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Nationals RP Drew Storen earns 13th save of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:09 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and he was able to shut the door on the Phillies for his 13th save of the season during Friday's 2-1 win.

Storen allowed two hits during the relief appearance, but he was able to record the final three outs to earn the save. He also struck out two batters during the appearance. Storen has saved 13 out of 14 save opportunities this season.


Pirates P Chris Stewart gets start, goes 2 for 3 in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart was the only member of his club to post a multi-hit game in Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Mets. 

Stewart went 2 for 3 from the plate, which included hitting his third double of the season. The double came in the second inning and scored Gregory Polanco.

This was only Stewart's 15th appearance of the season and 10th start. 

Stewart is now slashing .267/.277/.333 for the season. 


Phillies SP Sean O'Sullivan receives loss in Friday's start
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:55 pm ET) Despite only giving up two runs over six innings of work, Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan received his third loss of the season during Friday's 2-1 loss to the Nationals.

O'Sullivan allowed five hits during the outing. He struck out three batters and walked one. His biggest mistake was surrendering a solo home run to Bryce Harper in the second inning.

O'Sullivan has not pitched past the sixth inning in any of five starts this season. His next scheduled start is set for Wednesday at the New York Mets.


Mets P Noah Syndergaard strikes out 5 in loss to Pirates
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:53 pm ET) Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard fell to 1-2 for the season after losing Friday night's game 4-1 to the Pirates. 

Syndergaard, the heralded 22-year-old, allowed four runs — three earned — in six innings of work. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and didn't surrender any walks. He now holds an ERA of 3.63 this season. 

After giving up five walks in his first two starts, it's a good sign that Syndergaard was able to prevent any from occurring against the Pirates. 

Syndergaard's next start is projected for May 27 against the Phillies. 


Nationals SP Max Scherzer earns fifth win of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:49 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer allowed one run on four hits over eight innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season during Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

By going eight innings, Scherzer became the first Nationals pitcher since Livan Hernandez in 2005 to pitch at least seven innings in seven-straight starts.

Scherzer (5-3) struck out six batters and walked one during Friday's start. He was able to lower his ERA from 1.75 to 1.67. The one run Scherzer allowed during the game came in the second inning when Odubel Herrera doubled in Maikel Franco.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at the Chicago Cubs.


Pirates' Mark Melancon earns save against Mets
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:49 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon recorded his 10th save of the season in Friday night's 4-1 win over the Mets. 

Melancon took over for starter Gerrit Cole in the ninth inning and recorded the game's final two outs. This marked Melancon's fourth appearance in a row without allowing an earned run. He now holds an ERA of 3.15 this season. 


Pirates P Gerrit Cole strikes out 10 in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:46 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed only six hits in 111 pitches during Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Mets. 

Cole gave up one run though it was unearned. It was a result of a Josh Harrison throwing error. Other than that, Cole pitched a great game, striking out 10 batters while walking just one. He went 8 1/3 innings. 

Cole has had an exceptional start to the season as he's allowed only 13 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings. He'd posted eight strikeouts three times this year with his total of 10 on Friday being a season-high. 

Cole now boasts a 2.05 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Marlins. 


Brewers SP Wily Peralta leaves Friday's start with tightness in side
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:41 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta was forced to exit Friday's start against the Braves with tightness in his left side, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Peralta pitched four scoreless innings before leaving with the injury. He left with a 9-0 lead, but received a no-decision. He allowed one hit while walking two batters and striking out two.

His next scheduled start was set for Wednesday against the Giants.


Red Sox OF Hanley Ramirez leaves game due to hand soreness
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:35 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez was forced to exit Friday night's game against the Angels due to left hand soreness, according to The Boston Globe

The injury was likely sustained when Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. 

Ramirez's day finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. He's now hitting .257/.306/.486 for the season. 


Marlins RP Steve Cishek leaves game after being hit on leg
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:19 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek was forced to leave Friday's game against the Orioles after taking a comebacker off his leg, reports MASNsports.com.

Cishek entered in the sixth inning and allowed two hits over 2/3 innings before leaving with the injury.


 
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