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Woodruff strikes out a dozen, Brewers slip by Cubs, 1-0

First place White Sox eke past Detroit, 4-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich scored on Ryan Braun’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly, Brandon Woodruff pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Friday night as they tried to climb back into playoff contention.

Woodruff, Devin Williams and Josh Hader (1-1) combined on a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts. Coming off a 19-0 rout of Detroit, Milwaukee pitchers extended their scoreless streak to 19 innings . The Brewers have pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time since Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 last year Wrigley Field.

Yelich walked leading off the ninth, and took third on Jedd Gyorko’s single to right off Rowan Wick (0-1), just the fourth hit for the Brewers.

Braun greeted Jeremy Jeffress with a fly to right fielder Jason Heyward a few steps in front of the warning track. Yelich scored without a throw.

Milwaukee is third in the NL Central at 20-22, four games back of the division-leading Cubs and also trailing St. Louis. The Brewers have not been above .500 all season.

Former All-Stars Jon Lester and Woodruff matched up in a pitcher’s duel following frustrating stretches.

Woodruff had lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his prior start, a 4-3 loss at Cleveland, and said “not getting through five innings is kind of a disgrace.”

This time, Woodruff allowed his only hit when Ian Happ singled to left center leading off the sixth.

Kris Bryant hit a two-out triple in the eighth off the wall in right center, but Williams struck out Anthony Rizzo. Opposing batters had gone hitless in 31 at-bats against Williams dating to Kyle Schwarber’s double on Aug. 14.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Eloy Jiménez hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s four-run sixth inning, and the White Sox beat Detroit 4-3 on Friday night for their seventh straight win against the Tigers.

The AL Central-leading White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games overall, breaking through at the plate after they went hitless in the first five innings against Casey Mize. Evan Marshall (2-1), Codi Heuer and Alex Colomé combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Lucas Giolito.

Going for its first division title since 2008, Chicago improved to 7-1 against Detroit this season. It’s the longest win streak for the White Sox against the Tigers since a seven-game run that overlapped the 2005-06 seasons.

Detroit looked ready to stop the streak when it opened a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Jorge Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly and Daz Cameron, the son of former big league outfielder Mike Cameron, added a two-run single for his first career hit and RBIs.

The rally featured Miguel Cabrera’s first stolen base since 2015 and No. 39 for his career. The lumbering 37-year-old slugger swiped third ahead of Cameron’s hit, and then celebrated with a dab.

The high-scoring White Sox had been held to just one second-inning walk at that point. But they got to Mize after the young right-hander had to wait through the long top half of the sixth.

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