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[June 23, 2014]  June 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:

Orioles 8, Yankees 0

Chris Tillman pitched seven effective innings and Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs against Masahiro Tanaka as the Baltimore Orioles blanked the New York Yankees.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy added a three-run double and third baseman Manny Machado contributed an RBI single as the Orioles collected four runs in the eighth. Catcher Caleb Joseph hit his first career home run in the ninth.

Tillman won for the first time in four starts and worked around four walks while throwing 67 of 114 pitches for strikes.

Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings and lost for the first time in six starts.

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Tigers 10, Indians 4

Ian Kinsler had three hits and Miguel Cabrera two, including a home run and three RBIs, as the Detroit Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

The Tigers have won four games in a row overall to move back into first place in the American League's Central Division. Detroit outscored Cleveland in the sweep 21-12.

Right-hander Max Scherzer (9-3), who in his last start gave up 10 runs in four innings vs. Kansas City, held Cleveland to one run on six hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.

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Reds 4, Blue Jays 3

Third baseman Todd Frazier's go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning rallied the Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a three-game series.

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his 24th home run, and third in the series, off Johnny Cueto in the eighth.

Toronto lost second baseman Brett Lawrie when he had his right index finger fractured by a Cueto pitch in the second inning and right fielder Jose Bautista left in the third with left leg tightness.

Cincinnati lost second baseman Brandon Phillips after five innings with a bruised right heel.

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Cardinals 5, Phillies 3

St. Louis rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good in a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis finished with two RBIs apiece for St. Louis while Carlos Martinez (1-3) retired 12 of the last 13 men he faced in his second spot start of the week.

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Nationals 4, Braves 1

Tanner Roark took a shutout into the sixth inning and his bullpen got the last 11 outs as the Washington Nationals beat the frustrated Atlanta Braves.

Washington extended its first-place lead in the National League East over the Braves.

Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson was ejected in the sixth for arguing when he was called out on strikes on a check swing. Braves outfielder Justin Upton was ejected in the ninth by after he struck out.

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Twins 6, White Sox 5

A three-run fourth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a four-game sweep of their rivals from the Windy City.

Joe Mauer helped the outburst and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Minnesota starter Phil Hughes improved to 8-3 despite allowing five runs in five innings.

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Pirates 2, Cubs 1

Brandon Cumpton allowed just two hits through seven innings in another productive Pittsburgh pitching outing as the Pirates held on to beat the Chicago Cubs.

Pittsburgh scored twice in the third inning on left fielder Travis Snider's fourth homer and an RBI single from second baseman Josh Harrison.

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Mariners 2, Royals 1

Catcher Mike Zunino homered to break a tie and Roenie Elias logged a quality start as the Seattle Mariners topped the Kansas City Royals to sweep a weekend series.

Zunino's seventh-inning leadoff homer put the Mariners ahead to stay.

Elias (7-5) was replaced by Yoervis Medino with two outs in the seventh. He limited the Royals to one run on five singles, while striking out five and walking two.

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Mets 11, Marlins 5

Jon Niese won his first game in a month, and second baseman Daniel Murphy slugged a three-run homer to lead the New York Mets to a win over the Miami Marlins.

Niese (4-4) had gone five straight starts without a win before Sunday, when he pitched six innings and allowed six hits, two walks and three runs.

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Rays 5, Astros 2

Rays starter Erik Bedard held the Astros to two runs in five-plus innings, and Tampa Bay's bullpen pitched exceptionally well, with Juan Carlos Oviedo, Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Joel Peralta combining for 3 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless relief.

Tampa Bay got three hits from third baseman Evan Longoria, who drove in the Rays' first run in the first. Longoria also had a key single in the three-run sixth.

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Red Sox 7, Athletics 6 (10 innings)

Designated hitter David Ortiz launched a tie-breaking, solo home run off left-hander Fernando Abad leading off the top of the 10th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a victory over the Oakland A's.

Catcher David Ross and first baseman Mike Napoli also hit solo home runs for the Red Sox.

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Brewers 6, Rockies 5

Jonathan Lucroy broke a 3-3 tie with a single that scored two runs in the fifth inning to help Milwaukee to a victory over Colorado.

Lyle Overbay homered in the ninth to push the Milwaukee lead to 6-4, while starter Kyle Lohse worked five innings to improve to 9-2.

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1

Los Angeles right-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin retired the first nine Padres he faced and allowed one run over six innings as the Dodgers defeated San Diego.

Ryu improved to 9-3.

The Padres announced the firing of general manager Josh Byrnes, who was appointed in October 2011, just before the game.

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Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1

San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner gave up two infield hits in eight-plus innings and catcher Buster Posey doubled and scored in a three-run ninth inning in the Giants' victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bumgarner (9-4) struck out seven and walked two while winning for the seventh time in his past eight decisions.

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Angels 5, Rangers 2

Rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker pitched 7-2/3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Texas Rangers.

Texas starter Yu Darvish (7-4) took his second consecutive loss. (Compiled by Jahmal Corner)

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