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WASH­ING­TON, Sept 12, (AP): Michael A. Tay­lor hit a game-end­ing sin­gle in the 12th in­ning, and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the At­lanta Braves 8-7 on Fri­day night af­ter blow­ing a five-run lead for the sec­ond straight game.

Na­tion­als re­liev­ers Kyle Fin­negan and James Borque (1-0) worked out of bases-loaded jams in the 11th and 12th in­nings, re­spec­tively, and the NL Eastlead­ing Braves couldn’t score in three ex­tra frames with a run­ner start­ing at sec­ond base.

Adam Ea­ton be­gan the 12th on sec­ond for Wash­ing­ton and ad­vanced to third on Trea Turner’s li­ne­out. Juan Soto was walked in­ten­tion­ally be­fore Grant Day­ton (2-1) al­lowed Tay­lor’s sin­gle.

Phillies 11, Mar­lins 0, 7 In­nings,

Game 1 Mar­lins 5, Phillies 3, 7 In­nings,

Game 2

In Mi­ami, Aaron Nola gives his seven-in­ning com­plete game vic­tory an as­ter­isk.

As for the dou­ble­header night­cap, the Philadel­phia Phillies’ bullpen re­mains a big ques­tion mark.

Nola struck out 10 and went the dis­tance for the first time in his ca­reer

as Philadel­phia handed the Mi­ami Mar­lins their worst drub­bing in two days, win­ning Fri­day’s opener 11-0.

The Phillies went with a bullpen game in the night­cap, and their strug­gling re­lief corps had an­other rocky night in a 5-3 loss. Jorge Alfaro had his fourth con­sec­u­tive two-RBI game for the Mar­lins, who scored on three re­liev­ers.

Di­a­mond­backs 4, Mariners 3 In Phoenix, Caleb Smith threw three solid in­nings in his first out­ing with Ari­zona, long re­liever Alex Young worked into the ninth and the Di­a­mond­backs beat the Seat­tle Mariners 4-3.

Smith gave up one hit – Dy­lan Moore’s solo homer in the third – in his first start since the Di­a­mond­backs ac­quired him in a trade with the Mar­lins. The left-han­der struck out three and walked one.

Young (2-3) gave up two runs on two hits over 5-1/3 in­nings and got the first out of the ninth by strik­ing out Kyle Sea­ger. Ste­fan Crich­ton retired the last two bat­ters to fin­ish the three­hit­ter for his first ca­reer save.

Rock­ies 8, An­gels 4

In Den­ver, Char­lie Black­mon hit a two-out grand slam that capped a fiverun rally in the ninth in­ning and lifted the Colorado Rock­ies over the Los An­ge­les An­gels 8-4.

Black­mon ham­mered Jose Qui­jada’s fast­ball down the mid­dle of the plate on a 3-1 count over the wall in right cen­ter for his sec­ond grand slam of the sea­son and third of his ca­reer. It was the fourth walk-off hit over­all, three of them homers.

Ryan McMa­hon’s solo home run with one out in the Rock­ies ninth off Ty But­trey (1-3) made it 4-all. Josh Fuentes then dou­bled to right-cen­ter and Daniel Mur­phy was in­ten­tion­ally walked, bring­ing on Qui­jada.

Twins 3, In­di­ans 1

In Min­neapo­lis, By­ron Bux­ton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout in­nings for Min­nesota, as the Twins handed Shane Bieber his first loss of the sea­son with a 3-1 vic­tory over the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

Bieber (7-1) yielded five hits and two walks with eight strike­outs in seven in­nings, match­ing a sea­son-most three runs al­lowed on the homers by Bux­ton and rookie Ryan Jef­fers. This was the first time the right-han­der was taken deep in six starts.

Ser­gio Romo pitched a per­fect eighth for the Twins, adding some spice to the night when he fin­ished the in­ning with a fly­out by Fran­cisco Lin­dor.

Tay­lor Rogers gave up a homer to José Ramírez in the ninth, then got his ninth save. The Twins (28-18) im­proved to 8-2 in Septem­ber and 19-5 at their empty home ball­park.

Roy­als 4, Pi­rates 3

In Kansas City, Mo, Kris Bu­bic worked hard through five in­nings to earn his first ma­jor league win as the Kansas City Roy­als de­feated the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 4-3 for their fourth straight vic­tory.

Bu­bic (1-5), the sec­ond of four pitch­ers from the first round of the 2018 draft to de­but for Kansas City in 2020, faced base-run­ners in ev­ery in­ning, but only al­lowed one run on six hits in five in­nings.

Greg Hol­land pitched a per­fect ninth for his fourth save.

Ath­let­ics 10, Rangers 6

In Ar­ling­ton, Texas, cleanup hit­ter Matt Ol­son con­nected for a grand slam off Luís Gar­cia af­ter the Texas opener walked the bases loaded to start the game, and the Oak­land Ath­let­ics beat the Rangers 10-6.

Mike Fiers (5-2) won for the third time in three starts against the Rangers with six solid in­nings as the AL Westlead­ing A’s moved a sea­son-high 13 games over .500 and re­duced their magic num­ber for reach­ing the play­offs to sin­gle dig­its.

