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ATLANTA (AP) Dan Uggla drove in five runs, three on a homer in the ninth inning, to help the Washington Nationals rally from the franchise’s biggest deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 13-12 on Tuesday night and snap a seven-game losing streak.

The Nationals twice trailed by eight runs but chipped away at the lead as Jose Lobaton hit a three-run homer in a four-run fifth, Denard Span hit a solo homer in the sixth and Uggla had a two-run triple and Reed Johnson a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.

Washington’s previous biggest comeback was on June 17, 2006, when it trailed the New York Yankees by seven runs.

Uggla, released last year by the Braves and still owed over $18 million at the time, was booed in every at-bat, but he quieted the crowd with his first homer for Washington, a blast into the seats in left field off closer Jason Grilli (0-1).

A.J. Pierzynski went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and Freddie Freeman went 4 for 6 for the Braves.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, ROCKIES 5

PHOENIX (AP) – Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive but walked off the field and gave a thumbs up to the crowd, apparently avoiding serious injury.

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer and a two-run triple to lead the Diamondbacks, who ended a four-game skid after a frightening scene early on.

Bradley was struck on the right side of his face by a liner off the bat of Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez in the second inning. The 22-year-old rookie lay virtually motionless on the mound for several minutes as trainers attended to him and anguished teammates squatted nearby.

Eventually he was rolled over and helped to his feet.

MARLINS 4, METS 3

MIAMI (AP) – Michael Morse hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the Miami Marlins to victory.

It was the Marlins’ first win against the Mets this season in six tries. Miami has won six of seven overall.

Steve Cishek, who blew a save in Monday’s 3-1 loss to New York by allowing a three-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the ninth, walked leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson before earning his second save of the year in four opportunities.

Bryan Morris (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

Juan Lagares hit a three-run double and Murphy had three hits for the Mets (15-6), who lost for only the third time in 16 games.

YANKEES 4, RAYS 2

NEW YORK (AP) – The revelation that ace Masahiro Tanaka will be out at least a month because of a mild forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis overshadowed the New York Yankees’ victory behind Brian McCann’s two doubles that drove in three runs.

Chase Whitley (1-0) was making a spot start that was meant to give Tanaka and others extra rest. But the right-hander from Alabama could find himself in the rotation for a while after giving up six hits and one run in five gritty innings. He was pitching at the same time general manager Brian Cashman was explaining Tanaka’s injuries.

Brett Gardner had an RBI groundout against Jake Odorizzi (2-2) in the Yankees’ second win over Tampa Bay in this series and 10th in 12 games overall. Chris Martin yielded a two-out single in the ninth before finishing for his first career save.

ROYALS 11, INDIANS 5

CLEVELAND (AP) – Kendry Morales’ three-run homer capped a six-run seventh inning for the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City’s big inning came after Cleveland had taken a 5-3 lead on Brandon Moss’ three-run homer in the sixth.

Alcides Escobar’s two-run double off Scott Atchison (0-1) tied the game. Escobar scored the go-ahead run from second on Mike Moustakas’ infield hit and Morales later hit his third homer of the season to dead center off Bryan Shaw.

Brandon Finnegan (1-0) picked up his first career win despite allowing Moss’ home run.

The Royals had a season-high 18 hits.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona met with his team for a pep talk following Monday’s defeat, but the Indians lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Madison Bumgarner pitched eight sharp innings in his fifth career matchup against Clayton Kershaw and batterymate Buster Posey homered, leading the San Francisco Giants.

Bumgarner (2-1) gave up a run and five hits, struck out nine and walked one while throwing 110 pitches. Last year’s World Series and NLCS MVP is 3-1 lifetime against Kershaw, who was his mound opponent six nights earlier in San Francisco when neither got a decision in the Giants’ 3-2 win.

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Kershaw (1-2) allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Sonny Gray struck out six and walked one over eight impressive innings, Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer in the first that held up, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and a two-run single to back Gray (3-0), who retired 13 straight batters during one stretch to help the A’s avoid dropping to five games below .500 for the first time since June 30, 2012. Oakland bounced back against the defending AL West champions after being swept at home over the weekend by Houston.

Gray allowed two runs and six hits in his 105-pitch day. He lowered his ERA to 1.98 before Evan Scribner struck out the side in order to finish the 2-hour, 6-minute game.

