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MLB highlights: Yankees pass Rays; Indians rule Tigers

The Yanks' Robinson Cano may have been predicting a win after his solo homer in the fourth.
The Yanks' Robinson Cano may have been predicting a win after his solo homer in the fourth. MCT

Yankees 4, Rays 1: Ivan Nova took a two-hitter into the ninth inning, Mark Teixiera and Robinson Cano homered and host New York beat Tampa Bay for the second straight night on Wednesday.

Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez had RBI doubles in the eighth inning to help the Yankees win for the 10th time in 13 games and pass Tampa Bay in the tight AL East standings for the first time since April 23.

Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped to third place after at least holding a share of the division lead since May 27.

Nova and Alex Cobb locked in a duel until Cobb (2-2) tired in the eighth. The pair combined to keep the bases clear after Cano's homer with one out in the fourth until Sean Rodriguez doubled with one out in the top of the eighth — 20 straight batters.

Nova (7-2) pitched into the ninth for the first time in 45 career starts but he gave up consecutive triples to Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton to start the inning. He was lifted to a loud ovation and Rafael Soriano relieved.

Indians 9, Tigers 6: Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help Cleveland to a road victory. Casey Kotchman hit a two-run shot for the Indians, who improved to 5-0 against Detroit this season. Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly hit solo homers for the Tigers.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Wei-Yin Chen scattered seven hits over seven innings and Baltimore set a franchise record with its seventh straight victory in Boston. The Orioles, who knocked Boston out of the post-season on the final night of the regular season last year, are 5-0 at Fenway Park this season.

National League

Giants 6, Padres 5: Gregor Blanco homered and scored twice and Madison Bumgarner prevailed in a matchup of lefties as San Francisco beat host San Diego. The Giants have won eight of 10 overall and 14 of their last 19 against the Padres, who have the worst record in the majors.

Braves 2, Marlins 1: Randall Delgado pitched 61⁄3 innings and contributed his first RBI of the year Wednesday, and three relievers completed a two-hitter to help visiting Atlanta beat Miami. Brian McCann had three of the Braves' six hits and scored a run.

Nationals 5, Mets 3: Edwin Jackson pitched seven effective innings, Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Washington beat New York at home. Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits to earn his first win since April 14 against Cincinnati. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.33 ERA in his previous eight starts.

Dodgers 6, Phillies 5: Dee Gordon hit a go-ahead single to back Chris Capuano and Los Angeles held on to beat struggling Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton homered for the host Phillies, who have lost a season-worst five straight games.

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