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NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit his ninth home run, tying for the major league lead, Matt Harvey won his second straight start and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to six.
Walker’s third-inning homer off Jon Moscot (0-2) extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and tied the team record for home runs in April.
Harvey (2-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out a season-high seven, and Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, helping Chicago win its sixth straight.
Jose Quintana (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings for Chicago, which leads the major leagues with five shutouts and is 10 games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2012. Quintana allowed five hits and walked three.
Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up one hit through six innings but was knocked out in the seventh.
TIGERS 9, ATHLETICS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, and J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered.
Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He gave up four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches. Detroit had lost seven of its previous nine, scoring more than three runs only once in the prior seven games.
ORIOLES 3, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joey Rickard hit a three-run home run and Chris Tillman (2-1) tied his career high with nine strikeouts, giving up two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay for the second time this season.
Rickard homered in the fifth against Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts. He has lost two straight starts after going unbeaten in seven in a row dating to last season.
Zach Britton finished for his fifth save.
RED SOX 9, BRAVES 4
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia had a grand slam and a solo homer, and David Ortiz had three doubles to pass Red Sox greats Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx on the career extra-base hits with 1,119 as Boston won its fourth straight.
Freddie Freeman homered end the Braves’ homerless streak at 15 games, the longest since the 1946 Boston Braves went 16 in a row.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2) allowed two runs — one earned — and three hits in seven innings.
Bud Norris (1-4) got just four outs, giving up six runs and seven hits.
ANGELS 4, ROYALS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit a tying two-run homer, Yunel Escobar hit a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to power Los Angeles over Kansas City.
Escobar, the Angels’ leadoff hitter, drove Chris Young’s 3-1 pitch to center field for his third homer of the season leading off the sixth to put the Angels ahead 3-2. He had four hits in Tuesday night’s 9-4 victory.
Simmons ended the scoring in the seventh with his first homer as an Angel. His other 31 came with the Atlanta Braves, who sent the two-time Gold Glove shortstop to the Angels in a trade for Erick Aybar in November.
Fernando Salas (1-1) got the victory in relief and Joe Smith got three outs for his second save in as many chances.
RANGERS 3, YANKEES 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat New York even after former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit his 100th homer in the stadium.
A-Rod’s 690th career homer gave him triple digits in the Rangers’ ballpark. He hit 86 at home for Texas from 2001-03 and has 14 more in 65 games as a visitor there — first with Seattle before his big deal with the Rangers, and after being traded to the Yankees.
Andrus tripled into the right-center field gap in the sixth, a ball that rolled to the wall after Rougned Odor drew a two-out walk off CC Sabathia (1-2), to snap a 2-all tie.
Martin Perez (1-2) struck out three while allowing two runs and six hits over six innings.
PIRATES 9, ROCKIES 8, 12 INNINGS
DENVER (AP) — Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 12th inning, and Pittsburgh continued its mastery of Colorado with a marathon win.
Kyle Lobstein (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings and Mark Melancon pitched the bottom of the 12th for his fifth save for Pittsburgh, which has won eight straight in Denver.
Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado each hit their ninth homers, and Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra also went deep for the Rockies.
Gregory Polanco homered in the seventh inning and drew a walk off Carlos Estevez (0-1) before Mercer’s double.
CARDINALS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched into the sixth inning for his first win and hit a three-run triple in St. Louis’ fifth straight offensive outburst for another win over Arizona.
St. Louis scored 18 combined runs in two games to close out a sweep over San Diego and had 15 in splitting the first two against Arizona.
The Cardinals kept bashing, knocking around Patrick Corbin (1-3) and finishing with 14 hits, four by Stephen Piscotty.
Wainwright (1-3) gave up homers to Brandon Drury and Paul Goldschmidt but ended his worst start since 2012 behind the Cardinals’ big run support.
MARLINS 2, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Nicolino gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings in his season debut to lead Miami over Los Angeles for its fourth straight win.
