MLB Wrap: Wells robs homer; ChiSox edge Braves

MLB Wrap: Wells robs homer; ChiSox edge Braves
July 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Wells robs homer in ChiSox win
Casper Wells did not realize how significant his catch was until he turned to look at the Jumbotron after he helped save a victory for the White Sox.

Wells robbed Reed Johnson of a home run in the eighth inning to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Sunday.

With the White Sox leading 3-1, Wells leaped up against the left-field wall to make a spectacular catch and rob Johnson of the game-tying homer (see full recap).

Surging Rays sweep Blue Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays are heading to Boston with first place in their sights.

Luke Scott and Kelly Johnson hit back-to-back home runs, Evan Longoria also went deep and the Rays survived a late scare to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

The surging Rays have won 13 of their past 14 games and 20 of their past 24. After starting the season 14-18, Tampa Bay is a major league-best 44-23 since May 8 (see full recap).

Pirates hold off Reds
No one's happier than the Pittsburgh Pirates, who used their formula from a highly successful first half - great pitching, just enough scoring - to salvage the final game of their series with Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Jeff Locke allowed only an infield single through six innings of a 3-2 victory.

Second-place Pittsburgh left town with a three-game cushion over the NL Central-rival Reds, who won the first two games.

Locke (9-2) and the majors' second-stingiest bullpen limited the Reds to three singles, but issued seven walks and let a run score on a wild pitch. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances. His only blown save came in Cincinnati on June 19 (see full recap).

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