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Hector Santiago lasts only five frames in loss to A's


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2:00 am ET) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago lasted five innings Friday against the Athletics.

Santiago allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Santiago gave up his first run against the first batter he faced. Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run out to left center off Santiago in the first inning. He was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice, a run wound up coming around on a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar. Santiago was able to get out of the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth. Santiago threw 98 pitches.

With the loss, Santiago dropped to 3-8. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start.

Sonny Gray nearly goes the distance for win No. 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:00 am ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray nearly went the distance and still picked up his 13th win of the season Friday night against the Angels. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 8 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 26 starts (171 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Houston.

Sean Doolittle picks up two-out save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:59 am ET) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed three runners on base but still managed to pick up a rare two-out save Friday night against the Angels. Doolittle struck out two, allowed two hits and a walk in two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He has converted 19 of 22 save chances, with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP over 54 1/3 innings of relief.

Hector Santiago goes five innings Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago lasted five innings Friday against the Athletics.

Santiago allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Santiago gave up his first run against the first batter he faced. Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run out to left center off Santiago in the first inning. He was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice, a run wound up coming around on a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar. Santiago was able to get out of the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth. Santiago threw 98 pitches. 

With the loss, Santiago dropped to 3-8. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start. 


Jonathon Niese sunk by an error Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:54 am ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese was hurt by an error Friday against the Dodgers.

Niese allowed five runs, two earned, on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three during the outing. Niese gave up his earned runs in the third and fifth innings. The seventh inning proved to be problematic. Niese recorded the first two out quickly via the strikeout. With two outs in the inning, Niese gave up a triple to Dee Gordon. After a Yasiel Puig walk, Adrian Gonzalez reached on a throwing error. Niese was pulled at that point. The two runs he left on base managed to score on a double. Both runs were charged to Niese, though they were unearned runs. 

With the loss, Niese dropped to 7-9. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.


Dan Haren turns in solid start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren turned in a solid start Friday against the Mets.

Haren allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks. Haren’s only mistake came way back in the first inning. Haren allowed a solo home run against the lead off hitter. Despite the early struggles, Haren settled in. He erased a second inning single with a double-play, and did the same in the fourth after a runner reached on an error. 

With the win, Haren improved to 11-10. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start. 


Greg Holland saves No. 40


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Royals closer Greg Holland saved his 40th game Friday against the Rangers.

Holland entered with a three-run lead in the ninth. He immediately recorded two outs before issuing a walk. The Rangers threat ended there. Against the fourth batter in the inning, Holland got Elvis Andrus to pop out to end the game. 


Fernando Rodney picks up save No. 37


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney picked up his 37th save Friday against the Red Sox.

Rodney entered the game with a two-run lead. He immediately recorded the first two outs on a groudout and flyout. Rodney issued a walk with two outs, but was able to work out of it. Against the next hitter, Rodney inducing a game-ending flyout to right. 


Craig Kimbrel nails down a save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:47 am ET) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up a save Friday against the Reds.

Kimbrel entered with a two-run lead in the 12th inning. He struck out Jay Bruce to open the frame, and quickly got his second out on a lineout. With two outs, Kimbrel put one man on with a walk. He managed to shut the door against the fourth batter of the inning, striking out Skip Schumaker to end the game. It was Kimbrel's 38th save.


Jonathan Papelbon picks up 31st save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 31st save Friday against the Cardinals.

Papelbon entered with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He was perfect during his only inning of work, inducing a lineout, groundout and flyout. Papelbon threw 12 pitches, six of which were strikes. He's lowered his ERA to 1.52 following the outing. 


David Robertson wins one Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:42 am ET) Yankees closer David Robertson picked up a rare win Friday against the White Sox.

Robertson entered with the game tied, and managed to get the job done. He induced a groundout and two strikeouts in his only inning of work. Robertson was a victim of luck, as the Yankees managed to win on a walkoff single in the bottom of the inning. Robertson improved to 2-4.


Cody Allen hit with a loss Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:40 am ET) Indians closer Cody Allen picked up a loss Friday against the Astros.

Allen entered with the game tied in the ninth inning. After giving up a walk with one out, Allen's defense started to let him down. The next batter reached on a throwing error, putting two men on base. Another throwing error was made against the next batter, allowing a run to score. Allen then issued another walk, and gave up a three-run blast to Jon Singleton. He managed to get out of the inning, but the damage was done.

Allen allowed four runs, though none were earned, on one hit and two walks in his only inning. He dropped to 4-3 with the loss. 


Henderson Alvarez wins his 10th game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez had a tough start Friday against the Rockies.

Alvarez allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Alvarez was done in by the long ball. Justin Morneau managed to go deep in the third inning, driving in two runs. Corey Dickerson did the same in the fifth, also hitting a two-run shot. Alvarez would up throwing 96 pitches during the start. 

The Marlins jumped all over Franklin Morales, giving Alvarez the win. He improved to 10-5. His next start will come against the Angels. 


Franklin Morales goes four innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales lasted just four innings Friday against the Marlins. 

Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Morales got through a scoreless first, but ran into trouble in the second. He allowed three straight singles to load the bases. Two runs came around to score in the inning before Morales could get out of it. The Marlins would also plate two more runs in the third inning. Morales came out to start the fifth inning, but could not record an out. After putting the first three men on, Morales walked in a run. Another walk brought in the next run, which led to Morales being pulled from the game.

