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Anderson, Brewers hold off Braves, 2-1

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson works against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ATLANTA (AP) — Willy Adames hit an early homer off Charlie Morton, Brett Anderson pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday.

The Brewers, who have a seven-game lead in the NL Central, moved 20 games over .500 for the second time this season. They improved to 34-19 away from Milwaukee and have won 13 of 17 road series this season.

“I mean, it’s a good team,” Anderson said. “It’s a playoff-caliber team, pitching and defense are the strong suit and we’ve been scoring at a pretty good clip since the All-Star break. Still, we haven’t had everybody clicking offensively at the same time quite yet.”

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first on Adames’ 18th homer, 13th with the Brewers. Adames has been swinging a hot bat lately, hitting .319 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in his last 37 games.

The Brewers went up 2-0 in the fifth when Lorenzo Cain reached on an infield single, advanced to third on Luis Urias’ single and scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s groundout.

Anderson, who is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last four starts, gave up four hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts.

Josh Hader, in his first save opportunity since July 8, retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 23 chances.

TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 2

DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning and Detroit beat Baltimore.

Detroit earned a split of the four-game series, improving to 30-24 at home this season.

Erasmo Ramirez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first major league win since Sept. 3, 2018, when he beat the Orioles as a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Spenser Watkins (2-2) was the loser.

NATIONALS 6, CUBS 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yadiel Hernandez’s solo shot in the ninth inning — his second homer of the day — gave Washington the victory.

Hernandez had a four-hit day to help the Nationals overcome three home runs by Rafael Ortega, who tied a franchise record for homers in a game. Ortega led off with a shot to right-center and adding two-run blasts in the sixth and eighth.

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