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[June 30, 2014]  June 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League baseball games

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Dodgers 6, Cardinals 0

Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 in a five-hit shutout and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The win allowed the Dodgers (47-37) to catch the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West.

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Mariners 3, Indians 0

Felix Hernandez continued his string of dominant starts while Robinson Cano hit a sixth-inning home run to lead the Mariners to victory.

Hernandez threw eight shutout innings for Seattle before turning the game over to closer Fernando Rodney.

Hernandez (10-2) struck out nine and walked three while throwing 107 pitches.

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Reds 4, Giants 0

Homer Bailey flirted with his third career no-hitter but settled for his fourth career shutout as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants.

Bailey (8-4) allowed just three hits, struck out seven and walked one, pitching his sixth career complete game.

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Rays 12, Orioles 7

Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce tied a franchise record with five hits, including two of his team's five home runs, as the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Right fielder Kevin Kiermaier, second baseman Logan Forsythe and shortstop Ben Zobrist also homered for Tampa Bay.

Manny Machado, who might have played his last game before serving a suspension for throwing his bat on June 8, got his seventh home run for the Orioles before Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run homer off the bench for Baltimore in the ninth.

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Royals 5, Angels 4

Second baseman Omar Infante singled home left fielder Alex Gordon with the winning run in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Angels.

Royals' right fielder Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-5, including three doubles, and drove in two runs.

The Angels made it 4-4 in the sixth on shortstop Erick Aybar's solo shot into the right-field bullpen.

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Braves 3, Phillies 2

The Atlanta Braves gave starter Aaron Harang just enough support to beat Philadelphia.

Harang (7-6) worked in and out of trouble for seven innings while Braves' center fielder B.J. Upton drove in two runs with a triple in the second before Atlanta added a third run in the fourth.

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Rockies 10, Brewers 4

Three hits from Troy Tulowitzki and a two-run homer by Charlie Culberson helped Colorado to an easy win over the Brewers.

Milwaukee committed two costly errors and mustered just four hits against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.

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Athletics 4, Marlins 3

Nate Freiman, who was just called up from the minor leagues, drilled a three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Oakland Athletics to a win over the Miami Marlins.

The A's (51-30), who have won 11 of their past 14 games, have the best record in the majors and will next meet American League Central-leading Detroit.

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Twins 3, Rangers 2

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales drove in the game-winning run with a double in the ninth for the Minnesota Twins, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Texas Rangers.

Minnesota 20-year-old shortstop Jorge Polanco, making his first major league start, had a double and RBI, and first baseman Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a run-scoring single in the Twins' two-run third.

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White Sox 4, Blue Jays 0

Left-hander Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings helping the Chicago White Sox to a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

A third-inning RBI by Chicago designated hitter Jose Abreu and a fourth-inning solo home run from right fielder Moises Sierra was all the offense Quintana needed.

Toronto's Mark Buehrle (10-5), went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.

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Astros 6, Tigers 4

After blowing a one-run lead the previous two games, the Houston Astros held on for a win over the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers scored twice in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to one but the Astros responded in the bottom of the eighth when first baseman Jon Singleton delivered a two-out single to center off left-hander Blaine Hardy.

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Pirates 5, Mets 2

The Pittsburgh Pirates were only able to record hits in three innings but took advantage of their opportunities to beat the New York Mets.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit his 13th home run of the season and drove in three runs while Edinson Volquez pitched six shutout innings.

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Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1

Starter Odrisamer Despaigne held the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run over 6-2/3 innings and the San Diego Padres scored twice in the fourth to achieve the victory.

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Red Sox 8, Yankees 5

David Ortiz belted his 450th career home run and drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees.

Ortiz achieved the milestone in the third inning, a long, three-run shot off New York right-hander Chase Whitley (3-2).

The Boston designated hitter became the 37th player to hit 450 home runs.

Dustin Pedroia also drove in three runs for Boston.

Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran hit solo home runs for the Yankees. (Compiled by Jahmal Corner)

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