Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

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[July 07, 2016]  July 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Wednesday:

Tigers 12, Indians 2

Nick Castellanos homered among his three hits and had five RBIs as the Detroit Tigers cruised to a 12-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

With the win, Detroit snapped its 11-game losing streak to Cleveland -- with all 11 setbacks coming in 2016.

Cleveland also saw its 14-game home winning streak end as Wednesday's loss was the Indians' first at Progressive Field since a 7-3 setback to Texas on May 31.

Cameron Maybin also homered for the Tigers, who are 5-2 in the first seven contests of an 11-game road trip to Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Toronto.

Mets 4, Marlins 2

Wilmer Flores hit two homers in a game for the second time in four days and right-hander Jacob deGrom threw seven strong innings as New York defeated Miami at Citi Field.

The Mets (46-38) won two of three from the Marlins (44-41) to ensure they would be no more than four games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals heading into a four-game series that begins Thursday at Citi Field.

Flores belted solo homers in each of his first two at-bats before hitting into a double play in the fifth inning and striking out in the eighth. He also had two homers Sunday, when he tied a team record by collecting six hits in a 14-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Twins 4, Athletics 0

Ervin Santana had his best start for Minnesota, tossing his first complete game shutout in more than four years and allowing just two hits in a win over Oakland at Target Field.

Santana (3-7) retired the first 14 men he faced in order before a two-out double off the left-field wall by Oakland's Billy Butler in the fifth inning. The right-hander retired the next seven men he faced before surrendering a leadoff single to Stephen Vogt in the eighth, but Santana quickly erased him on a 3-6-1 double play grounder by Butler.

Santana walked none and struck out eight in completing his first game since he shut out Arizona on June 16, 2012, when he played for the Los Angeles Angels.

Phillies 4, Braves 3

Freddy Galvis belted a two-run homer over the right-field fence in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia to a 4-3 win over visiting Atlanta.

Galvis finished the day 2-for-4 and hit his first home run since June 23.

Jeanmar Gomez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 23rd save of the season. Hector Neris (3-3) picked up the win despite allowing a run in the eighth.

Reds 5, Cubs 3

Tucker Barnhart belted a go-ahead three-run homer to power Cincinnati to a victory and a rare series triumph over Chicago.

Barnhart's seventh-inning blast lifted the Reds to a 4-3 lead and helped make a winner of starter Anthony DeSclafani (3-0), who worked six innings for the win.

Closer Tony Cingrani picked up his 10th save by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

Nationals 7, Brewers 4

Milwaukee starter Matt Garza gave up three home runs to his nemesis, Washington, which salvaged the finale of the three-game series.

Bryce Harper had a three-run homer in the first, Jose Lobaton added a solo shot in the second and Ryan Zimmerman went deep for a two-run blast in the fifth off Garza (1-2), who allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Garza, who came off the disabled list on June 14, had a 7.01 ERA in nine previous starts against Washington.

Washington starter Tanner Roark (8-5) yielded four runs -- all in one inning -- on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Jonathan Papelbon finished the ninth for his 17th save.

Orioles 6, Dodgers 4 (14 innings)

Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run double in the 14th inning to give Baltimore a win over Los Angeles.

Mark Trumbo added two home runs and a double, and he scored three runs. Trumbo now has 26 homers, one more than the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant for the major league lead. Mychal Givens (6-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and Zach Britton escaped a bases-loaded jam for his 25th save.

Chase Utley set a career high with six hits, and Adrian Gonzalez added three hits and two RBIs, but the Dodgers' sustained their second consecutive loss after winning 15 of 20.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 2

Marcus Stroman allowed two runs over eight innings, Michael Saunders homered in the fourth and then singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth, and Toronto defeated Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep.

Stroman (7-4) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six to help the Blue Jays earn their fifth win in a row. Roberto Osuna pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to earn his 17th save.

