Cubs win battle at the top

The Chicago Cubs stand alone with the best record in the National League after victory against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Addison Russell drove in three runs, including two on a tie-breaking double with two outs in the seventh inning, as the Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5.

Aaron Hill drove in seven runs by hitting three of the Milwaukee Brewers’ five home runs in the 13-7 10-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Robinson Cano’s go-ahead shot at the top of the 10th enabled the Seattle Mariners to beat the Houston Astros 3-2, while Bartolo Colon’s two-run shot helped the New York Mets see off the San Diego Padres 6-3.

Nathan Eovaldi worked eight strong innings in the New York Yankees’ 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox, while the doubleheader between Oakland and Baltimore ended with a win apiece, with the Athletics landing the first game 8-4 but losing the second 5-2.

Five home runs powered the Texas Rangers to a 10-5 triumph over the Detroit Tigers while the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 over seven strong innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays, while the St Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4.

Matt Duffy’s two-out, 13th-inning double gave the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies while the Kansas City Royals blanked the Cleveland Indians 7-0.

Elsewhere, the Chicago White Sox saw off the Minnesota Twins 7-2, the Tampa Bay Rays sunk the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 and a three-run eighth inning enabled the Philadelphia Phillies to come from behind and beat the Miami Marlins 4-3.

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