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Angels end Verlander's no-hit bid in 9th

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DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander leaned forward a bit, hoping this line drive would land foul.

Then he arched his back in disappointment when the ball hit the line, kicking up chalk on its way to the left-field corner.

Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

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Jays 2 up after 12-4 win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Edwin Encarnacion turned David Price's 30th birthday into a party - and a win for Toronto's new ace.

Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, boosting Price when he was pitching on his birthday for the first time in the majors and helping the Blue Jays to a 12-4 victory against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

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Peavy helps Giants end Cubs' run at 6

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jake Peavy considers himself a No. 1 starter regardless of when he pitches in San Francisco's rotation. All he cares about is delivering every fifth day, especially as September approaches with the World Series champion Giants in another tight playoff chase.

Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth inning with a go-ahead double, Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.

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O's hit 3 2-run HRs off Cueto, beat KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Orioles had managed a measly 15 runs while losing six straight games, and were preparing to face Johnny Cueto and the streaking Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Naturally, they pounded five homers in an explosive performance.

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Gattis' 2 homers power Astros past Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) A green laser beam bounced around a fog-filled clubhouse, music blared from all corners of the darkened room. It's a postgame party that's becoming commonplace with these Houston Astros.

Gattis hit two home runs, Collin McHugh excelled once again and the Astros exceeded last season's win total, beating the New York Yankees 6-2 Wednesday.

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McCutchen has 4 RBIs as Pirates cruise

MIAMI (AP) Andrew McCutchen had a big night to keep him on pace for a career-high in RBIs.

The All-Star outfielder homered and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

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Cruz hits 39th HR, Hernandez wins 15th

SEATTLE (AP) Realistically, the Seattle Mariners would need to be far closer to a playoff berth for Nelson Cruz to be in consideration for American League MVP.

But his numbers are becoming increasingly MVP worthy.

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Escobar hits 2 homers, Twins' run hits 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins took over the second AL wild-card lead using both long and small ball against one of the majors' top pitchers.

Eduardo Escobar homered twice and Joe Mauer had a tiebreaking RBI single as Minnesota beat Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Wednesday night for the Twins' sixth consecutive win.

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Colon goes 7 scoreless as Mets stay hot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bartolo Colon isn't too old to try new things.

The big right-hander tossed five-hit ball and struck out eight in seven sharp innings, Michael Cuddyer hit a long homer and the NL East-leading New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Wednesday night.

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Lackey sharp as Cards beat Arizona again

PHOENIX (AP) John Lackey pitches to get balls in play, allowing his defense to do the work for him.

They sure did Wednesday night against Arizona, just as they have throughout this series in the desert.

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