Nationals secure top seed


For the second time in three seasons, the Washington Nationals will head to the postseason with the top seeding in the National League.

The NL East champion Nationals locked up home-field advantage until the World Series by beating the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Doug Fister’s three-hitter in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Friday.

Miami earned a split by winning the insignificant second game 15-7 with 22 hits, including Kike Hernandez’s grand slam and J.T. Realmuto’s three-run triple.

Washington’s record was 94-66 at the end of a long day; the last pitch was thrown 9 hours, 35 minutes after the first.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 4

In Los Angeles, Justin Turner’s two-run infield single highlighted a six-run sixth inning for the NL West champion Dodgers.

Pirates 3, Reds 1

In Cincinnati, Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning.

Phillies 5, Braves 4

In Philadelphia, Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance in Philadelphia since he made a lewd gesture as he left the field on Sept. 14, closing out the Phillies’ victory over the Braves with a scoreless ninth inning.

Cubs 6, Brewers 4

In Milwaukee, Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer in the first and Javier Baez had his second career three-hit game, leading Chicago to a victory over the Brewers.

Padres 4, Giants 1

In San Francisco, Ian Kennedy pitched seven innings for his third consecutive win.

Cardinals 7, D-Backs 6 (10)

In Phoenix, Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs, one with the go-ahead single in the 10th.


Astros 3, Mets 1

In New York, Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese left his final start of the season with an elevated heart rate, a condition he has dealt with before, and the Astros rallied against reliever Carlos Torres.