Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Nobody’s going to criticize the way Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams used his bullpen Thursday night. That’s one of the good things about winning 15-1 . The other is, well, winning 15-1.  That’s just what the Nats did, thumping the rival Atlanta Braves. This one was out of control early and stayed that way until the final out. The Nats were up 7-1 after the second inning, 10-1 after the third and 14-1 in the sixth. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] We’ve covered Bryce Harper’s odd night already . He scored four runs after taking four walks, a wonderful 0-for-0 night in which he also notched an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. The traditional offensive star was Ryan Zimmerman, who has been red-hot lately. He drove in four runs on three hits and scored two of his own. This is how hot he’s been: Ryan Zimmerman: 22 RBI in last 10 games, most in a 10-game span of a single season in Nationals/Expos history @EliasSports — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 4, 2015 The Nats had a rough start to the week, losing two games to the St. Louis Cardinals in which they blew late leads. Williams’ bullpen management came under fire  and his job security was questioned. Meanwhile, it started to look less and less likely that the once-World Series favorite Nats would even make the playoffs. That still could be very true, but handing out a 15-1 drubbing numbs the pain for a night. ROCKIES, CARGO BRUISE THE GIANTS Elsewhere in the world of routs, the Colorado Rockies did some damage to the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies launched three homers, including two from NL home-run leader Carlos Gonzalez, and beat the Giants 11-3 . Ouch. Double ouch, because it’s the sixth straight loss for the Giants, who are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. S.F. is seven games back in the NL West, though it could have been worse because the Dodgers lost too. Speaking of which … PADRES EDGE DODGERS IN COREY SEAGER’S DEBUT The Dodgers finally called up top prospect Corey Seager on Thursday, giving him the start at shortstop against the San Diego Padres. Things went well for Seager, but not for the Dodgers as a whole. [ Elsewhere: 10 important MLB storylines for September. ] Seager was 2-for-4 with two RBIs — both of them coming on a sixth-inning single that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. The Dodgers would open up a 7-4 lead in the inning, but the Padres charged back and won the game 10-7 . Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Yangervis Solarte was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, including a homer in the seventh and RBI double in the eighth. ROYALS WIN BIG OVER TIGERS Yet another blowout from Thursday’s small slate of games: The Kansas City Royals hung  a 15-7 loss  on the Detroit Tigers. This one started like a slugfest, with the Royals leading 6-3 after the second inning and the Tigers scoring three more in the third to tie it.  [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] But the Royals scored two in the fourth and another six in the seventh inning. That was that. It ended as a proper sequel to Wednesday’s 12-1 K.C. win over Detroit. Leading the way for the Royals on Thursday was Kendrys Morales, who was 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Lorenzo Cain also had three RBIs and scored three times while the Ben Zobrist had four hits and three runs. Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.

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Ryan Zimmerman homered twice but his one-out RBI double in the top of the eighth proved to be the most decisive hit as the Washington Nationals held on for a rare win in St Louis, edging the Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday. Zimmerman’s liner down the right field line scored second baseman Anthony Rendon, who worked an eight-pitch walk from reliever Jonathan Broxton (1-4) to start the eighth and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Matt den Dekker. “That was vintage Zim,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Zimmerman’s double.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Ryan Zimmerman homered twice but his one-out RBI double in the top of the eighth proved to be the most decisive hit as the Washington Nationals held on for a rare win in St Louis, edging the Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday. Zimmerman’s liner down the right field line scored second baseman Anthony Rendon, who worked an eight-pitch walk from reliever Jonathan Broxton (1-4) to start the eighth and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Matt den Dekker. “That was vintage Zim,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Zimmerman’s double.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. When we’re looking back at how the NL West was won in 2015, chances are we’ll be talking about the just completed three-game series at Dodger Stadium.   