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>>Shuck's RBI Single Lifts Sox Over Twins

 

J.B. Shuck's two-out single scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Thursday.

Fernando Abad (1-2) got the first two batters in the eight before consecutive walks. Shuck's career high-tying third hit of the game to left scored Avisail Garcia from second.

 

Nate Jones (4-2) allowed a hit while getting four outs and David Robertson worked around a single in the ninth for his 21st save in 23 tries as the White Sox won their third straight series for the first time this season.

 

Tim Anderson added three hits and Matt Davidson had an RBI single in his White Sox debut before leaving with a sore right foot.

 

Brian Dozier homered and drove in two runs and Eduardo Nunez had RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings as the Twins rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie it.

 

Miguel Gonzalez (1-3, 5.17) starts Friday night at Houston against RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.41).

 

>>Mets Rally Past Cubs

 

Yoenis Cespedes socked a colossal home run, Jeurys Familia pitched out of a huge jam in the ninth inning and rookie replacement Brandon Nimmo keyed a three-run rally in the seventh that sent the New York Mets past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Thursday night in their first meeting since last year's NL Championship Series.

Chicago put runners on second and third with no outs against Familia, who got two strikeouts and a bases-loaded popup for his 27th save, most in the majors. He screamed and pumped his arms repeatedly after Javier Baez popped up to end it.

 

Baez's throwing error at second base allowed Nimmo to score the go-ahead run, and the Mets overcame a 3-0 deficit to stop their four-game slide. New York, which swept Chicago last October to reach the World Series, had lost nine straight regular-season games to the Cubs dating to August 2014.

 

Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58 ERA) starts Friday night against RHP Jacob deGrom (3-4, 2.67), who won Game 3 of the NLCS last year at Wrigley Field.

 

>>Royals Double-Up Cardinals, Take 3 of 4

 

Kendrys Morales homered and recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game on Thursday to lead the Royals to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kansas City won for the fourth time in five games and took the two-city, four-game series three games to one.

 

Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals who have lost their last seven home games.

 

Wade Davis recorded his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

 

Dillon Gee (3-2) picked up the win allowing one run in two innings.

 

Jaime Garcia (5-6, 4.09) takes on Milwaukee RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 2.81) in the opener a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday.

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