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.
Allegany wins two as pitchers take control
Allegany pitchers held two teams to eight base hits while defeating Smithsburg and Preston as part of the Mountain Ridge Easter Classic Friday afternoon at the Hot Stove Complex.
Frostburg bounced from CAC
Elliott Mortimer fired a four-hitter and Brad Wenzel and Colbe Herr had three hits as top-seeded York eliminated fourth-seeded Frostburg State from the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 5-1 victory Friday afternoon.
Allegany hammers Hawks
The bats have begun to click for the Allegany College of Maryland Trojans as a two-run first-inning home run by Tanner Klein got the ball, and the runs, rolling as the Trojans pounded out 14 hits in defeating Hagerstown Community College, 10-7, in a Maryland JUCO game Thursday at The Rock.
Unbeaten Alco beats Hyndman
Undefeated Allegany took a five-inning 14-4 win at Hope for Hyndman Charter School Thursday, scoring five runs in the second inning and eight in the third.
Quick-strike Keyser turns back Fort Hill, 6-4
Keyser scored four runs in the bottom of the second and concluded the game with a bang-bang double play to defeat Fort Hill Monday in an Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference game at Keyser.
Southern whips Northern
Derek Hinebaugh belted two doubles and led a 14-hit attack as Southern roughed up second-ranked Northern, 13-3, in Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference baseball Monday evening.
Hafer’s hit caps major rally for Miners
Jake Hafer capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, singling in Jalen Washington with the winning run to lift Mountain Ridge to a 10-9 AMAC victory over Southern in high school baseball Tuesday at Mountain Ridge.
Frostburg settles for split of twinbill
Frostburg State’s Kenny Georgius threw a four-hit gem and remained unbeaten on the season by winning the first game, but Christopher Newport erupted for six runs in the ninth inning to keep the Bobcats from sweeping the day in Capital Athletic Conference baseball Sunday at Bob Wells Field.
Hager, Miners roll over BW, 16-1
Jake Hafer tossed four innings of three-hit ball, allowed one earned run and had two hits as Mountain Ridge ran away from Bishop Walsh 16-1 in an abbreviated meeting Saturday afternoon in Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference action.
ACM routs Dundalk to get twinbill split
Allegany College of Maryland scored nine runs in the second inning to hammer Dundalk 16-5 and split a doubleheader with the Lions Saturday at home in Maryland JUCO baseball.
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