After Kansas City's Ian Kennedy struck out 10 in six innings of two-run ball, Kelvin Herrera (1-2) entered in the eighth and struck out his first two batters. Herrera then allowed a double to Edwin Encarnacion, a single to Saunders and a double to Russell Martin give the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.

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Red Sox 11, Rangers 6

First-time All-Star Steven Wright earned his 10th win, and David Ortiz ripped his 20th home run of the season and drove in three runs, powering Boston past Texas.

In winning the rubber game of the three-game series handing the road-weary Rangers their fourth loss in five games, the Red Sox cashed in on three infield errors by Texas in a five-run second inning after Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first.

Wright (10-5) worked six-plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned). Bryce Brentz drove in three runs for the Red Sox.

Angels 7, Rays 2

Los Angeles won back-to-back games for the first time in 17 days, making easy work of Tampa Bay.

The Angels got to Rays starter Drew Smyly early, tagging him for seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in four-plus innings. Los Angeles got a strong start from Jered Weaver (7-7), who held the Rays to one run on four hits in six innings.

Mike Trout drove in two runs for the Angels, who got two hits apiece for Jett Bandy and Yunel Escobar.

White Sox 5, Yankees 0

The White Sox bounced back from a tough loss with a big win, defeating New York to win their fifth straight series.

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (2-4) had his best start of the season. Gonzalez lasted seven innings for the second straight outing, struck out three and walked just one for his first win since June 9 against the Nationals.

Rookie shortstop Tim Anderson lined a two-run double off Yankees starter Michael Pineda (3-8) in Chicago's four-run second inning.

Giants 5, Rockies 1

Johnny Cueto made a pitch to be the National League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, recording a 10th consecutive win in complete-game fashion as San Francisco beat Colorado.

Buster Posey smacked a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a double and a triple for the Giants.

Cueto (13-1) became the NL's first 13-game winner by throwing a five-hitter. He walked one and struck out eight in his NL-leading fourth complete game of the season. In pitching the Giants to a 16th victory in his 18 starts this season, Cueto became the first San Francisco pitcher since John Burkett in 1993 to record 13 wins before the All-Star break.

Padres 13, Diamondbacks 6

Yangervis Solarte had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, and rookie Ryan Schimpf homered twice as San Diego moved into a virtual tie with Arizona for fourth place in the NL West.

Solarte singled in a run in a five-run fourth inning, doubled in a run in the fifth and hit a three-run homer in the ninth. Schimpf hit a two-run homer to cap the fourth-inning rally and hit a bases-empty homer in the ninth.

Schimpf, who had 15 homers in 51 games for Triple-A El Paso this season, has four homers since being recalled June 14.

Astros 9, Mariners 8

Luis Valbuena crushed his second upper-deck home run in as many nights as Houston completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.

After the Mariners erased what was once a five-run deficit when Seth Smith cranked a three-run home run off Michael Feliz to knot the score at 7-7 in the seventh inning, Valbuena drilled a 2-2 fastball from Edwin Diaz (0-2) an estimated 415 feet to right field in the eighth. Jason Castro, who doubled leading off the frame, scored to give the Astros the lead.

Houston right-hander Luke Gregerson surrendered a pair of walks and an RBI double to Robinson Cano in the ninth yet picked up his 14th save by striking out Nelson Cruz and Dae-Ho Lee, the latter with the bases loaded.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 5

Jung Ho Kang's two-run double put Pittsburgh ahead to stay in the top of the seventh inning as the Pirates wiped out a 5-1 deficit to dump St. Louis.

Kang's hit scored David Freese and Andrew McCutchen, who walked and singled, respectively, against Jonathan Broxton (1-1). Kang capped the scoring later in the inning when St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz booted Josh Harrison's two-out grounder for an error.

A.J. Schugel (2-2) worked a clean sixth inning for the win as the Pirates captured their seventh consecutive victory. Closer Mark Melancon earned his 26th save, finishing off a second straight night of five scoreless innings for a Pittsburgh bullpen that has allowed only one run in its past 45 1/3 innings dating back to June 24. (Editing by John O'Brien)

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