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Rios ties AL record for hits in nine-inning game as White Sox rock Tigers

Alex Rios tied an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth ining to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, last night.

Dayan Vicideo’s second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth, and they added three more in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring.

Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer to give him a major league-high 92 RBI and a .363 batting average.

He broke the franchise mark for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season

Verlander (9-6) gave up a season-high 12 hits, five runs and struck out three to match a season low in seven-plus innings.

Jose Quintana (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits over eight innings, winning for the first time since May 21.

The last-place White Sox, who had lost four straight, finished with a season-high 23 hits and a season high in runs.

Rangers 8, Orioles 4

Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4 with two homers and a season-high five RBI to help surging Texas beat Baltimore.

Beltre hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the fifth, both off Zach Britton (2-3). Beltre has six home runs in his last six games and is batting .488 (21-for-43) during an 11-game hitting streak that began on June 28.

Texas has won 14 of 19 to move a season-high 16 games over .500 (53-37) – tied for the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games. The Rangers have won four in a row on the road.

Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore is 3-12 in its last 15 regular-season games against Texas.

Martin Perez (3-1) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in six-plus innings for the Rangers. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22.

ROYALS 3, YANKEES 1

James Shields wiggled out of early trouble and got home run help from Billy Butler and David Lough as Kansas City sent New York to its third straight loss.

Center fielder Lorenzo Cain contributed four nifty catches, defensive replacement Elliot Johnson ranged a long way for a grounder and Kansas City backed Shields (4-6) with a pair of double plays.

CC Sabathia (9-7) gave up seven hits in his second complete game.

Once again, the Yankees had trouble scoring. They’ve managed exactly one run in each of their last three games – not since 2005 had they scored one run or fewer in three straight, STATS said.

The hitting slump left the Yankees with a three-game home losing streak for the first time since they dropped four in a row in late July 2012.

Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 22nd save, and second in two nights.

INDIANS 3, BLUE JAYS 0

Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout as Cleveland defeated Toronto.

Jimenez (7-4) dodged constant trouble in six innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez blanked the Blue Jays the rest of the way. Perez allowed two hits in the ninth but earned his 10th save as the Indians completed their AL-leading 11th shutout.

Cleveland managed only four hits. Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley had RBI singles in the fourth when the Indians put together a walk and three straight singles off starter Josh Johnson (1-4), who gave up two runs in seven innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Toronto was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

RAYS 4, TWINS 1

Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, and Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help surging Tampa Bay extend its winning streak to a season-best six games with a victory over sputtering Minnesota.

Archer (3-3) limited the Twins to an unearned run and three hits to outpitch fellow rookie Kyle Gibson (1-2), who was done in by one bad inning in his third career start for Minnesota.

The Twins have lost nine of 10. The Rays matched their longest winning streak of the year and are 8-1 during a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the struggling Twins, White Sox and Astros leading up to the All-Star break.

Alex Torres, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney each pitched a scoreless inning for the Rays, with Rodney finishing a combined five-hitter for his 21st save.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves 6, Marlins 4

Justin Upton homered, doubled twice and scored three runs to help Atlanta earn its 27th comeback victory of the season.

The Braves, who lead the NL in come-from-behind wins, overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-3.

Pitchers for the two teams combined to retire 30 consecutive batters Monday, when Atlanta won, 7-1, in 14 innings. But the second game of the series was a slugfest, with Upton leading the way.

He doubled home a run in the third, doubled and scored to make it 4-all in the fifth, then hit his 16th home run – but first since June 12 – leading off the seventh against reliever Ryan Webb.

In Monday’s marathon, Upton hit a two-run double to put Atlanta ahead in the final inning.

Julio Teheran (7-4) allowed one earned run in 7 1∕3 innings. All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances, and Atlanta improved to 12-2 at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012.

Henderson Alvarez (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, in six innings for Miami.

PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 2

Cole Hamels threw eight sharp innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double and Philadelphia beat Washington for its third straight win.

Hamels (4-11) allowed one run and six hits to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. The Phillies have won six of their past eight games.

Jayson Werth hit a solo homer for Washington. The defending NL East champs have lost two straight and are only 1 ½ games ahead of third-place Philadelphia.

Making his third career start, Taylor Jordan (0-2) gave up four runs – three earned – and eight hits in 5 2∕3 innings for the Nats.

BREWERS 2, REDS 0

Wily Peralta tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Logan Schafer hit his first homer, a two-run shot that lifted Milwaukee to a victory over Cincinnati.

Peralta (6-9), whose start was pushed back from Sunday to give his aching left hamstring a couple extra days of rest, struck out six and walked four for his first complete game. It also was the Brewers’ first shutout and complete game of the season.

Tony Cingrani (3-1), was almost as effective as Peralta, allowing only two singles and Schafer’s home run, striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings.

Schafer was a last-minute replacement for Norichika Aoki.

INTERLEAGUE

CUBS 7, ANGELS 2

Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season high five home runs and Travis Wood earned his first win in nearly six weeks in a victory over Los Angeles.

Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney also homered for Chicago.

Wood (6-6) gave up four hits over 6e_STnS2∕3 innings and retired 14 straight from the second inning into the sixth for his first victory since May 30.

Rizzo and Soriano hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, Castro hit a solo homer to center in the third and Barney hit a three-run homer in the sixth. All came off Joe Blanton (2-11), who leads the majors in losses.

Athletics 2, Pirates 1

Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and Oakland beat Pittsburgh for the second straight night by the same score.

Straily (6-2) struck out seven and walked three in 6 1∕3 innings for his second straight strong outing. Grant Balfour worked the ninth to remain perfect in 24 save chances this season. The A’s have won 10 of 13.

Gerrit Cole (4-2) lost his second consecutive decision despite working seven innings for the first time in his four-week major league career. Cole allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two.

Pedro Alvarez hit his 23rd home run but Pittsburgh matching a season high with its fourth straight loss.

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