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deGrom, Acuna make history in Braves win

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NEW YORK (AP) With Jacob deGrom and the Mets hard-throwing bullpen missing bats at a historic pace, the NL East-leading Braves were ready to win with small ball Friday night.

That's exactly what Billy Hamilton is there for - although this first contribution wasn't exactly on script.

Hamilton singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning for his first hit as a Brave, and Atlanta beat the Mets 2-1 for its sixth straight win despite yet another sensational two-way effort by deGrom.

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Gregorius hits slam as Yankees pound Ryu

LOS ANGELES (AP) Scratching for runs while losing three straight in Oakland left the New York Yankees in a mood heading south to Los Angeles.

They took out their frustration on the Dodgers, who had a rare night of swinging and missing.

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Sanchez pitches into 9th, Nats rout Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Anibal Sanchez wanted to help his weary teammates with a strong performance on the mound.

The solid afternoon at the plate was an unexpected bonus.

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Gurriel HR backs Greinke in Astros win

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch was impressed by how Zack Greinke pitched without his best stuff.

Greinke won his fourth straight start since joining the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel hit a big two-run homer in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

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Martinez has 7 RBI, Red Sox blank Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) J.D. Martinez had the big game for the Boston Red Sox, hitting two three-run homers and driving in a career-high seven runs.

Eduardo Rodriguez had the big moment, reaching base on an error and scoring his first career run to go along with his seven strong innings in Boston's 11-0 win against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

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Lyles has 6 no-hit IP, Crew tops D-backs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Even with a chance at history, Jordan Lyles didn't put up much of a fuss.

Vying to become the second pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to throw a no-hitter, Lyles had thrown 99 pitches through six innings. That's when manager Craig Counsell pulled him and turned to his bullpen to finish the job.

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Meadows has slam, Rays win on road again

BALTIMORE (AP) Clutch hitting. Strong starting pitching. Road wins.

Those are marks of a playoff contender, and the Tampa Bay Rays appear poised to benefit from each facet as they strive to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013.

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Hand rebounds, Lindor homers in win

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona's faith in his All-Star closer paid off Friday night.

Brad Hand bounced back from his recent struggles to record his 30th save and Cleveland defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Friday night.

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Marlins turn 7-0 deficit into 19-11 rout

MIAMI (AP) A wild victory for the Marlins was tempered by some disappointing injury news.

Starlin Castro homered twice and drove in five runs, and Miami spotted the Philadelphia Phillies a seven-run lead before rallying to win 19-11 on Friday night, its highest-scoring game at Marlins Park.

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