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MLB roundup: Josh Donaldson homers in 10th, lifts Braves over Nationals 5-4

Atlanta Braves' Josh Donaldson swings during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky / AP)
Atlanta Braves' Josh Donaldson swings during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky / AP)
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WASHINGTON – Josh Donaldson homered against Sean Doolittle in the top of the 10th, and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday to take two of three in the series and pad their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games.

After the Nationals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, Donaldson swatted a fastball from Doolittle over the center-field wall for his 25th homer of the season.

Adam Duvall homered for the fourth time in five games. Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers also drove in runs for the Braves, who won consecutive series in Washington for the first time since 2013. They also won two of three in late June.

Atlanta got another quality road start from Mike Soroka (10-2), who pitched seven innings and allowed just three hits, including a leadoff homer to Juan Soto in the second.

Washington starter Anibal Sanchez (6-6) could not keep pace, allowing four runs on 10 hits in five innings of work.

Yankees 7, Diamondbacks 5

NEW YORK – Austin Romine hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and New York beat Arizona while the Diamondbacks completed a deal to send ace Zack Greinke to Houston.

The Yankees had been shopping for pitching and may have eyed Greinke ahead of the 4 p.m. trade deadline. The veteran right-hander gave them an impressive firsthand look, striking out seven and pitching five innings of two-run ball. He was in line for the win before Romine’s shot off Yoshihisa Hirano (3-5).

Instead, the 35-year-old Greinke is off to Houston, where he’ll play for a rival AL pennant contender. The Diamondbacks got a quartet of prospects in return.

Adam Ottavino (4-3) got the win with a scoreless inning.

Indians 10, Astros 4

CLEVELAND – Roberto Perez homered twice, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis each hit a three-run shot and Cleveland capped a power-packed day with a win over Houston.

Perez hit a three-run homer in the second inning off rookie Jose Urquidy (1-1) and a solo shot in the sixth as the Indians stayed on Minnesota’s heels in the AL Central.

Santana connected for his 23rd homer in the fifth and Kipnis hit his ninth in the sixth.

Rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (6-3) recovered after a rough start and won his third start in a row.

The Indians’ homer barrage came a few hours after the team acquired sluggers Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes in a three-team trade that sent starter Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati.

The Astros pulled off the biggest deadline deal, acquiring right-hander Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks for four prospects.

Reds 4, Pirates 1

CINCINNATI – Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field, and the two teams were on good behavior during Cincinnati’s victory over Pittsburgh behind a strong outing from Luis Castillo.

Bell and three Reds, including now-traded Yasiel Puig, were ejected for a ninth-inning brawl during the Pirates’ 11-4 win on Tuesday night. Four Pirates also were ejected. Major League Baseball was reviewing video of the fight Wednesday and was expected to hand down suspensions over the second fracas between the NL Central rivals this season.

Bell went after Hurdle during the fight and was restrained in a headlock by batting coach Rick Eckstein. Bell repeatedly cursed Hurdle as he left the field. A day later, the two managers didn’t say much while handing lineup cards to the umpires.

Castillo (10-4) gave up six hits and a run over seven innings. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez homered off rookie Dario Agrazal (2-2), who lasted only 3 2/3 innings.

The two teams aren’t done with each other. They meet again at PNC Park on Aug. 23, and wrap up the season in Pittsburgh Sept. 27-29.

Cubs 2, Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS – Kyle Hendricks struck out seven in seven innings and Ian Happ hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie as Chicago beat St. Louis and moved into a tie with the Cardinals atop the NL Central.

The teams have identical 57-50 records. The Cardinal have lost three of their last four.

Hendricks (8-8) allowed seven hits and didn’t walk a batter in a 104-pitch effort.

Closer Craig Kimbrel picked his eighth save in 10 chances.

Happ, who was recalled from Triple-A Des Moines on Friday, singled off Miles Mikolas (7-11) and scored Kris Bryant, who had reached on a one-out error by third baseman Tommy Edman. Chicago scored an unearned run in the eighth inning.

Rangers 9, Mariners 7

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – All-Star lefty Mike Minor won for the first time in more than a month, Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer and Texas beat Seattle.

Minor trailed 5-3 when he left after the top of the fifth, but Willie Calhoun’s three-run homer in the bottom of the inning put the Rangers in front before they went to the bullpen.

Austin Nola and Keon Broxton homered for the Mariners, who saw the end of a six-game winning streak that had matched their longest of the season.

Minor (9-6) needed 103 pitches to get through five innings. He had five strikeouts while matching a season high in allowing 11 baserunners (seven hits, three walks and a hit batter).

Jesse Chavez, the fourth Texas reliever, worked the ninth for his first save this season.

Wade LeBlanc (6-4) was gone after 4 1/3 innings.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 1

DENVER – Will Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to break open a scoreless game and lead Los Angeles over Colorado.

