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The Atlanta Braves extended their MLB best winning streak to 14 games with a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.
In his third start coming off Tommy John surgery, Brandon Beachy was overpowering on the mound, holding Miami to three hits over eight scoreless innings. He added six strikeouts. Offensively, Beachy had all of the support he needed in the first inning when Justin Upton cracked his a sixth home run of the month — a solo shot. Later in the frame, Chris Johnson added a three-run homer to essentially ice the game before it started.
''It makes pitching a little easier when those guys work their tails off and put five (runs) up there for me early,'' Beachy said. ''I don't have to be fine. I can go right at guys, and I tip my cap to them. Glad they're on my team.''
If the Braves extend the streak again on Saturday, they will match the franchise's longest winning streak since moving to Atlanta in 1966. And speaking of 15, that's the number of home losses Atlanta has suffered all season. The 39-15 is good for a .722 winning percentage, which is the best in MLB.
Three times a homer: Homerless since July 22 and mired in a season long slump that found him hitless in his last 19 at-bats entering play on Friday, Josh Reddick may have finally broken out in the A's 14-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. After grounding out in his first plate appearance, Reddick muscled up for three home runs. The first two were solo shots coming in the third and fifth innings respectively. He then capped his big night with a three-run blast in the seventh off Juan Perez.
Reds 7, Padres 2: Todd Frazier snapped an 0 for 31 string with two hits and three runs scored.
Twins 7-3, While Sox 5-2: Minnesota sweeps the day-night doubleheader and pushes Chicago to 28 games under .500.
Yankees 4, Tigers 3: (10 inn.): A-Rod returns. Mariano Rivera blows his second consecutive save. The Yankees still manage to snap Detroit's 12-game winning streak.
Rangers 9, Astros 5: A four-run eighth pushes Texas to their fifth straight win.
Royals 9, Red Sox 6: Kansas City erupted for six runs in the sixth to complete their comeback. They've won 15 out of 17 and remain on the fringe of playoff contention at 4.5 back in the Wild Card.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 0: Chicago had not pitched a shutout in St. Louis in 16 years. Chris Rusin got the W with six scoreless.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4: Good as Goldschmidt. Paul hit his second walk-off homer of the season for Arizona.
Dodgers 7, Rays 6: Los Angeles overcomes a 6-0 deficit in the seventh inning to win it in nine. Fernando Rodney's throwing error was the final nail in the coffin.
Brewers 10, Mariners 5: Former Mariner Yuniesky Betancourt connected for his sixth career grand slam.
Orioles 5, Giants 2 (10 inn.): Baltimore overcomes Jim Johnson's league-leading seventh blown save. Chris Davis was the hero with a two-run double after San Francisco elected to intentionally walk Adam Jones.
''It says a lot that he didn't want to just take it to the ranch and relax and give up on something he loves to do. It's tough to see any player go through what Scott did. We saw it firsthand. It was really rough for him and disappointing for us. For a pitcher to rediscover himself like Scott has, it takes a lot of hard work and determination.''
— Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Scott Kazmir's remarkable comeback season.
• Dan Haren has now beaten all 30 MLB teams over the course of his career.
• The Phillies designated Delmon Young for assignment on Friday.
• Francisco Liriano had given up 10 runs in his last eight starts combined before allowing 10 against Colorado. (Via ESPN's Jayson Stark)
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