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Brewers rally to beat Dodgers, close NL gap

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday's clash of divisional leaders, with the Brewers closing within 1-1/2 games of the overall lead in the National League.

The Dodgers did stay 3-1/2 games clear in the NL West as nearest rival San Francisco lost at in-form Kansas City.

Other key games saw Baltimore hit six home runs to rout St. Louis and maintain a healthy five-game buffer atop the American League East, while AL Central leader Detroit came from behind in the ninth inning to edge Toronto and drop the Blue Jays to third in the AL East.

The Dodgers went ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh before Milwaukee's surge.

Martin Maldonado's squeeze bunt scored Rickie Weeks. Khris Davis reached on a fielding error by reserve shortstop Justin Turner to load the bases. Carlos Gomez then reached on Turner's throwing error that allowed Mark Reynolds to score. Gerardo Parra followed with a two-run single that gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.

Weeks added a three-run homer in the eighth to cap the victory.

Baltimore's J.J. Hardy hit two of the Orioles' season-high six homers in a resounding 12-2 win over St. Louis.

Hardy hit a solo shot and a three-run drive for his 11th career multihomer game. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty also cleared the fences as Baltimore moved to 66-49; a season-best 17 games over .500.

It was the Orioles' first win over the Cardinals in 11 years in their rare interleague match-up.

Detroit's Nick Castellanos tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Eugenio Suarez followed with a go-ahead shot to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 win over Toronto.

The Tigers trailed 4-2 entering the ninth against closer Casey Janssen. J.D. Martinez started the inning with a double. After an out, Castellanos homered on the first pitch. Two pitches later, Suarez gave the Tigers their first lead with a drive to center.

Janssen (3-1) was replaced by Aaron Loup after a two-out double by Ian Kinsler. The blown save was Janssen's third in 21 chances.

Kansas City's Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs as the Royals beat San Francisco 4-2 for their fifth-straight win.

Butler, who is hitting .423 in the past seven games, homered in the first off Madison Bumgarner (13-9), who pitched the complete game.

The Giants outhit the Royals 12-7, but self-destructed with three errors and base-running blunders, while Kansas City right fielder Nori Aoki threw out two San Francisco runners in the same inning.

Oakland clung on for a 6-5 win over Minnesota to beat the Twins for the 11th straight time.

Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple for the A's.

Athletics' starter Scott Kazmir (13-4) did not allow a runner on base through the first four innings, but later ran into difficulty and was bailed out by an Oakland bullpen which has gone a club-record 28-2/3 innings without conceding a run.

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Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks, back, scores in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Drew Butera during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 8 (AP)

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