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Braves extend their NL East lead



Washington’s Chad Tracy hit a game-ending single in the 13th inning to give the Nationals a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Monday, extending their lead over the Braves in the National League East division to six games.

Ian Desmond led off the 13th with an infield single off Cristhian Martinez (5-3) before Danny Espinosa’s attempted bunt led to a forceout. Kurt Suzuki then hit a slow roller for an infield hit, allowing Espinosa to take third.

With the infield in, Tracy hit the ball to Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who had to choose between trying to get Espinosa at the plate or attempting to turn a double play, but instead fumbled, and Espinosa dashed home.

Craig Stammen (6-1) pitched two hitless innings for the win.


In Los Angeles, Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings as San Francisco edged Los Angeles to reclaim the NL West lead by half a game.

Bumgarner pitched his second scoreless outing of the season for the Giants, who leapfrogged the Dodgers in a division race that has seen the rivals frequently swap leads.

Bumgarner (14-7) struck out 10 and walked none. Javier Lopez got the final out to claim the save.

Pablo Sandoval drove in both San Francisco runs.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (11-7) gave up six hits in eight innings.


In Philadelphia, John Mayberry Jr hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz had solo shots to power Philadelphia past Cincinnati.

Domonic Brown hit a go-ahead two-run double off Mike Leake (5-8) in the Phillies’ four-run fifth inning.

Phildelphia starter Roy Halladay (7-7) was not sharp, allowing five runs in seven innings, but the offense bailed him out and he recorded the win.

The Phillies have won 12 of 13 against the Reds, dating to 2010. This was their first meeting this season.


In San Diego, Edinson Volquez struck out 10 to steer San Diego past Pittsburgh.

Volquez (8-9), who had a dismal 13,83 ERA over his previous four starts, turned his form around and allowed just one run.

San Diego has won 16 of its past 19 against the Pirates, but Pittsburgh remained half a game ahead of the Dodgers for the final wild-card berth.


In Phoenix, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, including the first of back-to-back long shots during Miami’s nine-run fourth inning, which set up the win over Arizona.

Miami’s 10 hits in the fourth matched a franchise record set last year, and the 12 runs and 20 hits were season highs.

Marlins starter Mark Buehrle (11-11) took the win, allowing two runs over seven innings.

Arizona’s Joe Saunders (6-10) gave up nine runs in just 3 2-3 innings.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Rockies 3, Mets 1

‧ Brewers 9, Cubs 5



Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning as the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 9-6 in Monday’s opening game of a three-game series between American League divisional leaders.

Ramirez connected with two outs in the seventh off Boone Logan (4-2), and Adam Dunn added his major league-leading 36th homer of the season in the eighth as the White Sox ended a run of three straight defeats.

Brett Myers (2-1) got the win by pitching two-thirds of an inning.

New York’s Derek Jeter homered and had four hits, tying Eddie Murray for 11th place on the career list (3,255). He also took over 13th place on the runs scored list (1,845), passing Craig Biggio.

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