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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Leading Off: Scuffling Cincinnati Reds to clash against streaking Tampa Bay Rays

Game of the day: Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. The Reds (40-39) have struggled to stay above .500 since their six-game losing streak in late May, while the Rays (44-34) enter this three-game series having won eight of their last nine games. Right-hander Mike Leake (6-4) will start for Cincinnati, looking for his 10th quality start of the season. Since returning to the rotation in late May after a stint in the bullpen, Leake is 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (7-6) will start for the Rays. Hellickson opened the season 7-3, but Tampa Bay has scored only one run total in his last three starts and Hellickson has dropped three straight decisions.

Other game to watch:

Washington at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. The Nationals (40-38) have won 13 of their last 15 games while the Angels (39-40) have won five of their last seven and are only two games behind Texas in the American League West. Washington left-hander John Lannan (5-5) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts and in eight of his last nine. Los Angeles right-hander Ervin Santana (3-8) is 0-4 in June, but has allowed just two earned runs in each of his last two starts.

Games you should have seen:

Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Los Angeles Angels 2. Tony Gwynn Jr. capped a two-run rally with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Dodgers avoid a three-game sweep against the Angels. Dee Gordon scored the tying run earlier in the ninth when he narrowly avoided the tag on a play at the plate after an Aaron Miles sacrifice fly. The Angels had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth on a solo home run by Vernon Wells. Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw outdueled Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, tossing a complete game and striking out 11.

Tampa Bay 14, Houston 10. The Rays and Astros combined for 24 runs and 33 hits in this slugfest, and Tampa Bay scored seven runs over the final two innings to secure the win. Johnny Damon and Evan Longoria each went 4 for 6 with three runs scored for the Rays, while Longoria also had two home runs and five RBI. Jeff Keppinger went 3 for 3 with a home run for Houston.

Stat you should know: 0. Extra base hits by the Tigers in the game-changing eighth inning of their 8-3 win Sunday over the Diamondbacks. Detroit scored seven runs with two outs in the eighth, stringing together six singles, two walks and an error.

Star of the night: Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero pitched a four-hit shutout Sunday in Toronto’s 5-0 win over St. Louis. The win capped a three-game sweep for the Jays.

Chatter: “If this was a neighborhood golf match, we probably could have used about six mulligans today.” Pittsburgh Manager Clint Hurdle after the Pirates made four errors Sunday in their 4-2 loss to the Red Sox.

By Greg Schimmel  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011

 
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