Nicolino (1-0), just recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, walked two and struck out two. He didn’t allow a runner past first base and retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna hit RBI singles in the first inning off Scott Kazmir (1-2) to provide the scoring.
The Dodgers have dropped three straight and saw their scoreless streak extended to 14 innings.
ASTROS 7, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help Houston avoid a sweep with a victory over Seattle.
Evan Gattis added three RBIs for Houston.
Robinson Cano and Adam Lind had solo homers for Seattle, which earlier in the day announced a pending ownership shift from majority owner Nintendo of America to the team’s minority owners.
Houston’s Collin McHugh (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits with one walk, but needed 101 pitches over five innings. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks on 93 pitches in five innings.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor drove in three runs and Cleveland spoiled the big league debut of Jose Berrios with a victory over Minnesota.
Carlos Santana had three hits and the Indians avoided losing to the Twins on a walk-off hit for the third consecutive night. Cody Allen picked up his seventh save in seven tries after giving up a game-winning hit to Miguel Sano in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
Berrios (0-1), the top pitching prospect in the Twins farm system, gave up five runs and six hits with five strikeouts in four innings. Byung Ho Park hit his fifth homer of the season and Danny Santana had three hits and an RBI for Minnesota.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson (2-1) allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out eight, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Gio Gonzalez (1-1) fell behind on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Phillies made it 2-0 an inning later with an unearned run on a throwing error by third baseman Anthony Rendon, and Carlos Ruiz homered off Sammy Solis in the eighth.
GIANTS 13, PADRES 9
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep.
Jeff Samardzija (3-1) allowed a season-high five runs in 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games.
Andrew Cashner (1-2) gave up six runs — three earned — four hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.
New York Mets Neil Walker hits a first-inning RBI single in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper tied it with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, pitcher Oliver Perez put down a bunt in the 15th that kept things going and Chris Heisey homered in the 16th to give the Washington Nationals a wild 6-5 win Sunday over the Minnesota Twins.
At 5 hours, 56 minutes, it was the longest regular-season game in Nationals’ history. By far one of the craziest, too.
Harper was supposed to have a day off, but stepped up to lead off the ninth with Washington trailing 4-3 and connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.
The Nationals were down 5-4 in the 15th when Danny Espinosa drew a two-out walk and stole second. With no one else left to hit, Perez (1-0) batted for the first time since 2010 and bunted down the third base line. Catcher John Ryan Murphy picked up the ball but threw it wildly past first, allowing Espinosa to score.
Heisey then homered off Michael Tonkin (1-1) to complete a three-game sweep.
PIRATES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 10, 13 INNINGS
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona pitcher Shelby Miller played left field and chased after a go-ahead double by Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez in the 13th inning before striking out to end the game.
Miller went into the outfield after shortstop Nick Ahmed was ejected in the 12th. Miller became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to play a position — the previous major league pitcher to play the outfield since Colorado’s Jason Gurka last Sept. 15, STATS said.
Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, including a tying, two-run shot in the Arizona ninth.
Neftali Feliz (1-0) wound with the win. Rodriguez lined his double off the wall in left against Evan Marshall (0-1).
RED SOX 7, ASTROS 5, 12 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. lined a tie-breaking RBI single in the 12th inning after Houston’s Colby Rasmus hit a tying two-run homer off closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, and Boston beat the Astros.
Bradley singled with the bases loaded off Ken Giles (0-2). It was the first run the Red Sox had scored since Bradley belted the second of back-to-back RBI doubles with Ryan Hanigan in the third. Hanigan preceded Bradley’s 12th-inning hit with a 13-pitch walk.
Mookie Betts grounded into a force at home, and then Giles uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Hanigan to score.
Heath Hembree (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings and struck out Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez with two on to end it.
Rasmus hit a 98 mph 0-1 fastball from Kimbrel out to right-center field to tie it 5-5. Rasmus had a tie-breaking grand slam in Houston’s 8-3 win over Boston on Saturday.
