Baseball - Highlights from Saturday's Major League Baseball games

July 27 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games.

Reuters

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Rays 1, Yankees 0

Chris Archer pitched a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays continued their tear with a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Archer retired the first 10 Yankees before Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by third baseman Evan Longoria.

Kelly Johnson hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Rays, who are 21-3 in their last 24 games and remained ahead of Boston in the AL East.

New York was blanked for the ninth time this season while losing for the 11th time in 17 games since starting July with a six-game winning streak.

The Yankees are a season-high eight games out of first place.

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Tigers 10, Phillies 0

Max Scherzer advanced to a 15-1 record with six innings of one-hit ball on his 29th birthday, and Miguel Cabrera marked his return to the lineup with a home run and three RBIs to power the Detroit Tigers to a 10-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scherzer gave up a booming two-out double to center in the second inning, but that was the only baserunner he allowed as he retired the final 13 batters he faced sending Philly to a seventh straight defeat.

Jered Weaver began the 2012 season 15-1 for the Los Angeles Angels, Ubaldo Jimenez had the same record in 2010 for Colorado and Roger Clemens was likewise for the 2001 New York Yankees.

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Braves 2, Cardinals 0

Dropped from first to eighth in the batting order, Andrelton Simmons turned around a 99-mph fastball from reliever Trevor Rosenthal for a two-out double in the eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals, who lead the National League in runs and batting average, were limited to two hits by Julio Teheran over seven innings.

Luis Avilan and Craig Kimbrel, who got his 30th save, retired the Cardinals in order over the last two innings.

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Athletics 3, Angels 1

Derek Norris hit a pinch two-run home run and left-hander Tommy Milone allowed one run over seven innings as the Oakland A's came from behind to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1.

Josh Hamilton gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his 17th home run of the season, a blast off Milone, but the A's moved ahead, 2-1, in the seventh on Norris' home run.

Milone (9-8) allowed only four hits while striking out six and walking four.

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Nationals 4, Mets 1

The Washington Nationals hit three home runs off Dillon Gee and Dan Haren earned his first victory since May 9 in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets.

Gee (7-8) entered the game with a record of 6-1 in nine career starts against the Nationals. He has three wins this season against Washington, more than any pitcher against another team this year.

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Twins 4, Mariners 0

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 as Samuel Dedun pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.

Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau each hit solo home runs in the seventh inning to help Minnesota (45-56) pull away and improve to 6-3 since the All-Star break.

Deduno (7-4) struck out six while holding an opponent scoreless for the second time in his 12 starts this season.

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Indians 1, Rangers 0

Justin Masterson out-pitched Yu Darvish as the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 1-0.

The only run of the game came on a home run by Michael Bourn leading off the bottom of the first inning.

It was a game that featured wall-to-wall great pitching as Masterson (12-7) and Darvish (9-5) pitched a combined 13 2/3 innings, allowing one run while striking out 19.

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Royals 1, White Sox 0

Wade Davis allowed four hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings and the Kansas City Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

Lorenzo Cain drove in the run in the sixth inning as the Royals claimed the second game of the three-game weekend series.

Davis (5-9) broke a four-start losing streak as he struck out four and walked three.

The White Sox (40-61) fell 21 games below .500 for the first times since Sept. 25, 2007.

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Astros 8, Blue Jays 6

Chris Carter hit a three-run home run and left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched into the eighth inning as the Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Matt Dominguez also drove in two runs for the Astros with a solo homer and a single, and Justin Maxwell added a solo home run.

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Pirates 7, Marlins 4

One day after being shut out, the Pittsburgh Pirates banged out 14 hits to defeat the Miami Marlins 7-4.

The Pirates' bullpen was also impressive with four scoreless innings.

Michael McKenry, starting in place of injured catcher Russell Martin, led the Pirates with a career-high four hits.

Neil Walker had three hits, including two doubles. McKenry, Walker and Garrett Jones each had two RBI.

The Pirates gained a game on National League Central-leading St. Louis, who lost to Atlanta, now just 1-1/2 games behind.

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Red Sox 7, Orioles 3

Stephen Drew homered twice and drove in five RBIs, helping the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The victory let the Red Sox (62-43) stay half a game behind Tampa Bay in the American League East.

Drew finished 3-for-4 with the five RBIs, and three runs scored. He hit a three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth.

The two homers and five RBIs both tied career highs that Drew posted while playing with Arizona. He hit two homers on Aug. 25, 2010 and drove in five runs on July 28, 2011.

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