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Saturday Aug 16, 2014 12:00am

Seattle tops Detroit 7-2
(DETROIT) - Lloyd McClendon spent last fall hoping to get a chance to manage in a pennant race at Comerica Park. He got his wish Friday night, even if it wasn't exactly the way he had envisioned things. McClendon had hoped to become the Tigers' manager when Jim Leyland retired after winning three straight AL Central titles, but general manager Dave Dombrowski picked Brad Ausmus over Leyland's longtime hitting coach. McClendon ended up managing the Mariners instead, and made his return to Comerica Park with a 7-2 victory. After the game, though, he didn't want to make a big deal out of his first game back or the fact that the win moved Seattle a half-game ahead of Detroit in the race for the second AL wild card. James Paxton (3-0) was the star for Seattle, pitching six innings and allowing one run on five hits. Robinson Cano homered and he and Logan Morrison each scored twice as Seattle won its fifth straight and ninth in 11 games. The Tigers dropped 1½ games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central, thanks to a 12-17 stretch since the All-Star break. Rick Porcello (13-8) struggled badly in his first appearance since pitching the final three innings of Detroit's 19 inning loss in Toronto on Sunday. After a five-start stretch in which he had a 1.75 ERA, the 25 year old righty gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings. He didn't walk a batter, but struck out only three. Friday's game also marked the return of Austin Jackson, who was traded to Seattle in a three way move that brought David Price to Detroit. Jackson received a long standing ovation when he led off the game in the first inning.

Chicago blasts Toronto 11-5
(CHICAGO) – Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox didn't need to play long ball to blast the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Abreu had three singles and three RBIs to increase his major league-leading total to 89, and the White Sox had 17 hits in an 11-5 victory. Adam Dunn, who also had three hits, and Dayan Viciedo each drove in two runs. Seven White Sox starters had at least two hits and only one, Tyler Flowers, went hitless as Chicago had 14 singles and three doubles. Abreu is in a three-way tie for the major league lead in homers with 31, but hasn't slugged one since July 29. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is still impressed with his rookie first baseman. Melky Cabrera hit a two run homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13 to drop four games behind Seattle in the AL wild-card race. Hector Noesi (7-8) settled down after allowing four runs in the first two innings and pitched five-plus innings for his fourth win in five decisions. Javy Guerra, Maikel Cleto and Daniel Webb allowed one hit over the final four. Ventura said he pulled Noesi because he had been hit in the thigh by a batted ball and the area was tightening. But Noesi, who won with his mother watching in the stands, had ample offensive support.

Cleveland 2 – Baltimore 1
Houston 5 – Boston 3
Tampa Bay 5 – NY Yankees 0
LA Angels 5 – Texas 4
Kansas City 6 – Minnesota 5

Atlanta 7 – Oakland 2

Mets edge Cubs 3-2
(NEW YORK) - When Zack Wheeler put the first two batters on in the second inning, he dialed it up with three strikeouts. When he saw how his pitch count was a bit high, he threw more to contact. Either way, everything is starting to work for the rising star. Wheeler struck out 10 in a gritty performance, Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets beat the free-swinging Chicago Cubs 3-2. Wheeler (8-8) threw a career-high 120 pitches in 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked four and hit a batter but overpowered the Cubs in winning his fifth consecutive decision. The Cubs entered having struck out 77 times in their previous seven games, including 16 on Thursday in a loss to Milwaukee. Five of their first six outs Friday came by the K, and they fanned 14 times overall. Pitching with a hernia, Jenny Mejia fanned one in a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Travis Wood (7-10) gave up three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings to drop to 0-5 in his last 11 starts. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the third, the one inning Wheeler did not record a K, behind Anthony Rizzo's run-scoring groundout and Starlin Castro's RBI single.

Washington 5 – Pittsburgh4
Arizona 3 – Miami 2
Cincinnati 3 – Colorado 2
Milwaukee 6 – LA Dodgers 3
Philadelphia 5 – San Francisco 3

Detroit's Rajai Davis is safe at third as Kyle Seager can't handle the throw (photo courtesy of Julian H. Gonzalez/DFP)
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