At several points this season, it looked as though the Dodgers were poised to lose their grip and allow the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants to overtake them. That never happened, and now they have complete control again after sweeping the Giants out of town. The Dodgers completed the task behind Clayton Kershaw. Their star left-hander was on point in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory, going the distance and striking out 15. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] The outing required a season-high 132 pitches and contained plenty of drama. The Giants put two runners on base with two outs in the ninth and forced Don Mattingly’s hand. To the delight of the fans, Mattingly stuck with his ace. The move paid off perfectly as Kershaw struck out Marlon Byrd to end the game.  Speaking of strikeouts, Kershaw has now set a career-high with 251, and we still have four weeks to go.  With his 15 Ks tonight, Clayton Kershaw is at 251 with at least six starts left. Could be first to K 300 since Johnson and Schilling in ’02. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 3, 2015 Is Kershaw getting better? It’s possible. Just as it’s possible the addition of Chase Utley will prove fruitful. He connected for his first Dodgers home run, and that held up as the difference.  What we do know for sure is the Dodgers postseason chances got much better this week. They now hold a 6 1/2 game lead over San Francisco with 30 games to play.  RYAN ZIMMERMAN AND JONATHAN PAPELBON SAVE THE NATS In desperate need of a win Wednesday night in St. Louis, two veterans came to the Washington Nationals rescue. Long-time cornerstone Ryan Zimmerman paced the offense, collecting three different go-ahead hits in the Nationals 4-3 victory. Two of those hits were home runs against Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons. The second was the 200th home run of Zimmerman’s career, which have all come wearing a Nationals uniform. After St. Louis evened things again in the seventh on Kolton Wong’s RBI single, Zimmerman delivered the decisive hit, an RBI double scoring Anthony Rendon. That set the stage for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Yes, it was a save situation. And no, Matt Williams did not hesitate calling on their trade deadline acquisition. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Naturally, Papelbon did his job. Despite allowing a pair of hits, Papelbon put the clamps down, striking out Tommy Phan and getting Wong to ground out to end it. For Papelbon, it was his 23rd save overall and his sixth since joining the Nationals. It was a rare night where everything went right for the Nationals. Well, almost everything. Bryce Harper did leave the game with tightness in his glute, though that’s expected to be minor. The Mets also won, so Washington didn’t gain ground. But the fact they didn’t lose ground is encouraging.  JOEY VOTTO CRUSHES CUBS IN NINTH During Monday’s series opener, Cubs manager Joe Maddon elected to intentionally walk Joey Votto with runners on first and second. He’s probably wishing he’d done the same on Wednesday. With two on and two outs in the ninth, Votto connected on a go-ahead three-run homer, propeling the Reds to a 7-4 victory. The home run came against Cubs closer Hector Rondon. It immediately followed an error by Kris Bryant, who allowed a Jay Bruce grounder to scoot between his legs. That capped a bittersweet afternoon for the Cubs third baseman. Just moments earlier, he delivered his own clutch homer, a two-run shot which tied that game in the eighth. The Cubs threatened against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, placing runners at first and second with one out. Chapman rebounded, getting an overanxious Javier Baez to ground out and Dexter Fowler to strike out to end the game.  Reds starter Raisel Iglesias ended up with a tough luck no-decision. In seven innings, he allowed two runs on three hits while striking out 10. Over his last three starts, Iglesias has struck out a total of 33 batters. YANKEES MASH RED SOX WITH FIVE HOMERS The Yankees offense has been all or nothing over the last couple weeks. On Wednesday afternoon they went all-in, defeating the Red Sox and Henry Owens 13-8 at Fenway Park. The Yankees slugged five home runs in the game, including three in their eight-run second inning. Greg Bird and John Ryan Murphy went back-to-back to start the barrage. Carlos Beltran then capped the rally with a two-run blast. In the third, Stephen Drew added a three-run homer. Didi Gregorious hit a solo shot in the fifth to punctuate the outburst. [ Roundtable: Which pitchers are poised for a Jake Arrieta-like breakout? ] At that point the Yankees held a 12-1 lead behind Masahiro Tanaka. Their ace right-hander ended up tossing 6 1/3 innings of four-run ball, which was plenty good enough for his 11th victory. However, things did get rather interesting once the Yankees bullpen entered. The Red Sox scored five runs over the final three frames, forcing Joe Girardi to use six different relief pitchers. That included Dellin Betances and closer Andrew Miller. Fortunately for the Yankees they have an off day on Thursday. Everyone can get some rest. But anytime you need your two best relievers in a 12-1 game, it feels like a letdown. Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night.

