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Rays 4, Twins 3 (13)
Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and Tampa Bay won its season-best seventh straight game, beating Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly (2-1) into the gap in right-center field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts — 19 for Rays pitchers.
Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Rays also improved to 9-1 a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros — teams with the three worst records in the American League.
Minnesota has lost 10 of 11, including four straight.
Cesar Ramos (2-2) got two outs, escaping a jam with runners at first and third in the 13th to get the win.
Orioles 6, Rangers 1
Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and Baltimore got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a victory over Texas.
Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in nine games.
Chen (4-3) had not pitched since May 12 because of a strained right oblique. The left-hander allowed one run, walked three and struck out four.
Major league home run leader Chris Davis went 0 for 3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He hasn't gotten a hit since Major League Baseball announced he was the leading vote getter in All-Star fan balloting.
Reimold homered off Josh Lindblom (1-3).
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4
Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and Toronto beat Cleveland.
Kawasaki, who broke an 0-for-18 slump, broke a 2-all tie with his two-out hit. A third run scored when center fielder Michael Bourn misplayed the ball for an error.
Neil Wagner (2-3) struck out Ryan Raburn with the bases loaded to end the eighth after the Indians tied the game. Casey Janssen allowed two runs in the ninth before Steve Delabar retired Michael Brantley on a fly ball for his first major league save.
Rich Hill (0-1) took the loss.
Tigers 8, White Sox 5
Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and Detroit bounced back with a victory over Chicago.
Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer.
Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham homered for Chicago.
Porcello (6-6) allowed three runs and seven hits. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Dylan Axelrod (3-6) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez had three hits each for the AL Central leaders. Cabrera's run-scoring single in the sixth pushed his major league-leading RBI total to 93.
Chicago's Alex Rios was hitless a night after going 6 for 6.
Marlins 6, Braves 2
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double to end a 10-game RBI drought, and Miami broke a five-game losing streak.
Stanton had been in a 3-for-26 slump before he put the Marlins ahead in their four-run first inning against Paul Maholm (9-8). Placido Polanco added three hits and three RBIs.
Jacob Turner (3-1) allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings. Steve Cishek allowed two singles in the ninth to complete a six-hitter.
The Braves won two of three games in the series but missed a chance for their first road sweep since April 12-14 at Washington. Miami improved to 3-12 against the Braves at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012.
With thousands of youngsters in the stands on camp day, announced attendance was 23,921 _ the Marlins' largest home crowd since April 27. Miami is last in the major leagues in attendance.
Nationals 5, Phillies 1
Gio Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, the Nationals hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee and Washington beat Philadelphia.
Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots off Lee to start the fifth and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it to open the sixth.
Gonzalez (7-3) gave up one run and six hits, striking out five to win his fourth straight start. The lefty has eight quality starts in a row.
Lee (10-3) had allowed nine homers in his first 135 2-3 innings this year before yielding four in a span of eight batters.
Darin Ruf hit a solo shot for the Phillies, who failed to reach .500 for the first time since June 7.
Reds 6, Brewers 2
Mike Leake scattered four hits over 8 1-3 innings and Brandon Phillips had three RBI, lifting Cincinnati over Milwaukee.
The Reds put the leadoff runner on base in each of the first seven innings and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Leake (8-4) bounced back from a rare rough start in his last outing and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. He allowed four walks while striking out two.
Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg (0-3) had trouble throwing strikes and was battered for his fourth consecutive appearance. The right-hander, who made his major-league debut on June 28, allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Sean Halton hit his first major league home run for the Brewers.
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 5 (14)
Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hit consecutive homers in the 14th inning off Josh Collmenter, helping Los Angeles beat Arizona to complete a three-game sweep.
Ellis tied the game with a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning off Heath Bell and Ramirez hit the first pitch of the 14th off Collmenter (4-2) just over the wall in right field. Five pitches later, Ellis made it 7-5 with his fourth homer.
Kenley Jansen (3-3) pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers, who used all of their position players and had Zack Greinke, Monday's starter, pinch hit in the 10th inning.
Los Angeles has won 15 of 18 to move within 1 1-2 half games of the NL West lead after its first sweep of Arizona since 2010.
Rockies 5, Padres 4
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa took a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning and Colorado held on to give the left-hander a win.
De La Rosa lifted his record at Petco Park to 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA. His winning streak against San Diego spans eight starts.
The Rockies were leading 4-0 in the sixth when Carlos Quentin hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot to straight away center field, scoring Chase Headley, who had walked. That was all for De La Rosa (9-5), who allowed two hits over five innings with four walks and four strikeouts.
Andrew Cashner (5-5) went five innings for the Padres, giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits. He struck out five, walked two and threw a wild pitch that led to a Rockies run in the fifth.
Pirates 5, Athletics 0
Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings, and Pittsburgh beat Oakland.
Liriano (9-3) struck out six and walked one. He trimmed his ERA to 2.00 as the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata also had two hits each as the Pirates beat Oakland for the first time ever.
Pittsburgh came in 0-11 against the A's since interleague play began in 1997 but broke loose against Tommy Milone (8-8). The Pirates worked quickly, following a nearly three-hour rain delay, and touched Milone for three runs in the third inning. The streaking Liriano carried them the rest of the way.
Angels 13, Cubs 2
Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a rout of Chicago.
Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels.
All five of the Angels' home runs were no-doubters. They hit a pair during a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run fifth, providing more than enough support for C.J. Wilson (9-6).
The Angels have won 11 of 14. Once 12 games under .500, they are now within two games of the break-even mark _ since June 12, they have the best record in baseball at 17-8.
The Cubs had their four-game winning streak snapped, a day after they hit five home runs to beat the Angels 7-2.
Cardinals 5, Astros 4
Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run and Matt Holliday drove in two with a two-out hit to help St. Louis beat Houston.
Carpenter's ninth homer of the season in the seventh gave the win to Seth Maness (5-1). Tony Cruz got hit by starter Jordan Lyles' first pitch of the inning and one out later Carpenter put a 2-1 pitch into the right field stands off reliever Wesley Wright (0-3).
Maness gave up two hits and a run in two innings of relief. He struck out three.
Edward Mujica earned his 25th save in 26 tries. He has appeared in six consecutive games, going 1-1 with four saves.
Jeter goes 0 for 3 in latest rehab game
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0 for 3 in seven innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his fourth rehab game.
Jeter tested his left ankle fielding six grounders at shortstop and made a throwing error.
After he came out, Jeter said he did not know where he would be playing on Thursday. He did not play on Tuesday.
The Yankees have not ruled out Jeter returning to the majors by this weekend, which leads into the All-Star break.
The Yankees captain grounded out his first two times up, then struck out looking in a 5-1 loss to Rochester. He is 1 for 9 in the four games at Triple-A.
Phillies Howard has knee surgery
Ryan Howard had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a tear in his left knee.
The Philadelphia Phillies' slugger will miss between six to eight weeks. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury.
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably hobbling during games before he was sidelined.
Rangers RHP Darvish placed on DL with bad back
Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by Texas and will miss the All-Star Game next week.
Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back. The move was announced Wednesday and is retroactive to July 6.
Darvish was scheduled to pitch against Baltimore on Thursday, but has been scratched. He's 8-4 overall, but has won only once in his last nine starts.
Darvish leads the majors with 157 strikeouts. He has a 3.02 ERA.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine says, "At this stage, it's not something we are really worried about." He says the injury "was a little more fatigue than anything."
In a statement, Darvish said, "I don't think it's a big issue, but just as a precaution, I'd rather skip a start than push it through."
Darvish will fly back to Dallas today for further evaluation.