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[September 12, 2014]  Reds 1, Cardinals 0
 Johnny Cueto won a pitching duel against the Cardinals' Lance Lynn, allowing just three hits through eight innings, to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over St Louis.

The Cardinals (80-67) saw their lead in the National League Central slip to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cueto (18-8) issued one walk and had seven strikeouts for Cincinnati (70-77), who won the final three games to take the four-game series.

Lynn (15-9) was an unlucky loser for the Cardinals, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in eight innings.

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Yankees 5, Rays 4

Chris Young hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees went from being five outs from getting no-hit to pulling off a dramatic victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb took a no-hitter and a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning, where Young's double chased Cobb from the game before Martin Prado hit a two-run homer to pull New York closer.

Young had the walk-off blast against losing pitcher Jake McGee.

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Angels 7, Rangers 3

The Los Angeles Angels continued to play like the best team in baseball, finishing a three-game sweep of the lowly Texas Rangers.

The middle part of the Angels' batting order provided much of the punch. Third baseman David Freese and shortstop Erick Aybar had two RBIs each and pinch-hitter Grant Green added two RBIs in his lone at-bat in the top of the eighth inning.

The victory boosted the Angels' (91-55) winning streak to eight, a feat they have not accomplished since May 2013.

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Brewers 4, Marlins 2

Mike Fiers, who threw a pitch that sent Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the hospital, struck out eight in five scoreless innings and earned the win as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Miami.

When hit in the face by a pitch with the Brewers up 4-0, runners at the corners and two outs in the fifth, Stanton dropped to the ground immediately, blood gushing from his face.

The right fielder was carted off the field by paramedics and taken away by ambulance for treatment.

A team spokesman later said Stanton was undergoing X-rays and a CT scan at a local hospital.

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Giants 6, Diamondbacks 2

The San Francisco Giants completed preparations for their pending showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers in triumphant fashion, completing a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The ninth consecutive home win allowed the Giants (81-65) to move within two games of the idle Dodgers (83-63) on the eve of the National League West showdown that begins on Friday in San Francisco.

Right-hander Jake Peavy continued a stretch of brilliant pitching by Giants starters, holding the Diamondbacks to one run in 5 2/3 innings.

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White Sox 1, Athletics 0

Chris Sale dominated Oakland hitters with eight scoreless innings to lead the White Sox to victory.

Sale (12-3) allowed just two hits to outduel Scott Kazmir (14-8), who also went eight innings and allowed a sixth-inning home run to Marcus Semien.

Oakland (81-65) holds the top wild card spot in the American League, but the margin over the Seattle Mariners - sitting just outside the wild card picture - shrunk to 1 1/2 games with the loss.

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Nationals 6, Mets 2

First baseman Adam LaRoche homered and finished with three RBIs, leading the Washington Nationals to a win in New York against the Mets.

With the victory, Washington (83-62) reduced its magic number for winning the National League East to nine, while moving a half-game ahead of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the National League.

The Mets (71-76) had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell six games behind Pittsburgh in the race for the NL's second wild card.

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Red Sox 6, Royals 3

Clay Buchholz pitched effectively into the eighth inning and designated hitter David Ortiz drove in his 99th run as the Boston Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The loss dropped the Royals' lead to a half-game over idle Detroit in the American League Central, and the Cleveland Indians (76-69) moved within four games by sweeping the Minnesota Twins.

Buchholz (8-8) subdued the Royals (80-65) on six hits and three runs (one unearned) in 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking three.

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Pirates 4, Phillies 1

Francisco Liriano pitched eight shutout innings to earn his second straight victory as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Second baseman Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Pittsburgh, which won for the sixth time in seven games.

Already leading the race for the National League's second wild-card berth, they closed to within 2 1/2 games of the first-place St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz drove in the lone Philadelphia run with a ninth-inning single. The Phillies have dropped four of five.

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Indians 2, Twins 0 (second game)

T.J. House pitched seven scoreless innings and Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the day and drove in both of Cleveland's runs as the Indians completed a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

The left-handed House gave up four hits, with eight strikeouts and did not issue a walk for the Indians (76-69). He struck out the side in the seventh inning, his last. Cody Allen pitched the ninth inning to pick up his 20th save.

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Indians 8, Twins 2 (first game)

Corey Kluber pitched 8 1/3 strong innings and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a win over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader.

The right-handed Kluber (15-9) gave up two runs on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kluber is the first 15-game winner for the Indians since Cliff Lee in 2008.

Minnesota scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Kennys Vargas. Cleveland countered with eight unanswered runs until the Twins scored again in the ninth. (Editing by John O'Brien)

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