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Sept 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games.
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Yankees 4, Red Sox 3
In a crazy ending to a crazy series, Ichiro Suzuki scored the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's blown save and salvaged the finale of their series against the Boston Red Sox with a 4-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees recorded their seventh walk-off win of the season and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was their first on a wild pitch since Thurman Munson scored on one by Cleveland's Jim Bibby on Sept 27, 1977.
Rivera's two blown saves were prominent among things considered unbelievable during this series. The Red Sox won the first three games by blowing a five-run lead before winning Thursday. They rallied from a five-run deficit Friday and on Saturday nearly blew a nine-run deficit.
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Cardinals 9, Pirates 2
Twenty-two-year-old rookie Michael Wacha, making the sixth start of his career, worked seven scoreless innings in pitching the St Louis Cardinals to a 9-2 victory and a sweep of their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals came into the series a half-game behind the Pirates in the National League Central and finished it with a 1 1/2 game lead, thanks mainly to the performances of their three starting pitchers.
The Pirates came into the series needing just one win for their 82nd victory of the season, and their first winning year since 1992, but could not get that win in St Louis as their losing streak reached four games, tying their longest streak of the season.
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Phillies 3, Braves 2
Cole Hamels tossed eight innings of two-hit ball as the Philadelphia Phillies swept the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 home win.
Hamels made just two mistakes - both resulting in long home runs by Evan Gattis - but Hamels was aided by Darin Ruf's tie-breaking home run.
The Braves lost all three games of the series by one run, and have lost four in a row overall, but still have a large 12 game lead in the National League East.
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Rangers 4, Angels 3
Alex Rios drove in two runs with a home run and double to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium.
The Rangers trailed 3-2 going into the seventh inning and were in danger of being swept and falling farther behind the Oakland A's in the American League West, but they rallied for two runs.
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Brewers 3, Cubs 1
Chicago Cubs right-hander Scott Baker made his first big league start in nearly two years, pitching five innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball.
In the end, Baker didn't factor in a decision as the Milwaukee Brewers scored three times in the seventh in a 3-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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Padres 5, Rockies 2
Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning to rally the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 over the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres (65-77), who won their third straight, swept the Rockies (66-78) for the first time in San Diego since September 2006. Colorado dropped its third in a row and suffered its sixth setback in the past seven games.
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Athletics 7, Astros 2
The Oakland Athletics battered Lucas Harrell around in a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros. The Athletics won for the eighth time in 10 games and maintained their lead in the American League West over the Texas Rangers.
Seth Smith delivered the biggest, and final, blow, with a three-run homer to cap Oakland's seven-run third inning. All seven of Oakland's runs in the inning came with two outs.
The A's have hit a major league leading 44 homers over the past 30 games, dating back to Aug. 9.
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Blue Jays 2, Twins 0
Pitcher Esmil Rogers was lights-out and shortstop Jose Reyes had a key hit in Toronto''s 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep.
The Jays have won eight of their past 10 games, while the Twins have lost a team-record 10 straight games at home. Their last win at Target Field was against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 15.
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White Sox 4, Orioles 2
For the second day in a row, the Chicago White Sox watched the Baltimore Orioles mount a rally in their last at-bat. This time, however, the White Sox held on and avoided making some unwanted history.
Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and rookie Andre Rienzo pitched into the seventh inning as Chicago snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Orioles.
The White Sox (57-85) finished their road swing 1-9 and avoided becoming the ninth team in major league history to post a winless road trip of 0-10 or worse, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
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Royals 5, Tigers 2
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer and Bruce Chen pitched seven effective innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.
The Royals rallied from a two-run deficit and took two of three from the first-place Tigers after losing 16-2 on Friday. Hosmer has hit 15 of his 16 home runs since June 1. He also has 118 hits, the most in the majors since June 1.
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Nationals 6, Marlins 4
Wilson Ramos homered and drove in two runs, Ian Desmond also drove in a pair of runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4.
Stephen Strasburg (7-9) allowed four runs and four hits while striking out seven in six innings for the Nationals, who have won four of five.
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Mets 2, Indians 1
Eric Young's RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning drove in the go-ahead run, and the New York Mets went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Sunday, snapping Cleveland's four-game winning streak.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started for New York and pitched into the sixth inning, allowing one hit. Matsuzaka spent most of this season pitching for Cleveland's Class AAA Columbus affiliate.
The Indians granted him his release on Aug. 20 and two days later he signed with the Mets. In his first three starts with New York Matsuzaka was 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA. He was a completely different pitcher on Sunday, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced.
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Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It was the third time this season Pagan delivered a walk-off hit.
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Rays 4, Mariners 1
The Tampa Bays ralled late to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1.
The Rays were shut out through the first seven innings, but Sean Rodriguez drove home the go-ahead run as Tamps scored three runs in the eighth and added another for good measure in the ninth.
The Rays finished their three-stop road trip with a 3-7 record, but remain well placed for an American League wild card play-off berth.
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Reds 3, Dodgers 2
The Cincinnati Reds left it late to edge the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the final game of a three-game series.
Jay Bruce homered twice off left-hander Clayton Kershaw, while Ryan Hanigan doubled in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Zack Cozart with the winning run at Great American Ball Park.
With the victory, Cincinnati (82-62) remain 1 1/2 games behind first-place St Louis in the National League Central.
The magic number for Los Angeles (83-59) to clinch the National League West remains 10.
Aroldis Chapman (4-5) struck out two in the ninth to claim the victory. Ronald Belisario (5-7) took the loss. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)