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[June 10, 2014]  June 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League baseball games.

Nationals 9, Giants 2

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg won his third consecutive start and remained unbeaten in his career against the San Francisco Giants, pitching an economical six innings of one-run ball in the Washington Nationals' victory in a matchup of division leaders.

Denard Span had two doubles and a triple, and shortstop Ian Desmond drove in career-high five runs with a single, a double and a triple as the Nationals (33-29) won for the eighth time in 10 games.

The win in the opener of a four-game series provided a happy homecoming for the Nationals' Matt Williams in his first return to San Francisco (42-22) as a major league manager. Williams was a four-time All-Star as a member of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s.

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Angels 4, A's 1

Garrett Richards allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to lift the Los Angeles Angels to a win over the Oakland A's.

Mike Trout had two RBIs for Los Angeles.

It was also a big win for the Angels (35-28), who won their fourth in a row to move within 3 1/2 games of first-place Oakland (39-25) in the A.L. West. Even with Monday's win, the Angels have lost five of seven games to the A's this season.

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Indians 17, Rangers 7

Lonnie Chisenhall exploded for three home runs and tied a Cleveland club record with nine RBIs in the Indians' victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Cleveland third baseman was 5-for-5 with two two-run home runs, in the second and fourth innings, and a three-run blast in the eighth. He also had a run-scoring single and drove in a run with a double.

Cleveland improved to 33-31 and Texas fell to 32-32.

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Blue Jays 5, Twins 4

Kevin Pillar blooped a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins.

With first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hitting a three-run homer in the first and shortstop Jose Reyes adding a solo blast in the fifth, the Blue Jays (39-26) snapped a string of two straight shutout losses.

Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier hit solo home runs to begin the game for the Twins (29-33), who have lost two in a row.

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White Sox 6, Tigers 5

Jose Abreu broke out of a 1-for-17 slide by launching a two-run home run and going 2-for-4 in the White Sox's win over the Tigers.

The homer, off Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in the fifth, made it 5-2 White Sox a half-inning after the Tigers tied it 2-2 on a solo homer by rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez.

With the win, Chicago (32-33) pulled within 3 1/2 games of division-leading Detroit (33-27) and has three more chances to make up ground in the series.

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Orioles 4, Red Sox 0

Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty each homered, and right-hander Bud Norris threw eight shutout innings as the Baltimore Orioles scored a victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Jones finished 3-for-4, and Markakis ended up 2-for-4, with his big hit being the two-run homer in the fifth that gave the Orioles (32-30) a three-run lead against Boston ( 28-35) starter Jake Peavy.

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Mariners 3, Rays 0

Second baseman Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, and made a key defensive play to lead the Seattle Mariners to a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle (34-29) scored three times in the third inning against pitcher David Price, and Cano raced up the middle to grab a slow chopper by Desmond Jennings and threw him out in the fourth.

The Mariners have won eight of nine while the Rays (24-41) have the worst record in baseball.

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Dodgers 6, Reds 2

Scott Van Slyke homered twice and collected a career-high three hits, and Dan Haren allowed two runs in five innings, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Van Slyke, making just his third start in center field, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs while right fielder Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup for Los Angeles (34-31) and went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Left fielder Ryan Ludwick homered for Cincinnati (29-33).

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Pirates 6, Cubs 2

Andrew McCutchen doubled, homered and drove in three runs, and Charlie Morton allowed one run in seven innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Chicago Cubs.

Travis Snider and third baseman Pedro Alvarez had two hits each for the Pirates (30-33).

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Braves 3. Rockies 1

Gavin Floyd broke a six-game losing streak, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings, on a home run by Corey Dickerson, to help Atlanta beat Colorado.

Chris Johnson finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Braves (33-29) who sent Colorado (29-34) to their 14th defeat in the last 17 games.

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Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run, and Dexter Fowler added three hits and scored twice, leading the Astros to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Altuve hit an RBI double and scored in the second inning as the Astros grabbed a 4-0 lead off Arizona (28-38) right-hander Josh Collmenter.

Jarred Cosart (6-6) gave up five hits and three runs in six innings for the Astros (29-36).

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