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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 446-foot home run and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games.
The Giants took three of four at PNC Park.
After hitting a key double late in Wednesday night’s win, Panik put the Giants ahead 3-1 with his triple in the third inning. Williamson followed with an RBI single.
Williamson connected for his second home run of the season in the sixth.
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Albert Suarez (3-1) gave up two earned runs in five innings. Santiago Casilla struck out three in the ninth for his 16th save.
Jonathon Niese (6-5) was tagged for five runs in six innings.
PHILLIES 7, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Struggling Freddy Galvis homered and drove in a career-high five runs to help Philadelphia end a nine-game losing streak.
Cesar Hernandez tied a career-high with four hits and slumping Ryan Howard homered as part of his first multiple-hit game since April 29.
The Phillies won for just the second time in 15 games.
Jerad Eickhoff (5-9) gave up one earned run and five hits in six innings. In winning three of his past four starts, Eickhoff has allowed five earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. The last three Philadelphia wins over a 17-game span were all Eickhoff victories.
Looking to become the Twins first pitcher with four wins, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 5, MARINERS 4, 10 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Pinch runner Cameron Maybin easily scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Steve Cishek with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Detroit a four-game sweep.
The Mariners, who missed a chance when Robinson Cano struck out with a runner on third to end the 10th, lost their sixth in a row.
Steven Moya drew a one-out walk from Cishek (2-4) and Maybin pinch ran. Pinch hitter Victor Martinez singled, with an error by left fielder Seth Smith on the play putting runners on second and third. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Andrew Romine struck out.
Cishek then threw a pitch that catcher Chris Iannetta couldn’t corral, allowing Maybin to run home.
Kyle Ryan (3-2), who worked out of a bases-loaded jam Wednesday night, earned the win by escaping a jam of his own making in the 10th.
RED SOX 8, WHITE SOX 7, 10 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts singled in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston avoided a four-game sweep.
Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. The White Sox loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th, but Craig Kimbrel (1-3) got J.B. Shuck on an infield popup and then struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton.
In the bottom half, Matt Purke (0-1) walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.
James Shields pitched his best outing since being acquired by the White Sox on June 4. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila had four hits for Chicago.
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered to help Kendall Graveman get the first win by an Oakland starter in more than three weeks.
Graveman (3-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the first win for an A’s starter since June 1 after the rotation had combined to go 0-9 in the previous 17 games.
Semien hit a three-run shot off Tim Lincecum (1-1) in Oakland’s four-run second. Davis’ solo shot in the fifth made it 5-2.
Sean Doolittle gave up a two-run homer to Jeff Bandy in the ninth but held on for his fourth save.
Home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by Jefry Marte’s bat with two outs in the ninth when the pinch-hitter lost control of it on a follow-through. Emmel fell to his knees before leaving the field with a towel held to his head.
MARLINS 4, CUBS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered in the fourth inning and singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, sending Chicago to its fourth consecutive defeat.
Christian Yelich started Miami’s rally in the bottom of the eighth with a one-out walk against Pedro Strop (1-2). He advanced on a wild pitch and scored standing up on Stanton’s opposite-field single. J.T. Realmuto followed with an RBI double.
Kyle Barraclough (4-2) pitched a scoreless eighth.
BRAVES 4, METS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning and Atlanta beat New York for the fourth straight time in a week.
The Braves trailed 3-2 when Freddie Freeman opened the eighth with a single off Jerry Blevins. Reed (1-2) relieved with one out and, with catcher Travis d’Arnaud calling for a chest-high fastball on an 0-2 count, Garcia connected on a pitch that badly missed the target for his fourth home run.
Jim Johnson (1-4) won in relief.
Arodys Vizcaino converted his 18th save in 21 chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, ROCKIES 6
DENVER (AP) — Nick Ahmed had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and Arizona recovered after blowing a late lead.
Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler (2-2) ending his streak of 43 consecutive successful save attempts dating back to May 29, 2015, a club record and the seventh longest ever. He allowed an inherited runner to score while the Rockies overcame a 6-3 deficit to tie it in the eighth inning.
Arizona regained the lead in the ninth off reliever Carlos Estevez (1-4).
PADRES 7, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer that completed San Diego’s sixth-inning comeback, and the NL’s highest-scoring team in June rallied to win a matchup of last-place teams.
J.C. Ramirez (1-3) gave up Norris’ 10th homer run for a 6-4 lead.
Christian Friedrich (4-2) allowed four runs in five innings, including Adam Duvall’s two-run homer. Fernando Rodney remained perfect in 16 save chances.
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BOSTON (AP) — R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped Xander Bogaerts’ 26-game hitting streak and the Boston Red Sox, 5-2 Friday night.
Bogaerts went 0 for 3 and walked twice, with the Fenway Park crowd booing when he didn’t see a strike in the eighth inning. Bogaerts came up again with two runners on base and two outs in the ninth and, after taking three straight balls to begin the at-bat, struck out against Roberto Osuna to end it.
Boston tied its longest losing streak of the season with its third consecutive defeat. The Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games.
One start after no-hitting the Red Sox for 5 1/3 innings, Dickey (3-6) didn’t give up a hit until David Ortiz opened the sixth with a double. Osuna got his 13th save.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer off David Price (7-2) in the first inning.
DODGERS 4, BRAVES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager hit three solo homers, the second driving in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves.
It was the second multi-homer game of Seager’s career, with the young shortstop blasting two against the Cardinals on May 15. He became the first Dodgers rookie with three homers in a game since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959, against the Giants at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Kenta Maeda (5-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Julio Teheran (1-6) took the loss.
REDS 7, NATIONALS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez got his third homer in two games with the help of a replay overturn, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled manager Dusty Baker’s homecoming by overpowering the Washington Nationals.
The Reds matched their season high with their third straight win — only the third time they’ve put together that long of a streak. Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall hit solo shots for Cincinnati.
Suarez’s RBI single started Cincinnati’s four-run second inning off left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-4), who has lost his last three starts. Brandon Finnegan (2-4) gave up five hits, including Jayson Werth’s solo homer, in 6 1/3 innings.
RANGERS 7, MARINERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre homered, doubled and drove in five runs, leading Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers over the Seattle Mariners in a matchup of AL West leaders.
Texas and Seattle, who play six times in 10 days, went into the game tied for the division lead. The Rangers have won five of six overall.
Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the third.
Darvish (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one while throwing 88 pitches. Last week, the All-Star ace made his first start since August 2014 and Tommy John surgery, allowing one run and three hits over five innings to beat Pittsburgh.
Taijuan Walker (2-6) allowed six runs and nine hits, including a homer by Jurickson Profar, in five innings.
CUBS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey struck out nine while pitching into the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs pulled away late to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their ninth win in 10 games.
Lackey (6-2) combined with three relievers on Chicago’s sixth shutout, scattering five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Anthony Rizzo drove in the game’s first run with a two-out double in the sixth off Archie Bradley (2-1) that center fielder Chris Owings misjudged. The Cubs then scored five times with two outs in the eighth. Addison Russell and Javier Baez each hit two-run doubles against Silvino Bracho.
Chicago improved to 7-1 on its 10-game homestand and 38-15 overall, the best record in the majors. The Diamondbacks lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
METS 6, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Noah Syndergaard gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna on a 100-mph fastball, but struck out nine in seven innings to help the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins.
Syndergaard (6-2) allowed two runs, which increased his ERA to 1.91, third-best in the majors. James Loney, acquired last week in a trade with San Diego, broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a two-run homer, one of three for the Mets.
Ozuna pulled a Syndergaard fastball for his 11th homer in the second inning and drove in both of Miami’s runs. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his fifth homer for New York, and backup catcher Rene Rivera hit his second.
Tom Koehler (3-6) took the loss for the Marlins.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar allowed one run and struck out nine in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals.
Yan Gomes homered in the second and Tyler Naquin hit his first major league home run in the seventh for the Indians. Salazar (6-3) held Kansas City to three hits and was in command, other than giving up Drew Butera’s leadoff homer in the third.
The Indians have won four of five over the defending World Series champions and trail the AL Central-leading Royals by a half-game. Francisco Lindor’s RBI single in the third off Edinson Volquez (5-5) broke a 1-all tie and sparked a three-run rally.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Trumbo had three hits apiece and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the New York Yankees.
After the Yankees used three home runs to build a 5-2 lead, Baltimore turned it around against Nathan Eovaldi and the New York bullpen. The Orioles scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull even, then used two singles and a run-scoring groundout by Manny Machado to go ahead in the seventh.
Mychal Givens (5-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 16th save.
Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Austin Romine homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10. Dellin Betances (2-3) took the loss in relief.
ANGELS 9, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six innings and Kole Calhoun homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Weaver (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one, giving up consecutive homers to Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang leading off the second. Weaver had been 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous six starts.
Kole Calhoun, Johnny Giavotella, Yunel Escobar, Mike Trout, Carlos Perez and Shane Robinson each had two of the Angels’ 14 hits. Los Angeles scored in each of the first four innings.
Francisco Liriano (4-5) gave up seven runs — six earned — 10 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. He has lost four times in five starts, walking 19 in that span.
PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cameron Rupp homered and doubled and Andres Blanco also went deep to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap their season-worst seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Andrew Bailey (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief to earn the victory and help Philadelphia end an eight-game skid to the Brewers at home that spanned three seasons. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances
Jonathan Villar homered for the second straight night for Milwaukee, which lost for just the fourth time in 11 games. The Brewers had won four in a row on the road.
Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (5-4) had his shortest outing of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings.
TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 3
DETROIT (AP) — James McCann had three hits, including a triple and a homer, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers, who won for the second time in seven games, lost Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning to lower-back tightness. The team listed him as day-to-day.
Jordan Zimmermann (8-2), who hadn’t pitched in 12 days due to a groin strain, lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Carlos Rodon (2-5) allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.
ASTROS 12, ATHLETICS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis tied a career high with four hits, including a homer, and had four RBIs on Friday night as the Houston Astros jumped on Oakland starter Jesse Hahn for seven runs in the first inning and cruised past the Athletics.
The Astros were up 2-0 with two outs in the first when Tyler White drove in a run with a single. The inning looked to be over after that, but a fly ball hit by Tony Kemp to the warning track in right field bounced in and out of the glove of Chris Coghlan for a two-run triple. Jake Marisnick’s RBI single made it 6-0 and Hahn (2-3) was chased when George Springer, the 10th batter of the inning, drove home another run with a single.
Houston starter Doug Fister (5-3) yielded four hits and struck out three in six scoreless innings for his fourth straight win.
GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnny Cueto worked around a season-worst five walks to post his ninth win, tying for the major league lead, as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cueto (9-1) allowed a run on four hits in six innings with one strikeout. He hadn’t walked more than two in any of his first 11 starts for his new team. Cueto is among four nine-game winners, joining Stephen Strasburg, Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale. Six of Cueto’s victories have come on the road.
Adam Wainwright (5-4) allowed two runs in seven innings. The Cardinals were held to one run for the second straight game.
RAYS 4, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Evan Longoria hit his second homer in as many games for the Rays, who won for just the third time in 14 games. Logan Morrison also homered.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-4) and Xavier Cedeno combined for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome got five outs for his 13th save in as many tries.
Ricky Nolasco (2-4) allowed three runs — two earned — while throwing a season-high 7 2/3 innings for the Twins.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer estimated at 458 feet, matching the longest at Petco Park, and Drew Pomeranz pitched seven innings of two-hit ball as the San Diego Padres bounced back from Thursday night’s meltdown to beat the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres won a night after a bullpen meltdown so big that manager Andy Green called it “borderline inexplicable.” The Padres blew a 12-2 lead to the Seattle Mariners, who scored 14 times in two innings to win 16-13. It was the biggest comeback in Mariners history and the biggest collapse in Padres history.
Pomeranz (5-5) shut down the Rockies through seven, striking out eight and walking two.
Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a straight steal of home in the fourth.
Chris Rusin (1-4) took the loss.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Matt Albers doubled leading off the 13th inning for his first hit since 2007 and scored the tiebreaking run, his first in the majors, to help the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Wednesday.
Todd Frazier tied the score in the seventh with his major league-leading 17th homer for the White Sox, who overcame 13 walks by their pitching staff.
Albers (2-4) relieved closer David Robertson to start the 12th and led off the 13th in his first at-bat since 2009. With the outfield playing shallow, he drove a 1-2 pitch from Logan Verrett (3-3) to left-center, and the ball rolled to the fence on two hops. Unaccustomed to baserunning, Albers didn’t slide at second and steadied himself against second baseman Neil Walker to avoid coming off the base.
A 33-year-old right-hander who has spent most of his career in the American League, Albers had been 2 for 34 (.059) at the plate in the majors and had not even batted since 2009. He chugged to third on a wild pitch that went to the backstop and scored standing up on Jose Abreu’s sacrifice fly.
