AROUND THE HORN

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Braves: RHP Aaron Blair won for the first time in 13 ma­jor­league starts while 1B Fred­die Free­man drove in three runs off a mis­fir­ing RHP Noah Syn­der­gaard as the Braves’ slowed the Mets’ wild-card chase with a 7-3 vic­tory. The Mets had won 11 of their pre­vi­ous 14 games and led the NL wild-card race at the start of the night. Blair (1-6) gave up six hits in six in­nings, struck out four and walked one, low­er­ing his ERA to 7.71.

Yan­kees: The Yan­kees will honor 1B Mark Teix­eira in a cer­e­mony be­fore the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale Oct. 2 against the Ori­oles. Teix­eira, who joined the Yan­kees as a free agent in 2009, an­nounced in Au­gust he plans to re­tire af­ter the sea­son. Teix­eira is a three-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove win­ner and three­time Sil­ver Slug­ger win­ner. He has been in­jured much of this sea­son and is hit­ting .198 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs.

Mar­lins: Slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton home­red to help the Mar­lins beat the Na­tion­als 4-3. Chris­tian Yelich, Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Di­et­rich also drove in runs and RHP A.J. Ramos earned his 38th save in 41 chances. RHP Brian Elling­ton (3-2) picked up the win with an in­ning of re­lief while RHP Mat Latos (7-3) took the loss. LHP Wei-Yin Chen made his first start since July 20 be­cause of an el­bow strain and al­lowed three runs and four hits, end­ing his night af­ter 41⁄ in­nings. Chen threw 44 of 66 pitches for strikes.

Rangers: The Rangers are hope­ful RF Shin-Soo Choo could re­turn at some point dur­ing the post­sea­son. Choo un­der­went surgery on Aug. 17 for a frac­tured left fore­arm and was ex­pected to be side­lined for eight weeks, but the progress he is mak­ing sug­gests he could be back quicker than that, ac­cord­ing to MLB.com. “(Choo) has been the most con­sis­tent lead­off op­tion we would have,” man­ager Jeff Ban­is­ter said. “If we can get him back, that would be great. We have seen what he can do in the lead­off spot.” Choo may take bat­ting prac­tice this week­end.

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