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[May 19, 2014]  May 18 (Reuters) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games.

A's 13, Indians 3

Brandon Moss had two doubles, a triple and three RBIs and Yoenis Cespedes had a career-high five RBIs as the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game series sweep with a huge road win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-1) gave up two runs in five innings to get the win. Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson (2-3) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss as the Indians dropped their fourth in a row.

The A's outscored the Indians in the series 30-6.

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Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3

Third baseman Eric Chavez hit one of two Arizona home runs, and the Diamondbacks won their first home series of the season by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chavez hit a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning off right-hander Dan Haren (5-2) to break a 3-3 tie. Chavez entered in the top of the inning when starter Martin Prado left because of blurred vision.

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Angels 6, Rays 2

Albert Pujols hit two home runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pujols hit two solo drives, one in the bottom of the first inning and one in the bottom of the seventh, against left-hander David Price (4-4).

The homers give Pujols 12 for the season and 504 for his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for 25th place all-time.

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Mariners 6, Twins 2

The slumping Seattle offense hit its stride and Felix Hernandez threw eight strong innings as the Mariners halted a four-game losing streak with a road win over the Minnesota Twins.

Seattle, which was averaging less than two runs per game during its losing streak, got the bats going in the middle innings to give Hernandez all the support he needed.

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Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Left-hander Travis Wood allowed two runs in seven innings and Welington Castillo and Mike Olt each homered to lead the Chicago Cubs to a win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning against right-hander Hector Rondon when right fielder Ryan Braun doubled to center field to start the inning, but Rondon retired the next three batters to earn his fifth save in six chances as the Cubs (15-27) notched only their fourth win in their last 14 games.

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Astros 8, White Sox 2

Designated hitter Chris Carter hit a 403-foot home run and Brad Peacock had a good day on the mound as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox.

Peacock (1-4) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts before departing with two outs in the seventh inning.

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Phillies 8, Reds 3

The Philadelphia Phillies hit four home runs - one each from Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves, Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche - to beat the Cincinnati Reds.

After spotting the Reds (19-23) two runs in the first, Cliff Lee scuffled through 6 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits but just two runs while punching out three and walking one.

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Royals 8, Orioles 6

Left fielder Alex Gordon drove in a career high six runs with a pair of three-run homers and right-hander James Shields pitched seven solid innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles. Gordon, who went 4-for-4, homered in the seventh with two runners aboard off left-handed reliever Troy Patton to give the Royals a cushion.

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Braves 6, Cardinals 5

A wild ninth inning enabled the Atlanta Braves to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Center fielder Logan Schafer's two-out, bases-loaded walk against closer Trevor Rosenthal tied it and a wild pitch by Carlos Martinez scored the go-ahead run.

Pitching for the fourth straight day, Rosenthal (0-2) was tagged with the loss after blowing his second save in 15 chances as St. Louis saw their four-game winning streak end.

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Yankees 4, Pirates 3 (first game)

Mark Teixeira continued his recent surge at the plate with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning, leading the New York Yankees to victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of a doubleheader.

Teixeira highlighted a three-run inning with a base hit to center field off Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (0-6) that scored designated hitter Brett Gardner and shortstop Derek Jeter, who opened the game with a walk and bunt single.

- - -Pirates 5, Yankees 3 (second game)

The Pittsburgh Pirates gained a split of their doubleheader by beating the New York Yankees in the second game.

Josh Harrison atoned for a baserunning mistake by hitting a go-ahead solo home run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. He later made a game-saving catch in left field in the eighth.

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Rangers 6, Blue Jays 2

The Texas Rangers ditched a four-game losing streak by finally figuring out how to win at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland drilled a two-run home run in the seventh, boosting Texas to their first win at home against the Blue Jays since 2012.

Toronto entered the game with an 8-1 record against the Rangers over the last two seasons.

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Giants 4, Marlins 1

Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong threw a shut out on five hits over seven innings, helping the San Francisco Giants to beat the Miami Marlins and salvage a split of their four-game series.

Left fielder Tyler Colvin and second baseman Brandon Hicks had two-out, RBI singles in a three-run first inning as the Giants gave Vogelsong all the runs he would need in their first at-bat.

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Nationals 6, Mets 3

Wilson Ramos had two hits and four RBIs and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann got his first home win of the year as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets.

Catcher Ramos had a two-run single in the fifth to give the Nationals a 5-1 lead against New York starter Zack Wheeler (1-4), who allowed five runs (three earned) in six innings.

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Rockies 8, Padres 6 (10 innings)

Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Colorado Rockies victory over the San Diego Padres.

Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez grounded a single to right with one out off Dale Thayer before Morneau connected with two outs for his sixth career walk-off homer and Colorado's second this season.

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Tigers 6, Red Sox 2

Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Cabrera added three hits and two RBIs to power the sizzling Detroit Tigers to a victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Detroit completed a rare three-game sweep at Fenway Park.

Right fielder Torii Hunter added a solo home run and second baseman Ian Kinsler had four hits for the Tigers, who won their sixth game in a row.

Thanks to a 15-3 surge, Detroit owns baseball's best record to 27-12. The Red Sox fell to 20-23. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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