AROUND THE HORN
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.