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R.A. Dickey’s dancing knuckleball no match for Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals complete three-game series sweep of the Braves with 3-2 win

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New York: Not even facing R.A. Dickey’s dancing knuckleball could disrupt the grooved swing of Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals completed a three-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 win.

Zimmerman, who hit a grand slam on Wednesday, connected for a two-run homer off Dickey in the sixth inning, and Washington prevailed 3-2 on Thursday night behind a 10-strikeout effort from Stephen Strasburg.

Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer and Ryon Healy went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as Oakland won their third straight game, beating Seattle 9-6.

Rajai Davis went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs for the Athletics but left the game after the bottom of the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. Jed Lowrie had two hits, including a double, and scored while Ryan Dull (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Seattle’s James Paxton entered the game with a franchise-record 21 straight scoreless innings to start the season and blanked the A’s in the first and second. However, his streak ended in the third when Oakland scored three runs.

Delino DeShields lined an RBI single to left field with one out in the 13th inning to give Texas the victory over Kansas City 1-0.

Joey Gallo doubled off Travis Wood (0-1) with one out. The first hit for Texas since the fifth inning brought up DeShields, who had one hit on the season coming into the game. It marked only the fourth time that the Rangers entered the bottom of the 13th inning in a scoreless game.

Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, picked up the win with two scoreless innings. He struck out three.

Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each clubbed long home runs as Milwaukee slugged their way past St Louis 7-5.

Shaw and Bandy extended homer streaks to three games, while Thames hit his seventh homer in his past eight contests and has a major-league-leading eight. The Brewers lead the majors with 32 round-trippers.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (1-2) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the home run bats allowed him to pick up his first win. Jacob Barnes, normally the seventh-inning man, pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.


Fact Box

Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) OAKLAND 9 Seattle 6 SAN DIEGO 4 Arizona 1 MILWAUKEE 7 St Louis 5 TEXAS 1 Kansas City 0 (13 innings) Washington 3 ATLANTA 2 Baltimore 2 CINCINNATI 1 (10 innings) Philadelphia 6 NY METS 4 HOUSTON 2 LA Angels 1 Cleveland 6 MINNESOTA 2 TAMPA BAY 8 Detroit 1 Boston 4 TORONTO 1 (10 innings)


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