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Yanks win on Beltran HR in 9th

– Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night, lifting the New York Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth straight win.

Beltran connected off Zach Britton (3-1) right after Brian McCann hit an RBI single. The Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position until the ninth.

Brett Gardner led off the ninth with a single. After Derek Jeter struck out looking and Jacoby Ellsbury flied out, Mark Teixeira walked.

McCann then singled home a run, setting up Beltran’s first game-ending homer since 2008.

Britton was already off the field by the time Beltran made it to home plate.

TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 4: In Minneapolis, Brian Dozier’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Minnesota.

Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.

ASTROS 3, RAYS 1: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Jarred Cosart pitched eight shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay for the second time in a week.

Kevin Kiermaier, a Bishop Luers graduate, went 0 for 3 with a walk for the Rays and committed his first error in the eighth inning.

MARINERS 7, ROYALS 5: In Kansas City, Mo., Brad Miller homered off Kansas City closer Greg Holland to break a ninth-inning tie, and Seattle won despite blowing an early five-run lead.

National

CUBS 6, PIRATES 3: In Chicago, Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Edwin Jackson finally got the better of Charlie Morton.

Chris Coghlan added a solo shot as the Cubs picked up their fourth win in five games.

Jackson (5-7) was removed after five innings, but it was enough to get his first win in four matchups this year against Morton (4-8).

MARLINS 3, METS 2: In Miami, left fielder Marcell Ozuna cut down the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings – including Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the game.

PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 1: In St. Louis, A.J. Burnett scattered seven hits for his first complete game of the year and the Philadelphia Phillies won its season-high fifth in a row.

BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 4, 13 inn: In Washington, Atlanta survived Craig Kimbrel’s two-out blown save in the ninth inning by scoring twice in the 13th, topping Washington to flip-flop the standings atop the NL East.

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