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Mets P Jonathon Niese struggles in loss to Pirates
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:31 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese lasted just a season-low 4 2/3 innings in Sunday afternoon's 9-1 loss to the Pirates. 

Niese was rocked for four earned runs on seven hits. He threw a whopping 104 pitches during his time in the game, striking out six batters and walking four. He now holds an ERA of 4.08 this season. 

Despite the poor start, Niese, who has endured shoulder issues of late, said he felt the healthiest in a long time out there against Pittsburgh. 

"I feel great," Niese said, via ESPN.com. "The crazy thing is this is the best I've felt in a real long time. The results aren't there."

Niese is now 3-5 this season. 


3B Kyle Seager's solo shot not enough for Mariners
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:30 pm ET) Kyle Seager went deep for the second straight game, but the third baseman's solo blast wasn't enough to keep the Mariners from falling 8-2 to the Blue Jays on Sunday. 

Seager, who now has seven homers on the season, connected in the second inning to give Seattle a 1-0 advantage, but the Mariners fell behind shortly thereafter and weren't able to recover. 

Seager now has a 10-game hitting streak, which has raised his batting average from .246 to .270. 


White Sox DH Jose Abreu crushes seventh home run of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 8-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.

Abreu did his damage in the fourth inning when he belted a solo home run off of Kyle Gibson, his seventh of the season. Abreu is now hitting .288 with 23 RBI in 156 at-bats this year.


White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana roughed up in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:27 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana allowed seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in Chicago's 8-1 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Quintana, who also struck out five with just one walk, got off to a sour note in the first inning when he allowed a solo home run to Brian Dozier. Things got worse in the fourth when Quintana allowed four runs on four hits, while his teammates committed two errors. 

Quintana, now 2-5, moved his ERA to 4.43 in 54 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Astros.


Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion goes deep again in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:26 pm ET) Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion continued his torrid May, blasting a home run into the second deck Sunday as the Blue Jays rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Mariners. 

Encarnacion's fifth-inning shot gave Toronto a 4-1 advantage. The slugger has eight of his 12 home runs in May, including three in his last four games, to move into third place in the American League in homers.

His 32 RBIs are tied for fourth in the AL, and he has driven in at least one run in six of his last 10 contests. 


Twins 2B Brian Dozier cracks two home runs on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:21 pm ET) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 8-1 win over the White Sox on Sunday. 

Dozie got things going in the first when he smacked a leadoff home run off of Jose Quintana. Then in the seventh, Dozier did it again, blasting a three-run shot off of Scott Carroll over the left center field wall, his ninth of the season.

Dozier is now hitting .253 with 24 RBI in 166 at-bats this season.


Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson strikes out eight in win on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:19 pm ET) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings of work to claim his fourth win of the seasin in Minnesota's 8-1 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Gibson cruised through much of his start, making just one mistake when Jose Abreu curshed a solo home run off of him in the fourth inning. Gibson recored eight strikeouts with no walks, lowering his ERA to 2.72 in 56 1/3 innings of work. 

Gibson, now 4-3, will look to keep things rolling on Saturday against the Blue Jays.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker rocked again on road
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:19 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker continued his road woes, allowing four runs and six hits in just 5 2/3 innings as the Mariners dropped an 8-2 decision to Toronto on Sunday. 

Walker did not allow a hit through the first four innings, but the wheels fell off quickly in the fifth inning as the young pitcher fell to 0-4 on the road this season in six starts away from Seattle. 

Walker, who is 1-5 overall on the season, hasn't won since an April 27 victory against Texas. In the five starts he's made since then, the right-hander has allowed 20 earned runs. 


Pirates P Francisco Liriano tosses 12 strikeouts in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 12 batters in Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory over the Mets. 

Liriano was sharp through the game, throwing 112 pitches and only allowing two walks and six hits. His previous best this season was on May 8 against the Cardinals when he tossed 10 strikeouts. 

Liriano went six innings before being relieved. He now has a 3.86 ERA this season. 

His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Padres. 


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez stifles Mariners in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6:13 pm ET) Rookie starter Aaron Sanchez ended a two-game slide, pitching 6 2/3 solid innings of work as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 8-2 on Sunday. 

Sanchez, who improved to 4-4 on the season, scattered seven hits but allowed just two runs to help Toronto avert a sweep. He struck out four and walked just two. Sanchez pitched into the seventh inning for his second straight start and dropped his ERA to 3.98. 

"He's settling in," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's got the appearance of starting to figure this out."


 
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