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[June 14, 2014]  June 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League baseball games.

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Braves 4, Angels 3

Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson backed Aaron Harang with first-inning homers off C.J. Wilson as the Braves defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Friday.

Wilson (7-6) shut down the Braves (35-31) after giving up a three-run homer to catcher Gattis and a solo shot to third baseman Johnson but it was too little too late for Los Angeles (36-30), who got a late two-run single from Albert Pujols.

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Red Sox 10, Indians 3

John Lackey pitched seven solid innings, and Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia each had two-run doubles to carry the Boston Red Sox to their seventh straight home win.

Second baseman Pedroia added a pair of stellar defensive plays on the day his wife, Kelly, gave birth to their third son, and third baseman Xander Bogaerts snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a towering homer over the Green Monster in left as Boston (31-36) posted a season high for runs.

Carlos Santana had a two-run homer for the Indians (33-35), who lost their fourth straight.

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Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0

Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison was dominant, third baseman Juan Francisco homered and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Hutchison (5-4) threw seven scoreless innings and first-place Toronto (40-29) won for just the second time in seven games. Baltimore (34-32) has suffered six shutouts this season.

Francisco got his 11th homer of the season with a two-run shot in the second.

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Cardinals 1, Nationals 0

Lance Lynn allowed just two hits and struck out eight in eight innings to win a pitchers' duel with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann.

Matt Adams hit a home run in the second inning against Zimmermann (5-3), who allowed just three hits in a complete game, to provide the difference for the Cardinals (35-32) and send Washington (35-31) to a tough loss.

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Twins 2, Tigers 0

Kyle Gibson and two relievers made Eduardo Escobar's third-inning home run stand up in a victory by the Minnesota Twins that was the free-falling Detroit Tigers' 17th loss in 24 games.

The right-handed Gibson (6-5) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three in turning in his second straight start of seven shutout innings for Minnesota (32-33).

Detroit fell to 34-29

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Cubs 2, Phillies 1

Jake Arrieta pitched seven shutout innings and reliever Neil Ramirez survived a rocky ninth inning, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Shortstop Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer for Chicago (27-38), which won for only the second time in its last six games.

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Royals 7, White Sox 2

The Kansas City Royals gave Jeremy Guthrie some early run support to help the right-hander end an 11-game winless streak.

The Royals scored five runs in the first inning and Guthrie allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn his first win since April 9.

It was the start of a three-game weekend series between the American League Central rivals, moving Kansas City (34-32) within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the division and two games ahead of the White Sox (33-35).

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Rays 6, Astros 1

Alex Cobb struck out a season-high 11 batters while revisiting his early season dominance, limiting the Houston Astros to three hits.

The Rays (26-42) snapped a 10-game road losing skid with four runs (three earned) against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh (4-4) before adding two insurance runs against right-hander Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth.

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Pirates 8, Marlins 6 (13 innings)

Rookie right fielder Gregory Polanco, playing just his fourth major-league game, had five hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a victory over the Miami Marlins.

Polanco, 22, went 5-for-7 and has at least one hit in each game he has played. On his first big-league homer, the left-handed hitter pulled a pitch against lefty reliever Mike Dunn.

Pittsburgh (33-34) left fielder Starling Marte, went 4-for-7 with three runs, two RBIs, one homer and one steal.

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Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat Arizona.

Kershaw (6-2) allowed just one run and struck out seven before Arizona (29-41) scored in the eighth and ninth innings to put pressure on the Dodgers late.

Kenley Jansen picked up his 18th save of the season in the ninth despite allowing the one run.

Matt Kemp sparked the Dodgers (36-33) early with a two-run home run in the second, his sixth of the season.

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Rockies 7, Giants 4

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu highlighted a five-run ninth inning with a tie-breaking RBI single, sending the Colorado Rockies to a stunning, victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-games.

The Rockies (32-35) had not had a hit since the third inning before getting four in a six-batter span against Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-2) in the ninth. Romo was seeking his 21st save.

San Francisco fell to 43-25.

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Yankees 7, Athletics 0

Right-hander David Phelps allowed two hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings, snapping his career-high four-game losing streak and leading the New York Yankees to their fourth straight victory.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, left fielder Brett Gardner, second baseman Brian Roberts and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki each had two of the Yankees' 12 hits.

Oakland fell to 40-27.

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Rangers 1, Mariners 0

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez suffered his first loss since April 21 in heartbreaking fashion as Texas triumphed.

Hernandez had a shutout going into the ninth inning but was pulled after allowing a single and a walk, before second baseman Robinson Cano's throwing error allowed a Texas run to score.

Hernandez (8-2) was charged with the run, the only one he allowed over 8 1/3 innings while giving up just four hits.

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Mets 6, Padres 2

Bobby Abreu had four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and fellow 40-something Bartolo Colon retired 18 in a row at one point as the New York Mets beat the San Diego Padres.

The Mets (30-37) scored more than four runs for just the 22nd time this season as they won a matchup of two of the most anemic offenses in baseball.

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Reds 6, Brewers 5

Billy Hamilton's ninth-inning single broke a 5-5 tie as the Cincinnati Reds handed the Milwaukee Brewers a loss.

Cincinnati had blown a 4-1 lead in the seventh, as the Brewers (40-28) tied the game with four runs off starter Homer Bailey and right-handers Sam LeCure and Logan Andrusek. (Editing by John O'Brien/Sudipto Ganguly)

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