With the game scoreless in the bottom of the seventh-inning between the Washington Nationals and the Minnesota Twins, Mitch Graver hit the go-ahead 2-run homer for Minnesota off of Anibal Sanchez as they shutout Washington 5-0.
Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double for the Twins in the eighth-inning and Ehire Adrianza also hit a sacrifice fly in that inning as well.
Jose Berrios (12-8) was the winning pitcher for Minnesota. He pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up two hits. Berrios walked one batter and struck out four.
This was his best start in a while.
Anibal Sanchez (8-8) was the losing pitcher for the Nationals. He pitched seven innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Sanchez walked one batter and struck out five.
Washington still leads the Chicago Cubs for the first wild card spot in the National League by 2.5 games.
The Minnesota Twins lead the Cleveland Indians by five games for first place in the AL Central. Minnesota is a few games behind the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees for the top spot in the American League Standings.
The projected pitching match up for the second game of this three-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday night will be Stephen Strasburg (16-6, 3.50 ERA) for the Washington Nationals and Martin Perez (10-6, 4.75 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins.