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Orioles Beat White Sox; Royals Top Twins; Cubs Win Over Mets
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 12:00am

Baltimore tops Chicago 8-2
(CHICAGO) – Nick Markakis preserved the lead on defense and then enlarged it at the plate. The right fielder hit a two-run homer after preventing one with a leaping catch and sent the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy each added a solo shot as the Orioles upped their AL East lead to 7 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. Cruz hit his 32nd homer and passed White Sox rookie Jose Abreu for the American League lead. Cruz is tied with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins for most in the majors. Markakis went 3 for 5 with two RBI's and two runs, but everyone in the Baltimore locker room was talking about his clutch catch. Chicago's runs cam from Avisail Garcia's two run single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chicago ace Chris Sale (10-3) took the loss, after yielding three runs and eight hits in six innings. He has dropped two straight decisions. The Orioles are the only AL team he hasn't beaten in his career.

Royals beat Twins, extend lead over Tigers
(MINNEAPOLIS) – Erik Kratz had played in only five games for Kansas City since being acquired from Toronto in a trade on July 28. But the big guy always stayed ready and that discipline paid off Monday night to keep the Royals rolling. Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer in the seventh. Perez had two hits and two RBI's before leaving in the seventh because of discomfort in his right knee. Kansas City extended its lead over the idle Detroit Tigers in the AL Central to two games. When Perez left, Kratz came in as a pinch hitter and broke his bat on a pitch from Anthony Swarzak, but still managed to muscle it over the wall in left field for a 4-0 lead. Kratz added a solo shot to center in the ninth for his first multihomer game. Greg Holland came on for his 38th save in 40 tries as the Royals have now won eight straight series for the first time since 1991.

LA Angels 4 – Boston 2

Philadelphia 4 – Seattle 1

Cubs beat Mets 4-1
(NEW YORK) - On days Kyle Hendricks is on the mound, he can count on Javier Baez, his buddy from the minor leagues, for plenty of run support. It's a combo beleaguered Cubs' fans can get excited about. Hendricks and two relievers held New York to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game, Baez and Anthony Rizzo homered, and Chicago rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday. Hendricks (5-1) gave up three hits in seven innings, allowing only Lucas Duda's home run in the fourth. Neil Ramirez struck out two in a perfect eighth and Hector Rondon allowed a leadoff double but finished the four-hitter for his 18th save. Luis Valbuena, who had three hits, had a tying single in the sixth. Rizzo homer in the eighth inning was his 28th of the season. The Cubs improved to 9-8 this month. Last year they were 8-20 in August.

Washington 5 – Arizona 4
Atlanta 7 – Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 6 – Cincinnati 5

Anthony Rizzo watches his home run against the NY Mets (photo courtesy of Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)
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