Kristopher Negron also went deep during the rally and Alex Verdugo had four hits. Joe Kelly (5-3) pitched the eighth inning to earn the win.

Rockies starter German Marquez was helped off the field at the start of the seventh inning with what the team said was full-body cramping. The right-hander fanned 10 through six innings.

The Rockies lost because of a bad ninth inning. Closer Wade Davis (1-5) walked Cody Bellinger and gave up a single to Corey Seager with one out. Smith followed with a homer to center, his fifth of the season. Verdugo then singled and Negron homered for the second straight game.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Freddy Galvis and rookie Bo Bichette hit solo home runs as Toronto completed a three-game sweep over Kansas City.

Bichette hit his first career homer to open the eighth against Royals starter Jakob Junis. Galvis cleared the center field wall with his 16th to open the seventh.

Cavan Biggio followed Bichette’s homer with a double, chasing Junis (6-10). Reliever Kevin McCarthy surrendered a run-scoring double to Teoscar Hernandez.

Rookie Jacob Waguespack (2-1) went six innings for his second win in his fourth big-league start. He held the Royals to three hits and one run.

Rays 8, Red Sox 5

BOSTON – Kevin Kiermaier homered on the first pitch he saw after coming off the injured list, and Austin Meadows hit a three-run shot to lead Tampa Bay over Boston.

The Rays jumped to a 5-0 lead against Boston starter Rick Porcello (9-8). He allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Willy Adames also homered for Tampa Bay, which won for the fifth time in six games since losing seven of eight to fall behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Michael Chavis homered for Boston. J.D. Martinez had three hits, including his 23rd homer of the season, and Mookie Betts also had three hits.

Ryan Yarbrough (10-3) went 4 1/3 innings for the win, allowing four runs and six hits with three strikeouts. Chaz Roe earned his first save.

Tigers 9, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jake Rogers, Brandon Dixon and Gordon Beckham went deep, Daniel Norris picked up his first win since May 12 and Detroit swept the three-game series.

Rogers opened the scoring in the third with his first big league homer.

Dixon and Beckham homered during a five-run eighth inning off Luis Garcia. Dixon – who ended up with four RBIs – had a two-run blast to left-center and Beckham’s was a three-run shot to right center.

Norris (3-8) allowed only three hits over five innings with five strikeouts.

American League home run leader Mike Trout supplied the Angels’ lone run with a solo shot in the sixth.

Suarez (2-2) didn’t allow a hit the first two innings then surrendered four runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Twins 7, Marlins 4

MIAMI – Jose Berrios struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings and Minnesota hit three homers in a win over Miami.

Max Kepler hit his 29th homer of the season, Mitch Garver added a three-run shot and Eddie Rosario had a two-run home run as the Twins won for the fifth time in six games.

Berrios (10-5) retired the first 12 batters he faced, including six on strikeouts, before Neil Walker led off the fifth inning with a dribbler down the third-base line. Starlin Castro followed with a base hit to center.

Miami’s Brian Anderson hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for the Marlins.

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Giants 5, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA – Jeff Samardzija tossed three-hit ball over six scoreless innings, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar homered in a five-run fifth and short-handed San Francisco beat Philadelphia.

The Giants were down three relievers after a flurry of moves before the trade deadline, but Samardzija (8-8) handcuffed Philadelphia for his fifth straight road win.

Vince Velasquez (3-6) took a three-hitter into the sixth before walking Mike Yastrzemski. Posey then ripped a 2-1 fastball out to left field for only his sixth homer in 273 at-bats this season.

Adam Morgan replaced Velasquez, and Sandoval went deep to right for his 14th homer. Brandon Crawford followed with a single and then Pillar connected, sending his 13th homer out to left.

The Phillies only managed one run on Adam Haseley’s RBI groundout.

Mets 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO – Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, Michael Conforto added a two-run single and New York beat Chicago for its season-best sixth straight victory.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in a tight pitching duel with Lucas Giolito. Both 2019 All-Stars allowed just one run in seven innings.

Justin Wilson (2-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to get the win. Diaz gave up a solo homer to Leury Garcia but got three outs for his 24th save in 29 chances.

White Sox closer Alex Colome (3-2) took the loss. Chicago has dropped seven of eight.

Brewers 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – Lorenzo Cain hit a leadoff homer and Jordan Lyles pitched well in his Milwaukee debut in a win over Oakland.

Christian Yelich added an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, matching a career high. Orlando Arcia singled twice and scored.

Jurickon Profar had two hits and an RBI for Oakland.

Hours after completing a pair of trades that sent slumping slugger Jesus Aguilar to Tampa Bay and added lefty Drew Pomeranz to Milwaukee’s bullpen, the Brewers grabbed an early lead against A’s starter Brett Anderson and held on behind Lyles and four relievers.

Matt Albers, Jeremy Jeffress and Junior Guerra each pitched a scoreless inning. Josh Hader earned his 24th save.

Anderson (9-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

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