Tigers 6, Indians 4
Ian Kinsler blasted a two-run home run off Bryan Shaw in the seventh
inning to lead the Detroit Tigers a victory over the Cleveland
Indians and a sweep of their three-game weekend series.
Detroit's (83-66) sixth win in seven games went to left-handed
reliever Phil Coke (5-2), who pitched a scoreless seventh. The loss
dropped Cleveland 6 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the
American League Central Division.
Right-hander Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save while starter Justin
Verlander allowed three runs and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of
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Cardinals 4, Rockies 1
Marco Gonzales, making the fifth start of his career, allowed just
four hits through 5 2/3 innings and the Cardinals went on to
complete a sweep of the three-game series against the Colorado
Rockies with a victory.
The win allowed the Cardinals (83-67) to maintain their 3 1/2 game
lead in the NL Central over the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the
Rockies suffered their sixth consecutive loss on the road and 90th
defeat of the season.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run home run in the third inning where the
Cardinals scored three times to take control.
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Brewers 9, Reds 1
Matt Clark belted a three-run home run in the seventh inning as part
of a five-run inning, and Milwaukee blasted Cincinnati.
After getting just two hits of Reds' starters in each of their last
two games, the Brewers collected eight off Cincinnati right-hander
Mike Leake (11-12), who also walked and hit left fielder Khris Davis
with a pitch to lead off the fifth.
The Brewers (78-72) remained five games behind St Louis for the lead
in the NL Central.
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Pirates 7, Cubs 3
Neil Walker had a home run and double among his three hits and was
the pivot man on an around-the-horn triple play as the Pittsburgh
Pirates rallied for a victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Walker's solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning started
the Pirates' comeback from a 3-0 deficit and was his 20th of the
season, setting a franchise record for a second baseman.
His double drove in a run during a six-run fifth inning in which the
Pittsburgh sent 12 batters to the plate and went ahead 7-3.
The Pirates (79-70) turned their first triple play since 2009 in the
fourth an won for the eighth time in their last 10 games to stay 3
1/2 games behind St Louis in the National League Central.
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Red Sox 8, Royals 4
Designated hitter Daniel Nava hit a grand slam and Joe Kelly settled
down after the third inning as the Boston Red Sox topped the
wobbling Kansas City Royals.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also contributed three hits, including a
three-run homer, and drove in four runs.
The Red Sox, who are in last place in the American League East, won
three of four at Kauffman Stadium to put a dent in the Royals'
The Royals (81-67) entered the series a game in front of Detroit in
the American League Central, but fell 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers
after the loss.
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Astros 6, Angels 1
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched no-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings as
the Houston Astros earned a victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Keuchel (11-9) had a perfect game for five innings before walking
catcher Chris Iannetta to begin the bottom of the sixth inning.
The loss ended the Angels' (93-56) 10-game winning streak, the
team's longest since 2002 and one shy of the club record.
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Athletics 4, Mariners 0
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester shut down the Seattle
Mariners to help the A's win back-to-back games for the first time
since Aug. 22-23 while widening their lead in the American League
Oakland (83-66) maintained their spot as the first of two AL wild
cards, 1 1/2 games in front of Kansas City and 2 1/2 ahead of the
Lester (15-10) earned his fifth win since being traded from Boston
after throwing six innings of shutout ball and allowing four hits.
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Nationals 3, Mets 0
Catcher Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in
the seventh inning, when the Washington Nationals inched closer to
the National League East title by beating the New York Mets.
The Nationals (85-63) won three of four against the Mets (72-78) to
reduce their magic number for winning the NL East to five, pending
the outcome of the Atlanta Braves' game against the Texas Rangers
later Sunday afternoon.
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The Nationals will have a chance to clinch the division in Atlanta
when they visit the Braves for a three-game series beginning Monday.
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Dodgers 4, Giants 2
Right fielder Matt Kemp broke open a pitchers' duel between
left-hander Clayton Kershaw and righty Yusmeiro Petit with a two-run
home run in the sixth inning, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to
a victory over the San Francisco Giants.
The win was the second in a row for the Dodgers (85-64) after a 9-0
defeat in the series opener Friday night and increased their lead
over the Giants (82-67) to three games atop the National League West
with just 13 games remaining in the regular season.
The loss, just San Francisco's second in their last 12 home games,
also cost the Giants ground in the wild-card race. They remain in
the number one wild-card spot, but they now lead the Pittsburgh
Pirates (79-70) by just three games, with the Milwaukee Brewers
(78-72) another 1 1/2 games back.
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Rays 6, Blue Jays 5
Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to snap a 5-5
tie and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the
rubber match of a three-game series.
Pinch-hitter John Mayberry hit a pinch-hit home run with two out in
the bottom of the ninth against left-hander Jake McGee (5-2) to tie
the game for the Blue Jays and force extra innings.
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Orioles 3, Yankees 2
Kelly Johnson capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth with
a walk-off one-out double that gave the Baltimore Orioles a victory
over the New York Yankees.
Baltimore's magic number also dropped to three, thanks to Toronto's
loss against Tampa Bay earlier in the day.
Now, Baltimore (89-60) have a chance to clinch the American League
East Division title at home during a three-game series with the Jays
that starts Monday.
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Twins 6, White Sox 4
Rookie right-hander Trevor May struck out a career-high 10 batters
and allowed three runs in six innings for his third straight win, as
the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox.
Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with his 35th homer
and two RBIs in the defeat.
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Marlins 5, Phillies 4
Jonathan Papelbon walked off the mound to the choral sound of boos
from the Philadelphia faithful after he let a three-run lead in the
ninth slip away in the Philadelphia Phillies' loss to Miami Marlins.
Everything was going smoothly for the Phillies before Papelbon took
the hill in the ninth. By the time he was done, a 4-1 lead turned
into a 5-4 deficit and the Phillies could not tie the game in the
bottom of the ninth.
Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 and had the winning run on a wild
pitch from Papelbon.
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Rangers 10, Braves 3
Second baseman Luis Sardinas and right fielder Michael Choice
combined for five hits and seven RBIs in the Texas Rangers' victory
over the Atlanta Braves.
Sardinas - who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs - and Choice, the team's
number eight-nine hitters, were among a bottom three of the order
that went 8-for-12 with seven RBIs, five runs and two walks.
Six Texas hitters had more than one hit as part of a 18-hit Rangers
attack in support of winning pitcher Colby Lewis (6-10).
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Diamondbacks 8, Padres 6
Arizona third baseman Aaron Hill singled in the final run of
five-run third inning and rookie right-hander Zeke Spruill recorded
his first major league victory in the Diamondbacks' victory over the
San Diego Padres.
Owings had two hits and Spruill also had his first major league hit
for the Arizona (61-88), who have won their last two after a
season-long seven-game losing streak. (Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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