CUBS 9, REDS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs, Jason Hammel pitched six sharp innings and Chicago routed Cincinnati.
The Cubs improved to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years.
Tommy La Stella homered and doubled twice and Jason Heyward had four hits and three RBIs.
Hammel (3-0) allowed three hits. Alfredo Simon (0-2 gave up nine hits and eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.
METS 3, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom made a successful return to the mound after tending to his ill infant son and an injury, pitching New York to a three-game sweep. Atlanta has lost five in a row.
Back in the rotation after healing from a sore right lat muscle and seeing his son recover from a health concern, deGrom (2-0) gave up one run and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Jeurys Familia held on for his fifth save.
Aaron Blair (0-1) allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut.
DODGERS 12, ROCKIES 10
DENVER (AP) — Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run with a double during Los Angeles’ five-run ninth to rally at Colorado.
Trailing 10-7, the Dodgers lit up Rockies closer Jake McGee (0-1).
Joe Blanton (2-1) earned the win by getting two outs in the eighth. Kenley Jansen struck out Trevor Story to pick up his ninth save.
MARLINS 5, GIANTS 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — J.T. Realmuto matched his career high with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as Miami avoided a three-game sweep.
Giancarlo Stanton also homered and reached base four times for the Marlins.
Realmuto homered off San Francisco reliever Josh Osich (0-1).
Kyle Barraclough (1-0) got the win and A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his third save.
CARDINALS 8, PADRES 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko homered, tripled and singled, and rookie Aledmys Diaz had a homer among his three hits as St. Louis rallied.
Gyorko, traded from San Diego to the Cardinals in December, had two chances to complete the cycle but flied out and grounded out.
Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush allowed consecutive homers to Gyorko and Diaz in the sixth to tie it. Brandon Maurer (0-1) gave up three runs in the eighth.
Kevin Siegrest (3-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
BREWERS 8, PHILLIES 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered in a six-run sixth inning, backing an encouraging outing by struggling starter Wily Peralta as Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.
The Brewers also hit four doubles in the sixth, when they chased Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (1-3).
Peralta (1-3) allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six inning. The Brewers’ opening day starter entered the game with an 8.35 ERA.
Closer Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.
RAYS 8, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. homered twice on his 27th birthday and Tampa Bay went deep five times in all, finally giving Drew Smyly some run support.
New York star Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and later exited with stiffness on his left side. An MRI on his oblique were negative.
Souza and Corey Dickerson each hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning against Michael Pineda (1-2). Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe added solo shots.
Smyly (1-2) went seven innings in his third consecutive strong start.
INDIANS 6, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Francisco Lindor got three hits and Cleveland overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
The Indians completed a three-game sweep. Detroit has lost four in a row.
Carrasco and Tigers starter Shane Greene (1-2) both left the game with injuries. Carrasco hurt his right hamstring on an awkward play while covering first base and Greene broke open a blister on his pitching hand.
Trevor Bauer (1-0) got the win and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
BLUE JAYS 6, ATHLETICS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and Toronto beat Oakland.
Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis, and Josh Reddick each hit solo home runs for the Athletics.
Recalled from Triple-A to make a spot start as Toronto gave its rotation an extra day of rest, Drew Hutchison (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. Roberto Osuna closed for his sixth save.
Eric Surkamp (0-2) allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings.
ROYALS 8, ORIOLES 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura settled down after a shaky first inning, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered and Kansas City beat Baltimore.
Ventura (2-0) allowed his lone run and two of his three hits in the first inning. He wound up going seven.
Mike Wright (1-2) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
MARINERS 9, ANGELS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Wade Miley overcame a shaky first inning that included a home by slumping Albert Pujols to post his first victory in a Seattle uniform.
Kyle Seager, Leonys Martin and Seth Smith hit home runs for the Mariners.
Pujols ended a career-worst 0-for-26 skid with his 563rd career homer, tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place all-time.
Miley (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Matt Shoemaker (1-3) gave up with seven runs in three-plus innings for Los Angeles.
WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Mat Latos pitched six solid innings for his fourth consecutive win and Chicago swept Texas.
Latos (4-0), who signed a $3 million, one-year deal with Chicago in February, was charged with one run and seven hits. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 24 1/3 innings while matching his win total from all of last year.
David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.
Derek Holland (2-1) allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings.
Washington Nationals’ Chris Heisey tosses his helmet as he heads home after he hit a walk off home run during the 16th inning of an interleague baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5 in 16 innings. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Curt Schilling helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought and then immediately started squandering the goodwill he had earned.
Even before the celebratory champagne could go flat, Schilling irritated Democrats in presidential candidate John Kerry’s home state — many of them Red Sox fans — by blurting out on national TV, “Vote Bush.” He toyed with public office himself in 2009 after U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died, a plan that was complicated because, as an unenrolled voter, Schilling would have had to run as an independent.
That was the essence of the pitcher known in Boston as “The Big Schill”: Outspoken, controversial, supremely confident in his opinions in the moment only to realize soon enough that he hadn’t quite thought things through.
On Wednesday, Schilling was fired from his job as an ESPN baseball analyst after comments on Facebook critical of transgender rights.
The post included an image of a man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women’s clothing and the phrase, “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
In response to recent laws in several states that restrict bathroom access for transgender people, Schilling added: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” and, “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
The network, which suspended Schilling from the Little League World Series last year over a tweet in which he compared Muslim extremists to Nazi-era Germans, said Wednesday night that he had been fired.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the network said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
The 49-year-old Schilling, did not immediately respond to a text message sent to the telephone number he had when he pitched for the Red Sox. But he wrote on his blog on Tuesday that his critics were “just dying to be offended so you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind.”
“There are things I have deeply held beliefs in, things I have that are core to who I am, things I am passionate about. If you ask me about them it’s likely I’ll give you a passionate answer,” he wrote. “Whether you like that answer or not is completely up to you. I am not going to give you answers to make sure you like what I say, let the rest of the insecure world do that.”
An undisputed workhorse on the pitcher’s mound, Schilling had a 216-146 record in a 20-year career with five teams, adding a .846 playoff winning percentage that is among the best in baseball history. He became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 and this year, his fourth on the ballot, he received more than half of the votes but far short of the 75 percent needed for induction.
A year earlier, Schilling accused the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote for the Hall of holding it against him because he is a Republican. He later said he was joking.
It’s a common pattern.
His strident criticism of steroid users earned him an invitation to a congressional hearing, but when called to testify, Schilling said: “The issue was grossly overstated by people, including myself.”
Still, two years later he called out Barry Bonds for using performance-enhancing drugs, saying as the slugger approached baseball’s career home run record: “He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game.”
The next day, Schilling apologized.
“Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days,” he wrote on the blog that was a must-read during his days in Boston.
More significantly: He bankrupted his video game business, putting nearly 300 people out of work, after burning through $75 million in loans guaranteed by Rhode Island. To satisfy his creditors, he auctioned off the contents of his home.
Schilling blamed state officials for pulling the plug prematurely.
If he was chastened by any of it, he isn’t letting it show.
“I’m loud, I talk too much, I think I know more than I do, those and a billion other issues I know I have,” he wrote on the blog this week after his transgender comments went viral. “Like everyone one of you I have flaws, but I’m ok with my flaws, they’re what make me, me.”
FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2012, file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling looks on after being introduced as a new member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame before a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston. Schilling is defending himself after making comments on social media about transgender people, saying he was expressing his opinion. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
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BOSTON (AP) — Drew Smyly and the Rays bullpen held the Red Sox to one hit, Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo home run in the 10th and Tampa Bay beat Boston 3-0 on Tuesday night for its third straight win.
Smyly allowed one hit over eight innings and struck out 11 for the second straight start.
