Bases Covered: Harper criticizes Nationals fans

A much-needed win
The Braves snapped their 12-game losing streak on Monday with a 7–2 victory over the Phillies. Atlanta starter Williams Perez overcame his recent struggles to pitch seven solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while Hector Olivera contributed on offence, hitting his first ever major-league home run.

Nathan Eovaldi has become the most recent Yankees starter to suffer an injury. The 25-year-old is dealing with an inflamed right elbow; he’s been shut down for at least two weeks. There’s some good news on the pitching front, though: starter CC Sabathia is due to rejoin the rotation this week.

The Mets beat the Nationals 8–5 on Monday in an exciting battle of division rivals. “What a game,” Mets third baseman David Wright remarked after his team’s victory. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, meanwhile, was less than pleased. “I mean, they left in the seventh, so that was pretty brutal,” he said of the home fans who exited Nationals Park when their team was down. Washington remains second in the NL East, five games back of the Mets.

The Cubs won their fourth game in a row Monday, a 9–0 pummelling of the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago currently sits third in the NL Central behind the Cardinals and Pirates. “We’re playing with a lot more confidence,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after the win. “We believe a lot more. It’s one thing to think you can, it’s another thing to believe you can.”

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