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August 09, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

NEW YORK: Left-hander Jon Lester pitched his fourth career shutout and first baseman Stephen Vogt hit two-run homer to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-0 victory against the Minnesota Twins.

Making his second start for the A’s since being traded on July 31 to Oakland from Boston, Lester allowed just three hits and recorded his 11th career complete game.

The A’s (70-44) beat Minnesota for the fourth consecutive time this season and 10th overall, the longest streak against the Twins in Oakland history.

Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta (14-6) held San Francisco to one run and seven hits in six-plus innings as the Brewers beat the Giants.

Peralta set a career high with nine strikeouts and walked just one batter for his fifth consecutive victory, making him the first pitcher in the major leagues to win 14 games this season.

Shane Greene pitched eight-plus innings to lead the New York Yankees to victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Greene (3-1) continued an impressive run of starting pitching by New York against the American League Central leaders by scattering five singles and allowing two runners past first base.

Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the 13th inning against reliever Carlos Torres to give the Washington Nationals victory over the New York Mets.

The game-winning blast came just one day after manager Matt Williams told reporters there was no way Harper would be sent to the minors because of a recent slump. Harper had five hits in his last 28 at-bats before the homer.

Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and drove in four runs to power the Chicago Cubs to a win over the Colorado Rockies.

Homer Bailey pitched seven shutout innings and center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Bailey (9-5) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight to post his first victory since June 29.

Ryan Howard hit a grand slam in a five-run eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Houston Astros.

Howard’s slam came off reliever Tony Sipp and was the 13th of his career, extending his franchise record.

His 18th homer of the season allowed the Phillies to complete a sweep of the three-game series.

Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph homered in his fourth consecutive game and Miguel Gonzalez pitched six effective innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays.

REUTERS

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