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[June 13, 2014]  July 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games.

Giants 7, Nationals 1

Right-hander Tim Hudson won his seventh consecutive home start this season, limiting the Washington Nationals to six hits in seven innings in the San Francisco Giants' big win.

Avoiding their first sweep of the year and first-ever in a four-game series at AT&T Park, the Giants had three hits apiece from right fielder Hunter Pence and first baseman Michael Morse in a 13-hit attack against three Nationals pitchers.

Washington (35-30) had won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Giants (43-24) 17-5.

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Reds 4, Dodgers 1

Third baseman Todd Frazier homered and Alfredo Simon allowed one run in eight innings, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a four-game series.

Cincinnati (31-34) earned a split in the four-game series to finish 5-5 on the 10-game homestand.

Los Angeles (35-33) went 4-3 on the road trip, dropping their Major League-best road mark to 22-14.

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Brewers 5, Mets 1 (13 innings)

Jonathan Lucroy's two-run homer the 13th inning snapped a tie, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to post a win over the New York Mets.

Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun, who was hitless in his first five at-bats, beat out an infield single to lead off the 13th against right-hander Carlos Torres (2-4). Two pitches later, Lucroy - also 0-for-5 to that point - hammered a Torres offering deep into the left field seats.

Milwaukee (40-27) completed an eight-game road trip at 5-3 and increased its lead in the NL Central to 5 1/2 games over idle the St Louis Cardinals.

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Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2

Delmon Young's two-run homer in the first inning gave starter Kevin Gausman all the support he needed, and the right-hander threw six strong innings to help the Baltimore Orioles to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Young's homer off Toronto (39-29) starter Mark Buehrle gave the Orioles (34-31) a 2-0 lead just two batters in, and Baltimore never trailed. For the eighth game in a row, Toronto's opponent scored first.

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Red Sox 5, Indians 2

The struggling Boston Red Sox, just home from a 2-7 road trip, opened a seven-game homestand with a victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Left-hander Jon Lester levelled his record at 7-7 with 7 2/3 innings of solid work, David Ortiz hit a two-run homer (his 15th) and third baseman Brock Holt stroked a two-run double for the Red Sox (30-36).

Boston rebounded from scoring just one run while losing two of three at Baltimore before coming home.

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Tigers 4, White Sox 0

Max Scherzer outdueled Chris Sale in a great pitching matchup, giving the Detroit Tigers a much needed victory.

Scherzer led the Tigers to a win over the Chicago White Sox by throwing the first complete game of his career. Detroit salvaged the finale of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field between the American League Central rivals.

Chicago (33-34) had a chance to pull within 1 1/2 games of first-place Detroit (34-28) in the division standings after taking the first two games of the series, but Scherzer put a halt to that with his best outing of the season.

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Pirates 4, Cubs 0

Hot-hitting Andrew McCutchen had a pair of doubles and Edinson Volquez combined with two relievers on a seven-hit shutout as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in a game delayed twice by rain.

McCutchen continued his torrid June by going 2-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to eight games. The center fielder is batting .429 in 11 games this month with nine doubles, six home runs and 14 RBIs.

Volquez (4-5) scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out five. He improved his career against the Cubs to 7-0.

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Phillies 7, Padres 3

Reid Brignac delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double with two outs in the sixth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a win and three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.

First baseman John Mayberry Jr's three-run homer in the seventh gave the Phillies (28-36) a comfortable five-run cushion. Mayberry also had two doubles.

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Rockies 10, Braves 3

Jhoulys Chacin earned his first win of the season in a game that featured our ejections in the last two innings.

After the Rockies took an 8-0 lead with a five-run seventh, Braves reliever David Carpenter hit left fielder Corey Dickerson with an eighth-inning pitch. Both Carpenter and Rockies manager Walt Weiss were ejected.

Rockies reliever Nick Masset and bench coach Tom Runnells were tossed in the ninth after Masset hit Braves catcher Evan Gattis with a pitch.

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Yankees 6, Mariners 3

Derek Jeter finished off a remarkable final series in Seattle by going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, leading the Yankees to a win over the Mariners.

New York (34-31) completed its first three-game sweep of the season without trailing for a single inning.

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Astros 5, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)

Chris Carter belted his second career walk-off home run, drilling a leadoff shot into the left-field seats in the 10th inning to give the Houston Astros a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Astros (31-37) won three of four games against the Diamondbacks (29-40) in the home-and-home, interleague series. (Editing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by John O'Brien)

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