Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Athletics’ incredible slide continued last night, as they fell 4-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.

Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales, and Logan Morrison all homered for Seattle. James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings to get the victory. The A’s made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning by getting two on with nobody out, but closer Fernando Rodney was able to retire the next three batters to work out of the jam and lock down the win.

Amazingly, the Athletics have now lost 22 out of their last 31 games and sit just a half-game in front of the Mariners for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The series will continue tonight with Sonny Gray going for Oakland and Felix Hernandez on the hill for Seattle.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 2, Mariners 4

Yankees 1, Orioles 2 (11 innings)/Yankees 0, Orioles 5

Marlins 1, Phillies 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 3, Pirates 7

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

Braves 1, Rangers 2

Nationals 3, Mets 4

Indians 2, Tigers 7

Reds 2, Brewers 3

Rockies 1, Cardinals 5

Red Sox 4, Royals 2

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5

Astros 3, Angels 11

Dodgers 0, Giants 9

Twins/White Sox – PPD

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.