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[June 28, 2014]  June 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games.

Athletics 9, Marlins 5

Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning on a play at the plate that was overturned by replay, helping the Oakland Athletics defeat the Miami Marlins on Friday.

Oakland (49-30), who have won nine of their past 11 games, has the best record in the league.

Crisp, the A's center fielder, was called out at home plate with the score tied 5-5, but after a review it was ruled that catcher Jeff Mathis had tagged high and that Crisp had placed his right foot on the plate in time.

Oakland then added three more runs to secure the win.

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Yankees 6, Red Sox 0

Left-hander Vidal Nuno and three relievers combined on a three-hitter as the New York Yankees blanked the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
 


Third baseman Kelly Johnson and catcher Brian McCann hit two-run home runs and left fielder Brett Gardner added a solo home run for the Yankees.

Nuno (2-4) won for the first time in nine starts by allowing two hits in 5-2/3 innings.

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Royals 8, Angels 6

Omar Infante hit a grand slam and the Kansas City bullpen restored order as the Royals held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels.

The starting pitchers, left-hander Jason Vargas for the Royals and right-hander Matt Shoemaker for the Angels, were rocked often and early.

The Royals gifted Vargas with an 8-2 lead after four innings, but he failed to make it through five.

Shoemaker (5-2) was roughed up for eight runs on 11 hits in four innings and suffered his first loss as a starter as the Angels had a six-game winning streak halted.

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Brewers 3, Rockies 2

Ryan Braun drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a win over the Colorado Rockies.

The Brewers became the first team to win 50 games this season.

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Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)

Josh Harrison's two-out double in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates victory over the New York Mets.

Harrison, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and stayed in at third base, had two hits as did catcher Russell Martin.

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Rays 5, Orioles 2 (first game)

Designated hitter Matt Joyce snapped out of a recent slump with two hits and two RBIs, as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

Joyce entered the game on an 0-for-9 slide but went 2-for-3, while left fielder Brandon Guyer added three hits and an RBI.

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Orioles 4, Rays 1 (second game)

Chris Tillman won at home for the first time this season as catcher Nick Hundley broke a tie with a sixth-inning homer to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of the doubleheader.

Tillman (7-4), in his 101st career start, allowed just one run and four hits in eight innings.

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Cubs 7, Nationals 2

The Chicago Cubs got some punch from the lower half of the batting order to beat the Washington Nationals.

Left fielder Chris Coghlan and catcher John Baker combined for five hits, three runs and four RBIs, while right-handed starter Jason Hammel (7-5) broke a four-start winless streak with his first victory since May 31.

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Braves 4, Phillies 2

Freddie Freeman homered and drove in four runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Julio Teheran (7-5) pitched seven strong innings for Atlanta, which won for the third time in four games, while the Phillies lost for the fifth time in seven games.

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White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

Jose Abreu hit two solo home runs and Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez added one homer each as the Chicago White Sox held off a late rally to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the ninth but scored only twice to fall short.
 

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Rangers 5, Twins 4

Nick Tepesch matched a career high by pitching 7-1/3 innings of shutout baseball and Adrian Beltre had three RBIs for the Texas Rangers, who held on to snap an eight-game losing skid with victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The 27th out proved difficult for Texas right-handed closer Joakim Soria in a non-save situation, but, despite giving up four runs in the ninth, he held the victory for Tepesch (3-3), who allowed two hits, while striking out five and walking two in winning for the first time in four starts.

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Astros 4, Tigers 3 (11 innings)

Jason Castro hit a game-ending home run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Houston Astros edged Detroit, ending the Tigers winning streak at seven games.

(Editing by Andrew Both)

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