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Baltimore beat Oakland to keep the AL East tight


Orioles team members celebrate after their game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California, on Sunday.

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The Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 to stay within a game of the New York Yankees in the American League East as Matt Wieters hit two solo home runs on Sunday. Endy Chavez had four hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have won four of six their last six games. J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Robert Andino also drove in runs.

Josh Reddick drove in three runs and Stephen Drew hit two-run home runs for the Athletics, who are two games ahead of the Orioles for the first wild-card spot. Adam Rosales had two hits.

Russell Martin’s three-run homer highlighted an eventful early burst as the Yankees kept their lead in the East with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The St Louis Cardinals split of a four-game series against the Dodgers at Los Angeles, beating them 5-2 to regain undisputed possession of the second National League wild card spot. Jon Jay hit a go-ahead RBI double during a three-run 12th inning. John Ely (0-2) issued a leadoff walk to Matt Carpenter and Jay drove him on from second base with a line drive into the right field corner on a 0-2 pitch. Jay scored on an infield hit up the middle by Allen Craig and Yadier Molina walked with the bases loaded.

The Diamondbacks averted a three-game sweep at the San Francisco Giants as rookie Patrick Corbin pitched a career-long eight innings and drove in four runs with a triple and single in a 10-2 win.

Justin Upton had a solo homer and two-run double for Arizona.Corbin (6-7) tripled in three runs in Arizona’s 5-run fourth inning.

In other NL games, Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and drove in six as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-9, the Cincinnati Reds edged the Miami Marlins 5-4, the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6, the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the New York Mets 3-0 and the San Diego Padres overcame the Colorado Rockies 12-11.

In the AL, Mike Minor threw six strong innings and Dan Uggla broke it open with a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves completed a sweep of first-place Washington with a 5-1 win.

In other games, Lonnie Chisenhall singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning to help Cleveland deal the Tigers a crucial 7-6 loss, the Texas Rangers extended the AL West lead with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, the Chicago White Sox downed the Minnesota Twins 9-2, the Los Angeles Angels edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3, and the Toronto Blue Jays shut out the Boston Red Sox 5-0.

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