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[August 05, 2014]  Aug 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League baseball games.

Orioles 7, Nationals 3

Caleb Joseph had two hits and three RBIs and J.J. Hardy had a season-high four hits and scored twice as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals in the last of four regular-season games between the two nearby rivals.

Number eight hitter Joseph, a catcher who hit a homer in the second inning, had a two-run single in the eighth against reliever Craig Stammen to give the Orioles a 7-3 lead.

Hardy, a shortstop batting sixth, entered the game with just seven hits in his last 34 at bats.

The game was a makeup of a July 8 rainout.

The Orioles (63-48) won three of four games this year against the Nationals (60-50), who have lost five of their last eight overall.

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Yankees 2, Tigers 1

Brandon McCarthy continued his resurgence by winning his fourth straight start as the New York Yankees opened a four-game series with a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

McCarthy (4-0) also improved to 5-0 over his last six starts after winning one of his first 16 starts with Arizona. He lowered his earned-run average as a Yankee to 2.08 after allowing an unearned run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann had RBIs for the Yankees (58-53). Detroit (61-48) starter Max Scherzer (13-4) tossed seven innings in the loss.

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Indians 7, Reds 1

Corey Kluber made another outstanding start, and Lonnie Chisenhall and Yan Gomes homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Indians (57-55) earned their fourth win in a row. The Reds (56-56) dropped back to the .500 mark.

Kluber (12-6), who did not allow an earned run while tossing complete games in each of his previous two starts, allowed one run on six hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings.

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Giants 4, Mets 3

Pablo Sandoval's RBI ground-rule double with two outs in the ninth snapped a tie and lifted the San Francisco Giants to a win.

The Giants (61-51) took three of four in the weekend wraparound series to maintain their grip on the first National League wild card. The Mets (53-59) suffered their first series loss at home since June 10-12 against Milwaukee.

Sandoval finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

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A's 3, Rays 2 (10 innings)

Derek Norris hit a bases-loaded walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to propel the Oakland A's to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

A's shortstop Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, and second baseman Eric Sogard went 2-for-2 and scored a run.

Oakland (68-43) remains a game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West as they snapped Tampa Bay's (54-58) franchise-record-tying, eight-game road winning streak.

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Angels 5, Dodgers 0

Right-hander Garrett Richards pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Los Angeles Angels to victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Richards (12-4) conceded only two walks and the victory enabled the Angels to remain one game behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

The first-place Dodgers fell to 63-50.

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White Sox 5, Rangers 3 (7 innings)

Tyler Flowers went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and scored twice in Chicago's victory against the Texas Rangers, finishing a double short of hitting for the cycle in a rain-shortened game that lasted seven innings.

The White Sox (55-58) won for the first time in three games while the Rangers (43-69), who own the worst record in the majors, dropped their fourth straight. (Compiled by Jahmal Corner; Editing by John O'Brien)

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