Smyly was in a pitching duel with Boston’s bullpen after starter Joe Kelly left in the first inning with stiffness in his right shoulder. The Red Sox used six relievers, and the first four preserved the shutout until Matt Barnes (1-1) faced Kiermaier to lead off the 10th.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had Boston’s hit, a single to center in the third. Erasmo Ramirez (3-0) threw a hitless ninth for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome pitched the 10th for his second save.
REDS 4, ROCKIES 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce had two of the Reds’ five steals in the second inning off Jorge De La Rosa — their biggest inning on the bases in roughly a century — and Cincinnati held on to beat Colorado.
Brandon Phillips had four hits, and Billy Hamilton doubled home a pair of runs during Cincinnati’s four-run second inning off De La Rosa (1-2). The inning included those record five steals off the left-hander’s slow move to the plate. The Reds hadn’t stolen so many bases during an inning since at least the 1920s, per information provided by the teams from the Elias Sports Bureau.
It was the most steals that the Rockies had ever allowed in an inning.
Rookie Robert Stephenson (2-0) got his second win as an injury fill-in, called up from Triple-A earlier in the day because scheduled starter Alfredo Simon has a strained biceps.
CUBS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Hammel worked six sharp innings and had both RBIs for Chicago in a victory over St. Louis.
The Cardinals stranded two runners against the Cubs bullpen in the seventh and eighth. Yadier Molina was at second base when Hector Rondon struck out pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko to earn his third save in three chances.
Chicago leads the majors at 11-3 and goes for a three-game sweep Wednesday over the defending NL Central champions. They last swept St. Louis in three games on the road Sept. 13-15, 2010.
NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a grand slam, one of four home runs in a seven-run seventh inning for Washington, which beat Miami.
The four homers in an inning was a Nationals record, and a record for Marlins pitchers.
Stephen Strasburg (3-0) allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings. He was locked in a scoreless duel with Adam Conley until Jayson Werth hit his 200th career homer with one out in the seventh.
Wilson Ramos homered on the next pitch, and after Washington loaded the bases, Harper hit his seventh homer off left-hander Chris Narveson. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a solo homer, his first.
Harper has homered in five of the past six games, and he has 20 RBIs. The grand slam was his second in five days, and the second of his career.
ATHLETICS 3, YANKEES 2, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Jed Lowrie tied his career high with four hits, doubling in the 11th inning and scoring the go-ahead run on Mark Canha’s single to lead Oakland over New York.
After two more scoreless innings from the Yankees’ dynamic duo of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, rookie Johnny Barbato (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th.
Lowrie doubled into the right-field corner against Barbato with one out in the 11th, then took third on a groundout by Khris Davis, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats. Canha singled off the glove of a diving Didi Gregorius at shortstop and into left field for his second RBI this season.
Fernando Rodriguez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Ryan Madson got three straight outs for his fifth save in five chances.
Oakland has won three straight wins following a four-game losing streak.
ROYALS 8, TIGERS 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBIs, Yordano Ventura twice escaped bases-loaded jams and Kansas City held on to beat Detroit.
The Tigers cut a six-run deficit in half when Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the third straight game in the seventh inning. Then they loaded the bases with one out against Joakim Soria in the eighth, but Kelvin Herrera retired Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez around a hit batter to limit the damage.
Wade Davis breezed through the ninth inning for his sixth save.
Ventura (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits in five innings.
Shane Greene (1-1) was tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
METS 11, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Neil Walker hit two of the Mets’ six home runs, Logan Verrett tossed six scoreless innings and New York beat Philadelphia.
Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson also went deep to lead the Mets to their third straight win.
Verrett (1-0) allowed six hits, striking out four in his second start in place of Jacob deGrom.
Coming off a dazzling, three-hitter in which he struck out 16 Padres, Vince Velasquez (2-1) got roughed up by the Mets. He allowed five runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 1-3 innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robbie Ray pitched six scoreless innings, Jake Lamb continued to slug against San Francisco by tripling home a run and Arizona won.
Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt also drove in runs for the Diamondbacks, who won their fourth in five games and have taken 10 of 12 at AT&T Park.
