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Braves stage another late rally to beat D-Backs, push NL East lead to season-high 4.5 games

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The Braves fought tooth-and-nail to win Saturday night’s game against the Diamondbacks 5-4, scoring twice in the 10th inning. The Braves then held the D-Backs to one run in the bottom half of the 10th thanks to a heads-up, game-ending play by shortstop Dansby Swanson.

On Sunday, the Braves did it again. Trailing 4-2 in the top of the eighth, Freddie Freeman singled in a run to cut the deficit to one run. Facing closer Brad Boxberger in the ninth, the Braves put their first two runners on base with singles from Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies. Ender Inciarte then belted a go-ahead three-run home run to right-center field.

The Braves weren’t even done after that. Lucas Duda hit a one-out solo homer off of Yoan López. Ronald Acuña then tripled and promptly scored on a two-run home run by Johan Camargo, pushing the score to 9-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, the D-Backs managed to scrape across a run but wound up losing 9-5. As the Phillies lost to the Mets on Sunday, the Braves pushed their NL East lead to a season-high 4.5 games. The Braves were also up 4.5 games after beating the Rays on August 28.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.