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>American League

Detroit 4, Cleveland 1: Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings and the first-place Tigers hit three homers in a victory over the second-place Indians. Scherzer allowed one run, five hits and a walk while throwing a career-high 127 pitches.

Tampa Bay 3, Seattle 2: Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist both had run-scoring singles with two outs during the eighth inning as the Rays beat Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. Juan Cruz (5-0) got two outs in the eighth for the win.

Boston 7, Kansas City 1: Jarrod Saltalamacchia pounded out a three-run homer, while left-hander Andrew Miller gave Red Sox manager Terry Francona precisely what he was looking with a strong start.

Texas 7, Chicago White Sox 4: Josh Hamilton hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, while Mitch Moreland added two homers, a three-run shot in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth.

Baltimore at L.A. Angels: Dan Haren of the Angels was looking for his sixth straight win at home Friday night.

Toronto at Oakland: Brett Lawrie is swinging a hot bat for the Blue Jays. He has 10 RBIs to go with three home runs and six multi-hit games out of 13 since coming up from the minors.


>National League

Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 4 (10): Tyler Colvin's RBI single in the 10th inning off Octavio Dotel lifted the Cubs to a win.

Atlanta 4, Arizona 2: The Braves did all their scoring with the long ball and Derek Lowe combined with four relievers on a six-hitter.

Houston 6, San Francisco 0: Wandy Rodriguez pitched eight innings and had a two-run single to lead the Astros. The Giants have lost 15 of their last 21 games, including four of five.

Cincinnati 11, Pittsburgh 8: Joey Votto hit his 21st homer of the season and later scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth for the Reds.

L.A. Dodgers 8, Colorado 2: Before leaving with a mild groin strain, Rod Barajas homered and drove in four runs for the Dodgers. It was something of a landmark victory for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, who came into the game 0-5 lifetime against the Rockies with a 5.81 ERA.

Washington 8, Philadelphia 4: Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off grand slam with two outs capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nationals a memorable win.

Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets: Francisco Rodriguez is back in New York. The Mets traded him to the Brewers for two players to be named later and cash around the All-Star break.

Florida at San Diego: Jesus Guzman of the Padres, hitting .373 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in his last 21 games, is batting .385 with eight RBIs versus Florida this year.


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Roger Clemens: Prosecutors in the Clemens perjury case said they had made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and that shouldn't save the baseball star from facing a new trial. The prosecutors filed arguments disputing Clemens' position that a second trial would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy by making him face the same charges twice.

Chicago Cubs: Fired general manaager Jim Hendry on Friday with another disappointing season that will add to their historic championship drought coming to a close. Assistant GM Randy Bush will serve as interim general manager.


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