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ST. LOUIS (AP) Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run and RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory Friday night.

Jonathan Lucroy's bases-clearing double chased Wainwright (13-6) in a four-run sixth inning that put Milwaukee up by six. The NL Central leaders are three games ahead of the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs and Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis, which has lost three of four.

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Vogelsong 2-hits Mets, Giants win 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Vogelsong's strategy in the dugout before the ninth inning was simple: keep quiet.

Tired but eager for a shot at his first nine-inning complete game, the right-hander chose not to answer his coaches when asked how he was feeling.

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Hamilton homers but injured, Angels win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels powered their way to a victory.

Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered to help the Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night

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Chen wins fifth straight as O's edge M's

BALTIMORE (AP) After Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen put together another dominant performance Friday against Seattle, his thoughts were with his family and friends thousands of miles away in his native Taiwan.

A deadly gas explosion in Kaohsiung reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured close to 300. None of Chen's family were injured but he expressed concern for those affected by the tragedy.

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Verlander goes 8 as Tigers beat Rockies

DETROIT (AP) If Justin Verlander is beginning to round into form, Detroit's starting rotation may indeed be the envy of the rest of baseball.

Verlander equaled his longest outing of the season, pitching eight solid innings to lift the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. A day after the AL Central-leading Tigers traded for star left-hander David Price, Verlander allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out five without a walk.

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Phillies beat slumping Nationals 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Marlon Byrd spent most of the night swinging and missing against Washington Nationals pitchers. Connecting once proved to be enough.

Byrd struck out three times, but hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, Roberto Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 2-1 Friday night.

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BoSox's Ranaudo beats Yanks in MLB debut

BOSTON (AP) The game ball that Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will treasure from his major league debut wasn't the one from the final out in Boston's 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Instead, his teammates made sure to save the ball he threw to strike out Derek Jeter in the third inning - Ranaudo's first major league strikeout.

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Cards' Lackey: I'll honor $500K option

ST. LOUIS (AP) John Lackey won't be facing his old team in his first start with the St. Louis Cardinals. And he has no problem pitching at a deep discount next season.

Lackey will pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, with Lance Lynn pushed back to start Tuesday night in the opener of an interleague series against the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals' other trade deadline pickup, Justin Masterson, will make his first start Saturday night.

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Astros halt Blue Jays' 6-game win streak

HOUSTON (AP) Gregorio Petit's first career home run put Houston on top in the eighth inning and the Astros held on for a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night, snapping Toronto's six-game winning streak.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Petit launched Aaron Loup's first pitch into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field to give the Astros the lead. Jose Altuve connected on the next pitch by Loup (3-3) for a ground-rule double before stealing third base.

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Marlins put All-Star RHP Alvarez on DL

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday.

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