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Nationals complete Giants sweep

AP, Washington

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, center, hits an RBI double in the seventh inning as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, looks on at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday.

Photo: AFP

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington’s Bryce Harper scored the winning run when San Francisco’s first baseman Brandon Belt could not dig out a short-hop throw on a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning, giving the Nationals a 6-5 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Washington completed a sweep on a night in which the US capital celebrated fond memories of the 1924 World Series.

It was throwback night in Washington, as the “Senators” topped the “New York Giants” with a two-run rally off Santiago Casilla (2-4).

The National League East leaders recovered from a four-run deficit and have won four straight.

Tyler Clippard (2-2) pitched the ninth to get the win for the Nationals.

The home team went all-out to recreate the nostalgia of 1924, even though the game featured neither of the franchises from the Series the Senators won in seven games.

DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1

In Phoenix, Arizona, Scott van Slyke and Elian Herrera hit solo home runs as Los Angeles sent Arizona to their sixth straight loss.

Van Slyke went deep off Wade Miley and Herrera hit his first big league homer to chase Arizona’s lone All-Star representative in the seventh inning.

Diamondbacks starter Miley allowed four runs in 6-2/3 innings.

Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-5) finally notched his first win in his eighth start, allowing only one run in six innings.

METS 6, PHILLIES 5

In New York, David Wright singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting New York over Philadelphia and preserving pitcher R.A. Dickey’s 11-game winning streak.

Mets catcher Josh Thole prevented a run in the eighth when he held on to the ball, despite being barreled over at home plate.

New York’s Ike Davis began the ninth with a double off Jonathan Papelbon (2-3). A sacrifice moved pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno to third, before a strike out. Papelbon then hit Jordany Valdespin with a pitch and walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.

David Murphy lined a shot off Papelbon’s leg to tie the score, setting the stage for Wright.

Bobby Parnell (2-1) pitched the ninth to take the win for the Mets.

Thursday’s other results:

‧ Marlins 4, Brewers 0

‧ Pirates 2, Astros 0

‧ Padres 2, Reds 1

‧ Cardinals 6, Rockies 2

‧ Braves 7, Cubs 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, CHICAGO

Chicago rookie Jose Quintana allowed just two Texas hits in eight stellar innings as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 2-1 win over their rival American League divisional leaders on Thursday.

On a scorching day at US Cellular Field, Quintana (4-1) walked only one and struck out a career-high eight. He gave up only a leadoff single in the first and an RBI single in the fourth on a line drive that hit the pitcher near the hip and bounced past first base.

With a thunderstorm hitting the ball park in the ninth, Addison Reed pitched the final inning for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Kevin Youkilis took Rangers All-Star Matt Harrison (11-4) deep in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie — his second homer since joining the White Sox in a trade from Boston last month.

ANGELS 9, ORIOLES 7

In Anaheim, California, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run single in a five-run fourth inning that rallied Los Angeles past Baltimore.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-1), the second of six Angels pitchers, retired both batters he faced in the fourth inning and got credit for the victory.

The Angels climbed within four games of the American League West-leading Texas Rangers. The Orioles slipped 5-1/2 behind the idle New York Yankees in the East.

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