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[July 08, 2014]  July 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games.

Mets 4, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Ruben Tejada's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the New York Mets a win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets (40-49) won for the third time in four games while the Braves (49-40) lost their second straight after a nine-game winning streak.

Despite the defeat, Atlanta stayed a half-game in front of Washington for the lead atop the National League East.

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Orioles 8, Nationals 2 (11 innings)

Chris Davis crushed a two-run homer to right-center in the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the Baltimore Orioles scored six runs in the 11th inning to beat the Washington Nationals.

Manny Machado also homered during the big inning for Baltimore and he finished 5-for-6 at the plate.

The Orioles (49-40) won for the eighth time in 11 games, while the Nationals (48-40) lost for just the second time in nine games.

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Royals 6, Rays 0

James Shields was dominant in his return to Tropicana Field, shutting out the Tampa Bay Rays for seven innings.

Shields, who had faced Tampa Bay just once before at Kauffman Stadium since being traded two seasons ago, allowed just three hits with 10 strikeouts.

Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had three hits and two RBIs for Kansas City (46-42).

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Yankees 5, Indians 3

Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki each had three hits and rookie right-hander Shane Greene, in his first Major League start, pitched six innings to get the win as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees (45-43) scored all their runs in the second and third innings against right-hander Justin Masterson (4-6), and Greene and the Yankee bullpen made it stand up.

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White Sox 4, Red Sox 0

Rookie right-hander Scott Carroll allowed just one hit over 6 2/3 innings and two relievers finished off a two-hitter as the Chicago White Sox cruised to a win over Boston.

White Sox (43-47) designated hitter Adam Dunn and right fielder Dayan Viciedo homered against Clay Buchholz, Dunn's 13th of the season a solo shot in the second inning and Viciedo's 11th a three-run job in the fourth.

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Reds 9, Cubs 3

Jay Bruce, making his first professional start at first base, hit a two-run home run and center fielder Billy Hamilton had a career-high four RBIs, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run and left fielder Chris Coghlan went 4-for-5 with two doubles for Chicago (38-49), but they went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base against the Reds (46-42).

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Phillies 3, Brewers 2

Chase Utley homered in the first inning, Cole Hamels worked into the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hamels (3-5) held Milwaukee (52-38) to two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings.

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Athletics 5, Giants 0

Jesse Chavez pitched six scoreless innings and struck out nine batters and the Major League-best Oakland Athletics cruised to their fifth straight win.

Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Oakland (56-33) offense.

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With the loss, San Francisco (49-40) missed a chance to catch the idle Los Angeles Dodgers atop the National League West and instead fell one game behind.

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Angels 5, Blue Jays 2

Albert Pujols hit a game-tying single in the fifth inning where the Angels scored four times to pull away and defeat Toronto.

Angels starter Jered Weaver left the game with back stiffness after just two innings but the bullpen filled in to improve Los Angeles to 52-36.

Toronto fell to 47-44.

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Mariners 2, Twins 0

A pair of solo home runs was all the offense Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma needed as he silenced the Twins for seven innings.

Iwakuma (7-4) allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters. Over 33 2/3 career innings against the Twins, Iwakuma has yet to give up an earned run.

Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders homered for Seattle (49-40).

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Cardinals 2, Pirates 0

Matt Adams drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cardinals blanked the Pirates.

First-time All-Star Pat Neshek (3-0) worked a clean ninth inning for the win, after starter Adam Wainwright (11-4) tossed seven scoreless innings, as the Cardinals (48-42) jumped over Pittsburgh (47-42) into second place in the National League Central.

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Astros 12, Rangers 7

Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's three-run triple keyed the Houston Astros' decisive six-run second inning as the Astros snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Texas Rangers.

Jon Singleton went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBIs. Center fielder Alex Presley was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs in support of right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart, who won while struggling for a second consecutive game.

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Padres 6, Rockies 1

Ian Kennedy tossed seven innings and allowed just one run and Chase Headley went 4-for-5 with two RBIs to lead San Diego to victory.

The win was the sixth in eight games for the Padres (40-49). The Rockies (37-53) fell for the 18th time in 21 games. Colorado also lost for the 16th time in its past 21 home games.

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Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 1

Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta had two hits and drove in three runs and All-Star Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and an RBI in the Diamondbacks' victory over the Miami Marlins.

Rookie Peralta doubled in two runs in a five-run second inning and tripled in a run in the fourth. He has 40 hits in 32 games since a June 1 promotion from the minor leagues. (Editing by Jahmal Corner)

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