Sept 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games.
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Giants 3, Diamondbacks 0
Yusmeiro Petit came within one strike of the second perfect game in San Francisco Giants history, settling for a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Relying heavily on curve balls and sliders that painted the corners of the plate, the 28-year-old Petit (3-0) took pinch-hitter Eric Chavez to a full count with two outs in the top of the ninth before the veteran dumped a single in front of a diving Hunter Pence in right field to end the string of 26 consecutive batters retired.
Making just his third start since being promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Aug. 23, Petit rebounded from Chavez's stunning hit by getting A.J. Pollock to ground out to third base to cap his first career shutout.
Matt Cain pitched the only perfect game in Giants history last season against the Houston Astros on June 13.
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Tigers 16, Royals 2
Omar Infante drove in six runs on five hits, both career highs, and Andy Dirks went 5-for-5 with a walk as the Detroit Tigers blasted the Kansas City Royals 16-2.
Every Tigers starter had a hit and scored a run in the first five innings as they stroked a season-high 26 hits.
Dirks also scored four runs, and Austin Jackson drove in four runs, matching his career high.
Anibal Sanchez was the beneficiary of the Tigers' offensive splurge, picking up his 13th victory.
Sanchez gave up one run on seven hits in seven innings, while walking one and striking out five. He lowered his American League-best earned run average to 2.61.
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Cardinals 12, Pirates 8
The opener of a three-game National League Central showdown broke open with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as St Louis drew within a half-game of first-place Pittsburgh with a 12-8 verdict.
Joe Kelly (8-3) scattered eight hits over six innings to win his eighth straight decision, his third win in just over a month against the Pirates, who have won 10 of the teams' 17 meetings this year.
A.J. Burnett (7-10) lasted only three innings in his shortest start of the year, allowing six hits and five runs.
The first nine St Louis batters collected hits in the seventh, with Yadier Molina capping the scoring with a three-run homer over the Cardinals' bullpen in left-center field after being brushed back with the first pitch from reliever Bryan Morris.
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Angels 6, Rangers 5
Mark Trumbo ended his longest homerless streak of the season, blasting a three-run home run during a five-run fourth inning that lifted the Angels to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium.
Trumbo had not hit a home run since Aug. 19, spanning 14 games and he entered the game with seven hits in his previous 46 at-bats.
However, he got a hold of a pitch from Rangers starter Matt Garza (3-3) and hit it over the fence in left-center field to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
It was Trumbo's 30th homer of the season, making him the sixth Angel in club history to have back-to-back 30-homer seasons.
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Padres 4, Rockies 3
Jesus Guzman delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning to rally the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Chase Headley homered to open the bottom of the ninth inning, drilling a 2-0 pitch by Rex Brothers into the second deck of the Western Metal Supply building in left to tie the score at three.
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A's 7, Astros 5
Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBIs, powering the Oakland A's to a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros and back into sole possession of first place in the American League West.
The A's moved a half-game ahead of the Texas Rangers, who lost 6-5 to the Los Angeles Angels.
The A's had lost four of their past six games against the last-place Astros before beating them soundly.
Donaldson doubled and scored in the third inning, singled and scored in the fourth and hit his 21st home run of the season in the sixth, a two-run shot off right-hander Philip Humber that gave the A's a 7-4 lead.
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Mariners 6, Rays 4
The Tampa Bay Rays' two-week slide from near wild-card certainty continued when a costly error in the bottom of the eighth inning led to a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Center fielder Desmond Jennings dropped a sure out before Seattle's Justin Smoak drove in a pair of unearned runs with a two-out double, handing Tampa Bay its 10th loss in a span of 13 games.
The Devil Rays (77-63) now lead Cleveland and Baltimore by just two games in the race for the second wild-card berth in the American League playoffs. (Editing by John O'Brien)