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Yovani Gallardo nearly snaps winless skid
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo was unable to snap his winless skid because of the bullpen and was pegged with a no-decision Friday against the Mets. The right-hander allowed four hits and no walks while striking out eight over 7 2/3 scoreless innings of a 3-2 defeat.

It was Gallardo's first start without allowing a run since June 8 against Pittsburgh. He owns a 3.57 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 21 starts (128 2/3 innings). He will look to snap a six-start winless skid Wednesday at Tampa Bay.

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Joaquin Benoit records four-out save vs. Braves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit endured a shaky outing but still managed to pick up the save Friday night against the Braves in Atlanta.

Benoit struck out two and issued two walks over 1 1/3 innings of work to close out a 5-2 win. He needed 23 pitches to record the final four outs of the game. He converted his first save since April 19 and since earning his role as the closer. He owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 42 innings of relief this season.

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Alex Wood can't solve the Padres, drops under .500
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Braves pitcher Alex Wood took a step backward Friday night against the Padres, dropping to 7-8 on the season. The right-hander permitted five runs -- four earned -- on 12 hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.44 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 96 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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Jesse Hahn twirls a gem in win over Braves
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres pitcher Jesse Hahn twirled a gem Friday night against the Braves in Atlanta, improving to 6-2 on the year. The right-hander allowed only one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings of a 5-2 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 12 innings, Hahn has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 2.12 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over eight starts (46 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against St. Louis.

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Zack Wheeler looks sharp in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler put together a quality start in a no-decision Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The right-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 32 innings, Wheeler has permitted only five earned runs. He owns a 3.64 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 21 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.

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Nolan Arenado leaves early Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday's game early, according to MLB.com.

Arenado was pulled from the game in the fifth inning. The team has not announced whether it was due to an injury. Arenado was involved in an infield groundout where he didn't hustle in the previous inning, and it's unclear if he was benched for his lack of hustle. Arenado is hitting .283/.308/.458 over 251 at-bats.

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Tanner Roark secures win No. 10
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark turned in a quality start Friday night against the Reds in Cincinnati, improving to 10-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings of a 4-1 victory.

Roark has won three consecutive starts. Over those three starts covering 21 innings, Roark has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 2.82 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 20 starts (127 2/3 innings). His will look to win his fourth straight Wednesday in Miami.

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Alfredo Simon can't make it past the fifth vs. Nationals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon was unable to make it out of the fifth inning and was pegged with his second consecutive loss Friday night at home against the Nationals. The right-hander was charged with three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings of a 4-1 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings, Simon has permitted five earned runs. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 20 starts (126 innings). He will look to snap out of his funk Wednesday at home against Arizona. He is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in eight starts at home this season.

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Rafael Soriano converts 24th save Friday night
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano worked his way past a hit and a walk as he struck out two to close out a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Friday, Soriano has converted 24 saves in 27 chances, with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 40 innings of relief.

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Justin Masterson struggles with control during rehab start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians pitcher Justin Masterson struggled with his control during a rehab start Friday.

Masterson allowed five runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked six during the outing. Masterson loaded the bases prior to leaving the game. All three runs would come around to score, making his line look worse. Masterson is attempting to come back from a knee injury.

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