Around the Bases: Braves avoid four-game sweep, Yankees win in extras

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Atlanta strengthened their hold on the best record in baseball on Sunday with a win at St. Louis to salvage one of a four-game series. The Red Sox took two of three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers in a potential World Series preview.

Braves 5, Cardinals 2: Mike Minor tossed seven quality innings, holding the Cardinals to one run on six hits to help the Braves avoid a four-game sweep and maintain the best record in baseball. The Braves scored early against Lance Lynn, driving in three runs in the first two innings against the starter. Andrelton Simmons hit a solo shot in the seventh, his 12th home run of the year.

Yankees 3, Rays 2 (11): Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the eleventh, driving in Alfonso Soriano to help the Yankees avoid a series sweep. Ivan Nova held the Rays to two runs over 6 2/3 innings despite allowing six hits and six walks. The Yankees turned four double plays and the Rays were caught stealing twice, helping Nova escape from jams.

Evan Longoria went 2-for-5 with a homer, continuing his success against New York.

Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1: Jake Peavy pitched a complete game to improve his career record against the Dodgers to 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 25 starts. The Red Sox got home runs from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli to become the first team in 10 weeks to win a series against the Dodgers. The last series loss for Los Angeles before this weekend came June 14-16 in Pittsburgh.

Indians 3, Twins 1: Drew Stubbs hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, helping the Indians overcome four errors. The Twins failed to capitalize on the Indians' gaffes, going 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Scott Kazmir turned in a quality start, holding Minnesota to one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 1: Marco Estrada turned in a dominant performance, only allowing one single over seven innings while fanning nine. Caleb Gindl connected on a two-run homer in the second, while Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jim Henderson surrendered a solo homer to Joey Votto in the ninth, but held on for his 21st save of the year.

Tigers 11, Mets 3: Miguel Cabrera crushed a two-run blast in the first inning, sending a 2-0 fastball from Dillon Gee into the second deck:

Andy Dirks hit a two-run homer in the sixth, putting Detroit ahead 4-3. The Tigers turned the game into a blowout in the ninth; eight consecutive batters reached base safely, helping the club score seven runs in the inning.

Royals 6, Nationals 4: Washington made a pair of defensive miscues with two outs in the eighth, helping Kansas City score two runs in the inning to snap a seven-game losing streak. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez both hit homers off Dan Haren in the first, while Eric Hosmer added a RBI single. Greg Holland struck out all three batters in the ninth for save No. 35, giving the Royals closer 81 strikeouts in just 51 innings.

Rockies 4, Marlins 3: Nolan Arenado hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the sixth and the Rockies bullpen tossed four scoreless innings to secure the victory. Jorge De La Rosa improved to 14-6, surrendering three runs on five hits. Justin Ruggiano had an impressive game in the loss, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of walks.

Orioles 10, Athletics 3: J.J. Hardy, Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis all hit homers for Baltimore, who moved within two games of Oakland for the second AL Wild Card spot. Chris Davis picked up his 118th RBI of the season, leaving him 10 shy of Cabrera for the AL lead. The Athletics have lost four of five, and Josh Reddick re-injured his wrist in the sixth inning.

White Sox 5, Rangers 2: Jordan Danks became the first major leaguer since 1955 to support his brother with a homer, giving the White Sox their eighth win in their past nine games. John Danks tossed six strong innings, limiting the Rangers to two runs on eight hits. Avisail Garcia had to leave the game after colliding into the right-field wall attempting to rob a homer.

Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5: Roy Halladay turned in a strong performance in his first start back from the disabled list, only allowing two runs on four hits over six frames.

Roger Bernadina went 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot, and robbed Matt Davidson of a two-run homer in the third. Philadelphia has won six of their past eight games.

Blue Jays 2, Astros 1: Mark Buehrle threw eight sharp innings, only giving up one run on seven hits while fanning seven, helping the Blue Jays snap a seven-game losing streak. Buehrle has won 10 games for 13 consecutive seasons, tying CC Sabathia for the longest active streak in the majors. Toronto scored two runs in the top of the ninth, partially thanks to three walks by Chia-Jen Lo.

Angels 7, Mariners 1: Every Angels starter had a hit against the Mariners, helping Los Angeles sweep Seattle at Safeco Field. Los Angeles had six extra-base hits, including a two-run jack from Kole Calhoun. Jered Weaver worked eight strong innings, only allowing one run on three hits while fanning eight.

Giants 4, Pirates 0: Ryan Vogelsong turned in his best start of the year, holding the Pirates scoreless for eight innings. Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Pablo Sandoval plated two with an RBI triple. The Pittsburgh offense only mustered three singles against the Giants, keeping them tied with the Cardinals for the NL Central lead.

Padres 3, Cubs 2 (15): Nick Hundley singled to center field to score Logan Forsythe with the winning run in the 15th inning, giving the Padres two wins in the weekend series at home against the Cubs. Chicago scored the first two runs of the game to take the lead in the 13th inning, but closer Kevin Gregg allowed two of his own to extend the game.

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