Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

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[August 25, 2016]  Aug 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday:

Rangers 6, Reds 5

Yu Darvish hit his first career home run in a no-decision and Adrian Beltre drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the eighth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

The Rangers gained a split of the two-game interleague series and lead the Seattle Mariners by 6 1/2 games in the American League West.

Dodgers 1, Giants 0

Justin Turner's homer was the difference for Los Angeles.

The win boosted LA's cushion in the National League West to three games over San Francisco, which lost its fourth in a row. The Dodgers won (71-55) their fourth straight.

Marlins 3, Royals 0

Jose Fernandez improved his career home record to 27-2 and set a franchise record for strikeouts, leading Miami over red-hot Kansas City.

The Royals had their nine-game win streak snapped.

Orioles 10, Nationals 8

Manny Machado had four hits and four RBIs, Matt Wieters had two hits and four RBIs and Wade Miley picked up his first win in five starts with Baltimore.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (11 innings)

Boston dropped the ball on potential third outs twice on one play and Tampa Bay walked off with an 11-inning win as Kevin Kiermaier drove in Luke Maile.

With two outs and two on in the 11th, Kiermaier hit a ground ball to first base, but the throw to reliever Heath Hembree went off his glove for a fielding error. The throw home was in time to get Maile at the plate, but catcher Sandy Leon didn't hold onto the ball and the winning run scored.

 

Phillies 5, White Sox 3

Jerad Eickhoff allowed a sixth-inning home run and little else to help lead Philadelphia over Chicago and a split in the two-game interleague series.

Eickhoff (9-12) made it three straight wins while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two in six innings.

Tigers 9, Twins 4

Miguel Cabrera homered and finished a triple short of the cycle as Detroit hammered Minnesota.

Cabrera's solo home run in the first inning gave Detroit the lead and the Tigers never trailed, scoring five runs in the third and tacking on three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Cardinals 8, Mets 1

Carlos Martinez limited New York to four hits and a run in eight dominant innings and St. Louis pounded Jacob deGrom.

Martinez (12-7) walked three and struck out five while inducing two more double play balls, giving him a National League-high 27 for the year. The Cardinals (67-58) tied a season high with 19 hits.

Brewers 7, Rockies 1

Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Zach Davies struck out eight and Milwaukee finished a three-game sweep of Colorado at Miller Park.

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Davies (10-6) had lost two in a row coming into the game but scattered five hits and three walks in six innings. Colorado starter Tyler Anderson (4-5) struck out 10 while allowing three hits and two walks in five innings.

Astros 5, Pirates 4

Evan Gattis belted a two-run homer and three others drove in a run as Houston built an early lead and held on for a victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Houston claimed the rubber match of the interleague series and has won five of its past six games.

Gregory Polanco drove in two runs and Jordy Mercer hit a homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost five of its past six.

Cubs 6, Padres 3

Kyle Hendricks tossed six strong innings and Ben Zobrist hit a two-run triple and scored two runs as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

The Cubs outscored the Padres 16-7 in the three games and their pitchers held the San Diego hitters to 16 hits.

Athletics 5, Indians 1

Oakland's Kendall Graveman (10-8) took a shutout into the seventh inning and yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings against first-place Cleveland.

Khris Davis triggered a five-run second inning with a triple off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, helping the A's win a second straight game against an Indians team that was held to one run in each of the three games in the series.

Yankees 5, Mariners 0

Red-hot rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the seventh time in eight games and Masahiro Tanaka outdueled former Japanese league teammate Hisashi Iwakuma to lift New York.

Besides his first-inning homer, Sanchez doubled in the fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh and ninth with runners aboard and first base open.

Diamondbacks 10, Braves 9 (11 innings)

Brandon Drury hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks hit three homers in a 10-9 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field.

Jake Lamb doubled with one out in the 11th inning off Jose Ramirez (2-1) and took third on a wild pitch before Chris Owings was hit by a pitch and Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked.

Angels 8, Blue Jays 2

Albert Pujols had four hits with a homer and three RBIs, Matt Shoemaker pitched six scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2.

Mike Trout also homered, and Jett Bandy had a career-best four hits for the Angels (53-73), who ended an 11-game road losing streak.

With 584 career home runs, Pujols moved past Mark McGwire into 10th place on the all-time list.

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