ATHLETICS 5, TWINS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Valencia had three hits, including a pair of doubles, Billy Butler added two hits and an RBI, and Oakland beat Minnesota to win its fifth straight game.
Jake Smolinski homered, Jed Lowrie singled twice and scored two runs and Sean Manaea (2-3) pitched six innings for his second career win.
Pat Dean (1-2) allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings in his third major league start.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies had a career-high nine strikeouts over eight shutout innings and Milwaukee averted a three-game sweep by St. Louis.
Davies (3-3) allowed three hits and retired 13 in a row to finish the longest outing of his young career before yielding to Jeremy Jeffress. The closer gave up a pinch-hit homer to Brandon Moss before retiring the final three batters for his 13th save.
The Brewers scratched out two runs in the first off Jaime Garcia (4-5) and added insurance with Martin Maldonado’s solo homer in the sixth.
CUBS 2, DODGERS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game of the season, helping Chicago edge Los Angeles despite another lackluster night at the plate.
The Cubs finished with just three hits against Mike Bolsinger (1-2) and two relievers after they managed only one in Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to Los Angeles. But one of Chicago’s hits was a long, two-run homer to center field by Kris Bryant in the third inning, and Lester (6-3) took over from there.
The left-hander struck out 10 and walked none in his second straight win, settling down quite nicely after Kike Hernandez’s leadoff homer on his second pitch. He retired his last 15 batters and threw 113 pitches in his 13th career complete game and first since a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 15.
The major league-leading Cubs (36-15) won for the seventh time in eight games.
ORIOLES 13, RED SOX 9
BALTIMORE (AP) — A wild, back-and-forth slugfest turned on a rare error by Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and Baltimore overcame five Red Sox home runs to win.
Matt Wieters had three RBIs for the Orioles, who reached a season high in runs without benefit of a homer. Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez each had three hits, and Chris Davis drew four walks to help Baltimore secure its third win in 10 games.
Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 25 games — second-longest in the majors this season — and Mookie Betts added two homers to go with the three he clocked on Tuesday night. After connecting in the first and second innings of this game, Boston’s leadoff hitter had five home runs in seven at-bats.
Chris Young also homered twice for the Red Sox, and David Ortiz had a solo shot to move into a tie with Jim Rice for third place on the team’s RBI list with 1,451.
Brad Brach (5-0) was the winner, and Zach Britton got four outs for his 15th save.
Clay Buchholz (3-6) took the loss.
INDIANS 5, RANGERS 4, 11 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes’ single scored Lonnie Chisenhall with the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland defeated Texas.
Alex Claudio (1-1) gave up Chisenhall’s double to start the inning. Gomes, who came into the game batting .171, fouled off a bunt attempt on the first pitch before bouncing his hit up the middle for Cleveland’s first walk-off win of the season.
Tom Gorzelanny (1-0), called up from the minors before the game, got one out and the Indians avoided a three-game sweep against the AL West leaders.
Juan Uribe’s two-out single in the eighth broke a 3-all tie, but Texas rallied in the ninth off closer Cody Allen, who blew his first save in 12 chances this season.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer for the Indians.
TIGERS 3, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Michael Fulmer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and completed 7 2/3 dominant innings to lift Detroit over Los Angeles.
The rookie right-hander shut down the Angels a day after they scored 11 runs on 17 hits. Fulmer (5-1) did not allow a hit until C.J. Cron’s broken-bat single on a 98 mph fastball with two outs in the seventh.
Fulmer allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two. He has won his last four decisions and has a 3.24 ERA.
Francisco Rodriguez got four outs for his 15th save. The Tigers had 11 hits, including three from third baseman Nick Castellanos.
Matt Shoemaker (3-6) allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out eight for Los Angeles. The Angels had won nine consecutive home games against the Tigers.
BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Sanchez (5-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and Toronto beat New York to complete a three-game sweep.
Darwin Barney reached base four times and Michael Saunders had two doubles as Toronto won its season-high fifth straight and improved to 7-2 against the Yankees this season. The Blue Jays have won 10 of 13 following a season-worst five-game losing streak.
Masahiro Tanaka (3-1) allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings but lost for the first time in 11 starts.
New York has dropped three straight and six of eight. The Yankees have scored five runs in their past four games.
NATIONALS 7, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer had 11 strikeouts in eight sharp innings, Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer and Washington finished a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Ramos had three hits and four RBIs and Danny Espinosa also went deep for the Nationals, who have won four straight. NL MVP Bryce Harper missed his second straight game after bruising his right knee when hit by a pitch Monday.
Scherzer (6-4) bounced back from a rough start against the Cardinals. He gave up two runs and five hits to earn his sixth win in seven decisions against Philadelphia.
Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have lost six straight and 10 of 12. Adam Morgan (1-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings.
MARLINS 3, PIRATES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning to lift Miami over Pittsburgh.
Marlins starter Adam Conley took a no-hitter into the sixth and tied a career high with nine strikeouts in six shutout innings. David Phelps (4-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win and A.J. Ramos got three outs for his 17th save.
Ramos has converted 26 consecutive saves dating to last season
Giancarlo Stanton, back in the Marlins’ lineup after missing seven games with soreness in his right side, went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Matt Joyce tied the score for the Pirates with a two-run single in the seventh. Tony Watson (1-1) took the loss.
BRAVES 5, GIANTS 4, 11 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman homered leading off the 11th inning to give Atlanta a victory over San Francisco.
Freeman’s ninth homer, off Derek Law (1-1), came after Giants closer Santiago Casilla couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead in the ninth.
Chris Withrow (1-1) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
The Giants lost right fielder Hunter Pence to a right hamstring strain in the fourth inning. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.
ROYALS 6, RAYS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched six effective innings and rookie Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored a run as Kansas City beat Tampa Bay to complete a 6-0 homestand.
The last time the Royals had a homestand of 6-0 or better was June 2-8, 1988, when they went 7-0.
Duffy (1-0) yielded three runs and seven hits while walking none and striking out six in his longest outing since moving into the rotation on May 15.
Royals relievers Joakim Soria, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis held the Rays scoreless over the final three innings. Davis picked up his 16th save in 17 chances.
Merrifield has hit in his first 11 career starts, a Royals record. He has scored a run in nine consecutive games, which matches a club rookie record set by Mike Aviles in 2008.
Lorenzo Cain was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs.
Chris Archer (3-7) gave up five runs, four earned, over six innings. Curt Casali homered for the Rays.
REDS 7, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — John Lamb overcame a liner off his left leg to throw a career-high seven innings and help Cincinnati beat Colorado.
Lamb (1-3) allowed one run and kept the Rockies in the park a night after they tied a franchise record with seven homers.
Billy Hamilton hustled out two doubles, including one that brought in two runs, and Jay Bruce added a solo homer to power the Reds.
Tyler Chatwood (6-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings.
ASTROS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer homered with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Houston over Arizona for the Astros’ fifth straight win, and third in a row against the Diamondbacks.
Springer hit the first pitch he saw from Tyler Clippard (2-2) off the facade in left-center for his 13th home run of the season and first career walk-off shot.
Michael Feliz (4-1) pitched two innings for the win.
Michael Bourn hit an RBI double to cut Houston’s lead to 4-2 in the ninth before Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer off Luke Gregerson to tie it.
Carlos Correa had a two-out RBI single and Evan Gattis followed with his homer to give the Astros a 3-1 lead in the fifth.
Houston won for the eighth time in nine games. Mike Fiers allowed one run in six innings.
PADRES 14, MARINERS 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs, Adam Rosales and Wil Myers also went deep and San Diego routed Seattle hours after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler strongly criticized the team’s poor play.
Ramirez hit a pair of two-run homers and an RBI single. Jon Jay had four hits and Myers finished a triple shy of the cycle. The Padres snapped a four-game losing streak, winning for the second time in 10 games.
In the morning, Fowler told the team’s flagship radio station, the Mighty 1090, that the Padres’ recent performances have been “embarrassing” and “pathetic.” His comments came a day after James Shields allowed 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings of a 16-4 loss at Seattle.
A few hours after Fowler chastised them, the Padres found out they didn’t have to face Felix Hernandez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.
James Paxton (0-1) started in Hernandez’s place and was roughed up.
Christian Friedrich (2-1) won despite allowing an early three-run homer to Robinson Cano.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — For one glorious night, Mookie Betts discarded his label as leadoff hitter and slipped into the role of slugger.
Betts hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs, and the Boston Red Sox cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Tuesday night to open a three-game lead in the AL East.
Betts led off the game with a shot to center and added a three-run drive to left in the second inning. After lining out to second base in the fourth, Betts hit a bases-empty homer to right in the seventh.
It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
“This is probably the best night,” Betts said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever done that (at any level).”
Batting in the ninth inning with a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, Betts grounded out to second against rookie Ashur Tolliver.
“A home run would have been nice,” he said, “but I was just trying to get another hit.”
Still, he’s the first Boston player to hit three homers in a game since Will Middlebrooks against Toronto on April 7, 2013. He is the fifth player in the majors to hit three homers in a game this season.
Betts’ 12 home runs rank second on the team behind David Ortiz, who has 14.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts stretched his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a single in the seventh inning.
Asked if he was thinking about the streak, Bogaerts said, “Are you kidding me? You live for another day.”
It’s the second-longest in the majors this season behind teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., whose 29-game streak ended last week.
Bradley was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, but the Red Sox banged out 10 hits without him.
“Jackie leaves us today for the birth of his child,” manager John Farrell said. “If he has a boy, I think he ought to name him Mookie after tonight’s outing.”
Betts and Dustin Pedroia opened the game with back-to-back home runs on Kevin Gausman’s second and fifth pitches. In the second inning, Betts followed two walks with a liner that squeezed inside the left-field foul pole for a 5-0 lead.
Betts made it 6-2 in the seventh with a shot off Dylan Bundy.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in his season debut. The left-hander was activated from the disabled list before the game after being sidelined since March with a right knee injury.
Gausman (0-2) finished strong after the rocky beginning but remains winless after eight starts. The right-hander struck out eight but gave up a career-high tying three home runs for the second straight outing.
“Kind of seemed like the third inning I kind of found it, and by then it was too late,” he said.
The Orioles were tied for first place with Boston on May 22, but now stand a season-high three games out after losing seven of nine — including the first two of this four-game series.
“They’re the best team in baseball right now, so you have to be on your game,” Gausman said. “If you’re not, it’s tough against this team, against this lineup, against their bullpen. Their starters are pitching well too right now, so it kind of seems like everything’s clicking for them right now.”
The tone for this one was established early, when Gausman became the first Baltimore pitcher to allow back-to-back homers to start a game since Rodrigo Lopez in June 2006.
DODGERS 5, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Kazmir and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, matching zeros with Chicago ace Jake Arrieta before Los Angeles got to the Cubs’ bullpen for a victory.
Arrieta went seven scoreless innings but was denied his 21st consecutive victory. The Cubs had won in Arrieta’s last 23 starts.
Cubs left-hander Clayton Richard (0-1) gave up three straight singles to lefties in the eighth, the last Adrian Gonzalez’s liner to left that scored Chase Utley and ended the Dodgers’ 16-inning scoreless streak.
Corey Seager hit a three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the ninth.
Joe Blanton (3-2) struck out three in two perfect innings as the Dodgers snapped the Cubs’ six-game winning streak.
WHITE SOX 6, METS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Saladino hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and Chicago rallied from an early four-run deficit, stopping a seven-game losing streak with a victory over New York.
Todd Frazier’s two-run drive was his 16th homer this season, giving him the major league lead, and the White Sox got four innings of scoreless relief from their beleaguered bullpen to win for only the fifth time in 20 games.
The Mets led 4-0 after three innings, but rookie Steven Matz, trying to win his eighth consecutive start, suddenly faded in the sixth and gave up three quick runs.
Melky Cabrera drew a leadoff walk in the eighth from Hansel Robles (0-3). One out later, Saladino sent a 2-2 fastball to left field for his third home run, putting Chicago in front 5-4.
ANGELS 11, TIGERS 9
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron ended the game with his second homer, and Los Angeles blew a seven-run lead before rallying for a victory over Detroit.
Cron’s two-run shot to left against Mark Lowe (1-3) was the ninth homer of the game in a park that isn’t known for power hitting, particularly at night. Cron also homered in the first inning of the Angels’ 17-hit performance during their ninth consecutive home victory over the Tigers.
Ian Kinsler hit a grand slam in the seventh before Victor Martinez’s solo shot tied it in the eighth for the Tigers, who rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the sixth inning.
Mike Trout hit a three-run homer and Cron drove in five runs for the Angels.
NATIONALS 5, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit one of four Washington home runs, Joe Ross allowed three hits in seven innings and the Nationals beat Philadelphia for their third straight win.
NL MVP Bryce Harper missed the game, a day after he bruised his right knee when hit by a pitch.
Philadelphia lost its season-high fifth straight game and has scored just nine runs during the skid. At 26-26, the Phillies are at .500 for the first time since a 10-10 start.
