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Bryce Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets

Bryce Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) - Pitcher Edwin Jackson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals following his release by the Baltimore Orioles.

ATLANTA - Justin Bour homered in his return from the disabled list as Miami blanked Atlanta.

Padres beat Brewers in another slugfest, 7-5 in 11 innings MILWAUKEE - Cory Spangenberg and Chase d'Arnaud each hit solo home runs in the 11th inning, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 on Saturday in yet another slugfest. The Mets have given up three leadoff homers in their last five games. The five straight double-digit games set his career high. Anthony Rendon added a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs, Bryce Harper finished with three hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth, as the Nationals improved to 5-0 at Citi Field this year. Four relievers from a much-maligned pen closed it out, with Enny Romero getting five outs for his second save.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ian Kennedy retired the first 17 batters he faced and Kansas City beat Los Angeles.

Tanaka had an up-and-down day while losing to the A's for the second time this season. Taylor hit consecutive homers starting the third inning against Steven Matz.

Jacob deGrom allowed just one (unearned) run over eight innings Sunday in the Mets' 5-1 defeat of the Nationals.

Adam Lind added a two-run shot and Jose Lobaton also went deep for the NL East leaders, who can finish a four-game sweep Sunday afternoon.

After a disappointing homestand, the Nationals (42-26) have won three straight to improve to 6-0 in NY, and 24-12 on the road overall, and reverse course.

Robert Gsellman (5-4) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. The banged-up Mets (30-37) expected to challenge rival Washington at the top of the division, but injuries and poor pitching have taken their toll in a race that no longer looks competitive.

Matz and Lugo have both only started one game this season, and while both performed well in the series against Atlanta, that lineup is the flawless middle of the Majors in runs scored, it is far, far from the potency of Washington.

Jose Abreu had two hits and drove in three runs for the White Sox, who totaled 14 hits. Murphy, who doubled in the ninth off of Addison Reed to remain flawless in reaching base at least once in 29 career games against the Mets, was unable to locate a Lucas Duda pop-up to start the fourth inning, allowing the ball to drop for a single.

In search of a groundball, he first turned the game over to Blake Treinen, who promptly delivered an inning-ending double play.

The Nationals scored once in each of the first four innings against Seth Lugo (1-1), including on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Wilmer Flores.

DeGrom (6-3) also helped his cause by producing the Mets' first run with an opposite-field homer leading off the third inning against Joe Ross (3-3). NY is 5-1 in DeGrom's last 6 starts against Washington. The game was tied at three entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out. In his last start, the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless, making his fourth straight start with 3 runs or less. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training. NY is 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 2-6 in DeGrom's last 8 starts against a team with a winning record over is 40-17-8 in their last 65 games overall.


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