Highlights of Sunday's MLB games

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[July 31, 2017]   (The Sports Xchange)

Orioles 10, Rangers 6

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made history on Sunday, but the Baltimore Orioles got out of town with a 10-6 victory over Texas on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Beltre became the 31st player to collect 3,000 career hits when he doubled in the fourth inning.

However, the Orioles got to Rangers starter Martin Perez (5-9) his second time through the Baltimore lineup, tagging Perez with eight earned runs before he was lifted in favor of reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the fifth.

Welington Castillo had four RBIs for Baltimore, Jonathan Schoop knocked in three runs, and Manny Machado collected three hits.

Blue Jays 11, Angels 10

Steve Pearce hit his second walk-off grand slam of the week, and Toronto scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Los Angeles.

Pearce also had a game-ending grand slam Thursday to beat the Oakland Athletics. Toronto avoided a three-game sweep by Los Angeles with the biggest ninth-inning comeback win in club history.

Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar also homered for the Blue Jays, while Matt Dermody (1-0) allowed one run in three innings of relief to earn his first major league victory. The Angels' Albert Pujols had two homers, a single and four RBIs to end an 0-for-24 drought.

Dodgers 3, Giants 2 (11 innings)

Kyle Farmer, in his first major league at-bat, rifled a pinch-hit double into the right field corner to score two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning and give Los Angeles a walk-off win over San Francisco.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep and earned their eighth win in a row.

With two on and one out and the Giants leading 2-1, Farmer hit a line drive into the corner off Albert Suarez (0-1) to score Corey Seager, who had doubled, and Justin Turner, who had been intentionally walked.

White Sox 3, Indians 1

Matt Davidson hit a walk-off, two-run homer as Chicago ended Cleveland's nine-game winning streak.

Davidson homered against reliever Bryan Shaw (4-5) on a 1-1 pitch as the White Sox won for only the second time in their past 16 games. Chicago did not collect its first hit until left fielder Leury Garcia smacked a solo home run with two outs in the sixth inning, tying the game at 1-1.

The White Sox activated Garcia from the 10-day disabled list before the game to take the roster spot of leadoff hitter and offensive catalyst Melky Cabrera, who was traded to Kansas City on Sunday in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Rookie Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to lift Chicago over Milwaukee.

By taking the rubber match of a three-game series between the top teams in the National League Central, the Cubs increased their lead to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Brewers.

Caratini was in the Cubs' lineup at first base in place of Anthony Rizzo, who was unable to play because of back stiffness. Normally the backup catcher, Caratini fell behind 0-2 before fouling off a pair of pitches and taking a ball before drilling a fastball from Zach Davies (12-5) out to dead center field for his first major league home run.

Rays 5, Yankees 3

Jacob Faria and five relievers combined on a four-hitter as Tampa Bay salvaged the finale of the four-game series with New York.

Faria did not qualify for the win after allowing three runs and three hits in four-plus innings. Sergio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek (2-1), Tommy Hunter and Alex Colome (30th save) combined for five scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

Corey Dickerson had a two-run single and Evan Longoria had two hits for the Rays.

Royals 5, Red Sox 3

Alex Gordon smashed a two-run triple to cap a four-run eighth inning as Kansas City rallied past Boston.

Gordon's heroics were preceded by a game-tying, two-run, bases-loaded single from Alcides Escobar, who had three RBIs to help the Royals take the rubber match of the three-game series.

Rafael Devers clubbed his first career homer at Fenway, a solo shot, and his second since his major league debut last Tuesday after Boston brought him up from Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have lost seven of their past 10 games.

Tigers 13, Astros 1

Justin Upton hit a grand slam and tied a career best with six RBIs, and Miguel Cabrera hit a milestone RBI double in Detroit's rout of Houston.

Justin Verlander (6-7) pitched six scoreless innings. He retired the last seven batters he faced but left eight Houston runners on base in the first four innings. Verlander is rumored to be a trade target before the Monday deadline.

