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[August 15, 2014]  Aug 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games

Dodgers 6, Braves 4

The Los Angeles Dodgers improved to a National League-best 70-53 with their victory over Atlanta.

Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, Dee Gordon had three hits and four runs and Yasiel Puig added three hits while making the defensive play of the game by crashing into the fence to rob Braves' first baseman Freddie Freeman of extra-bases in the sixth inning.

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Tigers 5, Pirates 2

Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14 batters and collected his American League-leading 14th victory as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Scherzer (14-4) did not give up a run on three hits in eight innings.

J.D. Martinez drove in two runs for Detroit (65-54) while pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez hit a late two-run homer for the Pirates (64-57).

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Royals 7, Athletics 3

Right fielder Nori Aoki's two-run triple in the fifth inning gave the Kansas City Royals the lead they held to beat the Oakland Athletics.

The Royals batted around in a five-run seventh.

Oakland (73-48) has seen their lead in the AL West trimmed to two games.

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Nationals 4, Mets 1

Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper both hit two-run homers and Stephen Strasburg threw seven strong innings as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets.

The Nationals (66-53) increased their lead in the NL East over Atlanta to a season-high six games.

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Brewers 6, Cubs 2

Right-hander Mike Fiers scattered three hits and struck out 14 over six shutout innings as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged a series split with a victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett doubled in two first-inning runs, left fielder Khris Davis homered and scored twice while shortstop Elian Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

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Cardinals 4, Padres 3

Jon Jay slammed a pinch hit two-run double off the center field wall in the bottom of the eighth as St. Louis jumped into second place in the NL Central with a win over San Diego.

The Cardinals (64-56) stayed two games behind first-place Milwaukee and leapfrogged Pittsburgh in the division and for the first wild-card spot.

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Rays 6, Rangers 3

Second baseman Logan Forsythe and designated hitter Evan Longoria hit two-run homers and combined for five hits and five RBIs in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Rays scored two runs in each of the second, third and fifth innings in support of right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi (9-9), who picked up the victory by holding the Rangers to two runs, four hits and one walk while striking out seven in seven innings.

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Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)

Center fielder Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning to lead the Miami Marlins to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Marlins' reliever Mike Dunn (10-5) earned the win in two scoreless innings and set a franchise single-season record with 10 wins by a reliever.

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Red Sox 9, Astros 4

The last-place World Series champions scored seven runs in the sixth inning and roared from behind to their fourth successive win and beat the Houston Astros.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia stroked two of his three hits and capped the big inning with a two-run double for the Red Sox.

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Rockies 7, Reds 3

Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven innings and allowed just three runs to lead Colorado to victory.

De La Rosa improved to 12-8 while shortstop Charlie Culberson, starting in place of Josh Rutledge, hit a three-run homer in the fifth when the Rockies scored for the fourth straight inning and built a five-run lead. (Compiled by Jahmal Corner)

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