Highlights of Sunday's MLB games

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[September 19, 2016]  Sept 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday:

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

Hanley Ramirez slugged two home runs, including the go-ahead solo shot in the seventh inning, and had four RBIs to help the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Ramirez also launched a three-run shot two innings earlier.

The Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East while the Yankees fell eight games behind in the division.

Robby Scott earned his first career victory in 2/3 innings of relief for Boston before Koji Uehara notched his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz stumbled through a 3-2/3-inning no-decision, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Tigers 9, Indians 5

Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez hit home runs to lead Detroit over Cleveland.

Daniel Norris pitched five innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits to get the win. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the last 1-1/3 innings to pick up his 43rd save.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer gave up six runs on 10 hits in 5-2/3 innings to take the loss. Bauer struck out five, walked two and hit three batters.

Mets 3, Twins 2

Gabriel Ynoa pitched 4-2/3 effective innings and T.J. Rivera homered as New York completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota.

Ynoa allowed one run and four hits while throwing 76 pitches. He struck out eight, equaling a season-high set June 23 at Reno for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ynoa was pressed into the role when originally scheduled starter Jacob deGrom was lost for the season due to an elbow injury on Saturday.

Reds 7, Pirates 4

Joey Votto had four hits including a home run and Tucker Barnhart tied a career high with four RBIs to help Cincinnati to a victory over Pittsburgh.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Pirates.

Pirates shortstop Sean Rodriquez hit his 17th home run of the season in the loss.

Marlins 5, Phillies 4

Miami beat Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park courtesy of an eighth-inning rally.

Reliever Hector Neris took the loss after blowing a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Christian Yelich hit the left-field foul pole to tie the game at four befor the Marlins got an unearned run.

Mike Dunn picked up the win and A.J. Ramos recorded his 37th save of the season.

Orioles 2, Rays 1

Mark Trumbo hit his league-leading 43rd home run in the eighth inning as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay, earning a split in the four-game series.

The Orioles hold one of the wild card spots for the playoffs entering the final two weeks of the season.

Manny Machado got his career-high 36th home run of the season for the Orioles.

Braves 6, Nationals 2

Right-hander Matt Wisler continued his late-season resurgence, throwing 5-2/3 strong innings in Atlanta's rain-shortened win over Washington.

The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning after heavy rain left the field unplayable, following a 110 minute-delay, the second of the game.

Wisler (7-12) allowed two runs and five hits and struck out two. He did not walk a batter and was the beneficiary of two double plays.

He threw only 66 pitches but did not return to the mound after a 97-minute rain delay, the first of two lengthy stoppages.

Royals 10, White Sox 3

Kendrys Morales drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the sixth, a single in the first and a double in the fourth. His home run off reliever Chris Beck was his 1,000th career hit.

Starter Danny Duffy allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out eight in seven-plus innings.

White Sox left-hander Jose Quintans was pulled after 80 pitches and four ineffective innings, charged with six runs on 10 hits and three walks.

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Brewers 3, Cubs 1

The Milwaukee Brewers handed Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks his first loss in nine starts as they claimed a 3-1 victory.

Hendricks, a potential Cy Young Award candidate, last lost on July 26 against the White Sox and then won six games and had two no decisions.

Right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg earned his 11th save despite putting two Cubs on in the ninth. He struck out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to preserve the Milwaukee win.

Athletics 5, Rangers 2

Khris Davis reached 40 home runs by slamming two as the Oakland A's won their second consecutive game against Texas with a 5-2 victory.

Davis hit a solo homer off Texas starter Colby Lewis (6-3) in the fourth inning to cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1. After the A's moved ahead 3-2, Davis added some insurance in the eighth with a two-run homer off Keone Kela.

Davis became the first Oakland player to hit 40 homers in a season since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000.

Ross Detwiler (2-3) limited the Rangers to two runs and five hits in 5-1/3 innings. Ryan Dull worked the ninth for his third save of the season.

Angels 4, Blue Jays 0

Rookie Alex Meyer combined with four relievers on a shutout as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays.

Meyer (1-3) scattered two hits and three walks in five shutout innings while amassing a career-high seven strikeouts and throwing 79 pitches.

The Angels' pitchers combined to concede just four hits and collect 12 strikeouts.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia surpassed Hall of Famer Earl Weaver in career victories. Scioscia moved into 23rd place with his 1,481st win.

Cardinals 3, Giants 0

Rookie right-hander Alex Reyes combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Aledmys Diaz smacked a two-run home run off Giants starter Albert Suarez in the third inning, giving St. Louis a lead it would not relinquish.

Reyes (3-1) dominated the Giants, allowing only four hits -- all singles -- in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Mariners 7, Astros 3

Seth Smith hit a pair of homers as the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros.

Smith's 15th and 16th home runs, both of which came off Astros starter Doug Fister, helped the Mariners jump out to a 7-1 lead over the first four innings.

Seattle starter Ariel Miranda (5-1) allowed two runs -- on a pair of solo homers -- off three hits over seven innings and struck out eight.

Diamondbacks 10, Dodgers 9 (12 innings)

The Arizona Diamondbacks overcame their major-league-worst pitching to outlast the Los Angeles Dodgers in 12 innings.

Brandon Drury ended the marathon by singling home Paul Goldschmidt, who had doubled.

The Diamondbacks had run up a 7-1 lead, but their pitchers -- who entered the game with a 5.21 ERA, worst in the majors -- allowed eight unanswered runs.

The Dodgers scored six runs in the sixth, then took the lead in the eighth on a two-run double by Howie Kendrick.

Chris Owings hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game 9-9.

Rockies 6, Padres 2

The Colorado Rockies parlayed an early five-run rally and superb relief pitching into a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis (13-7) pitched into the sixth, before Chris Rusin, Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino followed, combining to work 3-2/3 scoreless innings and retire 11 of the 13 batters they faced.

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