Cubs extend streak to five, Pillar on form for Blue Jays


The Chicago Cubs keep piling up the wins after claiming their fifth-straight triumph in an 8-6 victory over the Washington Nationals in MLB on Friday.

A four-run eighth inning from the Nationals tightened up the score on a day where the Cubs were otherwise in control, with Ben Zobrist leading the way with two home runs.

The streaking Toronto Blue Jays are also in terrific form following their 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kevin Pillar's three-run home in the eighth secured a fourth consecutive victory for the Blue Jays, who improved to 16-15 into third in the American League (AL) Eastern Conference.

The Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins also extended their winning streaks to four games via 7-1 and 6-4 victories against the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies respectively.

At the other end of the form spectrum, the Detroit Tigers slumped to a fourth successive loss with a 5-1 humbling at the hands of the Texas Rangers, while the New York Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in a controversial affair after David Ortiz was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with bases loaded in the ninth.

The Cincinnati Reds were 5-1 winners over the Milwaukee Brewers, Zack Greinke struck out eight over six innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks halt their slide at the expense of the Atlanta Braves in a 7-2 triumph and the Chicago White Sox smashed the Minnesota Twins 10-4.

The Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-3, the Pittsburgh Pirates were 4-2 winners over the St Louis Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 and the San Francisco Giants saw off the Colorado Rockies 6-4.

Elsewhere, the New York Mets were shut out by the San Diego Padres 2-0, while the Baltimore Orioles' home game with the Oakland Athletics was postponed.


In his 2016 debut, Jung Ho Kang homered twice and went two-for-four in the Pirates' victory over the Cardinals. He spent almost eight months rehabilitating his left knee after it was surgically repaired. His two-run homer in the sixth and a solo home run in the eighth kept the Pirates ahead of the Cardinals throughout the entire game.


Pillar continued the Blue Jays fine form with the bat, albeit with a late show, when his eighth-inning, three-run homer secured the win for the home side against the Dodgers.