Ray (1-0) retired eight of nine during one stretch and gave up five hits. He matched his career high with eight strikeouts and walked two.
Matt Duffy had two hits for the Giants, who have lost six of seven after winning six of their first eight.
Matt Cain (0-2) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning but then allowed three runs and five hits before being pulled after 4 2/3 innings. It’s the second time in five starts that Cain hasn’t finished the fifth.
RANGERS 7, ASTROS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder hit a towering home run, Ian Desmond had his first two-hit game with Texas and the Rangers beat Houston in the first meeting of 2016 between the AL West playoff teams from last season.
Fielder pulled a ball deep into the right-field seats for a two-run homer in the first, and Desmond had an RBI single later in the inning for a 3-0 lead as the Rangers went ahead to stay against Scott Feldman (0-2).
Jose Altuve and George Springer homered for the Astros, going back-to-back in the seventh to get within 6-4.
Derek Holland (2-0), the first left-handed starter Houston faced this season, allowed two runs while throwing 105 pitches in five innings.
PADRES 5, PIRATES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With Mark McGwire managing for the first time in place of ejected Andy Green, Wil Myers and Derek Norris hit two-run homers and Adam Rosales added a solo shot for San Diego, which rallied to beat Pittsburgh.
Green was tossed for arguing after a sequence in which Andrew McCutchen was awarded home on a balk by Colin Rea, and then the umpires twice reversed their call, eventually giving the Pirates the run. McGwire came out to lead Green off the field.
McGwire, baseball’s one-time single-season home run king, was hired as Green’s bench coach in December.
McGwire went 1 for 2 on challenges. In the fourth, McGwire challenged a call that Gregory Polanco was safe at home on a single by Jordy Mercer, and the call was overturned. Replays showed that Matt Kemp’s throw was in time.
BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Marcus Stroman allowed three runs in seven innings, Troy Tulowitzki drove in two runs and Toronto beat Baltimore.
Jose Bautista had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won three straight to move over .500 (8-7) for the first time since April 5.
Manny Machado and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, now 5-1 at home. Baltimore has lost four of five following a 7-0 start.
Stroman (3-0) gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one. The right-hander has won eight straight decisions and 11 of 12 dating to 2014.
Roberto Osuna got four straight outs for his fifth save.
Orioles starter Mike Wright (1-1) gave up three runs over six innings. Half of his six career losses have come against Toronto.
WHITE SOX 5, ANGELS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Mat Latos didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu hit solo home runs and Chicago beat Los Angeles to snap a three-game losing streak.
Latos (3-0) allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 0.49 through three starts.
Frazier went deep to left in the second and Abreu homered to center in the fifth off fastballs by Matt Shoemaker (1-2) in the Angels’ fourth loss in five games.
Andrelton Simmons doubled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games and end Latos’ night after 101 pitches. Adam Eaton then threw out Simmons at the plate when he tried to score off C.J. Cron’s one-out single to right.
INDIANS 3, MARINERS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings, Francisco Lindor had three hits and Cleveland beat Seattle.
Carrasco (2-0) came up limping after covering first base during the third inning but powered through 103 pitches. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five.
Mike Napoli scored Lindor with a go-ahead double in the third inning, and the Indians took advantage of starter Wade Miley’s wildness to score twice in the fourth.
Kyle Seager hit a solo homer in the sixth for Seattle.
Cody Allen allowed a run in the ninth but recorded his fourth save.
BRAVES 8, DODGERS 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Flowers went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs, Mallex Smith had three RBIs and Atlanta beat Los Angeles.
The Braves have won four straight after beginning the season 0-9.
Sloppy defense and a poor start by Alex Wood (1-2) doomed Los Angeles, which had three fielding errors, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Williams Perez, starting on three days’ rest, held the Dodgers hitless before Adrian Gonzalez singled with one out in the fourth, but Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled him after the next batter, Yasiel Puig, singled hard to left.
