Braves sweep Mets, extend winning streak to eight games

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The Braves are starting to run away with the NL East. They beat the Mets 2-1 on Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game series sweep and extending their winning streak to eight consecutive games.

Dallas Keuchel got the start, hurling seven shutout frames. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven. Josh Donaldson provided the Braves’ only offense, hitting two solo homers: one off of Steven Matz in the second inning, and another off of Paul Sewald in the seventh. The Mets’ lone run came across in the bottom of the ninth when Todd Frazier knocked in Pete Alonso with a ground out.

The Braves’ hot streak is a tough pill to swallow for the second-place Nationals, who are also on a run of their own. Entering Sunday, they had won four in a row and 11 of their last 13. Despite that, the Nationals haven’t gained any ground on the Braves. The third-place Phillies lost to the Marlins on Sunday and are now 11.5 games out of first place. The fourth-place Mets are 12 games back.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.