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Morse stars as Giants sink Reds

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 at Great American Ball Park.

The Giants earned their success on the back of Madison Bumgarner's sixth straight win, in which he allowed only three hits, with the only score conceded by the left-hander being a home run from Todd Frazier.

The Washington Nationals overcame the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in the capital on the back of Doug Fister's sharp performance, while for the second straight night the Arizona Diamondbacks feasted on the pitching of the Colorado Rockies, who lost a seventh straight game.

Having won 16-8 in Denver on Wednesday night, Arizona settled for a 12-7 win 24 hours later, with Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings all going deep.

Elsewhere in the National League, Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood homered for the Chicago Cubs in their 7-4 home win over the New York Mets.

In the American League, the New York Yankees halted a four-game losing run as they edged out the Oakland Athletics 2-1 in the Bronx.

Masahiro Tanaka improved his season's record to 9-1 by allowing just one run in six innings - a John Jaso homer - as the Yankees took the honours.

The Texas Rangers were 8-6 winners against the Baltimore Orioles, while Juan Francisco, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera blasted homers in the sixth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays swept to a 7-3 win against the Detroit Tigers.

The Houston Astros toppled the Los Angeles Angels 8-5, while in a trio of inter-league contests the spoils went to the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

Miami added to the Tampa Bay Rays' misery with an 11-6 success, inflicting a 10th straight defeat on the team rooted to the foot of the AL East. Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton homered for Miami.

Kansas City were 3-2 victors over the St Louis Cardinals.

NL Central front-runners Milwaukee beat the Minnesota Twins 8-5, overcoming a third-inning grand slam from Oswaldo Arcia spurred by a three-run homer from Carlos Gomez in the fourth.