Murphy broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with a two-out solo homer off Aaron Nola (4-4) and added an infield single in the eighth. He hit .416 in May (47 for 113) with seven homers and 23 RBIs, tying the franchise record for hits in a month, shared by Al Oliver (August 1982) and Marquis Grissom (June 1994) of the Montreal Expos. He finished the month with a 10-game hitting streak.
ROYALS 10, RAYS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain homered and drove in four runs as Kansas City beat Tampa Bay, extending its winning streak to a season-best five games.
The Royals, who have won six straight series, took a two-game lead in the AL Central after being seven games out and in fourth place on May 10.
Cain hit a two-run homer in the first and a two-run single during a five-run fifth when the Royals batted around.
Kendrys Morales homered — a two-run shot in the sixth — and drove in three runs for the Royals while Eric Hosmer had three hits and drove in two runs. Hosmer is 13 for 30 with 13 RBIs on this homestand.
Royals right-hander Dillon Gee (2-2) labored through five innings to pick up the victory.
ROCKIES 17, REDS 4
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon each hit two of Colorado’s team record-tying seven homers, powering the Rockies to a win over Cincinnati.
Blackmon became the first player in Rockies history to hit leadoff homers in back-to-back games and added his first career grand slam in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez homered for a fourth straight game, while D.J. LeMahieu and Gerardo Parra also went deep.
It was the first time Colorado hit seven homers at Coors Field. The team also had seven on April 5, 1997, in Montreal.
GIANTS 4, BRAVES 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Jake Peavy faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings, Denard Span drove in two runs with three hits and San Francisco beat Atlanta.
Four relievers finished the combined one-hitter.
Peavy (2-5) allowed one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the Giants’ three-run eighth inning after throwing only 77 pitches — 57 for strikes.
The seven innings matched Peavy’s longest outing of the season. The 35-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA from 7.26 to 6.34.
Peavy retired the first 12 Atlanta hitters before giving up Tyler Flowers’ single to left to open the fifth. Kelly Johnson hit into a double play to end the inning.
RANGERS 7, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Colby Lewis allowed two hits over six shutout innings, leading Texas over Cleveland and improving to 5-0 for the first time in his major league career.
Bryan Holaday and Jurickson Profar homered off Corey Kluber (4-6), and the AL West-leading Rangers won for the ninth time in their last 11 games.
Sam Dyson got two outs for his sixth save.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 1
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Pillar singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and made a highlight-reel diving catch in center field to help Toronto give New York its fifth loss in seven games.
Justin Smoak homered and Darwin Barney hit a two-run single as the Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 16 meetings with the Yankees.
Joe Biagini (3-1) worked one inning for the win, Toronto’s sixth victory in seven games. Roberto Osuna finished for his 12th save.
With the score tied 1-all, Edwin Encarnacion doubled to begin the seventh, chasing CC Sabathia (3-4) after 80 pitches and bringing Dellin Betances out of the bullpen. Pillar later singled in Encarnacion with a grounder to the right side.
Pillar ended the fourth with a diving grab on Austin Romine’s liner to right-center.
MARLINS 3, PIRATES 1
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings to help Miami beat Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh.
Christian Yelich had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh, J.T. Realmuto had three hits for the Marlins and A.J. Ramos pitched a shaky ninth for his 16th save.
Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to tie Sam Crawford for 31st on MLB’s all-time hit list with 2,963.
Fernandez (8-2) struck out six and gave up three hits while throwing 62 of 88 pitches for strikes. He improved to 22-1 at home and lowered his season ERA to 2.53.
Cole (5-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.
CARDINALS 10, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Carpenter tied his season high with four hits for the second straight game, scored four times and drove in two runs to lead St. Louis over Milwaukee.
Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer, and Mike Leake (4-4) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four over six innings for his fourth win in the last five starts. His only mistakes were Jonathan Lucroy’s home run leading off the second and Ryan Braun’s RBI double in the sixth.
Carpenter and Matt Holliday — 2 for 4 with two RBIs — continued their torrid hitting against the Brewers, this time against Wily Peralta (3-6).
ASTROS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — George Springer finished a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs to spark Houston in a victory over Arizona.
Springer doubled on the first pitch of the game, hit a three-run homer off Patrick Corbin (2-5) in the second inning and added a run-scoring single off the left-hander in the fourth.
Springer scored twice and Luis Valbuena homered for the Astros, who had 12 hits to win for the seventh time in eight games.
Lance McCullers (2-1) had control issues at times, but limited the damage in five innings.
Luke Gregerson struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.
MARINERS 16, PADRES 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Seth Smith hit two of Seattle’s five home runs and finished with four RBIs, Adam Lind and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Mariners pummeled San Diego.
The Mariners battered starter James Shields (2-7), didn’t let up against reliever Luis Perdomo and had their biggest run output since scoring 21 against Texas in 2012.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4) didn’t allow a baserunner until Yangervis Solarte led off the fifth with a single.
ATHLETICS 7, TWINS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Valencia homered and drove in three runs, Stephen Vogt had three hits and drove in two and Oakland won its fourth straight by beating Minnesota.
Ryan Dull (1-0) ended a scoring threat in the fifth and finished with 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
Twins outfielder Miguel Sano left the game after straining his left hamstring running to first base in the third.
Tyler Duffey (2-4) gave up at least five runs for a third consecutive start after giving up eight — five earned — through his first four starts combined.
Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts celebrates his home run in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey rediscovered his form with seven dominant innings of two-hit ball, Neil Walker homered off Jose Quintana, and the New York Mets beat Chicago 1-0 Monday to send the reeling White Sox to their seventh straight loss.
Harvey (4-7) has been one of baseball’s biggest puzzles, transforming from a premier pitcher to baffled ballplayer.
With both teams wearing special Memorial Day uniforms with camouflage lettering and trim, Harvey struck out six and walked two to win for the first time since May 8. His fastball velocity was up markedly, and he threw 61 of 87 pitches for strikes.
Addison Reed struck out two in a perfect eighth. After wasting a four-run lead in the Mets’ win over Los Angeles on Friday and giving up a pair of ninth-inning runs in Sunday’s loss to the Dodgers, Jeurys Familia got three straight outs to remain perfect in 17 save chances. He has converted 33 consecutive save opportunities dating to last season.
Quintana (5-5) was almost as good but has lost four straight starts for the first time in his big league career. He allowed four singles before Walker led off the Mets’ seventh with his 12th homer, a drive over the 370-foot sign in left.
RED SOX 7, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games and drove in two runs, Jackie Bradley put Boston ahead for good with a sixth-inning homer and the Red Sox beat Baltimore in a matchup of the top two teams in the AL East.
David Ortiz and rookie Marco Hernandez also homered for the Red Sox, who stretched their division lead to two games. Both drives came in a four-run eighth.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (5-4) pitched a four-hitter, striking out seven and walking five in his third straight complete game.
Mookie Betts scored twice on RBIs by Bogaerts before Bradley connected off Tyler Wilson (2-4) leading off the sixth. Bradley’s 29-game hitting streak, which ended last week, is the only one this season longer than Bogaerts’ career-best run.
CUBS 2, DODGERS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Wood and three other relievers combined for seven perfect innings after starter Jason Hammel left with cramps, and Chicago held Los Angeles to one hit in a victory.
Hammel exited after his right hamstring cramped while warming up for the third inning. Wood (3-0) pitched four perfect innings in his longest stint of the season.
Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon pitched one inning each for the Cubs, with Rondon getting his ninth save. He has converted 20 straight save opportunities dating back to Aug. 14.
Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 16 games. He singled leading off the fifth and reached third when right fielder Yasiel Puig misplayed the ball. He scored on Jason Heyward’s infield single.
Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (1-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings.
ANGELS 5, TIGERS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin threw a four-hitter to win a scintillating duel with Justin Verlander, and Cliff Pennington’s tiebreaking RBI single during a five-run eighth inning propelled Los Angeles over Detroit.
Chacin (1-1) and Verlander (4-5) combined to retire the first 27 batters at Angel Stadium before C.J. Cron’s single leading off the fifth for Los Angeles. Chacin lost his own perfect game bid on Andrew Romine’s two-out single in the sixth.
The pitchers traded zeros until the Angels led off the eighth with three straight singles against Verlander, who gave up one hit in the first seven innings of Detroit’s fourth loss in five games.
Chacin threw his third career complete game in his fourth start for Los Angeles.
NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer and tiebreaking two-run single, Tanner Roark threw seven sharp innings and Washington held on for a win over Philadelphia.
Bryce Harper left the game shortly after taking a fastball off the outside part of his right knee in the seventh. The reigning NL MVP went to first base, got doubled off on Murphy’s fly out to left and was replaced by Chris Heisey in right field in the bottom half.
Roark (4-4) gave up two runs and four hits. Felipe Rivero pitched the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon escaped trouble in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 tries.
Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard hit consecutive doubles off their former teammate to start bottom of the ninth and get the Phillies within one run. But Papelbon struck out pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez and retired Tyler Goeddel on a liner to second.
Jeremy Hellickson threw seven impressive innings for the Phillies before the Nationals rallied off Hector Neris (1-2).
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada pitched eight scoreless innings, Ryan Goins homered and Toronto beat New York for its fifth win in six games.
Estrada (3-2) allowed three hits and won back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He beat the Yankees in New York last week.
Estrada’s start came at a perfect time for the Blue Jays bullpen, which was worn down following Sunday’s 11-inning loss to Boston. Four Toronto relievers, including closer Roberto Osuna, were unavailable against New York.
After Aaron Loup gave up a two-run home run to Brian McCann in the ninth, Drew Storen came on and got the final two outs for his third save.
Ivan Nova (3-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, losing to Toronto for the second straight start.
CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored three times, Carlos Martinez pitched eight innings and St. Louis beat Milwaukee.
Martinez (5-5) allowed five singles, walked one and struck out eight, rebounding nicely after having allowed at least four runs in each of his three previous starts.
Carpenter sparked the offense from the leadoff spot. He even scored from second in the seventh after catcher Jonathan Lucroy lost track of a wild pitch by Jhan Marinez that trickled to the backstop.
St. Louis also took advantage of shaky defense to score three runs in the third off Junior Guerra (3-1), who allowed eight hits and three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 3, TWINS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp homered leading off the game, Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Oakland beat Minnesota.
Jed Lowrie added two hits and scored the game-winning run for Oakland while first baseman Yonder Alonso singled, scored and made a diving catch to end a threat in the seventh and strand the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.
Kendall Graveman (2-6) pitched six uneven innings to win for the first time in more than a month for the A’s. Oakland has won three straight since dropping the opener of this six-game homestand.
All of the A’s runs came off Twins starter Erwin Santana, who had only lost twice in 12 previous career starts at the Coliseum. Santana (1-4) gave up seven hits in seven innings with five strikeouts.
REDS 11, ROCKIES 8
DENVER (AP) — Adam Duvall had his first career two-homer game, Joey Votto hit his 200th homer and Eugenio Suarez — who came in mired in an 0-for-28 skid — also went deep in Cincinnati’s victory over Colorado.
Zack Cozart also homered for the light-hitting Reds, who collected a season-best 17 hits.
The Rockies gave up five homers after entering the game having allowed a major league-low 15 in the month of May.
Dan Straily (3-2) overcame a slow start and an early 5-1 deficit to pick up the win. He helped himself by drawing a walk and scoring a run in Cincinnati’s five-run fourth inning rally that turned things around.
Votto led off the seventh with his eighth homer, a no-doubt shot off Jason Motte over the scoreboard in right that made him the seventh Reds player to have 200 homers among his 1,000-plus career hits.
Straily surrendered Daniel Descalso’s bases-clearing double and gave up an RBI single to Gerardo Parra in the third when swirling winds wreaked havoc on fly balls.
Straily drew a walk from Chad Bettis (4-4) in the fourth, when the Reds rebounded for five runs and seven hits to chase Bettis, who failed to hold a 5-1 lead.
ASTROS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Collin McHugh struck out eight in his first career complete game, Jason Castro had three RBIs and Houston continued its recent surge with a win over Arizona.
The Astros jumped on Edwin Escobar (0-1) in his first big league start, scoring eight runs off the left-hander in 3 1/3 innings.
Castro hit a two-run double off Escobar in the third inning and Houston had 13 hits overall to win for the sixth time in seven games. Astros leadoff hitter George Springer added three hits, two runs and an RBI.
McHugh (5-4) gave up a solo homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, but retired 21 of the next 22 batters in the five-hitter.
MARINERS 9, PADRES 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the sixth inning snapped a 2-all tie and Dae-Ho Lee’s three-run shot capped a five-run eighth inning to give Seattle a victory over San Diego.
Seager’s ninth homer of the season broke a 2-all tie and capped a four-run sixth inning for the Mariners. The two-run shot bounced off the top of the wall in right-center field and barely eluded the glove of San Diego’s Matt Kemp.
