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NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Panthers

NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Panthers

TAMPA BAY (5-4) At CAROLINA (2-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 6-2-1; Carolina 4-5

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 14-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 13; Panthers No. 28

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Panthers 16-10, Sept. 9

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers beat Chargers 34-12: Panthers lost to Broncos 36-14

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12T), RUSH (11), PASS (15)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (15), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bucs have scored 28 or more points in team-record five straight games. ... QB Josh Freeman has 13 TDs and one interception in past five games. He's looking for 100-plus QB rating for sixth straight game. ... Freeman 3-1 in past four meetings with Carolina, with six TD passes on one INT. ... Rookie RB Dough Martin has 858 total yards from scrimmage in past five games, most by rookie in five-game span since Edgerrin James in 1999. ... Martin ranks second in NFL with 1,158 total yards from scrimmage. ... WR Vincent Jackson has five TD receptions in last six games and averaging 18.5 yards per catch during span. ... WR Mike Williams has at least 100 yards receiving or a TD in six of nine games this season. ... CB Leonard Johnson has INT in three consecutive games, including 83-yard touchdown return last week vs. Chargers. ... DB Ronde Barber has sack and interception in Tampa Bay's 16-10 win over Carolina in season opener. ... The Panthers were held to 10 yards rushing in Week 1 by the Bucs. ... Cam Newton struggled in the season opener against Tampa Bay, but has a combined nine TDs - five passing, four rushing - in three games against his NFC South foe. ... RB DeAngelo Williams has four games vs. Tampa Bay with two or more touchdowns runs. ... WR Steve Smith had seven 100-yard receiving games against the Bucs. ... TE Greg Olsen is coming off his best statistical game as a pro with 102 yards receiving and two scores in a loss to Denver. It was Olsen's first career 100-yard receiving game. ... WR Brandon LaFell had career-long 91-yard TD reception in last meeting at home against Bucs. ... DE Charles Johnson has five sacks and DE Greg Hardy 4 1/2 sacks in past three games. ... Rookie LB Luke Kuechly leads team with 88 tackles. ... DT Dwan Edwards had two sacks in last meeting vs. Tampa Bay.

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."