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[May 30, 2014]  May 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games:

Rangers 5, Twins 4

A double and a pair of sacrifices in the top of the eighth inning provided the edge the Texas Rangers needed in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Texas won three of the four games in the series and are now 6-2 on the first two legs of their season-long 11-game road trip that concludes this weekend with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

With the game tied at four through seven innings, Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin, like he did Wednesday in a 1-0 Texas win, started the rally with a leadoff hit.

This time, it was a double off the wall in right field. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Robinson Chirinos and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by second baseman Rougned Odor.

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Tigers 5, Athletics 4

Right-hander Rick Porcello allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, second baseman Ian Kinsler paced an 11-hit attack with two doubles and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Oakland A's 5-4 at O.co Coliseum.

The Tigers, who lead the American League Central, salvaged a split in the four-game series with Oakland, which leads the AL West.

Kinsler went 2-for-5, scored twice and drove in one run. Designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double, raising his AL-leading average to .344.

Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and scored once. Right fielder Don Kelly and third baseman Nick Castellanos each had two hits for the Tigers, who entered the game batting an AL-best .273.

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Mets 4, Phillies 1

Zack Wheeler pitched 6 1/3 sparkling innings to break a personal six-week losing streak as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.

Left fielder Chris Young hit a two-run homer for New York, which won its third straight overall and its sixth straight in Philadelphia.

Wheeler (2-5) mixed a fastball clocked well over 90 mph with a sharp breaking ball in limiting the Phillies to four hits and one run. The second-year right-hander, 0-3 in his previous seven starts, struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

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Red Sox 4, Braves 3

The Boston Red Sox completed their four-game, two-series sweep of the sloppy Atlanta Braves with a wild come-from-behind 4-3 victory.

Errors by outfield brothers Justin and B.J. Upton helped the Red Sox, and the Braves' shoddy infield play contributed to a two-run eighth and the winning run in the ninth.

Second baseman Tommy La Stella, playing in his second major league game, could not handle a throw from third baseman Chris Johnson, allowing the winning run to score.

After rallying for two victories in Atlanta and then winning 4-0 in the first game in Boston, the Red Sox, who had lost 10 games in a row before the two series, came through late.

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Royals 8, Blue Jays 6

Second baseman Omar Infante singled home two runs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 to end a four-game losing streak.

The loss halted the Blue Jays' nine-game winning streak despite a pair of two-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion's homers in the fourth and sixth innings gave him 16 in May, a club record for any month, and 18 for the season.

It was Encarnacion's fifth multi-homer game of the month, tying the major-league record set by Harmon Killebrew in May 1959 and equaled by Albert Belle in September 1995.

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Astros 3, Orioles 1

Rookie George Springer cranked his 10th home run this month and teamed with second baseman Jose Altuve to lift the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park.

After Altuve, who leads the major leagues with 23 multi-hit games, recorded his American-League-leading 19th stolen base, Springer drilled a 3-2 pitch from Orioles right-hander Preston Guilmet (0-1) into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field.

Springer has seven home runs in his last seven games, and Altuve (3-for-4) produced his ninth three-hit game.

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Giants 6, Cardinals 5

Michael Morse continued to add to his resume as one of the offseason's best free agent signings.

The San Francisco first baseman capped a three-run rally in the top of the eighth inning with a tiebreaking two-run double as the Giants defeated St. Louis 6-5 at Busch Stadium.

Morse lined an 0-1 pitch from closer Trevor Rosenthal into center field and the ball skipped past a diving Peter Bourjos, scoring center fielder Angel Pagan and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. It finished a three-RBI game for Morse, giving him a team-high 37.

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Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0

Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill homered and drove in two runs and right-hander Josh Collmenter logged his first career complete game in the Diamondbacks' 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field.

Hill had three hits. His solo homer in the fourth inning gave Collmenter a 2-0 lead and his RBI single in the sixth made it 3-0.

Collmenter (4-2) gave up three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five. He faced the minimum 27 batters, benefiting from three double plays.

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