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Oakland, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run to help the Oakland Athletics end the Texas Rangers’ five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Saturday.
Matt Garza (7-2) lost for the first time since June 11 and the Rangers lost ground on the AL West Division leading A’s for the first time in nearly a week, falling 3 1/2 games back.
Tigers 3, White Sox 0
Detroit — Max Scherzer took a shutout into the eighth inning before being pulled, and the Detroit right-hander became baseball’s first 16-game winner when the Tigers held on for a victory over punchless Chicago.
The White Sox have lost nine straight. The Tigers have won 11 of 12, despite playing most of that stretch without slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Braves 5, Phillies 4 (12)
Philadelphia — Dan Uggla had a tiebreaking RBI grounder in the 12th, the Atlanta bullpen pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings and the Braves beat slumping Philadelphia for their ninth straight win.
Luis Avilan (4-0) pitched a scoreless 11th inning to earn the win and Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 33rd save as the Braves won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Nationals 3, Brewers 0
Milwaukee — Dan Haren pitched seven strong innings and Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos hit home runs to lead Washington over Milwaukee.
Dodgers 3, Cubs 0
Chicago — Chris Capuano scattered six hits over 61∕3 innings and the Dodgers set a team record with their 13th straight road win.
The Dodgers eclipsed the 1924 mark set by the Brooklyn Robins.
Royals 4, Mets 3 (12)
New York — Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell homered deep into the left-field seats leading off the 12th inning, and Kansas City overcame a late blown lead and got back to its winning ways.
Rays 2, Giants 1 (10)
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wil Myers had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Desmond Jennings drew a leadoff walk in the 10th off Jean Machi (2-1) and stole second. Ben Zobrist was intentionally walked and Evan Longoria walked to load the bases on four pitches before Myers won it on his liner that went over the left fielder’s head.
Indians 4, Marlins 3
Miami — Michael Bourn had three of Cleveland’s six stolen bases and scored three times to help the Indians earn their ninth victory in the past 10 games.
Jason Kipnis’ two-run single broke a 2-all tie in a wild seventh inning, when the Marlins narrowly missed three chances to throw out Indians on the bases.
Steals led to all four runs for the Indians, whose stolen-base total was their highest since 2000.
Mariners 8, Orioles 4
Baltimore — Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five runs, Erasmo Ramirez retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced and Seattle beat Baltimore to end a four-game losing streak.
Saunders hit a three-run drive in the fifth and added a clinching two-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth career two-homer game, the second this season.
Reds 8, Cardinals 3
Cincinnati — Devin Mesoraco drove in three runs with a pair of finally broke out against a St. Louis team that has held them down all seasont.
Twins 6, Astros 4
Minneapolis — Ryan Doumit hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Minnesota’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings and the Twins beat Houston.
After starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in three innings, Anthony Swarzak struck out five in the next three innings and the American League’s second-best bullpen came through for Minnesota.
Brian Duensing (4-1) followed with a scoreless seventh and Casey Fien a scoreless eighth to set up All-Star Glen Perkins for his 26th save.
Minnesota relievers allowed only one hit and struck out 10 over the game’s last six innings.
Brett Wallace homered for Houston and Erik Bedard allowed three runs in six innings before leaving with a 4-3 lead.
Houston’s bullpen entered the game with a 5.11 ERA — worst in the majors — and couldn’t hang on to get Bedard his first win since June 26.