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[June 21, 2014]  June 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games.

Yankees 5, Orioles 3

Carlos Beltran hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees were only two-for-nine with runners in scoring position and stranded nine through eight but extended their winning streak to four games against Baltimore closer Zach Britton, who blew his second save in 11 opportunities.

McCann made it a one-run game with a base hit up the middle and designated hitter Beltran ended it by driving a 3-1 pitch from Britton over the left field wall.

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Cubs 6, Pirates 3

Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Chris Coghlan had a home run and triple to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The win was the second straight and fourth in five games for the Cubs, who collected all the runs they needed in the third, scoring five times off Pirates starter Charlie Morton (4-8).

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Astros 3, Rays 1

George Spencer's massive two-run home run in the third inning was all the scoring that the Houston Astros needed, but they added a ninth inning home run by Jonathan Villar as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.

Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (7-5) out-dueled Rays ace David Price to get the win.

Cosart went eight innings and allowed only four hits.

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Tigers 6, Indians 4

Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez hit home runs and right-hander Rick Porcello pitched six scoreless innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4.

Designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and left fielder J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.

Porcello (9-4) threw 100 pitches, 67 of them strikes. He struck out three and walked one.

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Marlins 3, Mets 2

Henderson Alvarez pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and left fielder Marcell Ozuna made two game-saving defensive plays as the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 3-2.

Alvarez (4-3) allowed seven hits and no walks, striking out five.

Marlins closer Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save of the season.

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Blue Jays 14, Reds 9

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays, who trailed by eight runs after two innings then rallied for a 14-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco and right fielder Jay Bruce homered for Cincinnati (35-37), which blew and eight-run lead for the first time since 2010.

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Twins 5, White Sox 4

Brian Dozier's RBI single with two on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth broke a tie and gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

After the White Sox had staged a rally of their own to overcome a two-run deficit in the top half of the ninth, Dozier ripped a single to left field over shortstop Alexei Ramirez's head for the walk-off win.

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Braves 6, Nationals 4 (13 innings)

Catcher Evan Gattis had an RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 6-4.

The go-ahead run was scored by center fielder B.J. Upton, who led off the inning with a walk against reliever Jerry Blevins and went to third on a single by first baseman Freddie Freeman.

After Gattis' RBI hit, the Braves added an insurance run to make it 6-4.

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Mariners 7, Royals 5

Shortstop Brad Miller homered to lead off the ninth to break a tie as the Seattle Mariners topped the Kansas City Royals 7-5.

The Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead on home runs by catcher Mike Zunino and first baseman Logan Morrison, but failed to hold on.

Miller homered on the fifth pitch from right-hander Greg Holland (0-2) and Morrison also added a two-out run-producing single for the final run.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but came away empty.

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Phillies 5, Cardinals 1

A.J. Burnett scattered seven hits in his first complete game of the year and shortstop Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs as the Philadelphia Phillies dumped the St Louis Cardinals 5-1.

Burnett (5-6) struck out just three, but walked only one and had St Louis beating the ball into the ground. The Cardinals' first 12 outs came on grounders, and he finished the night with 17 outs via ground balls.

It was the fifth straight win for Philadelphia (34-38), its longest winning streak of the year. St Louis (39-35) dropped its third consecutive game.

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Brewers 13, Rockies 10

The Milwaukee Brewers survived a shoot-out with the Colorado Rockies and won 13-10 on the road.

The victory improved Milwaukee's road record to a major-league best 25-15 (.600) and, coupled with a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals, gave the Brewers (45-30) a 5 1/2-game lead in the National League Central.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Rockies (34-39).

Shortstop Jean Segura homered twice for his first career multi-homer game, and left fielder Khris Davis also homered for the Brewers.

First baseman Justin Morneau, who tied his season high with five RBIs, left fielder Corey Dickerson and right fielder Brandon Barnes homered for the Rockies.

The teams combined for 35 hits, 19 by the Brewers.

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Diamondbacks 4, Giants 1

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and scored twice, continuing his personal assault against San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 victory over the Giants.

Goldschmidt walked and scored when the Diamondbacks took the lead with a two-run fourth inning and doubled and scored in the sixth to send NL West-leading Giants to their season-long sixth straight loss.

Goldschmidt is 15-for-26 (.577) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs against Lincecum in his career. He singled in the first inning, and his double struck the left-field fence about three feet short of a homer.

Second baseman Aaron Hill had two hits and two RBIs for the Diamondbacks (32-45), who have won two of their last three.

First baseman Buster Posey had two hits and a walk for the Giants (43-30), who have lost nine of their last 10.

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Padres 6, Dodgers 5

Will Venable scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Everth Cabrera in the bottom of the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres trailed 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth.

Alexi Amarista singled against closer Kenley Jansen to open the ninth and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Carlos Quentin.

Venable then doubled home pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie the game.

Cabrera then hit the first pitch from Jensen to deep right allowing Venable to score the winning run.

Left fielder Seth Smith kept the Padres close with his first two-homer game since 2011.

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Angels 7, Rangers 3

Garrett Richards' case for selection to the All-Star team got a little stronger as the Los Angeles Angels right-hander stifled the Texas Rangers offense in a 7-3 victory.

Richards (7-2) gave up one run on four hits through six innings to earn the win and lower his ERA to 2.79.

He struck out seven but also walked three, which contributed to a season-high pitch count of 119.

Right fielder Collin Cowgill, left fielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman David Freese and designated hitter C.J. Cron each had two hits. Cron also hit a home run.

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Athletics 4, Red Sox 3

Third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the first-inning, and center fielder Coco Crisp snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the eighth, leading the Oakland A's to a 4-3 victory against the Boston Red Sox.

The A's beat the Red Sox for the second straight time and improved to a season-high 18 games over .500. At 46-28, they own the best record in the major leagues.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller hit first baseman Kyle Blanks and Alberto Callaspo with pitches before Crisp line

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