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Cards, Sox Win; Cubs Knocked Off

>>White Sox Sweep Rangers

(Chicago, IL)  --  Kevin Youkilis clubbed a tie-breaking solo homer in the sixth inning to back eight stellar innings from Jose Quintana as the White Sox clipped the Rangers, 2-1.  Quintana fanned eight and allowed just one run on two hits to improve to 4-and-1.  Addison Reed worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his 12th save.  Alexei Ramirez knocked in the other run for Chicago, which swept the three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.  Adrian Beltre's RBI single in the fourth accounted for Texas' lone run.  Matt Harrison gave up both runs in a complete-game effort to suffer the tough-luck loss.  It was the first time all season the Rangers have been swept in a series.  They have dropped four straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

Detroit Tigers 7, Minnesota Twins 3
Cleveland Indians 3, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Kansas City Royals 9, Toronto Blue Jays 6
LA Angels of Anaheim 9, Baltimore Orioles 7

>>Cards Down Rockies

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Lance Lynn bounced back from three straight a dismal starts, dealing six innings of shutout ball to lead the Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Rockies.  Lynn improved to 11-and-4 after giving up five runs or more in his previous three outings.  Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday each knocked in two runs for St. Louis, who took three-of-four from Colorado.  Tyler Colvin hit his 11th home run of the season in the loss.  Christian Friedrich dropped to 4-and-6, giving up six runs across four-and-one-third inning.  

>>Braves Knock Off Cubs

(Atlanta, GA)  --  Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each cracked a two-run homer in the first inning to help the Braves beat the Cubs, 7-3.  Atlanta's three, four and five of Heyward, Freddie Freeman and McCann were a combined 6-for-10 with four runs scored, six RBI and three home runs.  Mike Minor grabbed the win after dealing six-and-two-thirds innings of three-run ball for the Braves, who split four games with Chicago.  Geovany Soto hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the loss.  Matt Garza fell to 4-and-7, allowing five runs across four innings.  

Miami Marlins 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Houston Astros 0
Washington Nationals 6, San Francisco Giants 5
New York Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
San Diego Padres 2, Cincinnati Reds 1

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster might return from the disabled list sooner than expected.  Dempster said on Wednesday that he could return from the DL on Sunday and start against the New York Mets at Citi Field.  Dempster has been out since June 18th with a sore right latissimus dorsi muscle.  The 35-year-old right-hander is 3-and-3 with a 2.11 ERA this season.

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