The Miami Marlins have gotten contributions from a number of players during their recent surge. Henderson Alvarez pitched seven scoreless innings, Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and the surging Marlins beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-0 for their sixth straight win. Christian Yelich also drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won nine of their last 10. ”Guys are excited, there’s a lot of confidence,” manager Mike Redmond said.

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A day after Greg Maddux was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame , Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vance Worley nearly achieved a “Maddux” — the Internet-recognized feat of throwing a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches.
But this wasn’t any complete game. It was a 5-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants in which Worley gave up four hits and struck out three. He completely dominated the Giants, handing them their second shutout loss in three games. 
Yes, we said Vance Worley did this. The same Vance Worley who was a big-league castoff after a 7.21 ERA in 2013.
He ended up one pitch away from the Maddux, however. Worley finished with 100 pitches exactly, one too many for Maddux status. Blame a ninth-inning triple by Hunter Pence. It wasn’t a Maddux, but a great performance still, the best of Worley’s career, and he certainly won’t worry too much about that one pitch.
This is the high point in his return to the big leagues. After that ugly 2013 with the Minnesota Twins, Worley was traded to Pittsburgh this spring for cash or a player to be named.
He was sent to the minors first, but Worley worked his way back into the Pirates rotation and is 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight games since joining the big-league team in mid June.
Greg Maddux, since you’re probably wondering, threw a Maddux 13 times .

JAYS, DICKEY DOMINATE RED SOX The recipe for the Toronto Blue Jays’ rout of the Boston Red Sox on Monday night: two homers from Melky Cabrera, 14 total hits and 10 strikeouts from starting pitcher R.A. Dickey.
It wasn’t even close. The Jays won 14-1 , crushing the Red Sox like the windshield of an ill-placed car behind the Green Monster. Dickey had his good knuckleball going, even though he didn’t exactly need it because of all those runs:

”I kind of wish they could divide them up over, like, three starts,” he said. ”(I) almost kind of wish we’d have only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball tonight and saved this outing for when I gave up five, but I’ll take it.”

This was Toronto’s third straight win. They’re 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East.
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MARLINS COME BACK, STUN NATS The Washington Nationals took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins, a lead that’s generally pretty safe no matter who’s across the field. But the still-hanging-around Marlins scored seven runs in the final three innings to stun the first-place Nats, concluding the 7-6 comeback win on a walk-off single by Jeff Baker with two outs in the ninth.
The Marlins scored four runs in that ninth inning, and skipper Mike Redmond did not shy away from declaring this the biggest win of the Marlins’ season :

”At this stage, that’s got to be the biggest game of the year – right? – with where we are in the standings, and where we’ve got to go,” manager Mike Redmond said. ”These guys understand that.”

The Marlins are a surprising 52-53. Playoffs don’t seem particularly likely, but they’re 4 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot and six out in the NL East. Like a six-run comeback, it’s not impossible.

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The Miami Marlins mounted an improbable rally Monday against first-place Washington, and they’re thinking they can come from behind in the NL East standings, too. Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run ninth inning for the Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Nationals 7-6. Washington’s Rafael Soriano (2-1), who earned his 200th career save Sunday, took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season. The Marlins were coming off best seven-game trip in franchise history, a six-victory swing that put them back into the playoff picture.

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The Oakland Athletics have won three straight series, but the recent success hasn’t been quite as sustained as other parts of the season that have led them to the best record in baseball. After taking the final two games of a three-game series in Texas, the A’s now could be in line for a more noteworthy run as they begin a three-game set with the struggling Houston Astros on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. They’ve also won 22 of 29 against the Astros since the AL West was realigned a season ago. They beat the Rangers 9-3 on Sunday behind Josh Reddick’s three hits while John Jaso, Stephen Vogt and Yoenis Cespedes each went 2 for 5.

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The Miami Marlins know what they need to do to get back into the National League postseason picture. With timely hitting and good pitching, the Marlins are one win away from sweeping the slumping Houston Astros. Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run double, and Jordany Valdespin added a two-run home run to power the Marlins to a 7-3 victory over Houston on Saturday night. Stanton’s double in the second inning broke a 2-2 tie.

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reshaped his starting rotation at the All-Star break to ensure that his two aces, right-hander Zack Greinke and lefty Clayton Kershaw, would face the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants one week into the second half of the season. Greinke and Kershaw did their jobs on successive nights, and now the Giants are no longer the West leaders. Following up on a brilliant performance by Greinke on Friday, Kershaw delivered the Dodgers back into first place in the NL West, pitching a complete-game, two-hitter Saturday night in a 5-0 victory over the Giants. “We’ve come in here and pitched very well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 8-1 and 5-0 wins.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Zack Greinke had 10 strikeouts in seven innings of shutout ball and center fielder Yasiel Puig belted three of a franchise-record-tying five triples, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game series between the National League West front-runners on Friday night.

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Brad Hand knows he has to prove he belongs in Miami’s rotation. The left-hander pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double for the Marlins in their 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don’t get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 on Thursday night. ”He threw me a lot of sliders tonight, which is not what he’s done in the past, but I’d swung over a slider two nights ago and struck out,” Saltalamacchia said. He made a mistake and I was able to do something with it.” In taking three of four games, the Marlins won just their second series in the last 10 against the Braves at Turner Field.

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