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Pete Alonso, center, is greeted by his teammates after hitting a game-winning home run that gave the Mets a 5-4 win and a doubleheader sweep Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Seth Wenig/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Pete Alonso hit a game-ending homer with one out in the seventh inning and the New York Mets quickly bounced back from blowing a lead, beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday for a doubleheader sweep.

The Mets won the opener 4-1, as Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in four run and Marcus Stroman took a shutout into the sixth.

New York took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning of the second game before the Nationals rallied against Trevor May and Jeurys Familia (6-2). A run-scoring wild pitch by Familia and Andrew Stevenson’s two-out, two-run single tied it.

Alonso capped a long, humid day with his 25th homer, lifting a 2-0 sinker against Kyle Finnegan (4-4) for a high-arcing drive to left field beyond the leaping try of Stevenson.

The sweep moved the Mets to within a half-game of Philadelphia for first place in the NL East.

Bryce Harper dons the Phillies’ “homer hat” after hitting a home run Thursday against the Los Angelas Dodgers. Rich Schultz/Associated Press

PHILLIES 2, DODGERS 1: Bryce Harper homered, Ian Kennedy escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and Philadelphia ended a four-game winning streak for visiting Los Angeles.


The Dodgers were denied their first sweep in Philadelphia since 2012. The Phillies salvaged the finale of the three-game series.

Harper hit his 21st homer and scored twice as the Phillies won with just four hits. The Philadelphia bullpen didn’t allow a hit in the final 4 2/3 innings, and the Dodgers finished with only three hits.

Kennedy walked Corey Seager with one out in the ninth and Cody Bellinger with two outs, then plunked pinch-hitter Will Smith in the arm to load the bases. Billy McKinney flied out to end the game.

REDS 12, BRAVES 3: Jesse Winker hit a grand slam in the second inning, and Cincinnati added four more homers as its snapped a three-game skid with a victory in Atlanta.

The loss dropped Atlanta into third place in the NL East, one game behind first-place Philadelphia.

BREWERS 17, CUBS 4: Luis Urías tied a major league record with five extra-base hits and Manny Piña drove in six runs, leading Milwaukee to a romp at Chicago.


Urías homered in the seventh and ninth innings. He also hit three doubles, drove in five runs and scored five. He became the 16th player with five extra-base hits in a game, and the first since San Francisco’s Alex Dickerson last year.

Piña had a grand slam and a two-run homer. Jace Peterson added five hits, including a home run, as the NL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep.

CARDINALS 7, PIRATES 6: Six St. Louis relievers combined to allow three runs in seven innings, Paul DeJong and Lars Nootbaar homered, and the Cardinals completed a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh.

The St. Louis bullpen was pressed into duty after starter Wade LeBlanc exited because of left elbow pain. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings.

A pair of two-run homers for St. Louis in the fourth turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. DeJong sent a first-pitch curveball from JT Brubaker (4-12) into the left-field bleachers for his 16th homer, and pinch-hitter Nootbaar’s first major league homer made it 5-3.



ATHLETICS 17, INDIANS 0: Mitch Moreland homered twice, Chris Bassitt posted his AL-leading 12th win and visiting Oakland routed Cleveland for its seventh straight victory.

By the end, the only drama involved Matt Chapman, who walked in his first five plate appearances for Oakland. The remaining fans from the crowd of 16,559 on a sweltering afternoon were cheering for a record-tying sixth walk when he batted in the ninth inning, and expressed their disappointment after he struck out swinging against Blake Parker on a 1-2 pitch.

Bryce Harper, Jeff Bagwell and Jimmie Foxx share the major league mark of six walks in a game. Chapman became the first Oakland player since Mark McGwire in 1997 to walk five times.

Matt Canha and Starling Marte each drove in three runs and Chapman scored three times as the Athletics moved a season-high 18 games over .500, enjoying an easy day after rallying for late victories the previous two nights.

Bassitt (12-3) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. The right-hander has a nine-game road winning streak, tying Bob Welch’s club record set in 1989-90. Bassitt hasn’t lost away from home since Sept. 12, 2020.

MARINERS 3, RANGERS 1: Marco Gonzales pitched a two-hitter, J.P. Crawford and Jake Fraley homered and Seattle won at home.

Gonzales (4-5) allowed Charlie Culberson’s homer in the second inning, followed by Jason Martin’s single. He retired Andy Ibanez on a groundout, then faced the minimum number of batters over the final seven innings – helped by a double play that followed his only walk.

TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 4: Renato Núñez homered in his return to Baltimore and Detroit extended the Orioles’ losing streak to eight.

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