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Reds pick up 5th straight victory

– Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a pair of home runs Wednesday and helped the Cincinnati Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games by beating Miami 4-0.

Mike Leake and three relievers combined on an 11-hitter for the Reds.

Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. His ninth career multihomer game came in a spacious stadium where sluggers tend to struggle.

“This ballpark is big,” Choo said. “Some balls fly, some don’t. I’m not thinking about hitting homers. I’m just swinging hard.”

Leake (3-2) went 6 2/3 innings and pitched around nine hits.

The Marlins were shut out for the seventh time, most in the majors. Cincinnati climbed a season-high eight games above .500.

CUBS 6, ROCKIES 3: In Chicago, Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win for Chicago since opening day.

David DeJesus led off the first inning with a home run and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who won back-to-back series for the first time this season.

Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, BRAVES 3: In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles, and Eric Chavez drove in three runs to lead Arizona.

PIRATES 3, BREWERS 1: In Pittsburgh, Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single to lead Pittsburgh.

CARDINALS 4, METS 2: In St. Louis, rookie Shelby Miller followed up his nearly perfect one-hitter with 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and St. Louis scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch.


ASTROS 7, TIGERS 5: In Detroit, Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera’s bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and Houston avoided a season sweep. Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth for the Astros.

RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 2: In Oakland, Calif., Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland as Texas took the rubber game.

Ogando (4-2) didn’t allow a hit until Eric Sogard’s leadoff double in the sixth.

RED SOX 9, RAYS 2: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and Boston roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price.

Price (1-4) departed from the marquee pitching matchup because of left triceps tightness during Boston’s eight-run third inning.

MARINERS 12, YANKEES 2: In New York, Raul Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer to lead Seattle.


PADRES 8, ORIOLES 4: In Baltimore, Alexi Amarista had three extra-base hits, and San Diego matched its season-high with 17 hits. Everth Cabrera had four hits and a walk, and Jedd Gyorko had three singles for the Padres.

INDIANS 10, PHILLIES 4: In Philadelphia, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back to lead Cleveland.

BLUE JAYS 11, GIANTS 3: In Toronto, J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and Toronto won its season-high fourth straight game.