Highlights of Sunday's MLB games

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[June 12, 2017]  June 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:

Yankees 14, Orioles 3

Aaron Judge hit the longest homer in the major leagues this season with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and homered again in the seventh as the New York Yankees rolled to a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Judge became the first player to reach 20 homers in the majors when he drove a 1-1 slider from Logan Verrett well over the left-center field fence for a 496-foot blast. An inning later, with the Yankees already leading 12-3, Judge lined a 2-2 fastball from Jimmy Yacobonis over the center field wall. The second homer went 401 feet.

Gary Sanchez hit a 450-foot, three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Kevin Gausman (3-5) and became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in homers. Starlin Castro also added a two-run homer in the sixth as the Yankees won their fifth straight.

Angels 12, Astros 6

Eric Young Jr. smacked a three-run homer to cap a six-run outburst in the fifth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 12-6 victory and a three-game series win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The Angels handed the Astros only their fourth series loss this season and first by a team outside the American League Central. They did so by mounting a stunning response against two Houston pitchers immediately after the Astros took a 6-4 lead with a two-out rally a half-inning earlier.

Young delivered the biggest blow, snapping a 6-6 tie by depositing a slider from Michael Feliz (2-1) into the right-field seats. Young finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Albert Pujols began the scoring with a homer with two outs in the top of the first inning.

Cardinals 6, Phillies 5

Dexter Fowler wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a three-run homer in the fifth inning that sent St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The victory completed a sweep of the three-game series for the Cardinals and extended the Phillies' losing streak to five games.

Aaron Nola (3-4) allowed two hits through the first four innings before Kolten Wong led off the fifth for the Cardinals with a double. Greg Garcia drew a walk before Fowler slammed a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right field for his ninth homer of the season.

Cubs 7, Rockies 5

Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to the lead Chicago Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Russell hit his fourth home run to give the Cubs the lead and help them avoid a four-game sweep. The Rockies saw their seven-game winning streak -- their longest since 2013 -- snapped.

Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero also homered for Chicago, which ended a four-game losing streak to return to .500.

Schwarber followed Russell's home run with his first career pinch-hit homer and 11th of the season. Jordan Lyles (0-2) gave up both homers after Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela fell short of becoming the first nine-game winner in the National League.

Rays 5, Athletics 4

Mallex Smith went 3-for-3 and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win over the Oakland Atheltics.

Smith, called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday to replace injured Kevin Kiermaier, reached first on a bunt single, and Daniel Coulombe made a throwing error that allowed Smith to wind up on third.

The next batter, Dickerson, hit the first pitch from Coulombe into right field and Smith tagged up and scored to give the Rays a 5-4 lead.

Oakland's Stephen Vogt had a two-run single in the top of the second inning that scored Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy. Vogt struck again in the top of the fourth with a double off Archer that scored Alonso and gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead before the Rays rallied in the fifth.

Smith had an RBI double to score Daniel Robertson, and Dickerson and Evan Longoria followed with RBI hits to tie it 3-3.

Mets 2, Braves 1

Seth Lugo allowed just one run in seven innings and the New York Mets defeated Atlanta Braves 2-1 to take three of the four games in the series.

Pitching with a partially torn elbow ligament, Lugo allowed six hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out six in his first start of the season. Lugo (1-0) also contributed at the plate with a double in the third inning and scored on a two-out single by Juan Lagares to break an early tie.

A successful video review challenge kept the Mets ahead in the fifth, changing a run-scoring fielder's choice into an inning-ending double play hit into by Matt Adams.

Pirates 3, Marlins 1

Ivan Nova pitched six scoreless innings and Elias Diaz drove in two runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 at PNC Park.

Nova (6-4) was perfect through three innings, including striking out the side in the second. He allowed one hit (a single), struck out four and walked none. Felipe Rivero pitched 1 1/3 innings for his second save.

Pittsburgh opened a 2-0 lead in the first when Jose Osuna and David Freese hit back-to-back singles and Diaz drove them in with a double.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the eighth with a homer for Miami.

Indians 4, White Sox 2

Erik Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI, and Carlos Carrasco pitched into the sixth inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Progressive Field.

