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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Archer pitched seven stellar innings to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays complete a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 4-1 decision in the series finale at Rogers Centre. Coming off his first career complete-game shutout, Archer (5-3) picked up right where he left off. He surrendered just one run on five hits and four walks for his third straight winning start. The Rays have won his last six outings. Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney made the ninth inning interesting once again, however. A walk and a single put the first two on and Jose Reyes' two-RBI double made it a one-run game. Reyes later moved to third on a grounder and Adam Lind drew a walk with two out. Rodney was able to get Melky Cabrera to pop out with the game-winning run on second to secure the victory and earn his 24th save of the year. Luke Scott had a two-run homer in the victory while Evan Longoria connected on a solo shot. Kelly Johnson collected three hits and an RBI for the Rays, who have won five straight and 17 of their last 19 contests. After pitching a two-hit shutout in his last start against the Rays on June 26, R.A. Dickey (8-11) wasn't near as effective this time around. He was tagged for four runs on seven hits while fanning eight over six frames for his third straight loss.

Final Score: Seattle 12, Houston 5

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Nick Franklin punctuated a seven-run second inning with his first career grand slam, spotting Seattle ace Felix Hernandez an early sizeable lead that wound up becoming a 12-5 rout of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Brad Miller each had two RBI for the Mariners, who swept this three-game set while extending their season-high winning streak to six games. Hernandez (11-4) lowered his American League-best ERA to 2.43 after scattering four hits -- all singles -- and striking out seven over six innings. Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-4) was tagged for 10 runs -- nine earned -- on eight hits and two walks in four-plus innings.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Kansas City 1

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks belted solo homers to back six sharp innings from Doug Fister as the Detroit Tigers averted a three-game series sweep by the Kansas City Royals with a 4-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Dirks was one of four Detroit players to finish with two hits, while Brayan Pena added two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies for the AL Central leaders. Fister (8-5) did his part by holding the Royals to a run on six hits while striking out five before turning the game over to the bullpen, where three Tiger relievers kept Kansas City off the board the rest of the way. Joaquin Benoit gave up a hit in the ninth before closing things out for his ninth save in as many chances this season. The Royals went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position en route to their sixth loss in eight games, with Miguel Tejada's solo homer in the second inning accounting for the club's lone run. James Shields (4-7) worked seven innings in defeat for Kansas City, allowing three runs on nine hits and fanning six.

Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 1

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Justin Masterson spun seven innings of one- hit ball to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins to avoid a three-game sweep at Target Field. Masterson (11-7), who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, gave up just one run and struck out eight without walking a batter. Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI and Michael Brantley added a three-run triple for the Indians, winners in five of their last seven games. Brian Dozier had two hits and scored the lone run for the Twins, who had won four straight entering the contest. Scott Diamond (5-9) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Oakland 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 0

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon threw his third shutout of the season as the Oakland Athletics blanked the LA Angels of Anaheim, 6-0, to avoid a three-game sweep. Colon (13-3) scattered four hits and a walk while fanning five to pick up his 10th win in 12 starts. Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer and Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in a run for the A's. Jerome Williams (5-6) gave up six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over five- plus innings to absorb the loss.

Final Score: Baltimore 4, Texas 2

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - The Orioles knocked around Martin Perez early, Chris Tillman protected the advantage over eight-plus innings and Baltimore finished off a sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 4-2 win on Sunday. Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts each had two hits and an RBI to propel the offense and Baltimore to its seventh victory in eight games. Manny Machado knocked in a run as well in the triumph. Tillman (12-3) was a late addition to the All-Star Game and proved his worth by fanning seven and limiting Texas to two runs on six hits and three walks over his impressive outing. The righty has won nine of his last 10 decisions. Adrian Beltre reached him for a home run in the ninth, but Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day pieced together the last three outs, with the latter earning the save to send Texas to its seventh loss in eight games. Perez (3-3) surrendered all four runs between the second and fourth innings, giving up nine hits over 6 1/3 frames. Ian Kinsler had two hits and knocked in a run for the Rangers, who have lost five straight to the Orioles.

Final Score: Chicago White Sox 3, Atlanta 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jose Quintana pitched 5 2/3 solid innings to help lift the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the rubber match of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular field. Quintana (5-2) extended his unbeaten streak to 10 starts but picked up just his second win in that span. He allowed just one run on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo all collected an RBI for the White Sox, who have won two in a row after dropping three straight. Mike Minor (9-5) continues to have effective starts on the road, but this time the Braves couldn't help him out. He yielded three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over eight innings in a complete-game effort. Evan Gattis drove in the lone run for the Braves, losers in three of their last four.

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