The Tigers broke the game open with three runs in the sixth, chasing Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), who gave up at least four runs in his fourth straight start. McCullers Jr. allowed eight hits, walked four, struck out four and was charged with five runs in five innings.

Rockies 10, Nationals 6 (Game 1)

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Colorado blasted Washington's Erick Fedde in his major league debut, scoring seven runs off the right-hander en route to a victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu had three hits and two RBIs apiece for the Rockies. Kyle Freeland (11-7) pitched five innings to earn the victory, breaking a tie with teammate Antonio Senzatela for the most wins among major league rookies.

Colorado's Greg Holland entered with the bases loaded in the ninth, and after allowing Anthony Rendon's RBI single, got Howie Kendrick to ground into a double play to secure his 33rd save in 34 tries. Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in four runs for the Nationals.

Nationals 3, Rockies 1 (Game 2)

Edwin Jackson pitched seven strong innings, and Adam Lind and Brian Goodwin both homered in the fifth inning as Washington defeated Colorado to salvage of the doubleheader.

Jackson (2-1) matched his longest outing of the season, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. He struck out six while lowering his ERA to 2.84 in three starts for the Nationals.

Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Sean Doolittle retired the Rockies in order in the ninth to earn his third save with the Nationals.

Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2

Lance Lynn checked Arizona on two runs over six innings in St. Louis' victory.

Lynn (9-6) gave up four hits and issued a season-high five walks, striking out three. Lynn, who has allowed only four runs in his last five starts, covering 31 1/3 innings, has been in trade rumors over the last week.

Four relievers picked up the last nine outs, with Trevor Rosenthal striking out the side in the ninth for his sixth save in eight tries. Taijuan Walker (6-5) absorbed the loss for Arizona after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out 10 over 5 2/3 innings.

Reds 6, Marlins 4

Rookie Luis Castillo beat his former organization, and Tucker Barnhart produced a season-high three RBIs as Cincinnati snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Reds held on despite Marcell Ozuna's three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Castillo (2-4), traded with two other prospects from the Marlins to Cincinnati in January, lasted a career-high eight innings. He gave up one run on three hits.

Dan Straily (7-7), the player Miami received in the Castillo deal, lost his third straight start. He yielded two runs in six innings.

Phillies 2, Braves 1

Freddy Galvis delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Philadelphia to its second straight walk-off win over Atlanta.

Galvis hit a line drive to right field to plate Andrew Knapp, who led off the inning with a double. The Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out when Ty Kelly walked and Cesar Hernandez reached on a bunt single before Galvis came through.

It was the fourth straight win for the Phillies, who are 6-0 against the Braves at home this season. The Braves took a fourth straight loss and fell for the seventh time in eight games.

A's 6, Twins 5 (12 innings)

Yonder Alonso hit a solo walk-off home run with one out in the 12th inning, powering Oakland past Minnesota.

Alonso launched reliever Tyler Duffey's first pitch into the right field seats for his 22nd home run of the season. The Athletics beat Minnesota with a walk-off homer for the second straight game. Rajai Davis hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning Saturday.

Jaycob Brugman and Alonso each had a homer and three hits for the A's.

Pirates 7, Padres 1

Andrew McCutchen had the third three-homer game of his career, and Gerrit Cole held San Diego to one run on five hits over seven innings as Pittsburgh ended its five-game losing streak.

McCutchen homered in the first off Clayton Richard (5-12). Then he went deep in the eighth and ninth off Jose Torres, the third homer hitting the right field foul pole.

Cole (9-7) issued two walks and hit a batter while striking out eight.

Mariners 9, Mets 1

James Paxton pitched six scoreless innings and set a franchise record as Seattle defeated New York.

Paxton (11-3) allowed six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out eight as the Mariners won two of three in the series. Paxton broke the team mark for most victories in a month by a pitcher. He finished July 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA, with 46 strikeouts and six walks in 39 1/3 innings.

Nelson Cruz launched a three-run shot into the upper deck in left field off Mets starter Seth Lugo (5-3) in the first inning, and Leonys Martin homered in the second.

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