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Pittsburgh Pirates' Garrett Jones (46) celebrates with relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan after the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Jones hit two three-run home run and Hanrahan finished the game as the Pirates won 10-6. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

NEW YORK — Craig Gentry, starting for the first time in two weeks, hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that put Texas ahead in a 10-6 victory over New York on Thursday.

Adrian Beltre had three RBIs while Josh Hamilton doubled twice and scored three times for the Rangers, who avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Texas had lost eight straight at Yankee Stadium overall. The Rangers had done little in this series, too, totaling four runs before Thursday.

RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 3: At Baltimore, Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, and Boston avoided a three-game sweep.

WHITE SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 2: At Toronto, Alex Rios hit a three-run homer against his former team, and Francisco Liriano earned his first victory.

Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Dewayne Wise all hit solo home runs as the White Sox matched a season high by going deep five times.

ATHLETICS 3, ROYALS 0: At Kansas City, Mo., Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered, and Dan Straily picked up his first major league victory.

Crisp, who played for the Royals in 2009, was 2 for 27 this season against Kansas City before the home run.

RAYS 7, ANGELS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., David Price pitched three-hit ball over seven innings for his AL-leading 16th victory and the Tampa Bay Rays got home runs from Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist.

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PIRATES 10, DODGERS 6: At Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers, A.J. Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher with 15 wins in 13 years, and Pittsburgh avoided a four-game sweep.

METS 8, REDS 4: At Cincinnati, rookie Matt Harvey drove in one more run than he allowed in the longest outing of his short major league career, and New York snapped Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.

Harvey (2-3), who had lost three straight starts after winning in his major league debut, allowed one run and four hits in 72/3 innings. He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. Harvey doubled in two runs in New York's three-run fourth inning.

BRAVES 6, PADRES 0: At Atlanta, Chipper Jones homered twice on a night when a big crowd turned out to get his bobblehead, and Atlanta won its 15th straight game with Kris Medlen as a starter.

ROCKIES 5, MARLINS 3: At Denver, Michael Cuddyer homered, DJ LeMahieu had two hits while Eric Young Jr. and Josh Rutledge had a hit and an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who won their fourth straight game.

BREWERS 7, PHILLIES 4: At Milwaukee, Corey Hart's grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning prevented Philadelphia's Cliff Lee from getting a rare win.

Lee struck out 12 and was in line for only his third win in 22 starts until Hart's late heroics.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young homered on consecutive pitches from Jason Motte with one out in the ninth inning.

Arizona had lost its previous seven games against St. Louis dating to last season.

DENVER — Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to a group that includes the O'Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced the endorsement after the conclusion of the owners meetings in Denver.

Under the deal, the group will buy the franchise from John Moores for around $800 million. The final closing of the sale will be on or before Aug. 31.

The new ownership group includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley, the sons of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley. Peter and Tom Seidler — the nephews of Peter O'Malley — also will be involved in the deal. Two of the four are expected to move to San Diego.

REPLY BRIEF FILED IN BONDS' APPEAL: Barry Bonds' lawyers have filed their reply brief in their appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction.

After receiving the brief Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set a date for oral arguments in the case of the career home run leader. A hearing before a three-judge panel is likely late this year, with a decision possible in 2013.

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A jury in April 2011 found Bonds guilty on the obstruction count, which stemmed from his statement to the grand jury that he was a "celebrity child." The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on three counts charging him with making false statements to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs and testified he allowed only doctors to inject him. The government then dropped the other charges.

ORIOLES INF PLACED ON DL: Infielder Wilson Betemit has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with a wrist injury.

Betemit has torn cartilage in his right wrist, and an MRI also revealed "a pretty significant bone bruise," according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

The move, announced Thursday, is retroactive to Aug. 12.