Turner, Na­tion­als rally from 9-run deficit to win

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The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als are far from fin­ished. Not af­ter briefly slip­ping be­low .500 this week. And cer­tainly not af­ter spot­ting theMi­amiMar­lins the first nine runs on Thurs­day night in Wash­ing­ton.

Trea Turner hit two homers, in­clud­ing his first ca­reer grand slam, and drove in eight runs to helpWash­ing­ton rally pastMi­ami 14-12 in a wild slugfest to end a five-game los­ing streak.

“Not to get ahead of our­selves, put to­gether wins, try to win a se­ries,” first base­man Matt Adams said. “I think that’s what we’re go­ing to fo­cus on from here on out, win two out of three, win three out of four. If that’s the case, then the wins will start stack­ing on top of each other and we’ll just get rolling the way we’re ca­pa­ble of.”

The Na­tion­als, who dropped 17 of their pre­vi­ous 22, have won 12 con­sec­u­tive games against Mi­ami dat­ing to last sea­son— their long­est win­ning streak against any team since the fran­chise moved to Wash­ing­ton in 2005.

It was also the largest come­back vic­tory since the team­left Mon­treal. The Na­tion­als ral­lied from eight runs down to de­feat At­lanta 13-12 on April 28, 2015. ASTROS 4, WHITE SOX 3 » Jose Al­tuve hit a two-run homer in the fifth in­ning and Yuli Gur­riel’s RBI sin­gle with one out in Hous­ton’s two-run ninth lifted the Astros over vis­it­ing Chicago. The Astros trailed by one when Joakim So­ria (0- 3) walked pinch-hit­ter Tony Kemp with no outs in the ninth be­fore ad­vanc­ing to third on a sin­gle by pinch-hit­ter Mar­win Gon­za­lez. Ge­orge Springer snapped an 0-for-8 slump and tied it at 3 with an RBI sin­gle. It was a much-needed hit for the World Se­ries MVP who has been strug­gling lately, go­ing 6 for 70 since June 15. Alex Breg­man walked to load the bases and Al­tuve struck out be­fore Gur­riel sin­gled to give Hous­ton the vic­tory.

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