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Roundup: Joey Votto’s 3d HR lifts Reds

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Cincinnati’s Joey Votto raises his hand in victory following his third home run of the game, a ninth-inning grand slam.

Joey Votto hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for his third home run of the game, rallying the Reds to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Votto hit solo homers in his first two at-bats and finished a big day with his second career slam with two outs in the ninth.

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Washington came into the game with only 15 homers allowed all season, fewest in the majors. Votto broke out of his power drought and helped the Reds avoid a sweep.

The last homer came against struggling closer Henry Rodriguez (1-3), who had trouble with his control on the wet mound. Rodriguez walked two batters to load the bases with two outs, then left a 2-and-2 pitch up and over the plate to Votto.

The 2010 NL MVP hadn’t homered since April 30 and had two coming into the game. He finished with a career-high six RBIs and the second three-homer game of his career.

Rangers 13, Angels 6 - Nelson Cruz hit his third career grand slam and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs as host Texas handed Jered Weaver his first loss.

Weaver (5-1), in his second start since throwing a no-hitter, gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. It matched the most runs the righthander has allowed in his 185 career starts and was his shortest outing since 2009.

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The slam by Cruz capped a five-run third for the Rangers. Hamilton, who had nine homers his previous six games, chased Weaver an inning later with a two-run double that made it 8-2.

Hamilton leads the majors in average (.402), homers (18), and RBIs (44).

Tigers 3, Athletics 1 - Justin Verlander struck out eight to win his fourth straight decision as Detroit beat host Oakland.

Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of RBI singles and Austin Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to put Detroit ahead, helping Verlander (4-1) win his 13th straight road decision dating to July 10.

Phillies 3, Padres 2 - Cole Hamels (5-1) was stellar in his return from a five-game suspension, working seven innings of one-run ball to help host Philadelphia beat San Diego.

Hamels, who allowed five hits while striking out five, was suspended by MLB after he intentionally threw a pitch that hit Washington rookie Bryce Harper last week.

Dodgers 11, Rockies 5 - Bobby Abreu hit a three-run double and A.J. Ellis added a three-run homer during a sixth-inning rally that carried Ted Lilly (5-0) and host Los Angeles over Colorado.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 3 - Scott Diamond (2-0) pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier hit his first career homer, and host Minnesota held on to beat Toronto.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero (4-1) allowed nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked five, and did not strike out a batter for the first time in 101 career starts. Romero threw only 51 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

Rays 9, Orioles 8 - Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and visiting Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.

James Shields (6-1) gave up six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Braves 7 Cardinals 4 - Jason Heyward ended a 10-pitch at-bat with a bases-clearing double in the third inning as Atlanta finished a three-game sweep in St. Louis.

Carlos Beltran hit his sixth homer in six games, his NL-leading 13th of the season.

Marlins 8, Mets 4 - Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-out grand slam to cap a ninth-inning rally by host Miami. It was the second walkoff victory in the three-game series for the Marlins, who have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Cubs 8, Brewers 2 - Ian Stewart hit a solo homer and scored the go-ahead run on an error, helping visiting Chicago beat Milwaukee to avoid a three-game sweep.

Royals 9, White Sox 1 - Jeff Francoeur hit his first homer of the season, pinch hitter Johnny Giavotella had a two-run double, and visiting Kansas City beat Chicago.

Giants 7, Diamondbacks 3 - Melky Cabrera singled four times to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, Gregor Blanco drove in three runs, and San Francisco beat host Arizona.

Pirates 3, Astros 2 - Josh Harrison’s 12th-inning single drove in Clint Barmes and Pittsburgh beat visiting Houston.

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