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Number crunch: The best and worst of the day in MLB

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Chicago. Sale (4-0) pitched seven scoreless innings as the White Sox beat the Angels 2-1.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Chicago. Sale (4-0) pitched seven scoreless innings as the White Sox beat the Angels 2-1. The Associated Press

A statistical glance at Wednesday in Major League Baseball:

0: Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer is 0-7 with a 6.39 ERA in his last 10 starts. Archer (0-4) gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in the Rays’ 7-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

0: The Atlanta Braves, who fell 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings, failed to become the first team to win five straight games after starting a season 0-9, according to STATS.

3: Consecutive games in which the New York Mets have hit back-to-back home runs, a franchise first. Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda hit consecutive homers in the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

3: Consecutive scoreless starts by Detroit pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (3-0), who earned the win in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

4: Victories in four starts this season by White Sox ace Chris Sale, who earned the win in Chicago’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

10: Career best consecutive victories by Texas pitcher Cole Hamels, who allowed one run and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Houston Astros.

10-5: Where the White Sox stand after 15 games, Chicago’s best start in a decade, matching the 2006 team. Last season, the White Sox began 10-14 and didn’t reach double digits until May 26.

13: Consecutive games in which Baltimore’s Manny Machado, who went 2 for 3 in the Orioles’ 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, has a hit this season.

15-6: The A’s record against the Yankees since the start of 2013 – the best record by an American League team vs. New York during that period.

17: Strikeouts by Mets batters in New York’s loss to Philadelphia.

20: Strikeouts in 49 at-bats this season by Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the Marlins’ 3-1 loss to Nationals.

21: Major league-leading RBI total by Washington’s Bryce Harper, who had an RBI double against Miami.

100: Career saves by St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal, who got his fourth save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth in the Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

.429: Daniel Murphy’s batting average after going 2 for 4 for the Nationals against the Marlins.

1,000: Career RBIs by the Tigers’ Victor Martinez, who reached the mark with a run-scoring single with two outs in the sixth against the Royals.

1,000: Career hits by Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who reached the mark with a sixth-inning double to center in the Rockies’ 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Compiled by Stu Rosenberg

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