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MLB roundup — Aug. 19

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Monday’s American League results

Rays 4, Orioles 3 — Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered, David Price grinded through five challenging innings to win his fourth straight decision and Tampa Bay beat host Baltimore in a duel between AL contenders. Joyce hit a two-run drive in the fourth to break a tie and push the Rays toward their fifth win in six games. Price (7-5) gave up 10 hits and two walks but was effective when it counted. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed only two runs.

Rangers 16, Astros 5 — Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each scored three runs for Texas, including twice each in an 11-run inning that was the biggest in the majors this season, and the Rangers beat host Houston. Martin got the Rangers big third inning started with his majors-leading 11th bunt single before a single by Andrus. The top two hitters in the lineup came home on a single by A.J. Pierzynski, and both got on base and scored again before the Astros finally got the third out.

Monday’s National League results

Phillies 5, Rockies 4 — John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz each homered to lead host Philadelphia past Colorado. Ethan Martin (2-2) tossed two-hit ball and struck out six over 6⅓ innings for the win. Mayberry hit a three-run shot in the fourth to help lead the Phillies to their second straight win under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg took over Friday when Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired.

Reds 5, Diamondbacks 3 — Ryan Ludwick drove in his first run of the season with a double, and host Cincinnati kept up its August surge, beating Arizona for its seventh win in nine games. The Reds moved 17 games over .500, matching their season high and keeping the pressure on Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the NL Central race. It’s an important series for Arizona, which now trails Cincinnati by six games for the final NL wild-card spot.

Marlins 6, Dodgers 2 — Jose Fernandez bested Yasiel Puig and beat the Dodgers. Fernandez allowed only one earned run in six innings and host Miami won, giving Los Angeles consecutive losses for the first time since June 20-21. Puig went 0-for-3 against Fernandez in the first matchup between the Cubans. Logan Morrison doubled home a run in the seventh to put Miami ahead to stay. Giancarlo Stanton added his 15th homer in the eighth.

Cubs 11, Nationals 1 — Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, powering Jeff Samardzija and host Chicago to a victory over Washington. Schierholtz connected for a three-run shot in the first and a two-run drive in the seventh in his fourth career multihomer game. He also had an RBI double in the third in Chicago’s highest-scoring game since a 14-6 victory over Houston on June 23.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 5 — Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, putting St. Louis ahead during a four-run rally in a win over host Milwaukee. The Cardinals got seven of their 16 hits in the big inning, capped by David Freese’s two-run double. St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games. Aramis Ramirez snapped a 1-for-18 skid since returning from the disabled list Aug. 13 with a two-run homer off Michael Wacha (2-0) in the seventh to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.

Monday’s interleague result

Mets 6, Twins 1 — Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for New York in a victory over host Minnesota in a makeup game from April 14. Gee (9-8) turned in yet another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla. All five of them had two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run. Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-4) struggled again, failing to finish the fourth.

— Associated Press

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