Braves post rare win, Blue Jays on song

Freddie Freeman was at his best to help the Atlanta Braves to just their 11th win of the season in Friday's MLB action.

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The Atlanta Braves enjoyed a rare win as Freddie Freeman found form with the bat, scoring a pair of two-run homers to help his side to a 7-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Matt Wisler was in good form for his six-plus innings at the mound, as he allowed just the one run to improve his personal record to 2-3.

The Toronto Blue Jays made it two straight against the Minnesota Twins in their 9-3 win as Jose Bautista scored his seventh homer of the season after some tremendous stuff from Josh Donaldson, whose third-inning double got the Blue Jays up and running.

The Arizona Diamondbacks survived a late St. Louis Cardinals fightback to claim an 11-7 win, while the Texas Rangers won their local affair against the Houston Astros 2-1.

The Kansas City Royals picked up a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox courtesy of Lorenzo Cain's go-ahead RBI double in a three-run sixth inning, the Washington Nationals were 4-1 winners in Miami against the Marlins, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to four with a 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The Seattle Mariners ran out 8-3 winners over the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Mets won 3-2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Cleveland Indians knocked off the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Pirates won 2-1 against the Colorado Rockies despite Gerrit Cole playing his first start without a strikeout, the Baltimore Orioles managed a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago Cubs ended the San Francisco Giants' winning streak at eight with an 8-1 win, and the San Diego Padres edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6.


ARRIETA AT IT AGAIN

Chicago ace Jake Arrieta continued his hot streak on Friday night, leaving the Cubs' game against the Giants with a 1.29 ERA — the lowest in the league. Arrieta pitched seven innings and struck out eight while allowing just four hits and one run.


DONALDSON MAKES IT RAIN

The self-proclaimed "bringer of rain" Josh Donaldson lived up to the billing in Minnesota as his second-inning homer got the ball rolling for the Blue Jays, making it two straight against the Twins.

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