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Ninth-inning meltdown…Twins homers…Player opioid death

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was the Nationals, not the Mets, who were amazing in an improbably seven-run final at-bat 11-10 comeback. Kurt Suzuki capped the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals history with a game-ending, three-run homer. Mets relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz pitched through the meltdown, retiring just one Nationals batter while Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games. New York led 10-4 in the top of the ninth.

BOSTON (AP) – Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano connected in the fifth inning to pad Minnesota’s record home run total, and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5. Jake Cave added a two-run triple for the Twins, who won for the ninth time in 10 games and improved to 7-1 on a 10-game trip. Minnesota extended its major league record to 271 homers with nearly four weeks left in the season.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jack Flaherty pitched one-hit ball over eight innings, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals – with a fluky foul ball-turned-base hit – beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Flaherty carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and dominated with eight strikeouts and a walk. The 23-year-old right-hander threw a career-high 113 pitches, 84 for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 0.90 over his past 11 starts dating to July 7.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Zack Greinke lost his first game since joining Houston, giving up a three-run homer to Eric Thames as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Astros 4-2 for a split of the interleague series. Greinke came in 4-0 in his five previous starts.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Medical examiners say a Northern Arizona University football player died of an opioid overdose. Authorities found Malik Noshi unresponsive in his Flagstaff home on July 7. An autopsy report released Tuesday says he died of accidental acute fentanyl intoxication.

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