Baseball - Highlights of Monday's Major Leagues Baseball games

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July 29 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's games in Major Leagues Baseball.

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Pirates 9, Cardinals 2

Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run home run off Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook to cap a four-run first inning and propel the Pirates to victory in the opener of a five-game series between the National League's top two teams.

Pittsburgh (62-42) moved within a half game of St. Louis (62-41) in the NL Central and the Cardinals lost their fourth straight game.

Francisco Liriano (11-4) pitched seven dominant innings for the victory, holding the NL's highest-scoring team to only one run and four hits.

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Rays 2, Red Sox 1

David Price beat the Boston Red Sox and pitched Tampa Bay past them for first place in the division after a controversial win.

Boston pinch runner Daniel Nava was called out at home plate by umpire Jerry Meals as Nava attempted to score the tying run in the eighth inning.

Replays indicated Nava was safe, and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing.

Price struck out eight batters in 7 1/3 innings as the Rays nudged a half-game in front.

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Rangers 4, Angels 3

Geovany Soto hit the second of Rangers' two home runs in the ninth, giving Texas a walk-off victory to start a three-game series.

Texas trailed 3-2 heading into the ninth, but A.J. Pierzynski tied the game by leading off the inning with a solo blast en route to Los Angeles (48-56) losing for the seventh time in eight games.

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Indians 3, White Sox 2

Jason Giambi's pinch-hit home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians their fifth straight win.

Giambi, pinch hitting for Mark Reynolds, drove a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso over the center-field wall for his seventh home run.

The White Sox scored their only two runs in the top of the sixth, which snapped a streak by Cleveland pitchers in which they pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings, while the Indians tied it in the bottom half of the inning.

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Mets 6, Marlins 5

Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, leading the New York Mets to a comeback victory.

Miami led 5-3 in the seventh before New York scored three times, getting RBIs from Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd.

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Braves 9, Rockies 8 (10 innings)

Andrelton Simmons tripled in the winning run in the 10th inning and Scott Downs got the victory just hours after being acquired as the Braves beat Colorado.

Carlos Gonzalez, who had missed the Rockies' previous three games after aggravating his sprained right index fingers, was 5-for-5 and drove in the tying run in the ninth inning.

Downs, who was picked up in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Brewers 5, Cubs 0

Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie with a run-scoring single in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers scored five unanswered runs to beat the Chicago Cubs.

Gomez's single to center scored Jean Segura with what proved to be the game-winner before Milwaukee broke loose.

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Athletics 9, Blue Jays 4

Yoenis Cespedes hit a blast to snap a career-high 25-game homerless streak, and first-place Oakland roared to victory.

Cespedes had a huge night, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer and three RBIs and the Athletics overcame three homers from Toronto.

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Padres 2, Reds 1

Chris Denorfia hit a pinch-hit two-run homer with no outs in the ninth as the San Diego Padres rallied for a victory.

Denorfia drilled the first pitch over the center-field wall off Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman, to spoil the outing for starter Mike Leake, who pitched seven scoreless innings and was in line for the win.

(Compiled by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles)

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