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Rays pitchers blank White Sox

– Cesar Ramos and two relievers combined to five-hit the Chicago White Sox in a 4-0 win by the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

Ramos (1-1) gave up all five hits over five innings in his first scoreless start of the season.

He started in place of Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

James Loney had three hits for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run double to give the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second after Loney singled and Logan Forsythe walked.

Loney’s single extended the Rays’ lead to 3-0 in the third. Wil Myers scored after he doubled.

White Sox starter John Danks (2-1) struggled with his command and a high pitch count. He gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and threw a career-high 123 pitches.

YANKEES 4, ANGELS 3: In New York, John Ryan Murphy hit his first big league homer and drove in three runs, and Dellin Betances earned his first win in the majors as New York won.

RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 6: In Toronto, A.J. Pierzynski hit his eighth career grand slam, and Will Middlebrooks added a solo homer as Boston handed Toronto its fourth straight loss.

ORIOLES 3, ROYALS 2, 10 inn.: In Baltimore, Nick Markakis singled in the winning run after two throwing errors by pitcher Danny Duffy laid the groundwork for Baltimore’s victory.

ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 6: In Houston, Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Houston’s four-run eighth inning as the Astros snapped a three-game losing streak.

National

BREWERS 5, CUBS 3: In Milwaukee, Jeff Bianchi had a two-run single, and Marco Estrada pitched 7 2/3 strong innings to lead Milwaukee. Bianchi went 2 for 4, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the first for Jean Segura, who was hit in the head in the dugout by a bat.

NATIONALS 4, PADRES 0: In Washington, Tanner Roark pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career to lead Washington.

PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 1: In St. Louis, Gaby Sanchez had two RBI in a four-run fourth inning, and Pittsburgh’s bullpen worked seven strong innings after starter Francisco Liriano left with flu-like symptoms and dizziness.

MARLINS 7, METS 6, 10 inn.: In New York, Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to lead off the 10th inning as Miami rallied from four runs down to win.

PHILLIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: In Phoenix, pinch hitter Cody Asche hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth inning as Philadelphia rallied to from a 5-0 deficit.

Interleague

GIANTS 5, INDIANS 3: In San Francisco, Hunter Pence hit a two-run single in a four-run fifth inning, and Buster Posey added a solo homer in the sixth as San Francisco won its third straight.

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