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The MLB Report / Scores and fast facts

> American League

Oakland 10, Toronto 3: Hideki Matsui had four hits and Conor Jackson drove in three runs for Oakland, which has won four of its last six games.

Tampa Bay 4, Kansas City 1: Jeff Niemann won his sixth consecutive decision, Ben Zobrist had a two-run triple and the Rays completed a four-game sweep.

Chicago White Sox 6, Baltimore 3: Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings, Alexei Ramirez homered in a four-run first inning, and the White Sox cruised past the Orioles. Buehrle is 4-0 in his last five starts, and his run of 11 straight seasons with at least 10 wins is a franchise record.

Detroit 4, Cleveland 3: Justin Verlander struck out 10 and allowed three hits in seven innings to become baseball's first 17-game winner as the division-leading Tigers avoided being swept by second-place Cleveland. Verlander earned his 100th career win as the Tigers ended a 13-game losing streak in Cleveland.

> National League

Cincinnati 2, Colorado 1: Johnny Cueto struck out a season-high nine, including Carlos Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the fifth, to win a pitchers' duel with the Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin gave up two runs and four hits in the first, including Jay Bruce's RBI single, but very little after that in taking the complete-game loss.

San Diego 3, N.Y. Mets 2: Cameron Maybin homered and stole two bases before scoring the tiebreaking run on Ruben Tejada's second error, rallying the Padres to earn a split of the four-game series. Lucas Duda hit a two-run double for the Mets, who managed only three hits and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Chicago Cubs 4, Washington 3: Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena hit back-to-back homers and the Chicago Cubs beat the Nationals. Washington loaded the bases and scored a run in the ninth against Carlos Marmol, but he recovered to get his 26th save.

St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 2: Albert Pujols and Rafael Furcal hit homers for the Cardinals, who prevented Milwaukee from completing its road trip with a 6-0 mark. Pujols went 4 for 4 as St. Louis handed the first-place Brewers just their second loss in 15 games.

Houston at Arizona: Who's leading the NL West? Arizona, which took a half-game lead in the division with Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Astros and looked to win for the fourth time in five games Thursday night.

> Around the horn

Atlanta Braves: Former skipper Bobby Cox, who was kicked out of more games than any manager in history, will have his No. 6 retired by the franchise before tonight's game against the Cubs. The only other Braves to have their numbers retired include Tom Glavine (47), Greg Maddux (31), Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21).

Drug suspensions: Four minor league players have been suspended for violating baseball's drug policy. Cubs catcher Luis Flores and Minnesota first baseman Kennys Vargas each were penalized 50 games Thursday by the commissioner's office after positive drug tests. Free-agent pitcher Emanuel Ramirez also drew a 50-game penalty. Houston pitcher Euris Quezada was suspended 25 games for his violation.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.