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Braves beat Nats in big comeback



Atlanta’s Paul Janish hit a run-scoring bloop single in the 11th inning to complete the Braves’ wild 11-10 comeback win against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

The Nationals led 9-0 after five innings, but Atlanta scored four runs in both the sixth and eighth innings and took a 10-9 lead in the top of the ninth.

Washington’s Danny Espinosa hit a solo homer into the visitors’ bullpen to tie the game at 10-10.

In the top of the 11th, Dan Uggla led off with a single against Tom Gorzelanny (2-2), advanced to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error and then went to third on a passed ball before scoring on Janish’s bloop.

Eric O’Flaherty (2-0) pitched the 10th to earn the win and Chad Durbin was perfect in the 11th for his first save.

It was the Braves’ largest comeback since 1987, and the nine-run lead was the largest ever given up by the Nationals franchise, including the games played as the Montreal Expos.


In New York, Matt Kemp homered early and Los Angeles hung on to edge New York.

Los Angeles finally worked out how to get to Mets starter Johan Santana (6-7), who entered 5-0 with a 0.50 earned run average (ERA) in five career starts against them. That included eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win on June 30, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner has hit the skids hard since.

The two-run homers by Kemp and Luis Cruz gave run support to Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (7-5), who allowed one earned run in five innings.

Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth for the save.


In Cincinnati, Homer Bailey pitched eight innings for his first career win over Milwaukee, keeping Cincinnati in first place in the NL Central.

Bailey (9-6) has beaten the defending World Series champion Cardinals and the defending division champion Brewers in his past two starts. He has won four straight starts for the first time in his career.

Zack Cozart hit the first of Cincinnati’s three solo homers as the Reds moved 13 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (0-4) gave up seven hits in seven innings.

Friday’s other results:

‧ Pirates 4, Marlins 3

‧ Giants 7, Phillies 2

‧ Cardinals 4, Cubs 1

‧ Diamondbacks 13, Astros 8

‧ Padres 9, Rockies 5


AP, OAKLAND, California

Oakland’s Brandon Moss hit a game-ending RBI single in the ninth inning as the Athletics produced yet another dose of late--inning dramatics to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Friday and notch their seventh win in eight games.

Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out in the ninth off Cody Eppley (0-1) for his fourth hit of the game and went to second on Jonny Gomes’ infield hit.

Moss, who had left the bases loaded twice earlier in the game, lined a single to right field and Cespedes slid in at home plate ahead of Andruw Jones throw.

That gave Oakland their 10th walk-off win of the season and seventh in their past 14 home games, bailing out closer Ryan Cook (4-2), who had allowed a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth.

New York’s streak of 43 consecutive games with at least three runs — the longest in the majors since Cleveland’s 48-game run in 1994 — was ended.


In Anaheim, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered as Los Angeles opened a weekend showdown between the AL West’s powers with a victory over Texas.

Angels starter Jered Weaver (12-1) pitched seven resilient innings, persevering through 116 pitches and repeated trouble to win his sixth straight start and seventh consecutive decision since May 13.

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