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. The New York Mets have surged into first place, while Williams’ Nationals haven’t been able to keep up. As a result of the team’s recent slide, Williams’ moves in the dugout have come under more scrutiny. Things nearly boiled over Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.  There were a few moments during the contest when fans criticized Williams, but the biggest criticism came in the ninth inning. With the game tied, Williams opted to go with Casey Janssen over Jonathan Papelbon. Janssen had thrown 26 pitches the previous day, and didn’t perform particularly well, giving up four runs. Papelbon, on the other hand, was fresh, and has been the better option all season. Going with Janssen turned out to be the wrong decision. The reliever gave up a three-run walk-off homer to Brandon Moss in the bottom of the inning, giving the Cardinals an 8-5 win. This, of course, did not go over well with the fans. If they were in charge, it’s clear Williams would no longer be running this team. The fans, however, can’t make that call. And, much to their chagrin, the man who can is giving his full support to Williams. General manager Mike Rizzo told a D.C. radio program early Wednesday that he agreed with Williams’ decisions during Tuesday’s contest, according to Scott Allen of the Washington Post.  “We’re 55-5 when we have the lead after seven innings, we’re 43-2 when we have a two-run lead after seven innings, so Matt Williams did a masterful job last night, in my mind, putting people in a position to succeed,” Rizzo said. “The sixth and seventh inning that Matt managed was unbelievably well-crafted. He got us to the point where he pushed all the right buttons, put in the lefties for the lefties, got the matchup he wanted and in a real tough situation brought in Blake Treinen because he’s a ground-ball pitcher and you’re trying to induce the double-play ball.” There’s a lot to break down here, so let’s start with Rizzo’s comments. First off, it’s no surprise that he would publicly back Williams. Even if there are doubts about Williams’ ability to manage the club moving forward, Rizzo wouldn’t come out and say that. He’s not going to throw his manager under the bus, and that’s probably a smart move.

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The timing was right for the St. Louis Cardinals to give both of their young star pitchers a break. Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of Michael Wacha against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, a day after Marco Gonzalez got a spot start in place of Carlos Martinez. The NL Central-leading Cardinals began the day with the best record by far in the majors.

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This is what the St. Louis Cardinals had in mind when they acquired Brandon Moss at the non-waiver trade deadline. ”That’s a long way to go,” manager Mike Matheny said after Moss hit a three-run walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning for an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won nine of 10 and lead the division by six games.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals showed why they have the best record in baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. The club pulled off an incredible come from behind victory, beating Washington 8-5. It didn’t come easy. The Cardinals entered the eighth inning down two runs, but managed to come back. Washington’s bullpen certainly aided in that comeback. After putting two men on base to start the inning, reliever Drew Storen made a costly throwing error, allowing one run to score. Another run would cross the plate on a double play, tying things up. In order to hold the lead in the ninth, manager Matt Williams called upon Casey Janssen. Janssen could not get the job done. Though he managed to pick up two outs quickly, Janssen couldn’t keep the Cardinals from rallying. Cody Stanley would double with two outs. That was followed up by a Tommy Pham walk. With two men on, Brandon Moss stepped to the plate.  On the second pitch Moss saw from Janssen, he clobbered an 87 mph fastball out to center for the three-run walk-off blast. With the win, St. Louis improved to 86-46 on the year. The Nationals fell to 66-65. Washington remains 6.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. TORONTO GETS WALK-OFF HOMER FROM UNLIKELY SOURCE The Toronto Blue Jays bats came through once again Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. This time, however, an unlikely candidate helped lead them to a 5-3 win. Toronto was all set to wrap things up in nine innings, but the Indians had other plans. Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, tying the game 3-3. The Blue Jays were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extras. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Brett Cecil tossed a scoreless 10th for Toronto, leaving the Blue Jays’ bats to do their usual work. The middle of the order had batted during the previous inning, however, meaning the bottom of the order would have to get things done. They came through. Ryan Goins belted a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give Toronto the 5-3 victory. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 75-57. The club holds a 1.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. YANKEES KEEP PACE IN THE EAST The New York Yankees continued to keep pace in the AL East on Tuesday, defeating their long-time rival. New York bullpen made sure to keep the Boston Red Sox off the board during the club’s 3-1 win. Starter Michael Pineda did a pretty good job of that as well. Pineda allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. He did not issue any walks and struck out seven during the contest.  Unsurprisingly, the Yankees bullpen was able to close things out from there. Dellin Betances did give up three hits during his 1 1/3 innings pitched, but was able to work out of trouble. Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth, preserving the victory. With the win, New York improved to 73-58 on the year. SCHWARBER’S BLAST KEEPS CUBS ON TOP The Chicago Cubs have relied on their young hitters all season, and Tuesday was no different. Kyle Schwarber played the hero during the club’s 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. With the Cubs trailing by one, Schwarber stepped to the plate with a man on in the seventh inning. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber belted an 84 mph splitter for the go-ahead two-run blast.  The rookie has been pretty locked in lately. 9 National Leaguers have 30+ RBI since the All-Star Break. 3 of them are #Cubs 32 Schwarber 31 Bryant 30 Rizzo — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 2, 2015 With the win, Chicago improved to 75-56. They hold a 6.5 game over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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