WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals brought postseason baseball back to the nation’s capital for the first time since 1933, earning a playoff spot Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Nats Clinch” flashed on the scoreboard as Washington ensured at least an NL wild-card spot behind Ross Detwiler’s six strong innings and Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI double.
A crowd of 30,359 stood and cheered in the ninth inning, then got even louder when Drew Storen struck out Hanley Ramirez to end it.
Washington’s magic number to win the NL East was reduced to eight. The Nationals lead idle Atlanta by 5 1/2 games.
Brewers 9, Pirates 7
PITTSBURGH — Rickie Weeks hit a tying two-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on Aramis Ramirez’s single, helping surging Milwaukee rally for the victory.
The Brewers have won five straight, eight of nine and 15 of 19 to climb into the playoff race. They remained 2½ games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot.
Milwaukee trailed 7-4 before it rallied for four runs in the eighth inning.
Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run drive for his 30th homer. Chris Resop (1-4) got the loss.
Yanks 10, Blue Jays 7
NEW YORK — Streaking Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fourth inning capped by Nick Swisher’s grand slam, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays to open a one-game AL East lead over idle Baltimore.
New York was down 2-0 before Suzuki’s solo home run in the third. He hooked a based-loaded double to right in the fourth on an 0-2 pitch, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead and extending Suzuki’s spurt to nine hits in 10 at-bats.
That chased starter Aaron Laffey (3-6), and reliever Brad Lincoln loaded the bases with a walk to Jayson Nix. Derek Jeter followed with an RBI for a 14-game hitting streak, and Swisher sent a 96 mph fastball into the right-field seats for his seventh career slam and third this season.
Kiwanis evens series with Eagles
Blake Beal outdueled Brenton Miller in a finely pitched game Wednesday night at Memorial Field to lead Kiwanis to a 4-2 victory over the Cresaptown Eagles and tie their best-of-three Hot Stove League playoff series at a game apiece.
Leydig lifts Casselman Valley over Moose, 6-5
Lance Leydig scored on a bases loaded suicide squeeze attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Casselman Valley the early advantage over the Moose by winning game one of the best-of-three series 6-5 Monday evening.
Northside blanks Hite in opener
Evan Rodeheaver tossed five innings of two-hit, shutout ball to allow the Northside Diamond Dogs to gain a 1-0 lead in its opening round playoff series by beating Hite Roofing 10-0 Monday at Northern High School.
Titans sweep on shutouts
Cody Ellsworth and Jacob Foreman both pitched complete-game shutouts to keep the Tri-State Titans undefeated in the Pen-Mar-WV League after sweeping the Cumberland Orioles Sunday afternoon at Bel Air Field.
Bedford, Cork’s move on to second round
Madigan’s Auto struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Grantsville Sons of American Legion Thursday night and force a third game in their best-of-three playoff series.
Eagles, Ridgeley win playoff openers
Cresaptown Eagles/Riverside Sports scored three runs in the first inning and five more in the second to take an 8-0 lead in what turned into a 13-4 win in the opening game of its first-round Hot Stove League playoff series with Twigg’s Plumbing & Heating Tuesday evening.
Team One wins 8-4
Colton Houser had four hits and four RBIs, including a three-run double in a five-run second inning as Grantsville SAL beat Team One Auto Mall 8-4 in Hot Stove League baseball Friday night at Broadford Park.
Brantner delivers for Taylor Mining
Andrew Brantner capped a four-run, seventh-inning rally with an RBI single that plated the winning run and lifted Taylor Mining to a 7-6 win over Hobo’s Restaurant in Hot Stove League baseball at Holler Field.
Romney rallies for split of twinbill
Shane Ennis went 3 for 4 and Romney Post 91 roared back from five runs down to beat Jefferson 11-7 in the first game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader Tuesday night at Hampshire.
Jefferson won the second game 3-1.
Souders sparks Moose to victory
Winning pitcher Nate Souders smacked two doubles and a single and knocked in three runs to power Moose Lodge 271 to a 9-6 win over Hite Roofing in Rec League baseball Wednesday evening.
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