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Verlander shuts down Mets, 1st to win 10

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NEW YORK (AP) Justin Verlander has that look: four or five days of stubble when he takes the mound, a focused glare, a game-day demeanor that if not quite ornery is admittedly intense.

"I can't be that guy that rolls in on start day and is just kind of like loosey-goosey and having fun with guys and then try to turn it on when I take the field," he said. "It doesn't work for me."

Back in the major leagues after missing last year due to Tommy John surgery, Verlander once again is among the best pitchers in the game.

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Ohtani Ks 11, extends streak in 4-1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Ohtani went 0 for 3 with a walk at the plate, but Luis Rengifo hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an early RBI double as the Angels finished their disappointing nine-game homestand on a positive note because of their two-way superstar's work on the mound.

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Braves top Phils to move to 21-5 in June

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Adam Duvall homered, Kyle Wright tossed seven sharp innings and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling this month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The Braves improved to 21-5 in June, matching the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. They'll try to set a new mark when they go for a three-game sweep on Thursday night.

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Judge, Stanton homer as Yanks sweep A's

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton has seen trailing teams lose their fight a few times in his 13 big league seasons. Just not with these New York Yankees.

"We find a way to figure it out every night," Stanton said. "We're just like, pushing the envelope, boom-boom-boom, until the game's over."

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Reynolds has 3 HRs, 6 RBIs to power Bucs

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Reynolds hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday.

"I think Bryan Reynolds carried us to a win tonight," said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, whose Pirates ended a five-game losing streak. "We kind of jumped on his shoulders."

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Verdugo has 4 RBIs, BoSox hold off Jays

TORONTO (AP) J.D. Martinez drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.

"It's a big one," Martinez said. "We lost that one last night. To avoid the sweep at this point was a big one."

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Dodgers hit 3 HRs, avoid Rockies sweep

DENVER (AP) Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of German Marquez's struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Trea Turner added a two-run double and Julio Urias pitched into the sixth inning as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep against their surprising nemesis. The last-place Rockies had been 4-1 against the NL West leaders.

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Garcia HR backs Alcantara's CG for Miami

ST. LOUIS (AP) Avisail Garcia hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

With two outs, Garcia hit the first pitch he saw from Ryan Helsley (3-1 ) 411 feet over the wall in center field for his fifth homer. Jesus Sanchez, who walked to begin the inning, also scored.

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Álvarez, Peña hurt in scary collision

NEW YORK (AP) Houston left fielder Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Jeremy Pena were hurt when they collided in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets while running down a popup.

With Pena shifted to the right side and the game scoreless, Dominic Smith popped the ball into short left. Both called for the ball and as Pena caught the pop, each hit the other in the face with his glove.

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