MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings Tuesday night to help the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory against the Miami Marlins.

Daniel Murphy hit his 22nd home run and Pedro Severino also drove in a run for the Nationals, who have won seven straight against the Marlins.

Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances. Doolittle allowed a leadoff bloop single to Marcell Ozuna, who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich, but got Brian Anderson to line out to end the game.

Strasburg (12-4) allowed a single in each of his six innings but was able to keep the Marlins from getting into scoring position. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 2.78.

Giancarlo Stanton of Miami went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and didn’t add to his home run total of 53, but did take a home run away from Murphy by leaping above the right-center field wall to make a catch in the third.

PIRATES 4, CUBS 3: Max Moroff and David Freese delivered RBI singles off Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh rallied at home.

John Jaso led off the eighth with a pinch-hit walk, then later scored when Moroff hit a bloop single to left off Edwards (3-4) to tie the game. Freese drove home Moroff three batters later after the Cubs intentionally walked Pirates rookie Josh Bell.

Jordan Luplow hit the second home run of his career for Pittsburgh. Wade LeBlanc (5-2) earned the win in relief. Felipe Rivero worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save. The Pirates ran their winning streak to four.

PHILLIES 9, METS 1: Ben Lively homered and drove in four runs off Mets ace Jacob deGrom, and also pitched seven strong innings to lead Philadelphia at New York.

DeGrom (14-9) struck out the side in the first but wound up allowing a career-worst nine runs – six of them earned – and 10 hits in 32/3 innings.

REDS 9, BREWERS 3: Robert Stephenson escaped threats while pitching into the seventh, and Scooter Gennett homered during Cincinnati’s five-run rally in the bottom of the inning at home.

The last-place Reds have taken the first two games in the series from Milwaukee, which is trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Brewers remained three games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. They also trail Arizona and Colorado in the wild- card race.


RAYS 2, TWINS 1: Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Tampa Bay won at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Lucas Duda homered and drove in both runs for the Rays, who improved to .500 and got within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.

TIGERS 13, ROYALS 2: JaCoby Jones and John Hicks hit two home runs, and Detroit had six homers in all at home.

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez threw only five pitches and was knocked out of the game in the first inning after getting hit by Whit Merrifield’s single in the right leg. Sanchez, who was charged with one earned run when Merrifield later scored, left the game with a calf injury.

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