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WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper walked all four times he came to the plate and scored each time as Washington sent Atlanta to its ninth straight loss, 15-1 Thursday night.

Ryan Zimmerman kept up his torrid stretch with three hits and four RBIs and Jordan Zimmermann (12-8) pitched six solid innings.

The Nationals moved within six games of the first-place Mets in the NL East. The Braves have lost 16 of 17.

Harper joined Larry Doby (1951), Joe Morgan (1973) and Rickey Henderson (1989) as the only players to score four runs without an official at-bat since 1914, according to STATS.

Rookie Matt Wisler (5-6) is 0-5 with a 9.49 ERA in his last seven starts.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings as Milwaukee completed a sweep and beat Pittsburgh for the sixth straight time overall.

The three losses at Miller Park dropped the Pirates 6 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Pittsburgh opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday night.

Jungmann (9-5) gave up one run and three hits. Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 33rd save in 34 chances.

Francisco Liriano (9-7) took the loss.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - J.B. Shuck's two-run, pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning lifted the Chicago White Sox over Minnesota.

Eddie Rosario hit a grand slam for the Twins, who fell 1 1/2 games behind idle Texas for the second AL wild-card spot. Minnesota now starts a nine-game trip to division leaders Houston and Kansas City and wraps up at the White Sox.

Shuck's liner off reliever Casey Fien (4-6) made it 5-4 and helped Chicago win for just the second time in 10 games at Target Field this season.

Jeff Samardzija (9-11) ended his six-game losing streak. David Robertson got his 28th save in 34 chances.

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