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Video: Josh Harrison beats the throw to second base with unorthodox pop-up slide

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With his Pirates trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, infielder Josh Harrison led off with a line drive single to left-center field off of starter Stephen Strasburg. Center fielder Michael Taylor quickly got to the ball and fired to second base. Harrison was attempting to stretch his hit into a double, but chose poorly. He was dead to rights but executed a feet-first slide, then popped up and stuck his left leg onto the second base bag just ahead of the tag from Wilmer Difo. Harrison was ruled safe, but the Nationals challenged the ruling. It was upheld, but the Pirates would squander their opportunity.

Harrison provided the Pirates’ only run in the first inning with a solo home run to left field.

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.