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[June 09, 2014]  June 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:

Nationals 6, Padres 0

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retired the first 16 batters he faced en route to a two-hit shutout and shortstop Ian Desmond hit his second two-run homer in as many games as the Washington Nationals shut out the San Diego Padres.

Zimmerman (5-2) was working on a perfect game with one out in the sixth when Padres second baseman Alexi Amarista pulled a soft line drive over the head of first baseman Adam LaRoche for the Padres' first hit.

Zimmermann did not issue a walk and set a career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching the third, complete-game shutout of his career. He threw 114 pitches with 83 going for strikes.

The Nationals have not had a no-hitter since moving to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

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Mariners 5, Rays 0

Felix Hernandez had a career-best 15 strikeouts but the Seattle Mariners did not score until after he left the game in beating the Tampa Bay Rays.

The game was scoreless for eight innings, before Tampa Bay closer Grant Balfour gave up five runs with two outs in the ninth.

The Rays have lost 12 of 13 games, including three shutouts already in June.

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Astros 14, Twins 5

Chris Carter's grand slam with one out in the seventh inning broke the game open and Jon Singleton's grand slam in the ninth inning made history as the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins.

The slams were career firsts for Carter and Singleton. The Astros had only once before notched two slams in one game, back in 1969.

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Athletics 11, Orioles 1

Brandon Moss hit a grand slam, and John Jaso also drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics hammered the Baltimore Orioles.

The A's had a grand slam taken away in the third inning when Jaso, Oakland's designated hitter, hit a bases-loaded shot to right that was originally called a home run and then overturned when the umpires reviewed the play. They ruled it was a two-run double.

Baltimore's Manny Machado and A's lefty Fernando Abad were ejected after Machado's bat flew out of his hand towards third base on an inside pitch in the eighth inning.

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Dodgers 6, Rockies 1 (rain-shortened to 5 1/2 innings)

Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw overpowered the Colorado Rockies as the Dodgers won a game that was played in steady rain before being called after 5 1/2 innings, following a delay that lasted 1 hour, 35 minutes.

Kershaw allowed three hits, including a home run by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, in five innings.

Kershaw had no walks and tied his season high with nine strikeouts, the fourth straight start and sixth this season that he has reached that strikeout total.

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Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0

Jaime Garcia threw seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Garcia (2-0) had his way with the potent Toronto lineup a day after right-hander Shelby Miller turned in a dominating three-hit shutout.

While Garcia was not at his sharpest to start the game, he settled down to help the Cardinals keep the Blue Jays off the scoreboard for the second straight game.

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Reds 4, Phillies 1

Billy Hamilton hit a two-run home run and Homer Bailey allowed one run through eight innings while adding a two-run single to lift the Cincinnati Reds to victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cincinnati has won six of its last eight, while Philadelphia dropped to a season-high 11 games under .500 after going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranding eight runners.

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Marlins 4, Cubs 3

Garrett Jones provided the tying run on a sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch as the Miami Marlins made up two deficits to beat the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs had their five-game winning streak snapped when they were let down by their normally sturdy bullpen.

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Angels 4, White Sox 2

Left fielder Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Since being reactivated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing almost two months with a thumb injury, Hamilton has eight hits in 23 at-bats and has driven in five runs.

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Royals 2, Yankees 1

James Shields weaved his way in and out of trouble for six innings as the Kansas City Royals edged the New York Yankees.

Shields (7-4), who had allowed 17 runs on 26 hits, including seven home runs, in 18 1/3 innings in his previous three starts, held the Yankees to one unearned hit on six hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out eight.

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Giants 6, Mets 4

Tim Lincecum allowed three runs over six innings, center fielder Gregor Blanco drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight game, beating the New York Mets.

The Giants improved to a major-league-best 42-21, while the Mets lost their season-high sixth straight game.

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Diamondbacks 6, Braves 5

Arizona center fielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit two-run home runs in a six-run seventh inning to help the Diamondbacks to victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Peralta hit his first major league home run as Arizona won for the fifth time in six games, pulling within single-digits of .500 for the first time since April 18.

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Indians 3, Rangers 2

Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson kept the Texas Rangers quiet and the Indians offense did enough to eke out victory.

Masterson allowed two runs and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.

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Brewers 1, Pirates 0

Yovani Gallardo and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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