The Padres lost for the seventh time in eight games as starter Andrew Cashner (2-5) pitching a season-high 6 1/3 innings.
Seattle did very little the first two times through the batting order against Cashner, but was given a chance to rally thanks to a solid outing from Nathan Karns (5-1), who won his fifth straight decision.
BRAVES 5, GIANTS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Mallex Smith hit a three-run triple in the second inning, Mike Foltynewicz continued his recent upswing by allowing only three hits and one run in six-plus innings and Atlanta beat Jeff Samardzija and San Francisco Giants.
The Braves survived San Francisco’s two-run, ninth-inning rally.
Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring single in the ninth was the Giants’ third straight hit off Arodys Vizcaino. The closer struck out Jarrett Parker before second baseman Kelly Johnson bobbled pinch-hitter Buster Posey’s grounder, allowing another run to score. Kolby Tomlinson’s grounder to third base ended the game.
Foltynewicz (2-2) gave up a leadoff homer to Brandon Belt in the second inning but allowed only one other runner to advance to second. He was lifted after allowing a leadoff single to Hunter Pence in the seventh, only his third hit allowed. He had two walks and four strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 3.51.
Samardzija (7-3) was looking for his fourth straight win as a starter for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits and two walks in five innings — his shortest start of the season.
RANGERS 9, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nomar Mazara hit a three-run homer, Ian Desmond had a two-run shot and Texas beat Cleveland.
Derek Holland (4-4) pitched six innings and gave up one run — a solo homer by Mike Napoli — to win for the first time since April 30.
Josh Tomlin (7-1) lasted 3 2/3 innings and lost for the first time since Sept. 15. The right-hander was 12-0 in 13 starts following a Cleveland loss dating back to last season.
PIRATES 10, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Locke tossed a three-hitter and Pittsburgh beat Miami.
Gregory Polanco’s grand slam, Sean Rodriguez’s two-run homer, and David Freese’s four hits helped power the offense for the Pirates, who won the first of a four-game series in Miami. The first two games were originally scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico, but were moved due to concerns of the Zika virus.
Locke (4-3) struck out one and did not walk a batter while throwing 67 of 105 pitches for strikes. It was his first complete game in 101 career starts. Locke retired 19 straight at one point and needed just six pitches to get through the seventh inning.
The announced crowd of 10,856 was a season-low for the Marlins, who entered the day averaging just under 20,000.
Marlins starter Justin Nicolino (2-3) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
ROYALS 6, RAYS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning and Kansas City defeated Tampa Bay.
The Royals have won four straight, matching their season best streak, and have scored 19 runs after the sixth innings in those victories.
Cain’s single scored Alcides Escobar with the first run of the inning before Hosmer took a pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (6-3) deep to right-center for his 10th home run.
Kelvin Herrera (1-1) blew the save, allowing a run in the eighth, but he picked up the victory. Steve Pearce scored from second on an infield single by Steven Souza Jr. to tie it at 2.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants aren’t lighting up the scoreboard, but they’re doing enough to keep piling up the wins.
Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and doubled in a run in the fifth to lift the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.
The Giants won for the 11th time in 12 games and took two of three from a Cubs team with the best record in baseball.
Bumgarner (6-2) struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks while winning his fifth straight decision. The Giants have won each of the left-hander’s last six starts.
“It’s not a bad day for Bum to pitch like that, shut them out and knock in the only run,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s a pretty good day.”
San Francisco hasn’t scored more than five runs in 15 straight games. Going into Sunday, the averaged 2.7 runs in their previous 14 games, batting .220 over that stretch.
The Cubs began the day with their best record in franchise history through 41 games since 1918.
“It’s a fun series,” Bumgarner said. “It was a little bit of the playoff atmosphere I guess with all the hype and the talk leading up to these games. You’ve got to look past that, but it is fun.”
The Giants won despite a persistent problem hitting with runners in scoring position. They were 0 for 7 in that department and have 16 hits in their last 98 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Bumgarner’s run-scoring double to left off Kyle Hendricks (2-4) followed Gregor Blanco’s leadoff walk.
Giants closer Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
Hendricks allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
“We had to play our best ball because we’re having a tough time offensively and their kid (Hendriks) was throwing the ball very well,” Bochy said.
Bumgarner loaded the bases with two outs in a 28-pitch inning in the top of the first on a hit batter, a walk, and a Ben Zobrist single. He struck out Addison Russell on a 3-2 fastball to end the threat.
“He comes from a funky angle, an angle you don’t see that much,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “It crosses his body, and he was able to mix in that cutter. He got out of that big jam in the first with the bases loaded, made a big pitch at 3-2 to Russell, and from there he kind of just settled in.
“He had the game out of control.”
Bumgarner became the first winning Giants pitcher to drive in the only run in a 1-0 game since Russ Ortiz on Aug. 8, 2000, against the Brewers.
Bochy summoned Cory Gearrin to face Kris Bryant after Bumgarner gave up a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the eighth. Bumgarner had retired 19 of the previous 20 batters.
Gearrin got Bryant to line out to shortstop Brandon Crawford on the first pitch.
DODGERS 9, PADRES 5, 17 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with the bases loaded and one out in the 17th inning and Los Angeles beat San Diego to snap a four-game losing streak.
The game started in afternoon sunshine and ended at dusk, taking 5 hours, 47 minutes.
The Dodgers started the four-run rally off rookie Luis Perdomo when Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff double that bounced over the wall in right-center field. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked and reliever Ross Stripling advanced them with a groundout. Joc Pederson was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then Puig singled up the middle. Pederson scored on a wild pitch and Carl Crawford hit an RBI grounder.
Stripling (2-3) pitched three innings for the win. Perdomo (1-1) was the hard-luck loser after pitching five innings.
RED SOX 5, INDIANS 2
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz went 4 for 4 with a solo home run and a double that sent a fan flying, Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games and Boston beat Cleveland for its 10th win in 14 games.
Bradley singled in the fifth inning and has the longest hitting streak in the majors since a 28-gamer by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado in 2014.
Ortiz drove in three runs. His RBI double in the second put the Red Sox ahead 3-2, and when the ball bounced over Boston’s bullpen, a fan came charging from his seat and fell into a fence trying to retrieve the souvenir. Ortiz was a triple short of a cycle when another ground-rule double bounced into the bullpen near the center-field triangle.
Rick Porcello (7-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 12th save. Danny Salazar (4-3) gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings.
TIGERS 9, RAYS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann (7-2) left with a strained right groin after allowing two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, which has won six of seven. Cabrera also left early. with a left knee bruise after being hit by a pitch in the seventh.
Chris Archer (3-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in three innings.
BLUE JAYS 3, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson started the game with back-to-back home runs in a three-run first inning against Phil Hughes (1-7), who leads in the major leagues in losses.
Marcus Stroman (5-1) allowed one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings, one start after giving up career-highs of seven runs and 13 hits in a loss to Tampa Bay. Roberto Osuna got four straight outs for his ninth save.
A day after Donaldson was ejected by umpire Toby Basner in the first inning, John Gibbons got the early exit from crew chief Joe West in the fifth — the fourth ejection of the year for the Toronto manager.
METS 3, BREWERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard (5-2) struck out 11 in seven overpowering innings, allowing an unearned run and six hits.
Michael Conforto homered in the third off Chase Anderson (2-6) as New York completed a three-game sweep.
Asdrubal Cabrera broke a fourth-inning tie with a two-run single that sent the Mets to their 12th victory in the last 16 home games.
Alex Presley grounded into a game-ending double play against Jeurys Familia, who pitched for the third day in a row and earned his 15th save.
NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer (5-3) struck out eight while giving up two runs and six hits in eight innings with no walks. He has 38 strikeouts in his past three starts, including a record-tying 20 against Detroit.
Justin Bour ended Scherzer’s shutout bid with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Washington won the three-game series and took a 7-6 edge in the season series. The NL East foes don’t meet again until Sept. 19.
Adam Conley (3-3) allowed six runs and walked seven, three intentionally, in 5 1/3 innings.
MARINERS 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Leonys Martin got four hits, Robinson Cano drove in two runs and Seattle completed a three-game sweep that extended Cincinnati’s losing streak to seven.
Wade Miley (5-2) shook off a rocky first to allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He is 5-0 over his last six starts, all Seattle victories. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Alfredo Simon (1-5) gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.
PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jerad Eickhoff (2-6) pitched five-hit ball over seven innings for his first win since April 13, and Philadelphia avoided a three-game sweep. He had lost his previous five decisions.
Cameron Rupp homered for the Phillies, and Maikel Franco had two RBIs.
Casey Kelly (0-1) allowed three runs over five innings in his first start this season for Atlanta, an NL-worst 12-31.
WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier tied for the AL lead with his 13th home run, Melky Cabrera drove in two runs and Chicago avoided what would have been the first sweep against the White Sox this season.
Carlos Rodon (2-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings for his first victory since April 13. David Robertson got three outs for his 11th save, helping the AL Central leaders win for just the third time in 11 games.
Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando had two hits apiece for the World Series champions, who had won six of their previous eight.
Yordano Ventura (4-3) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
RANGERS 9, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Cole Hamels (5-0) won his career-best 12th straight decision. He fanned a season-high 11 in eight innings, allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep.
Texas has won six straight from Houston and 14 of 16. The Astros have lost four straight overall.
Dallas Keuchel (2-6) gave up seven runs and nine hits in six innings, losing his fifth straight decision.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zack Greinke (5-3) won for the fifth time in six starts, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a pair of runs and Michael Bourn had three hits as Arizona won a series in St. Louis for the first time since April 18-20, 2003.
Jaime Garcia (3-4) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 10, ORIOLES 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver (4-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning to win for the first time since April 26, and Carlos Perez homered, had three hits and drove in a career-high five runs.
Weaver allowed five hits in seven innings and struck out a season-high six, giving up Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer in the seventh.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
YANKEES 5, ATHLETICS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Michael Pineda (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to win for the first time since his opening start this season, Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking, two-out single in the sixth off Jesse Hahn (1-2) and New York extended a winning streak to five for the first time since winning seven straight from last June 1-9.
Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury homered for the Yankees (21-22), who swept the four-game series.
Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman pitched an inning each to complete a six-hitter, with Chapman getting three straight outs for his sixth save.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters, including the 2,000th of his career, to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Wednesday.
The Tigers have won four straight, equaling a season high, after losing 11 of 12 games.
Verlander (3-4) allowed six hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings while matching his season high in strikeouts. He joined Mickey Lolich as the two pitchers in franchise history with 2,000 career strikeouts, and became the 76th in baseball history to reach the milestone.
Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up nine hits and four runs over five innings.
The Twins have lost 11 of 13, dropping to 10-29 for the worst record in the majors.
CUBS 2, BREWERS 1, 13 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Travis Wood drove in the go-ahead run when he walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th to lead Chicago over Milwaukee.
With the Cubs out of position players, manager Joe Maddon had Wood hit with two outs after the Brewers intentionally walked Miguel Montero to load the bases. Wood drew the walk when Carlos Torres (0-1) missed on a 3-1 cutter, forcing Ben Zobrist home with the go-ahead run.
Wood (2-0) allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar in the bottom of the 13th, and the Brewers later put runners on the corners with one out.
The Cubs’ last eligible player, left-hander Clayton Richard came on in relief to get the last out, retiring lefty-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a groundout for his first career save.
NATIONALS 7, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy drove in two runs against his former team to back Gio Gonzalez in his latest win at Citi Field, sending patient Washington past New York.
Anthony Rendon snapped a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single for the Nationals, who stopped a three-game skid and held onto first place in the NL East. They took advantage of uncharacteristic wildness by Bartolo Colon (3-3) and the Mets, drawing 11 walks and getting hit by pitches twice in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 42 minutes.
Gonzalez (3-1) carried a two-hitter into the seventh before three singles loaded the bases with one out. Felipe Rivero relieved and escaped the jam unscathed, retiring Kevin Plawecki and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto to protect a four-run lead.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his 13th home run for the Mets, who have lost five of six.
GIANTS 2, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Johnny Cueto threw a four-hitter and Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, leading San Francisco to its seventh straight win with a victory over San Diego.
Cueto (6-1) struck out eight and walked two while allowing one run in his second complete game of the season — both coming against the Padres. He improved to 4-1 in his career vs. San Diego, including a shutout on April 26.
The Giants, whose have won six straight on the road, also improved to 5-0 against San Diego this season, and have won 13 of the last 16 contests between the teams.
Buster Posey led off the fourth with a walk from Drew Pomeranz (4-4), who hadn’t allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings, and Pence followed with a homer that just cleared the right field wall.
ROYALS 3, RED SOX 2, GAME 1; RED SOX 5, ROYALS 2, GAME 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts homered to back a strong start by David Price, and Boston beat Kansas City to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.
