Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Break up those Astros.

Thanks to a go-ahead ground rule double from Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Astros topped the Orioles 2-1 last night in MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game to extend their winning streak to seven games. That’s the longest current streak in MLB. It’s also their longest winning streak since 2010.

The double from Villar snapped an 0-for-26 stretch. Brett Oberholtzer allowed just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings in the victory while Chad Qualls recorded a four-out save.

The Astros are 15-13 in May, so they have secured themselves their first winning month since September of 2010. The painful rebuild is showing signs of progress.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 1, Astros 2

Rockies 2, Indians 5

Mets 5, Phillies 6 (14 innings)

Rangers 2, Nationals 9

Twins 6, Yankees 1

Braves 3, Marlins 2

Royals 6, Blue Jays 1

Rays 2, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 5, Brewers 11

Giants 9, Cardinals 4

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 4

Padres 4, White Sox 1

Pirates 2, Dodgers 1

Angels 5, Athletics 9

Tigers 6, Mariners 3

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.