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Rays Win 3rd in Row

The bat slips out of San Francisco Giants' Chad Gaudin's hands as he bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The bat slips out of San Francisco Giants' Chad Gaudin's hands as he bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jose Lobaton hit a game-ending triple with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to their third straight victory, 5-4 over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lobaton’s triple came off Aaron Loup (4-6) Yunel Escobar walked. Lobaton had three hits.

Fernando Rodney (5-3) gave up two hits to start the ninth but worked out of the jam.

The Blue Jays had tied it in the eighth when, with runners on second and third and one out, Anthony Gose hit a grounder to shortstop. Escobar threw offline to home plate and Brett Lawrie scored.

In his fifth start this season against Tampa Bay, R.A. gave up six hits and four runs over seven innings.

Royals 2, Tigers 1
Royals 3, Tigers 0

Detroit — James Shields allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings and was part of a combined four-hit shutout in Kansas City’s 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers to give the Royals a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.

Kansas City won the first game 2-1 as Danny Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and pitched a combined two-hitter.

Royals pitching held the Tigers to a run and six hits for the two games.

Eric Hosmer homered in each game.

Shields (8-8) won his fourth game in his past five starts. He walked four and struck out one.

Mariners 3, Rangers 1

Arlington, Texas — Kyle Seager snapped a career-worst 0-for-21 slump with a go-ahead two-run homer and Seattle beat AL West-leading Texas.

Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6) struck out eight and allowed one run in seven innings.

White Sox 5, Twins 2

Minneapolis — Adam Dunn hit his 28th home run and Jose Quintana tossed six sharp innings to lead Chicago over Minnesota. Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 62∕3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.

Jeff Keppinger also homered to help Chicago snap its season-worst, 10-game road losing streak.

Cubs 7, Cards 0

Chicago — Jake Arrieta threw seven shutout innings and Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs to lead Chicago over St. Louis.

Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win with the Cubs.

The hard-throwing right-hander was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a July 2 trade.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 2

Pittsburgh — Jose Tabata hit a two-run homer, rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings and Pittsburgh beat Arizona. Tabata’s drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four runs. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis.

Dodgers 4, Phillies 0

Philadelphia — Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead streaking Los Angeles over new manager Ryne Sandberg and slumping Philadelphia.

Sandberg, the Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman, was promoted from third base coach to interim manager. But the Phillies, who have lost 20 of 24, didn’t play any differently for Sandberg.

Giants 14, Marlins 10

Miami — Hunter Pence hit two doubles, a triple and drove in five runs to lead San Francisco over Miami.

Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Pablo Sandoval had four hits and three RBIs, and Brandon Belt had four hits and scored four runs for the Giants, who set season highs for runs and hits (19).

Braves 3, Nationals 2 (10)

Atlanta — Justin Upton hit a home run with one out in the 10th inning to power Atlanta over Washington as the Braves continued their domination of the season series.

Upton’s 23rd homer to left-center came on a 2-2 pitch from Ian Krol (1-1).

Scott Downs (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Atlanta.

Rockies 6, Orioles 3

Baltimore — Colorado hit four home runs, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot by Wilin Rosario in the seventh inning, and the Rockies beat the Orioles 6-3 to extend Baltimore’s losing streak to four games.

Charlie Culberson, Charlie Blackmon and Todd Helton also homered for the Rockies, who have won six of seven. It was Culberson’s first major league home run in 55 at-bats.

Juan Nicasio (7-6) allowed two runs, four hits and four walks over six innings to earn his first win in five starts since July 20.

The right-hander yielded 15 runs over 14 innings in his previous three outings and was 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA in four interleague starts this season.

Wei-Yin Chen (6-6) retired 12 of his first 13 batters but couldn’t get out of the seventh inning.