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- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Kendrys Morales homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam that sent the Los Angeles Angels romping past the Texas Rangers 15-8 Monday night.

Morales became the third switch-hitter in major league history to homer as a lefty and righty in the same inning. Carlos Baerga did it for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs duplicated the feat in 2002.

The Angels won the opener of the four-game series and closed within four games of AL West-leading Texas.

Morales connected for a two-run shot in the sixth as a lefty off Texas starter Roy Oswalt that put the Angels ahead 5-3. Morales then hit a grand slam off Robbie Ross from the right side.

ATHLETICS 4, RAYS 3, 15 INNINGS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly in the 15th inning and the Oakland Athletics outlasted Tampa Bay.

Weeks was 0 for 7 when he came up against the Rays' five-man infield. He lofted a fly ball and Brandon Inge easily beat the throw home from center fielder B.J. Upton.

The game lasted 5 hours, 9 minutes and ended at 12:17 a.m.

Inge hit a leadoff single against Kyle Farnsworth (0-3) and was sacrificed to second. Seth Smith was intentionally walked, and Eric Sogard also walked to load the bases. The Rays then moved right fielder Ben Zobrist to the infield in hopes of getting a double play.

Brandon Hicks homered for the A's, who have a major league-leading 12th walkoff wins this season.

Jordan Norberto (3-1) pitched one inning for the win as Oakland improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games this season. The A's won despite striking out an Oakland record 21 times.

RED SOX 7, TIGERS 3

BOSTON (AP) _ Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in three runs to support Clay Buchholz's eight solid innings in leading Boston to its third straight win.

The Red Sox opened a 10-game homestand _ their longest of the season _ after taking two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.

Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer and Carl Crawford added an RBI triple for Boston.

Austin Jackson began the game with a homer and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single for the Tigers, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Buchholz (9-3) allowed two earned runs and five hits, improving to 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his last eight starts.

Max Scherzer (10-6) gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings, striking out nine.

ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nick Markakis drove in two runs, backing a solid outing by rookie Miguel Gonzalez, and Baltimore held on to beat struggling New York.

Gonzalez (3-2) cruised through 6 2-3 innings, giving up just four hits and two runs before he was chased by consecutive homers from Eric Chavez and Ichiro Suzuki that made it 5-4.

Suzuki had a chance to tie it with two runners on in the ninth against Orioles closer Jim Johnson, but grounded into a fielder's choice. Johnson earned his 31st save of the season.

Wilson Betemit homered for Baltimore in the third off Freddy Garcia (4-5), who tied a season high by allowing nine hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.

TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Jamey Caroll's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning scored Alexi Casilla and sent Minnesota to its fourth straight win.

Denard Span had two hits and two spectacular catches in center field for the Twins, and Danny Valencia added three hits and two RBIs.

A.J. Pierzynski homered in his first game after missing five with a strained oblique, and Alejandro De Aza returned from a wrist injury and matched a career high with four hits for the White Sox.

After Valencia led off the ninth with a single off reliever Brett Myers (0-1), Pierzynski's throw to first after fielding Brian Dozier's bunt sailed into right field, allowing each runner to move up.

Carroll followed with a fly ball to right, allowing Casilla to slide in with the winning run ahead of Alex Rios' throw.

MARINERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1 SEATTLE (AP) _ Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth straight.

Iwakuma (2-2) struck out Rajai Davis three straight times after allowing Davis' first career leadoff homer, which gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

Iwakuma's 13 strikeouts broke the Mariners' rookie record of 12 previously shared by Mark Langston, Randy Johnson and Freddy Garcia. Iwakuma threw eight innings, allowed four hits and walked three.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-8) lost his seventh consecutive start, giving up eight hits and three earned runs over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

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