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Angels snap Rangers' win streak, 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jared Walsh nestled a 203-foot pop-up between Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Hunter Pence for a pinch-hit run-scoring single in the ninth inning Saturday night, capping a two-run rally that gave the Angels a 3-2 walk-off win over the Rangers before 36,392 in Angel Stadium.

"He got enough of it to end the game ...Read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu continues to dominate and Dodgers power their way past Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- The streak ended at 9:34 p.m. local time Saturday, 6:34 p.m. for those on the West Coast, at PNC Park after a rain delay of one hour and 48 minutes and a flawless first inning, on a mistake beyond Hyun-Jin Ryu's control.

Josh Bell's leadoff double in the second inning marked the beginning of the end of Ryu's run of 32 consecutive ...Read more

Orioles end seven-game skid with 9-6 victory over Rockies

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DENVER -- Having come up on the wrong side of so many games in which they built early leads and watched them evaporate, the Orioles tried a new approach Saturday at Coors Field in an effort to snap their seven-game losing streak.

They kept scoring.

A two-run seventh inning featuring run-scoring singles by Stevie Wilkerson and Dwight Smith Jr. ...Read more

Gyorko's pinch-hit three-run homer gives Cardinals 6-3 win vs. Braves

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ST. LOUIS -- Jedd Gyorko walked to the plate in the eighth inning Saturday night with one pinch-hit this season in 16 at-bats.

His second was much more memorable.

Gyorko hit a three-run home run against Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler to give the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Braves at Busch Stadium.

His first homer of the season was part of a...Read more

One-inning meltdown costs Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

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WASHINGTON -- He had just thrown his first major league complete game six days earlier and Sandy Alcantara was mowing through another division rival's lineup. The starting pitcher threw back-to-back 1-2-3 innings against the Washington Nationals, and danced around some trouble in the third by getting a strikeout and a double play in the third to...Read more

Padres pound Blue Jays with team-record seven homers; Quantrill gets first win

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TORONTO -- Cal Quantrill came home to be himself.

Austin Hedges continues to be what he thinks he is.

Wil Myers hit his first home run at sea level in 23 days, then added another. Ian Kinsler continued to be one of the team's best hitters in the month of May.

A franchise record was set with seven home runs.

Saturday's 19-4 victory over the ...Read more

Phillies beat Brewers behind Jake Arrieta's impressive eight innings

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MILWAUKEE -- The first seven innings of Saturday's 7-2 win at Miller Park seemed to come so easy for Jake Arrieta.

His sinker was sharp, his pitch count was low, he was racking up strikeouts, and forcing the Brewers to hit ground balls whenever he pleased. Yes, Arrieta allowed a homer with two outs in the seventh. But, he had had retired the ...Read more

Tyler Chatwood closes game as Cubs rally for 8-6 victory against Reds

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CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon wasn't kidding.

Before Saturday's 8-6victory over the Reds, he spoke of the heavy "usage" of his bullpen and said of starter Yu Darvish: "I'll probably have to stay with Yu as long as we possibly can."

Maddon would have been justified in yanking him after six innings. But after Darvish cut through the heart of the Reds ...Read more

Phillies place Pat Neshek on injured list with shoulder injury

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MILWAUKEE -- Pat Neshek's challenging week ended Saturday with him being placed on the injured list after he felt pain in his shoulder while playing catch on Friday afternoon at Miller Park.

Neshek allowed two homers in the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the Cubs. That rough outing came just three days after he warmed up but did not ...Read more

Twins keep rolling, defeat White Sox, 8-1

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins built a lead on Saturday without home runs for a change, taking advantage of a misplayed fly ball in the outfield that allowed two first-inning runs to score.

But the Twins just can't help themselves.

Just as it looked like they were going to be held without a home run for just the 11th time in 51 games, Ehire Adrianza...Read more

Joe Maddon will not request fresh arms from Cubs front office: 'I'm really good at staying in my lane'

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CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon will continue to make calls to the bullpen. But he won't make calls to Cubs management to request fresh arms.

"I really rely on the (front-office) people," Maddon said Friday after the bullpen could not hold leads of 4-3 and 5-4 in a 6-5 loss to the Reds. "I'm really good at staying in my lane, bro."

Maddon, ...Read more

Mariners challenge club record for stranded runners in 6-2 loss to A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wasted chances and costly mistakes.

While the cliche would be to say that it sounds like the title of a country or emo song, the status of the Seattle Mariners achieves a bitter melancholy far worse than either genre could elicit. And any lyrics that might be written would be filled with curse words and tinged with regret.

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Giants demolished at home, set Oracle Park record in historic 18-2 loss to D'backs

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SAN FRANCISCO -- There's no way of knowing if the 2019 San Francisco Giants have hit rock bottom, but the depth they sunk to on Friday represented a historic low.

A slumping Arizona Diamondbacks offense torched Giants pitchers Friday as they set a new record for the most runs scored by a visiting club in the history of Oracle Park in an 18-2 ...Read more

Even Trout zones out as Rangers beat Angels, 4-3

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It had been more than two years since Drew Smyly won a big league game, the Texas Rangers pitcher missing the 2017 and 2018 seasons because of Tommy John surgery and going winless with a 6.51 earned-run average in his first eight games of 2019.

None of that mattered against the Angels on Friday night. Smyly throws with his ...Read more

Phillies beat Brewers as Vince Velasquez picks up a win in relief

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MILWAUKEE -- The first Brewers batter Vince Velasquez faced Friday night reached on a walk. The next batter slapped a single to center field.

It took just 12 pitches in a 6-4 win to begin to believe that the Vince Velasquez Bullpen Experience was just a one-night wonder. The Miller Park crowd was building toward a fevered pitch and a tie game ...Read more

Familiar story as Orioles lose on walk-off homer

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DENVER -- It was a moment, in the scheme of a plodding baseball game, that represented not only the Orioles' high-point in not only Friday's 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, but probably in their entire season.

Rookie left-hander John Means, who has spent the last two months as the Orioles' one feel-good story on the pitching side, and who had...Read more

Marlins' season-long winning streak ends at six after Nationals rally with late homers

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WASHINGTON -- The margin for error has been all throughout the Miami Marlins' season-long six-game winning streak. Their three wins against the Detroit Tigers included an extra-innings victory, a three-run comeback and a ninth-inning grand slam. They blew leads at time, dug early holes at others and stagnated on offense from time to time, and it...Read more

Twins pound three more homers in beating White Sox, 11-4

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins entered Friday having played only 11 games against AL Central opponents. That will change over the next several weeks.

Friday night, they faced the White Sox for the first time this season. And Chicago saw up close what many opponents already have: That the Twins will batter bad pitching.

The Twins scored in each of ...Read more

Cardinals' offense struggles again in 5-2 loss to Braves

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals pounded Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz for eight runs and seven hits last week, but the Braves' right-hander was undaunted when he faced them again at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

Foltynewicz held the Cardinals to an unearned run on five hits over six innings and the Braves hit three home runs to post a 5-2 win.

Dansby...Read more

Padres owner: Club cooperating with government inquiry

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TORONTO -- A Padres owner says the club is cooperating with a Justice Department investigation of Major League Baseball's role in the acquisition of players from Latin America and Cuba.

"There were no specific targets among our baseball operations people," General Partner Peter Seidler said Friday. "Of course, we will respond fully to the ...Read more