TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has extended his career-long hitting streak to 24 games with a three-run homer in the first inning against Detroit.
Rookie Kelby Tomlinson has been called upon out of necessity for the injury-plagued Giants, and he keeps delivering. Veteran Marlon Byrd has been called upon for big moments like this down the stretch, and is doing his part since coming to San Francisco this month in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds. Tomlinson lined a bases-loaded single up the middle with one out in the ninth against previously unbeaten Kevin Siegrist, and the Giants topped the Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night to snap St. Louis' five-game winning streak.
''Leading the league in outs is cool,'' he said after striking out a season high-tying 14 in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. The NL West-leading Dodgers won their fourth in a row returning home for the first time in two weeks. ''He's the best lefty in the game, and the best pitcher in the game as well,'' said Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who was 0 for 3 against Kershaw.
Boston Red Sox rookie catcher Blake Swihart will tell you that he's never hit an inside-the-park home run, even if the record books now reflect the contrary. Swihart led off the 10th inning with an inside-the-parker and the Red Sox stopped the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak, holding on for a 6-4 victory Friday night. The Red Sox, visiting the Mets for the first time since 2001, scored three times in the 10th.
Cole Hamels delivered the type of performance the Texas Rangers hoped to get when they traded for him. Hamels pitched his best game since being acquired by Texas, striking out 10 in eight innings Friday night in a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. ''This is what everybody kind of envisioned when we traded for him,'' catcher Chris Gimenez said.
Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs. Magic Johnson, a co-owner of the team, appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board to tell the crowd that Jimmy Kimmel had a major announcement. Late-night TV host Kimmel appeared and without a sound used cue cards to explain Scully would return for another season ''at least,'' read one of the cards.
Washington starter Max Scherzer was solid Friday night except for a few mistakes. Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna homered off Scherzer, and the Miami Marlins built a three-run lead and held on to beat the Nationals 4-3. The Nationals remain 6 1/2 games behind the NL-East leading Mets, who lost 6-4 to the Red Sox in ten innings.
Gregory Polanco saw one of the fastest players in baseball standing at third and knew there was little margin for error. A month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder might not have had a shot at throwing out Colorado's Jose Reyes. Polanco's throw easily beat Reyes to the plate to preserve a tie in the eighth and he added an insurance run after Josh Harrison put the Pirates in front in the bottom of the inning as Pittsburgh escaped with a 5-3 victory Friday night.
A year to the day after praising Jack Zduriencik as he was rewarded with a contract extension, Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather found himself speaking with ownership this week on all the areas he believed the club was lacking. It was clear to Mather that Zduriencik's time as Seattle's general manager was at an end and his regret was not making a change sooner. ''I was so optimistic about 2015 at the major league level that I waited too long to start asking myself and others the tough questions about what is going on here,'' Mather said.