Baseball - Major League Baseball highlights

July 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday.

Reuters

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Orioles 7 Blue Jays 4

Baltimore's Chris Davis homered for the fourth consecutive game, extending his Major League lead to 37, to help the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

Davis, who had four RBIs to take him to 93 on the season, tied Reggie Jackson for the most home runs in the American League before the All Star Game.

The Blue Jays have lost 13 of their last 20 games.

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Tigers 5 Rangers 0

Justin Verlander flirted with his third career no-hitter to lead the Detroit Tigers to a victory over the Texas Rangers.

Mitch Moreland's two-out double in the seventh inning spoiled Verlander's bid to become the only active pitcher with three no-hitters. Verlander (10-6) was removed after the seventh because of a tight right quadriceps muscle.

The Tigers enter the All-Star break atop the American League Central Division while the Rangers remain in second place behind the Oakland Athletics in the A.L. West.

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Athletics 3 Red Sox 2 (11)

Third baseman Josh Donaldson launched a tying two-run blast in the seventh inning and then hit a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Oakland Athletics to victory.

Athletics' right-hander Bartolo Colon allowed two runs and eight hits in 6-1/3 innings but did not figure in the decision, and finished the first half of the season with a 12-3 mark.

Oakland entered the All-Star Game break with a 56-39 record and a two-game lead in the American League West while the Red Sox fell to 58-39 as their lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay dwindled to 2-1/2 games.

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Mets 4 Pirates 2

Dillon Gee led the New York Mets to a victory after holding Pittsburgh to one unearned run in 6-2/3 innings.

Eric Young Jr., Marlon Byrd and John Buck each had two hits for the Mets.

Starling Marte had two hits for the Pirates, who entered the day tied with St. Louis for the National League Central lead but had their three-game winning streak snapped.

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Rays 5 Astros 0

Rookie right-hander Chris Archer threw his first career complete game to help lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a shutout win over the Houston Astros.

The 24-year-old Archer allowed just four hits, striking out eight while the Rays (55-41) enter the All-Star break having won 14 of their last 16 to move into sole possession of second place in the American League East.

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Indians 6 Royals 4

The Cleveland Indians used their bullpen to beat Kansas City and head into the All Star Break on a four-game winning streak.

Neither starting pitcher made it past the fifth inning.

Cleveland took the lead in the sixth on a two-run double by Asdrubal Cabrera and a run-scoring single by Jason Kipnis.

Rich Hill (1-1), the third of six Cleveland pitchers, got the win.

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Twins 10 Yankees 4

Rookie Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run in the third inning and the Minnesota Twins capitalised on shoddy defense by the New York Yankees in a win at Yankee Stadium.

Justin Morneau, Jamey Carroll and Pedro Florimon added RBI singles for the Twins, who won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox June 18-20.

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Nationals 5 Marlins 2 (10)

Denard Span's RBI double sparked a three-run rally in the 10th inning that helped the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins and avoid a three-game sweep.

Span's double over the head of Marcell Ozuna one-hopped the wall in center field, driving home Ian Desmond from first base. Wilson Ramos then drove in Span with a single.

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Reds 8 Braves 4

Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to 12 games and hit his 13th homer as the Reds defeated the Braves.

Jay Bruce, who was 3-for-5, hit his 19th homer, and the Reds got five innings from their bullpen.

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Phillies 4 White Sox 3 (10)

John Mayberry Jr. singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox.

It was the teams' third extra-inning game in two days and Philadelphia's second successive walkoff victory.

Chicago beat the Phillies in 11 innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, while the Phillies won the night game in 13.

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Padres 10 Giants 1

One day after being no-hit, the San Diego Padres erupted for a season high four home runs and 12 hits in a romp over San Francisco.

Chris Denorfia, Nick Hundley, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin all belted homers as the Padres rebounded from Saturday's no-hitter by San Francisco's Tim Lincecum.

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Mariners 4 Angels 3

The Angels dropped their third successive game when their rally from an early 3-0 deficit came up short against the Seattle Mariners.

Mariners' All Star starter Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) threw seven quality innings even as Alberto Callaspo delivered a two-run single in the sixth to pull Los Angeles within 4-3.

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Rockies 3 Dodgers 1

Colorado's starting pitching handled the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for the third successive day as Jhoulys Chacin allowed just one run and six hits in six innings.

Yasiel Puig was out of the Dodger's starting lineup for the second successive game, though he did pinch hit.

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Brewers 5 Diamondbacks 1

Logan Schafer had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Wily Peralta extended his scoreless streak to 19-2/3 innings before giving up a run as the Milwaukee Brewers finished the first half with a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Schafer singled and scored in the first inning, sacrificed home a run in the second and hit his second home run of the season in the fifth to help the Brewers (38-56) break a three-game losing streak.

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