Alexei Ramirez hits his ninth home run Friday
Ramirez struck in the third inning. With the bases empty, Ramirez clubbed a solo shot on a 78 mph curveball from Kevin Correia. Ramirez also singled and walked during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with three runs scored and one RBI.
Jose Abreu hits number 30
Abreu got to work immediately, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With two men on, Abreu crushed a hanging curveball out to center for a three-run shot. Abreu also singled and was hit by a pitch during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI.
Carlos Gonzalez belts 10th home run
Gonzalez struck in the seventh inning. With one man on, he belted an 81 mph slider out to right for the two-run shot. Gonzalez finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.
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Ubaldo Jimenez to begin rehab next week
Jimenez tossed a two-inning simulated game Friday. As long as he feels good Saturday, he'll begin a rehab assignment. Manager Buck Showalter said Jimenez will likely need two starts before he's ready to return to the majors. Jimenez is working his way back from an ankle injury, but said it didn't give him any issues Friday. "I didn’t have any problems with my ankle," Jimenez said. "I didn’t have to think about it."
Aaron Crow nets his second save Friday
Crow entered the game with a two-run lead. After giving up a leadoff double, Crow settled in. He forced a foulout and two groundouts to finish the game. Crow gave up one hit over his inning of work.
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Brett Anderson picks up first win Friday
Anderson tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings during the start. He allowed just two hits. Anderson struck out one and walked four. Anderson did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. Neil Walker singled to open the inning, ending his bid for a no-hitter. Andrew McCutchen would provide the second hit against Anderson in the following frame. Anderson came out for the seventh inning, but was pulled after walking a batter. He threw 102 pitches.
With the win, Anderson improved to 1-3. His next start will come against the Cubs.
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Charlie Morton can't grab a quality start Friday
Morton allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Morton was solid throughout most of the game. Other than a run-scoring double in the third inning, Morton has solid until his final inning of work. Morton came in to pitch in the seventh inning, and immediately ran into trouble. He allowed two doubles to open the frame, and followed that up with a single. At that point, Morton was pulled from the game. After he left, both of his inherited runners came around to score.
With the loss, Morton dropped to 5-10 on the year. His next start will come against the Giants.
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