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Chicago baseball woes continue

Sox lose fifth in a row; Cubs drop second straight to Marlins

Eduardo Nunez's two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied the Yankees past the White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night in New York for a crucial victory as they chase a playoff berth.

Derek Jeter got the Yankees started on a vintage comeback, and pinch hitter Curtis Granderson tied the score with an RBI single. New York, which began the day 2½ games out of a wild-card spot, won for the 12th time in 14 home games to improve to 16-7 in its last 23 overall.

Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run triple and Alejandro De Aza homered to build a three-run lead for All-Star Chris Sale, but the last-place White Sox couldn't hold it. They dropped their fifth straight to start a 10-game trip against AL East contenders.

Marlins 6, Cubs 2: Donovan Solano had three hits, including a two-run double, and the Miami bullpen combined for 4 2/3 hitless innings to lead the Marlins past the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Christian Yelich drove in three runs with a double and single for the Marlins, who have won three straight after losing six in a row.

Brian Bogusevic hit a solo homer for the Cubs, who dropped to 27-44 at the so-called Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

Miami starter Tom Koehler pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the fifth, but was picked up by the Miami bullpen, which retired the next 11 batters.

Reds 1, Cardinals 0: Speedy Billy Hamilton got his first major league steal and came around on Todd Frazier's double in the seventh inning, sending the Reds to their second straight win over the Cardinals in Cincinnati.

Hamilton set a professional record by swiping 155 bases in the minors last year. He got an ovation when he made his big league debut as a pinch runner for Ryan Ludwick, who led off the seventh with a single against Seth Maness (5-2).

After Maness threw to first three times, Hamilton took off and beat catcher Yadier Molina's off-target throw. He scored easily on Frazier's hit and got congratulatory slaps in the dugout.

Homer Bailey (10-10) allowed only two hits in seven innings, retiring his last 14 batters.

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