Highlights of MLB games on Thursday

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[August 05, 2016]  Aug 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Thursday:

White Sox 6, Tigers 3

Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu homered during a five-run second inning, Jose Quintana pitched 7-1/3 strong innings and the Chicago White Sox ended the Detroit Tigers' eight-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory.

Garcia hit his third home run in three games while Abreu ended a 32-game homerless drought. The White Sox had lost six of their last seven.

Quintana (9-8) gave up just two runs after allowing a leadoff homer to Ian Kinsler. He walked one and struck out three.

Closer David Robertson collected his 26th save with a scoreless ninth.

Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-5) was rocked in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list. He allowed six runs on six hits in 1-2/3 innings.

Zimmermann had not started since June 30 because of a right neck strain.

Rays 3, Royals 2

Brad Miller hit a three-run homer off Joakim Soria in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Rays to victory.

Going into the inning the Rays had been held to just one hit behind a strong performance from Ian Kennedy, who struck out nine over six innings.

Rays starter Drew Smyly gave up two runs and struck out 10. Smyly's one mistake came in the top of the fourth inning when he gave up a two-run homer to left fielder Alex Gordon.

Indians 9, Twins 2

Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez all homered for the Indians, who halted their three-game losing streak while ending the Twins' four-game winning streak.

Cleveland reliever Dan Otero (3-1) picked up the win while Minnesota starter Hector Santiago (10-5) took the loss.

Santiago was 6-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his previous six starts, but he gave up a first-inning home run to Kipnis and a three-run homer to Santana in the third.

Cleveland reliever Dan Otero (3-1) picked up the win.

Reds 7, Cardinals 0

Brandon Finnegan allowed two hits over six innings and Brandon Phillips had a pair of doubles and scored three times to lead the Reds to a shutout win.

Finnegan (7-8) allowed only two baserunners, with neither advancing past second base. It was the second straight start in which Finnegan pitched six shutout innings.

Raisel Iglesias allowed just three hits over his two innings to keep the shutout intact. That extended Iglesias' scoreless streak to 22-2/3 innings.

Giants 3, Phillies 2 (10 innings)

Denard Span hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning off Severino Gonzalez to help the Giants avoid a series sweep.

Santiago Casilla pitched a clean 10th inning to earn his 25th save.

Matt Moore, acquired at the trade deadline from Tampa, pitched six innings, giving up three hits and two runs while walking six and striking out seven in his first start for the Giants.

Mets 4, Yankees 1

Jay Bruce, who had been hitless in his first 10 at-bats since being obtained from the Cincinnati Reds, ended the drought with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Mets.

Kelly Johnson also homered for the Mets, while Bartolo Colon (10-6) reached double-digit wins for the 13th time in his career. He allowed one run and six hits in 6-2/3 innings for his 228th career victory.

Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi (9-8) allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings.

Athletics 8, Angels 6 (10 innings)

Yonder Alonso's two-out double drove in the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning as the Oakland A's earned an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

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Angels reliever Mike Morin got the first two outs of the 10th before giving up consecutive singles to Danny Valencia and Billy Butler.

Alonso followed with a liner to right-center to score Valencia before Marcus Semien added an RBI single.

Oakland reliever Ryan Madson (4-4) got the win over Morin (2-2). Ryan Dull pitched the 10th inning for his second save.

Rangers 5, Orioles 3

Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer and Ian Desmond added two RBIs to help the Rangers salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Lucroy's homer was his first since he came to Texas from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade on Monday. Another recent acquisition, Carlos Beltran, added an RBI single for Texas.

Baltimore's three-game winning streak ended despite solo homers from Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez and Kim Hyun-soo. Trumbo leads the major leagues with 31 homers.

Braves 5, Pirates 2

Adonis Garcia turned a base-running gaffe into the go-ahead run in the Atlanta Braves' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Atlanta third baseman walked with one out in the seventh inning and took second on Ender Inciarte's single. Garcia then wandered off second base against left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero and inexplicably took off for third.

Rivero calmly threw to third, well ahead of Garcia, but Pittsburgh third baseman Kang Jung-ho had the ball bounce off the end of his glove for an error and roll behind him.

When Garcia saw Kang tumble to the ground, he raced home with the go-ahead run.

The Braves tacked on a run when Jeff Francoeur delivered a two-out, two-strike RBI single, while another error by Kang in the eighth inning opened the door for two more unearned runs.

Blue Jays 4, Astros 1

J.A. Happ allowed one run on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts to guide Toronto past Houston.

Toronto (62-47) scored on a first-inning groundout, a fifth-inning wild pitch and an eighth-inning single through a drawn-in infield before designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 30th home run leading off the ninth.

Astros right-hander Mike Fiers (7-5) lasted six innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2

Kenta Maeda gave up two runs and four hits in 5-2/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts to hold the Colorado Rockies in check.

Yasmani Grandal tripled home two runs with two outs in the fifth when the Dodgers scored three runs against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.

Corey Seager hit his 19th home run, tying the record Hanley Ramirez set in 2013 for a Los Angeles shortstop.

Red Sox 3, Mariners 2 (11 innings)

Brock Holt delivered a RBI single in the 11th inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Holt, who entered the game in the seventh inning, drove a pitch from Seattle reliever Cody Martin up the middle to drive in Travis Shaw.

Martin (1-2) was the sixth pitcher used by a Mariners, and he gave up a leadoff single to Shaw and a sacrifice bunt by Sandy Leon.

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