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Orioles come from behind to beat Rays

Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates a solo home run in the eight inning with Chris Davis #19 during a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 24, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won 6-3. (June 24, 2016 - Source: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images North America)

The Baltimore Orioles (42-30) come from behind to beat the Tampa Bay Rays (31-40) 6-3 in the opening game of their four-game series.

The Rays took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. 2B Logan Forsythe led off with a double and DH Corey Dickerson homered for the first two runs of the game. 3B Evan Longoria followed with a double and 1B Logan Morrison drove him in with a single to put the Rays up by three.

It took the Orioles until the fifth inning to get on the scoreboard. 1B Chris Davis hit a ground rule double with one out and SS J.J. Hardy’s two-out single drove him home to cut the lead to two.

Baltimore pulled away in the next inning. CF Adam Jones hit a homer with one out to make it a one-run game. Back-to-back singles from 2B Jonathan Schoop and 3B Manny Machado and a walk to DH Mark Trumbo loaded the bases for the Orioles.

Chris Davis followed with a single, driving in Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado. On the play, Logan Forsythe committed a throwing error to home plate, which enabled Mark Trumbo to score Baltimore’s fifth run.

Manny Machado made it 6-3 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

CL Zach Britton pitched a one-hit inning in the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season. He posts a 0.85 ERA with a 0.79 WHIP this year.

Tampa Bay’s SP Matt Moore pitched 6.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk and 5 earned runs while fanning 6. He now has a 5.04 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP on the season.

Baltimore’s Yovani Gallardo worked 5.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and 3 earned runs while striking out 3. His ERA on the season is 6.04 with a 1.69 WHIP.

Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 1 HR and 1 RBI. He is batting .320 this season and accounts for 52 runs, 18 HR and 43 RBI.

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Cardinals hold off Cubs

Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning on June 21, 2016 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (June 21, 2016 - Source: David Banks/Getty Images North America)

The St. Louis Cardinals (37-33) hold off the Chicago Cubs (47-22) as they win 4-3 in game two of their three-game series at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs put the first run on the board. LF Chris Coghlan singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and RF Jason Heyward followed with a walk. Chris Coghland advanced to third base on a groundout by 3B Kris Bryant and came home on a sacrifice flyball from 1B Anthony Rizzo.

St. Louis tied the game in the second inning. RF Stephen Piscotty hit a leadoff double and crossed home plate on a two-out single by 1B Brandon Moss.

One inning later, the Cardinals scored three more runs. 2B Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer to open the third and LF Matt Holliday hit another long ball, driving in SS Aledmys Diaz for a 4-1 lead.

Chicago cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the frame. Chris Coghlan drew a leadoff walk and hustled home on a double from Jason Heyward.

The Cubs scored another run in the next inning. C Willson Contreras led off with a single and moved to third base on another single by SS Addison Russell. CF Albert Almora Jr. grounded into double play next but Willson Contreras ran home for Chicago’s third run.

CL Trevor Rosenthal earned his 14th save of the season, giving up one hit and one walk, before retiring the side in the ninth. He posts a 4.50 ERA with a 1.92 WHIP this year.

St. Louis’ SP Adam Wainwright (6-4) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 earned runs while fanning 4. He now has a 4.73 ERA on the season with a 1.31 WHIP.

Chicago’s SP Jason Hammel (7-3) worked 5.2 innings, surrendering 6 hits, 1 walk and 4 earned runs while striking out 3. His ERA and WHIP went up to 2.55 and 1.08, respectively.

Matt Holliday went 1-for-4 with 1 run, 1 HR and 2 RBI. He is batting .253 this year and has 31 runs, 13 HR and 40 RBI.

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Marlins shut out Rockies

Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins hits a 3-run home run in the 6th inning off of Miguel Castro #46 of the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on June 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (June 19, 2016 - Source: Eric Espada/Getty Images North America)

The Miami Marlins (37-32) beat the Colorado Rockies (32-36) 3-0 to win game three of their four-game series.

The Marlins have won five of their last six games, including three in a row against the Rockies, and move to second place in the NL East.

The only runs of the game came on a three-run blast from CF Marcell Ozuna. The 25-year old hammered the ball 448 ft. to left center, driving in 2B Derek Dietrich and 3B Martin Prado in the sixth inning. It was Marcell Ozuna’s 13th home run of the season.

CL A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out two to earn his NL-leading 22nd save of the year. He now posts a 1.91 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP.

Colorado’s SP Tyler Anderson (0-1) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and 2 earned runs while striking out 4. He has a 2.25 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP on the season.

Miami’s SP Tom Koehler (6-6) worked 6 innings, giving up 2 hits and 6 walks while fanning 6. His ERA and WHIP improved to 3.92 and 1.49, respectively.

Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with 1 run, 1 HR and 3 RBI. He is batting .319 this season and has 42 runs, 13 HR and 41 RBI.

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