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[May 29, 2014]  May 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League baseball games:

Red Sox 4, Braves 0

Veteran right-hander John Lackey pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and a pair of Atlanta misplays led to runs as the Red Sox, who snapped a 10-game losing streak to beat the Braves for the third straight time this week.

The Red Sox (23-29), who came from behind to win the two interleague games in Atlanta (28-24), scored single runs in the second and third innings to hang the loss on right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-2).

Rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts had three hits and a walk for the Red Sox, who came in in a virtual tie for fourth and fifth places in the AL East.

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Giants 5, Cubs 0

Six pitchers combined to limit the Chicago Cubs to two hits, including none in the first 6 1/3 innings, and Hector Sanchez broke the game open with a two-run double in the seventh, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a win.

A second consecutive victory allowed the Giants (34-19) to win the three-game series and improve their best-in-baseball record to 34-19.

The Cubs (19-32) did not score in the final 20 innings of the series.

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Blue Jays 3, Rays 2

The Toronto Blue Jays scored in the bottom of the ninth inning on a bunt single and a throwing error to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays and extend their winning streak to nine games.

Kevin Pillar scored when pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo threw the ball wildly to first on outfielder Anthony Gose's bunt single down the first-base line.

Left-hander Aaron Loup (2-1) pitched the ninth to pick up the win as the Blue Jays (32-22) swept the three-game series.

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Brewers 8, Orioles 3

Khris Davis' three-run home run in the eighth inning broke open a one-run game as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Baltimore.

Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, giving him 12 for the month and a major league-leading 18 for the season, but it wasn't enough to help Baltimore starter Bud Norris (3-5), who allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings.

The Brewers improved to 32-22.

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Marlins 8, Nationals 5 (10 innings)

Third baseman Casey McGehee's fourth hit of the game, a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning, broke a 4-4 tie, and the Miami Marlins went on to beat the Washington Nationals.

Reed Johnson added a two-run double as the Marlins (28-25) swept the two-game series.

Washington (25-27) lost for the seventh time in its last nine outings.

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Rangers 1, Twins 0

Luis Sardinas' RBI single in the top of the seventh inning scored Leonys Martin from second base, breaking a scoreless tie in a Rangers victory.

Joe Saunders, making his second start of the season after missing nearly two months with a fractured left ankle, pitched five shutout innings to keep the Rangers (27-26) in the game in the early going.

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Phillies 6, Rockies 3

Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Howard's homer, his ninth of the year and the fifth walk-off shot of his career, came against reliever Boone Logan. It capped a four-run rally that was aided by two Colorado errors. - - -

Astros 9, Royals 3

Designated hitter Chris Carter belted two home runs and drove in four runs as the Houston Astros clubbed the Kansas City Royals.

The Astros (22-32) swept their first series of the season and extended their winning streak to a season-best five games to conclude a 10-game road trip.

Royals (24-28) catcher Brett Hayes, who snapped an 0-for-27 slump to start the season, homered in the seventh for the final Kansas City run.

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Mets 5, Pirates 0

Right-hander Bartolo Colon threw 7 1/3 shutout innings and David Wright had a solo homer and two RBIs as the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Mets (24-28) won the final two games of the series to win their first home series since April 25-27. The Pirates (23-29) have dropped three of four.

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White Sox 3, Indians 2

Moises Sierra drove in the winning run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians to sweep the three-game series.

The White Sox (28-27) have won seven of 10 games and swept a series against Cleveland (24-30) for the first time in two years.

Jason Giambi hit his 440th career home run in the loss for the Indians.

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Yankees 7, Cardinals 4

Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs to lead New York's 12-hit attack as they beat St. Louis.

Second baseman Brian Roberts and third baseman Kelly Johnson each went 2-for-4 and the Yankees (28-24) finished a nine-game road trip at 5-4 and stayed three games behind Toronto in the American League East.

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Reds 3, Dodgers 2

Second baseman Brandon Phillips homered, and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cincinnati (23-28) prevented the Dodgers (29-24) from recording a sweep of the three-game series. The Reds also ended Los Angeles' three-game winning streak.

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A's 3, Tigers 1

Josh Donaldson crushed a three-run, walk-off homer off Tigers closer Joe Nathan, lifting the Oakland A's to a victory over Detroit.

A's (32-21) left-hander Scott Kazmir (6-2) pitched his second career complete game, allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking none.

Tigers (29-20) right-hander Anibal Sanchez pitched 8 1/3 innings but got a no-decision.

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Mariners 3, Angels 1

Felix Hernandez gave up just one run off four hits in 8 2/3 innings of work to outduel C.J. Wilson and lift Seattle to a win.

Hernandez (7-1) came within two strikes of a complete-game shutout, which would have been his first since August 2012, while Mike Zunino's three RBIs provided the Mariners (26-26) offense.

Wilson went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs for the Angels (29-23).

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Diamondbacks 12, Padres 6

Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock had two hits and drove in two runs in an eight-run first inning and Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt hit two-run homers, leading the Diamondbacks past the San Diego Padres.

The D-backs (22-33) set season highs with runs and hits (eight) in the first inning while knocking out Padres (24-30) right-hander Tim Stauffer, who gave up seven runs in one-third of an inning.

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