MLB Pedro Alvarez walks off against father-in-law, Chris Sale streak ends

It was a family affair as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the San Diego Padres in MLB on Monday.

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Pedro Alvarez got one up on his father-in-law with a walk-off single in MLB on Monday, while Chris Sale led his Chicago White Sox to victory.

Alvarez's single for the Pittsburgh Pirates handed them a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, who are currently led by interim manager Pat Murphy - the father of Alvarez's wife Keli.

Sale saw his streak of 10-plus strikeout games end, but he still struck out six as he helped the White Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.

The pitching ace was on the mound for all nine innings, although he was still facing defeat before the White Sox's three-run eighth - with Melky Cabrera's two-run double the difference.

Sale had matched Pedro Martinez's streak of eight straight matches with 10-plus strikeouts, but his bid to earn the record outright fell just short.

Jon Lester got his first career hit and pitched six scoreless innings, but his Chicago Cubs were outgunned 6-0 by the St Louis Cardinals.

Jon Niese allowed just two hits in eight innings, steering the New York Mets to a 3-0 shutout win over World Series champions the San Francisco Giants.

Victor Martinez, J. D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos had 10 hits and seven RBIs between them as the Detroit Tigers trumped the Seattle Mariners 12-5.

The Minnesota Twins only had four hits in nine innings, but they downed the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 after 10.

The Atlanta Braves put up four runs in the first two innings as they eased to a 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, while Preston Tucker had four hits in the Houston Astros' 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Eugenio Suarez's eighth-inning homer helped the Cincinnati Reds see off the Washington Nationals 3-2, before the Los Angeles Dodgers came from three runs down to post a 10-7 result against the Philadelphia Phillies.

IMPACT PLAYERS

AJ Pierzynski, Atlanta Braves: Pierzynski went four-for-five against the Brewers.

Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros: Gonzalez, like the rest of his team-mates, was on fire against the Indians. He finished the game three-for-five with a home run and two RBIs.

Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers: Kendrick went three-for-four with two runs and an RBI.

KEY INJURIES

The Royals' All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain will be sidelined for a few days after aggravating his left hamstring injury on Sunday.

Josh Harrison is headed to the disabled list, and will likely miss up to six weeks with torn ligaments in his thumb.

Nationals outfielder Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury, which was later cited as back spasms.

The Nationals lost another player when third baseman Yunel Escobar was forced to leave with left hamstring tightness.

REACTIONS

"Well, I'll be able to look back and laugh if in fact things go really well in the next three months," Padres manager Murphy said via MLB.com, after his son-in-law Pedro Alvarez batted in the winning run against his side.

"It's one of those things, where you're in this situation, you've got family on the other side, but it's a baseball game."

FACT OF THE DAY

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez's fourth-inning home run was his 11th in 13 games.

SURPRISE PERFORMERS

Good: Astros outfielder Preston Tucker: Tucker was a major part of the Astros' nine-run, 16-hit effort against the Indians. He scored twice and had two RBIs.

Bad: Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco surrendered five runs in just four innings against the Astros on Monday. He gave up 10 hits while striking out five.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Cardinals and Cubs will play out a Tuesday double-header, the slumping Royals will look to arrest their form at home to the Rays, while Johnny Cueto and Max Scherzer go head-to-head as the Reds travel to the Nats.

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