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  • Pence sparks Giants' rally in win over Phils

  • PHILADELPHIA — Joaquin Arias and pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick had RBI singles off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning, then Sergio Romo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half as San Francisco beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Thursday.
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  • PHILADELPHIA — Joaquin Arias and pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick had RBI singles off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning, then Sergio Romo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half as San Francisco beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Thursday.
    Matt Cain (7-6) gave up one run and six hits in eight innings. The struggling ace lowered his ERA to 4.57.
    Cole Hamels allowed seven hits and struck out five in eight scoreless innings. He left with a 1-0 lead that he gave himself with an RBI single.
    Then Papelbon (2-1) blew it — a familiar scene for the 2012 All-Star closer. He started the season 13 for 13 in save opportunities, but is 7 for 13 since. He heard loud boos throughout the inning and when he walked to the dugout.
    The Phillies are 2-10 since the All-Star break and have dropped to 91/2; games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
    Cardinals 13, Pirates 0
    At Pittsburgh, Joe Kelly and the St. Louis Cardinals averted a five-game sweep at Pittsburgh, ending a season-worst seven-game losing streak by routing the Pirates in a matchup between the NL's top two teams.
    St. Louis began the series with a 21/2;-game lead in the NL Central but left with the Pirates ahead by 11/2; games. The Cardinals avoided their first sweep in a set of at least five games since 1916, when the New York Giants took all six games.
    Pittsburgh had won the previous four games at PNC Park by a combined score of 36-10.
    Kelly (2-3) pitched six scoreless innings and had two hits. Tony Cruz added three hits, including a two-run double during an eight-run seventh inning.
    Braves 11, Rockies 2
    At Atlanta, Justin Upton drove in five runs with two homers, Julio Teheran matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, and Atlanta beat Colorado for its seventh straight win.
    Jason Heyward added a two-run homer, and Chris Johnson had three hits as the Braves completed a four-game sweep of the Rockies. The Braves outscored the Rockies 31-5 in the last three games of the series.
    Atlanta's 7-0 homestand also included three wins over St. Louis.
    Marlins 3, Mets 0
    At Miami, Tom Koehler pitched six effective innings, and Miami stalled Matt Harvey once again, beating the New York Mets.
    Logan Morrison's two-out single broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. Donovan Solano added a two-run single later in the inning.
    Dodgers 6, Cubs 4
    At Chicago, Yasiel Puig hit a long home run and scored two runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs.
    Hanley Ramirez and Jerry Hairston each drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who got a win a night after having a four-game winning streak snapped. Los Angeles is 11-2 since the All-Star break.
    Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo each homered twice for the Cubs, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Chicago had only five hits.
    American League
    Red Sox 8, Mariners 7
    At Boston, Daniel Nava's long single to center field capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox stung the Seattle Mariners for a three-game sweep.
    One night after winning in 15 innings for their major league-leading 10th walkoff victory, the Red Sox did it again to open a one-game lead in the AL East over idle Tampa Bay.
    Henry Blanco hit a grand slam and Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings of six-hit ball to help Seattle take a 7-1 lead after five innings. But Boston scored once in the eighth and six more in the ninth against three relievers who recorded just one out.
    Orioles 6, Astros 3
    At Baltimore, one day after being acquired from Houston, Bud Norris dominated his former teammates over six innings in his Orioles debut, and Baltimore got a home run from Chris Davis to beat Houston.
    The only runs Norris (7-9) allowed were on solo homers by Brett Wallace and Mark Krauss. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked two, and his season-high eight strikeouts included three by cleanup hitter Chris Carter.
    Royals 7, Twins 2
    At Minneapolis, the Kansas City Royals won their ninth straight game, stretching their longest winning streak in more than a decade by beating Minnesota behind Billy Butler's hitting and Lorenzo Cain's highlight reel catch in center field.
    Indians 6, White Sox 1
    At Cleveland, Ryan Raburn homered twice and drove in four runs and the Cleveland Indians won their eighth consecutive game, topping the Chicago White Sox.
    The Indians have won 13 of 17 and completed a four-game sweep of the reeling White Sox, who have dropped seven in a row and are 26 games under .500 for the first time since 1980.
    Angels 8, Blue Jays 2
    At Anaheim, Calif., Mark Trumbo homered in the Angels' four-run first inning, Garrett Richards allowed four hits over seven strong innings, and Los Angeles snapped its six-game losing streak.
    J.B. Shuck drove in three runs for the Angels, who avoided their longest skid in more than three years by pounding Toronto starter Josh Johnson for 10 hits in the opener of a four-game series between underachieving clubs expected to be AL contenders.
    Interleague
    Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 1
    At Arlington, Texas, Yu Darvish struck out 14, matching the most in his 50 major league starts, and the Texas Rangers hit three solo homers and beat Arizona in a makeup game.
    Darvish (10-5) had no walks and scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings. It was his major league-leading eighth game this season with at least 10 strikeouts.
    Darvish struck out 10 of the first 13 batters.
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