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The Juice: Four-run comebacks in the ninth: Blue Jays bust Orioles, Red Sox run down Indians

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Good-bye, Cleveland: The Indians and Orioles have a li'l bullpen problem right now. Tribe closer Chris Perez led a ninth-inning meltdown, with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the game-ending two-run double in the ninth against Joe Smith for a 6-5 Red Sox victory, Boston's ninth in 12 games. Perez, charged with four runs allowed in the ninth, says he's got an issue with shoulder pain. It didn't allow him to complete the Ellsbury at-bat.

''On that last pitch to Ellsbury. It kind of pinched on me and sent a little pain down my arm. Then I tried to throw another pitch, and it just wasn't happening.''

That left Perez on the DL and Smith in a tough spot.

Lost his mojo: After being Mr. Dependable in 2012, Jim Johnson has been leaving the O's in tough spots lately, too. Ever since he converted 35 of 35 save opportunities, Johnson has been a meltdown machine. Munenori Kawasaki of the Blue Jays capped a rally with a two-run double in Toronto's four-run ninth that beat Baltimore 6-5. It was Johnson's fourth blown save in five chances.

Ike Davis unfrozen caveman first baseman: The Mets had a nice three-run comeback, but it was in the eighth inning, so that's why they were omitted from the headline. The Braves had won five straight at Citi Field and 15 of 18 against the Mets, but Davis broke a tie with an RBI single, one of the key moments in a 4-2 victory for New York. Davis had been batting .148 coming in, but after a chat with manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson says he's "1 for 1 with the new approach" to hitting.


White Sox 5, Marlins 3: After throwing two runners out at home plate from the outfield, the White Sox are 24-24 — the first time they've been at .500 since 4-4. Alex Sanabia of the Marlins is heading to the disabled list because of a sore groin. You can't just spit on those and make 'em better.

Nationals 6, Phillies 1: Stephen Strasburg was just fine 'n' dominant as usual. See, everybody? Nothing to worry about. On the other hand/leg, Bryce Harper's knee is gimpy because of his fence misadventure. Cole Hamels is 1-8.

Cubs 5, Reds 4 (10 inn.): Apparently asleep until Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over the head of David DeJesus in the sixth inning, the Cubs rallied from four runs down. Don't ever buzz the tower unless you have to, Johnny.

Pirates 5, Brewers 4: The Bucs won two of three at Miller Park! They came into Sunday with a 9-47 record there since 2007. They're also 12 games over .500. They're not going to tease us again, are they?

Giants 7, Rockies 3: See what happens when Matt Cain doesn't allow three home runs?

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 5: Though it wasn't one of his more dominant efforts, Patrick Corbin became the youngest left-hander to start the season 8-0 since Matt Moore started 8-0 earlier this month.

Cardinals 5, Dodgers 3: Pete Kozma went 4 for 4 to help bring down the Clayton Kershaw dragon.

Mariners 4, Rangers 3 (13 inn.): Jason Bay lifted up his home-town-ish team with a two-out, broken-bat, game-ending RBI single. Great ballgame that ended the M's eight-game losing streak.

Athletics 6, Astros 2: Bartolo Colon was hitting 94-95 mph on the radar just two days after his, cough, 40th birthday.

Angels 5, Royals 2: Josh Hamilton is heating up! His home run prompted a comeback in the seventh and eighth, turning the Royals into losers, again, for the 16th time in 20 games.

Rays 8, Yankees 3: Although the three-hit shutout he carried into the ninth would have been nice to finish, you've got to love Alex Cobb of the Rays, especially if he's on your fantasy team.

Tigers 6, Twins 1: Max Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.42, which is great even if you foolishly traded him from your fantasy team.

''That just goes to show, don't wake a sleeping dog,"

— Matt Garza of the Cubs, in response to Cueto throwing at DeJesus's head and being warned by umpire Bob Davidson

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia gives umpire Marty Foster the "ol' what for" during a disagreement Sunday.

• The Phillies have given Cole Hamels 20 runs of support scored all season when he's been in the game, and he hasn't pitched with a lead since April 7.

• Matt Cain has a 3.49 ERA in his past five outings after starting with a 6.49 ERA in his first six.

• Via the Associated Press:

Jurickson Profar of the Rangers is the youngest player to hit a leadoff homer (20 years, 95 days) since Lou Klimchock (18 years, 348 days) of the Kansas City Athletics on Sept. 28, 1958, against the White Sox.

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