Baseball - Highlights of Sunday's Major League games

Sept 22 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:


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Braves 5, Cubs 2

Andrelton Simmons blasted two home runs on the day Atlanta clinched the National League East division.

Miami's 4-2 victory over Washington had locked down the division crown, and the Braves avoided backing in with the win to claim their first title since 2005.

Simmons homered in the fourth inning and again in the eighth, while Craig Kimbrel finished off the contest with his Major League-leading 49th save of the season.

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Reds 11, Pirates 3

Jay Bruce's three-run double sparked a five-run first inning and Cincinnati cruised to a critical victory over Pittsburgh.

The Reds took two of three in the series to move into a tie with the Pirates for the first National League wild-card spot with one week remaining in the regular season. Both teams are 89-67.

Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run to left-center to make it 5-0.

The Pirates suffered a potential blow when catcher Russell Martin left the game after the fourth inning with left knee discomfort.

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Royals 4, Rangers 0

Justin Maxwell's grand slam in the 10th inning lifted Kansas City to the victory.

Maxwell's two-out full-count grand slam off Joakim Soria, a former Royals closer, landed far over the left-field fence.

The Rangers fell 1½ games behind the Indians for the final wild-card playoff spot. The Royals kept their faint playoffs cards alive with the victory, but are 3½ games back of the Indians with seven road games remaining.

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Rays 3, Orioles 1

The Tampa Bay Rays continued fortifying their perch atop the American League wild card standings with their victory.

Tampa Bay got timely hitting and a stifling pitching effort from rookie left-hander Enny Romero who was relieved in the fifth inning with a 1-0 lead.

Tampa Bay (86-69) remains a half-game in front of Cleveland for the top wild card while the Orioles fell to 81-73 and 4 ½ games behind the Indians with seven games remaining.

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Indians 9, Astros 2

Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each had three hits and Corey Kluber won his 10th game as Cleveland completed a four-game sweep.

It's the ninth win in the last 11 games for the Indians.

Kluber (10-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

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Marlins 4, Nationals 2

Tom Koehler picked up his first win since Aug. 1 and Giancarlo Stanton hit another home run at Nationals Park as Miami beat Washington.

The Nationals have just seven games left, including the second of a split doubleheader later on Sunday, and are now 5 ½ games back of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh for a National League wild-card spot.

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White Sox 6, Tigers 3

Rookie Avisail Garcia singled home two runs and scored once to lead Chicago to a victory that stalled the Tigers' drive to the American League Central Division title.

Detroit's magic number for clinching the crown remained at two with six games to play.

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Giants 2, Yankees 1

Tony Abreu's go-ahead double with one out in the top of the eighth spoiled Yankee Stadium tributes for Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

New York's sixth sellout crowd of the year watched a 50-minute pregame tribute to Rivera, who is retiring after the season ends. Then they saluted Pettitte, who officially announced his retirement on Friday and threw seven innings of two-hit ball in his final home start.

Pettitte (10-11) lost a no-hit bid when he allowed Ehrie Adrianza's first career home run with one out in the sixth.

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Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2

The Red Sox scored four runs in the second inning on their way to a win. Jackie Bradley provided the big blow, belting a three-run homer.

Left-hander Felix Doubront improved to 11-6. He went seven innings, giving up two run on four hits, including a home run.

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Mets 4, Phillies 3

Wilfredo Tovar's first big-league hit lifted the New York Mets to victory and a three-game sweep.

Tovar's single plated two runs in the seventh to give the Mets a one-run lead. Juan Lagares (infield single) and Anthony Recker (double) set up the go-ahead scores.

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