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  • Jaso's homer powers A's

  • ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Monday.
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  • ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Monday.
    Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A's, offsetting Albert Pujols' 496th home run.
    Frieri (0-1) was trying to preserve the lead for starter Hector Santiago when Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a single. One out later, Jaso batted for Derek Norris and drove a 1-2 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his first homer of the season and the first by an A's pinch-hitter.
    Jaso has six homers and 21 RBIs at Angel Stadium along with a .424 average, the highest by any player with at least 75 plate appearances at the "Big A."
    The Angels lost a video challenge in the ninth after Howie Kendrick was ruled out by first base umpire Chris Segal on a grounder in the hole that second baseman Nick Punto bobbled before throwing to Daric Barton.
    Jim Johnson (1-2) got the victory with a scoreless eighth, and Luke Gregerson earned his second save.
    Santiago allowed a run and five hits while striking out three in his fourth start for the Angels after spending his three previous big league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. A two-out homer by Cespedes in the fourth was Oakland's only run against the left-hander.
    Jesse Chavez allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks.
    Orioles 7, Rays 1
    At Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and Baltimore got its offense back on track against Chris Archer in a victory over Tampa Bay.
    Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.
    Mariners 7, Rangers 1
    At Arlington, Texas, Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run.
    Roenis Elias (1-1) worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts for his first major league victory in his third career start.
    The Mariners went ahead to stay in the fifth on Zunino's solo homer off Colby Lewis (0-1), who made his first big league start in 21 months after elbow and hip operations.
    National League
    Cardinals 4, Brewers 0
    At Milwaukee, Milwaukee's nine-game winning streak was snapped when Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for St. Louis.
    Lynn allowed three hits over seven innings before Carlos Martinez finished off the surprising Brewers, who still have the majors' best record at 10-3. Lynn (3-0) frustrated hitters by mixing a fastball that topped 95 mph with a slider.
    Braves 9, Phillies 6
    At Philadelphia, Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a wild win over the Phillies.
    Evan Gattis also homered twice and Uggla drove in five runs as the Braves won their fourth straight. The teams combined for five homers and 12 runs in the final two innings.
    Pirates 7, Reds 7, 6 innings, Suspended due to rain
    At Cincinnati, Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and the Pirates and and Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension.
    The game will be resumed in the top of the seventh inning Today at 2:30 p.m.
    Pittsburgh hit six solo shots and Cincinnati had four homers, most of them into a heavy rain. Already, it's the most homers in a major league game since 2006.
    Pittsburgh had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that's happened in major league history.
    Nationals 9, Marlins 2
    At Miami, Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Nationals to a win over the Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row.
    Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington. He has batted .520 over his past seven games to boost his average to .348.
    Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3.
    At Phoenix, Lucas Duda had four hits and two RBIs, Zack Wheeler pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat Arizona.
    David Wright added two RBIs and the Mets had 13 hits to open a three-game series in the desert they hope won't be too costly.
    Padres 5, Rockies 4
    At San Diego, San Diego scored twice in the eighth inning on Rex Brothers' wild pitch and catcher Edwin Rosario's errant throw back to the plate, lifting the Padres over Colorado.
    The Rockies held a one-run lead when Brothers walked the bases loaded with two outs. Facing Yasmani Grandal, Brothers unleashed a wild throw. As Edwin Rosario retrieved the pitch, he turned and threw wildly back to Brothers covering the plate.
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