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May 13, 2013

Rangers bomb Houston to win in-state rivalry

HOUSTON — Adrian Beltre's three-run homer was one of his four hits, and David Murphy and Leonys Martin also homered as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep by romping past the Houston Astros 12-7 on Sunday.

Texas set a season high for runs in winning its fourth in a row, and did it quickly. Beltre's homer in the fifth made it 12-1.

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer for Houston, Brandon Barnes added a two-run shot and Jason Castro had a solo homer.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4: Jose Bautista hit two of Toronto's five home runs, and the Blue Jays beat Boston to take two of three in the series.

Emilio Bonifacio, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie also homered for the Blue Jays.

Chad Jenkins (1-0) got his second major league win.

Yankees 4, Royals 2: Vernon Wells homered for the second straight game, Robinson Cano also connected and the visiting New York Yankees beat Kansas City to wrap up a three-game sweep.

Hiroki Kuroda (5-2) won for the fifth time in six decisions.

Mariano Rivera closed to remain perfect in 15 save opportunities — he's converted 29 straight against the Royals since 1998, his longest active streak against any team.

Indians 4, Tigers 3: Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians downed the Tigers in Detroit.

Cleveland tied it in the ninth when Michael Brantley hit a two-out RBI single off closer Jose Valverde. Joe Smith (1-0) pitched the bottom of the inning, and the Indians took the lead in the 10th.

Reynolds won it with his single off Darin Downs (0-1).

Mariners 6, Athletics 1: Joe Saunders won his ninth straight decision at Safeco Field and Kendrys Morales hit a three-run homer, leading Seattle over visiting Oakland.

Saunders (3-4) improved to 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 13 career appearances at Safeco. He is 3-0 with an 0.94 ERA at home this year, but 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA on the road.

Rays 4, Padres 2: Sean Rodriguez, Yunel Escobar and James Loney drove in late runs for the Tampa Bay Rays as they finished a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego.

The Rays won their fifth in a row overall. Roberto Hernandez (2-4) earned the win and Fernando Rodney got his 11th save. Eric Stults (3-3) took the loss.

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