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August 29, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Diamondbacks couldn’t get a run across and dropped a 1-0 game to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez drove in the game’s lone run, sending Steven Duggar home with a single to left field. Arizona remains in first in the NL West, but now shares the spot with Colorado. The two teams have identical 72-60 records, while the Dodgers sit one game out.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 to split their series. Kyle Freeland allowed one run and five hits in six innings. Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth to earn his NL-leading 36th save, extending his career high. The win moves Colorado into a tie for first in the National League West, and just a half game back of Milwaukee in the race for a wild card.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Manny Machado drove in four runs, Brian Dozier hit his 20th homer of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 last night for their fourth win in a row. Machado’s four RBIs were the most since the Dodgers acquired him from the Baltimore Orioles last month. The shortstop put Los Angeles ahead to stay with a two-run single in the third, then added a sac fly in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. He has nine RBIs the past three games.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Milwaukee is clinging to a wildcard spot, but its grip appears is slipping. The Cincinnati Reds extending the Brewers’ August fade in with a 9-7 victory last night. Since trailing the Cubs by a game on Aug. 4, Milwaukee has gone 8-11 and slid to third in the NL Central.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston found a way to win again last night. J.D. Martinez scored when Marlins shortstop JT Riddle threw away a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning, lifting the Red Sox over Miami 8-7. Boston snapped a three-game skid and avoided its first four-game losing streak of the season — barely. Miami scored five runs in the eighth inning to lead 6-4, allowed three runs to Boston in the bottom of the inning, then tied the game at 7 in the top of the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel (4-1).

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