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Braves sweep Mets, win eighth straight

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NEW YORK (AP) Josh Donaldson and Dallas Keuchel were playing T-ball back in the days when Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves began tormenting the New York Mets.

They've picked up the tradition pretty quick.

Donaldson hit two more home runs against the Mets, Keuchel pitched his best game of the season and the Braves won their eighth in a row, holding off New York 2-1 Sunday.


Rendon, Nats top Cubs in 11 for sweep

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rendon homered and had four hits, including an RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

Juan Soto added three hits and Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 in six innings, helping Washington finish off its first sweep of Chicago since September 2012. The Nationals outscored the Cubs 23-10 in the three-game series.


Indians 3B Ramirez out with broken hand

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have been dealt a major blow at the worst time possible.

Their playoff chances have gone from hopeful to harmed.


Yanks SS Gregorius leaves game after HBP

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has left New York's game at Dodger Stadium after being hit by a pitch from Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw.

Gregorius sustained a right shoulder contusion after being drilled in the first inning Sunday night. He left in the third and was replaced by pinch-hitter Mike Ford, who stayed in the game at first base.


Carpenter homers as Cards sweep Rockies

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter broke out of his slump with a homer and three hits, Dexter Fowler drove in three runs and the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies after a long rain delay Sunday.

St. Louis, which has won seven of eight and 13 of 16, swept the four-game series by a combined score of 31-12.


Surging Astros get 7 in 8th, top Angels

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros finally began to barrel up baseballs in the eighth inning, and it seemed like they might never stop.

Jose Altuve's career-high tying 24th home run capped a seven-run eighth after Framber Valdez grinded through six gritty innings, and Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 Sunday.


Machado's HR lifts Padres over Red Sox

SAN DIEGO (AP) It took just one swing by Manny Machado in the first inning to give the San Diego Padres all the runs they'd need to avoid being swept by the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Machado hit a two-run home run - his first in more than three weeks - and left-hander Joey Lucchesi pitched five decent innings in the Padres' 3-1 win Sunday.


Cron, Schoop power Twins past Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The first-place Minnesota Twins didn't get many hits off Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but they certainly made them count.

C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martin Perez pitched six solid innings and Minnesota beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.


Marlins rally against Nola, top Phillies

MIAMI (AP) The Marlins used the element of surprise Sunday to beat the Phillies.

They threw strikes.

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