Nationals suspend Papelbon

Bryce Harper is not sure what he could have done differently to avoid the dugout fight with teammate Jonathan Papelbon that led to the Washington Nationals suspending their closer for four games Monday.

“If you’re in a bar or if you’re in the dugout or if you’re anywhere,” Harper said Monday, a day after his scrap with Papelbon, “if someone grabs your neck, your first reaction is to do what I did, I guess.”

Papelbon will miss the rest of the season. Monday, he also dropped his appeal of a three-game ban from Major League Baseball for throwing at the head of Baltimore’s Manny Machado last week. After that punishment ends, Papelbon will serve the Nationals’ suspension.

• Jerry Dipoto was hired as general manager for the Seattle Mariners, less than three months after stepping down from the same position with the Los Angeles Angels.

• Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tested his injured shoulder by taking batting practice and expects to return in time for the postseason. He hasn’t played since Sept. 12.

• St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was prescribed at least another week of rest for the torn ligament in his left hand, meaning he will not appear the rest of the regular season.


Giants win late, stay alive

• SAN FRANCISCO 3, LOS ANGELES 2 (12): Alejandro de Aza hit a 12th-inning sacrifice fly and the host Giants stayed alive for another day by beating the Dodgers. The rivals began a four-game series, and the Dodgers, who forced extra innings with a ninth-inning run, needed only one victory in the series to win the NL West and eliminate 2014 World Series champion San Francisco from this year’s playoffs. But Los Angeles instead lost its fourth in a row.

• WASHINGTON 5, CINCINNATI 1: On another eventful afternoon at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer came within five outs of his second no-hitter of the season, shutting down the Reds into the eighth inning.


• DETROIT 7, TEXAS 4: Justin Verlander gave up one run in six innings, and Tyler Collins’ three-run homer sparked a five-run fifth as the Tigers handed the AL West-leading Rangers their third consecutive loss.

• TORONTO 4, BALTIMORE 3: The Blue Jays’ magic number to securing the AL East fell to two after they scored a ninth-inning run to secure a comeback victory vs. the host Orioles.

• BOSTON 5, NEW YORK 1: Eduardo Rodriguez became the first Red Sox rookie lefthander to win 10 games in 43 years, helping his team slow the host Yankees.


• CHICAGO CUBS 1, KANSAS CITY 0 (11): Chris Denorfia’s pinch-hit homer leading off the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Cubs a walk-off victory over the Royals in a matchup between playoff-bound teams that was a makeup of a May 30 rainout.