Ryan Weber took Perez’s place and struck out Howie Kendrick to end a threat with runners on third and first.
Weber (1-0) gave up three hits, one run and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
BREWERS 6, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and Milwaukee ended Minnesota’s four-game winning streak.
Moments after the Brewers gave up a three-run lead in the eighth, Yadiel Rivera led off the ninth with a double against Kevin Jepsen (0-3) and got to third on an error by center fielder Byron Buxton. Gennett followed with his second hit of the game to help the Brewers snap a three-game skid.
Jeremy Jeffress picked up his fifth save in five tries.
Byung Ho Park and Eddie Rosario hit home runs in the Twins eighth off Tyler Thornburg (2-0) to tie it at 5.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, flips his bat after striking out in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. At left is Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer threw seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double, Bryce Harper hit another homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Saturday night.
The Nationals are off to a 9-1 start, best in franchise history.
Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven.
Harper connected in the fifth, sending a deep drive out to right for his fifth homer. The reigning NL MVP has gone deep in his last five games in Philadelphia, dating to last year.
Aaron Nola (0-2) was the second Phillies starter roughed up by the Nationals in two games. He gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.
TIGERS 5, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and Detroit rallied for a win over Houston.
Detroit trailed 3-0 after George Springer and Tyler White both homered off Justin Verlander (1-1) in the first inning. Detroit scored a run in the second and cut the lead to 1 in the fifth when White was charged with an error after a throw busted through the webbing of his glove, allowing another run to score.
There was one out in the sixth when Saltalamacchia connected against Collin McHugh (1-2), launching his two-strike shot off the foul pole in right field to make it 4-3. Victor Martinez added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.
RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s go-ahead double off the right-field fence and Rougned Odor’s two-run single highlighted a six-run seventh inning, leading Texas to a victory over Baltimore.
Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara each had three hits for the Rangers. Mazara, promoted from Triple-A Round Rock last week, has two three-hit games in seven starts.
Keone Kela (1-0), who turned 23 on Saturday, worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief, striking out two and walking one.
The Rangers’ big seventh inning helped them overcome solo home runs by Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who increased the Orioles’ major league-leading homer total to 23.
A.J. McFarland (0-1) took the loss after retiring only one of the four batters he faced in relief of starter Yovani Gallardo.
CUBS 6, ROCKIES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings and Chicago hit three home runs to beat Colorado.
Arrieta (3-0), the reigning NL Cy Young winner, struck out eight and allowed five hits in his home debut. He has not allowed a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field.
Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back shots in the fourth.
The Cubs have won nine of 11 for their best start since they went 10-1 in 1969.
The Rockies saw their three-game winning streak end. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his fourth, off Travis Wood in the ninth.
Christian Bergman (0-2) matched a career high of seven strikeouts and allowed two runs in five innings in his first start of the season.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Pittsburgh blanked Milwaukee to end its four-game losing streak.
McCutchen’s solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.
The drive to left field came in the star center fielder’s 54th plate appearance. McCutchen was so happy that he stopped in front of dugout after rounding the bases, broke into a big smile and raised his hands skyward.
Niese (2-1) won his second straight start, giving up all three hits while walking three and striking out three in seven innings.
Jungmann (0-2) had his road woes continue as he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta won for the second consecutive night after losing their first nine games, beating Miami.
The Braves came to Miami mired in their worst start since 1988, but they’re now 27-12 at Marlins Park and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday.
Miami fell to 0-4 at home under first-year manager Don Mattingly.
Markakis put the Braves ahead to stay in the fourth when he drove in a run with his eighth double, most in the majors. He led off the game with a single and hit a two-out, two-run single in the second.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Bour each hit his first homer off Bud Norris (1-2), who allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Tom Koehler (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs.
RAYS 7, WHITE SOX 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Guyer homered to end Tampa Bay’s scoreless drought, Brad Miller added a two-run shot and the Rays stopped Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
Desmond Jennings also hit his first home run of the year for Tampa Bay, and Erasmo Ramirez pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings. In his first start of the season, Ramirez (2-0) gave up three hits and no walks while striking out four, becoming the first Rays starter to win in 2016.
