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The Juice: Orioles soar on Brian Roberts grand slam, Rays draw even with Red Sox

Mark Townsend
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The Baltimore Orioles scored six runs in the fourth inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit, and then had to score three more in the seventh after the resilient Oakland A's retook the lead to finally earn a critical 9-7 victory.

The game's key hit undoubtedly came in the fourth inning rally. After Adam Jones put the O's on the board with a two-run homer, Brian Roberts capped the inning with his first grand slam since 2009. An important moment for the team, but an even bigger moment for Roberts after he's struggled through injuries and hasn't contributed at the level he's used to over the past two seasons.

From the Associated Press:

''It's fun. This is what we all play for,'' he said. ''You want to be in the race in August and September, and I haven't had a whole lot of opportunities to do that in my career. Unfortunately missed the fun last year. So to be able to contribute and be a part of it and just be one of the 25 guys is awesome.''

The A's would immediately rebound to score four in the fifth and climb ahead 7-6, which made Roberts' slam look even bigger. With the assistance of an A's error, Jones, again, and Nick Markakis would drive home the key runs in the seventh. Jim Johnson handled the ninth for his 40th save.

Dodger domination: After a brief two-game hiccup, the Los Angeles Dodgers are right back on a roll having won four in a row after blanking the Red Sox 2-0 on Friday night. Hard-throwing right-hander Ricky Nolasco carried over the momentum started by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, tossing eight two-hit innings with six strikeouts. That pushed the Dodgers' starters' scoreless streak to 23 innings.

Offensively, Los Angeles didn't put much together either, collecting only three hits on their own. In fact, only two Dodgers had hits: Carl Crawford with two and Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez's hit ended up clearing the fence in the fourth for a two-run homer. Kenley Jansen pitched a spotless ninth to end the game in two hours and seven minutes.

All tied again: Thanks to Boston's loss, the Tampa Rays moved back into a first place with their 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Jose Lobaton paced the offense with a three-run homer in second and an RBI single in the fourth. Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist each added solo home runs in support of Chris Archer, who earned his third victory against the Yankees with seven innings of two-run ball.

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Twins 5, Indians 1: Michael Bourn attempted to steal third, and killed Cleveland's best scoring chance in the process.

Brewers 6, Reds 4: Khris Davis — not Chris Davis — hit a pair of two-run homers for Milwaukee.

Tigers 6, Mets 1: Miguel Cabrera gave Daisuke Matsuzaka a rough "welcome back" with a three-run home run in the second.

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 3: Let there be Shrimp in Philly. Chase Utley draws the walk-off walk giving Philadelphia three straight victories in their final at-bat.

Rockies 3, Marlins 2: Rex Brothers looked comfortable in the ninth. He earned his 12th save with a 1-2-3 inning.

Rangers 11, White Sox 5: Texas connected for five home runs, including an inside-the-parker by Ian Kinsler.

Nationals 11, Royals 10: Jayson Werth's fourth inning two-run homer capped a seven-run rally. Kansas City hasdropped four straight games.

Astros 12, Blue Jays 4: Speaking of losing streaks, Toronto has lost six in a row. None uglier than this one.

Cardinals 3, Braves 1: Adam Wainwright goes the distance, striking out nine.

Pirates 3, Giants 1: The Pirates are three wins away from a winning season. This is really happening!

Padres 8, Cubs 6: The Cubs scored six times before San Diego recorded the game's first out — and still lost.

Angels 2, Mariners 0: Los Angeles spoils Eric Wedge's return to the bench following his minor stroke.

"That was one of the best sacrifice flies I've seen all season."

— Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk on Clint Barmes go-ahead three-run homer.

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(USA Today)

Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist collaborate on an awkward celebration.

• Adam Wainwright moved into third place on the Cardinals all-time strikeout list with 1,090. He'll look to pass Dizzy Dean (1,095) in his next outing.

• Chris Archer is the first rookie pitcher to defeat the Yankees three times in one season since Kevin Brown in 1989. (Via ESPN Stats & Info)

• Opposing hitters are 2 for 48 against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen since July 24. (Via ESPN Stats & Info)

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