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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's Major League games

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Sept 4 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League games:

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Red Sox 20, Tigers 4

The Red Sox tied a franchise record with eight home runs, including two by David Ortiz and a grand slam by Will Middlebrooks, in a potential playoff preview between the teams atop the American League standings.

By winning, the Red Sox, winners of five of their last six and nine of their last 11, closed a 7-2 homestand with the best record in the American League.

Boston led 5-4 entering the bottom of the sixth where their offense exploded for eight runs.

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A's 11, Rangers 4

Brandon Moss and Daric Barton hit two-run homers off Yu Darvish, sparking the A's to a rout that vaulted them back into a first-place tie with Texas in the American League West with 23 games left to play.

Jarrod Parker (11-6) won his career-high ninth straight game and extended his unbeaten streak to 18 starts, snapping a tie with Catfish Hunter and setting an Oakland record.

Darvish (12-7) lasted just five innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. He gave up five runs on five hits and walked a season-high six.

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Cardinals 5, Reds 4 (16)

Matt Adams hit two home runs in extra innings, including the eventual game-winner in the 16th inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Adams entered the game in the fourth inning after Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig left with a sprained left foot. His homer in the 14th put the Cardinals up 4-3 but Cincinnati came back to tie it.

With the victory, St. Louis (80-59) moved to within one game of first-place Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Cincinnati (78-62) remains 3 1/2 games behind the Pirates.

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Brewers 9, Pirates 3

Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez had back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning as the Brewers broke the game open en route to a big victory over the Pirates.

Milwaukee scored five runs in the inning off Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, who came into the game having won three of his last four starts.

The loss denied the Pirates a chance to ensure their first winning season since 1992 and trimmed their lead atop the National League Central to just one over St. Louis.

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Rockies 7, Dodgers 5

Jorge De La Rosa earned his 16th victory, tying his career high, and drawing him even with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the league lead.

De La Rosa (16-6) held the Dodgers to two runs in six innings to snap their six-game win streak.

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and intentional walk and took over the NL batting lead with a .331 average, one point ahead of Atlanta's Chris Johnson.

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Indians 6, Orioles 4

Yan Gomes had three hits and two RBIs, leading the Cleveland Indians to a win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Cleveland took two of three games in the series, and their latest victory allowed the Indians (74-65) to leapfrog the Baltimore Orioles (73-65) into fourth place in the American League wild-card standings.

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Rays 3, Angels 1

Wil Myers hit two home runs, and Jeremy Hellickson earned his first win in more than a month as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels.

Hellickson, who spent the past week "resting" in the minor leagues, shut out the Angels on four hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn his first victory since July 26.

The victory allowed the Rays to remain 5 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, and 2 1/2 games up on the New York Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot.

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Yankees 6, White Sox 5

CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox by holding on for a victory.

Sabathia (13-11) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings while winning for the fourth time in five starts.

He left in the eighth with the Yankees leading 6-1, but Chicago rallied to within one before Mariano Rivera came on for a four-out save.

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Giants 13, Padres 5

Pablo Sandoval homered three times, leading the San Francisco Giants to a romp over the San Diego Padres.

Sandoval, who went 4-for-5 with six RBIs, hit three home runs for the second time in his career.

Hunter Pence, Hector Sanchez and Brandon Crawford also went deep as the Giants (62-77) recorded a season-high six home runs.

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Diamondbacks 4, Blue Jays 3 (10)

Willie Bloomquist singled in Adam Eaton with one out in the last of the 10 innings to give Arizona its major league-high 16th extra-inning victory of the season.

Eric Chavez singled with one out in the 10th inning off Luis Perez (0-1) and pinch-runner Eaton took third on A.J. Pollock's single to right field off Jeremy Jeffress to bring up Bloomquist.

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Astros 6, Twins 5

Astros left fielder Trevor Crowe delivered a walk-off single to lift Houston to a victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Houston (46-93) salvaged the finale of their seven-game homestand when shortstop Jonathan Villar opened the ninth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Crowe drilled a pitch to left field just three days after being recalled from the minor leagues.

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Cubs 9, Marlins 7

Donnie Murphy's go-ahead home run capped a four-run seventh as the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Murphy's ninth home run drove in Dioner Navarro, who had singled home a pair of runs earlier in the inning.

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Mets 5, Braves 2

Dillon Gee held the first-place Braves to four hits and a run in seven innings, and the Mets beat Atlanta.

Lucas Duda had a homer among three hits and Andrew Brown also went deep as the Mets pounded Braves fill-in starter Kameron Loe.

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Nationals 3, Phillies 2

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings to earn his National League lead-tying 16th victory as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Steve Lombardozzi drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning fielder's choice while Zimmermann (16-8) allowed seven hits and two runs, while striking out five and walking one.

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Mariners 6, Royals 4

Kendrys Morales belted a two-run homer in the ninth as the Seattle Mariners topped the Kansas City Royals.

Morales homered with two out off Aaron Crow, the eighth Royals' pitcher of the game. Franklin Gutierrez, who had walked, was along for the ride after Morales' 18th home run. (Editing by Jahmal Corner)

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