoring series ever

Coors Field was extra Coors Field-y this weekend. The Padres and Rockies combined for 92 runs -- 92 runs! -- in their four-game series. It is the highest-scoring four-game series in baseball history, surpassing the 88 runs the Dodgers and Phillies scored in May 1929.

The Padres came back to win Sunday's series finale despite trailing by five runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the ninth inning. Greg Garcia tripled in the game-tying run, then Jon Gray (Thursday's starter) walked fellow pitcher Matt Strahm (also Thursday's starter) with the bases loaded to force in game-winning run.

Charlie Blackmon had himself a whale of a series, going 15 for 24 (.625) with two doubles, one triple, and four homers in the four games. Those 15 hits are a new MLB record for a four-game series. Fernando Tatis Jr., the leadoff hitter on the other side, went 10 for 19 (.526) with two doubles and three triples in the series.

The Padres and Rockies split the four games this weekend. Colorado is 2 1/2 games behind the Phillies for the second wild-card spot. The Padres are 4 1/2 games behind a postseason spot.

Braves blow out Phillies

In the biggest game of their season to date, the Phillies laid a big fat egg Sunday. Starter Vince Velasquez didn't make it out of the third inning and relievers Cole Irvin and Jerad Eickhoff weren't any better. The trio combined to allow 15 runs in seven innings. Their line scores:


IPHRERBBKHR

Vince Velasquez

2 1/3

4

4

4

0

4

0

Cole Irvin

3 2/3

9

6

6

1

4

1

Jared Eickhoff

1

6

5

5

1

1

2

Total

7

19

15

15

2

9

3

Ronald Acuna led the way offensively Sunday, going 4 for 5 with a home run. Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a double and a homer. Donaldson went deep in all three games this weekend. Ozzie Albies also had three hits in the game, including a pair of two-baggers.

The Braves won two of three this weekend -- they were a blown save away from a three-game sweep -- to open a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL East. It is their largest division lead of the season. Atlanta was won nine of their last 10 games and 11 of their last 14 games. The Phillies, meanwhile, have now lost 10 of their last 16 games.

DeJong beats Mets again

Three years into his MLB career, Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong has established himself as a certified Mets killer. DeJong broke a 3-3 tie with an eighth inning home run against Mets righty Chris Flexen on Sunday. To the action footage:

In 20 career games against the Mets, DeJong has gone 30 for 83 (.361) with 10 doubles and nine home runs. He's driven in 15 runs. Yeah, I'd say that qualifies DeJong as a Mets killer.

The Cardinals won three of four in Citi Field this weekend even though the Mets led in all three Cardinals wins, including two in the seventh inning or later. St. Louis has won five of their past seven games to climb back into the NL Central race a bit.

Bauer's brilliant in win, Indians sweep

After a rough stretch of starts during the month of May where Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer went 1-5, he has rebounded with his second straight win. Pitching against Detroit in the three-game series finale, Bauer pitched the first complete game shutout of his career. Here's his final line:

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Trevor Bauer CLE • SP • 47
IP9.0
H4
ER0
K8
B0
P117

Behind Bauer's brilliant start, the Indians (37-33) completed a sweep over the Tigers and pushed their way further over .500. They're still a long way behind the Twins for first place, but with a light upcoming schedule (Texas, Detroit, Kansas City, Baltimore), Cleveland could close the gap in the division. 

Plus, Mike Clevinger is set to make his return to the rotation on Monday. Clevinger has been out since early April with a significant lat injury. His return, if all goes well, will certainly be a boost for a team that got hit hard with early season injuries.

Red Sox sweep O's

Make it five consecutive wins for the Red Sox, who have quietly climbed to within 5 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees. Marco Hernandez, who missed the better part of the last two seasons rehabbing from shoulder surgery, swatted a game-tying home run off Mychal Givens in the ninth. Boston the exploded for five runs in the 10th inning.

Following the game, catcher Christian Vazquez let everyone know just how confident the Red Sox are right now.

Nothing improves morale quite like sweeping the worst team in baseball. Boston goes to Minnesota for a three-game series with the homer happy Twins next.

Maldonado wears tie on Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, Royals catcher Martin Maldonado played Sunday's game with a tie stitched to his chest protector. Written on it were the names of his father, brother, and friends. Check it out:

"Something for the fathers. Something different. Something that I've never done before," Maldonado said during a postgame interview with Fox Sports Kansas City. "I put some names on there of some friends, my dad, my brother. Something for them to look up to." 

That is pretty cool. Know what else is cool? Maldonado went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI in the game. 


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