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Gerrit Cole pitches complete Game in Pirates Win over Mariners

Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the first inning during inter-league play against the Seattle Mariners on July 27, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (July 27, 2016 - Source: Joe Sargent/Getty Images North America)

SP Gerrit Cole pitches a complete game as the Pittsburgh Pirates thrash the Seattle Mariners 10-1 in the second contest of their two-game series.

The Pirates set the foundation for their win in the third inning. 2B Josh Harrison hit a leadoff triple that seemed to inspire his teammates. SS Jordy Mercer doubled with one out and drove in Josh Harrison for a 1-0 lead.

1B David Freese followed with an infield single and CF Andrew McCutchen doubled to drive Jordy Mercer home. David Freese advanced to third base on the play.

Pittsburgh went on to load the bases after LF Starling Marte was hit by a pitch. 3B Jung-ho Kang drew a walk and David Freese crossed home plate to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.

Seattle scored their only run in the sixth. LF Nori Aoki doubled to lead off the inning and 2B Robinson Cano hit a one-out sacrifice flyball to drive him in.

The Pirates put the game out of reach in the seventh inning. They loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Gerrit Cole and Jordy Mercer and a one-out base hit from Andrew McCutchen.

Starling Marte drew a walk, bringing home Gerrit Cole for Pittsburgh’s fourth run of the game. Jung-ho Kang followed with a bases-clearing double to give the Pirates a 7-1 lead.

The Pirates weren’t done yet. With two outs in the eighth, Jordy Mercer singled and David Freese walked. Andrew McCutchen followed with his 15th home run of the season to put Pittsburgh up 10-1.

Seattle’s SP James Paxton (3-5) pitched 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 walk and 3 earned runs while fanning 6. He now has a 4.27 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP on the season.

Gerrit Cole (6-6) ended up throwing 93 pitches, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 6. His ERA and WHIP improved to 2.78 and 1.25, respectively.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with 2 runs, 1 HR and 4 RBI. He is batting .246 on the season and has 56 runs, 15 HR and 42 RBI.

The Seattle Mariners (51-49) continue their road trip with a three-game series at the Chicago Cubs (60-40) from Friday to Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates (52-48) travel to the Milwaukee Brewers (43-56) to play a three-game series from Friday through Sunday.

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New York Mets shut out Miami Marlins

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Miami. (Credit: AP/Lynne Sladky)

The New York Mets shut out the Miami Marlins as they win 3-0 in the rubber game at Marlins Park.

New York took the lead in the third inning. CF Michael Conforto led off with a single and moved to second and third base on back-to-back groundouts by C Rene Rivera and SP Steven Matz. 3B Jose Reyes followed with a triple and drove in Michael Conforto for the first run of the game.

It took the Mets until the eighth inning to extend their lead. PH Alejandro De Aza struck out to open the inning but reached first base on a wild pitch. With one out, RF Curtis Granderson drew a walk and LF Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single, driving in De Aza for the 2-0 lead. Curtis Granderson advanced to third base on the play.

1B James Loney hit another single and drove in Curtis Granderson for New York’s third run. The Mets went on to load the bases twice in this inning but did not manage to score again.

CL Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save of the year. He now posts a 2.53 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP.

Steven Matz (8-6) worked 6 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while fanning 6. His ERA and WHIP improved to 3.36 and 1.24, respectively.

Miami’s SP Jose Urena (1-2) pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4. He now has a 5.34 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP on the season.

The New York Mets (52-45) return home to host a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals (52-45) from Monday to Wednesday.

The Miami Marlins (53-45) continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (45-55) from Monday through Wednesday.

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Yankees prevail over Giants

Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees pitches in the second inning gainst the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (July 22, 2016 - Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America)

The New York Yankees (49-47) prevail over the San Francisco Giants (57-39) as they win 3-2 in the opener of their three-game series.

The Yankees were off to a good start. LF Brett Gardner singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and 2B Starling Castro followed with a double to drive in Brett Gardner for the first run of the game.

New York went on to load the bases but could not capitalize on this opportunity.

The Yankees doubled the lead in the second inning. With one out, SS Ronald Torreyes singled and one out later Starling Castro and RF Carlos Beltran hit back-to-back singles, resulting in a run by Ronaldo Torreyes.

San Francisco loaded the bases in the fourth inning but could not get a run across home plate. They had more luck in the seventh inning.

DH Jarrett Parker drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on a two-out double by CF Denard Span. He eventually came home on a wild pitch from RP Dellin Betances.

The Giants tied the game in the top of the eighth inning. C Trevor Brown hit a one-out single and moved to third base on a two-out single by PH Grant Green. PH Mac Williamson followed with a double and drove in Trevor Brown for the tying run.

Starting catcher Buster Posey left the game in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his leg. He suffered a foot contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

In the bottom of the eighth, New York scored the game-winning run. 3B Chase Headley led off with a single and 1B Mark Teixeira followed with a walk. C Austin Romine hit into fielder’s choice next but Chase Headley managed to come home on SS Brandon Crawford’s third error of the game.

CL Aroldis Chapman pitched a one-hitter in the ninth to earn his 20th save of the year. He now posts a 2.15 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP.

San Francisco’s SP Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs while fanning 6. He now has a 2.14 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP on the season.

New York’s SP Masahiro Tanaka worked 6 scoreless innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP to show for this year.

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