Oak­land im­proved to 6-1 against the last-place Rangers, clinch­ing the sea­son se­ries for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

Ol­son’s 426-foot drive about 15 rows up in right field on a 3-2 pitch was his 13th homer and sec­ond grand

slam this sea­son. The other was a game-ender against the Los An­ge­les An­gels on open­ing day. Ol­son added an RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond in­ning.

Brew­ers 1, Cubs 0

In Mil­wau­kee, Chris­tian Yelich scored on Ryan Braun’s ninth-in­ning sac­ri­fice fly, Bran­don Woodruff pitched seven in­nings of one-hit ball and the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 as they tried to

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climb back into play­off con­tention.

Woodruff, Devin Williams and Josh Hader (1-1) com­bined on a two-hit­ter with 16 strike­outs. Com­ing off a 19-0 rout of Detroit, Mil­wau­kee pitch­ers ex­tended their score­less streak to 19 in­nings. The Brew­ers have pitched con­sec­u­tive shutouts for the first time since Aug 31 and Sept 1 last year Wrigley Field.

Mil­wau­kee is third in the NL Cen­tral at 20-22, four games back of the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Cubs and also trail­ing St Louis. The Brew­ers have not been above .500 all sea­son.

White Sox 4, Tigers 3

In Chicago, Eloy Jiménez hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s four-run sixth in­ning, and the White Sox beat Detroit 4-3 for their sev­enth straight win against the Tigers.

The AL Cen­tral-lead­ing White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games over­all, break­ing through at the plate af­ter they went hit­less in the first five in­nings against Casey Mize. Evan Marshall (2-1), Codi Heuer and Alex Colomé com­bined for 3-1/3 score­less in­nings in re­lief of Lu­cas Gi­olito.

Go­ing for its first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 2008, Chicago im­proved to 7-1 against Detroit this sea­son. It’s the long­est win streak for the White Sox against the Tigers since a seven-game run that over­lapped the 2005-06 sea­sons.

Reds 3, Cardinals 1

In St Louis, Luis Castillo pitched a two-hit­ter for his first com­plete game in the ma­jors, Joey Votto home­red and the Cincin­nati Reds beat the St Louis Cardinals 3-1.

Castillo (2-5) struck out six and walked three in win­ning his sec­ond straight start. An All-Star last year, the right-han­der made his 87th ca­reer start in the big leagues.

Castillo out-pitched Adam Wain­wright (4-1), who al­lowed three runs in six in­nings. The Cardinals lost for the fourth time in six games.

Only twice did St Louis get a run­ner to third against Castillo, who has given up just three earned runs in his past 15 in­nings.

Mets 18, Blue Jays 1

In Buf­falo, New York, Ja­cob de­Grom, wear­ing an NYPD cap in honor of first re­spon­ders on the 19th an­niver­sary of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, pitched six strong in­nings and the New York Mets backed him in a big way, beat­ing the Toronto Blue Jays 18-1.

In ad­di­tion to the po­lice depart­ment, caps for the fire depart­ment, Port Author­ity po­lice, Depart­ment of San­i­ta­tion and Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment were worn by the Mets.

De­Grom (4-1) struck out nine and held the Blue Jays to three hits, two walks and a first-in­ning run, his 13th straight start al­low­ing no more than two earned runs, the most by a Mets pitcher since Jo­han San­tana in 2008-09.

Rays 11, Red Sox 1

In St Peters­burg, Florida, Nate Lowe hit two homers and drove in four runs as Tampa Bay fielded a lineup of all left­ies, Blake Snell worked 5-1/3 score­less in­nings and the AL Eastlead­ing Rays routed the cel­lar-dwelling Bos­ton Red Sox 11-1.

Tampa Bay be­came the first ma­jor league team since at least 1900 to use a bat­ting or­der with only left-handed bat­ters, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Snell (4-1) gave up five hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Yoshi Tsut­sugo also home­red for the Rays, who stopped a three-game skid. Tampa Bay en­tered the game trail­ing Oak­land by per­cent­age points for the AL’s best record.

Yan­kees 6, Ori­oles 0, 7 In­nings,

Game 1 Yan­kees 10, Ori­oles 1, 7 In­nings,

Game 2

In New York, Luke Voit hit a pair of three-run home runs, Masahiro Tanaka and two re­liev­ers com­bined for a fourhit­ter and the New York Yan­kees beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 10-1to com­plete a dou­ble­header sweep.

Ger­rit Cole pitched a seven-in­ning two-hit­ter in the opener as the Yan­kees beat Bal­ti­more 6-0 be­hind homers from DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gard­ner and Kyle Hi­gash­ioka.

New York moved 3-1/2 games ahead of the Ori­oles for the AL’s fi­nal post­sea­son spot as the teams be­gan a four-game se­ries. The Yan­kees had lost 15 of 21 com­ing in amid a rash of in­juries, drop­ping to third place in the AL East be­hind Tampa Bay and Toronto.

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Braves in Wash­ing­ton on Sept 11. (AP)
Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ Juan Soto scores dur­ing the first in­ning of the team’s base­ball game against the At­lanta Braves in Wash­ing­ton on Sept 11. (AP)
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Philadel­phia Phillies’ Aaron Nola pitches dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Mi­ami Mar­lins on Sept 11 in Mi­ami. (AP)

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