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September 28, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with Kirk Cousins and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. Todd Gurley then finished with 83 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving while the Rams (4-0) barely held off the Vikings (1-2-1) and Cousins, who passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

DENVER (AP) — David Dahl homered for the fourth straight game, and the Colorado Rockies opened a one-game NL West lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that extended their winning streak to seven. Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also went deep for the Rockies on Thursday. Dahl hit a run-scoring triple and finished the series with eight hits and 11 RBIs.

NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran looked sharp in his last audition to become part of Atlanta’s playoff rotation, pitching two-hit ball for six innings Thursday night in the Braves’ 4-1 loss to the New York Mets. The NL East champion Braves didn’t start first baseman Freddie Freeman and center fielder Ender Inciarte, and they were minus injured shortstop Dansby Swanson. Jason Vargas tossed seven shutout innings in his best start of the season for the Mets.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees have moved closer to hosting next week’s AL wild-card game with Thursday’s 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. CC Sabathia got his 246th win. New York, which is now 98-61, moved two games ahead of Oakland, now 96-63, for hosting the Oct. 3 wild-card game. The Yankees hold the tiebreaker, which means another Yankees win or Athletics loss ensures the game would be in the Bronx.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns, N’Kosi Perry threw for a score in his first start and the No. 16 Hurricanes downed North Carolina 47-10 on Thursday night. Romeo Finley and Joe Jackson ran back interceptions for scores, Jonathan Garvin scooped up a fumble and rumbled in for another touchdown and the Hurricanes (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) wound up forcing six turnovers in all. Perry didn’t have to do much, completing eight of 12 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his debut as the Miami starter.

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