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[August 30, 2014]  Aug 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games.

Nationals 8, Mariners 3

The Washington Nationals tagged Felix Hernandez for four home runs, then added two more against the Seattle relievers, on the way to snapping their three-game losing streak with a win over the Mariners.

Catcher Wilson Ramos had two of the Nationals' six home runs, five of which were solo shots.

Washington (76-57) had 14 hits, 10 of them coming against Hernandez, on the way to earning the franchise's 10th consecutive head-to-head win against Seattle.

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Angels 4, A's 0

Jered Weaver threw seven scoreless innings and Albert Pujols and Chris Iannetta hit home runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics in a match between the top two teams in the American League West.

Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp nearly made the defensive play of the game, reaching above the wall and appearing to rob Chris Iannetta of a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He initially had the ball in his glove but lost it when he slammed into the wall and landed hard on his back.

Crisp left the game under his own power and was initially diagnosed with a strained neck.

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

Rookie right fielder Jorge Soler homered to tie the game in the seventh and then capped a four-run eighth inning with a tape-measure two-run blast as the Chicago Cubs beat the St Louis Cardinals.

Perennial All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, returning for the Cardinals after a 40-game absence due to torn right thumb ligaments, went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.

St. Louis (71-62), locked in a tight battle with Milwaukee in the National League Central, dropped its third straight game.

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Pirates 2, Reds 1

Pirates starter Edinson Volquez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds.

Josh Harrison tripled in the tying run and scored the winning run in the eighth inning as the Pirates rallied for their sixth win in their last eight games.

Harrison, the third baseman, had three hits and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

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Orioles 9, Twins 1

Chris Davis hit his second grand slam of the season and Delmon Young added a two-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles crushed the Minnesota Twins.

Davis is batting just .189 but still hits home runs. This one proved to be the big hit in a five-run fourth inning that put Baltimore (77-56) up 5-0 over the Twins (59-75).

The American League East-leading Orioles have won four of their last five games and the Twins have dropped five of six.

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Braves 5, Marlins 2

Left fielder Justin Upton hit his 26th homer and drove in three runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins.

Upton hit a two-run blast in the sixth inning and then delivered RBI single in the seventh as the Braves (71-64) broke a tie with three runs against the bullpen of the Marlins (65-68).

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Tigers 7, White Sox 1

Right-hander Justin Verlander shrugged off a shaky start to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox.

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Verlander (12-11) allowed a first-inning run and loaded the bases, before shutting out the White Sox through the rest of his seven-inning outing.

The Tigers (73-60) kept the pressure on Kansas City, just half-a-game behind the Royals in the American League Central.

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Indians 6, Royals 1

Right-hander Danny Salazar pitched five superb innings and first baseman Carlos Santana homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals.

Salazar (5-6) was not allowed to come back out after a 44-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth. He stymied the Royals on four hits and two walks, while striking out three in five scoreless innings.

The Royals (74-60), who lost their second straight game, cling to the narrowest of leads over Detroit in the AL Central.

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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 3

Jacoby Ellsbury capped a five-run seventh inning with a two-run homer and also tripled as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Left-hander Chris Capuano (2-3) picked up his first win in seven starts since joining the Yankees from the Colorado Rockies on July 24. He allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings.

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Mets 4, Phillies 1

The New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies after scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With two outs, center fielder Juan Lagares lofted a seemingly routine fly to left field, but Grady Sizemore dropped the ball and the Phillies scored two runs, before adding another run three pitches later.

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Red Sox 8, Rays 4

Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo remained perfect as a big-leaguer and fellow newcomer Mookie Betts hit a grand slam as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays in a game between two struggling teams.

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Rangers 13, Astros 6

Michael Choice recorded his first career three-hit game while four teammates posted multi-hit efforts as the Texas Rangers pounded the Houston Astros.

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Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2

Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb hit a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the Diamondbacks to victory over the Colorado Rockies. (Editing by Andrew Both)


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