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Giants regain form to defeat Nationals

SWEEP:The New York Mets’ Curtis Granderson and Kelly Johnson each homered and drove in three runs in their rout of the Rockies to close out their four-game series

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

The St Louis Cardinals’ Seth Maness pitches in the ninth inning of their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday.

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San Francisco answered right back after Yunel Escobar hit the game’s first pitch for a home run, as Ryan Vogelsong settled in to win for the first time in more than seven weeks and the Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-1.

Matt Duffy and Buster Posey hit RBI singles in the bottom of the first against Stephen Strasburg (6-6) for the defending champions to kick off a key four-game series in a rematch of last fall’s NL division series won in four games by the Giants.

Vogelsong (8-8) allowed one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked four over five innings for his first victory in five starts since June 24 as San Francisco won for just the second time in seven games.

Both teams sit in second place in their respective divisions looking to make a move over the final eight weeks.

Santiago Casilla finished for his 28th save.

REDS 10, DODGERS 3

In Los Angeles, Billy Hamilton had a career-high four hits, including a solo homer, to help the Cincinnati Reds defeat former teammate Mat Latos and NL West-leading Los Angeles for just their third victory in nine games.

Hamilton went four for four with four runs scored and two RBIs for the Reds, who piled up 15 hits while never trailing against a team coming off consecutive shutout victories.

Rookie Keyvius Sampson (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked one in winning his second straight.

Latos (4-9) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4-2/3 innings.

Brandon Phillips went two for five, drove in three runs and scored a run on a night when Joey Votto went one for four and drew his major league-leading 32nd walk for the Reds.

RANGERS 6, TWINS 5

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mitch Moreland drove in four runs on a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer to help the Texas Rangers avoid a sweep at Minnesota and rally past the Twins.

Elvis Andrus hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against Casey Fien (2-5) after Adrian Beltre and Moreland started the frame with singles.

Twins starter Ervin Santana squandered a 4-0 lead, thanks to the towering two-run shot by Moreland in the fourth and a two-run, go-ahead double by the first baseman in the fifth.

Keone Kela (6-5) got four outs for the victory after relieving Chi Chi Gonzalez. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 22 tries.

PIRATES 10, CARDINALS 5

In St Louis, Missouri, Pedro Alvarez homered in a seven-run first inning and Pittsburgh broke an eight-game losing streak at Busch Stadium, beating St Louis.

The Pirates moved within six games of the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central with their 12th victory in 18 games.

St Louis, who won the first two in the series, have won the last seven sets between the teams at Busch Stadium.

Alvarez had three hits as the Pirates held on. The Cardinals closed their seven-run deficit to 7-5 in the seventh.

Francisco Liriano (8-6) pitched six innings.

Lance Lynn (9-7) got just two outs in the shortest of his 119 career starts.

CUBS 9, BREWERS 2

In Chicago, Kyle Schwarber hit two homers and drove in four runs and Jon Lester won his fourth straight decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers for their seventh victory in a row.

Schwarber, Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo each homered in the fifth inning as Chicago won for the 13th time in 14 games. The Chicago Cubs’ winning streak is their longest since 2011.

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