The Royals won the opener 3-2 behind a strong performance by Ian Kennedy and their bullpen. Kennedy allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine, before Brian Flynn — who earned his first career win — and Luke Hochevar combined to strike out four consecutive batters.
It was Price (6-1) who shined in the nightcap, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel handled a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
The Red Sox were clinging to a 2-1 lead when they loaded the bases off Edinson Volquez (4-4) with two outs in the sixth inning. Christian Vazquez dribbled a single up the middle to score two runs, giving the Red Sox plenty of cushion the way their left-hander was pitching.
In the first game, Boston’s Steven Wright (3-4) surrendered five hits without a walk in a complete game loss.
CARDINALS 2, ROCKIES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw six-hit ball into the seventh inning in his best start of the season and Matt Holliday had a two-run double and St. Louis ended the Colorado Rockies’ five-game winning streak.
Stephen Piscotty had three hits and scored a run for the Cardinals, who had lost three of four.
Chris Rusin (1-2) allowed two runs in six innings for the Rockies.
Wainwright (4-3) worked a season-high 6 2/3 innings, a third of an inning longer than his previous best, and lowered his ERA 88 points to a still-unsightly 5.92. He’s 8-1 with a 1.31 ERA for his career against Colorado.
ANGELS 8, DODGERS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout homered and the Angels broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning to beat the Dodgers in the Freeway Series.
C.J. Cron’s bases-loaded infield single put the Angels ahead 2-1 and opened the floodgates. Mike Bolsinger (0-1) began the inning by giving up a single to Yunel Escobar and issuing a one-out walk to Trout. Louis Coleman relieved and immediately loaded the bases by walking Albert Pujols.
Cron scored on Howie Kendrick’s error that made Johnny Giavotella safe at first. Rafael Ortega’s double dropped in front of charging left fielder Trayce Thompson, leading to two more runs. Carlos Perez’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 6-1.
Nick Tropeano (2-2) tossed four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his longest start of the season for the Angels.
ASTROS 5, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Altuve had three hits and two runs batted in, Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro each had a solo home run and Houston beat Chicago despite the White Sox turning their second triple play of the season.
Altuve went 3 for 4 with a walk and Castro went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Chicago, which has dropped a season-high four straight and six of seven overall.
Doug Fister (4-3) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to get the win. Luke Gregerson, who had blown three of his last four save chances, got the final three outs for his ninth save.
Mat Latos (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
The White Sox turned a 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play in the eighth inning.
INDIANS 8, REDS 7, 12 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Francisco Lindor led off the 12th with another homer, powering Cleveland to a victory.
The Indians won the first two games of the interleague series 15-6 and 13-1 in Cleveland, then made the 250-mile trip south and pulled out another.
Lindor connected off Keyvius Sampson (0-1) for Cleveland’s 10th win in 15 games. The Indians (20-17) moved a season-high three games over .500.
Cody Allen (1-3) pitched two hitless innings. Dan Otero gave up a single and a walk in the 12th but retired Brandon Phillips on a routine fly to right, earning his first save since 2014.
Jay Bruce hit two solo homers, and Eugenio Suarez had a three-run shot that allowed the Reds to take a 7-5 lead into the ninth. A beleaguered bullpen couldn’t hold on.
YANKEES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi retired the 18 batters he faced after allowing a freak leadoff base hit and New York salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Arizona.
Jean Segura’s ground ball to start the first inning bounced off the bag at second and dribbled into the outfield for a double. After that, only two balls even reached the outfield off the Yankees right-hander, who hit 100 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.
Eovaldi (4-2) gave up one run and struck out five with no walks.
Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with an RBI single for New York. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save since being reinstated on May 9.
Shelby Miller (1-5) scattered 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.
BRAVES 3, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Julio Teheran allowed five hits in 7 2/3 crisp innings and Atlanta gave Brian Snitker his first victory as interim manager.
Teheran (1-4) struck out three without a walk to end six weeks of frustration. Tyler Flowers hit a home run to the bushes in center field and finished with three hits for the Braves, who won for just the third time in their last 13 games.
Arodys Vizcaino gave up a ninth-inning home run to Jung Ho Kang but got the final four outs for his fourth save.
Francisco Liriano (3-3) pitched seven strong innings but the Pirates lost for the first time in Liriano’s last 14 starts at PNC Park.
ORIOLES 5, MARINERS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Tillman won his fifth straight start with another solid performance against his former team and Baltimore beat Seattle.
Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers for the Orioles, whose 17-7 record at Camden Yards is the best home mark in the major leagues.
Tillman (6-1) allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Closer Zach Britton relieved Brach Brach and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Britton got his 11th save by recording five outs.
Taijuan Walker (2-3) allowed four runs on five hits over five innings.
RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer, Logan Morrison and Desmond Jennings each had solo shots and Tampa Bay beat slumping Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.
Morrison had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who outscored the Blue Jays 31-7 over the series.
Edwin Encarnacion, Jimmy Paredes and Michael Saunders hit solo homers, but Toronto lost its season-high fifth straight.
Jake Odorizzi (1-2) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings to win for the first time in nine starts this season. Alex Colome got the final four outs for his 10th save.
All three Tampa Bay homers came off R.A. Dickey (2-5), who allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.
ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in two games, Danny Valencia drove in two and Oakland completed a three-game sweep of Texas.
Rich Hill (6-3) won for the first time at home, and his third straight, after giving up a run on three hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Davis hit a solo home run in the sixth, a day after hitting three homers, including a walk-off grand slam. He leads the majors with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in May.
Martin Perez (1-4) gave up four runs on eight hits over seven innings.
PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyler Goeddel hit his first career homer, Jeremy Hellickson pitched six sharp innings and Philadelphia beat Miami.
Hellickson (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four. He retired 11 in a row at one point and pitched well after a shaky start. Jeanmar Gomez tossed a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 tries.
The Phillies won two of three for their seventh series win in the past eight, improving to 24-13 since an 0-4 start.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-4) gave up three runs — two earned — and seven hits in seven innings.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Carlos Torres sands on the mound as Chicago Cubs’ Travis Wood walks to first during the 13th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Milwaukee. Wood walked with bases loaded. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz made sure he got to his daughter’s birthday party.
Big Papi may have picked up an extra gift from the field, too.
Ortiz hit a winning double with two outs in the 11th inning after lining a tying triple in the ninth and earlier moving into 20th place on the career home run list, sending the Boston Red Sox past the Houston Astros 6-5 on Saturday.
Ortiz was blasted with white powdery spray from his teammates at second base after the victory. He later walked off holding the bag over his head.
When it was over, he met his son at his locker, showered, quickly got dressed and hustled out the door.
In a postgame interview, the 40-year-old Ortiz told the team’s NESN cable network: “You know when we’re playing at home you’ve got the wonderful feeling from the fans.”
Hanley Ramirez was on deck when Ortiz delivered the winning hit and rushed out to celebrate.
“I was trying to tackle him. But man, I couldn’t do it,” Ramirez said. “Papi, his emotion and how happy he was, he’s got energy. Every time he comes here he’s laughing, talking loud and it’s fantastic.”
Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in the first inning, extending the majors’ longest hitting streak to 20 games.
George Springer hit a grand slam and Carlos Correa a solo homer for the Astros.
Ortiz broke a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with his 513th homer, a drive that cleared Boston’s bullpen and sailed into the bleacher seats. The shot in the third was his 10th of the season.
Houston led 5-4 with two outs in the ninth when Ortiz hit an RBI triple just past diving center fielder Jake Marisnick. After sliding into third, he got up and pumped both fists toward his dugout following his first triple since June 15, 2013.
Ramirez then tried to bunt on the first pitch, but closer Luke Gregerson threw him out.
In the 11th, Xander Bogaerts singled with two outs against Michael Feliz (1-1) and advanced on a wild pitch. Ortiz hit a drive off the base of the center-field wall for his 600th career double to win it.
Ortiz joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only major leaguers with at least 500 home runs and 600 doubles.
“He got us twice,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Once in the ninth and once in the 11th inning, both to the middle part of the field.”
Koji Uehara (2-1) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win.
Jose Altuve reached five times with two singles and three walks for the Astros.
Houston starter Collin McHugh gave up four runs over six innings.
Springer’s slam off Clay Buchholz caromed off a billboard above the Green Monster seats to make it 5-2 in the second. Springer homered for the third time in four games, and for the second straight day at Fenway Park.
There was a spattering of boos before Buchholz was booed louder as he walked off after the inning’s last out. Buchholz was charged with five runs in six innings, but held Houston scoreless over his final four.
Correa’s homer completely left the park over the Monster, making it 1-0 in the first.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 4, GAME 1; MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 1, GAME 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto each drove in two runs and Miami beat Washington to split a doubleheader.
The Nationals won the opener 6-4 behind six strong innings from Stephen Strasburg (6-0). Right after the final out, Washington announced that Bryce Harper had dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension and would sit out the nightcap for his behavior following an ejection on Monday.
The Marlins battered Nationals starter Tanner Roark (2-3) for seven runs in five innings.
Ozuna had five hits in the doubleheader, including three in the second game, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Justin Bour blasted a solo home run.
Led by Jose Urena (1-0), Miami’s bullpen allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Starter Kendry Flores exited after three innings with a right shoulder strain.
In the first game, Justin Nicolino (2-1) took the loss and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
ANGELS 9, MARINERS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to fuel a second rally in Los Angeles’ win over Seattle.
The Angels trailed 2-1 before taking the lead with a five-run seventh, but then Seattle came back with a five-run eighth. Steve Clevenger had a two-out RBI single to cap the inning for a 7-6 lead heading into the ninth.
Closer Steve Cishek (2-3) couldn’t save it. With one out, he hit Kole Calhoun with a pitch and Mike Trout singled to right. Pujols then hit his eighth home run on a 1-1 slider.
Adam Lind drove in four runs for the Mariners, including a two-run double in the eighth. He opened the scoring in the second with a two-run home run, his second.
Cam Bedrosian (1-0) got one out in the eighth inning and Joe Smith pitch the ninth for his third save.
ORIOLES 9, TIGERS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Baltimore stretched its winning streak to seven games.
Matt Wieters and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a four-game sweep Sunday.
Schoop hit a solo shot in the seventh and his second career slam in the eighth to finish with a career-high five RBIs.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12.
Wieters hit a two-run drive in the sixth inning to put Baltimore up 3-2 and Schoop’s first home run of the game made it 4-2 in the seventh. Both long balls came off Anibal Sanchez (3-4), who took a two-hit shutout into the sixth.
Orioles rookie Mike Wright (2-3) gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings.
ROCKIES 7, METS 4
DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu and Tony Wolters had two hits and two RBIs apiece and Colorado beat New York.
Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also had two hits for Colorado, which has won three straight at home for the first time this season.
Mets starter Logan Verrett (3-1) struggled in the same place where he earned his first win in his major league debut.
Mets manager Terry Collins also was ejected for arguing in the third inning.
Neil Walker had three hits, including a solo home run, for the Mets.
Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-1) allowed four runs on nine hits in five-plus innings for the loss. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
DODGERS 5, CARDINALS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Kazmir pitched 8 2/3 innings and Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager homered in Los Angeles’ victory over St. Louis Cardinals.
Gonzalez hit a home run, his fourth of the season, to lead off the fourth inning. Seager, who had three hits, ripped a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Kazmir (3-3) allowed three runs on five hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was nearly flawless until Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run to pull the Cardinals within two runs in the ninth. Closer Kenley Jansen recorded the final out for his 13th save.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth after Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez (4-3) loaded the bases with no outs. Martinez left after that.
GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Buster Posey hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and Hunter Pence had his 200th career home run to lead San Francisco to a win over Arizona.
San Francisco led 3-1 after Jake Peavy’s six strong innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.
Jean Segura pulled the Diamondbacks within one on an RBI groundout in the seventh inning and pinch hitter Phil Gosselin tied it with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Hunter Strickland (1-0).
The Giants loaded the bases against Daniel Hudson (1-1) in the ninth and Posey bounced a ground-rule double into the pool deck in right center.
Cory Gearrin worked around a single in the ninth for his first save. Denard Span had four hits for the Giants.
RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 5, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Drew Stubbs homered with two outs in the 10th inning, helping Texas beat Toronto after the Blue Jays rallied with consecutive homers in the ninth to force extra innings.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki followed with a tying shot off closer Shawn Tolleson. Tolleson has a 7.07 ERA and has blown two of his past four save opportunities.
Tony Barnette (3-2) got Toronto’s last four outs, allowing a two-out double by Jose Bautista in the 10th.
Gavin Floyd (1-3) gave up two hits and struck out two.
BRAVES 5, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz pitched a career-high eight scoreless innings, Kelly Johnson and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in two runs, and Atlanta beat Kansas City.
Foltynewicz (1-1) got his first victory since Aug. 8, holding the Royals to seven hits, while striking out four and walking none. The Braves (9-26) avoided matching the worst 35-game start in franchise history — 8-27, set by the 1911 Boston Braves.
