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New York Mets beat Nationals 8-5 to end win streak


The New York Mets’ David Wright, left, scores the winning run against the Washington Nationals in Washington on Monday.

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Yoenis Cespedes homered and doubled twice and David Wright hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning as the New York Mets downed the Washington Nationals 8-5 to end their five-game winning streak on Monday in the opener of a key NL East series.

Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores also homered for New York, who increased their division lead to five games over the Nats with 25 remaining. The teams play twice more in this set.

Dario Alvarez (1-0), pitching in the majors for the first time this season, faced only one batter — Bryce Harper — and struck him out to get his first major league win. Five Mets relievers combined for 5-2/3 scoreless innings, with Jeurys Familia closing for his 37th save.

Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam for Washington.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed five runs over six innings. Blake Treinen (2-3) took over in the seventh as Washington used four relievers during a three-run burst by the Mets.


In New York, Rookie Greg Bird hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Brian Matusz in the seventh inning as New York rallied past reeling Baltimore.

Alex Rodriguez and John Ryan Murphy also homered for the Yankees (77-59), who overcame a 4-1 deficit and improved to 18 games over .500 for the first time since 2012. With his 29th home run this season, A-Rod got his 3,054th career hit and passed Rod Carew for sole possession of 22nd place.

Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado homered for the Orioles (65-72), who have lost 15 of 18 since and faded from AL wild-card contention.

Justin Wilson (5-0) got the win. Andrew Miller pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 33 chances, allowing Chris Davis’ two-out single, his 101st RBI.

Jorge Rondon (0-1) took the loss.


In Boston, Jackie Bradley Jr had four hits with a two-run home run and four RBIs, Rick Porcello pitched into the eighth inning as Boston outslugged AL East-leading Toronto.

The Blue Jays lost for just the fourth time in 16 games. They had their lead atop the East sliced to a half game over the New York Yankees, who beat Baltimore 8-6.

Bradley added two singles and a double, and Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer for Boston, who posted their fourth straight win and eighth in 11 games.

Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each hit solo homers for Toronto. Donaldson’s was his 37th.

Porcello (7-12) had his third consecutive strong start since coming off the disabled list following a right triceps strain. He allowed four runs — three earned — and eight hits over 7-1/3 innings.

Mark Buehrle (14-7) allowed five runs in 3-1/3 innings.

In other MLB action, it was:

‧ Cubs 9, Cardinals 0

‧ Indians 3, White Sox 2

‧ Brewers 9, Marlins 1

‧ Reds 3, Pirates 1

‧ Tigers 5, Rays 4

‧ Athletics 10, Astros 9

‧ Rockies 6, Padres 4

‧ Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1

‧ Rangers 3, Mariners 0

‧ Braves 7, Phillies 2

‧ Twins 6, Royals 2

‧ Dodgers 7, Angels 5

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