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Astros plan to ease off Luke Gregerson in the closer’s role

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Right-hander Will Harris got the save in Sunday’s 5-2 win against the Athletics, sealing up a series sweep. Astros manager A.J. Hinch plans to ease off Luke Gregerson in the closer’s role, MLB.com’s Alyson Footer reports, which means Harris and Ken Giles could see some save opportunities going forward.

Gregerson has blown his last two save opportunities, giving him five blown saves on the year with a 4.56 ERA. Giles, who many thought would serve as the club’s closer to begin the season, has one save and a 5.55 ERA. Harris, with a 0.34 ERA after Sunday’s performance, has been the only real bright spot in the Astros’ bullpen thus far.

Despite the bullpen woes, the Astros are 28-30, 6.5 games out in third place in the AL West.

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.