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Martinez duo leads way for Tigers

– Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez homered on consecutive pitches by different Texas pitchers and the Detroit Tigers stretched their winning streak to six games, 8-6 over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

The unrelated Martinez sluggers hit their homers in the fifth – Victor leading off against Joe Saunders (0-4) before J.D. went deep on the first pitch thrown by reliever Shawn Tolleson.

They also had consecutive doubles when the AL Central-leading Tigers went ahead to stay with three runs in the first inning.

Texas lost its seventh straight, the longest current skid in the majors.

Anibal Sanchez (5-2) struck out five and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 in his eight starts.

YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: In Toronto, Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run, Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in four starts and New York snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kuroda (5-5) won for the first time since May 28, at St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

National

BREWERS 9, NATIONALS 2: In Milwaukee, Scooter Gennett had a grand slam and five RBI, Khris Davis added a solo shot and Milwaukee roughed up Stephen Strasburg.

MARLINS 3, PHILLIES 2: In Philadelphia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run double, Henderson Alvarez threw 6 2/3 sharp innings to lead Miami.

Alvarez (5-3) allowed two runs – one earned – and seven hits. He is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last seven starts.

Interleague

BRAVES 4, ASTROS 0: In Houston, Justin Upton homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs, Alex Wood pitched seven sharp innings for Atlanta.

Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime finished the combined three-hitter as the Astros were shut out for the 10th time this season.

RAYS 5, PIRATES 1: In St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price struck out 11, becoming the first pitcher in 10 years to fan at least 10 in five straight starts to lead Tampa Bay.

Price (6-7) gave up five hits and one walk in 8 1/3 innings, leaving the game after Andrew McCutchen’s home run in the ninth.

The last pitcher with five straight starts of 10 strikeouts was Minnesota’s Johan Santana from June 20 to July 11, 2004.

ATHLETICS 8, METS 5: In New York, Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run double, slumping Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and Oakland jumped all over an ineffective Zack Wheeler. Coco Crisp homered and had three hits for the AL West leader who built an eight-run cushion for Brad Mills.

DODGERS 5, ROYALS 4: In Kansas City, Mo., Wade Davis plunked A.J. Ellis of Los Angeles with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Dodgers to the road win.

Jamey Wright (3-2) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Dan Haren to pick up the win.

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