Highlights of Thursday's MLB games

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[May 05, 2017]  May 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games:

Nationals 4 Diamondbacks 2

Max Scherzer gave up just two hits, had two hits of his own and drove in the first run against his former team as the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Thursday, taking two of three games in the series.

Scherzer (4-2) struck out a season-high 11 batters and allowed two walks while throwing 107 pitches in seven innings. He is now 5-0 in his career against the Diamondbacks.

Bryce Harper was replaced in the top of the seventh by Chris Heisey. There was no immediate word on the condition of Harper, who made a diving catch on a bloop off the bat of Braden Shipley in the third.

Jake Lamb hit his seventh homer for Arizona, and Paul Goldschmidt smacked his fifth homer.

Mariners 11, Angels 3

Ariel Miranda threw seven strong innings and got plenty of support from the offense as Seattle routed Los Angeles.

Danny Valencia had four hits, including a home run, drove in three and scored two for the Mariners. Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia also had three hits and two RBIs apiece for Seattle, which tallied 16 hits.

Miranda gave up only a two-out, two-run single to the Angels' No. 9 hitter -- catcher Juan Graterol -- in the second inning and let the Mariners' bats handle the rest as Seattle took two of three in the series. Yunel Escobar had four hits for Los Angeles.

Athletics 8, Twins 5

Jharel Cotton pitched six effective innings and Oakland tied a season high with 14 hits in a win against Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Cotton (3-3) allowed two solo homers in the second inning but otherwise stayed out of trouble for the A's, who had lost eight of their previous nine games.

Santiago Castilla loaded the bases in the ninth but converted his fifth save in six chances by striking out Miguel Sano looking.

Kyle Gibson (0-4) surrendered four runs in four innings on eight hits and three walks for the Twins and was sent down to Triple-A Rochester after the game.

White Sox 8, Royals 3

Derek Holland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson homered as Chicago dumped Kansas City.

Davidson, who was inserted into the lineup after third baseman Todd Frazier was scratched with back tightness, smashed his homer into the Kauffman Stadium waterfalls, an estimated 452 feet away.

Holland (3-2) allowed one earned run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. He lowered his ERA to 2.02.

Rangers 10, Astros 4

Joey Gallo crushed a two-run home run in the eighth inning to stem the Houston tide and help Texas salvage the finale of this four-game series.

Gallo followed a leadoff double from Carlos Gomez with his ninth homer, launching the first pitch from Astros right-hander Luke Gregerson for a home run and an 8-4 lead.

Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over five innings. Griffin remained unbeaten in eight career starts against the Astros.

Reds 4, Pirates 2

Joey Votto had a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Duvall added a triple and two RBIs to lift Cincinnati over Pittsburgh on a soggy afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Arismendy Alcantara collected three hits in a rare start for the Reds, who took three of four in the series and improved to 6-1 this season against the Pirates, who have lost four of five overall.

Right-hander Tim Adleman (1-1) started for Cincinnati and allowed two earned runs with a walk and a strikeout through six innings to earn his first victory of the season. Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save in five attempts.

Cubs 5, Phillies 4 (13 innings)

Albert Almora Jr. scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th for Chicago on a throwing error by Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis.

Almora had a leadoff double, and runners were at first and second with one out when Matt Szczur hit a grounder to second. The runner was forced at second but instead of an inning-ending double play, an errant throw by Galvis allowed Almora to head for home.

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Reliever Koji Uehara -- the Cubs' eighth pitcher of the game -- earned the victory as Chicago won its third straight.

Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-7 with two runs scored for the Phillies. Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a 4-for-5 afternoon with a walk.

Rockies 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)

Ryan Hanigan, who had homered earlier in the game, drove home Ian Desmond with a two-out infield single off reliever Brad Hand in the top of the 11th to give Colorado a victory over San Diego in the rubber-match of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Hanigan hit a bases-loaded grounder to the left of shortstop Erick Aybar, who fielded the ball but was wide on his back-handed flip in an attempt to get the third out at second on a force play.

Desmond had reached first on a force out -- barely beating the relay on a potential, inning-ending double-play grounder. He advanced to second on Mark Reynolds' single and to third when Alexi Amarista drew a walk to load the bases.

Rays 5, Marlins 1

Matt Andriese pitched seven shutout innings and Tim Beckham hit a pair of two-run home runs, helping Tampa Bay to a win and a series victory over Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field.

The Rays saw Andriese (2-1) last seven innings for the second straight start -- this after 18 straight starts of six innings or less -- and got all the offense they needed from Beckham, who had his second multi-HR game in eight days. The Marlins lost three of four against the Rays to drop the intra-state rivalry for this season.

Andriese scattered five hits in the first four innings, then got through the next three innings without allowing a hit. And one day after the Rays bullpen gave up eight runs in turning a 4-2 sixth-inning lead into a 10-6 loss, Tampa Bay's relievers got the job done, giving up one run in two innings.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 3

Manny Machado hit a three-run homer and Seth Smith had four of Baltimore's season-high-tying 17 hits and two RBIs as the Orioles beat Boston at Fenway Park.

Machado has a team-leading seven homers this season, including three in the Orioles' heated four-game series with Boston. Baltimore split the set with Boston.

Smith also stole home, and J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each had an RBI.

Baltimore's Tyler Wilson (2-1) gave up three runs and six hits with one strikeout in his six-inning spot start.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4

Getting 4 1/3 scoreless innings from their relievers and a tie-breaking home run from Jesus Aguilar in the seventh, Milwaukee edged St. Louis at Busch Stadium.

Aguilar clouted his first big league homer with two outs off Matt Bowman (1-1) over the Brewers' bullpen in left-center to snap a 4-4 deadlock.

Oliver Drake (2-0) got his second win with a scoreless sixth and Neftali Feliz, the last of five relievers, pitched the ninth for his eighth save. The result gave Milwaukee its first series win over St. Louis since April 2014, a span of 17 series that saw it lose 15 and split two.

Mets-Braves (ppd.)

For the second time this season, a game between New York and Atlanta has been postponed because of rain.

Heavy rain in the area caused play to stop at 8:44 p.m., with the Mets leading 3-1 with two outs in the fourth inning. The game was postponed after a delay of 1 hour and 59 minutes.

The makeup date has not been determined. The Mets have two future series in Atlanta, one in June and another in September. They already have a double-header scheduled for Sept. 25 to make up for the earlier rainout in New York.

Indians-Tigers (ppd.)

Inclement weather forced a postponement of the series finale between Cleveland and host Detroit. The contest was called approximately three hours before the scheduled first pitch. There was no immediate makeup date.

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