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[September 02, 2014]  Sept 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games.

Phillies 7, Braves 0

Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves.

Starter Hamels struck out seven and walked five in six no-hit innings before leaving the game, and the three members of the Phillies bullpen kept the no-hitter intact.

It was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this year and the first combined no-hitter in the 132-year history of the Phillies franchise.

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Nationals 6, Dodgers 4

Denard Span homered twice, guiding the Washington Nationals to victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a matchup of clubs with the best records in the National League, the East-leading Nationals (78-58) won for the third time in four games, and handed the West-leading Dodgers (77-61) their third setback in four games.

Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez (8-10) served up a career-high four home runs to the Nationals, giving up five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

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Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to go top of the National League Central for the first time this year.

Matt Holliday's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh snapped a tie and gave the Cardinals (73-63) a come-from-behind win as they moved one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

Holliday is 7-for-11 in the last three games with three homers and 12 RBIs.

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Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Catcher Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers (73-64) lost their sixth straight to fall into second place in the NL Central. They had held or were tied for first since the season's opening week in early April.

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Giants 4, Rockies 2 (first game)

The San Francisco Giants scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies in a game that was completed more than three months late.

Right fielder Hunter Pence doubled home the tie-breaking run and scored on pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa's broken-bat single to short right field.

The game had been suspended by rain on May 22 with the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

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Rockies 10, Giants 9 (second game)

The Colorado Rockies erased a five-run deficit, blew a two-run lead in the ninth and yet ended up beating the San Francisco Giants on Charlie Blackmon's walk-off single. The loss halted San Francisco's six-game winning streak.

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A's 6, Mariners 1

Designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland as the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners and halted a four-game losing streak.

One day after being traded to Oakland from the Chicago White Sox, Dunn went 2-for-3 with his 21st home run of the season and 461st of his career as he tied Boston's David Ortiz for 35th on baseball's all-time list.

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Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat for the A's.

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Tigers 12, Indians 1

Miguel Cabrera had four of Detroit's 20 hits and belted two of its five home runs as the Tigers routed the Cleveland Indians.

The two home runs by designated hitter Cabrera ended his career-long 27-game homerless streak.

Detroit left-hander David Price pitched seven innings to get the win. He held Cleveland scoreless on six hits over his last six innings.

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Royals 4, Rangers 3

Catcher Salvador Perez stroked three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to victory over the Texas Rangers.

Yordano Ventura (11-9) picked up the victory as the Royals regained sole possesion of first place in the American League Central, a half-game ahead of Detroit.

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Twins 6, Orioles 4

Joe Mauer had four RBIs and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles, avoiding a sweep in the four-game series.

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (15-9) put together another effective outing. He allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.

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Marlins 9, Mets 6

The Miami Marlins lost All-Star right-hander Henderson Alvarez to a strained left oblique injury but rallied to defeat the New York Mets thanks to three runs in the eighth inning.

The Mets recorded a season-high six errors.

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Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1

Cory Spangenberg, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, hit a two-run single in his major league debut and right-hander Tyson Ross registered his 14th straight quality start as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ross (13-12) allowed one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings, the 14th straight start in which he allowed six or fewer hits.

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Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)

Matt Joyce singled home the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox to split a four-game series. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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