Highlights of Thursday's MLB games

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[August 12, 2016]  Aug 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games:

Orioles 9, Athletics 6

Mark Trumbo hit his third career grand slam, right-hander Chris Tillman recorded his 15th win and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game series sweep with a victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

The Orioles had lost three-straight one-run games to the A's, scoring a combined three runs, but they broke out of their slump with a vengeance in the series finale.

Trumbo belted his major-league leading 32nd home run of the season and first grand slam as an Oriole.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0

Braden Shipley threw seven shutout innings in his best start as a major leaguer and added an RBI single and a stolen base in the Arizona Diamondbacks' win over the New York Mets.

The Diamondbacks swept the three-game series from the free-falling Mets, who dropped to .500 for the first time since April 20. New York is 10-19 dating to July 8.

Rockies 12, Rangers 9

Carlos Gonzalez's pinch-hit double drove in three runs to highlight a five-run eighth inning that helped Colorado end its four-game losing streak and the Rangers' five-game winning streak.

David Dahl extended his hitting streak to 17 games for Colorado to match the major-league record for longest to begin a major-league career, tying the Reds' Chuck Aleno in 1941.

Pirates 4, Padres 0

Pittsburgh rookie Jameson Taillon limited San Diego to three singles over eight innings to extend the strong start to his career as the Pirates blanked the Padres.

Taillon (3-2) lowered his ERA to 2.85 in his first 10 major league appearances, striking out four and walking two -- or one more than he had walked in his previous five starts.

Astros 15, Twins 7 (Game 1)

Jose Altuve had four hits and Carlos Correa belted a three-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader.

It was the second consecutive four-hit game for Altuve, who raised his batting average to a majors-best .366 this season.

Astros 10, Twins 2 (Game 2)

George Springer had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Devenski pitched five shutout innings to help Houston complete a doubleheader sweep.

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Springer played a starring role in both contests, combining to go 5-for-9 with six RBIs. In addition to his home run, he also doubled twice and scored a pair of runs in the night game as Houston won the final three contests of the four-game set.

Brewers 11, Braves 3

Home runs by Chris Carter, Scooter Gennett and Hernan Perez lifted Milwaukee to an 11-win over the Atlanta Braves, earning the Brewers a split of their four-game series at Miller Park.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3

Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to bring home Willson Contreras with the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 for their 10th consecutive victory.

The Cubs recorded their fourth walk-off of the season when Rizzo took a 3-1 pitch for the two-out walk against Cardinals reliever Zack Duke.

The Cubs extended their lead in the National League Central to 13 games over the Cardinals. The 10-game run is the Cubs' longest since a 12-game streak from May 19-June 2, 2001.

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run double during a three-run Yankees eighth inning, and New York came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night.

Austin Romine added a solo home run, his fourth of the year for New York, which won two of three games in Boston and improved to 6-4 in August.

Royals 2, White Sox 1

Danny Duffy won his eighth straight decision as Kansas City nipped Chicago.

Duffy pitched his first complete-game, limiting the White Sox to seven hits. He walked none and struck out six, throwing 71 strikes in 98 pitches. It was the Royals' first complete-game this season.

Indians 14, Angels 4

Mike Napoli had four hits, including a home run and four RBIs, and Corey Kluber itched six solid innings as Cleveland routed Los Angeles at Progressive Field.

Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez also homered for the Indians, who scored in each of the first five innings of the game. Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and four RBIs and Abraham Almonte had three hits. (Editing by Andrew Both/Sudipto Ganguly)

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