Highlights of Friday's MLB games

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[May 14, 2016]  May 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games:


White Sox 7, Yankees 1

Chris Sale became the first eight-game winner in the majors when he tossed a six-hitter as the Chicago White Sox rolled to a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday.

Sale (8-0) allowed one run and four hits in becoming the first Chicago starter to win his first eight starts since Jon Garland in 2005 and the fourth in team history. He allowed one run or fewer for the 52nd time in 124 career appearances.

Cubs 9, Pirates 4

Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross all homered as Chicago (26-8) beat Pittsburgh in the opener of a three-game weekend series.

Jason Hammel allowed one earned run as he worked a season-high 6 2/3 innings to improve to 5-0.

Nationals 5, Marlins 3

Bryce Harper, who fell behind 0-2 in the count, recovered nicely and crushed a two-run homer in the seventh to break a tie and help Washington beat Miami.

Harper, who entered the game with an on-base average of .441, walked his first two times to the plate and singled in his third trip.

Orioles 1, Tigers 0

Adam Jones hit his 200th career home run and Chris Tillman threw seven shutout innings as Baltimore stretched its winning streak to six games.

The Orioles (22-12) could not do much against Detroit starter Justin Verlander (2-4), scoring the lone run when Jones homered in the sixth inning.

Rockies 5, Mets 2

Jon Gray won his first career game in his 13th start to help Colorado snap an 11-game slide against New York.

Gray, who allowed five hits, two runs and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings, was 0-1 with a 9.20 ERA in seven starts at Coors Field entering the game.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1

Joe Panik hit a three-run homer on a 3-0 pitch and right-hander Jeff Samardzija won his fifth game as San Francisco defeated Arizona.

Panik turned on 92 mph fastball from right-hander Shelby Miller (1-4) and drove it deep into the right field seats for a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning.

Astros 7, Red Sox 6

George Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off former University of Connecticut teammate Matt Barnes in the sixth inning as Houston erased a four-run deficit and ended Boston's five-game winning streak.

Springer, whose homer was his eighth of the year, and Jose Altuve both stroked three hits and scored twice to help the struggling Astros to their fourth win in their last six games. Marwin Gonzalez delivered a pair of RBI singles.

Athletics 6, Rays 3

Oakland snapped a five-game losing streak, getting four home runs -- two from Danny Valencia -- in a victory over Tampa Bay.

The Athletics (15-21) had allowed at least 11 runs in each of its last four losses, but found its pitching as well with starter Rich Hill (5-3) overcoming a rough start and retiring 12 batters in a row at one point.

Phillies 3, Reds 2

Philadelphia opened up a nine-game homestand with a victory over Cincinnati for its major league-leading 13th one-run win.

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Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs in seven innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs while striking out nine -- one shy of his career high -- against one walk to earn his third victory. He also provided the winning RBI in the fourth inning.

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 0

Veteran right-hander R.A. Dickey retired 14 straight Texas hitters and the Toronto offense got going late en route to victory.

Dickey allowed three singles, including a bunt to leadoff hitter Rougned Odor, in eight innings.

Indians 7, Twins 6

Marlon Byrd's two-run double keyed a three-run, eighth-inning rally as Cleveland beat Minnesota.

The Indians' Josh Tomlin pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and four hits with four strikeouts, two walks and three home runs allowed.

Royals 5, Braves 1

Salvador Perez drove in two runs with an eighth-inning single and Edinson Volquez allowed one run over seven innings as Kansas City defeated Atlanta.

Perez's two-run single with two strikes in the eighth highlighted a three-run inning. All the runs were charged to Braves rookie reliever Hunter Cervenka, who had not allowed a run in his first 15 big league appearances, covering 10 1/3 innings.

Brewers 1, Padres 0

Junior Guerra spun six shutout innings and slumping Chris Carter's first-inning sacrifice fly led Milwaukee past San Diego.

Guerra (2-0), making his third major league start, Guerra scattered two hits and walked only two batters while striking out four. He also had his first major league hit, singling in the third against Christian Friedrich.

Dodgers 8, Cardinals 4

Ross Stripling earned his first major league win in seven tries in Los Angeles' win over St. Louis at Dodger Stadium.

In the battle of the former college roommates, it was Stripling (1-2) who had the edge against his former Texas A&M teammate Michael Wacha. Stripling gave up four runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out two in five innings of work.

Angels 7, Mariners 6

C.J. Cron hit a solo home run and added the game-winning hit with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning, to help snap Los Angeles' six-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.

The Angels rallied from a 5-1 deficit and eventually took the lead on Cron's one-out bloop single to shallow right. Pinch runner Shane Robinson came around from second base to score the go-ahead run, giving Los Angeles its first lead since the top of the fourth inning.

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