TWINS 3, TIGERS 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Mike Pelfrey turned in his second consecutive strong start, Kurt Suzuki had two hits and the go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

Pelfrey (2-0) begrudgingly started the season in the bullpen after spending most of 2014 on the disabled list. He struck out seven and allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings.

The big right-hander has won his last two starts while allowing only one earned run in 14 innings.

Eduardo Escobar clapped his hands and pumped his fists as he stood on second base after his seventh-inning double scored Eduardo Nunez to tie the game.

Suzuki followed with a single up the middle off Anibal Sanchez (1-3) to give Minnesota the lead.

CARDINALS 11, PHILLIES 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Carpenter tripled and doubled, and the St. Louis Cardinals had season highs in runs and hits to help Michael Wacha remain unbeaten.

Matt Holliday and Matt Adams each added three hits for the Cardinals, who finished with 15 hits. Jason Heyward reached base four times and Jon Jay drove in two runs.

Wacha (4-0) drove in two runs and pitched 5 2-3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts.

Severino Gonzalez (0-1) yielded seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut.

MARINERS 2, RANGERS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – J.A. Happ doubled his season strikeout total with nine in 6 2-3 innings and Rickie Weeks homered for Seattle.

Happ (2-1) allowed only one run and walked one. In 20 2-3 innings over his first three starts, the left-hander had nine strikeouts, three in seven innings of a loss to the Rangers.

Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his sixth save in seven chances, and second in as many nights in Texas.

Nelson Cruz had three hits for Seattle, including a triple and double in the same game for the second time in his career. The other was at Boston in June 2009 while playing for the Rangers.

CUBS 6, PIRATES 2

CHICAGO (AP) – Dexter Fowler had three hits and two RBIs, Travis Wood tossed seven strong innings and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight.

Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Addison Russell each had an RBI as the Cubs scored all their runs with two outs.

Wood (2-1) extended his solid start to the season by allowing two runs and five hits. He lowered his ERA to 3.04.

Starling Marte accounted for Pittsburgh’s offense with a two-run homer in the fourth.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke (2-1) took the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

REDS 4, BREWERS 2

CINCINNATI (AP) – Johnny Cueto gave up three hits over eight innings during his latest dominant performance against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Brandon Phillips had a two-run homer.

Joey Votto and Marlon Byrd added solo homers off Kyle Lohse (1-4) as the Reds clinched the series. Half of their 10 wins this season have come against Milwaukee, the worst team in the majors.

The Brewers fell to 4-17, the worst start by a National League team in 18 years, according to STATS. The 1997 Cubs had an identical record. The 2010 Orioles were the last team in the majors to open a season 4-17.

Cueto (2-2) gave up homers to Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun as he got his sixth straight win over the Brewers. He’s 9-3 career against Milwaukee, including 8-0 in 11 career starts at Great American Ball Park.

BLUE JAYS 11, RED SOX 8

BOSTON (AP) – Jose Bautista had an RBI in Toronto’s five-run third inning, another in a three-run fourth and then added a homer to help the Blue Jays snap a four-game losing streak.

Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a homer, and Kevin Pillar also had three of Toronto’s 17 hits. Marco Estrada (1-0) pitched three innings of hitless relief for the win. Brett Cecil pitched the ninth for his first save.

The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead against Drew Hutchison in the second. But Clay Buchholz (1-3) gave the lead right back, allowing five in the top of the third. Buchholz got just eight outs while allowing five runs – four earned – on six hits and a walk while striking out four.

ASTROS 14, PADRES 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) – George Springer homered and drove in five runs, Evan Gattis added a two-run shot and the streaking Houston Astros routed the San Diego Padres.

Chris Carter connected for a solo drive, and the Astros hit three home runs at spacious Petco Park for the second consecutive night. The AL West leaders, who have won five straight and nine of 10, set season highs for runs and hits (16).

Houston (13-7) is 9-2 on the road, equaling the best 11-game start away from home in team history.

Springer hit a two-run homer in the seventh and added a two-run single in the eighth as he tied his career high for RBIs.

Roberto Hernandez (1-2) allowed solo homers to Wil Myers and Justin Upton, giving up three runs and six hits in six innings.