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Royals hold off Orioles, 3-2

Bruce Chen (4-0) tossed six strong innings, Greg Holland pitched out of a ninth-inning jam, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, last night.

The loss snapped the Orioles’ season-best, five-game winning streak.

Holland, who logged his 25th save in 27 chances, gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Nick Markakis and a run-producing triple to Adam Jones with none out.

Holland preserved the victory by striking out Chris Davis, and retiring J.J. Hardy and Henry Urrutia on grounders.

Yankees 5, Rangers 4

Eduardo Nunez hit a tying triple, Brent Lillibridge followed with a go-ahead single and New York rallied against All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning for a victory over Texas.

Nathan had converted 15 consecutive save chances, and 31 of 32 this season.

Tigers 6, White Sox 2

Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered and Detroit took advantage of four errors in a victory over Chicago.

Porcello (7-6) won his third straight start after dropping three in a row.


Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 9

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and streaking Los Angeles beat Toronto for its fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games.

Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBI as the Dodgers won their ninth straight road game, matching their longest streak since July 2004.

Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to center off Darren Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th. One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time.

Former Blue Jays right-hander Brandon League (4-3) got two outs for the win.


Mets 4, Braves 1

Carlos Torres pitched six impressive innings as a fill-in starter and had an RBI single, and Ike Davis turned an angry crowd in his favor with a go-ahead double in a three-run sixth as New York beat Atlanta.

John Buck had a run-scoring single and Juan Lagares a sacrifice fly in a sixth inning that helped the Mets beat Atlanta’s Kris Medlen (6-10) for the first time in eight starts.

Reds 9, Giants 3, Game 1

Devin Mesoraco had a three-run homer among his three hits for his second longball in as many games, Joey Votto and Zack Cozart also connected, and Cincinnati pounded San for the second straight game in the opener of a doubleheader.

Cozart finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs to back Tony Cingrani (4-1).

The Reds finished with 15 hits for 32 total in the first two games of the series.

Pirates 5 Nationals 1

Gerrit Cole (5-3) pitched seven strong innings to end a personal three-game losing streak, and added an RBI single as Pittsburgh beat Washington.

Pedro Alvarez homered and singled, and Russell Martin had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight.

Wilson Ramos homered for Washington, which had just three hits. The Nationals have lost five straight and 10 of 12.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1

Shelby Miller threw six shutout innings and Allen Craig drove in a pair of runs to lead St. Louis over Philadelphia.

Miller (10-6) broke out of a three-start slump with one of his finest efforts of the season. He was working on 12 days’ rest and gave up three hits while striking out six and walking one.

He is the third St. Louis starter to reach double-digits in wins, joining Adam Wainwright (13-5) and Lance Lynn (11-5).

Padres 6, Brewers 2

Nick Hundley and Will Venable each homered, and Tyson Ross won for the first time in more than a year in San Diego’s victory over Milwaukee.

Hundley was 3-for-4 with three RBI for San Diego, which won back-to-back games for the first time since June 20-21.

Ross (1-4) earned his first victory since May 14, 2012.

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