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WASHINGTON (AP) - Adam LaRoche homered twice, Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot in Washington’s six-run eighth inning, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-7 on Saturday night.
The Nationals increased their lead over Atlanta in the NL East to three games.
Washington trailed 6-4 heading into the eighth, but the Nationals tied it on RBI singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore against Mike Dunn (0-1).
Espinosa, who had committed two errors leading to Miami runs, hit his 10th homer of the season over the bullpen in left field. Bryce Harper followed with his 10th to make it 10-6.
Ryan Mattheus (4-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Tyler Clippard allowed a run in the ninth.
Miami’s Jose Reyes had three hits, scored four runs and stole two bases. His 23-game hitting streak is tied with the New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano for the longest in the majors this season.
REDS 5, PIRATES 4
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh for their fifth straight win.
The Reds have won 15 of 16 and opened a 5 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
It was 4-all when Rolen led off the eighth with a line drive off the right-center field wall, beating the relay with a headfirst slide into third base. Todd Frazier hit a chopper that was fielded by pitcher Jared Hughes (2-1) too late to get Rolen at the plate.
Rolen earlier had a two-run single.
Jonathan Broxton (1-0), acquired on Tuesday from Kansas City, pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 25th save.
PHILLIES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Roy Halladay gave up three hits over seven innings and Erik Kratz homered, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over Arizona.
Halladay (5-6) allowed just four runners and struck out five to earn his first win since May 17. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was winless in his previous five starts, including three after returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list.
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