MLB RECAPS

MLB Recaps: Nationals clinch NL East title

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September 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm.

Sep 10, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; The Washington Nationals players celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 3-2. Photo Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 10, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; The Washington Nationals players celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 3-2. Photo Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings as the Washington Nationals edged the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Sunday and clinched the National League East Division title.

Strasburg (13-4) extended his scoreless streak to 34 innings as the Nationals clinched the division when Atlanta beat Miami. He struck out 10 and set a franchise record for the longest scoreless streak.

Trea Turner hit a solo homer for Washington while Victor Robles and Adrian Sanchez added RBI doubles.

Nick Williams hit a two-run single in the ninth inning for Philadelphia.

Brewers 3, Cubs 1

CHICAGO — Zach Davies pitched seven strong innings for his major league-leading 17th win, Travis Shaw launched a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning and Milwaukee beat Chicago.

The Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions at Wrigley Field and closed to two games behind NL Central-leading Chicago. Milwaukee outscored the Cubs 20-3 in the series as Davies (17-8) allowed a run and seven hits.

Rene Rivera’s RBI double accounted for Chicago’s lone run.

Royals 11, Twins 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer had four hits, including two in a six-run second inning as Kansas City routed Minnesota.

Brandon Moss homered and drove in four runs for Kansas City while Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon added RBI doubles.

Minnesota’s Bartolo Colon (6-10) allowed six runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas (15-10) pitched five innings for a career high in victories.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 0

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs as St. Louis blanked Pittsburgh.

Michael Wacha (12-7) pitched eight innings as St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games and moved a season-best seven games over .500.

Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova (11-13) allowed five runs in five innings.

Rays 4, Red Sox 1

BOSTON — Wilson Ramos and Lucas Duda hit solo homers as Tampa Bay beat Boston.

Alex Cobb (11-9) allowed one run on four hits in five innings as Tampa Bay avoided a three-game sweep.

Christian Vazquez drove in the lone run for Boston.

Braves 10, Marlins 8 (11 innings)

ATLANTA — Lane Adams hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning as Atlanta beat Miami.

Adams homered Vance Worley as Atlanta walked off against the Marlins for the fifth time this season. Adams’ homer also helped the Washington Nationals clinch the NL East Division title.

J.T. Realmuto had four hits and Christian Yelich added three hits for Miami.

White Sox 8, Giants 1

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu hit two homers, a day after hitting for the cycle and Chicago routed San Francisco.

Abreu hit his 30th and 31st homers of the season as the White Sox outscored the Giants 21-2 in the final games.

Carson Fulmer (2-1) allowed one run and three hits in six innings. San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (2-8) was tagged for a season-high six runs and 10 hits in five innings.

Reds 10, Mets 5

NEW YORK — Tucker Barnhart drove in five runs as Cincinnati beat New York.

Barnhart helped the Reds score eight unanswered runs in the final three innings by hitting a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth.

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out 10 over six innings.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 2
TORONTO — Teoscar Hernandez homered and drove in five runs as Toronto beat Detroit.

Darwin Barney matched a career high with four hits while J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings as Toronto won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 16-17.

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer for Detroit.