MLB Wrap: White Sox win slugfest vs. Braves

MLB Wrap: White Sox win slugfest vs. Braves
July 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
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The Phillies failed to get to two games over .500 for the first time all season in a 5-4 loss to the Mets on Saturday (see Instant Replay).

In the defeat, Cole Hamels couldn't handle the 94-degree heat and allowed three first inning runs en route to suffering his 12th loss this year (see story).

Here's a quick wrap from around the majors on Saturday:

White Sox out-slug Braves
CHICAGO -- Alex Rios hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, and Jake Peavy pitched six solid inning in his return from the disabled list to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Rios, who had been in a 2-for-20 slump, went 3-for-5 to help Chicago win for just the 10th time in 32 games.

Peavy (7-4), making his first start since June 4 because of a fracture rib, got off to a shaky start. He allowed a two-run homer to Dan Uggla in the second inning and two more runs in the third. But he shut down the Braves during his final three innings.

He allowed seven hits in six innings, and just two of the four runs charged to him were earned.

Braves starter Paul Maholm (9-9) was forced out in the fourth inning because of a sprained left wrist. (See full recap.)

Kuroda stifles Red Sox in Yanks win
BOSTON -- Brett Gardner and Lyle Overbay each had three hits and drove in a run to back Hiroki Kuroda's seven strong innings, carrying the New York Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the injury-riddled Yankees, who hope to be bolstered by the return of captain Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez soon.

Mike Carp had three hits and scored a run for the Red Sox. It was just Boston's second loss in its last 11 games in Fenway Park.

In a matchup veteran right-handers, Kuroda and John Lackey both mostly relied on fastballs in the low 90s with hard sliders to go along with outstanding control. The pair combined for just one walk -- by Kuroda -- and threw a high percentage of strikes. (See full recap.)

Reds beat Pirates again
CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that revolved around an early rain delay.

The third-place Reds have won the first two games in the NL Central series, closing their gap with second-place Pittsburgh to two games. The Ohio River rivals have split their 12 games this season.

Cincinnati's Mat Latos and Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett had a tough time finding their control after a 1-hour, 17-minute delay in the middle of the first inning. Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

Latos gave up three runs in only five innings. Travis Snider's pinch-hit RBI double cut it to 5-4 in the eighth, but Logan Ondrusek got Jose Tabata to ground out with the bases loaded, ending the rally. (See full recap.)

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