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The main reason the Cleveland Indians are holding strong three games behind the Detroit Tigers is their performance at Progressive Field. On Friday night, they improved to 31-19 on their home turf with an 11-8 victory in 11 innings over the Texas Rangers, and the hero this time around was Ryan Raburn. With two runners on base, Raburn was twice asked to show bunt to either advance the runners or hopefully work the count in his favor. Once that was taken off, Raburn swung away, and the result was a three-run walkoff homer.
''The bunt was on for the first two pitches, then they took it off,'' Raburn said. ''I was happy they did. The way I feel at the plate, I like my chances better swinging away. I was just looking for a good pitch to hit. He left a slider up and I was fortunate enough to hit it over the wall.''
Good call, Terry Francona. Without it, maybe the Indians don't get their seventh walkoff victory of the season.
Rays rise to first in AL East: For the first time since June 10, 2012, the Tampa Bay Rays own sole possession of first place in the American League East. The Rays leapfrogged the Boston Red Sox on Friday night after trouncing C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees 10-6 behind two hits and four RBIs from James Loney. Jeremy Hellickson was also solid on the hill, holding New York to one run over six innings before the bullpen made it somewhat interesting.
On the Yankees side, Alfonso Soriano made his return to the Bronx hitting out of the clean up spot. He ended up going 0 for 5 with an RBI fielder's choice and a run scored. In the loss, New York also extended their homerless streak to eight games.
Split doubleheader: What started as an ugly day for the Washington Nationals closed on a high note. In the opener of their day-night doubleheader against the New York Mets, they suffered their worst loss of the season falling 11-0. In the nightcap, however, they were able to bounce back with a 2-1 victory thanks in large part to a terrific spot start by Ross Ohlendorf (7 IP, 1 ER) and in even larger part to Ryan Zimmerman's ninth career walk0ff home run.
Tigers 2, Phillies 1: Another tough luck loss for Cole Hamels (4-13) as the Phillies drop their sixth in a row.
Orioles 6 Red Sox 0: Chris Tillman becomes Baltimore's first 13-game winner since Erik Bedard in 2007. Adam Jones helped the cause with two home runs.
Marlins 2, Pirates 0: Miami is 4-4 since the All-Star break despite scoring only 15 total runs.
Braves 4, Cardinals 1: Mike Minor stepped up big for Atlanta, out dueling Adam Wainwright for his 10th victory.
Blue Jays 12, Astros 6: Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers and drove in five runs — all in the seventh inning.
Royals 5, White Sox 1: Seven scoreless innings for James Shields as he picks up only his third win since April. Don't worry though, his ERA is still a sparkling 3.09.
Rockies 8, Brewers 3: In 14 starts, Tyler Chatwood has allowed two runs or less 12 times. He struck out a career-high 11 and was also helpful with the bat going 2 for 2 with a two-run double.
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 0: Arizona won the hit battle 17-3. Randall Delgado goes the distance for his first career shutout.
Dodgers 2, Reds 1: Homer Bailey has been a no-winner since his no-hitter, losing four straight decisions. This one, though, was clearly not his fault. He just ran into Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez.
Cubs 3, Giants 2: Torture is taking on a whole new — and correct — meaning in San Francsico. Cubs score two in the ninth on Brandon Belt's embarrassing error.
Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13 inn.): Chris Colabello's first career home run was a two-run shot in the 13th. Perfect timing for the Twins.
''I wouldn't have thought this. I have surprised myself right now because I didn't know I was going to share the lead with the other pitchers. I am proud.''
— Bartolo Colon
Hanley Ramirez sits dejected after a wild play at the plate.
• Elvis Andrus has a hit in all 35 career games against the Cleveland Indians. (via ESPN Stats & Info)
• C.C. Sabathia is the only pitcher this season to allow seven or more runs in three straight starts.
• Felix Hernandez recorded a strikeout in all nine of his innings, yet still takes home a no-decision.
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