Kenta Maeda notches save, Kenley Jansen gets the Dodgers' win

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NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Dodgers were reeling when Jedd Gyorko stepped into the batter's box to pinch-hit in the eighth inning of their 3-2 win Sunday night. They had spent seven innings wasting prime scoring opportunities against New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. They were down to six outs to rebound.

Then they got a gift. Mets left-...Read more

Padres swept after Rockies run another starter early, get to bullpen late

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DENVER -- The Padres and their fans can be thankful that won't happen again until next season.

The Padres got swept out of Coors Field by the Rockies on Sunday, losing 10-5 in what started as the most competitive contest of the three-game series and ended as the biggest blowout.

And that was after Josh Naylor's two-run homer in the ninth.

The...Read more

Cubs lose Anthony Rizzo with a sprained ankle but beat the Pirates 16-6, pulling within 2 games of the NL Central lead

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo sprained his right ankle during the third inning of Sunday's 16-6 win over the Pirates, putting a damper on a big milestone for Kris Bryant and the Cubs bagging their third straight game with at least 14 runs.

Bryant knocked two home runs off Trevor Williams to left-center field -- the first bomb moving him past Ernie ...Read more

Fried roughed up as Braves drop finale in D.C.

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WASHINGTON -- The Braves' attention will soon shift toward assembling their postseason roster. But the last week won't inspire confidence in up-and-down left-hander Max Fried, whose breakthrough has reached a sudden halt.

Fried lasted just 2-1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss Sunday. It spared the Nationals a sweep and helped prevent the Braves from ...Read more

Astros pound Royals 12-3, sweep three-game series at Kauffman Stadium

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals knew they'd face a much taller task this weekend against the Houston Astros than they had during their recent four-series win streak. The Astros have World Series aspirations and just might finish the regular season with the best record in baseball.

The Royals simply didn't have the firepower and depth to matchup ...Read more

Braun's grand slam in ninth lifts Brewers to 7-6 win over Cards at Busch

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ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Braun hit a 3-2 pitch into the bleachers in left-center field for a grand slam off reliever Junior Fernandez in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 7-6 win before a crowd of 46,722 at Busch Stadium.

The homer, which put the Brewers on top 7-4, set a franchise record for Milwaukee....Read more

Wojciechowski settles in as Orioles bounce back with rain-soaked 8-2 victory over Tigers

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DETRIOT -- Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has praised his team's resilience throughout a 2019 season that Saturday reached 100 losses. The 100th was one of the toughest, with two late leads disappearing and the final blow delivered on the Detroit Tigers' walk-off grand slam. But Sunday, even the rain falling over Comerica Park couldn't dampen ...Read more

Indians 7, Twins 5: Indians avoid sweep with comeback win

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CLEVELAND -- A disappointing weekend for the Indians at least finished with a small bright spot.

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth and staring at a disastrous series sweep, the Indians came from behind Sunday to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 at Progressive Field.

Jason Kipnis doubled and Franmil Reyes walked to put the tying runs on...Read more

Kris Bryant set a Cubs record for home runs in his first 5 years. How does his output compare to Ernie Banks?

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CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant has hit more home runs in his first five seasons than Ernie Banks did.

Let that sink one in for a minute.

With 136 home runs going into Sunday's game against the Pirates, Bryant was tied with "Mr. Cub" for most home runs in a player's first five seasons on the North Side. Bryant hit Nos. 137 and 138 Sunday.

"Pretty cool...Read more

Angels star Mike Trout will undergo season-ending foot surgery this week

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LOS ANGELES -- Mike Trout will undergo season-ending right foot surgery this week, the Angels announced Sunday.

Trout will have the procedure to remove a Morton's neuroma from his right foot. Having last played on Sept. 7, Trout said Saturday night he was hoping to return to the lineup for the team's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. ...Read more

Ailing Angels lose again as they limp toward finish line

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brad Ausmus' pregame media session Saturday afternoon quickly turned into a glorified injury update. On an Angels team that seems to get more banged up by the day, there was plenty for the first-year manager to cover.

Asked whether Mike Trout, who hasn't played since Sept. 7 because of nerve irritation in his right foot that ...Read more

Ryu dominates, but one Urias pitch dooms Dodgers as bullpen experiment blows up

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NEW YORK -- The eighth inning became another postseason test case for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. They were entangled in a scoreless tie with the New York Mets at Citi Field after Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jacob deGrom, two Cy Young contenders, delivered seven-inning gems.

The game was left up to the bullpens, and the Dodgers used the ...Read more

Lauer falls on Rockies ground again as Padres lose, 11-10

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DENVER -- If Eric Lauer is going to pitch for the Padres much longer, he has to pitch a little better a little more often.

And he has to do a lot better when he's pitching in Colorado.

Saturday brought another low point a mile high for the young left-hander, as the Rockies scored six runs before he could record the second out in the third ...Read more

Phillies lose to Red Sox, waste Aaron Nola start once again as bats go cold

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jean Segura shrugged his shoulders Saturday night and smiled at Hector Neris, who pointed from the mound. Segura had made a terrific, leaping catch to snare a line drive, keep Boston's go-ahead run at third base, and allow the Phillies to think for a moment that they might be able to squelch a rally.

But the catch was just the ...Read more

Orioles twice blow late leads, lose on Tigers' 12th-inning, walk-off grand slam

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DETROIT -- A matchup of the two worst teams in baseball, somehow, lived up to the hype.

The Orioles were one out from a second consecutive victory against the Detroit Tigers, the only team with a worse record than them, when leadoff hitter Victor Reyes hit a game-tying solo shot off Baltimore closer Mychal Givens in the ninth. After they again ...Read more

Zack Greinke beats Royals at Kauffman Stadium for first time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All these years and multiple teams later, Zack Greinke just keeps dealing and frustrating opposing lineups.

On Saturday night, the former Royals ace and current member of the embarrassingly-stacked Houston Astros pitching rotation made his first start in Kansas City since 2017.

Greinke earned his first win as pitcher for ...Read more

Brewers' homers sink Cards amid barrage of whiffs

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ST. LOUIS -- Led by starter Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers combined to record 17 strikeouts Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

But two big blows by the Milwaukee Brewers were enough to lift them to a 5-2 win as the Chicago Cubs moved within three games in the NL Central. Milwaukee is four games back.

Mike Moustakas and Yasmani ...Read more

Miguel Sano's grand slam guides Twins to doubleheader sweep of Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Mike Clevinger poured some lighter fluid on the Twins-Indians rivalry on Saturday. But the Twins unloaded a big fire extinguisher on the AL Central pennant race.

Jorge Polanco, robbed of his 22nd home run of the season by Friday's rainout, simply repeated it on Saturday to win the first game, Miguel Sano crushed a tie-breaking ...Read more

Braves beat Nationals again to clinch playoff spot

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WASHINGTON -- The Braves clinched their spot in the 2019 postseason after a four-run seventh inning pushed them past the Nationals, but there was no jubilation in the clubhouse on Saturday.

Charlie Culberson entered to pinch-hit in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game. Attempting to lay down a bunt, he was hit in the face by a pitch from Fernando ...Read more

Cubs set team record for home runs with 4 more in 14-1 rout of Pirates

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs pounded four more home runs Saturday afternoon in a 14-1 rout of the Pirates before 39,928 at Wrigley Field, setting the franchise's single-season home run record.

Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Nico Hoerner and Victor Caratini all went yard, giving the Cubs nine home runs in two days and 237 for the season. The old record of 235...Read more