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September 7, 2019

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Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings to get his MLB-leading 18th win in his first start since throwing his third no-hitter to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Drew Smyly pitched seven solid innings, and the Phillies pounded down on Marcus Stroman and the Mets’ porous defense to beat New York 5-0 Saturday and end a three-game skid.

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was held out of the starting lineup Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox with discomfort in his right toe. Trout pinch hit in the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on first and was intentionally walked before being removed for a runner. The Angels won 8-7.

Ryan McBroom doubled twice and had three RBI to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Saturday night.

Rougned Odor homered during a six-run first inning and Texas cruised to its third straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles, 9-4 Saturday night. Texas won its first road series since June 25-27, having gone 0-9-2 over that stretch.

Josh Donaldson and Ozzie Albies each homered for the second straight day and the streaking Atlanta Braves set off another celebration with their ninth straight victory, 5-4 over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Christian Yelich sliced an opposite-field double off Brandon Kintzler to score the winning run in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday night.

Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run home run and drove in a career-high five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

Daniel Robertson came up with the big hits for the Tampa Bay Rays in the team’s 144th game of the season. Robertson drove in runs with a double in the seventh inning and a single in the eighth as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Saturday night.

Mitch Garver hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, in the seventh inning, helping Minnesota rally past the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night hours after the Twins learned pitcher Michael Pineda had been suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to break out of his slump and Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals maintain their lead atop the NL Central with a 10-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

With two more wins before they leave Boston, the New York Yankees would be able to end the three-year run by the Red Sox atop the AL East. That, left-hander J.A. Happ said, would be a nice way to finish up with their longtime rivals for the season. “They won the World Series last year and knocked us out,” Happ said with a smile on Saturday after pitching the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox. “So, I’m sure it wouldn’t feel bad.”

Left-hander Alex Young set a team rookie record by striking out 12 in eight innings, Ketel Marte drove in a run and scored another and the playoff-contending Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

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