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[June 24, 2017]  (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Friday:

Rays 15, Orioles 5

The Tampa Bay Rays moved four games above .500 for the first time in nearly two years, surging past the Baltimore Orioles with a 15-5 win on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rays jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first three innings and reset their season high for scoring, getting home runs from Derek Norris, Shane Peterson and Logan Morrison. The slumping Orioles matched a dubious major league record by allowing at least five runs in 20 straight games -- the first team to do so since the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

Tampa Bay roughed up starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3), who didn't survive the third inning. Rays starter Chris Archer (6-4) threw six innings, not needing his best stuff to win his second straight start.

The Rays got four RBIs each from Evan Longoria and Peterson, who was called up before the game and had a two-run homer.

Marlins 2, Cubs 0

Giancarlo Stanton homered, Jose Urena pitched six scoreless innings and Miami defeated Chicago at Marlins Park.

One night after Chicago routed Miami 11-1, Urena (6-2) held the Cubs to five hits and three walks. Relievers Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and A.J. Ramos completed the shutout. Ramos posted his 11th save of the season.

Stanton's solo homer in the third inning gave Miami a 1-0 lead. It was his 19th long ball of the season, and he also doubled and was hit by a pitch in a 2-for-3 night. The Cubs got a good pitching performance by John Lackey (5-8), who allowed three hits, two walks and two runs (one earned) in six innings.

Red Sox 9, Angels 4

Boston retired David Ortiz's No. 34 in a pregame ceremony and then went out and built a six-run lead en route to a victory over Los Angeles.

Sandy Leon drove in four runs with a two-run homer and two-run double, and Hanley Ramirez also hit a two-run homer for Boston. Rick Porcello (4-9) avoided becoming the major league's first 10-game loser as the Red Sox opened a seven-game homestand.

The Red Sox entered the game a percentage point behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. They had three runs and one hit off Alex Meyer (3-4) in the first inning, Meyer wild-pitched home two of the runs after Xander Bogaerts' RBI double.

Twins 5, Indians 0

Jorge Polanco homered and Brian Dozier had three hits and two RBIs as Minnesota shut out Cleveland at Progressive Field.

Twins starter Adalberto Mejia (2-3) threw 104 pitches in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (6-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

Mejia and relievers Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger combined on a four-hitter.

Nationals 6, Reds 5

Bryce Harper had an RBI single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning against Raisel Iglesias as Washington came back to beat Cincinnati.

The liner scored Trea Turner, who singled with two outs and went to third on a single by Brian Goodwin. The winning pitcher was Matt Albers (3-1), who worked a scoreless top of the 10th. Iglesias (2-2) was stuck with the loss as Harper had the winning hit on a full-count pitch.

Goodwin, who had three hits, belted his second solo homer of the game to lead off the seventh to tie it at 5 against reliever Wandy Peralta. Daniel Murphy lined a solo homer, the 100th home run of his career, into the Nationals' bullpen in right to lead off the sixth against reliever Michael Lorenzen to cut the lead to 5-3.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 3

John Jaso clouted a tiebreaking homer as Pittsburgh rallied for a win over St. Louis.

It was the fifth homer for Jaso, who pounced on a changeup over the middle of the plate from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) and drilled it 406 feet into the seats in right-center field.

Felipe Rivero (3-1) picked up the win, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He bailed the Pirates out of eighth-inning trouble, getting a lineout from Aledmys Diaz and a flyout from Paul DeJong to strand runners at the corners. Rivero then pitched around a leadoff walk to Eric Fryer in the ninth.

Athletics 3, White Sox 0

Khris Davis hit his 19th home run of the season and Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings as Oakland ended its four-game losing streak.

Cotton (5-7) won his first night game of 2017, going five innings while allowing no runs and scattering three hits. He left the game after allowing a single to start the sixth because of a blister on his right thumb.

Matt Joyce also hit a home run for the A's, who remained undefeated against Chicago starter Mike Pelfrey (3-6). Pelfrey dropped to 0-5 career against Oakland. He threw 106 pitches in 4 2/3 innings.
 

