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Red Sox push run to 8, move to 17-2

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even with slugger J.D. Martinez getting a rare day off, the Boston Red Sox had more than enough power in their lineup to keep the best start in franchise history going.

Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday night.

Boston extended the best start in the franchise's 118-year history, improving to a major league-leading 17-2. The Red Sox have won 17 of 18 since losing to Tampa Bay on opening day.


Padres' Ross loses no-hitter in 8th

PHOENIX (AP) As Tyson Ross said, "It got close, but no cigar."

That's the way it's always been over the last half-century when the San Diego Padres flirt with a no-hitter.


Scherzer bests Kershaw in Nats' 5-2 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers didn't make it easy on Max Scherzer. In the end, though, he was just better than Clayton Kershaw.

Scherzer allowed one run over six innings in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat Los Angeles 5-2 on Friday night.


ChiSox P Farquhar passes out in dugout

CHICAGO (AP) For a moment, the Chicago White Sox didn't care very much about losing to the Houston Astros. They were more concerned about an ailing teammate.

Reliever Danny Farquhar was taken to a hospital after he passed out in the dugout in the sixth inning of Chicago's 10-0 loss Friday night, creating a scary scene as he was helped by medical professionals and the rest of the White Sox.


Giants back Samardzija with 3 HRs in win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jeff Samardzija had just loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning of his season debut when San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy went out to the mound, mainly to give his big righty a rest.

"He wasn't going anywhere, trust me," Bochy said after the Giants used three home runs, including a towering, three-run shot by Andrew McCutchen in the six-run fifth inning, to beat Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 Friday night.


Cardinals spoil Riggleman's Reds debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) Michael Wacha has been nearly unbeatable against the Cincinnati Reds.

Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won 4-2 Friday night to spoil Jim Riggleman's debut as Reds interim manager.


Baez, Schwarber power Cubs past Rockies

DENVER (AP) The Chicago Cubs swung hot bats on a cold, damp night in Denver.

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Cubs rode a seven-run sixth inning to a 16-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night amid intermittent rain and temperatures that dipped into the upper 30s.


Gurriel Jr. leads Jays by Yanks in debut

NEW YORK (AP) Growing up in Cuba, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn't foresee coming through in the clutch the way he did in his first major league game.

The prized Toronto Blue Jays prospect delivered - in consecutive at-bats, too.


Segura keys 4-run 9th, M's get by Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners figured five straight games scoring two runs or less were more than enough.

Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger's tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night.

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