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Tigers Beat Rockies, White Sox, Cubs Win
Saturday Aug 02, 2014 12:00am

Tigers double up Rockies in 4-2 win
(DETROIT) - If Justin Verlander is beginning to round into form, Detroit's starting rotation may indeed be the envy of the rest of baseball. Verlander equaled his longest outing of the season, pitching eight solid innings to lift the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. A day after the AL Central-leading Tigers traded for star left-hander David Price, Verlander (10-9) allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out five without a walk. He hasn't pitched particularly well this season, but he lowered his ERA to 4.66 with Friday's effort. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 27 chances, retiring Charlie Blackmon on a flyout with two on to end it. Franklin Morales (5-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out two as the Rockies have now lost five of their last six games. Detroit scored three runs in the fifth, with Rajai Davis' two-run single breaking a 0-0 tie and then Ian Kinsler adding
an RBI double. Verlander has won 14 straight regular-season decisions against National League teams.

Abreu extends hitting streak as Sox beat Twins 10-8
(CHICAGO) – Chris Sale had a rare off night on the mound. Good thing for the White Sox, Jose Abreu came through again at the plate. The Cuban slugger reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games, and Chicago scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minneostoa Twins 10-8 on Friday night. Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. The 21 game hitting streak is the longest by a White Sox player since Carlos Lee's club-record run of 28 in 2004. Abreu has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez delivered consecutive RBI singles in the eighth to give Chicago an 8-7 lead. Tyler Flowers added a run-scoring single in the inning after hitting a solo homer earlier in the game. Alejandro De Aza capped the decisive rally with another RBI single, and the White Sox overcame a shaky start by Sale to win for the sixth time in eight games. The teams combined for 31 hits, 17 for Chicago, and spent most of the game trading leads.

Baltimroe 2 – Seattle 1
Cleveland 12 – Texas 2
Boston 4 – NY Yankees 3
LA Angels 5 – Tampa Bay 3
Houston 3 – Toronto 1
Kansas City 1 – Oakland 0

Cubs beat Dodgers 8-2
(LOS ANGELES) - The last time Kyle Hendricks pitched at Dodger Stadium he was in high school and there were a couple hundred people in the stands. The 24 year old shone on a much bigger stage Friday night, scattering four hits over seven innings in the Chicago Cubs' 8-2 victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, whose six game winning streak ended. Making his fourth major league start after being called up from Triple-A, Hendricks (2-1) allowed one earned run, struck out three and walked one. The rookie had two of Chicago's 13 hits, including his first in the majors. Starlin Castro had three hits and scored three runs, Ryan Sweeney had two hits and scored twice, and Luis Valbuena homered and drove in two runs for the last-place Cubs, who have won four of their last five. Hendricks got dinged in the calf on the first hit of the game by Dee Gordon, but it didn't affect him.As much as Hendricks enjoyed himself, Dan Haren was left feeling miserable. The veteran is in the midst of a career-worst five-game skid, having lost all four of his starts in July. The right-hander (8-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Philadelphia 2 – Washington 1
San Francisco 5 – NY Mets 1
Cincinnati 5 – Miami 2
Milwaukee 7 – St. Louis 4
Pittsburgh 9 – Arizona 4
San Diego 10 – Atlanta 1

Rajai Davis scores in the fifth inning to give Detroit a 3-0 lead over Colorado (photo courtesy of The Detroit Free Press)
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