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Happ goes 7 scoreless as Bucs beat Cards

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ST. LOUIS (AP) J.A. Happ is happy to be back in the National League and pitching in a pennant race.

Happ pitched seven scoreless innings and Starling Marte drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Happ (4-1) allowed only three singles and won for the fourth time in six starts since being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline. He retired 15 straight batters in one stretch, matched his season-high with eight strikeouts and walked none. He lowered his ERA with the Pirates to 1.57.

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Mets have no plans to shut down Harvey

MIAMI (AP) The New York Mets plan for Matt Harvey to keep pitching as long as they keep playing.

Harvey is expected to make four more starts during the regular season and assume a "reasonable workload" during the playoffs, assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday.

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Severino wins again, A-Rod hits No. 681

NEW YORK (AP) On and off the mound, Luis Severino seemed completely at ease.

The sizzling rookie won his third straight start, Alex Rodriguez hit his 681st career home run and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.

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Davis hits 39th, 40th as O's rout Jays

TORONTO (AP) Another two-homer game by Baltimore slugger Chris Davis gave him a spot in the Orioles record book.

Davis hit two home runs to take the major league lead with 40, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones both connected and Baltimore beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Friday night.

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McHugh, Conger lead Astros over Twins

HOUSTON (AP) Collin McHugh continued his stellar season and the Houston Astros got back to their winning ways.

McHugh went 7 2-3 innings and Hank Conger hit a grand slam as the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 8-0 on Friday night.

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Cron's 5 RBIs lift Angels over Rangers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) C.J. Cron realizes the Los Angeles Angels are down to their last few chances to make a playoff run.

He didn't waste a single opportunity when the Angels opened their make-or-break homestand with a big win.

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Dodgers hit 5 HRs in 8-4 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Somehow, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still seems surprised at his team's power.

Justin Ruggiano and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers and Chase Utley added a solo blast in a five-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers hit five homers in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

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Rockies extend Giants' slide to 7

DENVER (AP) The power display from Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado has given the Colorado Rockies a boost in their bid to finish an otherwise disappointing season on a strong note.

Arenado and Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, backing a sharp outing by Jorge De La Rosa, and the Rockies beat struggling San Francisco 2-1 on Friday night to send the Giants to their seventh straight loss.

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Taylor's pinch-hit HR lifts Nats in 10th

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals manager Matt Williams passed up his first few opportunities to use outfielder Michael Taylor on Friday night.

When he did send him in, it worked to perfection.

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Rizzo's slam, Russell's 2 HRs lift Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) A steady breeze blowing in off Lake Michigan kept Wrigley Field comfortable Friday. It didn't contain or cool off the Chicago Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in Chicago's eight-run fifth inning, and rookie Addison Russell homered twice to power the Cubs and Jon Lester to a 14-5 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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