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Harper hit on knee by pitch, leaves game

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Daniel Murphy delivered another big hit with the game on the line after teammate Bryce Harper left with an injured knee.

Murphy hit a solo homer and tiebreaking two-run single, Tanner Roark threw seven sharp innings and the Washington Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

He became the latest Mr. October last fall when he set a major league record by hitting home runs in six straight postseason games while leading the New York Mets to an NL pennant. He's carried that groove into the first two months of this season with the Nationals.


Mets' Harvey goes 7, beats White Sox 1-0

NEW YORK (AP) On the mound in the seventh inning for the first time this season, Matt Harvey gave up his first walk of the game and his second hit, leading to a sacrifice bunt and a second-and-third jam.

"You kind of think about the worst at that point," he said. "You start getting some negative thoughts that creep in your head."


Cubs 1-hit Dodgers, pen perfect for 7

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Hammel wasn't thrilled to leave Monday's game after two innings of one-hit ball because of right hamstring cramps.

At least he could joke about it afterward.


Bogaerts' streak at 23, Red Sox top O's

BALTIMORE (AP) Xander Bogaerts did the damage early, extending his hitting streak to 23 games and driving in two runs.

From there, Boston used the long ball to pull away from the Baltimore Orioles in a matchup between the top two teams in the AL East.


Royals score 4 in 8th, win late again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Late-inning rallies are becoming the trademark for the Kansas City Royals.

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning and the Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night.


Chacin outduels Verlander, 4-hits Tigers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Over the first 4 1/2 innings at Angel Stadium, Jhoulys Chacin and Justin Verlander retired all 27 batters they faced. They kept trading zeros deep into the eighth inning of a scintillating pitchers' duel.

After the Los Angeles Angels finally cracked Verlander, Chacin kept pushing all the way to a breakthrough victory for his new team.


Estrada goes 8 scoreless, Jays top Yanks

TORONTO (AP) With eight scoreless innings, Marco Estrada gave the Toronto Blue Jays exactly what they needed: a night off for a bunch of tired bullpen arms.

Estrada (3-2) won consecutive starts for the first time this season, Ryan Goins homered and Toronto beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday night for its fifth win in six games.


Locke throws 3-hitter, Polanco has slam

MIAMI (AP) Jeff Locke had a feeling early in the game he had a chance to do something special.

Locke tossed a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 10-0 on Monday night.


Astros stay hot behind McHugh's first CG

PHOENIX (AP) The Houston Astros needed Collin McHugh to pitch deep into the game after using eight pitchers to get through 13 innings the night before.

A five-hitter and his first career complete game did the trick nicely.


Wright has herniated disk in neck, DL?

NEW YORK (AP) Mets captain David Wright has a herniated disk in his neck and could be headed to the disabled list.

The third baseman missed his third straight game Monday and said he will be examined by a specialist on Tuesday. He had an MRI and took oral anti-inflammatory medicine over the weekend.

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