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Braves, A’s, Dodgers complete sweeps…Broncos get first win

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have advanced to the National League Division Series by completing a two-game sweep of the Reds, 5-0. Rookie Ian Anderson was sharp in his postseason debut, allowing two hits while striking out eight over six innings. Marcell Ozuna  and Adam Duvall belted two-run homers in the eighth to secure the Braves’ first series win since 2001.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers each hit two of San Diego’s five home runs as the Padres beat St. Louis, 11-9 to even the NL Wild Card Series at a game apiece. The Cardinals led 6-2 until Tatis slammed his first postseason home run, a three-run blast in the sixth inning. Myers homered in the seventh and eighth innings for the Padres, who also got round-trippers from Manny Machado.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a two-game sweep of their Wild Card Series as Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 while allowing three hits over eight innings of a 3-0 shutout of Milwaukee. Each run came in the fifth inning, beginning with Austin Barnes’ RBI single. Mookie Betts followed with a two-run double that chased losing pitcher Brandon Woodruff.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have won their AL Wild Card Series by taking the last two games from the Chicago White Sox, including Thursday’s 6-4 comeback. The A’s trailed 3-0 until Sean Murphy’s two-run homer in a four-run fourth. The A’s moved in front when Mark Canha and Matt Olson walked with two out and the bases loaded later in the fourth, but they needed Chad Pinder’s two-run single in the sixth to go ahead to stay.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their first victory following a 37-28 win over the 0-and-4 New York Jets at the Meadowlands. Brandon McManus put Denver ahead to stay by drilling a 53-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining, one series before Melvin Gordon put the game out of reach with a 43-yard TD burst. Gordon ran for 107 yards and two scores, while Brett Rypien  passed for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in his first NFL start.

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