The Washington Nationals are going to have to do without Stephen Strasburg this weekend, but quality of starting pitching hasn’t much mattered against the Atlanta Braves. Tanner Roark takes the mound Friday night at Nationals Park as Atlanta’s Julio Teheran tries to put possibly his worst start of the season behind him and end his club’s longest losing streak in nine years. Strasburg’s ongoing health issues are pushing Roark (4-4, 4.54 ERA) into the rotation after being recalled from Double-A Harrisburg following Monday’s abbreviated start.

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One of the worst stretches of Joe Kelly’s career spurred a demotion to the minor leagues. The right-hander pieced things together after being called back up, though, and turned in a historic month for Boston. Kelly (8-6, 4.94) has finally found himself at the tail end of his first season in Boston, posting a 1.69 ERA over his last five starts.

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Don Mattingly rode his ace as Los Angeles turned the tables by finishing off a narrow three-game sweep of San Francisco.

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The Boston Red Sox say a fan who was injured at Fenway Park trying to catch a foul ball is expected to be released from a hospital Wednesday night. The man flipped backward over a railing in the lower box seats and landed on a concrete walkway during an afternoon game between the Red Sox and New York Yankees. Several fans have been injured at Fenway Park this season.

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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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TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Goins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 5-3 on Tuesday night, snapping the Indians' winning streak at six games.

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After hitting two home runs against the New York Mets over the weekend, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slugged another against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees, in a 4-3 win at Fenway Park on Monday Ortiz’s blast in the opener of a three-game series was the 495th of his career, inching him ever closer to the 500-home run club. “It’s exciting for every one of us,” Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said about Ortiz’s pursuit of 500. “It’s bigger than a lot of things that are happening right now.” Ortiz had two hits, center fielder Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and third baseman Pablo Sandoval also drove in a run as Boston (61-70) ended the month on a high note.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Prado and Justin Bour each had an RBI double in the eighth inning and the Miami Marlins extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts with a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

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Good luck trying to think of another month quite like the one you just witnessed, Blue Jays fans. You’ll be thinking for a long time, because there isn’t one: August 2015 has been the best month in the 39-year history of the franchise, and it isn’t particularly close. Toronto improved to 21-5 this month after this past weekend’s commanding sweep of the Detroit Tigers, and can make it 22 wins in August with David Price taking the mound at home Monday night against Cleveland.  It’s as dominant a month a big-league team could hope to have. Go ahead, try to pick your favourite stat: The Blue Jays had five series sweeps in August. Between Aug. 2 and Aug. 13, they reeled off their second 11-game win streak of the year. Their run differential during this span is +89. Their average margin of victory is 4.8 runs. Seriously, this isn’t just your run of the mill hot stretch. How rare is it for the Blue Jays to crack 20 wins in a month? It’s only happened seven times since 1977 . What makes this August haul even more impressive is that the Jays have had four off days this month, meaning they’ve had fewer opportunities to rack up the W’s than their predecessors in Toronto. Rank Year Month GP Record Win % 1 1988 Sept/Oct 29 22-7 .759 2 2015 Aug. 26* 21-5 .808 3 2003 May 29 21-8 .724 4 2014 May 30 21-9 .700 5 1992 May 30 21-9 .700 6 1989 Aug. 29 20-9 .690 7 2008 May 30 20-10 .667  As you can see, the Blue Jays have never had a team finish a month with a winning percentage above .800. A loss Monday would drop that number to .778, which would still be the best month in club history. Of course, all these team wins wouldn’t be possible without a number of standout individual performances. Edwin Encarnacion has led the charge, mashing 11 home runs in August and hitting an absurd .402/.458/.927. With those numbers, it’s no surprise he’s riding a 25-game hitting streak – the longest streak in the majors this season. He’s been supported in the lineup by American League MVP candidate Josh Donaldson and perennial All-Star Jose Bautista. Donaldson continues to be a force at the plate. Like Encarnacion, he’s crushed 11 homers to go with a .408 OBP in August. Bautista’s right there behind him, with 10 homers and a OBP of .374. Even bottom of the order bats Ben Revere (.316/.371/.347) and Ryan Goins (.303/.439/.439) have stepped up in a big – likely unsustainable (see, .366 and .367 BABIP respectively) – way. And while the offence gets the bulk of the credit, the pitching staff deserves its due, too. The starters have put up a 3.08 ERA and averaged over 6 1/3 innings per start in August. The bullpen – boosted by the additions of LaTroy Hawkins, Mark Lowe, and Aaron Sanchez over the last month – has combined for a 2.16 ERA and 2.97 FIP . That’s a significant improvement over how Toronto’s pitchers performed earlier in 2015.

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The Houston Astros are entering their second-to-last homestand with the right man set to take the mound. Dallas Keuchel could have as many as four home starts remaining depending on how Houston aligns its rotation, and the first comes Monday night against a Seattle Mariners club which has chosen to rest its ace. Keuchel (15-6, 2.28 ERA) can become the first to win his first 12 home decisions since Johan Santana went 12-0 in 17 starts for Minnesota in 2006.

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