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Nationals lose again, fail to gain ground on Mets

The Nationals keep finding ways to lose.

With a chance to close within a half-game of the NL East-leading Mets yesterday, Washington couldn't hold a lead at home with Max Scherzer on the mound. They fell to the Rockies, 6-4, after reliever Drew Storen allowed a single to Ben Paulsen, hit Michael McKenry when he was trying to bunt and gave up DJ LeMahieu's two-run single.

Pirates 13, Dodgers 6: Jung Ho Kang's three-run homer capped a nine-run seventh and Andrew McCutchen homered and had four RBIs for host Pittsburgh. McCutchen is batting .455 with 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last 10 games and is hitting .410 with runners in scoring position this season. Francisco Cervelli had three hits, including a solo homer, and three RBIs.

Phillies 5, Padres 3: Jerome Williams went seven innings as visiting Philadelphia won for the 16th time in 21 games, the majors' best mark since the break.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Khris Davis hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth, for host Milwaukee.

D-backs 4, Reds 3: Host Arizona won in 10 innings . . . after a lengthy review. The D-backs loaded the bases and Chris Owings lined a ball over centerfielder Billy Hamilton's head. The Reds retrieved the ball and began tagging the bases, claiming the runners didn't properly advance to touch the bags before leaving the field, but the umpires ruled the game was over.

Mariners 4, Rangers 2:Nelson Cruz hit his 33rd home run for host Seattle.

Angels 5, Orioles 4: David Murphy's bases-loaded single won it in the bottom of the 11th.

A's 5, Astros 4: Danny Valencia homered and hit a walk-off single for Oakland.

Royals 5, White Sox 4: Alex Rios scored on a grounder in the eighth as host Kansas City held on for a three-game sweep.

Indians 8, Twins 1: Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his third complete game of the season for host Cleveland.

Red Sox 7, Tigers 2:Jackie Bradley Jr.'s homer and five RBIs led visiting Boston. -- AP

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