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MLB: Ortiz saves the day

The Boston Red Sox avoided a four-game Major League Baseball sweep against the Oakland Athletics as David Ortiz ripped a solo home run in the 10th innings at the O.co Coliseum.

The Red Sox squandered a five-run lead in the eighth and ninth innings, with Koji Uehara surrendering solo homers to Stephen Vogt and John Jaso, but Ortiz - nicknamed 'Big Papi' - homered to secure Boston the 7-6 victory.

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was bested by Orioles starter Chris Tillman and two RBIs from Jonathan Schoop as Baltimore won 8-0 at Yankee Stadium.

Carlos Martinez gave up three runs in five innings to post his first win as a starter, the St Louis Cardinals defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3, and Max Scherzer fanned eight runs over six innings as the Detroit Tigers downed the Cleveland Indians 10-4 at Progressive Field.

The Mets rocked Miami Marlins starter Anthony DeSclafani for seven runs and pushed on to triumph 11-5 and clinch a series win.

It was a tighter affair between Cincinnati and the Toronto Blue Jays, but Todd Frazier's two-run homer handed the Reds a 4-3 win while, over at Nationals Park, Washington were 4-1 winners against the Atlanta Braves.

The Minnesota Twins edged the Chicago White Sox 6-5, the Tampa Bay Rays were comfortable 5-2 victors over the Houston Astros, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 while the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeating the Chicago Cubs by the same scoreline.

It also finished 2-1 at PETCO Park, where Hyun-jin Ryu's dominant pitching held the San Diego Padres to one run in six innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers outwitting their Californian rivals.

Elsewhere, Ron Roenicke got his 300th win as manager of Milwaukee as the Brewers held on for a 6-5 win that completed a series sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Madison Bumgarner took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants duly closed out a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In Sunday's final game, Matt Shoemaker outpitched Yu Darvis as the Los Angeles Angels completed a sweep of AL Western Divison rivals Texas.

The Rangers succumbed to a 5-2 loss in Anaheim.