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Sonny Gray allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Tigers on Sunday. Gray (5-3) is 2-0 against the Tigers this season, allowing one run on six hits in 13 innings. “I’m pretty familiar with their lineup, which helps, but I think a lot of this was building on some good things I found in my last start before the break,” he said. “I was able to throw my fastball for strikes and I was able to land my breaking ball where I needed it.” Jose Miranda had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who are 2-0 since the All-Star break. The bottom three hitters in the Twins’ order — Miranda, Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez — combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs. “We’ve been talking about that all season,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “If you wait for your 1-2-3 hitters to get you going every game, you are going to have a lot of bad days. The bottom of our order has gotten us going a lot this year. Miranda gets something, Gio gets something and we’re building from that.”

Reds: Joey Votto hit a three-run homer to back Tyler Mahle’s sharp return from injury, and the Reds beat the Cardinals 6-3 on Sunday. The lastplace Reds overcame Paul Goldschmid­t’s two opposite-field homers to take two of three in the series. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games. “They beat us a couple of times in St. Louis,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Then we come back and win a series against a really good team. It keeps us going in the right direction.” The only hits allowed by Mahle in six innings were Goldschmid­t’s two home runs, giving him four in the series and 24 this season. The slugger launched a two-run drive to right in the fourth and a solo shot in the sixth.

Angels: Taylor Ward homered in a five-run first, Reid Detmers pitched five scoreless innings and the Angels cooled off the Braves with a 9-1 victory Sunday. Max Stassi went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs, and Ward was 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Angels, who improved to 3-14 this month and snapped a five-game skid. They had dropped 14 of 16 and were a seasonwors­t 16 games under .500. The defending World Series champion Braves had won 14 of 19 and were 35-11 since June 1, the best record in the majors during that span. The Braves, who began the day a half-game behind the first-place Mets in the NL East, was a season-worst 10

out on June 1. The Braves are trying to erase their biggest deficit to win a division title since the division era began in 1969.

White Sox: Dylan Cease insisted simply trying to win and help the White Sox turn around a season that began with soaring expectatio­ns is enough motivation for him. As for not being selected for his first All-Star Game? “I’ll take any chip on my shoulder I get,” he said. Cease threw six innings in his third straight scoreless start, Leury García and AJ Pollock homered, and Chicago beat the Guardians 6-3 on Sunday to salvage a four-game split. Eloy Jiménez went deep in his second straight game.

Brewers: Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreakin­g, two-run double capped a two-out rally in the eighth inning that gave the Brewers a 10-9 victory over the Rockies. Rowdy Tellez hit a tying single before McCutchen hit the go-ahead double off Alex Colomé. The Rockies scored a run and put the tying run on first in the ninth before Josh Hader got the final out.

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