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DeGrom Ks 9 straight, 14 overall in win

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DENVER (AP) Jacob deGrom struck out nine straight batters against Colorado on Saturday, falling one shy of matching Tom Seaver's major league record.

He fell short of the record and nearly missed a win.

DeGrom finished with 14 strikeouts to lead the New York Mets over the Rockies 4-3 in a doubleheader opener.

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Betts' catch extends Dodgers' run to 8

SAN DIEGO (AP) Mookie Betts made an outstanding diving catch and Clayton Kershaw starred on the mound and at the plate, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers top the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Saturday night in another compelling thriller between the NL West rivals.

Kershaw (3-1) struck out eight while working six innings of three-hit ball. He also drew a bases-loaded walk against Yu Darvish (1-1) in the fifth, leading Los Angeles to its eighth straight win.

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2 Twins-Angels games ppd. due to COVID

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Twins' games against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night and Sunday have been postponed due to Minnesota's COVID-19 problems, including at least four positive tests in the past week.

Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements, manager Rocco Baldelli said Saturday. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons already hadn't made the trip to Anaheim after testing positive early in the week, and he hadn't been around the team since Tuesday.

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Braves' Kazmar in 1st MLB game since '08

CHICAGO (AP) Sean Kazmar Jr. grounded into a double play - and sounded overjoyed.

"Definitely everything and then some," he said. "What an amazing feeling."

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A's blank Tigers again, win 7th straight

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Superstitious manager Bob Melvin ditched his in-game candy habit during Oakland's awful start. Now that things have drastically trended upward, Melvin is sticking with a couple of favorite, lucky pens and specific parking places for now.

He doesn't dare change a thing - the A's are slugging it again, and the pitching has been impressive.

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Astros end skid behind Greinke's gem

SEATTLE (AP) Zack Greinke pitched eight sharp innings, rookie Taylor Jones drove in the only run and the depleted Houston Astros ended a six-game losing streak, edging the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Saturday night.

Greinke allowed four hits and walked none. He struck out six, two of them on 67 mph curveballs.

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Sanchez exits; Yanks fall to Rays again

NEW YORK (AP) Sluggish to start their AL title defense, the Tampa Bay Rays have found their bearings in the Bronx.

"This venue can motivate you really quick," manager Kevin Cash said.

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Marlins rally in 9th, 10th to top Giants

MIAMI (AP)

Jorge Alfaro hit a game-ending, two-run double and the Miami Marlins rallied from two deficits in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Saturday night.

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Perez's walk-off HR gives Royals split

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays got wildly different yet equally effective pitching performances in splitting their day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

In the opener, starter Steven Matz held the Royals without a hit into the sixth inning, and Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered to give the Blue Jays a 5-1 victory. In the nightcap, the Royals followed veteran Ervin Santana's spot start with four relief pitchers before Salvador Perez's two-out, walk-off homer gave them a 3-2 win.

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