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Chicago Cubs shut out Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on August 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Aug. 30, 2016 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

The Chicago Cubs (84-47) shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63) as they win 3-0 in game two of their three-game series.

2B Javier Baez was hit by a pitch to open the bottom the first inning. 1B Anthony Rizzo drove him in with a one-out home run to give Chicago an early 2-0 lead.

The Cubs extended their lead one inning later. SS Addison Russell drew a leadoff walk and went on to steal second base. C Miguel Montero followed with a single to drive Addison Russell home but was tagged out as he tried to advance to second base.

CL Aroldis Chapman pitched a spotless ninth to earn his 11th save for the Cubs and 31st of the season. He now posts a 1.15 ERA with a 0.77 WHIP.

Pittsburgh’s SP Chad Kuhl (3-2) went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs while fanning 5. He has a 3.70 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP on the year.

Chicago’s SP Kyle Hendricks (13-7) worked 7 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. His ERA and WHIP improved to 2.09 and a magnificent 0.98, respectively.

1B Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with 1 run, 1 HR and 2 RBI. He is batting .294 and has 78 runs, 26 HR and 93 RBI on the season.

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Royals win Series at Marlins

Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals hits a double in the 6th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 25, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Aug. 25, 2016 - Source: Eric Espada/Getty Images North America)

The Kansas City Royals win the series against the Miami Marlins as they beat them 5-2 in the rubber game at Marlins Park.

Kansas City took the lead in the third inning. 3B Cheslor Cuthbert doubled with one out and came home on a two-out double from C Salvador Perez.

In the top of the fourth, SS Alcides Escobar hit a leadoff home run to double the lead but Miami tied the game in the bottom of the frame.

CF Marcell Ozuna singled with one out and C J.T. Realmuto was hit by a pitch next. 1B Xavier Scruggs followed with an infield single and drove in Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto.

Cheslor Cuthbert was charged with a throwing error on the play when in fact he fielded a difficult ground ball perfectly and made a spectacular throw to 1B Eric Hosmer, who had to take his foot slightly off the bag to keep the ball in play.

The Royals broke the tie in the sixth inning. LF Alex Gordon reached on an infield single and advanced to second base on 2B Dee Gordon’s throwing error. Alcides Escobar followed with a double and drove in Alex Gordon for a 3-2 lead.

Alcides Escobar went on to move to third base on a passed ball and came home on a one-out sacrifice flyball from PH Kendry Morales.

Kansas City added one last run in the ninth. 2B Raul Mondesi drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. With one out he managed to steal third base as well and came home on J.T. Realmuto’s throwing error.

CL Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect inning to earn his ninth save of the year. He now posts a 1.87 ERA with a 0.83 WHIP.

Kansas City’s SP Edinson Volquez (10-10) went 5 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2. His ERA and WHIP improved to 4.88 and 1.44, respectively.

Miami’s SP Tom Koehler (9-9) pitched 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs while fanning 6. He has a 3.85 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP this season.

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 1 HR and 2 RBI. He is batting .263 and now has 46 runs, 3 HR and 37 RBI on the year.

The Kansas City Royals (66-61) continue their road trip with a three-game series at the Boston Red Sox (71-56) from Friday to Sunday.

The Miami Marlins (66-61) host a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (53-74) from Friday through Sunday.

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Orioles come back to beat Nationals

Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates a win with teammates after a baseball game against the the Washington Nationals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 22, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Oriole won 4-3. (Aug. 22, 2016 - Source: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images North America)

The Baltimore Orioles (68-56) come from behind to beat the Washington Nationals (73-51) 4-3 in the opener of a two-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Washington opened the score in the first inning. CF Trea Turner drew a leadoff walk and went on to steal second base. 2B Daniel Murphy singled with one out and drove Trea Turner home for the first run of the game.

Baltimore tied the game in the third with a leadoff home run by 2B Jonathan Schoop. It was his 20th long ball of the year.

3B Anthony Rendon restored the one-run lead with a leadoff home run in the top of the fourth inning but the Orioles had the right answer in the bottom of the frame.

3B Manny Machado hit a leadoff double and came home on another double from 1B Chris Davis, while RF Bryce Harper had difficulties controlling the ball. RF Mark Trumbo followed with his MLB-leading 38th home run of the season to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead.

In the seventh inning, the Nationals cut the deficit to one with a leadoff home run from SS Danny Espinosa but CL Zach Britton secured the win for the Orioles with a perfect ninth to earn his 38th save of the year.

Washington’s SP A.J. Cole (0-1) was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to make a spot start in place of the injured Stephen Strasburg. Cole went 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks and 4 earned runs while fanning 8.

Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy (7-4) pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 4 walks and 2 earned runs while striking out 4. He now has a 3.33 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP on the season.

Mark Trumbo went 1-for-2 with 1 run, 1 HR and 2 RBI. He is batting .256 and has 71 runs, 38 HR and 92 RBI this year.

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