Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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After tossing a one-hit shutout against the Angels in his last start on Sunday, Chris Sale got the best of them again last night.

Sale struck out a season-high 12 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the White Sox topped the Angels 3-0 at Angel Stadium. The 24-year-old southpaw gave up just three hits and walked three in the victory and extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings. That’s the best by a starter on the White Sox since Mark Buehrle (24 1/3 innings) in 2001.

C.J. Wilson, who has been outdueled by Sale in back-to-back starts, couldn’t help but marvel at the experience:

After finishing sixth in the American League Cy Young balloting last season in his first full year as a starting pitcher, Sale is making another strong push so far in 2013. Though nine starts, he’s 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 61/15 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.

The White Sox currently have a season-high four-game winning streak and sit 19-21 on the season, four games behind the Tigers and Indians in the American League Central.

Your Friday box scores:

Mets 3, Cubs 2

Blue Jays 0, Yankees 5

Reds 3, Phillies 5

Mariners 3, Indians 6 (10 innings)

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2

Rays 12, Orioles 10

Dodgers 5, Braves 8

Tigers 2, Rangers 1

Brewers 6, Cardinals 7

Red Sox 3, Twins 2 (10 innings)

Astros 4, Pirates 5

Giants 9, Rockies 10

Royals 1, Athletics 2

Nationals 6, Padres 5 (10 innings)

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.