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MLB Scoreboard: Tampa Bay Rays Edge New York Yankees on Late Error

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay Rays 4, New York Yankees 3

The New York Yankees took an early lead off Matt Moore thanks to run-scoring hits from Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, but the Tampa Bay Rays slowly found their way to a much-needed win. Solo home runs from B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena tied the game through six innings, but the Yankees took the lead back in the seventh. Mark Teixeira made a crucial error in the bottom of the seventh that allowed the Rays to take a lead they would never surrender. Matt Moore got the win despite allowing 12 baserunners in seven innings. The Rays are now within a reasonable enough 6 1/2 games of the Yankees after this win. A sweep would go a long way in bringing them back to the top.

Los Angeles Angels 3, Cleveland Indians 0

Jered Weaver and Scott Downs combined forces to keep the Indians scoreless despite Weaver’s uncharacteristic peripherals (3 BB, 2 K). Howie Kendrick hit his fifth home run of the season, while Albert Pujols reached base three times in his continued attempt at a return to being Albert Pujols.

Minnesota Twins 6, Detroit Tigers 4

Every single run in this game was scored against the starting pitchers and before the conclusion of the fifth inning. Among the top offensive performers (albeit in a losing cause) was Miguel Cabrera, who had three hits and a walk, drove in three, and scored a run. Tyler Plouffe drove in a couple more runs for the Twins, and he’s now slugging .561.

Kansas City Royals 11, Toronto Blue Jays 3

Everett Teaford, who is not a British imperialist, tossed a quality start, sat back, and watched Rocky Romero get just crushed. Salvador Perez continued his hot streak since returning from injury with another homer, while Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam and drove in five. The Jays got solo homers from Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus, each of whom seem to go deep every day lately.

Oakland Athletics 6, Boston Red Sox 1

Jarrod Parker kept a good Sox offense at bay, going 6 2/3 innings while allowing just one run and striking out three. Daisuke Matsuzaka got knocked out of this game after the first inning after allowing five earned runs and six baserunners. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss went yard for the A’s in the win.

Seattle Mariners 6, Baltimore Orioles 3

The Mariners plated five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take this one. Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo both went deep in the eighth to cement the lead, while the Mariner bullpen went four hitless innings and struck out six. Chris Davis homered earlier in the game for Baltimore.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh Pirates 11, Houston Astros 2

The Pirates absolutely went off on Jordan Lyles after a brief silence to start the game. Andrew McCutchen had his fifth four-hit effort of the season, while Garret Jones also contributed four hits to the Pittsburgh rout. The back-to-back home runs from Jones and Neil Walker in the fourth inning both went off the right field foul pole, something you simply never see.

Chicago Cubs 4, Atlanta Braves 1

Atlanta ran right into Good Jeff Samardzija, as the Chicago hurler fanned 11 in seven dominant innings. Anthony Rizzo continued to look good since his return to the Major Leagues, as he had two hits and his second home run of the season. Michael Bourn had a couple of hits and one RBI for the Braves.

St. Louis Cardinals 9, Colorado Rockies 3

The Cardinals won the battle of the two best offenses in the National League for 2012 thanks to plenty of hitting early and often. Matt Holliday continued his hot streak by reaching base thrice and homering, while Allen Craig went deep to straightaway center twice to raise his season total to 13. Tyler Colvin and Wilin Rosario cleared the fence for Colorado in the loss.

Milwaukee Brewers 6, Miami Marlins 5

Zack Greinke had a rare poor start, but Milwaukee was able to overcome it to win their third game in a row. Rickie Weeks got on base three times and scored twice, Carlos Gomez hit a solo home run, and Norichika Aoki used a bunt single to score the go-ahead run. Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in four for the Marlins to stake them to a 5-2 lead after three innings that they could not hold.

San Diego Padres 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 2

The Padres busted out their home run bats for once to down the Diamondbacks and get some late scores. Cameron Maybin, Alexi Amarista, and Yasmani Grandal all went yard. Grandal is now slugging a cool .929 since getting the call. Chris Young homered for Arizona, while Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and one RBI.

Cincinnati Reds 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

The Dodgers led the game 2-0 through five innings, but then (as they have quite often of late) the wheels came spinning off. The Reds scored three in the sixth, two in the eighth, and three in the ninth to convincingly beat the reeling Los Angeles squad. Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each drove in three runs, while Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a rare home run for the Dodgers in the loss.

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