Braves 5, Brewers 4

Brandon Phillips had a home run and a double and Atlanta survived a bullpen meltdown to hang on for a win over Milwaukee.

Phillips was 2-for-5, scored twice and drove in two runs to pace the Atlanta attack. The second baseman showed no signs of the groin issue that caused him to leave Thursday night's game early.

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Atlanta appeared to be in control with a 5-1 lead after six innings when the Brewers' bats took advantage of some shaky relief work. Milwaukee scored a run in the seventh on Domingo Santana's RBI single and twice in the eighth on a sharp two-run double by Orlando Arcia.

Yankees 2, Rangers 1 (10 innings)

Ronald Torreyes singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting New York over Texas in a game that marked the first major league meeting between Japanese starters Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish.

The Yankees began their winning rally when Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius singled, putting runners at the corners for Chris Carter.

After Carter struck out, Torreyes lined a 98 mph fastball from Matt Bush (3-2) up the middle to give the Yankees only their second win in 10 games. Brett Gardner tied it by hitting a 2-1 fastball from Bush into the right-field seats in the bottom of the ninth.

Royals 5, Blue Jays 4

Whit Merrifield delivered his first career walk-off hit with a two-run double as Kansas City rallied from a four-run deficit to top Toronto.

All four runs in the ninth inning were scored with two outs. Alcides Escobar singled home Salvador Perez with the first run of the inning and Alex Gordon singled home Brandon Moss, who had walked, with the second run.

Merrifield greeted Jason Grilli with a double to left to score Escobar and Gordon. The victory moved the Royals to .500 for the first time since April 16. Joakim Soria (4-2) got the victory and Aaron Loup (2-1) took the loss.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1

Justin Turner had three hits to improve his batting average to .392 and Alex Wood moved to 8-0 on the season as Los Angeles won its eighth straight game.

Yasiel Puig crushed a solo home run in the fourth inning to extend the Dodgers' streak of consecutive games with a home run to 15. Corey Seager had two hits, scored a run and had an RBI but left the game after two innings after tweaking his right hamstring.

The win moved Los Angeles' lead in the National League West to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Colorado, which has lost three straight, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 15 and the eight-game win streak is their longest since 2013. They've also won nine straight at home.

Mariners 13, Astros 3

Felix Hernandez pitched six strong innings in his first start since April 25 and Seattle hit three home runs to defeat Houston at Safeco Field.

Hernandez (3-2), who had been on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, allowed eight hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer for Seattle, which won its season-high sixth straight game. Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager added solo shots. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman hit solo home runs for Houston, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 1

Mark Leiter Jr. effectively mixed his pitches over six shutout innings in his starting debut, and Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph homered in the late innings to help last-place Philadelphia cool off Arizona.

The Diamondbacks, coming off a 7-1 road trip, had won nine of 10 overall and 11 of 12 at Chase Field only to generate almost no offense against Leiter (1-0), whose first 12 career appearances came in relief.

The Phillies, winning successive games for the first time since June 5-6, didn't generate much offense themselves until the final two innings, but they turned Freddy Galvis' one-out triple in the first off starter Patrick Corbin into a run, then added a key insurance run when Franco hit his ninth homer in the eighth.

Padres 1, Tigers 0

Luis Perdomo and three relievers shut out Detroit on three hits, and Austin Hedges doubled home the game's lone run in his return to the lineup as San Diego won the opener of a three-game interleague series.

Perdomo (2-4) allowed two hits and five walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Friday marked the first time in 13 starts this season that Perdomo wasn't scored upon. His ERA fell from 4.97 to 4.56.

He was followed by relievers Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand and closer Brandon Maurer, who picked up his 14th save. Detroit wasted a solid start from Michael Fulmer (6-6), who allowed one run, two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Mets 11, Giants 4

Yoenis Cespedes highlighted a six-run second inning with a two-run homer, helping New York end a four-game losing streak.

Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda had three hits each for the Mets, whose 20 hits equaled their season high, set twice previously. Cabrera's big game, which included two runs scored, came shortly after he made his intentions known to reporters that he planned to request a trade from the Mets.

Duda also homered for the Mets, who were coming off a four-game sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers and began the night a season-worst 10 games below .500.

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