MLB roundup: Hendricks, Cubs overpower Astros

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[April 01, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks gave up two singles and a walk in five scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs posted a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in a matchup of projected division winners at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Hendricks, who finished third in the National League Cy Young race last season, struck out two. Jon Jay had two hits and top Cubs prospect Ian Happ stole a base, drove in a run and finished a flashy spring with a .383 batting average. No. 4 starter Joe Musgrove struck out four in four scoreless innings for the Astros, the preseason favorite to win the AL West.

Phillies 7, Rays 7

Andrew Knapp had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs for Philadelphia and Cameron Rupp had a two-run double in a game called after nine innings in Clearwater, Fla. Steven Souza homered and Tim Beckham had a bases-loaded triple for the Rays off Clay Buchholz, who gave up five runs in five innings. Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings, and Blake Snell surrendered two runs in four frames of relief.

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Boston No. 2 starter Chris Sale got in his work with a simulated four-inning bullpen session when the scheduled exhibition game against Washington at Nationals Park was rained out. The teams will play Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

Tigers 7, Marlins 1

J.T. Realmuto belted a three-run homer, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run shot and Andrew Conley gave up one hit in four scoreless innings as host Miami breezed past Detroit. Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer in the spring and Jordan Zimmermann gave up five runs and four hits in three innings for the Tigers.

Pirates 1, Blue Jays 1

Josh Donaldson had two hits and Marcus Stroman gave up five hits in four scoreless innings as Toronto and Pittsburgh played to a nine-inning tie before a crowd of 43,180 in Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer and Adam Frazier had two hits apiece for the Pirates. Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon gave up three hits and one run in three innings.

Braves 8, Yankees 5

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and Jace Peterson had a three-run double as Atlanta broke in new Suntrust Park with a victory over New York. Bartolo Colon gave up two hits in three innings. Greg Bird belted his eighth homer of the spring, Chris Carter hit his second and Michael Pineda gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. Gary Sanchez also had two hits.

Rangers 3, Royals 0

Cole Hamels gave up three singles and struck out four in six scoreless innings and Elvis Andrus had two hits and an RBI as Texas beat Kansas City in Arlington, Tex. Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas had the Royals' only hits. Ian Kennedy gave up three runs and five hits in two innings.

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Brewers 5, White Sox 2

Travis Shaw hit his fifth homer of the spring and Chase Anderson gave up one hit while striking out six in five scoreless innings as Milwaukee beat Chicago at Miller Park. Hernan Perez stole his fourth base for the Brewers.

Indians 9, Diamondbacks 4

Free agent signee Edwin Encarnacion hit his first homer of the spring in a park he likes and Yan Gomes hit his third as Cleveland beat Arizona at Chase Field. Encarnacion has six homers in 61 regular-season at-bats at Chase, all with Toronto. David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas had two hits and an RBI apiece and Robbie Ray gave up three runs on those two homers in four innings for Arizona.

Rockies 5, Mariners 5

Jean Segura had three hits and scored three runs and Robinson Cano drove in two runs as Seattle and Colorado tied in a game called after nine innings in Peoria, Ariz. James Paxton struck out four in three scoreless innings. Trevor Story hit this fifth home run and Charlie Blackmon had two doubles among his three hits for the Rockies. Tyler Chatwood gave up four runs in three innings.

Giants 2, A's 1

Jeff Samardzija gave up one hit and struck out six in five scoreless innings and Brandon Crawford homered as San Francisco beat Oakland in the second game of the Bay Area series at AT&T Park. Hunter Pence had two hits and Denard Span had two hits and a stolen base for the Giants. A's starter Jharel Cotton gave up only Crawford's solo homer in four innings.

Dodgers 3, Angels 1

Justin Turner hit his fourth homer of the spring and Rich Hill gave up four hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels in the second game of the freeway series at Angel Stadium. Garrett Richards gave up two hits and one run -- Turner's homer -- while striking out three in four innings. Ben Revere singled in a run to break up the shutout in the ninth and Mike Trout stole his fifth base.

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