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Playoff-chasing Rangers get boost with return of two All-Stars: rookie 3B Jung and RF Garcia

September 18, 2023 at 10:00 p.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The playoff-chasing Texas Rangers got a boost with the return of two All-Star players to their starting lineup. Rookie third baseman Josh Jung and right fielder Adolis García were both activated from the injured list before their series opener against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. Jung had missed six weeks with a fractured left thumb. García missed 10 games with a patellar tendon strain in his right knee. Jung was batting fifth and Garcia was hitting sixth. Jung is among the AL's top rookies and Garcia led the league with 100 RBIs before getting hurt Sept. 6.

Phillie 7, Braves 1

ATLANTA -- Kyle Schwarber hit a 483-foot, two-run homer, the Phillies went deep four other times to back Zack Wheeler in a 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Schwarber's 45th long homer of the season gave the Phillies a six-run lead in the sixth, a drive that cleared the top of the Chop House restaurant in right field at Truist Park. Philadelphia opened a 3 1/2-game lead over Arizona for the top NL wild card. Atlanta lost its fourth straight but was assured a bye in the Wild Card Series and home-field advantage in the Division Series when Milwaukee lost.

Cardinals 1, Brewers 0

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright earned his 200th win, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball in a vintage performance as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0. It was the longest outing this season for the 42-year-old Wainwright, who struck out three and walked two. He has won consecutive starts -- both against first-place teams -- after going 0-10 with a 10.72 ERA over his previous 11 games. The right-hander became the 38th pitcher in NL history to reach 200 wins, and the 24th major leaguer to achieve the milestone since 2000. Willson Contreras homered off Freddy Peralta in the fourth. Milwaukee lost its second straight and its magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at seven.

White Sox 6, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON -- Mike Clevinger pitched a six-hitter for his third career complete game, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Nationals 6-1. Luis Robert Jr. hit a three-run homer for Chicago, which improved to 5-12 in September. Tim Anderson had four of the team's 15 hits. Clevinger was working on a shutout before Dominic Smith hit his 10th homer with two out in the ninth inning. Smith walked slowly to first while watching the shot to right-center, and then flipped his bat. Clevinger apparently took exception and exchanged words with Smith, prompting benches to clear in an incident that didn't escalate beyond shouting. Clevinger then struck out Carter Kieboom for the final out.

Reds 7, Twins 3

CINCINNATI -- Rookie Connor Phillips pitched three-hit ball over seven innings for his first major league win, Will Benson drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 in a game with postseason implications for both teams. Cincinnati won for the fifth time in seven games and trails Chicago by .0003 for the NL's final wild-card berth, both a half-game behind Arizona. Miami dropped a half-game behind the Reds with a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets, Minnesota (79-72), nearing its third division title in five years, maintained a seven-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

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