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Texas Rangers win 5-4 to close on Los Angeles Angels



Chris Davis homered and later drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single as the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 in Sunday’s clash of the American League West’s top teams.

The Rangers loaded the bases to start the eighth after Rich Thompson (1-2) failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Davis then singled to right off Hisanori Takahashi. Adrian Beltre also homered for the defending AL champions, who moved within a half-game of the Angels for the division lead.

Davis’ homer in the fourth put Texas up 4-1. It was only his second homer of the season.

Mark Lowe (1-0) got out the only batter he faced to claim the win, before Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.


In St Petersburg, Florida, J.J Hardy hit a grand slam to power Baltimore to victory over Tampa Bay.

The Orioles loaded the bases when Rays pitcher Rob Delaney issued three straight walks — only one intentional — in the sixth. Hardy then put Baltimore up 8-2 when he hit his third career grand slam, off Cesar Ramos.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Red Sox 7, Yankees 5

‧ White Sox 4, Athletics 3

‧ Blue Jays 11, Twins 3



Ryan Braun homered, tripled and drove in four runs to lead leading a shaky Zack Greinke and the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Casey McGehee and Jonathan Lucroy also homered as the Brewers beat Pittsburgh for the ninth straight time at Miller Park. Greinke (2-1) was flawless for the first four innings. He gave up five runs in the fifth as the Pirates pulled to 6-5, and left after the inning.


In Atlanta, Georgia, Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking home run off Roy Halladay in the eighth inning to cap a productive afternoon in which Atlanta’s second baseman had two hits and a walk. Freddie Freeman drove in two runs for Atlanta, Jonny Venters (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Craig Kimbrel recorded the final three outs.

Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco led off the ninth with a walk, and he moved to second with two outs on a wild pitch. Kimbrel ended the game on Rollins’ soft fly ball to left field. John Mayberry had a two-run homer for Philadelphia.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Mets 7, Astros 4

‧ Reds 9, Cardinals 7

‧ Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1

‧ Padres 8, Rockies 2

‧ Nationals 8, Marlins 4

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