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The Braves beat the Phillies 4-1 on Sunday night, extending their winning streak to 10 games while the Phillies lost their fifth in a row, three of which came against the Braves. Rookie starting pitcher Alex Wood got the best of Phillies ace Cliff Lee in this one. Wood pitched six innings giving up only two hits for his second major league win.
The Braves got their offense from Chris Johnson, who had a two-run single, plus B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward,the last two of which had RBIs in the fourth inning. With the win, the Braves are now 12 1/2 games ahead of the Nats in the NL East and 16 1/2 up on the Phillies. This is the Braves' second 10-game winning streak of the year, which goes to show you, they're a team that can get hot.
Dodgers stay hot on the road: The Dodgers are hot period, but they're particularly hot on the road, where they've now won 14 straight games after a 1-0 win in Chicago against the Cubs. The Dodgers' 13th consecutive visiting victory on Saturday set a franchise record. They shut out the Cubs then too.
The win could ultimately be a regretful one, as the Dodgers lost Hanley Ramirez to injury when he went into the stands after catching a foul ball in the seventh inning and hurt his shoulder.
''I just jumped and landed on it,'' said Ramirez, who wore a sling after the game. ''I'm not feeling the back of my shoulder. It's really sore and we'll see how it feels tomorrow.''
The Dodgers got their lone run on an A.J. Ellis single in the second inning. Their road winning streak encounters a challenge Monday, as they visit St. Louis to play the cardinals.
Tigers 3, White Sox 2: Torii Hunters gets a 12th inning walk-off single for the Tigers as White Sox take their 10th straight loss.
Padres 6, Yankees 3: Ian Kennedy makes his first start for the Padres and beats one of his former teams.
Rangers 4, A's 0: Derek Holland strikes out 10 in eight shutout innings as Ron Washington becomes the Rangers' all-time winningest manager.
Blue Jays 6, Angels 5: The Blue Jays score two in the ninth to prevent a four-game sweep by the Angels.
Twins 3, Astros 2: Oswaldo Arcia hits a go-ahead homer in the seventh for the Twins.
Brewers 8, Nationals 5: Brew Crew gets five runs in the sixth inning to top the Nats.
Red Sox 4, D-backs 0: Felix Doubront goes seven scoreless for the Red Sox.
Rays 4, Giants 3: Wil Myers homers and the Rays bullpen shuts down the floundering Giants.
Mariners 3, Orioles 2: 41-year-old Henry Blanco's two-run homer in the seventh gives the Mariners the lead and eventually the win.
Pirates 5, Rockies 1: A.J. Burnett throws a complete game for the Pirates, who got a three-run homer from Russell Martin.
Indians 2, Marlins 0: Hey, Scott Kazmir, look at you, going six innings, striking out seven and only giving up two hits. He's 7-4 now.
Cardinals 15, Reds 2: Cards wallop the Reds, scoring four in the first, five in the sixth and four in the ninth.
Royals 6, Mets 2: Royals beat the Mets again. They've now won 11 of their last 12.
''At that point, I was so relieved to just put the barrel of the bat on the ball that I didn't care what happened."
— Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, who broke a 0-for-23 slump.
The Marlins celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their 2003 World Series win on Sunday. Apparently by giving each of their fans a bottle of champagne.
• The Indians lead baseball with 15 shutouts.
• Wil Myers has reached base safely in every game since July 8. Since the All-Star break he's hitting .413/.472/.739 in 46 at-bats.
• With Sunday's big win, the Cardinals have now won six straight series in Cincinnati.
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