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MLB Roundup: Another shutout by the Orioles

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Wei-Yin Chen (7-2) worked the first seven innings for Baltimore, and four relievers finished the team’s second straight shutout.

Adam Jones had a one-word description of the Orioles’ second straight shutout win: “Chen-sational.’’

Wei-Yin Chen combined with four relievers on a seven-hitter and Baltimore continued its success in interleague play by beating the Braves, 2-0, Sunday in Atlanta.

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The Braves, who have lost six of seven, were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since June 5-6, 2009. Jason Hammel threw a one-hitter for the Orioles Saturday night.

The Orioles, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East, have won seven of eight. They are 9-3 in interleague play this year.

Chen (7-2) gave up six hits and one walk in seven innings to outpitch Randall Delgado (4-7), who allowed only two runs and three hits in eight innings. Chen’s sacrifice helped the Orioles score a run in the sixth.

Three pitchers combined for a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Jones led off the second with a ground-rule double to right. After moving to third on Wilson Betemit’s fly ball, Jones scored on Mark Reynolds’s sacrifice fly. A Delgado balk in the sixth accounted for the other run.

“They did a good job of executing small ball,’’ Braves catcher David Ross said. “They played the game the way it’s supposed to be played.’’

Rays 3, Marlins 0 - Alex Cobb allowed two hits in seven innings, B.J. Upton homered, and Tampa Bay beat Miami in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cobb (3-3) struck out a career-high 10 and broke a three-start losing streak.

Upton put the Rays ahead on a first-inning leadoff homer off Josh Johnson (4-5), who allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

The Marlins finished with two hits, two days after having just one in the series opener. Miami has dropped 10 of 12.

Twins 5, Brewers 4 - Denard Span’s RBI single in the 15th ended the longest game at 2 1/2-year-old Target Field. The contest lasted 4 hours 50 minutes, plus there was a 42-minute rain delay.

Span and Jamey Carroll had four hits each for the Twins, who rallied from a three-run deficit. Minnesota’s bullpen pitched nine shutout innings. Anthony Swarzak (1-4) worked a perfect 14th.

Dodgers 2, White Sox 1 - Juan Rivera tied it for host Los Angeles in the ninth with a sacrifice fly and Dee Gordon singled home the winning run in the 10th in the rubber game between division leaders.

The Dodgers were denied a run in the sixth when it appeared Matt Treanor scored on a sacrifice fly. Umpire Jerry Meals called Treanor out for leaving third base too soon, leading to an animated argument with manager Don Mattingly that resulted in Mattingly’s fourth ejection of the season.

Royals 5, Cardinals 3 - At St. Louis, Yuniesky Betancourt provided Kansas City with a two-run homer in the 15th inning. Betancourt also had an RBI double in the 14th but St. Louis rallied to tie it.

Down to their last strike in the ninth, pinch hitter Billy Butler homered for the Royals off Cardinals closer Jason Motte to tie it. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton couldn’t hold the lead in the 14th, allowing a pinch-RBI single by Yadier Molina.

Reds 3, Mets 1 - Cincinnati won its sixth straight game as Johnny Cueto (8-3) struck out a season-high eight in seven innings. It was the Reds’ first three-game sweep in New York since 2001.

Cueto (8-3) overcame an early bout of dizziness and also doubled for the first extra-base hit of his career. The only run he allowed came when he issued a bases-loaded walk to Mets starter Chris Young, who at 6 feet 10 inches has one of the largest strike zones in the majors.

Angels 2, Diamondbacks 0 - Garrett Richards (2-0) pitched four-hit ball into the ninth to help host Los Angeles shut out Arizona for the second straight day. Albert Pujols went deep as the Angels moved a season-high five games over .500.

Tigers 5, Rockies 0 - Max Scherzer (6-4) struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, rookie Quintin Berry went 5 for 5, and host Detroit won its third consecutive series. Colorado has lost 10 of 11.

Rangers 9, Astros 3 - Host Texas scored seven times in the sixth inning to pick up Colby Lewis (6-5), who struck out 10. Ian Kinsler had a three-run triple and Adrian Beltre a two-run homer in the outburst.

Mariners 2, Giants 1 - Justin Smoak’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth won it for Seattle, scoring pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki from second when the throw home hit Kawasaki in the back.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 2 - Colby Rasmus had a two-run homer and three RBIs while Toronto wrapped up a three-game sweep of visiting Philadelphia.

Pirates 9, Indians 5 - Pedro Alvarez had his second consecutive two-homer game, driving in six runs to power Pittsburgh in Cleveland.

Padres 2, Athletics 1 - Visiting San Diego dodged a three-game sweep thanks to Clayton Richard (4-7), who pitched strongly into the eighth. Oakland had won five in a row.

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