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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, left, follows through after follows through after hitting an RBI-single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. At right is catcher Wil Nieves. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grady Sizemore powers Phillies to sweep over Nats

- Associated Press

Pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Gio Gonzalez sees progress in more efficient outing

- CSNwashington.com

Gonzalez couldn’t quite match Cole Hamels, who carried a shutout into the seventh but departed after giving up two runs that inning followed by a leadoff homer to Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth. But this ultimately was a better performance by Gonzalez than several recent ones.

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond dives for a ground out by Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Galvis and Ruf homer as Phils beat Nationals

- Associated Press

Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Phillies' A.J. Burnett pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Burnett strikes out 12, Phillies beat Nationals

- Associated Press

A.J. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

With all the celebration going on, Kristal Davis of Chicago, cheers while her son, Ryan, sleeps while watching the Little League World Series baseball game that was broadcast at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Chicago. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars defeated a Las Vegas team in the U.S. final in Pennsylvania, and will face South Korea in the championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Kevin Tanaka) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Even in loss, Chicago celebrates Little Leaguers

- Associated Press

Chicago cheered on the hottest sports team in town on Sunday and, for the day at least, it wasn’t a team called the Bears, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls or Blackhawks.

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New York Mets' Matt den Dekker (6) reacts to a strike call in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. The Braves won 3-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Wheeler sharp, but Mets fall to Braves 3-2

- Associated Press

Zack Wheeler pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball. It wasn't enough to secure the right-hander's seventh consecutive victory.

Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna can't reach a solo home run by Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Marlins lose 6-1 to Angels despite Hechavarria HR

- Associated Press

Now that their final interleague series of the season is over, the Miami Marlins play out the rest of their schedule with a deeper appreciation of what Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are all about.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win.