Baseball-Highlights from Thursday's MLB

May 06 [Mon], 2013, 16:32
May 2 (SportsDirect) - Highlights from Major league Baseball games on Thursday.

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White Sox 3, Rangers 1

Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and emergency starter Hector Santiago pitched 5 1/3 solid innings as visiting Chicago knocked off Texas.

Santiago (1-1) filled in when Jake Peavy couldn't make the start due to back spasms. He gave up one run, two hits and two walks and struck out six as the White Sox held the Rangers to three hits while winning for the second straight night.

Chicago trailed 1-0 in the sixth when Conor Gillaspie delivered a two-out single and Alexei Ramirez followed with a single. Texas starter Justin Grimm (2-1) struck out nine and allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

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Tigers 7, Astros 3 (14)

Don Kelly drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run uprising in the 14th as visiting Detroit Tigers outlasted Houston Astros.

Austin Jackson led off the 14th with a ground-rule double and moved to third on a groundout before the Astros elected to intentionally walk both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

Kelly followed by pushing a grounder through the right side before Matt Tuiasosopo doubled in a pair and Jhonny Peralta capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Houston's Dallas Keuchel (0-1) pitched four scoreless innings of relief before surrendering the go-ahead run. Luke Putkonen (1-0) made his season debut and worked 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief to earn the win.

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Nationals 3, Braves 1

Dan Haren allowed one run in eight innings as visiting Washington Nationals beat Atlanta Braves for the second consecutive night, salvaging a split of the four-game series.

The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta behind Jordan Zimmermann's gem on Wednesday, got another outstanding pitching performance from Haren (3-3) in the series finale.

Haren gave up four hits and struck out four while Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Washington's victory cut Atlanta's lead in the National League East to 2 1/2 games.

The Braves lost for the sixth time in eight games as starter Kris Medlen (1-4) allowed three runs on seven hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in dropping his third consecutive start.

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Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1

Mike Carp and Jacoby Ellsbury drove a run apiece while Ryan Dempster tossed six solid innings as visiting Boston Red Sox took two of three from Toronto Blue Jays.

Dempster (2-2) recovered from a sluggish first inning, allowing a run on four hits with three walks before giving way to the bullpen.

The 35-year-old right-hander retired the final seven batters he faced and Joel Hanrahan worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to post his fourth save and the 100th of his career.

Brett Lawrie extended his hitting streak to seven games and accounted for the only Blue Jay run with a solo shot off Dempster to lead off the bottom of the first.

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Phillies 7, Marlins 2

Kyle Kendrick continued his impressive start with seven solid innings as host Philadelphia recovered from a miserable series in Cleveland.

Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard hit solo homers for the Phillies, who were outscored 20-2 in losing a pair against the Indians before returning home.

Kendrick (3-1) helped them recover by allowing two runs and fanning five while dropping his ERA to 2.43.

Alex Sanabia (2-4) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- in five innings in losing his third straight start.

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Cardinals 6, Brewers 5

Allen Craig and Pete Kozma bookended a six-run outburst in the third inning with two-run singles as visiting St. Louis halted its recent offensive struggles and downed Milwaukee.

Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina and David Freese each had two hits and scored a run for the Cardinals, who had scored just 10 runs over their previous five games.

Jake Westbrook (2-1) worked six innings, giving up a run and six hits while seeing his ERA increase to 1.07 after five starts.

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Orioles 5, Angels 1

Chris Tillman allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings as visiting Baltimore defeated Los Angeles.

Nate McLouth drilled a two-run homer and Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Nick Markakis all drove in one run apiece as the Orioles won the opener of the four-game set.

Tillman (2-1) struck out three and walked two before leaving after 114 pitches. Jim Johnson allowed a homer in the ninth to Albert Pujols in a non-save situation.

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Padres 4, Cubs 2

Everth Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run during a four-run rally in the eighth as visiting San Diego came from behind to knock off Chicago.

Yonder Alonso got things started with an RBI single, Kyle Blanks scored on a passed ball and Chase Headley drove in a run to cap the rally for the Padres, who earned a split of the four-game series.

Eric Stults allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and Joe Thatcher (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win in relief.

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Rays v Royals postponed

The finale of a three-game series between host Kansas City and Tampa Bay was postponed after 3 innings due to rain and snow.

Rain intensified as the afternoon went on, making the field unplayable and forcing the umpires to delay the game before calling it. The contest will be made up at a date and time to be determined.

The Royals were leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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