Highlights of Monday's MLB games

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[April 18, 2017]  April 17 (The Sports Xchange)

Yankees 7, White Sox 4

Jordan Montgomery took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge hit long home runs as the New York Yankees ran their winning streak to eight games with a 7-4 victory over Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Montgomery (1-0) allowed a three-run home run to Yolmer Sanchez in the seventh among seven hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander threw 88 pitches and helped the Yankees win eight straight for the first time since June 8-18, 2012.

Holliday hit a 459-foot home run in a five-run third off Derek Holland (1-2), and Judge knocked the left-hander out with a 385-foot home run in the fifth. The Yankees (9-4) have their best 13-game start since 2010, and they improved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 1998.

Red Sox 4, Rays 3

Steven Wright threw six innings of three-run ball, and Boston scored three runs in the second to beat Tampa Bay. Wright (1-1) allowed just one earned run, nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Andrew Benintendi was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and both Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts drove in runs for the Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel got his sixth save, running his streak to 25 consecutive save chances converted.

Steven Souza Jr. (2-for-4) drove in two runs and Brad Miller (1-for-4) added an RBI for the Rays, who have lost seven of their past eight against Boston and six of their past seven games overall.

Cardinal 2, Pirates 1

Lance Lynn outdueled Ivan Nova, and Kolten Wong hit his first homer of the season to help St. Louis end its three-game losing streak. The Pirates lost for the first time in four games.

Lynn (1-1) gave up just three hits, struck out five, walked one and hit two batters over seven innings.

Trevor Rosenthal worked a perfect eighth inning before Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, earning the Cardinals' first save of the season despite allowing an RBI single by pinch hitter Gregory Polanco that pulled the Pirates within 2-1.

Braves 5, Padres 4

Dansby Swanson looped a bases-loaded, two-out single to left in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run for Atlanta, which swept the four-game series and has won five straight overall. Swanson delivered the game-winning hit against reliever Brandon Maurer.

The Padres grabbed a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning when Austin Hedges hit a two-run opposite-field homer, his second, to right against reliever Arodys Vizcaino.

But Atlanta evened the score at 4-4 in the bottom half of the eighth on Freddie Freeman's solo homer off reliever Ryan Buchter. It was Freeman's second homer of the game and fifth of the season.

Astros 3, Angels 0

Houston extended its winning streak to five games with the help of Alex Bregman, who was filling in at shortstop for Carlos Correa and finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Charlie Morton (1-1) recorded his first victory with the Astros.

Jose Altuve added a sacrifice fly in the third inning and an RBI double in the eighth.

The Angels dropped their sixth consecutive game and second in succession via shutout. They wasted a strong start from right-hander Jesse Chavez (1-2), who allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

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Indians 3, Twins 1

Michael Brantley hit a solo home run and drove in two runs in support of Cleveland starter Danny Salazar, who gave up seven hits and walked two batters in his six innings, but only allowed one run.

Jose Ramirez added two hits for Cleveland, and Francisco Lindor ran his current hitting streak to 11 games.

Cody Allen gave up two hits in the ninth and walked Miguel Sano to load the bases, but he got Joe Mauer to fly out to record his third save in as many chances.

Kyle Gibson (0-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings for Minnesota, giving up three runs on eight hits.

Brewers 6, Cubs 3

Milwaukee homered for the ninth consecutive game, as three Brewers went deep in the victory at frigid Wrigley Field.

The loss was the fourth straight for Chicago (6-7), while the Brewers won their second straight and sixth in seven games.

Behind blasts from Ryan Braun (who went 3-for-4), Jett Bandy and Eric Thames, the Brewers increased their total to 25 home runs in 14 games and pulled ahead of the New York Mets into the National League lead in the category. Thames leads the National League with seven homers.

Cubs starter John Lackey (1-2) gave up all three homers.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2

Jake Lamb hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to lead the Arizona victory.

Lamb's homer off reliever Chris Hatcher was his team-leading third home run this season. David Peralta, who went 4-for-5, drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks as they split the four-game series with the Dodgers. A.J. Pollock, who also was 4-for-5, had the other RBI.

Enrique Hernandez homered and Logan Forsythe had an RBI for the Dodgers.

Rangers 7, Athletics 0

A.J. Griffin (2-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out eight, against his former team to help Texas end a three-game losing streak.

Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in two runs and scored three times for the Rangers. Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run. Mike Napoli had a two-run double.

\Right-hander Jharel Cotton (1-2) allowed five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings for the A's, who lost their fourth straight game.

Mariners 6, Marlins 1

Ariel Miranda threw seven shutout innings, and Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz hit first-inning homers as Seattle earned its fourth victory in a row after a 2-8 start to the season.

Miranda tossed 97 pitches, striking out five while walking none and allowing just four hits. It tied Miranda's longest start as a Mariner. Mariners starters have gone at least seven innings and allowed one run or fewer in three of their past four games.

Christian Yelich's solo homer in the ninth inning accounted for the lone Marlins' run.

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