June 10, 2013 / 5:33 AM / 6 years ago

Saltalamacchia homers twice in Red Sox win

(Reuters) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit two homers as the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-5 on Sunday to stay top in the American League East while the Miami Marlins again needed extra innings against the New York Mets, winning 8-4.

Toronto Blue Jays' J.P Arencibia (R) is out on the force out at third base as Texas Rangers' Leury Garcia makes the play in the thirteenth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto June 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

David Ortiz added a three-run blast and Mike Carp also homered, while Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI triple for the Red Sox, who ended a six-game homestand with a 4-2 record.

Ryan Dempster (4-6), who got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Alberto Callaspo to open the sixth, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to earn his second straight win.

The Marlins, who needed 20 innings to scrape past the Mets 2-1 on Saturday, again went beyond the distance before completing a two-game sweep of New York after Miguel Olivo capped a four-run 10th inning with a two-run homer.

Logan Morrison had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on an error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and Greg Dobbs plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th as the Marlins overcame a 4-1 deficit.

The opening game of the series was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a double-header on September 14.

In Cincinnati, Matt Holliday hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run 10th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Reds 11-4 to take a four-game lead at the top of the National League Central.

Daniel Descalso ignited the 10th-inning outburst by doubling in the go-ahead run and Matt Carpenter followed with a two-run single as the Cardinals improved to a major league-best 41-22.

Carlos Beltran homered and drove in a pair of runs and Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) earned his first major-league victory with four strikeouts in two innings of relief.

Atlanta tightened their grip at the top of the National League East after three-time All Star Dan Uggla hit a pair of homers to power the visiting Braves to an 8-1 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Freddie Freeman had two hits and three RBIs and Jason Heyward had two singles, two walks and scored twice for the Braves. Atlanta starter Mike Minor (8-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings to improve to 5-0 since May 8.

Elsewhere, Adrian Beltre blasted a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to help the visiting Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 to avoid a three-game sweep.

In Detroit, Don Kelly belted a tiebreaking three-run homer and Jose Alvarez won on his debut in the majors as the Tigers beat the Indians 4-1, handing Cleveland a seventh straight defeat by completing a three-game sweep.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien

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