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Mets sweep Nats to close in on 1st place

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) As the clock ticked past 11 p.m. and "Moondance" by Van Morrison practically wafted through the ballpark, young children ran around the bases as part of a family-friendly promotion normally reserved for Sunday afternoons.

For the first time in years, the New York Mets are a late show worth watching.

Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda homered in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that charged up Citi Field and sent the Mets past the Washington Nationals 5-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep.


Jays top Royals; benches, bullpens clear

TORONTO (AP) An exchange of hit by pitches and some testy words overshadowed a big win for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.


Ethier HRs gives Dodgers Freeway sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) Andre Ethier always wanted to be the guy who made the game-winning 3-pointer or catch the game-winning touchdown pass in the end zone as time expired. In baseball, his only chance at sudden death is a walkoff home run - which he has done six times in his major league career.

Ethier, starting in the cleanup spot for the fourth time this season, hit his second dramatic homer in three innings - a two-run shot in the 10th - to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a three-game Freeway Series sweep with a 5-3 victory over the sputtering Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.


Norris, JD Martinez lift Tigers by O's

BALTIMORE (AP) Daniel Norris forged a Price-less memory in his debut with Detroit.

Norris took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series.


Pirates beat Reds 3-0 in testy game

CINCINNATI (AP) Bryan Price thinks the heated rivalry between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati is a credit to the pitching.

Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cleared after stars Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.


Moss' walkoff hit lifts Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brandon Moss felt as if he got a new baseball life after he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"It was like I won the lottery," he said. "I've got a smile on my face all the time now."


Bryant injured as Cubs complete sweep

MILWAUKEE (AP) Kris Bryant left the game feeling a little woozy. Hector Rondon nearly squandered a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Joe Maddon got ejected.

The Chicago Cubs still departed Milwaukee on Sunday with a four-game sweep of the Brewers after an eventful 4-3 win.


Yankees rough up Samardzija, rout ChiSox

CHICAGO (AP) From Jacoby Ellsbury all the way down to Stephen Drew at the bottom of the lineup, the New York Yankees bashed their way to a winning road trip.

Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday.


Perez sharp as Rangers beat Giants 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez followed a nightmarish performance in which he failed to get an out in the second inning with a dream outing in which he nearly shut out the world champion San Francisco Giants.

Perez (1-2) allowed only two hits in 8 1-3 innings Sunday to beat the Giants 2-1.


Mets quickly recall prospect Conforto

NEW YORK (AP) Michael Conforto's minor league assignment lasted all of one day.

The New York Mets recalled their top hitting prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas when fellow outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with discomfort in his neck and left shoulder.

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