Dillon Gee (0-1), making his first start for the Royals in place of the injured Chris Young, held the Braves scoreless on three hits over the first five innings, but retired only one of the six batters he faced in the sixth. He was charged with three runs and six hits, while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings.
The Royals have lost 13 of 18 and have not won consecutive games since April 21-22.
PHILLIES 4, REDS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyler Goeddel threw out Eugenio Suarez with catcher Cameron Rupp holding onto the ball following a violent collision to end the game and Philadelphia held on to beat Cincinnati.
Aaron Nola (3-2) tied a career high with nine strikeouts in seven stingy innings, Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer and David Hernandez pitched out of a jam for his first save since July 12, 2013, for Arizona against Milwaukee.
Cincinnati’s Tim Adleman (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.
YANKEES 2, WHITE SOX 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for scoreless relief and struck out eight as New York used its three big bullpen arms in the same game for the first time to secure a victory.
Ivan Nova pitched neatly into the sixth inning to give New York’s ailing rotation a much-needed boost. Aaron Hicks hit an RBI double and Didi Gregorius added a run-scoring single with two outs in the second.
That was enough to squeeze past the stingy White Sox, who began the day with the best record at 24-13 and lowest ERA (3.13) in the American League. Todd Frazier hit his 12th home run for Chicago.
Jose Quintana (5-2) pitched seven strong innings in a hard-luck loss.
CUBS 8, PIRATES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Unbeaten Jake Arrieta struck out 11 in eight innings, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and Chicago remained perfect against Pittsburgh.
Arrieta (7-0) improved to 18-0 in 20 outings since Aug. 1. The Cubs have won his last 21 starts, extending a franchise record.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up three hits and two runs, leaving with a 1.29 ERA.
Rizzo belted a towering three-run homer in the fourth. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer as major league-leading Chicago improved to 5-0 against Pittsburgh.
The Cubs grabbed the lead for good in the fourth. Heyward singled on a dribbler to second and Kris Bryant walked on a close call on a full-count pitch before Rizzo drove an 0-1 pitch from Jeff Locke (1-3) to the bleachers in right for his 11th homer.
Likely upset by the call on Bryant, Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage was thrown out by plate umpire Brian Knight on a visit to the mound later in the inning.
Locke also served up Russell’s fourth homer with one out in the sixth.
TWINS 6, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Juan Centeno took Corey Kluber deep for his first major league homer, Ervin Santana allowed one run in six innings and Minnesota ended an eight-game losing streak.
Centeno’s two-run homer in the fifth landed in the right field seats and put Minnesota on top for good.
Santana (1-2) gave up five hits and struck out five in his second start since returning from a back injury.
Kluber (2-5) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings and lost his second straight start.
Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Nunez, Danny Santana and Miguel Sano also drove in runs for Minnesota, which avoided its second nine-game losing streak of the season. The Twins began the season 0-9.
Minnesota was tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the majors and won on the road for the third time in 19 games.
RAYS 6, ATHLETICS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Andriese pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Brad Miller hit a two-run home run, leading Tampa Bay to a victory.
Andriese (2-0) won for the second time this week in helping the Rays end a four-game losing streak. He beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday in his first start since being called up from Triple-A Durham. The right-hander struck out five and walked none, and retired 11 straight at one point.
Miller’s fifth home run of the season came off Kendall Gravemen (1-5) after Brandon Guyer’s double in the third.
PADRES 8, BREWERS 7, 12 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derek Norris and Melvin Upton Jr. hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of the 12th inning to lift San Diego past Milwaukee.
Norris and Upton went deep against Brewers reliever Chris Capuano (1-1), with Upton’s shot ricocheting off the black backdrop beyond center for a two-run lead.
Carlos Villanueva, the eighth pitcher used by the Padres, picked up his first save despite allowing Jonathan Lucroy’s first-pitch homer to draw Milwaukee within a run with one out. He retired the next two, ending a game that lasted more than five hours.
Leonel Campos (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings of relief for his first major league win.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters, matching the major league record for a nine-inning game as he pitched the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Scherzer (4-2) had a chance to break the mark when James McCann stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning. McCann, who whiffed his previous three times up, grounded to third for the final out.
The astounding performance came in Scherzer’s first outing against the Tigers, his former team.
He outpitched pal Jordan Zimmermann (5-2), a former Nationals teammate who left as a free agent for a $110 million, five-year deal with Detroit.
Scherzer, who pitched two no-hitters last season and struck out 17 in the second one, joined Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only big league pitchers to compile 20 strikeouts in nine innings.
METS 4, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in Mets history to hit two home runs in a game, driving in all of New York’s runs in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Syndergaard (3-2) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one. He gave up five hits in the first four innings and then retired 11 in a row.
Syndergaard hit a solo homer on the first pitch from Kenta Maeda (3-2) in the third inning, and slammed a three-run shot in the fifth. Walt Terrell was the first Mets pitcher to hit two homers in a game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 6, 1983.
The last major league pitcher to homer twice in a game was Arizona’s Micah Owings, who accomplished the feat against Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2007.
Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal homered for the Dodgers.
PADRES 7, CUBS 4, GAME 1; PADRES 1, CUBS 0, GAME 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings and Christian Bethancourt hit a long solo home run to give San Diego a 1-0 victory over Chicago and a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.
In the first game, Brett Wallace hit a three-run homer in San Diego’s four-run seventh inning, and the Padres stopped the Cubs’ eight-game win streak with a 7-4 victory. Pedro Strop (1-1) took the loss and Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
In the second game, Pomeranz (4-3) allowed just three hits and walked three. No Chicago runner advanced past second base while the left-hander was on the mound.
Fernando Rodney got the final three outs for his 10th save in 10 chances. He also picked up the save in Game 1.
The lack of offense wasted a strong start from John Lackey (4-2), who allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings.
RANGERS 6, WHITE SOX 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had the tiebreaking RBI single soon after his long errorless streak ended and Texas earned its second win in less than 24 hours against the team with the American League’s best record.
Beltre had a throwing error in top of the sixth to end his streak of 44 games without one.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier got his 10th RBI in the three-game series with his homer leading off the fourth. But he left the game in the bottom of that inning when he cut his lower lip and needed five stitches after falling hard face-first into the first row of seats while going after a foul popup.
Tony Barnette (2-2) got the final out in the sixth after taking over for starter Cole Hamels and Sam Dyson got his first save.
Dan Jennings (1-1) allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings for the White Sox (23-12).
ROYALS 7, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in yet another big first inning against Michael Pineda, and slumping Kansas City rebounded to beat New York.
Down by four runs six batters in, New York clawed back to 4-3 against Yordano Ventura before Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single in the sixth against reliever Nick Goody.
Kendrys Morales added a solo homer in the seventh off Phil Coke as the Royals won for just the fourth time in their past 15 games.
Ventura (3-2), coming off losses at Seattle and Cleveland, gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
RED SOX 13, ATHLETICS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. had two home runs and six RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, and Boston completed a three-game sweep.
Boston scored six runs in the first four innings and then had four more in the fifth to post its third straight game with at least 10 runs. Dustin Pedroia added a home run and the Red Sox finished with a season-high 17 hits.
The Red Sox outscored the Athletics 40-15 in the series and Oakland has lost a season-high five straight.
Rick Porcello (6-1) got the win, and has now pitched six or more innings in 15 straight starts — extending the longest active streak in the majors.
Eric Surkamp (0-3) took the loss after giving up four runs in just 2 2/3 innings of work.
BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Williams Perez allowed only two hits and one run in eight innings, Freddie Freeman homered and Atlanta finally claimed just its second home win.
Perez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, did not walk a batter while matching his longest start in the majors. He allowed no baserunners through four innings before Ryan Howard led off the fifth with a homer.
Perez faced only one batter over the minimum.
The Braves ended their streaks of five straight losses overall and 11 straight at home.
Freeman’s shot to right-center knocked Jerad Eickhoff (1-5) out of the game after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
PIRATES 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, rallying Pittsburgh to a victory over Cincinnati in an NL Central rivalry game full of plunkings and ejections.
Andrew McCutchen, David Freese, Jung Ho Kang and Josh Harrison each hit solo homers.
Tony Watson (1-0) retired the side in the eighth. Mark Melancon gave up a single and a walk in the ninth while getting his 10th save in 11 chances. Ross Ohlendorf (3-4) took the loss.
Six batters were hit — four Pirates, two Reds — as the teams extended their history of plunkings. Over the last four seasons, the Reds have hit 43 Pirates batters (10 this season) and the Pirates have hit 41 Reds (five this season).
MARLINS 3, BREWERS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to help Miami beat Milwaukee.
Justin Bour hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who won with five hits to take the series and finish 6-3 on their homestand. The Brewers still haven’t won a road series and went 3-4 on their trip.
Chen (3-1) allowed two runs and lowered his ERA to 4.40. A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in as many chances.
Chase Anderson (1-5) retired the first 10 batters, but lost his fifth start in a row. He allowed three runs in six innings.
GIANTS 5, BLUE JAYS 4, 13 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and San Francisco salvaged one win in a three-game series with Toronto.
Brandon Belt was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Denard Span’s bunt attempt was mishandled at second. Following a wild pitch, Joe Panik was walked intentionally.
Matt Duffy lined out to first base before Posey saw four straight balls from Ryan Tepera (0-1).
Albert Suarez (1-0) pitched an inning for his first major-league victory.
ROCKIES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, and Colorado ended its seven-game home losing streak.
Charlie Blackmon homered among his three hits and drove in three runs for Colorado. The Rockies had tied the franchise record for consecutive defeats at Coors Field and were within two of the mark for home losses in Denver set in 1993 at Mile High Stadium.
Arenado rescued Colorado after starter Chad Bettis and the bullpen blew a six-run lead. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Arenado hit Tyler Clippard’s (2-1) 2-2 pitch just inside the foul pole in left field for his NL-leading 13th homer of the season.
Gonzalez German (1-0) got the win and Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
ASTROS 5, INDIANS 3, 16 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the 16th inning for Houston.
Carlos Correa reached on an infield single to start the inning, Houston’s first hit since the seventh. One out later, Gonzalez sent one into the seats in right field off Cody Anderson (0-3) to hand Houston its third victory in five games.
Michael Feliz (1-0) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for the win.
Anderson yielded two hits, two runs and struck out four over 3 1/3 innings in his first career relief appearance.
ORIOLES 9, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit two home runs and the Baltimore Orioles hit back-to-back homers for the third straight game.
Adam Jones had four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth, and Chris Davis also went deep and drove in four runs for the first-place Orioles, who have won four straight. Tyler Wilson (2-1) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Miguel Sano hit his fourth homer for the Twins (8-25), who have lost seven straight games. Phil Hughes (1-6) lasted just four innings in another terrible start for the worst team in the American League.
MARINERS 6, RAYS 5, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Iannetta led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a homer to give Seattle a sweep of the three-game series against Tampa Bay.
Iannetta jumped on a 3-2 pitch from Steve Geltz (0-1) for his third homer for Seattle.
Steve Johnson (1-0) got the win.
The Rays tied it 5-5 on Kiermaier’s one-out solo homer in the ninth.
CARDINALS 5, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jaime Garcia allowed just four hits in seven innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Los Angeles Angels.
Garcia (3-2) gave up two unearned runs and struck out eight to win his second straight start. He has yet to allow an earned run in 14 innings this month.
Kevin Siegrist pitched a perfect eighth and Trevor Rosenthal retired the side in the ninth to complete the four-hitter.
The Cardinals scored four times in the second inning against Matt Shoemaker (1-5).
C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer for the Angels, who have lost five straight and nine of 11.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Washington. Scherzer struck out 20 batters, tying the major league nine-inning record. The Nationals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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NEW YORK (AP) — As usual, Big Papi was in the pink against the New York Yankees.
David Ortiz homered twice, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second place on Boston’s career list, and Steven Wright pitched a three-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-1 on Sunday night.
Swinging a pink bat and wearing pink wrist bands for Mother’s Day, Ortiz hit two long solo shots off a struggling Luis Severino. And in his farewell season, the 40-year-old Ortiz has already been a major New York nemesis again: He has five home runs against the Yankees since April 29, giving him 52 in his career — all but one with the Red Sox.
“I do what I do,” the slugger said.
Dustin Pedroia lofted an early two-run homer and Xander Bogaerts also went deep for the Red Sox, who prevented a three-game sweep and won for the fourth time in six meetings with their longtime rivals this year.
Wright (3-3) walked one and struck out seven, sailing to his first complete game in 17 major league starts and lowering his ERA to 1.52. He was two strikes from a shutout, too, when Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning.
The knuckleballer hardly got rattled, whiffing pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes with his 101st pitch to end it.
“It definitely helps when the wind’s not blowing as hard. There was a little bit of breeze but it was almost like throwing inside,” Wright said.
Mixing his 73-75 mph knuckleballs with the occasional 87 mph fastball, Wright baffled the last-place Yankees all night. When he threw something soft, they seemed to hit it even softer. When he dialed up a heater, they swung late and missed.
