MLB Friday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Red Sox's 10-game winning streak snapped
Also, the Indians take down the Yankees, Thor is back, the Brewers struggle and much more
Friday night brought some pretty awesome MLB action. Let's dive in without further ado.
Rangers 5, Orioles 4 (box score)
Pirates 7, Brewers 3 (box score)
Mets 4, Nationals 2 (box score)
Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 7 (box score)
Phillies 2, Marlins 0 (box score)
Indians 6, Yankees 5 (box score)
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 1 (box score)
Astros 3, Tigers 0 (box score)
White Sox 9, Royals 6 (box score)
Twins 11, Rays 8 (box score)
Reds 9, Cardinals 1 (box score)
Rockies 10, Mariners 7 (box score)
Dodgers 3, Angels 2 (box score)
Cubs 5, Padres 4 (box score)
Giants 7, Athletics 1 (box score)
Red Sox 10-game winning streak is over
The Blue Jays bombed Red Sox starter Rick Porcello for eight earned runs on seven hits in just two innings of work and held the lead from there, though the Red Sox did climb to within one (8-7) for a bit. A three-run rally in the eighth gave the Jays breathing room, and they put it out of reach in the ninth and that was that. The 10-game winning streak was finished.
It's not all bad, though. The Red Sox still have the best record in baseball and maintain their 3 1/2 game lead in the AL East.
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Muncy vs. Calhoun in L.A.
This is pretty funny. The Dodgers beat the Angels, 3-2, and here are the scoring plays.
- Max Muncy homered in the first.
- Kole Calhoun homered in the third.
- Kole Calhoun homered in the fifth.
- Max Muncy singled home two in the seventh.
Indians, Bieber take down Yankees
Indians rookie Shane Bieber was impressive in his start Friday night against the mighty Yankees, going seven-plus and allowing three earned runs while striking out six. Yankees starter Domingo German was quite the opposite, with the Indians knocking him around the yard for six runs in four innings. The outing once again highlighted the Yankees' need to add to the rotation in front of the trade deadline.
The Indians have issues of their own, as Cody Allen threatened to blow the game in the ninth. He coughed up a Giancarlo Stanton homer, which cut the lead to one and then allowed a Greg Bird single before a double play got him back on track. Still, the bullpen continues to be a concern for the Tribe, as the Yankees got runs in the eighth (it was a runner inherited from Bieber) and ninth.
D-Backs take duel between possible playoff teams
Entering Friday, the Braves would have been the second NL wild card with the Diamondbacks only a 1/2 game out in the NL West, so that's a fun matchup. It was a good one, too, with starters Anibal Sanchez and Zack Godley throwing up lots of zeroes in a crisp and quickly played game.
The pitchers in this one combined for 18 innings, 13 hits, three earned runs, 23 strikeouts and four walks. That's some fine work, collectively, boys.
Phillies win duel behind Arrieta, Franco
The Phillies entered play Friday night with a half-game lead over the Braves for first in the NL East and they'll be staying put. It was actually a pitchers' duel against the Marlins. The Phillies managed just one run through eight innings against Wei-Yin Chen and Javy Guerra, but thanks to some great work from Jake Arrieta (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER), they had the lead. Maikel Franco would then tack on insurance in the ninth.
Franco struggled early in the season, leading some to believe they needed to trade for a third baseman, but he's been on fire here for almost a month. In his last 23 games before Friday, he hit .356/.413/.603 and he, of course, added the homer Friday. His line now sits at .272/.319/.467. The Phillies still could use more thump, but they don't need to replace Franco in doing so.
Cubs come back, again
The Cubs have had an amazing stretch of comeback victories here in the last few weeks, but this is getting ridiculous. Friday, they were down to their last out when pinch hitter Victor Caratini was hit by a pitch. Jason Heyward pinch ran. Then Anthony Rizzo was down to his last strike before slugging a double in the left-center gap to tie the game.
In the top of the 10th, Javier Baez got on with an infield single. He stole second and the throw went into center. He then kept going and came all the way home. And the Cubs won. They've taken 10 of 13 and are now in first place by percentage points in the NL Central. Because ...
Brewers in a bit of a funk
One week can make a lot of difference in baseball, as we all know. Last Friday, the Brewers won again, their fifth straight victory, to push them to a season-high 18 games over .500. Since then they've lost five of seven, including dropping a series to the Marlins and now having lost two straight to a below-.500 Pirates team.
Syndergaard strong in return, Nationals wasting chances
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard returned from injury Friday night with a pretty good outing, given that it was his first time back. The big righty they call "Thor" allowed only one earned run in five innings. He curiously only struck out three, but still, a win is a win. He's now 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA. He even added an RBI single!
Thor's counterpart didn't fare quite as well. Tanner Roark gave up three runs in the first inning and one in the second. That was too much to spot Syndergaard (Seth Lugo was excellent in his two innings of work as well).
Bigger picture here: The Nationals are wasting a golden opportunity. After they were swept by the far superior Red Sox, they had fallen to a game under .500. The schedule the rest of the way to the All-Star break included three teams pretty obviously inferior to the Nats: Marlins, Pirates, Mets. It was 11 games. They could get fat by going something like 9-2 and make up some nice ground in the standings. They won the first three, too, but since then have gone 2-4. So they are 5-4 with two games left. Even going 7-4 doesn't seem like enough to overcome the many struggles they've had in the first half.
Bregman, Keuchel stay hot for Astros
Alex Bregman has been on fire for much of the first half for the Astros. Everyone paying attention knows this. It didn't take him long to get on the board Friday with his career-high 20th homer:
The Home Run Derby participant and All-Star Bregman is hitting .287/.385/.538 with 20 homers and 63 RBI.
On the mound, lefty Dallas Keuchel was badly struggling a bit over a month ago, but he appears to be back on track. In his five starts leading up to Friday, he was 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA. Friday, he went out and threw six scoreless innings. He's still not striking guys out at a high volume, but he's getting the job done.
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- Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey Jr. on Thursday night, . In worse news, Pujols has been placed on the disabled list due to a left knee injury.
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