Nats put P-O grad on injured list

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Nationals placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain and recalled infielder Jake Noll from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.

Adams, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate who is batting .250 with three homers and 13 RBIs, was injured diving to make an out in the second inning of Saturday’s 10-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

He joins a long list of sidelined Nationals that includes Ryan Zimmerman (foot), Anthony Rendon (elbow), Trea Turner (finger) and Juan Soto (back).

Noll, a rookie, is joining the Nationals for the third time this season.

Cora skipping White House

CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.

Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision.

“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”

Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.

“We talked about it and decided (not going) was the best way to do it,” he said.

Cora said he informed the Red Sox of his decision a few days ago. Boston plays at Baltimore Monday through Wednesday and has a day off on Thursday.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also said on Sunday he won’t visit the White House.

Phillies get strong start

PHILADELPHIA — Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings and Rhys Hoskins drove in a pair of runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Cesar Hernandez added two doubles for the NL East-leading Phillies, who have won six of nine.

Kurt Suzuki homered for the third straight day for Washington, which has lost eight of 11.

The game was played in a steady drizzle on a cool, breezy afternoon.

Eflin (4-3) gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He was coming off his third career complete game in his previous outing, a win over Miami, and is 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last five home starts.

The Nationals played without five regulars after placing first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain. Also sidelined are Ryan Zimmerman (foot), Anthony Rendon (elbow), Trea Turner (finger) and Juan Soto (back).

Philadelphia blew the game open with five runs on five hits in the sixth off left-handed reliever Matt Grace.

With runners on first and third and one out, Eflin successfully executed a safety squeeze, bunting down the first-base line to score Andrew Knapp and make it 3-1. The Phillies then scored on Jean Segura’s groundout, Bryce Harper’s single to right and Hoskins’ two-run double to left.

Cubs still on a roll

CHICAGO — Kris Bryant hit his fourth career grand slam in Chicago’s six-run eighth inning and the Cubs pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 13-5 on Sunday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote each drove in two runs, helping the Cubs leapfrog the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central. Ben Zobrist had two hits and made two nice plays in left field as Chicago completed its first three-game sweep of St. Louis since September 2017.

Since opening the season with eight losses in 11 games, the Cubs have been on a roll. They have won 16 of 20 for the first time since they went 16-4 in August 2016.

The crowd of 36,499 chanted “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” after Bryant connected with two outs in the eighth.