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Rallying Braves defeat Nationals 6-4

GRADE-A PERFORMANCE:In Oakland, California, the Athletics needed 12 innings to defeat the Tigers 4-3, improving to an American League best of 9-2

AP, WASHINGTON

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Ramiro Pena hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with two outs in the 10th inning as the Atlanta Braves came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Friday, stretching their winning streak to seven games.

Pena, who reached on a bunt as a pinch hitter in the eighth, helped Atlanta win a game it trailed 4-0 after two innings and 4-2 entering the ninth.

Bryce Harper hit a two-run, opposite-field shot in the first for his fifth homer, and Denard Span and Jayson Werth tacked on RBI singles in the second for the Nationals.

Eric O’Flaherty (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, and Craig Kimbrel retired the heart of Washington’s order for his fifth save in five chances.

With one out in the 10th, Stammen (2-1) walked Dan Uggla. After a flyout, Pena hit his first homer of the season.

The Braves, a major league-leading 9-1, handed Washington their first loss in seven home games.

CUBS 4, GIANTS 3

In Chicago, Starlin Castro’s ninth-inning double off the center-field wall gave Chicago a wild win over San Francisco.

The Cubs led 2-0 heading into the top of the ninth, but closer Kyuji Fujikawa (1-0) allowed a one-out RBI single to Pablo Sandoval and hit Buster Posey with a pitch, before Brandon Belt’s two-run double with two outs put the Giants ahead.

Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro tied the game with a leadoff homer in the bottom half against closer Sergio Romo (0-1). David DeJesus singled with two outs and scored the winning run on Castro’s double.

It was Romo’s first blown save in seven chances this season.

Giants ace Matt Cain made his first start since giving up nine earned runs in 3-2/3 innings during a 14-3 loss to St Louis on Sunday last week. This time, Cain allowed only solo homers to DeJesus and Castro in seven solid innings.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Pirates 6, Reds 5

‧ Cardinals 2, Brewers 0

‧ Rockies 7, Padres 5

‧ Phillies 3, Marlins 1

‧ Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, New York

The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years and Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells’ fly ball, while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error as New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Friday for their fourth straight win.

C.C. Sabathia (2-1) allowed two runs — one earned — and eight hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. Mariano Rivera finished for his second save as New York (5-4) moved over .500 for the first time this year.

Jones — a Gold Glove center fielder — ranged back for Wells’ fly ball and closed his glove too early. Then in the eighth, Manny Machado hit a sharp low liner that second baseman Robinson Cano picked up on a hop, starting New York’s first triple play in the Bronx since June 3, 1968, against Minnesota.

Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) was the loser.

ATHLETICS 4, TIGERS 3, 12 INNINGS

In Oakland, California, Josh Donaldson homered with one out in the 12th inning to lift Oakland past Detroit for their ninth straight victory.

Donaldson’s opposite-field drive to right off Brayan Villarreal (0-2) was his first career game-ending hit.

Prince Fielder homered and had four hits for the Tigers, who beat Oakland in the Major League playoffs last season on their way to the World Series.

Ramon Santiago hit a two-out triple in the top of the 12th, before Chris Resop (1-0) retired Austin Jackson on a fly to center.

The A’s improved to an American League-best 9-2, just the third time in Oakland history the club has opened at least 9-2. Only the Atlanta Braves at 9-1 have a better record than Oakland.

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