Carrasco (6-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Cody Allen pitched the ninth inning to pick up his 15th save.

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Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Edwin Encarnacion doubled and later scored on a two-out single by Roberto Perez. The Indians extended their lead in the fourth when Jose Ramirez scored on a wild pitch. Gonzalez followed with a single to make it 3-0.

Tigers 8, Red Sox 3

Justin Upton jacked a grand slam and had five RBIs as the Detroit Tigers avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Upton hit his team-leading 13th homer and fifth career grand slam. His last grand slam came as a member of the San Diego Padres on May 24, 2015, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nicholas Castellanos added a two-run homer, his eight of the year, and Ian Kinsler also had an RBI for Detroit (30-32), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Giants 13, Twins 8

Buster Posey and Austin Slater each drove in four runs, helping the San Francisco Giants rally past the Minnesota Twins 13-8 on Sunday to salvage one win in the three-game interleague series.

The Giants grabbed the lead with a four-run seventh inning. Posey's two-run double erased a 5-4 deficit and Hunter Pence knocked in Posey with a double.

Eduardo Nunez recorded two doubles among three hits and scored three times for the Giants, who ripped six Twins pitchers for 17 hits and 13 runs after having been held to 10 hits and one run in the first two games of the series.

Posey, Pence and Slater also had three hits apiece.

Diamondbacks 11, Brewers 1

Robbie Ray outdueled Chase Anderson in a matchup of two of the majors' hottest pitchers before the Arizona Diamondbacks put away their latest home victory, an 11-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The Diamondbacks merged strong pitching with the long ball, hitting four homers against the Milwaukee bullpen. Arizona took two of three in the weekend series.

Brandon Drury, Chris Herrmann and David Peralta homered during a five-run Arizona seventh inning against relievers Carlos Torres and Neftali Feliz.

Royals 8, Padres 3

Mike Moustakas drove in four runs with a pair of homers to lead a four-homer assault and Kansas City Royals starter Jake Junis held the San Diego Padres to three runs over seven-plus innings Sunday as the Royals defeated the Padres 8-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Kansas City hit 10 homers in the three-game series.

The Padres hit three homers Sunday. The difference was that the Padres' three homers were all solo shots while the Royals' four accounted for seven of their eight runs scored against Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (2-2) and reliever Jose Torres.

Kansas City's 10 home runs, including five Saturday afternoon, accounted for 18 of the Royals' 23 runs in the three games.

Blue Jays 4, Mariners 0

J.A. Happ pitched six scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Josh Donaldson homered, collected three hits and drove in three runs for Toronto, which won two of three games in Seattle.

Happ (1-4), a 20-game winner last year, spent six weeks on the disabled list this season due to left elbow soreness. The outing at Safeco Field was his third start since returning to action.

Rangers 5, Nationals 1

Delino DeShields scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball during a four-run eighth inning, and Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed one run in seven innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Sunday to sweep a three-game interleague series.

The last time the Rangers swept a three-game series on the road against a National League team was in June 2016, against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first road three-game sweep by the Rangers this season.

Washington starter Max Scherzer got the 2,000th strikeout of his career when he fanned Nomar Mazara to lead off the fourth. Scherzer is the third fastest to reach that mark in terms of innings, behind Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

Dodgers 9, Reds 7

Rookie Cody Bellinger started an eighth-inning rally with a home run and shortstop Corey Seager ended it with a grand slam as the Los Angeles Dodgers erased a four-run deficit in the eighth for a 9-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

The Reds held a seemingly comfortable 7-3 lead after seven and a half innings, getting home runs from Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, Joey Votto and Devin Mesoraco, before the Dodgers erupted in the eighth.

Bellinger hit his second home run of the game with one out off reliever Austin Brice. After Yasmani Grandal singled, Reds manager Bryan Price brought in closer Rasiel Iglesias. He couldn't find the strike zone, however, walking Yasiel Puig on four pitchers.

Enrique Hernandez then worked a walk to load the bases, and Chase Utley did likewise to force in a run and make it 7-5. Seager drilled Iglesias' first pitch into the right-field bleachers to complete the comeback.

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