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Sunday - 9/1/2013, 8:20pm  ET

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are back into a tie for first in the National League Central.

Matt Holliday and David Freese drove in two runs apiece, and the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2. The Pirates had taken over the division lead after taking the first two games of the series.

Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson added two hits each for St. Louis, which jumped on Pittsburgh rookie Kris Johnson early to snap a three-game skid.

Joe Kelly allowed one run and four hits in six solid innings to win his fourth straight start.


-The Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep, with a ninth inning grand slam from Mike Aviles, to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0. The AL Central-leading Tigers had won seven straight against second-place Cleveland.

-The Kansas City Royals also avoided a sweep, thanks to seven innings of three-hit ball from James Shields. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0. The Royals entered the day 6-and a half games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second AL wild-card berth. Hosmer had two hits and two RBIs. It was his 51st multi-hit game of the season, tying him with five other players for the major league lead.

-J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hit three-run homers in the seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles suddenly broke loose, jolting the New York Yankees 7-3 to avert a sweep in a matchup of wild-card contenders.

-The Boston Red Sox swept the Chicgo White Sox, winning 7-6 in Boston. David Ortiz appears to be breaking out of his slump with two hits and three RBIs.

- Kevin Correia pitched seven strong innings and the Minnesota Twins clinched their first series victory at Texas in four years, beating the AL West-leading Rangers 4-2.

-J.B. Shuck hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the Los Angeles Angels past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 for a three-game sweep of their interleague series.

-Jake Arrieta allowed three hits and a run while pitching into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1.

-Rookie Brett Oberholtzer pitched a four-hitter and Jason Castro hit an RBI double in the eighth inning, lifting the Houston Astros to a 2-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.


Rosters expand

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Yankees expanded their roster with September call-ups, adding infielder David Adams and three pitchers.

The Yankees promoted right-handers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and lefty Cesar Cabral from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They also signed catcher J.R. Murphy and selected him from Triple-A.

Meantime, the Orioles shuffled catchers, cutting Taylor Teagarden and promoting Steve Clevenger and Chris Snyder from Triple-A. The Orioles also brought back pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who started today against New York at Yankee Stadium.

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated outfielder Travis Snider off the disabled list and called up pitchers Kris Johnson and Kyle Farnsworth from Triple-A Indianapolis. Johnson started today's game against the Cardinals.

The Cleveland Indians have added five players to their roster, including 33-year-old catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Minnesota added center fielder Alex Presley to its roster, a day after he was traded from Pittsburgh for Justin Morneau (mohr-NOH'). The AL West-leading Texas Rangers got back a veteran designated hitter and 3 pitchers from the disabled list in time for the pennant chase. DH Lance Berkman was activated from the DL, along with right-handers Neftali Feliz and Nick Tepesch, and left-hander Michael Kirkman.

The Toronto Blue Jays activated All-Star reliever Steve Delabar and right-hander Dustin McGowan off the disabled list.

The Boston Red Sox have designated once prominent reliever Daniel Bard for assignment to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.

The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up right-handed reliever Matt Langwell from Cleveland to complete the trade that sent outfielder Jason Kubel to the Indians.


Murray wins

NEW YORK (AP) -- Top-seed Serena Williams avenged her major loss to Sloane Stephens, pulling away from the young American for a 6-4, 6-1 win to return to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarters of the Australian Open in January.

Defending champ Williams will face 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, who needed 2 hours, 41 minutes to edge eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber.

Defending men's champion Andy Murray needed a set to find his rhythm in his third round match against 47th-ranked Florian Mayer, then rolled to a 7-6, 6-2, 6-2. Murray will next face 65th-ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, who won a five-setter against No. 20-seeded Andreas Seppi.

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