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ON A ROLL:As Pittsburgh put the struggling Cardinals to the sword, Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin had a season-high nine strikeouts as the Orioles defeated the Houston Astros 4-3

AP, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin of the Baltimore Orioles works the third inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Photo: AFP

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 38th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Baltimore Orioles their first lead in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Davis had gone 10 straight games without a long ball until connecting off Lucas Harrell (5-11). Earlier, Davis extended his run of games with a strikeout to 23, the longest streak in team history.

The slumping slugger came in with a .205 batting average since the All-Star break and had not hit a home run since July 14. The drive off Harrell was his first extra-base hit in seven games.

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to start Baltimore’s comeback from a three-run deficit. The Orioles got only three hits in winning for the second time in seven games.

Darren O’Day got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 36th save.

Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin (6-3) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in 7-1/3 innings for his fourth straight win. The left-hander had a season-high nine strikeouts.

Chen is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his four starts since returning from the disabled list on July 10.

Another Taiwanese pitcher, Lo Chia-jen, who was recalled by the Astros on Monday, did not make an appearance in Tuesday’s game.

RED SOX 8, MARINERS 2

In Boston, Rookie Brandon Workman struck out nine while picking up his first major league win, allowing one run over six innings as Boston beat Seattle.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia homered in the second, giving Workman a cushy 5-1 lead that the young right-hander never squandered in just his third start in the big leagues.

He allowed six hits, three of them in the sixth when Seattle loaded the bases with one out before Workman (1-1) ended the threat with back-to-back strikeouts. Joe Saunders (9-10) allowed six runs over five innings for Seattle, including two in the first as the Mariners set themselves back with an error and a passed ball.

BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 0

In Oakland, California, Mark Buehrle allowed five hits over seven innings, while Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio each homered as Toronto ended Oakland’s winning streak at four. Colby Ramus also drove in a run and Edwin Encarnacion added two hits for the Blue Jays.

Derek Norris had two hits for the A’s, who during the game acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for infielder Grant Green. Buehrle (7-7) ran his scoreless innings streak to 20, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Dan Straily (6-5) gave up five runs — two earned — on six hits for Oakland.

INDIANS 7, WHITE SOX 4

In Cleveland, Ohio, pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn hit a two-run single in the eighth inning as Cleveland beat freefalling Chicago to win their sixth straight game.

The Indians stayed within 2.5 games of first-placed Detroit in the AL Central.

Cleveland were in danger of losing to Brazilian rookie Andre Rienzo on his debut before coming back against Donnie Veal (1-2), who started the eighth. Rienzo, the first Brazilian-born player to pitch in the major leagues, did not allow an earned run and only five hits in seven innings.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Rangers 14, Angels 11, 10 inns

‧ Royals 7, Twins 2

Additional reporting by CNA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th homer of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St Louis Cardinals with a 6-0 victory on Tuesday night.

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