ATLANTA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 12 games.

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A series with the Seattle Mariners seems to be just what the Houston Astros needed to begin attempting a turnaround. The Astros go for another strong performance at the plate Wednesday in order to continue their success against the Mariners, who are trying to end an eight-game skid. Houston (7-14) opened this three-game series with a 7-2 win over Seattle (7-13) on Monday, matching its best scoring output of the season while ending a seven-game losing streak. The Astros followed that a day later by equaling their season high of 10 hits while connecting for three homers in a 5-2 victory.

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Wrigley Field doesn’t have baseball’s most-expensive beer. But it’s close.

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DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols is closing in on his 500th homer and joining a prestigious club. More important for the Los Angeles Angels, he’s looking like his powerful self again.

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Christian Yelich was confident he was safe at home even if home plate umpire Ed Hickox called him out. Adeiny Hechavarria immediately followed the ruling with a go-ahead sacrifice fly for the Miami Marlins, who held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday completing a three-game sweep. ”I thought I beat it from the get-go and then I saw him call me out, I kind of started yelling at him a little bit telling him I was safe,” Yelich said. Steve Cishek made it interesting in the ninth, allowing a leadoff double to Corey Hart.

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MIAMI — Right-hander Henderson Alvarez of the Miami Marlins had a problem in the sixth inning — and it had nothing to do with the hit he allowed that broke up his bid for a perfect game. Instead, it was a single he hit to center in which he was badly jammed by Seattle Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias. “When I got to first, I was in such pain that I thought I had broken all five of my fingers (on my right hand),” Alvarez said. Fortunately for the Marlins, Alvarez’s hand was fine — and so was his pitching.

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DENVER — Jordan Lyles has taken full advantage of his opportunity to start for the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday night, he became their first starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. The victory gave the Rockies a season-high three-game winning streak and extended the torment for Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, whose career-high losing streak was extended to seven games. Lyles allowed one unearned run in seven innings.

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MIAMI (AP) — Precocious and prolific, with a predilection for the prodigious, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has never had a start like this.

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The hottest hitter in baseball struck again on Friday night when Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connected on yet another impressive home run. Only this time the drama wasn’t attached to far it would go (a more than respectable 407 feet), because it served as a walkoff grand slam that gave Miami an 8-4 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners .
Stanton’s slam came immediately after the umpires reversed a critical call at third base. Reed Johnson was originally ruled out on a force play, but the umpires determined third baseman Kyle Seager never controlled the baseball before transferring, which loaded the bases with nobody out. MLB intends on reviewing transfer plays next week, but that won’t be soon enough for Seattle. It hampered their game plan, which up to that point was to pitch around Stanton when possible.
”We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ”We had no choice there.”
Stanton finished the game 3 for 3 with two walks and five RBI. Through 17 games, he has six home runs and a league-high 26 RBI. With that in mind, Saturday’s game plan may call for avoidance at all costs.
It’s also worth noting that Stanton previously hit a walk-off grand slam on May 13, 2012 against the New York Mets.
AARON HARANG FLIRTS WITH NO-NO:  Aaron Harang was a late addition to the Atlanta Braves roster, signing a one-year contract on March 24 only after the Braves learned that Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy would each require their second Tommy John surgery. On Friday, he looked like he belonged all along and nearly entered the history books after tossing seven no-hit innings in the Braves 6-0 triump over the New York Mets
Harang didn’t get a chance to pursue history on his own because it wasn’t his most efficient outing. Over seven innings, he walked six batters while striking out five. Two of those walks came as he labored through his final inning. He finally got Andrew Brown to swing through a slider low and away on his 121st pitch to escape. Based on the pitch count and the fact Harang’s was operating on fumes, Fredi Gonzalez turned to left-hander Luis Avalan without hesitation in the eighth.
”I want him pitching 27 more times,” Gonzalez said. ”If it was the ninth inning, maybe, think about it.”
”If I’m through eight, I’m going back out,” Harang said.
Harang didn’t make it that far. Neither did the no-hitter. With two outs in the eighth, David Wright singled for New York’s only hit.
Had the Braves completed the no-hit bid, it would have been their first since Kent Mercker against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994. Mercker was also a part of the Braves last combined no-hitter, which happened on Sept. 11, 1991 against the San Diego Padres.
YANKEES BULLPEN HITS THE WALL: It was bound to happen eventually. The Yankees bullpen has been exceptional despite losing closer David Robertson, putting up nothing but zeros over the last seven games. That all changed on Friday, though, as the Rays offense erupted for eight runs in their final two at-bats to pull out an 11-5 victory .
Five different Yankees relievers allowed runs, including Adam Warren and César Cabral, who each allowed three. In fact, Cabral didn’t record a single out, hit three batters and was ejected by umpire Joe West. He was designated for assignment following the game.
James Loney’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave Tampa Bay their first lead and was easily the biggest hit in the game. Wil Myers put the icing on the cake with a two-run single in the eighth, breaking his 10-game RBI drought in the process.

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