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Brandon Crawford has seven hits as Giants beat Miami

AP, MIAMI

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford became the first major leaguer in 41 years to get seven hits in a game, with the last of them coming in the 14th inning and lifting the Giants to an 8-7 win in Miami on Monday, keeping their nose in front in the race for top spot in the National League West division.

The Giants remained a game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had four homers in a victory over Philadelphia.

Texas have a more comfortable lead in the American League West, with a late rally at Colorado keeping them seven games clear of Seattle, which had a shutout win over Detroit.

San Francisco’s Crawford tripled, doubled and had five singles in eight at-bats, tying an NL record.

The previous player to get seven hits in a game was Pittsburgh’s Rennie Stennett in 1975.

Stennett set a modern-era record by accomplishing the feat in a nine-inning game. The only other player to do that was Wilbert Robinson for the Baltimore Orioles in 1892.

Johnny Burnett holds the major league mark for most hits in an extra-inning game with nine for Cleveland in 1932 contest that lasted 18 innings.

The Giants won despite going six for 21 with runners in scoring position and leaving 18 on base in a game that took five hours, 34 minutes — the longest of the season for both teams.

Los Angeles’ Corey Seager homered twice and Chase Utley and Yasmani Grandal also went deep as the Dodgers beat Philadelphia 9-4 to stay on San Francisco’s tails.

Seager has 21 homers, breaking Hanley Ramirez’s record for homers by a Dodgers shortstop. He is also the eighth Los Angeles rookie to hit 20 or more homers in a season.

Texas scored three times in the ninth inning to edge Colorado 4-3.

The Rangers had a double steal before Elvis Andrus’ two-run single tied it 3-3. Mitch Moreland sent Andrus home with a double before he was thrown out trying stretch for third base.

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma threw seven scoreless innings for his seventh win in eight starts, guiding the Mariners past Detroit 3-0.

Seattle won its fourth straight and moved within 2.5 games of Detroit and Boston for the second wild card in the AL thanks to another gem from Iwakuma, who struck out eight and has now gone 21-1/3 innings at Safeco Field without conceding a run.

Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager both had RBI singles in the second inning, and that proved enough.

Oakland’s Kendall Graveman pitched seven strong innings to steer the Athletics to a 3-2 win against Baltimore, dropping the Orioles back into a tie for the AL East lead with Toronto.

Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth for the A’s.

Baltimore slugger Manny Machado, who hit home runs in his first three at-bats the previous day, belted his 26th home run of the season in the eighth.

Toronto moved level with Baltimore by beating Tampa Bay 7-5, with Devon Travis notching a career-high four hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

St Louis’ Yadier Molina started and ended a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Cardinals stole a 5-4 victory from Cincinnati.

Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey pitched six effective innings to guide the Twins past Houston 3-1.

Atlanta’s Matt Kemp scored from third base after Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton dropped Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, handing the Braves a 4-3 win against the Brewers.

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