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Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hits a two-run double during a big rally to beat the Brewers Thursday in Milwaukee.
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hits a two-run double during a big rally to beat the Brewers Thursday in Milwaukee.
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MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza’s no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later, helping the Philadelphia Phillies complete a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 9-1 win Thursday.

Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith in the eighth by singling to left to drive home two runs. Garza (6-6) had just been pulled from the game to a standing ovation but could only watch helplessly from the dugout as his shutout evaporated.

The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth and got RBI ground-rule doubles from Ryan Howard and Cody Asche. Philadelphia swept a four-game series for the first time since taking four in Cincinnati in 2011.

Cubs 6, Reds 4

CINCINNATI — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and Chicago avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati.

Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro’s two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn’t catch up with and was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run.

Braves 3, Mets 1

NEW YORK — Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings, and Atlanta used early offense against Bartolo Colon to beat New York and avert a four-game sweep.

The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Mets’ season-best, four-game winning run. New York hasn’t swept a four-game set from Atlanta since July 1989.

Pirates 9, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS — Edinson Volquez threw the first complete game this season by a Pirates pitcher, scattering six hits in a drubbing of St. Louis, avoiding a four-game sweep.

Russell Martin had three hits to lead Pittsburgh at the plate, including a late solo home run. A two-run double by Neil Walker broke the game open.


Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

BOSTON — Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the 10th inning gave Boston its second straight walk-off victory over Chicago.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Nava drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a sacrifice by Mookie Betts. Stephen Drew, in an 0-for-15 slump, was intentionally walked by Ronald Belisario (3-6).

Carp then batted for David Ross and lined a single between shortstop and third base as Nava scored the winning run for the second consecutive game.


Athletics 6, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO — All-Star Scott Kazmir struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to help Oakland win the annual Bay Bridge series by beating San Francisco.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A’s, who won three of four in the two-city series that began Monday night in Oakland. The A’s (58-34) have won seven of eight overall and have matched the best start in Oakland history.

Orioles 4, Nationals 3

BALTIMORE — Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his ninth victory, and Baltimore beat Washington for an eighth win in 10 games.

Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both drove in a run for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on.

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