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Pirates run amok, Astros fall to earth

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

The Dodgers have improved to 27-6 since June 21, their best stretch since going 29-5 during a 34-game run from Aug. 7 to Sept. 9, 1953.

Kenley Jansen (4-3) pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn the win. Shawn Kelley (3-1) took the loss in relief in the Yankees’ third-ever series at Dodger Stadium and first since June 2010.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked none. Dodgers starter Zack Greinke allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked none.

TIGERS 5, NATIONALS 1

In Detroit, Michigan, Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg to lead Detroit past Washington. Anibal Sanchez (9-7) gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit.

Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut.

Joaquin Benoit, who will keep his job as the team’s closer, gave up one hit in the ninth inning.

Strasburg (5-9) allowed five runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Strasburg is winless in his last four starts and has given up at least four earned runs in three of his past five outings.

RAYS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2

In St Petersburg, Florida, Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a complete-game shutout, while Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs each as Tampa Bay beat Arizona.

The Rays maintained their half-game lead over Boston in the AL East. Hernandez (6-11) opened the game by hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch and giving up a single to Aaron Hill. He then retired 22 of the next 25 batters before Parra singled leading off the ninth.

Eric Chavez ended Hernandez’s shutout bid with a two-out home run.

Ian Kennedy (3-8) gave up six hits and three runs while striking out seven in five innings for Arizona. Kennedy, still seeking his 50th career victory, has not won since June 1.

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