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The Braves and Twins stayed winless with losses on Wednesday

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In our preview of Wednesday’s action, we noted that both the Braves and the Twins were baseball’s only teams yet to win a game this season. That remains true as both teams were shut out: the Braves 3-0 to the Nationals, and the Twins 3-0 to the White Sox. The Twins have further set the mark for the worst start in franchise history, while the Braves are inching closer to matching their franchise record worst start of 0-10 in 1988.

The Braves were simply overmatched by Tanner Roark, who pitched seven shutout innings on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Roark starting was supposed to be a good thing, as Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start but was scratched due to an illness. Braves starter Matt Wisler was undone by a pair of fourth-inning homers: a solo shot by Stephen Drew, and a two-run round-tripper by Jayson Werth.

Meanwhile, the Twins couldn’t convert on any of their opportunities as White Sox starter Carlos Rodon gave up three hits and five walks in six innings. Jerry Sands boosted the White Sox lead to 3-0 with a two-run homer in the seventh off of Phil Hughes.

The run differentials through eight games…

Braves

  • Scored: 22 runs (2.75 per game)
  • Allowed: 49 runs (6.125  per game)
  • Differential: -27 runs (3.375 per game)

Twins

  • Scored: 13 runs (1.625 per game)
  • Allowed: 33 runs (4.125 per game)
  • Differential: -20 runs (2.5 per game)

Hoo boy.

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

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The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.