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A’s beat Rays in American League clash of wild cards

AP, OAKLAND, California

Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips tripled, homered and doubled in his first three at-bats as the Reds defeated Colorado 8-3.

Phillips scored three runs, drove in two and just missed becoming the first Reds player in 24 years to hit for the cycle.

Cincinnati’s Greg Reynolds (1-2) was making his second start since being recalled from the minors to fill in for injured Tony Cingrani. He allowed three runs over eight innings for his first major league win in two years, against the team which drafted him in 2006.

Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez hit a tying single in the seventh inning, and pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Dodgers rallied to beat San Diego 2-1.

Just as the game ended, the Dodgers announced they had acquired third baseman Michael Young from Philadelphia.

The Dodgers ended last month with a 23-6 record, their most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. The club record of 25 was set in July 1947 and equaled in August 1953, when the team played in Brooklyn.

Atlanta’s B.J. Upton had four hits, including the game-winning single in the 11th inning, as the Braves edged Miami 5-4 for their sixth straight win.

Toronto’s Brett Lawrie drove in the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, helping the Blue Jays rally for a 4-2 win against Kansas City.

New York’s Zack Wheeler pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Mets piled up a season-high 17 hits in beating Washington 11-3.

Arizona’s Eric Chavez hit the first pitch he saw in the ninth inning for a run-scoring single, lifting the Diamondbacks over San Francisco 4-3 for their latest walk-off victory.

Los Angeles pinch-hitter Hank Conger came through with a two-run homer in the ninth inning that sent the Angels past Milwaukee 6-5.

Chicago’s Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning to lead the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.

Seattle’s Joe Saunders pitched neatly into the sixth inning for his first win in a month, as the Mariners downed Houston 3-1 for their third consecutive victory.

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