“He was really good. He’s been great all year,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “I felt like he could do whatever he wanted tonight with the ball.”
Ortiz took out some frustrations from the series opener, when he went wild and got ejected after he was called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a one-run game. He connected in the fourth and seventh to give him three homers in five at-bats against Severino (0-5) since the 22-year-old righty made his big league debut against Boston last August.
Big Papi has hit 454 of his 512 career homers with the Red Sox, moving him ahead of Yastrzemski (452) and leaving Ortiz behind only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise list.
“You’re starting to get into names that are historic. A great career. And no signs of slowing down,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
It was Ortiz’s 51st career multihomer game and first since Sept. 12, 2015, at Tampa Bay.
“He’s in such a good groove. So many balls are squared up, hit hard,” Farrell said. “He’s having fun.”
Severino matched a career best with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, but gave up a career-high three home runs. He retired 10 straight, seven on strikeouts, before Ortiz’s first long ball.
“I think he’s on the right track,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If he throws the ball like tonight, I think he’s going to win games if we score runs. … To me, this is going to make him better in the long run.”
Wright faced two batters more than the minimum and improved to 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four outings (three starts) against the Yankees.
NATIONALS 4, CUBS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs walked Washington star Bryce Harper a record-tying six times, then beat the Nationals 4-3 when Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning Sunday for a four-game sweep.
The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the best record in the majors to 24-6. Washington lost its fourth straight.
Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game, last done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999, and walked 13 times in the series. Harper was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.
Baez homered with one out off Blake Treinen (2-1). Travis Wood (1-0) was the last of four Cubs relievers who combined for eight scoreless innings.
DODGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Chase Utley sparked a go-ahead, eight-inning rally with a leadoff walk against Drew Storen (0-2), Yasmani Grandal hit a tying sacrifice fly off Roberto Osuna and Howie Kendrick followed with a go-ahead single.
Joc Pederson connected for his sixth homer as Los Angeles took two of three.
Chris Hatcher (3-3) won despite giving up a seventh-inning single to Kevin Pillar that put Toronto ahead 2-1. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his major league-leading 11th save.
RANGERS 8, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Wilson broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with a grand slam against the team that just traded him, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep.
After being shut out for seven innings by Justin Verlander, the Rangers broke through against relievers Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe (1-1) for seven runs in the eighth.
Wilson didn’t hit any home runs for the Tigers before they sent him to Texas on Tuesday. His first shot of the season sent Detroit to its sixth straight loss.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) pitched a perfect seventh.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin (5-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings and became the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011. Tomlin is 12-0 in 13 starts following a loss since the beginning of last season.
Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli homered off Edinson Volquez (3-3) as the Indians took two of three from the defending World Series champions, and Cody Allen finished for his eighth save.
Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals, just 3-9 in their last 12.
PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 5
MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Goeddel tied the score 5-5 with a double against David Phelps (2-2) in the eighth, his first big league extra-base hit, and scored on by Andres Blanco double
Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola allowed three runs in six innings, and his scoreless streak ended at 23 innings. Hector Neris (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched around a two-out single in the ninth for his 11th save.
ORIOLES 11, ATHLETICS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s season-high six homers, including a grand slam, and had a career-high six RBIs.
Machado connected with a man on in the first inning and added his third career slam in the eighth.
Machado, Pedro Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo homered off Kendall Graveman (1-4). Joey Rickard added a solo shot off Ryan Dull before Machado capped the fence-clearing barrage against J.B. Wendelken, making his major league debut.
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (4-1) gave up three first-inning runs before settling down and allowed six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings to send Oakland to its sixth loss in seven games.
WHITE SOX 3 TWINS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana (5-1) allowed six hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.38.
David Robertson pitched a hitless ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries as the White Sox (22-10) completed a three-game sweep and moved 12 games above .500 for the first time since September 2012.
Austin Jackson hit a go-ahead double in the fifth off Tyler Duffey, who struck out four batters in the seventh.
Minnesota has lost five straight games and nine of 10.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Herrmann’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive off Jim Johnson with two outs in the 11th inning, lifted Arizona to a three-game sweep.
Herrmann hit a seventh-inning homer off Mike Foltynewicz, then connected off Johnson (0-4) for his first multihomer game in the major leagues.
The Braves (7-23) have lost four straight overall and are off to their worst 30-game start since at least 1900. They are 1-15 at home, including 10 straight losses.
Randall Delgado (1-1), wearing pink high-top shoes for Mother’s Day, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Brad Ziegler got three outs for his seventh save.
ASTROS 5, MARINERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Tyler White doubled twice and drove in a run to back Collin McHugh (4-3), who allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win his third straight start.
Jose Altuve had two hits and tied a career-high with three stolen bases on a day the Astros swiped five.
Robinson Cano homered in the fourth and has five homers and 17 RBIs in seven games against Houston this season.
Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4) yielded three runs and seven hits in five innings.
PIRATES 10, CARDINALS 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and John Jaso added a two-run drive.
Gerrit Cole (3-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, and Mark Melancon got his ninth save when Yadier Molina grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Michael Wacha (2-3) lost his third consecutive decision for only the second time in his career, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. In his last three starts against the Pirates, Wacha has given up 15 runs and 20 hits in 14 1/3 innings.
BREWERS 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy greeted Ross Ohlendorf (3-3) with a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning, then caught Billy Hamilton stealing for the final out — a call upheld in a video review.
Milwaukee overcame a 4-1 deficit; on Saturday, the Brewers won 13-7 in 10 innings after trailing 4-0 and 6-2.
Ryan Braun homered the second straight game and is 15 for 35 (.429) during an eight-game hitting streak.
Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Jeremy Jeffress, Saturday’s winning pitcher, got his eighth save.
METS 4, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Harvey (4-3) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings, Yoenis Cespedes homered off Andrew Cashner (2-3) and New York escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth to salvage a four-game split.
The Mets moved into sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season. They trailed Washington by five games in mid-April.
Harvey allowed two runs and four hits. With the bases full in the eighth, Antonio Bastardo struck out pinch-hitter Derek Norris, getting Melvin Upton Jr. to pop up to first and striking out Alexei Ramirez.
Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
RAYS 3, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Andriese (1-0) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his season debut, Brad Miller hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep.
Curt Casali also homered as the Rays (15-14) won four straight games and moved above .500, accomplishing both for the first time since August. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Nick Tropeano (1-2) struck out 10 while pitching into the sixth inning for Los Angeles, yielding seven hits and two walks. He is winless in five straight starts.
ROCKIES 2, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nolan Arenado had three hits, and Eddie Butler (1-1) gave up four hits in six innings for his first win since being promoted from the minors.
Gerardo Parra singled in a run and made a diving catch, helping the Rockies salvage a four-game split. Rookie Trevor Story doubled and scored.
Arenado, the majors’ leading home run hitter, hit a run-scoring triple off the brick wall in right-center in his first at-bat, singled in the third and doubled in the eighth.
Jeff Samardzija (4-2) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his fourth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz watched Andrew Miller’s 3-1, bases-loaded slider hook past him as crossed-up catcher Brian McCann reached down to grab it, heard plate umpire Ron Kulpa call strike and stuck out both arms in anger.
“No!” Big Papi screamed a half-dozen times, convinced he had just walked to force in the tying run against the Yankees with one out in the ninth inning. Manager John Farrell bolted out of the dugout to block Ortiz and quickly was ejected, then waved his right arm as if he were tossing the umpire.
Ortiz returned to the batter’s box, took another slider for strike three, walked to the dugout, threw down his bat and helmet, then barked some more. When he, too, was ejected, Ortiz ran back onto the field, screaming at Kulpa and pointing with his arms.
Farrell and third base coach Brian Butterfield had to restrain the slugger, and Farrell escorted him back to the dugout.
Hanley Ramirez then swung over a 1-2 slider, ending a wild Friday night in the Bronx that culminated in a 3-2 New York victory, easily the Yankees’ biggest win of their thus-far sorry season.
“You’d need a hockey stick for the 3-2 pitch,” a disgusted Farrell said.
Aaron Hicks hit a tiebreaking home run off Rick Porcello (5-1) leading off the seventh inning, sparking Yankee Stadium’s new lights to flash like strobes at a rock concert.
Two innings later, tempers flared as the game turned tense and testy.
“My heart’s still racing. I think it’s something that’s going to take a little while to come down from,” Miller said a half-hour after the final out
Last-place New York, off to its worst start in a quarter-century, put pitcher CC Sabathia on the disabled list before the game because of a groin strain, then lost Jacoby Ellsbury to a hip muscle strain in the first inning, an injury manager Joe Girardi said is likely to sideline the center fielder for a couple days. Earlier in the week, Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went on the DL because of a hamstring injury.
Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first off Michael Pineda, but McCann hit an RBI double in the bottom half and Dustin Ackley singled in a run during the second.
Kulpa called third strikes on seven batters, six of them Red Sox.
“It’s just another game, another big game between the Yankees and Red Sox. Emotions are high,” Kulpa said. “The 3-1 pitch, I had it coming through the zone. That’s why I called it a strike. McCann didn’t help me out. He took the ball down a little bit, but the pitch still came through the zone. And the 3-2 pitch, I had it in the zone right down the middle.”
Ortiz insisted Kulpa blew the calls, saying all the pitches were balls, even the one he swung at.
The 40-year-old, a nine-time All-Star, plans to retire after this season and is on a feel-good tour around the major leagues. There were no happy emotions for him after this one.
“The bad thing about it is that the whole world watches these games,” Ortiz said. “The umpire was having a hard time in the game. It’s a situation when the game is on the line, and (he’s) got to focus better.”
But Hicks gave the Yankees something to cheer about on the 50-degree, rainy night and provided Kirby Yates (1-0) with the second win of his big league career. Acquired from Minnesota during the offseason, Hicks was hitting .088 with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 34 at-bats when he sent a hanging changeup over the Yankees bullpen and into the right-field bleachers.
“It definitely felt good, especially to finally help this team,” said Hicks, who moved to center when Ellsbury got hurt and misplayed a pair of fly balls as Boston loaded the bases in the sixth.
As he circled the bases, the Yankees used the strobe function of their new LED lights, which had previously been used only during soccer games.
“I knew it got a little dark, but that was about it,” Hicks said.
New York had lost seven of its previous eight games. At 10-17 the Yankees are off to their worst start since 1991.
To hold the lead, Girardi used Dellin Betances for a third straight day for the first time in the reliever’s big league career. After Travis Shaw’s infield hit in the eighth, Girardi brought in Miller.
“We’ve been struggling,” Girardi said. “I thought it was important that we win this game tonight.”
CUBS 8, NATIONALS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist homered twice, Anthony Rizzo added a towering solo shot and Chicago beat Washington for its fifth straight victory.
Zobrist has homered in three straight games. He drove in four runs for the second consecutive day against the Nationals.
Tommy La Stella also homered to help the Cubs win for the ninth time in 10 games and improve to 22-6, the best record in the majors.
John Lackey (4-1) struck out 11, one shy of his career high, in seven innings. Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
Max Scherzer (3-2) was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in five innings. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos homered for Washington.
WHITE SOX 10, TWINS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera had four hits and three RBIs, Jose Abreu hit a solo homer, and Chicago beat Minnesota to become the second major league team to reach 20 wins.
Adam Eaton drove in two runs and made one of three fine defensive plays for the White Sox (20-10), who trail only the crosstown Cubs (22-6) for most victories. Mat Latos (5-0) labored through five innings before four relievers combined for four scoreless innings as the White Sox snapped a two-game skid.
Benches cleared in the eighth when Trevor May hit Abreu with a 97 mph fastball. That came after Minnesota’s Byung Ho Park was hit by a pitch in the top of the inning. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected, but no players were tossed.
Ricky Nolasco (1-1) gave up seven runs, five earned, and nine hits in five innings, and Oswaldo Garcia hit a two-run homer for the Twins, They fell to an AL-worst 8-21.
REDS 5, BREWERS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips homered for the third straight game and Cincinnati’s bullpen finally ended its historic streak of giving up runs, closing out a victory over Milwaukee.
Cincinnati’s relievers had allowed at least one run in a major league-record 23 consecutive games. They put together four scoreless innings to end a streak that started on April 11.
The Reds have won three in a row for the first time since sweeping the season-opening series against Philadelphia.
Tim Adleman (1-0) got his first major league victory in his second career start, holding the Brewers to Alex Presley’s solo homer in five innings.
Phillips’ three-run shot in the third off Tyler Cravy (0-1) made it 5-0. It’s the second time that Phillips has homered in three straight games — he also did it in 2012. Joey Votto also had a solo shot off Cravy, who was called up from Triple-A when Wily Peralta went on the paternity list earlier in the day.
INDIANS 7, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez got three hits and drove in a career-high five runs to help Cleveland beat reeling Kansas City for its their fourth straight victory.
