Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's Major League games

Sept 10 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games.

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Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

Matt Holliday crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning for St Louis's first hit against Wily Peralta as the Cardinals stayed atop the National League Central.

Shelby Miller (13-9) beat Milwaukee for the third time this season, yielding five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four.

The Brewers broke up the shutout in the ninth when pinch-hitter Logan Schafer belted a two-run homer off Edward Mujica.

St Louis (84-60) stayed a game in front of Pittsburgh, after the Pirates won in Texas, but expanded its lead over Cincinnati to three games.

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Pirates 5, Rangers 4

Francisco Liriano was solid and Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a win over the Texas Rangers.

Both the Pirates and Rangers are leading their respective Wild Card races while also trying to chase down division leaders.

Pittsburgh trails St Louis by a game in the NL Central. The Rangers are two back of Oakland in the AL West.

Liriano improved to 16-7 with a six-inning stint, giving up just one run and striking out five.

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Twins 4, A's 3

Josh Willingham hit two home runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a come-from-behind win over the Oakland Athletics.

Willingham's eighth-inning blast came with the Twins down 3-2.

Athletics starter Jarrod Parker completed six innings, throwing 101 pitches and giving up two runs but the A's maintained their two-game lead in the American League West thanks to Texas's loss to Pittsburgh.

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Tigers 9, White Sox 1

The Detroit Tigers pushed their lead in the American League Central back to 5 1/2 games with a victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Starter Rick Porcello (12-8) pitched his first career complete game, getting back into the win column himself by yielding only the one run on seven hits and facing just one over the minimum through the last five innings - retiring 12 straight from the fifth through the eighth.

Prince Fielder went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and his 23rd home run of the season, while catcher Alex Avila finished 4-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Tigers offensively.

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Cubs 9, Reds 1

Catcher Welington Castillo hit two homers and third baseman Donnie Murphy added a two-run shot to back a strong start by right-hander Edwin Jackson, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Castillo went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani, who missed two starts earlier this season while on the disabled list with a lower back strain, left the game in the second inning with back spasms.

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Royals 6, Indians 3

Jeremy Guthrie pitched six strong innings and Alcides Escobar had two hits, including his first home run in nearly five months, and had two RBIs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians.

Guthrie (14-10), who was Cleveland's top draft pick in the 2002 June Draft, held the Indians to one run on nine hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

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Braves 4, Marlins 3

Julio Teheran (12-7) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, and the Braves used four relievers to keep the Marlins at bay in a victory.

Closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his major league-leading 46th save, including a club-record 36 in a row.

The Braves opened the scoring in the first inning with three straight two-out hits. Freddie Freeman singled, and Evan Gattis and Brian McCann followed with run-scoring doubles to left center.

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Red Sox 2, Rays 0

Clay Buchholz pitched five scoreless innings in his first start since June 8 after spending three months on the disabled list with a neck strain.

Buchholz struck out six and scattered three hits against Tampa Bay, extending Boston's American League East lead to 8 1/2 games.

The Rays lost for the 12th time in their last 16 games but, with the Orioles and Indians also losing on Tuesday, maintained a 1 1/2-game lead for the second American League wild card spot.

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Yankees 7, Orioles 5

Alfonso Soriano sparked a four-run eighth inning with his second home run of the night, a tie-breaking two-run shot that helped the Yankees to a victory over the Orioles.

The Yankees (77-68) pulled to within one-half game of the Orioles (77-67) as the teams battle for the second American League wild card spot.

These teams have split the first two games in the crucial four-game series.

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Nationals 6, Mets 3

Jayson Werth continued his scorching second half by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI, and the Washington Nationals kept up their desperate late-season surge into the National League wild-card race by beating the New York Mets.

The Nationals (75-69) have won four straight and are 15-5 since Aug. 20. Washington's win, coupled with Cincinnati's loss to the Chicago Cubs, pulled the Nationals within six games of the Reds for the second wild card spot.

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Angels 12, Blue Jays 6

The Los Angeles Angels clobbered four home runs to power past the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mark Trumbo went 5-for-5 with three doubles and a homer, his 32nd of the season, and scored five times. He became the first player in Angels history with five hits and five runs. Both were career highs.

Josh Hamilton had three hits, including his 20th homer of the season, and drove in four run for the Angels.

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Padres 8, Phillies 2

Andrew Cashner won for the first time in five weeks and Chase Headley and Jedd Gyorko each went 3-for-5 as the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies for their fourth straight victory.

Cashner (9-8), whose last victory came over the New York Yankees on Aug. 2, pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits.

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Astros 13, Mariners 2

Jordan Lyles allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings, and the Astros pounded out 17 hits in a rout of the Seattle Mariners.

Houston's Jose Altuve had three hits and three RBIs, and Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez also collected three hits apiece.

L.J. Hoes and Brandon Laird each had two hits and three RBIs. Laird and Jonathan Villar homered.

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Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3 (11 innings)

The Dodgers took a step toward regaining their midseason momentum with a second straight win over Arizona, winning on Scott Van Slyke's two-run, 11-inning homer.

Van Slyke hit a pinch-hit blast over the left field fence off Arizona reliever Josh Collmenter, cutting the Dodgers' magic number for clinching the National League West title to six.

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Rockies 9, Giants 8

Michael Cuddyer's second home run of the game, a tiebreaking solo shot leading off the ninth inning against Sergio Romo, completed the Colorado Rockies' rally for a win over the San Francisco Giants in a four-hour, two-minute marathon.

Colorado trailed 6-0 after four innings but clawed back.

Both teams had 14 hits in a game that featured 14 pitchers and 20 runners left on base. San Francisco remained in last place with the loss. (Editing by John O'Brien)