June 18, 2018 / 10:43 PM / 9 months ago

Stanton helps Yankees top Nationals 4-2 in nightcap

EditorsNote: Corrects score in headline

Giancarlo Stanton collected four hits, including a booming RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh inning as the New York Yankees held on for a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.

In the makeup game from May 16, Stanton recorded his third game this season with four hits and seventh of his career. Stanton’s big night occurred after he was 2-for-13 in a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, culminating in a tense postgame interview on Sunday.

After getting an RBI single in the first inning and a leadoff single in the fourth against Erick Fedde (0-2), he came up in the seventh with runners at first and second against Sammy Solis.

Stanton then gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead by ripping a 3-0 changeup off the lower part of the left field wall as Clint Frazier easily scored. It was his sixth career hit in 23 at-bats with a 3-0 count.

Stanton then produced his fourth hit by getting a single in the ninth against Matt Grace.

Aaron Hicks gave the Yankees the lead with a two-run homer in the fifth, and New York’s pitchers made it stand.

Sonny Gray (5-4), who scored on Hicks’ ninth homer, allowed two runs on five hits in five-plus innings. He struck out seven, including one with his curveball on Bryce Harper with two on to end the fifth.

Gray was lifted after walking Anthony Rendon and allowing a sharp single by Juan Soto, putting runners at first and third

Jonathan Holder ended a 12-pitch encounter with Mark Reynolds by getting a strikeout with his slider. David Robertson later ended a scoreless seventh by getting Harper on a fielder’s choice to shortstop.

Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman notched his 21st save in 22 chances. He put two on in the ninth before retiring Trea Turner on a fly ball to the right field warning track on Aaron Judge’s running catch.

Harper went 0-for-4 as the Nationals dropped their fourth straight and went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Washington won the resumption of the suspended game 5-3, but it was counted as taking place on May 15, when it was originally scheduled.

Reynolds drove in both runs for Washington with an RBI groundout in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

During the game, the Nationals obtained right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals for three prospects.

Fedde allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

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