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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a two-run single by Adam Lind in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Nationals rally for 6 runs in 8th to beat Braves

- Associated Press

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino issued three bases-loaded walks in the six-run eighth, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the first inning of a baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Strasburg, Zimmerman lead Nats past Dodgers, 7-1

- Associated Press

The Nationals qualified for the playoffs in three of the previous five years, yet injuries have limited Stephen Strasburg to just one postseason start in that span. Left largely without the All-Star right-hander, Washington lost the opening series each time.

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor sits near second base after being forced out in a double play in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

22 and through: Indians' AL record win streak stopped at 22

- Associated Press

With the scoreboard showing a loss and the Kansas City Royals shaking hands and high-fiving each other nearby, the Indians tipped their caps to salute fans who came hoping to see more late-inning magic and a record streak continue.

Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy (20) is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Miami. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 2-1. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy and the product of lift

- The Washington Times

Murphy and Turner became friends when they played for the New York Mets together. A few years later, the two are crucial to the offenses of the best teams in the National League and share the embrace of hitting the ball in the air.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey, right, yells at home plate umpire Jordan Baker during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Chicago. Baker threw Lacket out of the game. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

John Lackey loses it, Cubs win

- Associated Press

Lackey was furious after a missed third strike call was followed by a hit he allowed. The Cubs rallied to win, though, and push the rival Cardinals four games back.