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Doug Fister dominates, Nationals move to four games up in National League East standings


Doug Fister allowed just one (unearned) run over 7 1/3 innings and Adam LaRoche launched a pair of home runs as the Nationals bested the visiting Mets 7-1 on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.

Even the slumping Bryce Harper got in on the act with a fourth-inning single, a sixth-inning walk, and a run scored. That after finishing 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 6-1 loss to New York on Tuesday.

With the Braves falling Wednesday afternoon to the Mariners — the eighth straight loss for Atlanta — the Nats are now four games up in the NL East.

Fister missed the first month of the season with a lat strain, but he’s now suddenly an ace …

Pirates shut out Reds, will host NL Wild Card game against the Cubs

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The Pirates shut out the Reds 4-0 on Sunday, clinching the first NL Wild Card slot, which means they will host the Cubs in the Wild Card game. The winner will travel to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in the NLDS on October 9. The Pirates end the season with a 98-64 record, their best record since 1991 when they also finished 98-64.

Starter J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings, limiting the Reds to three hits and three walks while striking out seven. Relievers Joakim Soria, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon each pitched a scoreless inning behind Happ to finish out the game.

Neil Walker provided the Pirates’ first run with an RBI single in the first inning. Pedro Alvarez ripped a solo homer in the fourth, Jordy Mercer doubled in a run in the sixth, and Josh Harrison hit an RBI double in the seventh to account for all of the offense.

The Cubs beat the Brewers 3-1 on Sunday to finish with a 97-65 record. They’re in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Mark Buehrle unable to reach 200-inning milestone

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Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle got the start in the final game of the regular season on Sunday against the Rays, an attempt by manager John Gibbons to get the veteran to the 200-inning mark for a 15th consecutive season. Unfortunately, Buehrle didn’t have anything working, allowing eight runs — all unearned — on five hits, a walk, and two errors while recording only two outs. The biggest hit was a grand slam by Joey Butler which made it 6-0.

Buehrle, who is reportedly retiring, will end his season with a 15-8 record, a 3.81 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings.

Sunday’s game wasn’t entirely meaningless for the Blue Jays, as they entered the afternoon trailing the Royals by one game for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Royals, however, took an early 5-0 lead around the same time the Jays fell behind the Rays.