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Tigers Breeze Past Rays

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick fields a ball bunted by Miami Marlins' Brad Hand during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Miami. Hand was thrown out at first base. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick fields a ball bunted by Miami Marlins' Brad Hand during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Miami. Hand was thrown out at first base. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Detroit — Max Scherzer allowed two hits in eight outstanding innings, and the Detroit Tigers backed their star right-hander with three early homers in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter all went deep as part of a five-run first inning for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have won 12 of 14. Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak is over.

Detroit leads second-place Kansas City by five games.

Scherzer (10-3) allowed a first-inning sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria, but that was the first of 10 straight hitters retired by the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.

Yankees 7, Twins 4

Minneapolis — Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid.

Zelous Wheeler homered in his big league debut after eight years in the minors. David Robertson notched his 19th save with a hitless ninth inning and the Yankees started an 11-game road trip with a sigh-of-relief performance that put their record back at the .500 mark.

Phil Hughes (8-5) was rolling right along against his former team, leading 2-0 until Beltran’s big hit cleared the tall wall above right field following consecutive singles to start the fifth. Wheeler went deep two batters later.

National League

Phillies 5, Marlins 4

Miami — Ben Revere scored the go-ahead run when Miami second baseman Donovan Solano bobbled a grounder in the ninth, and Philadelphia rallied past the Marlins to snap a six-game losing streak.

Tony Gwynn Jr. led off the ninth with a walk and eventually scored the tying run against Miami closer Steve Cishek (4-4). Revere scored easily when Chase Utley hit a grounder and Solano could only get the out at first.

Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 2

Pittsburgh — David Peralta had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in four runs as Arizona avoided a series sweep.

Arizona scored three runs in the sixth and seven in the ninth.

Cardinals 7, Giants 2

San Francisco — Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer among his two hits and Carlos Martinez earned his second win as a starter, and St. Louis beat reeling San Francisco.

Martinez (2-3) also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won their second straight after losing three in a row. Martinez allowed a run and five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Notes

Ex-Sox Pitcher Gets 50- Game Ban

New York — New York Yankees minor league pitcher Alfredo Aceves received a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The suspension of Aceves, who is on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is effective immediately.

Aceves was with the Yankees earlier this season and was 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 10 games. He is 31-16 with a 3.83 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees and Red Sox for his career.

A’s Staying at Coliseum

Oakland, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.

The deal was approved Thursday by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. The deal still needs to be formally approved by the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors later this month.

The run-down Coliseum has had multiple sewage problems in the past year and an outage affecting the outfield lights on June 14.