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[June 12, 2014]  June 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games.

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Phillies 3, Padres 0

Reid Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels went eight shutout innings and allowed five hits while striking out a season-high 11 and walking one as the Phillies won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three straight from May 17-20.

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Royals 4, Indians 1

The Kansas City Royals tied a club record with four sacrifice flies and right-hander Yordano Ventura pitched seven impressive innings in a win over the Cleveland Indians.

The Royals moved above .500 for the first time since May 18. All of their runs came on sacrifice flies by designated hitter Billy Butler, second baseman Omar Infante, center fielder Jarrod Dyson and shortstop Alcides Escobar, who went 3-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Twins 7, Blue Jays 2

Kendrys Morales and Josh Willingham each drove in three runs and Phil Hughes pitched seven shutout innings as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hughes (7-2) held Toronto to seven hits and no runs while striking out a season-best nine as the Blue Jays (39-28) lost for the fourth time in their past five games, though they still lead the American League East.

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Brewers 3, Mets 1

Right-hander Wily Peralta threw 6 1/3 solid innings in a win over the New York Mets.

With their fourth win in six games, the Brewers improved to 39-27 - the best 66-game start in franchise history - while the Mets (29-36) have lost seven of eight.

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Rays 6, Cardinals 3

Tampa Bay's long-awaited offensive breakthrough finally came and the Rays downed the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Rays avoided dubious major league history by ending their consecutive shutout streak at three games.

Tampa Bay (25-42) halted a four-game losing streak, but has lost 14 of 16. The Cardinals (34-32) had a three-game win streak snapped.

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Reds 5, Dodgers 0

Johnny Cueto pitched six shutout innings and struck out a career-high 12, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers (35-32) were shut out for the third time this season. Cincinnati (30-34) earned its seventh shutout win.

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Astros 5, Diamondbacks 1

Chris Carter belted two solo home runs in support of left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who strengthened his bid for an All-Star Game berth by pitching the Houston Astros to victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Carter had his fifth career multi-homer game and his second this season, while Keuchel (8-3) worked at least eight innings for the fourth time in his last six starts.

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Rangers 6, Marlins 0

Yu Darvish pitched a shutout, and Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as the Texas Rangers beat the Miami Marlins to snap a four-game skid.

Darvish struck out 10, including the four of the last six batters he faced. The Japanese right-hander allowed six hits and three walks.

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Rockies 8, Braves 2

The free-falling Colorado Rockies stopped their slide, for one night at least, with a big win over the visiting Atlanta Braves.

Left-hander Tyler Matzek, in his major league debut, took a shutout into the eighth inning.

The victory was just the second in 13 games for the Rockies, who have lost 21 of their past 29 games. The Rockies are 2-7 on a 10-game homestand that ends on Thursday.

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White Sox 8, Tigers 2

The Chicago White Sox gave Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander another rough outing in a thumping victory over the Tigers.

Verlander lasted only 5 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs (all earned) on eight hits, four walks and hit a batter. He also served up a 412-foot solo home run in the second inning to Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu.

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Orioles 6, Red Sox 0

Wei-Yin Chen threw seven shutout innings and was helped by three inning-ending double plays plus a two-run homer from first baseman Chris Davis as the Baltimore Orioles scored a big win over the Boston Red Sox.

Chen (7-2) clearly turned in his best performance this season. The Taiwan native didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and scattered four hits overall.

The Orioles (33-31) allowed Boston (29-36) just one run in the three-game series.

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Pirates 4, Cubs 2

Andrew McCutchen continued his torrid June by hitting a two-run home run and reaching base in all four plate appearances, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to victory over the Chicago Cubs.

McCutchen homered in the first inning to open the scoring. It was his 10th of the season and sixth this month.

There were no runs by either team after the first three innings. (Editing By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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