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Bucs rally in 10 to sweep 5 from Brewers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in nearly a dozen years.

With two men on and two outs in the 10th inning and a steady rain turning into a downpour, Josh Bell made solid contact on a pitch from Dan Jennings (3-3). The crack of the bat was followed closely by bolt of lightning from the clouds as Bell left the batter's box.

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Verlander loses in first game vs. Tigers

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander had a puzzling day on the mound in his first-ever start against his previous team.

While Verlander racked up double-digit strikeouts, Detroit hammered four home runs off the former Tiger and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

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Brantley's HR in 8th gets Tribe by Yanks

CLEVELAND (AP) With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag.

Brantley's headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he's going.

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Down 5, Miami gets 8 in 5th to top Phils

MIAMI (AP) The Marlins' rally in the fifth lasted so long Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana headed for the dugout after the second out, thinking the inning was over.

Instead Miami scored four more runs.

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Cardinals beat Reds in Shildt's debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

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Teheran sharp as Braves beat Arizona 5-1

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman likes how the Atlanta Braves are positioned with the first half of the season complete.

"It's nice to have a winning record at the break," the All-Star first baseman said. "It's been a few years. This is right where we need to be. Get some rest and hope to come out with a bang."

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Story HR in 9th pushes Rockies' run to 5

DENVER (AP) Trevor Story tuned up for the All-Star Game with one memorable swing.

Story led off the ninth inning with his 20th homer, and the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

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Dodgers top Angels, split Freeway Series

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw has returned to form since coming off the disabled list and the Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the NL West after a disappointing start to the season.

They can't wait for the second half.

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Lester helps Cubs finish sweep of Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs are on top of the National League at the All-Star break.

Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep.

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