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Conforto, Alonso lead Mets past Tribe

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NEW YORK (AP) Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the resurgent New York Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night.

J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz (8-7) permitted only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings as the Mets opened a critical homestand against a trio of playoff contenders with a resounding performance. New York (65-60), which began the day two games out of a wild-card spot, improved to 25-10 since the All-Star break and matched a season best at five games over .500.

Pete Alonso hit a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh that broke it open, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway got the best of former boss Terry Francona in Cleveland's first trip to Citi Field. Before getting the New York job, Callaway enjoyed an extremely successful five-year stint as Indians pitching coach under Francona.

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Freeman hits 2 HRs, Braves top Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in four runs, Dallas Keuchel kept working out of trouble and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Freeman sent one went the opposite way into the Marlins bullpen against Elieser Hernandez in the fourth. The next inning, the Braves slugger went deep again with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, launching a pitch from Tyler Kinley (1-1) into the right-field seats for his 33rd homer of the season and second multi-homer game of the homestand.

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Pirates score 4 off Nats bullpen in win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday night.

After struggling to manage anything off Stephen Strasburg through seven innings, Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Wander Suero (3-7) with nobody out in the eighth when Adam Frazier bunted a single past the mound. Bryan Reynolds tied it 1-1 with a sacrifice fly before Marte drove a fastball from Daniel Hudson 397 feet to right-center for his 22nd homer of the season.

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Gray keeps rolling as Reds beat Padres

CINCINNATI (AP) Freddy Galvis hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Aristides Aquino added an RBI single as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday night.

Galvis, claimed off waivers from Toronto on August 12, followed Josh VanMeter's second hit of the game with an opposite-field drive to left. It was his second home run in two nights and career-high 21st of the season.

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Kluber shut down for two more weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber's comeback has been sidetracked.

The Cleveland Indians ace will be shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained as he was rehabbing from a broken arm.

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Yanks' German goes for 17th win vs. A's

The Oakland Athletics get a rematch with the team that ended their season a year ago when they open a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Yankees right-hander Domingo German (16-2, 3.96) will seek his eighth consecutive win and attempt to get his team started on a winning note as it embarks on a nine-game Western swing that also features a showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers later in the week.

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Dotel and Castillo involved in drug ring

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday.

Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez said police are also actively pursuing the alleged leader of the ring, Cesar Emilio Peralta, also known as "Cesar the Abuser." Castillo - not the current Cincinnati Reds' pitcher - has not yet been arrested.

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Hernández to rejoin Mariners' rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Seattle Mariners' starting rotation this weekend.

Manager Scott Servais made the announcement Tuesday.

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Mets RP Gsellman has partially torn lat

NEW YORK (AP) Mets reliever Robert Gsellman has a partially torn lat muscle that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy, a significant blow to New York's improved bullpen as the team chases a playoff berth.

Gsellman was placed on the 10-day injured list last weekend, retroactive to Aug. 14, with tightness in his right triceps. But an MRI showed a partial tear of his right lat, a similar injury to the one that sidelined teammate Noah Syndergaard for more than 4+ months in 2017.

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