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The Juice: Athletics beat Tigers in five innings before rain comes

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Tommy Milone pitched his fifth complete game of the season and needed only five innings to do it. After he allowed three runs in the first inning, Milone pitched four scoreless innings ahead of an 80-minute rain delay. With the A's leading 6-3 and threatening for more in the sixth, umpires took everyone off the field because of foul weather.

Brandon Moss hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run in the fifth and then A's manager Bob Melvin, always thinkin', was about to get closer Grant Balfour ready for the bottom of the inning. The weather already was bad and the forecast was worse, but Milone retired the Tigers in order.

The Tigers could handle losing, but they have to be worried that right-hander Justin Verlander still isn't dominating. He's got a 5.00 ERA over his past four starts. Verlander knows he's not right, but he also thinks he has time to fix it.

''My deadline right now is the playoffs,'' Verlander said.

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Braves 2, Indians 0: Nice job by Alex Wood of the Braves. OK job by Danny Salazar of the Indians. Ah, youth.

Brewers 7, Pirates 6: Slugger Aramis Ramirez, with his 350 career home runs and counting, will haunt the Pirates for all eternity. Pittsburgh has lost three straight since it started selling playoff tickets, but I'm sure it's nothing.

Royals 6, Twins 1: Big-Game James Shields dominates a game that probably won't be all that big in the end.

Giants 5, Rockies 3: Hey, who wants to see Hunter Pence hit a 457-foot home run?

''That's 500 feet at least,'' Brandon Belt said. ''I'm marking that down - 500 feet.''

See? Nobody is buying these distance calculations.

Angels 6, Rays 5: Usually a four-run lead for the Rays is enough, but not this time. Erick Aybar drove in four runs and Desmond Jennings dropped a fly ball for a key error in the ninth to help the Angels rally. Hang the loss on the crooked cap of Fernando Rodney. Via the Associated Press:

Tampa Bay has blown 15 leads this year in the seventh inning or later, and this is the 12th time it has lost such a game.

Aybar hit a two-run double off Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth.

''To permit that many runs late, we've done that way too many times,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We've got to stop doing that.''

Nationals 2, Marlins 1: Thanks in part to Ross Ohlendorf, that's six wins in seven games for the Nats.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 1: Andy Pettitte and Alfonso Soriano make like the portrait of Dorian Gray.

Mets 5, Phillies 0: Every once in a while, when pitchers like Jonathan Niese toss three-hitters and drive in go-ahead runs, it's OK that there's no DH in the NL.

White Sox 4, Astros 3: The White Sox are never going to catch the Astros for the No. 1 pick if they beat them in head-to-head matchups.

Cardinals 6, Reds 1: Slugger Matt Holliday is an RBI machine, baby! And there goes that Joe Kelly again. The Reds are 4-10 against the Cardinals.

Diamondbacks 10, Padres 9 (10 inn.): The D-backs needed this. Aaron Hill:

Rangers 4, Mariners 3 (10 inn.): Aw, Farquhar! That's not a swear word, it's what you say when the lead run comes home on a balk.

Cubs 3, Dodgers 2: Sensational sensation Yasiel Puig came up in the ninth with a chance to do something Puig, but he popped out instead. Oh, and Clayton Kershaw started this game, and lost, against the Cubs.

"One-man show by Niese. Pretty stress-free."

— Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg

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• Niese has two career shutouts in 112 major league starts.

• Joe Kelly finished with a 2.08 ERA in 34 2/3 innings in August.

• The Dodgers surpassed 3-million fans in attendance this season.

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