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Thames hits 9th, 10th HRs as Brewers win

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Bryan Price knew exactly what Eric Thames did to carry the Milwaukee Brewers past the Cincinnati Reds.

Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season and the Brewers beat the Reds 11-7 on Monday night.

"He's not missing," Price said of Thames. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it. He's not missing it."


Barnes 4 game-ban for buzzing Machado

NEW YORK (AP) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado.

The commissioner's office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the process is done.


Greinke Ks 11, Owings hits slam in win

PHOENIX (AP) For the second game in a row, Zack Greinke was outstanding against the San Diego Padres.

This time - thanks to one big swing by Chris Owings - he even got the win.


Rockies rally, end Nats' win streak at 7

DENVER (AP) Charlie Blackmon called the location of the pitch his "where I hit balls far" zone.

He did, too - all the way into the second deck for a big momentum swing.


Cain helps Giants snap skid, top Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Cain took a ball off his right foot and X-rays showed all was fine, then his right hamstring tightened as he tried to warm up for the seventh and that shortened his night.

He still did plenty to help the Giants get back in the win column with a much-needed April victory.


Cubs jump on Pirates early in 14-3 rout

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results.

Heyward hit his third home run in four days, a sizzling line drive to right-center off Pittsburgh's Chad Kuhl in the first inning to set the tone in a lopsided 14-3 victory for the suddenly hot Cubs on Monday night. Heyward added an RBI on a groundout during Chicago's five-run second inning as the defending World Series champions won for the fifth time in six games.


O's hit 3 HRs off Archer, rally by Rays

BALTIMORE (AP) All the elements that usually make a baseball game unremarkable were right there: miserable weather, a tiny crowd and a week night in April.

Because the Baltimore Orioles excelled in such conditions, manager Buck Showalter relished his team's 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.


White Sox score 8 in 6th, KC's skid at 5

CHICAGO (AP) Matt Davidson has made the most of his 38 at-bats so far.

He leads the White Sox in home runs with four, and his 14 RBIs ties him for tops on the team. About the only thing he hasn't done is crack the everyday lineup, which is why Chicago manager Rick Renteria was asked - again - after a 12-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night what the 26-year-old has to do to earn more playing time.


Sano banned game for aggressive actions

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota's Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the sport termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear during a game against Detroit last weekend.

Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning of the Tigers' 5-4 victory Saturday. Two innings later, Detroit's Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who pointed his bat toward Boyd and yelled out at the mound. Tigers catcher James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano , who reacted immediately with a right hand to McCann's mask.


Dozier has 3 RBIs, Twins end Texas' run

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Brian Dozier doubled his season RBI total with one swing, and that was enough for the Minnesota Twins.

Dozier had a bases-clearing double with two outs in the fifth inning, and the Twins won 3-2 on Monday night to snap the Rangers' AL-best four-game winning streak.

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