Baseball - Highlights of Thursday's MLB games

May 9 (Sports Direct) - Highlights of Thursday's MLB games

Reuters

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Indians 9, Athletics 2

Scott Kazmir struck out 10 while Mark Reynolds added his American League-best 11th home run as Cleveland completed a four-game home sweep of Oakland.

One start after notching his first win since Sept. 19 2010, Kazmir (2-1) posted his first double-digit strikeout effort since Aug. 26 2009 - the 18th 10-strikeout performance of his career. The two-time All-Star yielded one run on five hits and did not walk a batter over six innings.

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Nationals 5, Tigers 4

Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and an RBI as host Washington jumped all over Detroit starter Doug Fister and held on to complete a sweep of a rain-shortened two-game series.

Adam LaRoche was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Denard Span doubled and scored twice for the Nationals, winners of four straight and six of seven. Starter Dan Haren (4-3) gave up four runs in six innings to win his third start in a row.

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Yankees 3, Rockies 1

Robinson Cano homered and Vernon Wells singled in a run as visiting New York fought through the rain drops to take the rubber game from Colorado.

Chris Stewart added a sacrifice fly and former Rockie Chris Nelson doubled and scored for the Yankees, who sat through a one-hour, 59-minute rain delay following the fourth inning.

CC Sabathia allowed one run through the first four frames and Adam Warren (1-0) grabbed the win with 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief after the delay.

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Royals 6, Orioles 2

Alex Gordon homered for the third straight game and Jeremy Guthrie won in his return to Camden Yards as Kansas City avoided a sweep.

Guthrie (5-0), who won 47 games with Baltimore from 2007-11, allowed two runs - one earned - in six innings to extend his own franchise record of unbeaten starts to 18. The home run Guthrie gave up to Chris Davis in the fourth was the first earned run he had allowed in 19 2/3 innings.

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Twins 5, Red Sox 3

Rookie Oswaldo Arcia homered and recorded his first career triple as visiting Minnesota won its third straight to take the series from Boston.

Fellow rookie Aaron Hicks added an RBI double and Ryan Doumit hit a sacrifice fly during a four-run sixth inning that proved to be the difference for the Twins. Kevin Correia (4-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win and Glen Perkins worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

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Mets 3, Pirates 2

Mike Baxter singled home Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the ninth as host New York won the opener of a four-game series.

Baxter's pinch-hit single to center with one out off Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli (0-1) gave the Mets their fourth victory in the past 12 games. Bobby Parnell (4-0) picked up the victory with a scoreless ninth inning.

Pedro Alvarez drove in both Pittsburgh runs on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and a game-tying solo homer leading off the eighth. The Pirates have lost six of their past nine.

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