Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball


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. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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