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  • Morse, Giants rally past Cards

  • ST. LOUIS — Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs, Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
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  • ST. LOUIS — Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs, Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
    The Giants have won seven of eight and the Cardinals have dropped three of four to start a nine-game home stand.
    Gregor Blanco scored from second on Angel Pagan's single to center off Carlos Martinez (0-3) to tie the score at 4-all in the eighth. Pagan moved to second on Peter Bourjos' throwing error. After Sandoval was intentionally walked, Morse doubled to deep center to drive in Pagan and Sandoval for a 6-4 lead.
    Javier Lopez (1-0) got two groundouts in relief of Ryan Vogelsong for his first win since Sept. 22, 2013.
    Mets 4, Phillies 1
    At Philadelphia, Chris Young hit a two-run homer and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 61/3 innings to lead the Mets over the Phillies in the opener of a rare five-game series.
    The Mets, who opened an 11-game road trip, matched a season best with their third straight victory while beating the Phillies for the sixth straight time at Citizens Bank Park.
    Marlon Byrd homered for the Phillies, who struck out a season-high 15 times.
    Wheeler (2-5) retired eight of the first 10 batters via strikeout.
    Diamondbacks 4, Reds 0
    At Phoenix, Josh Collmenter faced the minimum in a three-hitter, Aaron Hill homered and had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks beat the light-hitting Reds.
    Collmenter (4-2) breezed through his first career complete game, joining Randy Johnson as the only Arizona pitcher to face the minimum 27 batters in a nine-inning game. Johnson did it during his perfect game against Atlanta in 2004.
    Hill had three hits, including a solo homer in the sixth inning off Tony Cingrani (2-5). A.J. Pollock had a double, a triple and scored two runs from the leadoff spot for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven.
    Pirates 6, Dodgers 3
    At Los Angeles, Josh Harrison's second RBI single triggered a three-run seventh inning, Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates won for only the third time in their last 20 games at Dodger Stadium.
    Former UCLA star Gerrit Cole (5-3) allowed three runs and six hits over 61/3 innings in his first career appearance at Chavez Ravine.
    American League
    Tigers 5, Athletics 4
    At Oakland, Calif., Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello's eighth victory, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics for a split of the four-game series between division leaders.
    Porcello (8-2) overcame a career-high six walks, three shy of his season total coming into Thursday's start. Joe Nathan earned his 13th save after allowing Josh Donaldson's leadoff double, an RBI infield single by Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick's run-scoring double.
    It was Nathan's first outing since he surrendered Donaldson's game-ending three-run homer in Wednesday's 3-1 loss for his fourth blown save opportunity.
    Victor Martinez doubled home two runs in the seventh and Cabrera also had an RBI groundout for the Tigers, who head to Seattle for the weekend before returning home.
    Royals 8, Blue Jays 6, 10 innings
    At Toronto, Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Royals overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays, snapping Toronto's winning streak at nine games.
    Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori Aoki advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Infante lined a single just over the reach of leaping third baseman Brett Lawrie.
    Rangers 5, Twins 4
    At Minneapolis, Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Texas won its second straight four-game series on the road.
    Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run double in the second for the Rangers, but the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Josh Willingham's first home run of the season, a no-doubt drive to the second deck above left-center field.
    Angels 7, Mariners 5
    At Seattle, Erick Aybar hit a three-run homer, Matt Shoemaker pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Angels beat the Mariners.
    Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Shoemaker (3-1) set down the side in order four times in 51/3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, equaled a career-high six strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the first time in five career starts.
    Brandon Maurer (1-4) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks. It's the fifth time in seven starts this season that Maurer has failed to reach the fifth inning.
    Astros 3, Orioles 1
    At Houston, George Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Astros extended their winning streak to six with a victory over the Orioles.
    Springer's shot to left off Preston Guilmet (0-1) extended the rookie's hitting streak to 11 games and was his seventh homer in his last seven games.
    Interleague
    Red Sox 4, Braves 3
    At Boston, Tommy La Stella's failure to catch a force attempt at second base allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score from second with none out in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox their fourth straight win after a 10-game skid.
    The Red Sox took advantage of two more Atlanta errors to score twice in the eighth to tie it 3-all and set up closer Koji Uehara (1-1) for the win. Bradley and Brock Holt drew back-to-back walks off closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1). Xander Bogaerts followed with a hard grounder to Chris Johnson at third base for an infield single. Johnson stopped it and made a strong throw but Stella missed the catch with Holt bearing down. Bradley scored and.
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