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[May 23, 2014]  May 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League baseball games.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2

Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista hit back-to-back home runs off Boston ace Jon Lester in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays finished off a three-game sweep of the reeling Red Sox.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven sharp innings to earn his Major League-high eighth win of the season, and shortstop Jose Reyes drove in two runs during a five-run second as the Blue Jays (26-22) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts homered for the Red Sox (20-26), who were outscored 37-16 during their current seven-game losing streak, their longest slide since dropping eight straight to end the 2012 season.

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Rays 5, Athletics 2 (11 innings)

Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Rays their first walk-off win of the season to end a four-game losing streak.

The Rays (20-28) tied the score in the 11th with a two-out single from Desmond Jennings then surged past the Athletics (30-17).

Alex Cobb, pitching for the first time since April 12, pitched six-plus scoreless innings.


Rangers 9, Tigers 2

Yu Darvish pitched five innings of shutout ball and the Texas Rangers got two-run hits from three different players to beat Detroit, the Tigers fourth loss in a row after six straight victories.

Darvish (4-2) doled out two hits until Detroit (27-16) scored twice in the sixth on an RBI double by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, now one RBI shy of the league lead at 41, and Don Kelly's run-scoring single.

Texas (23-24) got a two-run home run from Shin-Soo Choo while scoring four runs in the fourth inning after three in the third.

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Mets 5, Dodgers 3

Juan Lagares' two-out RBI single in the seventh inning broke a tie, and the New York Mets snapped a historic streak by Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke on their way to a win.

Greinke gave up three runs in five innings and didn't factor into the decision to break his streak of allowing two runs or less at 21 starts - the longest since the earned run became a statistic in 1914.

The Mets (21-25) ended a three-game losing streak while the Dodgers fell to 25-23.

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Indians 8, Orioles 7 (13 innings)

Carlos Santana hit a two-out, two-run, tiebreaking double in the 13th inning, and the Cleveland Indians earned a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Indians (23-25) tied a season high with four consecutive wins. The Orioles (23-22) lost for just the second time in 19 games when leading after seven innings.

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Marlins 4, Phillies 3

Christian Yelich hit a two-out, bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia (20-24) scored three runs in the eighth to tie the game but the Marlins (25-23) took two out of three in the series against their National League East rivals.

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Braves 5, Brewers 4

Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit singled home two runs off Will Smith in the seventh inning, and the Braves defeated the Brewers.

The Braves (26-20) trailed 4-2 going into the seventh, after a six-inning solo homer by Milwaukee (28-20) center fielder B.J. Upton, but bounced back to win.

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White Sox 3, Yankees 2

After missing five weeks on the disabled list because of a flexor muscle strain in his left arm, Chris Sale retired the first 17 batters he faced to beat the New York Yankees.

The Yankees (24-22), who scored twice in the ninth off Chicago closer Ronald Belisario to make it interesting, managed just one hit against Sale (4-0) during his six-inning performance.

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Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2

First baseman Allen Craig's two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a tie and the Cardinals went on to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Shane Robinson went 3-for-4 for St. Louis (26-21), including a two-out, two-run double in the sixth that erased the Diamondbacks' 2-0 lead.

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Pirates 3, Nationals 1

Edinson Volquez pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in more than a month and center fielder Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs and made an outstanding game-ending catch as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals.

The Pirates (20-26) won for just the third time in 10 games while Washington fell to 24-23.

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Mariners 3, Astros 1

Michael Saunders beat out an infield ground ball to drive two runs with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Mariners reliever Dominic Leone (1-0) earned his first career victory by throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Seattle closer Fernando Rodney retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.

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Cubs 5, Padres 1

Former Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and right-hander Jake Arrieta allowed one run on four hits over six innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated San Diego in the opener of a four-game series.

Arrieta, who spent the first month of the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tightness, completed six innings for the first time this season. (Editing by Jahmal Corner)

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