With the loss, Morales dropped to 5-7. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start.


Tommy Milone fails to go five innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone can’t go five innings Friday against the Tigers.

Milone allowed five runs, three earned, on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Milone got himself in trouble early, giving up a solo home run in the first inning. He tossed three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Milone recorded an out against the first batter he faced. The second batter, Torii Hunter, managed to reach on an error. At that point, Milone fell apart. He gave up three singles and a double to the next four batters before being pulled from the game. Another run would come around to score on a sac fly, and was charged to Milone. 

Milone didn’t last five innings, so he was not eligible for the win. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Robbie Ray pounded Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:19 am ET) Tigers pitcher Robbie Ray was pounded against the Twins Friday.

Ray allowed six earned runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks throughout the start. Ray was able to get through a scoreless first inning, but fell apart in the second. Ray allowed three straight doubles to open the frame, bringing in two runs. A mound visit seemed to calm him briefly, as he managed to strike out Kurt Suzuki. That calmness was short-lived. Ray surrendered a home run to Eduardo Escobar, a single to Jordan Schafer and another home run to Danny Santana. Ray was pulled from the game at that point.

With the loss, Ray dropped to 1-4. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start.


Josh Collmenter turns in fantastic start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter turned in a fantastic start Friday against the Padres.

Collmenter allowed one run on four hits over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks during the appearance. Collmenter opened  the game with two perfect innings before giving up his first hit in the third. Collmenter then tossed five perfect innings. He ran into some trouble in the ninth. Collmenter allowed two singles and struck out a batter. He was pulled from the game after throwing 106 pitches. One of those runs came around to score, and was charged to Collmenter.

With the win, he improved to 9-7. Collmenter will take on the Rockies in his next start. 


Odrisamer Despaigne has a rough start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne had a rough start Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Despaigne allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. The Diamondbacks managed to strike early. With two outs in the first inning, he gave up a triple, single and home run to three straight batters. Another run came around in the second inning on a fielding error. 

With the loss, Despaigne dropped to 3-5. He’ll take on the Brewers in his next start. 


Mike Minor flirts with no-hitter, but can't win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor flirted with a no-hitter Friday against the Reds.

Minor allowed one run on one hit over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four during the outing. Minor made it into the eighth inning before giving up his first hit of the game. Minor walked a batter earlier in the inning. That base-runner reached second on a groundout. With a man on second, Billy Hamilton knocked an RBI-single against Minor. It was the first hit Minor gave up all game. Minor was pulled after the hit. He threw 107 pitches.

Minor was matched by Mat Latos throughout the start. Because of that, he picked up a no-decision for his efforts. Minor will take on the Mets in his next start.


Mat Latos picks up no decision despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Reds pitcher Mat Latos tossed a solid start Friday against the Braves.

Latos allowed one run on nine hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Latos gave up his only run in the third inning. After giving up three straight singles to load the bases, one run managed to come home an a groundout. Latos was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. Though he proved to be fairly hittable over the start, Latos was able to work his way out of trouble in all but the third inning. 

Latos was matched by Mike Minor during the start, forcing him to settle for a no-decision. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 


Yovani Gallardo gets knocked around Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was knocked around Friday against the Pirates.

Gallardo allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked three during the outing. Gallardo got through a scoreless first inning, but was tagged for runs in each of the next four innings. In the second inning, leadoff man Russell Martin reached on an error. Gallardo then walked the next two batters, loading the bases. A sac fly and a double brought all three runs home. The Pirates added insurance runs in the third and fourth innings. Andrew McCutchen added a solo home run against Gallardo in the fifth. Gallardo made it out of the inning, but did not start the sixth. 

With the loss, Gallardo dropped to 8-7. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start. 


Jeff Locke wins despite control issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke had a tough time with his control Friday.

Locke allowed two runs on two hits over six innings. He did not record any strikeouts and walked six batters. Locke gave up both runs in the first inning. After getting Carlos Gomez to pop out to begin the game, Locke walked Jonathan Lucroy, and age up a two-run homer to Ryan Braun. Locke would give up another walk during the inning, but got out of it without giving up any further damage. He gave up his only other hit in the fourth inning. 

Though walks were a problem, Locke managed to pitch out of trouble. With the win, he improved to 5-3. Locke will take on the Cardinals in his next start.


Yordano Ventura wins his 10th game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura tossed a strong start Friday against the Rangers.

Ventura gave up one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Ventura gave up his only run in the first inning. With one out, Ventura allowed a single and ground-rule double. With men in scoring position, Ventura allowed a run to score on a groundout. He was able to escape the inning without giving up any further damage. Ventura put two men on in his final inning of work, but was able to get out of it without giving up any more runs. 

With the win, Ventura improved to 10-9. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start.


Colby Lewis has a tough start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had a tough start Friday against the Royals.

Lewis allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out two and did not issue any walks during the start. The second inning proved rough for the veteran. Lewis gave up a solo shot to Billy Butler to open the frame. After getting one out, Lewis hit Josh Willingham with a pitch, and allowed three straight singles. Lewis gave up three runs during the inning. Willingham would get the best of Lewis in his next at-bat, hitting a solo home run.

With the loss, Lewis dropped to 8-11. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start. 


 
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