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OUT LOUD

"The effort, the work ethic, everything that needs to be in place to break out of this is there. When it breaks, someone is going to pay."

— Marlins manager Dan Jennings, whose Miami team has lost seven in a row, including four games since he replaced Mike Redmond as manager.

GAME OF NUMBERS

5

Hitting categories that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper leads the majors: 38 RBI (tied), 37 walks, 37 runs, .472 on-base and .732 slugging percentages.

23

Batters retired in a row — after he gave up a single in the first — by Jacob deGrom in the Mets' 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Duel winner

Madison Bumgarner

LHP, Giants

The current World Series MVP homered off Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, and outpitched him, too, in a 4-0 Dodgers' win on Thursday. Bumgarner scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked two in 6⅓ innings. The Giants are 3-0 this season in Bumgarner's starts against Kershaw.