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Astros score 5 in 1st, win 10th straight

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BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are sending an early message to the rest of baseball.

They're playing and sounding like they're the best.

Tyler White's two-run double capped a five-run first inning, Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and the Astros kept rolling, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Saturday night for their 10th straight victory.

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Cubs protest loss for Doolittle delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he was seeking fairness when he questioned the legality of Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle's delivery in the ninth inning Saturday night and ultimately protested the game.

That wasn't Doolittle's interpretation.

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Harper hits 466-foot HR, Nola Ks 12

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper delivered a powerful swing and Aaron Nola provided the punchouts.

Harper homered over the batter's eye in center field, Nola tied his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Saturday.

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Cron, Schoop hit 2 HRs, Twins win 18-4

SEATTLE (AP) �� C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop each hit two home runs and Byron Buxton had a grand slam as part of the Minnesota Twins' best offensive output of the season, an 18-4 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Miguel Sano also homered for the Twins, who extended their season-high home run streak to 13 games and moved into a tie with Seattle for the major league home run lead with 87.

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Trout hits 250th HR, Ohtani also homers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout's 250th home run was memorable in more ways than one.

Trout's solo shot to left-center off traveled 473 feet and made him the sixth AL player to reach 250 homers before his 28th birthday as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Saturday night.

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A's make it 15 straight wins vs. Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Once he made it through the first inning, it was smooth sailing for Daniel Mengden.

Mengden pitched seven impressive innings and Nick Hundley and Chad Pinder homered to lift the Oakland Athletics to their 15th straight win over Detroit, 4-1 on Saturday. If the A's beat the Tigers on Sunday, they would tie a franchise record for their longest winning streak against one team. Oakland won 16 in a row over the New York Yankees from 1989-91.

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Freeman HR in 9th gets Braves by Brewers

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman marveled at Austin Riley's continued hot start and then showed the new kid how to end a game with flair.

Freeman led off the 10th inning with a home run into the right-field seats , lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

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Lopez, Marlins combine to 1-hit Mets

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins starter Pablo Lopez followed his worst outing as a big leaguer with his best - both against the New York Mets.

The result was the Marlins' first winning streak in nearly a month, and ramped-up speculation that Mets manager Mickey Callaway's job was in jeopardy.

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Plutko, Indians 1-hit O's in 4-1 win

CLEVELAND (AP) Adam Plutko's season debut for Cleveland couldn't have gone much better.

Called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Plutko allowed one run in six innings - a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore's only hit - and the Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Saturday.

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