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Olson HR in 10th moves A's 1 game back

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With September approaching, the Oakland Athletics are showing the baseball world what they believed from the start: This group and its young sluggers are ready to make a playoff push.

Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Friday night to pull within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the AL West lead.

"We've known that we're a capable team, we're a very good team all along," Olson said. "We knew it going into the year that we were going to have a chance to make a run, so glad to finally get a little recognition for it and when we go out and win games like that, people are looking at us a little bit."

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Bauer has leg fracture, out 4-6 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer isn't going to let a stress fracture in his right leg get in the way of throwing a baseball.

Cleveland's right-hander, one of the leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, will be out four to six weeks with the injury, but that's not stopping him from keeping his arm in shape.

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Scherzer goes 6 scoreless, 1st to win 16

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer is using all his tools to help keep the Nationals' playoff hopes alive.

Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings, doubled and scored twice as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-2 on Friday night for his major league-leading 16th win.

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Cubs turn record-tying 7 DPs in 1-0 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Cubs starter Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff Friday night. Luckily, he had a few buddies on hand to help him out.

"The double play is a pitcher's best friend," he said with a smile.

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Machado hits 2 HRs, Dodgers rip Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) For a welcome change, the Los Angeles Dodgers made the job easy for manager Dave Roberts after a stretch of close games and debatable moves.

Manny Machado hit two of Los Angeles' five home runs, Walker Buehler allowed one run in six innings, and the Dodgers routed the Seattle Mariners 11-1 to open a key three-game series on Friday night.

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Nola Ks 11, beats Mets to go 9-0 at home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once Aaron Nola got an early lead, he was home free.

Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 4-2 on Friday night.

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Closer Jansen hopes to return next week

SEATTLE (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hopes doctors will clear him to return to pitching sometime next week.

Jansen threw about 20 pitches during a bullpen session Friday, continuing his light workload after being placed on the disabled list last week with an irregular heartbeat. Jansen said he feels good and is hopeful his physicians will clear him to return to the Dodgers bullpen when they meet Monday.

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Desmond's 5 RBIs lift surging Rockies

ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Freeland commanded all four of his pitches and had his slider working especially well.

It's been a smooth ride for the left-hander since mid-June.

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Cards beat Brewers for ninth win in 10

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty got an extra day of rest and a chance to pitch against Milwaukee, and took advantage of both.

Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.

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