Author: D.J. Short

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 05:  Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hugs Avisail Garcia #26 after Garcia was hits a by a pitch to walk in the winning run against the Detroit Tigers as Emilio Bonifacio #64 sprays them with water at U.S. Cellular Field on June 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Walk-off hit-by-pitch sends Tigers to eighth straight loss

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The Tigers dropped their eighth straight game last night against the White Sox. And it happened in heartbreaking fashion.

After getting a strong outing from rookie left-hander Kyle Ryan and a go-ahead two-run single from Josh Wilson in the seventh inning, the Tigers appeared primed to finally snap the losing streak. Joakim Soria, who has been very solid since taking over the closer role for Detroit, had the White Sox down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Adam LaRoche provided some heroics for Chicago by slugging a game-tying solo home run. Gut punch.

Then we move to the 11th, when Alex Wilson allowed back-to-back singles to Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus understandably decided to intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, but then this happened…

Yes, a walk-off hit-by-pitch. Ouch. Well, double-ouch, really.

The Tigers have now have their longest losing streak since 2005. They have slipped to an even 28-28 on the year, putting them five games off the pace in the American League Central. They’ll look to ace David Price to stop the bleeding tonight.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hit another monster home run

DENVER, CO - JUNE 05:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins rounds the bases on his solo home run off of Eddie Butler #31 of the Colorado Rockies as Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies looks on and umpire Mike DiMuro oversees the action as the Marlins take a 3-0 lead in the third inning at Coors Field on June 5, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson used Coors Field as a launching pad earlier this week, but last night it was Giancarlo Stanton’s turn. And he didn’t disappoint. Check out this monster blast off right-hander Eddie Butler…

According to StatCast, the ball traveled 478 feet. That’s one foot longer than this Pederson blast on Wednesday.

Settling the Score: Friday’s results

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 5: Catcher Matt Wieters #32 celebrates with closing pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles after the Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 5, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Orioles defeated the Indians 5-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Matt Wieters; Zach Britton
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Nearly one year removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made his long-awaited return last night. And he didn’t much time to shake the rust, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in a 5-2 win over the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The game was tied 2-2 until Adam Jones hit a go-ahead solo home run off Shaun Marcum in the sixth. The Orioles got some insurance in the eighth inning when Jones had an RBI triple and Wieters drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Chris Tillman allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in the victory. He had been winless over his previous seven starts.

After losing five in a row, the Orioles have now won back-to-back games. While Baltimore is just 25-29 on the year, they are only 4 1/2 games out in the American League East. Finally having Wieters back behind the plate could go a long way in helping them close the gap.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 5, Indians 2

Angels 7, Yankees 8

Cubs 5, Nationals 7

Astros 2, Blue Jays 6

Giants 5, Phillies 4

Athletics 2, Red Sox 4

Padres 6, Reds 2

Pirates 10, Braves 8

Brewers 10, Twins 5

Tigers 3, White Sox 4 (11 innings)

Marlins 6, Rockies 2

Rangers 4, Royals 0

Mets 2, Diamondbacks 7

Rays 1, Mariners 0

Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1

Settling the Score: Thursday’s results

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 4:  Manager John Farrrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox walks to the mound to relieve  Koji Uehara #19 during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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If Thursday afternoon wasn’t rock bottom for the Red Sox, they could have a long summer ahead of them.

After blowing an early lead and making mishaps on the bases and in the field, the Red Sox lost 8-4 to the Twins yesterday at Fenway Park in Boston.

Powered by home runs from Dustin Pedroia and Blake Swihart against lefty Tommy Milone, the Red Sox had a 4-0 lead through four innings. However, knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up a three-run homer to Torii Hunter in the fifth inning before Kurt Suzuki tied things up with an RBI single in the sixth. The Red Sox ran out of a possible rally on back-to-back plays in the seventh after Hanley Ramirez tried to go to third base on ground ball to the left side of the infield and Mike Napoli was thrown out trying to score from first base on a single. Not good.

The ugliness continued in the top of the ninth after the first two batters reached against Koji Uehara. Joe Mauer surprisingly dropped down a bunt, but Pablo Sandoval couldn’t handle the throw to third base from Swihart and the go-ahead run came around to score. The Twins tacked on three more runs before Glen Perkins retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the ninth to lock down the victory.

The Red Sox have lost 11 out of their last 16 games and sit at 24-31 on the season. Amazingly, that still puts them just 5 1/2 games out of first place, but that’s the mediocrity of the American League East for you.

Below are Thursday’s box scores and recaps…

Twins 8, Red Sox 4

Athletics 7, Tigers 5

Orioles 3, Astros 2

Indians 6, Royals 2 (called after 8 innings)

White Sox 2, Rangers 1 (11 innings)

Reds 6, Phillies 2

Cubs 2, Nationals 1

Mets 6, Diamondbacks 2

Cardinals 7, Dodgers 1

Rays 2, Mariners 1

Daniel Murphy leaves game with left quad tightness

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on May 30, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 9-5.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The new Mets’ infield arrangement didn’t last long, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Daniel Murphy left tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks with left quad tightness.

Murphy went 1-for-2 with a double before leaving the game. Eric Campbell replaced him at third base to begin the bottom of the third inning.

Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season. After getting off to a very slow start, he’s hitting .345 over his last 37 games. The Mets are already hurting for offense, so it would be a really tough blow to lose him for an extended period of time.