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Mets crush Phils in Wright's return...Cards, Bucs win...Yanks top Astros...Royals thump O's

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 25, 2015 at 12:10 a.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets lead the NL East by 5 ½ games over Washington after David Wright hit the first of their team-record eight home runs in a 16-7 comeback win at Philadelphia. Wright went deep in his first at-bat since missing four months with a back injury. Wilmer Flores homered twice and had five RBIs for the Mets, who trailed 7-2 heading into the fourth inning.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals top the NL Central by 3 ½ games over Pittsburgh following the Redbirds' 5-3 win at Arizona and the Pirates' 5-2 triumph at Miami. Matt Carpenter smacked a solo homer, and Tommy Pham provided the tiebreaking single in a three-run seven to help the Cardinals improve to a major league-leading 79-45. J.A. Happ tossed six scoreless innings for the Pirates, who went ahead to stay on Andrew McCutchen's two-run double in the third.

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 win over Houston in the Bronx. Beltran's heroics came after Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL'-dee) held the Astros to four hits while striking out seven in eight innings. The Yanks moved into a tie for first place in the AL East, and the Astros saw their lead in the AL West cut to 3 ½ games over Texas.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's lead in the AL Central is up to 13 games over Minnesota following the Royals' 8-3 pounding of Baltimore. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) cracked a two-run homer while the Royals put together a seven-run sixth to erase a 3-1 deficit. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals dealt the Orioles their fifth consecutive loss.

UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died at 37 from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another car struck him during Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. Wilson's vehicle veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital. Wilson is the first IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track accident since Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.

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