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Tigers Top Rangers 8-6; Other MLB Scores
Thursday Jun 26, 2014 12:00am

Tigers hold on for 8-6 win over Rangers
(ARLINGTON) - Those Martinez sluggers in the middle of the Detroit Tigers' lineup keep coming up big. Most everyone already knew about Victor. Now they are getting familiar with J.D. The unrelated players homered on consecutive pitches by different Texas pitchers in the fifth, after back-to-back doubles in a three-run first, as the AL Central-leading Tigers stretched their winning streak to six games with an 8-6 victory at Texas. After Victor Martinez led off the fifth with his 20th homer to chase Joe Saunders (0-4), J.D. went deep on the first pitch thrown by reliever Shawn Tolleson. It was his ninth homer this season, the sixth during a 14-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. J.D. Martinez is hitting .418 (23 for 55) with eight doubles and 17 RBI's in that span. Victor and J.D. also had consecutive doubles when Detroit went ahead to stay with three runs in the first inning. Texas lost its seventh consecutive game, the longest current losing streak in the majors. Anibal Sanchez (5-2) struck out five and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 in his eight starts since coming off the disabled list May 18 after missing three weeks with a cut on his right middle finger. Joe Nathan, the Texas closer the last two seasons before leaving in free agency, gave up a run in the ninth before clinching his 16th save in 21 chances. Carlos Pena homered and scored twice in his second game back with the Rangers, the team he made his major league debut for in 2001 before being traded the following winter.


Baltimore gets by Chicago in 12 innings
(BALTIMORE) - As poorly as they played for the first seven innings, it seemed hard to imagine the Baltimore Orioles would be celebrating an uplifting victory well after midnight. Then again, strange things happen when the Chicago White Sox are involved. Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and David Lough scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory Wednesday night. Nick Markakis had four hits for the Orioles, who won two of three from Chicago, twice in their last at-bat. The Orioles didn't get a runner past first base against White Sox starter Hector Noesi until the seventh inning and trailed 4-0 entering the eighth. Noesi was pulled after giving up two straight singles, and Scott Downs walked Chris Davis to load the bases with two outs. Neither team threatened before the grounds crew came with the tarp as soon as the ninth inning ended. Rain delayed the start of the 10th for 69 minutes. Tommy Hunter (2-1) got the final out in the Chicago 12th to earn the win. Jose Abreu hit his 23rd home run for the White Sox, Adam Eaton tied a career high with four hits and Flowers drove in two runs. Abreu has four homers and 10 RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak. Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander left the mound in danger of absorbing his ninth loss, but Cruz's slam took Jimenez off the hook.


OTHER WEDNESDAY A.L. SCORES
L.A. Angels 6 – Minnesota 2
NY. Yankees 5 – Toronto 3
Boston 5 – Seattle 4


WEDNESDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Tampa Bay 5 – Pittsburgh 1
Oakland 8 – NY Mets 5
LA Dodgers 5 – Kansas City 4
Atlanta 4 – Houston 0
Cleveland 6 – Arizona 1


Reds beat Cubs 4-1
(CHICAGO) - While Mat Latos is building up his arm strength after beginning the year on the disabled list, his command was near perfect on Wednesday. Latos pitched seven sharp innings for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce had two run-scoring doubles, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. With the wind blowing in on a cold summer night, Devin Mesoraco's five-game homer streak came to an end. The Reds catcher was tied with Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, George Crowe and Ted Kluszewski for the franchise record. Latos (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start after right elbow and left knee surgeries kept him out to open the season. His fastball was clocked in the low 90s. Edwin Jackson (5-8) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped four of five. Starlin Castro had two hits and drove in a run. The Cubs lost two of three against the Reds to fall to 12-31 against Cincinnati over the last three seasons.


OTHER WEDNESDAY N.L. SCORES
Milwaukee 9 – Washington 2
St. Louis 9 – Colorado 6
San Francisco 4 – San Diego 0
Miami 3 – Philadelphia 2

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