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[June 20, 2014]  June 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball Games.

Braves 3, Nationals 0

A dominant start by Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd came to an abrupt end due to an apparent elbow injury, putting a damper on the Braves' 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Floyd, who missed nearly all of 2013 and the start of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, was locked in a pitching duel with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, allowing just two hits through six innings.

But after the first pitch of the seventh inning, his 64th of the game, Floyd (2-2) called for the Atlanta trainer, flexed his elbow and then walked off the mound.

Third baseman Chris Johnson drove in all three runs on fourth, and eighth inning singles.

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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

David Phelps pitched seven effective innings as the New York Yankees lifted three sacrifice flies and stole four bases while extending their home winning streak over the Toronto Blue Jays to 16 games with a 6-4 victory.

Phelps (3-4) helped the Yankees win for the seventh time in nine games by allowing two runs and six hits while equaling his longest outing of the season. He had a season-high seven strikeouts, walked two and threw 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes.

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Tigers 2, Royals 1

Anibal Sanchez held Kansas City to one first-inning run in seven innings despite failing to record a strikeout for the first time in his career as the Detroit Tigers ended the Royals' 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory.

Right fielder J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the fourth and first baseman Miguel Cabrera smacked a run-scoring double for Detroit (37-32).

Left-hander Danny Duffy (4-6) took the loss for the Royals (39-33) despite limiting the Tigers to three hits in seven innings.

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Indians 5, Angels 3 (10 innings)

Nick Swisher's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th, but designated hitter Swisher belted his fifth home run over the wall in right field with the bases loaded to end the game. Rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett (1-0) picked up his first major league win.

With two outs in the top of the 10th Albert Pujols punched a single, scoring two runners and giving Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.

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Pirates 4, Reds 3 (12 innings)

Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to force in the winning run as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

Left-hander Tony Cingrani (2-8) hit shortstop Clint Barmes with a pitch and walked Martin, the veteran catcher, on five pitches to force in the winning run as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hit a solo home run, his 10th of the season, to left field off Pirates closer Jason Grilli with one out in the ninth inning to tie the score at 3-3 and force extra innings.

Barmes had the eighth four-hit game of his career but first since 2009.

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Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1

Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo continued his mastery of Arizona and third baseman Aramis Ramirez had two hits and drove in a run in the Brewers' 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Gallardo (6-4) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings to improve to 8-0 in his career against the Diamondbacks. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Ramirez doubled and scored in a two-run fifth inning and singled in a run in the sixth off right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2), who gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings.

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Padres 4, Mariners 1

The San Diego Padres erupted for four runs in the seventh inning against Seattle Mariners reliever Dominic Leone and defeated the Mariners 4-1 at Petco Park.

The Padres were trailing 1-0 entering the seventh when first baseman Tommy Medica and center fielder Cameron Maybin started the game-winning rally with the Padres first back-to-back triples ever at Petco Park, to tie the contest.

Pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled home Maybin to give the Padres the lead, and shortstop Everth Cabrera, whose fifth-inning error led to Seattle's lone run, lined a two-run single to center to make it 4-1.

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Mets 1, Marlins 0

Zack Wheeler pitched his first career shutout, and third baseman David Wright homered to lead the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Wheeler (3-7), a 24-year-old right-hander, allowed just three hits, all singles, and one walk.

The Mets turned three double plays, and Wheeler struck out eight.

Miami (36-36) failed to advance a runner past first base. New York (33-40) won its second straight game.

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Rays 5, Astros 0

Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, and Chris Archer pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros 5-0. Archer (4-4) allowed three hits and two walks, struck out eight and didn't permit a runner to reach third base.

The only Astro to reach second was Jose Altuve, who swiped second twice, his American League leading 25th and 26th stolen bases.

Kiermaier notched up his fourth homer of the season while Longoria connected on his team-leading ninth.

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Phillies 4, Cardinals 1

Ryan Howard homered for the 10th time in 27 regular-season games at Busch Stadium and drove in three runs as the Philadelphia Phillies kept up their best stretch of the year with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Howard lofted a two-run homer just over the left-field wall and just to the right of the foul pole off Shelby Miller with one out in the top of the sixth, giving the Phillies (33-38) a 4-0 lead.

It was Howard's 14th homer of the year. Rookie right-hander David Buchanan (3-3) allowed only four hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings, walking one and fanning four.

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter broke up Buchanan's shutout bid with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. St. Louis (39-34) dropped 4 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central.

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A's 4, Red Sox 2

Scott Kazmir threw seven strong innings, Yoenis Cespedes hit his 14th home run of the season, and the Oakland A's beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Kazmir (9-2) won his fourth decision in a row, striking out eight, walking none and allowing just two runs on four hits.

The A's won their third straight game and moved a season-high 17 games over .500 at 45-28, the best record in the major leagues.

Boston (34-39) saw their three-game winning streak end. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cut Oakland's lead to 3-2 but Oakland added a run in the seventh.

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Twins 4, White Sox 2

Joe Mauer's RBI double with two on and nobody out in the eighth inning helped lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Twins starter Yohan Pino at 30 years and 175 days became the oldest player in team history to make his big-league debut.

With the game tied at two entering the bottom of the eighth, shortstop Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier chopped singles through holes in the infield to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

Mauer came through with a double down the left field line to score Santana. Mauer singled and doubled in four plate appearances and drove in two as Minnesota snapped a season-long five-game losing streak. (Editing by Ben Everill/Sudipto Ganguly)

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