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Dodgers win on 3rd straight walk-off HR

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Will Smith had seen fellow Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo deliver walk-off homers during their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Hours after being called up from the minors on Sunday, it was Smith's turn to join the fun.

The rookie catcher connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory and a three-game sweep over their closest NL West pursuers.

"Just when you think it can't get any better, it does," manager Dave Roberts said. "We talk about these young players not being afraid of the moment. For Will to get a pitch in and carry it to the opposite part of the field is pretty impressive."

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Mets spat with reporters in clubhouse

CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after a loss Sunday.

The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact.

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Altuve, Astros halt streaking Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Three pitches in, Jose Altuve gave the Astros a much-needed lead. By the time rookie Yordan Alvarez connected innings later, relief was settling in for a club coming off a most miserable week.

Altuve hit a leadoff homer, Alvarez went deep yet again and Houston beat the streaking New York Yankees 9-4 Sunday to end a season-high seven-game skid.

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Pujols ends STL return with 2 hits, win

ST. LOUIS (AP) In a weekend full of emotional moments, Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols saved the best for last.

Pujols capped off a stirring three-day return to St. Louis by exchanging jerseys with long-time friend and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina following the Angels' 6-4 win on Sunday.

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Pirates rally twice, beat Padres in 11th

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Newman isn't afraid of the big moment.

Newman drew a game-winning walk in the 11th inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a three-run deficit in the 11th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday.

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Braves win, Soroka hit in arm by pitch

WASHINGTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves are getting contributions from almost everyone on the roster, playing all three facets of the game at a high level and riding a hot streak that's been sprinkled with a healthy portion of good luck.

With all that going for them, the NL East leaders are beginning to widen the gap between themselves and their pursuers.

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Alonso sets Mets rookie mark with 27 HRs

CHICAGO (AP) Pete Alonso has hit his 27th home run, passing Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets rookie record in just his 77th game.

Alonso hit a solo drive against Chicago Cubs starter Cole Hamels in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field on Sunday. The 24-year-old slugger entered the day second in the majors in home runs, trailing NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers with 29.

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Yarbrough, Rays beat A's to split series

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Over four games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics played about as even as it can get - knowing full well they could meet again in a matter of a few months come playoff time.

Travis d'Arnaud drove in three runs and hit a two-run homer, Austin Meadows hit a three-run double, and the Rays beat the A's 8-2 on Sunday for a split of the four-game series.

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D-backs walk off Giants, end 6-game skid

PHOENIX (AP) Tim Locastro has been hit by pitches 12 times in 102 plate appearances this season. Avoiding it with the bases loaded on Sunday still worked in his favor.

Locastro's single in the 10th inning gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, a line drive to left field that scored Nick Ahmed and helped the Diamondbacks end a season-long six-game losing streak.

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