Guyer’s home run off Chicago starter John Danks in the third halted Tampa Bay’s streak of 21 scoreless innings.
Miller’s two-run drive in the fourth gave the Rays a 4-0 lead after an RBI single by Steven Souza Jr. Evan Longoria singled home a run in the seventh.
INDIANS 7, METS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis and Cleveland handed New York’s Matt Harvey his third straight loss to begin the season.
Josh Tomlin pitched five solid innings for Cleveland after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced this season. Kipnis had an RBI double off Harvey and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.
Harvey (0-3) retired his first 13 batters before Cleveland scored twice in the fifth. The Indians added three runs in the sixth, and Harvey was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Jose Ramirez tied the game with a double and scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single. Kipnis’ run-scoring double and RBI singles by Napoli and Yan Gomes in the sixth finished Harvey.
REDS 9, CARDINALS 8
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce had two RBIs apiece for Cincinnati, which erased an early four-run deficit against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a victory.
Stephen Piscotty had four RBIs for St. Louis, and his three-run homer made it 4-0 in the second.
J.J. Hoover allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss before finishing for his first save.
Wainwright (0-2) retired his first eight before Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-0) singled with two outs in the third. The two-time 20-game winner was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and has struggled mightily with an 8.27 ERA after missing most of 2015 with a torn left Achilles.
MARINERS 3, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Hernandez looked uncomfortable all afternoon but overcame a career high-tying six walks, and Seattle held off New York for a third straight win.
The Yankees lost their fourth in a row when Chase Headley grounded out with runners on second and third to end it, leaving them 0 for 24 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series. Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and the 40-year-old heard boos as his hitless slump reached 19 at-bats.
Hernandez (1-1) tied Randy Johnson’s team record for career strikeouts, but seemed out of sorts throughout his five innings. The ace constantly pawed the rubber, scuffed the mound and tugged his jersey.
TWINS 6, ANGELS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oswaldo Arcia and Byung Ho Park homered in the eighth inning to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles for its second consecutive comeback victory after opening the season with nine straight losses.
Arcia broke a 4-all tie with his first home run of the season. It came off reliever Joe Smith (0-1) and was Minnesota’s first hit since the fifth inning. One batter later, Park — who had the decisive hit Friday night — added his own solo shot to give the Twins some insurance.
Trevor Plouffe had three hits and also homered for Minnesota.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win in relief of starter Ricky Nolasco. Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.
RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 2
BOSTON (AP) — David Price rebounded from a rough start in Boston’s home opener with seven solid innings, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run and the Red Sox beat Toronto.
It was Boston’s third straight win. The Red Sox have defeated the defending AL East champs four times in five meetings.
Price (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits, struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk. He finished by striking out the side.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Signed to a $217 million, seven-year deal during free agency, the left-hander had his best start for Boston. In his Fenway Park debut with the Red Sox on Monday, he gave up five runs in five innings after allowing two in six at Cleveland on opening day.
ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt homered to back Sonny Gray’s solid effort, and Oakland ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City.
Gray (2-1) pitched through trouble, lasting six innings to earn his first victory against the Royals in four starts, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only AL team he has not yet beaten.
Gray gave up two runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.
Reddick, who hit the ball hard in every at bat, erased the Royals’ early lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off Chris Young (0-3), who failed to get through five innings for the second straight start.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 14th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first victory in five home games this season.
Upton drove the first pitch he saw from Ruby De La Rosa (0-3) over the center-field fence. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates after ending the game that lasted 5 hours, 25 minutes.
Luis Perdomo (1-0) got the win.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings and the San Francisco Giants got run-scoring hits from Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cueto (3-0) helped manager Bruce Bochy celebrate his 61st birthday, allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.
Javier Lopez gave up Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the eighth on a full count, but Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.
Scott Kazmir (1-1) was charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)