WASHINGTON -- Albert Almora Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a ninth-inning double, Dexter Fowler had two hits and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Addison Russell led off the ninth with a walk from Sammy Solis (1-2) and was sacrificed to second before Almora, who entered the game in the eighth inning, lined a shot to left center.
Jason Heyward provided a two-run single for Chicago, which evened the three-game series between division leaders.
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Washington, which had won four straight, tied it in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon off closer Hector Rondon.
Rondon (1-1) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the win.
Washington was without closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain (see full recap).
Taillon, Pirates blank Mets to snap 5-game skid
NEW YORK -- Jameson Taillon took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his second major league start, dominating the New York Mets while pitching the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-0 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak Tuesday night.
Jung Ho Kang and Starling Marte each hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, backing eight efficient innings of two-hit ball from an impressive Taillon. One of baseball's top pitching prospects, the sturdy right-hander held New York hitless until Curtis Granderson grounded a leadoff single in the seventh, squeezing it through the shift between two diving infielders on the outfield grass.
Taillon (1-0) was recalled from the minors before the game when Pittsburgh put ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right triceps. The touted rookie certainly showed what all the fuss is about, outpitching All-Star Jacob deGrom (3-3) in a rematch with the defending NL champions (see full recap).
Machado 2-run homer helps Orioles top Red Sox
BOSTON -- Manny Machado hit a two-run home run, Chris Tillman struck out seven and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer in the eighth inning for the Orioles.
The teams entered the three-game series tied atop the American League East. Baltimore has won five of the eight meetings with Boston this season.
Tillman (9-1) went seven innings to get the victory. He kept the Red Sox lineup off balance with an assortment of fastballs, sliders and curves. His lone mistake was a home run in the seventh to Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Baltimore's bullpen gave one run back in the eighth, but Zach Britton was able close things out to earn his 20th save in 20 tries.
David Price (7-4) took the loss, despite finishing with 11 strikeouts in eight innings and retiring 19 straight at one point (see full recap).