Baseball-Highlights of Monday's Major Le

August 23 [Fri], 2013, 17:36
Aug 19 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games:

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Rays 4, Orioles 3

Matt Joyce hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the fourth inning that stood up for Tampa Bay as the Rays pulled out a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Joyce's homer gave Tampa Bay (71-52) a 4-2 lead in the fourth. The Orioles could not catch up as they wasted numerous scoring chances on a night where they finished with 15 hits in this three-hour, 56-minute marathon.

The Rays pulled to within a half-game of first-place in the American League East, behind Boston who is in late action, and Baltimore (67-57) dropped to four games behind Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race.

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Marlins 6, Dodgers 2

Miami's 21-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez held the blazing-hot Dodgers to just two runs (one earned) over six innings, striking out eight, as the National League's worst team beat one of the best.

Fernandez got the btter of Los Angeles pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin (12-4), who allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Marlins took real control with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton's 428-foot solo home to left-center and run-scoring singles from Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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Cardinals 8, Brewers 5

Back-to-back run-scoring singles by Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter led to a four-run, eighth-inning rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

With Milwaukee leading 5-4 after Aramis Ramirez's two-run homer in the seventh, St. Louis rallied to keep the pressure on first-place Pittsburgh in the National League Central race.

Yadier Molina finished 4-for-5, and Carlos Beltran went 3-for-5 with a home run for the Cardinals, who collected 16 hits.

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Rangers 16, Astros 5

The Texas Rangers cruised past their in-state rivals with a season-high 16 runs - including an 11-run inning that was the biggest in baseball this season.

Texas sent 11 across the plate in the third to break open what was a 2-1 game.

A.J. Pierzynski led the way with four hits and four RBI on the night and was a triple short of the cycle.

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Reds 5, Diamondbacks 3

Bronson Arroyo allowed three runs in six innings, and Todd Frazier homered, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a triple as the Reds increased their lead to six games over Arizona for the National League's second wild card spot.

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Cubs 11, Nationals 1

Nate Schierholtz hit two home runs and collected a career-high six RBIs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a rout of the Washington Nationals.

Schierholtz, who went 3-for-4, clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in a run in the third and hit his 18th homer of the season - a two-run shot - in the seventh as the Cubs snapped a two-game losing streak.

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Phillies 5, Rockies 4

Rookie right-hander Ethan Martin pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a win over the Colorado Rockies.

John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz homered for Philadelphia, which won its second straight under interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced the fired Charlie Manuel on Friday.

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Mets 6, Twins 1

New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee struck out nine batters in 7 2/3 strong inning of work to lead the New York Mets past the Minnesota Twins.

The Mets had 14 hits in the game, and seven of their nine starters had two hits apiece.

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Athletics 2, Mariners 1

Brandon Moss hit his second walk-off home run of the season, and right-hander Jarrod Parker pitched the first complete game of his career as the Oakland A's beat the Seattle Mariners.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Moss sent Carter Capps' 2-1 pitch over the center-fielder fence and the A's stayed a half-game back of Texas for first in the American League West.

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Pirates 3, Padres 1

Pedro Alvarez hit his National League-leading 31st home run, and Francisco Liriano struck out 13 to spark the Pittsburgh Pirates to a victory.

Liriano (14-5) threw seven shutout innings to keep the Padres' hitters in check, including San Diego's Will Venable, who had his 15-game hitting streak snapped.

Pittsburgh stayed one game ahead of St Louis in the National League Central race.

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Indians 5, Angels 2

The Cleveland Indians scored four runs in the fourth inning and cruised the rest of the way to a victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Indians had five hits in the fourth inning off Angels starter Jered Weaver (7-7), the big blow being Lonnie Chisenhall's two-run home run.

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Red Sox 7, Giants 0

Jon Lester won for the first time in August, shutting out San Francisco on six hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Giants.

The win allowed Boston to retain a one-game lead in the American League East over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Daniel Nava had three hits, in a 12-hit attack for the Red Sox who teed off on San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum. (Compiled by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Nick Mulvenney/John O'Brien)