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Orioles' victory squares American League East standings with Yankees

BALTIMORE -- Mark Reynolds hit two of Baltimore's season-high six home runs — three in a wild eighth inning — and the Orioles climbed back into a first-place tie with New York in the AL East with a 10-6 victory Thursday night.

Adam Jones' leadoff homer in the eighth off David Robertson (1-6) put Baltimore ahead 7-6 after the Yankees had rallied from a five-run deficit in the top half. Matt Wieters followed with a single and Reynolds hit a drive into the seats in left. Chris Davis then slammed the first pitch from Derek Lowe over the wall in right.

Wieters and Robert Andino also connected for the Orioles, who have won 10 of 13 — a run that includes three of four over New York.

Reynolds, who also went deep in the sixth, has homered in three straight games and has eight in his last seven, including two in each of the three wins against New York.

Darren O'Day (7-1) got the final out in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked the ninth in a non-save situation.

Rangers 5, Royals 4, 10 innings Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning for Texas and scored on Michael Young's single.

Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning to help the AL West leaders overcome a 3-0 deficit.

The Rangers (82-55) moved a season-high 27 games above .500 and own the best record in franchise history after 137 games. They won their sixth straight series and upped their division lead to 5 1/2 games over idle Oakland.

Mike Adams (4-3) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 31 tries, converting his 28th consecutive opportunity since a blown save on April 11.

Greg Holland (6-4) took the loss.

Nationals 9, Cubs 2 Adam LaRoche added to his home run tear with a two-run shot and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2 in a fight-filled game Thursday night to finish a lopsided four-game sweep.

The trouble started with a testy exchange between Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk and Nationals third base coach Bo Porter in the fifth inning. The benches and bullpens emptied, but there was no pushing or shoving. Quirk was ejected before play resumed.

In the sixth, Chicago reliever Lendy Castillo threw his first pitch of the inning near Bryce Harper's legs and the ball that sailed all the way to the backstop. Harper made a move toward the mound and was quickly intercepted by catcher Steve Clevenger.

Both teams spilled onto the field again, and this time things got a little nasty.

Players pushed and shoved each other in the infield and Clevenger took an open-handed swipe at Washington shortstop Ian Desmond.

Clevenger, Cubs right-hander Manuel Corpas and Nationals lefty Michael Gonzalez were ejected — though neither pitcher was in the game. Order was finally restored and Washington went on to its fifth straight victory and eighth in nine games.

The Nationals (85-52), who have the best record in the majors, remained 7 1/2 games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East.

Braves 1, Rockies 0 Tim Hudson pitched seven sharp innings and Atlanta posted its second straight 1-0 victory over Colorado, winning both times with an unearned run.

This was an especially galling loss for the Rockies. Juan Francisco raced home with the lone run when Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (2-5) dropped a routine throw back to the mound from his catcher.

That was enough for Hudson (14-5), who stranded eight runners. Craig Kimbrel earned his 34th save.

It was the first time in more than 28 years that a team won consecutive 1-0 games with unearned runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the last to do it, against Cincinnati in July 1984, according to STATS LLC.

Other game on Thursday:

Marlins 6, Brewers 2

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Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with teammate Adam Jones #10 after hitting a three-RBI homer in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, Sept. 6. (AFP)

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