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Nats club 4 HRs in row, 8 total in rout

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher.

Washington tied a franchise record with eight homers and matched two major league marks during a prolific third inning that highlighted a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each homered twice for the Nationals, who banged out 19 hits in reaching double figures in runs for the 18th time this season.


Bauer, Lindor help Tribe extend run to 7

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending AL champions.

Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games - its longest of the season - and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.


Gardner HR lifts Yanks after Rays' mixup

NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner lined a slider from rookie Andrew Kittredge a half-dozen rows into the right-field seats leading off the 11th inning, circled the bases with his career-high 18th home run, rolled his helmet toward home plate and crossed with the winning run.

The Yankees went wild, so wild that rookie star Aaron Judge lost part of a tooth in the celebration.


Schwarber has 2 HRs, Cubs win 11th in 13

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Schwarber got off to a terrible start this year with the Chicago Cubs. He was sent down to Triple-A Iowa last month and then recalled after a short stint in the minors.

After months of work with a couple of different hitting coaches, it looks as if he might be coming around at the plate.


Martinez's slam lifts Arizona over Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Arizona outfielder J.D. Martinez is beginning to endear himself to the Diamondbacks' fan base.

Martinez hit a grand slam and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as the Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Thursday night.


Pearce hits slam in 10th, Jays sweep A's

TORONTO (AP) Steve Pearce became the latest Blue Jay to hit a game-ending home run.

Pearce hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.


Rays get reliever Jennings from ChiSox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired help for an inconsistent bullpen, obtaining left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox for minor league first baseman Casey Gillaspie.

Jennings was 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 48 appearances for the White Sox this season. He is expected to join the Rays in New York for the start of a four-game series Thursday night.


Margot, Coleman help Padres beat Mets

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Padres manager Andy Green called it "an ugly, sloppy" performance by his team Thursday night.

Fortunately for the Padres, several players had big moments to cook up a 7-5 victory over the New York Mets.


O'Grady pitches Marlins by reeling Reds

MIAMI (AP) Chris O'Grady looked like a much different pitcher against the Cincinnati Reds than he did five days ago.

O'Grady pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 to open a four-game series on Thursday night.

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