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[June 16, 2014]  June 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games.

Nick Swisher, a thorn in the side of the Boston Red Sox and their fans when he was with the New York Yankees, did it again on Sunday.

Swisher, who just came off the disabled list on Thursday and was struggling at the plate, lined a solo home run - his 16th career homer against the Red Sox - leading off the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over Boston.

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Toronto designated hitter Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBIs and J.A. Happ held Baltimore to one run over six innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion added three hits and scored twice as American League East Division-leading Toronto (41-30) scored five runs for the first time since Monday.

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The St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams homered for the third straight game since coming off the disabled list Friday and Jaime Garcia pitched seven solid innings as the Cardinals completed a weekend sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 5-2 verdict at sold-out Busch Stadium.

Adams lined a two-run homer off Doug Fister (5-2) in the bottom of the second inning, giving Garcia all the support he needed. It was the sixth homer for Adams, who was sidelined by a left calf injury from May 29-June 12.

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Third baseman Casey McGehee hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at Marlins Park.

Second baseman Rafael Furcal started the rally with a single. Pinch-runner Ed Lucas advanced on Reed Johnson's sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch from reliever Jared Hughes. McGehee then won it with his fly ball to right.

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J.D. Martinez's sacrifice fly to shallow center with one out in the ninth inning scored Torii Hunter from third base to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Hunter opened the ninth with a single off right-hander Casey Fien (3-3) and raced to third when Minnesota right fielder Oswaldo Arcia dropped designated hitter Victor Martinez's towering fly against the fence in right for an error.

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James Shields did not have his best stuff, but the hot bats of the Kansas City Royals helped him earn a win anyway.

The Royals continued to torment the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field by sweeping a three-game series with a 6-3 win to stay within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

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Right-hander Carlos Torres, pressed into duty when right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka left after one inning due to illness, threw four innings of one-run relief as the New York Mets pieced together a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets (31-38) won the series, their first series victory since they took four of five from the Philadelphia Phillies May 29 through June 2. The Padres (29-40) have lost six of their last seven and 11 of 13.

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A strong performance by Chicago starter Travis Wood helpd the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Chicago got on board in the first inning when first baseman Anthony Rizzo took the first pitch he saw from Phillies starter A.J. Burnett (4-6, 4.17 ERA) and drove it over the wall in right field. The long ball was his 14th of the season, moving him closer to Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (18 homers entering play on Sunday) for the NL lead.

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The Cincinnati Reds belted three home runs off right-hander Marco Estrada and broke the game open against the Brewers' bullpen in a 13-4 rout of the National League Central leaders at Miller Park.

Estrada (5-4) has given up 23 homers on the year, the most of any pitcher in baseball and his 2.46 home runs per nine innings played is by far the highest in the game.

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The Atlanta Braves, who were the only team in the majors without an interleague win prior to Friday, now have their first series victory against the American League.

Jason Heyward homered and made two highlight catches in right field as the Braves came from behind for a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels before a crowd of 29,320 at Turner Field.

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For the third consecutive game, the Colorado Rockies rallied late and beat the San Francisco Giants.

The 8-7 decision Sunday was Colorado's fifth win in a row, while the Giants were swept for the first time this year. San Francisco finished 1-6 on its homestand against the Washington Nationals and the Rockies.

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Catcher Derek Norris and center fielder Coco Crisp hit three-run homers, right-hander Jesse Chavez pitched six strong innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 10-5 at Coliseum in the finale of their three-game series.

The A's took two of three games to win the series. The A's won the season series 4-2 and improved to 14-5 in their past 19 games against the Yankees.

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Right-hander Bronson Arroyo won his third consecutive game as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 52,519 at Dodger Stadium.

Arroyo (7-4) induced 10 groundouts in five innings, allowed one run and five hits, and finished with one walk and one strikeout.

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Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager continued to be a thorn in the side of the Texas pitchers when he went 4-for-4 and had a hand in the Mariners' first four runs of a 5-1 win over the Rangers.

Seager had two doubles and drove in the Mariners' first three runs before scoring on a Dustin Ackley single in the eighth.

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David Price produced another extraordinary display of exquisite control, striking out 10 without issuing a walk as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 4-3 at Minute Maid Park.

Price (5-6) allowed five hits and retired the final 11 batters he faced. Of his 116 pitches, only 36 were balls. His performance was reminiscent of his previous start in Houston when he allowed three hits over seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters while needing just 70 pitches.

(Editing by Julian Linden)

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