Pirates in wildcard hunt, Nationals lose

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The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their push for an MLB playoff spot, while the Washington Nationals were beaten.

The Pirates made it three straight wins and are just a game and a half outside the wildcard in the National League (NL) after a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Josh Harrison went three-for-five for the Pirates, who had to rally from 5-1 down.

The Nationals went down to the Colorado Rockies through 11 innings, losing 9-4.

There were shut-out wins for the Cincinnati Reds (13-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks), Texas Rangers (7-0 over the Cleveland Indians) and San Diego Padres (1-0 over the Miami Marlins).

The Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Minnesota Twins 8-7 and Gary Sanchez homered once more in the New York Yankees' 13-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1, the Oakland Athletics edged the St Louis Cardinals 3-2 and the Houston Astros overcame the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.

The Chicago White Sox had 15 hits in a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets thrashed the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1.

The Los Angeles Angels got past the Detroit Tigers 3-2, the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago Cubs 3-2.

 

BLACKMON HOMERS TWICE

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon belted two home runs. He finished the game with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Blackmon's two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning paved the way for the Rockies' victory.

 

STRANGE WIN FOR JAYS

Blue Jays outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. hit an unusual inside-the-park home run.

SANCHEZ KEEPS DELIVERING

Yankees rookie Sanchez became the first player in MLB history with 11 home runs in his first 23 games when he blasted a bomb in the fourth inning against the Orioles.

DODGERS LOOK FOR SERIES WIN

The Dodgers claimed a big win over the Cubs on Saturday as they try to beat the Giants in the NL West. They will try to win the series with Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25 ERA) taking the mound to take on Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81 ERA).