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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball

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Sept 1 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:

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Indians 4, Tigers 0

Mike Aviles blasted a ninth-inning grand slam as the Cleveland Indians ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Cleveland, which trails Detroit by 7 1/2 games in the American League Central, had lost seven straight to the Tigers.

Alex Avila had three hits for Detroit.

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Red Sox 7, White Sox 6

The Red Sox beat the White Sox to complete the sweep of the three-game set at Fenway Park.

Boston took an early lead when it sent nine batters to the plate in the four-run second inning. The Red Sox added another run in the third on Stephen Drew's solo home run, his 11th of the season.

The White Sox came back with four runs when they sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth.

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Orioles 7, Yankees 3

J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for the victory.

The Orioles had been blanked for 18 straight innings. They had five hits in the first six innings against New York starter Andy Pettitte before getting six in the seventh against four pitchers.

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Cardinals 7, Pirates 2

Joe Kelly helped the Cardinals avoid being swept as he pitched six strong innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cardinals moved into a first-place tie atop the National League Central standings with the Pirates by salvaging the last game of a three-game series.

Both teams are 79-57 and will meet for the final time in the regular season in a three-game series at St Louis beginning on Friday.

Kelly (7-3) gave up only one run and four hits while striking out five and walking two.

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Royals 5, Blue Jays 0

Right-hander James Shields pitched seven innings and Eric Hosmer drove in three runs as the Kansas City Royals defeated Toronto.

Shields (10-8) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out nine to win his fourth decision in a row.

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Cubs 7, Phillies 1

Jake Arrieta held the Philadelphia Phillies in check and the Chicago Cubs offense provided a well-rounded attack in the victory.

Arrieta (2-1) tossed 6 2/3 strong innings of one run ball, giving up only three hits, while striking out four and walking three.

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Astros 2, Mariners 0

Astros left-hander Brett Olberholtzer outlasted his Seattle counterpart, right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, and Houston rewarded him by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

With the win, the Astros snapped a five-game losing skid and salvaged the finale of a four-game series with the Mariners.

Iwakuma worked seven scoreless innings before the Astros got to Seattle's bullpen while Olberholtzer (4-1) allowed three hits and one walk over eight innings.

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Twins 4, Rangers 2

The Minnesota Twins claimed the rubber match of a three-game series by defeating the Texas Rangers.

Alex Presley had an RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Twins a 3-1 lead as he finished with three hits in his first game with the Twins after being acquired on Saturday from the Pirates for Justin Morneau.

The Rangers' (79-57) offensive woes continued as they scored two runs or less in all three games of the series and had their American League West lead trimmed to just one game.

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Angels 5, Brewers 3

J.B. Shuck skipped a double off the first-base bag to score three runs in the seventh inning as the Los Angeles Angels capped an 8-1 road trip with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Angels (63-72) scored four runs in the seventh to finish a three-game sweep.

C.J. Wilson (14-6) earned the victory, allowing just three hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings.

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A's 5, Rays 1

Getting solo home runs from Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt and seven solid innings from right-hander A.J. Griffin, the Oakland A's beat the Tampa Bay Rays, completing a sweep of their three-game series.

Griffin (12-9) allowed just one run on five hits, earning his second straight win.

The A's, who have won six of their past seven games, strengthened their hold on the AL's first wild-card spot, moving 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay.

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1

Yasiel Puig blasted a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning to help send the Dodgers to a three-game sweep over the Padres.

It was Puig's 14th home run and 32nd RBI of the season, and it was more than enough to send the surging Dodgers to their 51st win in 64 games since June 22.

Zack Greinke won for the 14th time while limiting the Padres to two hits over seven innings while lowering his ERA to 2.78.

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Giants 8, Diamondbacks 2

Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit struck out a career-high 10 batters and Hunter Pence was a triple short of the cycle and drove in two runs to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Petit (2-0) gave up seven hits in six-plus innings for his second victory in two starts this season.

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Rockies 7, Reds 4

Todd Helton collected his 2,500th career hit, and the Colorado Rockies rolled to a win over the Cincinnati Reds.

In the seventh, Helton lined a hit off Curtis Partch and just beat the throw of left fielder Chris Heisey for a double. Helton became the 96th player in major league history to reach 2,500 hits.

The double was his 584th, enabling Helton to pass Hall of Famer Robin Yount and move into 17th place all-time.

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Marlins 7, Braves 0

Nathan Eovaldi won for the first time since July 20 as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves.

Eovaldi (3-5) broke a five-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 20. The right-hander threw eight scoreless innings and allowed seven hits, striking out six and walking two.

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Nationals 6, Mets 5

Jayson Werth's RBI double capped a three-run eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals rallied for a win over the New York Mets.

Washington (69-67) averted a sweep in the three-game series and gained a game on the Cincinnati Reds in the race for the second National League wild card. (Editing by John O'Brien)

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