Baseball-Highlights of Friday's major le

May 09 [Thu], 2013, 2:58
May 3 (SportsDirect) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games:

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Pirates 3 Nationals 1

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and A.J. Burnett struck out nine over seven frames as Pittsburgh downed visiting Washington.

Jordy Mercer, who was called up from the minors earlier Friday, delivered the go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth, giving Burnett the margin he needed.

Burnett (3-2) improved to 8-3 all-time against the Nationals while Jason Grilli struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save in as many chances.

Danny Espinosa's RBI single in the fifth accounted for the Nationals' only run, continuing Washington's recent offensive struggles, particularly with Ross Detwiler (1-3) on the mound.

The Nationals have scored three runs or fewer in six straight games and managed a total of three runs over Detwiler's last three outings.

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Athletics 2 Yankees 0

Adam Rosales led off the game with a home run and A.J. Griffin worked into the eighth inning as visiting Oakland edged New York in the opener of the three-game series.

Griffin (3-2) allowed five hits with one walk before leaving after facing one batter in the eighth, and Australian Grant Balfour struck out Eduardo Nunez for his fourth save after Sean Doolittle recorded the first two outs in the ninth.

Nate Freiman went 3-for-3 for Oakland, which has won four of its last five games.

Rosales hit CC Sabathia's first pitch of the game into the left-field bleachers for his first home run and the Athletics added a run in the sixth on Derek Norris' RBI single.

Sabathia (4-3) allowed two runs over six frames and lost for the first time in his last seven starts against Oakland.

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Rangers 7 Red Sox 0

Derek Holland worked eight strong innings and Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as Texas handed visiting Boston a rare loss.

Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland each had three of the Rangers' 18 hits while Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz recorded two hits and an RBI apiece.

That was plenty of support for Holland (2-2), who struck out nine and yielded six hits.

Felix Doubront (3-1) was not nearly as sharp for the Red Sox, surrendering six runs and 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits for Boston, which lost for the second time in nine games.

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Cardinals 6 Brewers 1

Matt Holiday belted a two-run homer among his three hits and Carlos Beltran added a solo shot to power visiting St. Louis to its fourth consecutive victory.

Shelby Miller (4-2) went six strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits, to beat Milwaukee for the second time in three weeks and send the Brewers to their third straight defeat.

Jon Jay had two hits and a two-run double and Allen Craig added three hits for the Cardinals.

Kyle Lohse (1-3) was knocked around for four runs and 11 hits - both season highs - in five innings and lost to Miller and St. Louis for the second time this year.

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Indians 7 Twins 6 (10)

Drew Stubbs capped a four-hit night with a walk-off RBI double as hosts Cleveland won a fifth straight in dramatic fashion.

Stubbs, who had three doubles and a single, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien (1-2) off the wall in left-center to score Mike Aviles from second base. Aviles led off the frame with a base hit and moved up on a sacrifice bunt.

Chris Perez (1-0) stranded a pair of runners in the top of the 10th and got the win for the Indians, who have scored 46 runs during the five-game surge.

Starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings while Jason Kipnis had four RBIs.

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Mets 7 Braves 5 (10)

Ruben Tejada delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 10th as visiting New York scored in each of the last three innings to claim the opener of a three-game set with National League East leader Atlanta.

Pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin started a two-out rally in the 10th with a walk against Jordan Walden (1-1), who then hit Mike Baxter with a pitch and surrendered Tejada's sharp single to center.

Daniel Murphy drove in an insurance run with a single off Luis Avilan, and Jeurys Familia worked a perfect ninth for his first career save.

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Phillies 4 Marlins 1

Rookie Jonathan Pettibone pitched into the seventh inning and was backed by three solo home runs as Philadelphia continued its mastery at home over Miami.

Domonic Brown homered for the second straight game while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley also went deep for the Phillies, who won their fifth straight and 18th in the last 24 games over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Pettibone (2-0) yielded one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Donovan Solano homered and had two of Miami's six hits. Ricky Nolasco (2-3), who was 6-1 in his previous seven starts in Philadelphia, had a two-game winning streak snapped after allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings.

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Reds 6 Cubs 5

Jay Bruce drove in a pair of runs and Joey Votto scored twice as visiting Cincinnati held off a late charge from Chicago to take the series opener.

The Cubs made things interesting in the ninth inning with three runs off Aroldis Chapman but could not push across the tying run.

Scott Hairston drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs and Welington Castillo followed with a two-run single before Cody Ransom walked, but J.J. Hoover came on and struck out Darwin Barney to earn his first save.

Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each doubled in a run and Shin-Soo Choo and Zack Cozart added an RBI single apiece for the Reds, who stopped a two-game slide and improved to 4-10 on the road.

Mike Leake (2-1) scattered two runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

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Tigers 4 Astros 3

Alex Avila hit a go-ahead two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning as Detroit rallied for its seventh win in eight games.

One batter after Don Kelly led off with a walk, Avila slugged a 3-1 offering from Houston closer Jose Veras (0-1) over the wall in center for his fourth home run.

Jose Valverde worked around a one-out walk in the bottom half to collect his third save in as many chances as the Tigers sent Houston to its fourth straight loss.

Drew Smyly (2-0) got the win by working two scoreless innings in relief of starter Doug Fister, who gave up three runs (two earned) on a season-high nine hits in six-plus innings.

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Mariners 4 Blue Jays 0

Felix Hernandez tossed eight shutout innings to ruin Ricky Romero's return to the Toronto lineup as visiting Seattle cruised.

Hernandez (4-2) limited the Blue Jays to five hits while striking out seven in his third straight victory. The former Cy Young Award winner has surrendered just two earned runs over his last 31 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.60.

Romero (0-1) opened strong but faltered late in his first start since being summoned from extended spring training. The veteran left-hander was charged with three runs on three hits over four innings, walking three and striking out four.

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Giants 2, Dodgers 1

Buster Posey hit a walk-off homer off Ronald Belisario to lead off the ninth inning and host San Francisco took down arch-rivals Los Angeles and extended their winning streak to four games.

After Los Angeles squandered multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, Posey blasted a 3-2 pitch from Belisario (2-3) into the left field seats for his first career walk-off hit.

Sergio Romo (2-2) earned the win after holding the Dodgers scoreless in the ninth.

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Angels 4, Orioles 0 Jason Vargas pitched his fourth career shutout and Mike Trout had three RBIs as host Los Angeles blanked Baltimore.

Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit homers as the Angels won for only the third time in 10 games. Trout hit a two-run homer and added a run-scoring single.

Vargas (1-3) allowed three hits and two walks and struck out three while picking up his first win since joining Los Angeles.

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Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6

Yonder Alonso had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth, and host San Diego held on to win the opener of the three-game series against Arizona.

Jedd Gyorko contributed three hits for the Padres, Everth Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs and Jason Marquis threw (3-2) six innings, allowing three runs, four hits and walking five.

Dale Thayer worked a scoreless seventh and Luke Gregerson blanked the Diamondbacks in the eighth before Huston Street came in the ninth after the first two batters reached base and allowed a three-run homer to Gerardo Parra with two outs before getting Martin Prado to fly out for his seventh save.

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White Sox v Royals (POSTPONED)

The contest was cancelled due to rain in Kansas City and has been rescheduled for Monday. (Editing by John O'Brien)
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