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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am


Long balls lead Nationals to win

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – After missing three starts because of a stomach bug, Brian Dozier felt good enough to return to the Washington Nationals' lineup and good enough to homer.

After sitting out just one game with a sprained right ankle, Dozier's teammate Juan Soto looked just fine running after launching a drive that landed in the second deck.

“Juan hits the home run, he comes over and says: 'I told you I was fine,'” manager Dave Martinez said. “I go, 'Thanks.' I didn't want him to play. I wanted to give him a break.”

Dozier hit his 17th of the season and Soto his 25th as both were back in the batting order, Joe Ross extended his scoreless streak to 171/3 innings before giving up a run, and Washington beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Tuesday night.

“Stomach's still turning a little bit,” Dozier said. “Body aches are gone and I'm keeping stuff inside my body longer. But headache's good. Chills are great.”

Ross (3-3) allowed one run and five hits in his 62/3 innings and is responsible for the most consecutive innings without a run by a Nationals pitcher this season.

“I was impressed,” Reds manager David Bell said about Ross, who is 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA in his past three starts.


Astros 6, White Sox 2: In Chicago, Zack Greinke tossed six solid innings in his second start with Houston, George Springer and Josť Altuve hit solo home runs, and the Astros topped Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader.

Greinke (12-4) allowed two runs on seven hits. The 35-year-old struck out six, walked two and hit a batter in a 102-pitch outing.†

Mariners 11, Tigers 6: In Detroit, Kyle Seager homered three times and Tom Murphy added two to help Seattle beat Detroit.

Seager and Murphy hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and sixth innings before Seager added his third in the ninth. It was the first three-homer game of Seager's career.

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