WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper was pulled by first-year manager Matt Williams after failing to run out a grounder in Washington's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
Harper hit a grounder back to pitcher Lance Lynn in the sixth inning, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
Williams yanked the 21-year-old Harper after the play. Known for his aggressive approach, Harper is a two-time All-Star.
"I respect what he did," Harper said of Williams' decision.
Williams said Harper would be in the starting lineup Sunday.
Lynn (4-0) won his fourth straight start and Trevor Rosenthal got his fifth save. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings.
CUBS 8, REDS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers, Mike Olt added a solo shot and the Chicago Cubs ended a five-game losing streak, beating the Cincinnati Reds.
Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before defeating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.
Edwin Jackson (1-1) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings. Tony Cingrani (1-2) gave up three runs in five innings.
BREWERS 8, PIRATES 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the final 65 games last year for his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia.
The go-ahead drive came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. Jean Segura's two-out single kept the inning going for Braun, who had three hits and three RBIs.
Jonathan Lucroy hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Brewers. Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer.
Ike Davis doubled, singled and walked a day after the Pirates got him in a trade with the Mets.
Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save.
BRAVES 7, METS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off New York.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and hustled his way through a weird play that brought the Braves two runs when the Mets were unable to challenge a costly incorrect call.
Ervin Santana (2-0) pitched seven crisp innings for his second win over New York in three starts with Atlanta.
Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-3.
The Mets scored twice off Kimbrel, who loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Lucas Duda. That's when Gonzalez went to the mound and lifted Kimbrel, who didn't look happy about it. Walden retired Travis d'Arnaud on a grounder to end it.
Bartolo Colon (1-3) gave up three runs in seven innings for the Mets.
DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and Los Angeles rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat Arizona.
Dan Haren (3-0) was charged with five runs — two earned — and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out five in his fourth start of the season, six days after his 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Phoenix.