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MLB roundup — July 8

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Monday’s American League results

Rangers 8, Orioles 5 — Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and the visiting Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles in a rematch of last year’s AL wild-card game. The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games. Kinsler had four RBI, including three in the sixth against former teammate Scott Feldman (0-1) when the Rangers turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead.

Rays 7, Twins 4 — Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the visiting Minnesota Twins. Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot. Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500.

Royals 5, Yankees 1 — Jeremy Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a long rain delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the visiting Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees. All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York.

Monday’s National League results

Phillies 3, Nationals 2 — John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, Ben Revere had three hits and the host Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals. Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors. Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs in a shaky ninth to earn his 19th save in 23 tries. Dan Haren (4-10) came off the disabled list and took the loss after missing two weeks because of right shoulder inflammation. Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven.

Braves 7, Marlins 1 — Justin Upton broke a tie by driving in two runs when he doubled in a six-run 14th inning for the visiting Atlanta Braves’ first hit since the sixth, and they beat the Miami Marlins. Five Miami relievers combined to retire 24 consecutive Atlanta batters before Reed Johnson walked to start the 14th against Chris Hatcher (0-1). Jason Heyward walked with one out, and Upton’s double scored both runners. Gerald Laird hit a two-out, two-run single. Chris Johnson hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, and another run scored when the ball skipped past left fielder Justin Ruggiano for an error.

Brewers 4, Reds 3 — Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch in center field in the ninth inning, saving the host Milwaukee Brewers’ victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for last-place Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey in the right-hander’s first start since his second career no-hitter.

Monday’s interleague result

Athletics 2, Pirates 1 — Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and the visiting Oakland Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 40-year-old Colon (12-3) shook off a tough-luck 3-1 defeat in his previous start to win for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He outdueled Jeff Locke, who had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped. Locke (8-2) lost for the first time since his first start of the season April 10. Colon moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A’s history.

Associated Press


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