The World Series champion Royals have lost eight of 10.
Ramirez delivered a bases-loaded double in the third and a two-run double in the fifth. He singled in the second, walked in the eighth and raised his batting average to .324.
Danny Salazar (3-2) held the Royals to four hits and struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings.
Yordano Ventura (2-2) allowed five runs and threw 97 pitches in four innings. The right-hander walked five, increasing his AL-leading total to 25.
BLUE JAYS 5, DODGERS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Pillar hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, Jose Bautista also connected and Toronto beat Los Angeles.
Gavin Floyd (1-2) worked one inning for the win and Drew Storen survived a shaky ninth to earn his second save as the Blue Jays recorded their season-best fourth straight win.
Edwin Encarnacion doubled off Joe Blanton (2-2) with one out in the eighth and was replaced by pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera. The Dodgers intentionally walked Justin Smoak to face Pillar, who lined a 1-2 pitch into the bullpen in left.
RANGERS 5, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Cole Hamels held Detroit to one hit in seven scoreless innings, and Texas became the first team this season to beat Jordan Zimmermann.
Hamels (4-0) allowed a bloop single to right by Ian Kinsler — the first batter he faced — and that was Detroit’s only hit until Kinsler doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth. The Tigers managed a couple walks off Hamels, but he struck out nine and won his 11th straight decision. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 7.
Zimmermann (5-1) allowed two runs in the second — after giving up only two earned runs all season prior to that. He also allowed a solo homer to Rougned Odor in the fifth, and by the end of the night, his ERA had doubled from 0.55 to 1.10.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 4
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and Miami beat Philadelphia for its 11th victory in 12 games.
Stanton’s 10th home run of the season was a deep shot to left-center field off Hector Neris (0-1).
Kyle Barraclough (2-0) earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning in relief and David Phelps came on for the ninth for his second save.
The Marlins won seven in a row before losing 14-5 at Milwaukee on May 1 and have won the first four games of their nine-game homestand to improve to 16-12.
Maikel Franco homered and drove in two runs, and Peter Bourjos drove in a pair for Philadelphia.
Miami’s Christian Yelich opened the scoring with a two-run upper-deck homer to right-center field in the first inning.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jung Ho Kang homered twice and Francisco Liriano continued his dominance at Busch Stadium to help Pittsburgh beat St. Louis.
Kang, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, ripped the first pitch he saw from Tyler Lyons into the right field bullpen for a two-run homer to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Kang followed with a 427-foot homer into the upper deck in left in the eighth.
Liriano (3-1) improved to 4-0 with a 2.07 ERA in six career starts at Busch Stadium. Liriano fanned 10 through seven innings for his 24th career double-digit strikeout performance of his career.
Mark Melancon got his eighth save for Pittsburgh. The Pirates won their fifth straight road game and improved to 4-0 against the Cardinals this season.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (4-2) left with one out in the fourth due to fatigue.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed two runs in six innings, Brandon Drury hit a homer and Arizona beat Atlanta to snap a six-game losing streak.
David Peralta had three hits and drove in a run, and Wellington Castillo had a two-run single for Arizona in its highest-scoring game in almost two weeks. The Diamondbacks had been held to no more than four runs in each of their last nine games.
The Braves (7-21) have the worst record through 28 games in their Atlanta history. They are 1-13 at home.
Greinke (3-2) had eight strikeouts, matching his season high, while giving up seven hits and one walk. He is 5-0 in his last seven road starts. He earned his first win in three career starts at Turner Field.
Atlanta rookie Aaron Blair (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings.
ASTROS 6, MARINERS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa homered and finished with three hits and two RBIs to lead Houston past Seattle.
Marwin Gonzalez had a two-run homer and also doubled to help the Astros win for the third time in four games. Correa’s homer came off Taijuan Walker (2-2) with two outs in the first inning. It was his second home run in three games after not homering in the previous 24 games.
Evan Gattis reached on an error by shortstop Ketel Marte with no outs in the second. The Astros made it 3-0 when Gonzalez sent one into the seats in right field for the first multi-run homer of his career. The first 25 homers in his five-year career were solo shots.
Houston starter Doug Fister (3-3) allowed three hits and three runs with two walks in 6 1/3 innings for his second straight win. Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
RAYS 5, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and Corey Dickerson snapped out of a career-worst, 0-for-23 drought with a three-run homer to lead Tampa Bay over Los Angeles.
Brad Miller added four hits, including a home run.
Archer (2-4) scattered five hits, struck out six and stranded four runners in scoring position during his 100th major league start.
The right-hander, who fanned a franchise-record 252 batters last season and pitched in his first All-Star Game, is 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts against the Angels.
Cory Rasmus (1-1) gave up five runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings in place of right-hander Garrett Richards, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day because of a torn ligament in his elbow and is done for the season.
PADRES 2, METS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Jon Jay had three hits and an RBI, and San Diego beat New York for the second straight game.
The Padres, who have been blanked eight times this year, pitched their first shutout of 2016. They’ve held the defending NL champion Mets to three runs and seven hits in the first two games of a four-game series.
Pomeranz (3-3) allowed only a single to Asdrubal Cabrera with two outs in the fourth while striking out five and walking three in five innings. His effort came a night after Colin Rea took a no-hitter into the seventh in San Diego’s 5-3 victory.
Noah Syndergaard (2-2) took the loss after allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
GIANTS 6, ROCKIES 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer, Madison Bumgarner survived a shaky second inning and San Francisco ended a three-game losing streak to Colorado.
Hunter Pence, who had three hits, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt also drove in runs for the Giants, who ended a two-game slide.
Bumgarner (4-2) won his third straight start, retiring 15 of 17 after giving up all four runs in the second. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings.
Mark Reynolds collected three hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who had won five of their previous seven. Dustin Garneau also drove in a run.
Chad Bettis (3-2) lasted six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four. He also drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left, and teammates push designated hitter David Ortiz, second from left, away from umpire Ron Kulpa (46) as Ortiz reacts to a called second strike off of New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller n the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 6, 2016, in New York. The Yankees won 3-2. Both Farrell and Ortiz were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist had a piece of confetti stuck to his back as he stood in front of his locker, and there were a few more in the hallway outside of the lavish home clubhouse.
Welcome to Wrigley Field, where maintaining the supplies for the celebration room is one of Chicago’s biggest concerns these days.
Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings, Zobrist drove in four runs and the Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series between two of baseball’s hottest teams.
“This is a really good team, and we play good baseball,” Zobrist said, “and tonight was another good example of that.”
Hendricks (2-2) allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two as Chicago began a 10-game homestand with its fourth consecutive win and eighth in nine games. Zobrist hit a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth, helping the Cubs improve their major league-best record to 21-6 for their best start since they were 23-4 in 1907.
“It’s pretty fun, I can tell you that,” Hendricks said.
Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper singled and walked twice against Hendricks, but the right-hander shut down the rest of Washington’s lineup. Michael Taylor was stranded at second after a two-out double in the third for the Nationals’ first hit.
Jayson Werth hit a long two-run homer in the ninth for Washington, which had won five of six, including a 13-2 victory at World Series champion Kansas City on Wednesday. Even with the loss, the Nationals have baseball’s second-best record at 19-9.
“The worst overall game we’ve played in a while, but we were still in the ballgame,” manager Dusty Baker said.
Joe Ross (3-1) matched Hendricks for much of the chilly night, striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed five hits and walked two.
One rough stretch was enough to send Ross to his first loss since Aug. 16 at San Francisco.
Chicago’s first four batters in the fourth reached safely, producing two runs. Tommy La Stella singled, Kris Bryant had a ground-rule double and Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally before Zobrist’s single to right gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Rizzo was thrown out trying to advance to third on Zobrist’s hit, and Ross retired the next two hitters to get out of the inning. But the damage was done.
“I wish I could go back to the fourth and start over,” Ross said.
Zobrist connected for his third homer and Addison Russell added an RBI double in the eighth, providing some valuable breathing room. After Werth went deep against Travis Wood with two down, Hector Rondon retired Wilson Ramos on a liner to first for the final out.
“The pitching was solid overall,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Offensively, it was Zo’s night.”
PADRES 5, METS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Rea lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning when Yoenis Cespedes singled the other way against a shift, and finished with eight-plus innings of three-hit ball as San Diego beat New York.
The Padres remain the only team in the major leagues without a no-hitter, failing to achieve the milestone in 7,519 games since 1969.
Rea (3-1) had retired 19 straight batters until Cespedes grounded a single through the right side where the second baseman normally would have been. The no-hit bid was extended by the shift several times.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs for seventh save.
Rea got enough support from the Padres’ sometimes anemic offense, which jumped on Jacob deGrom (3-1).
RED SOX 7, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered to lead Boston over Chicago.
The Red Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games and took two of three in this series between AL division leaders, although this was anything but a thing of beauty.
The teams combined to strand 21 runners and draw 16 walks. But the East-leading Red Sox came up with enough big hits to prevail in a game that lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes.
Pedroia had three hits, starting with a solo homer in the first. Ramirez connected leading off a two-run third against Erik Johnson (0-1).
Reliever Matt Barnes (2-1) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.
MARINERS 6, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano had three hits and his tiebreaking three-run double in the ninth inning lifted Seattle to its fourth straight win.
The bases were loaded with one out in the ninth when Cano cleared them with his double off Luke Gregerson (0-1) that sailed just out of reach of center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Cano, who has at least two hits in five straight games, also drove in a run in the third inning to give him four RBIs and an American League-leading 30 this season.
Nick Vincent (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win and Steve Cishek allowed one hit in the ninth for his ninth save.
CARDINALS 4, PHILLIES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings, Brandon Moss hit a long home run and St. Louis beat Philadelphia.
Stephen Piscotty drove in two runs and also made an outstanding catch in right field to help preserve the shutout.
St. Louis won three of four in the series.
Garcia (2-2) gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.
Moss launched a drive estimated at 462 feet to right field in the first off Jerad Eickhoff (1-4). It was the longest homer by a left-handed hitter in the history of the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.
ORIOLES 1, YANKEES 0, 10 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Pedro Alvarez drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Baltimore finally broke through, beating New York.
A day after getting shut out by the Yankees, the Orioles managed only five hits in eight innings against Masahiro Tanaka. Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman did even better, limiting New York to three hits through eight.
Hyun Soo Kim began the Baltimore 10th with an infield hit off Johnny Barbato (1-2). Kim took third on a single by Jonathan Schoop. Nolan Reimold pinch ran for Kim and Andrew Miller relieved Barbato.
Alvarez hit a soft fly to center, and Reimold easily beat Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw to the plate.
Zach Britton (2-1) gave up a leadoff walk in the 10th and then struck out the next three batters.
BLUE JAYS 12, RANGERS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered, doubled twice and drove in six runs, powering Toronto past Texas.
Toronto set season highs for runs and hits (15).
Kevin Pillar doubled twice, singled and had two RBIs for Toronto.
J.A. Happ (4-0) gave up one run in seven innings
Derek Holland (3-2) was tagged for five runs in the first and chased during a six-run third.
INDIANS 9, TIGERS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and Cleveland beat Detroit for the sixth straight time this season.
Brantley came into the game batting .167. He had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the eighth, raising his average to .276.
Brantley also ended a potential Detroit rally in the sixth with a catch on the warning track after a long run.
Trevor Bauer (2-0) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings and overcame Nick Castellanos’ three-run homer in the fourth.
Napoli’s homer off rookie Michael Fulmer (1-1) capped a four-run first inning in which six straight hitters reached base.
ROCKIES 17, GIANTS 7
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story each homered and drove in three runs, and Colorado set a franchise record with a 13-run fifth inning in a victory over San Francisco.
Gerardo Parra had two hits and three RBIs in the fifth, when Colorado sent 17 batters to the plate.
It’s the most runs scored in an inning by any team since Arizona scored 13 in the fourth against Pittsburgh on April 11, 2010.
Every Rockies hitter either scored or drove in a run in the inning, including starting pitcher Chris Rusin, who singled home a pair of runs. Seven of the nine did both.
Matt Cain (0-4) lost his first four decisions in a season for the first time in his career. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings.
Christian Bergman (1-3) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
REDS 9, BREWERS 5
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer during his latest big game against Milwaukee, and Cincinnati beat the Brewers even though their bullpen extended its historically bad streak of allowing runs.
Alfredo Simon (1-3) made it easy on the major leagues’ worst bullpen, becoming only the second Reds starter to last seven innings. He allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings, including Alex Presley’s two-run homer.
The bullpen couldn’t close it out smoothly. J.J. Hoover gave up Chris Carter’s 10th homer leading off the ninth inning, extending the bullpen’s major league record to 23 consecutive games allowing at least one run.
Bruce homered during a five-run first inning off Chase Anderson (1-4). His 34 career homers against the Brewers are by far his highest total against any team.
MARLINS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Adam Conley pitched shutout ball for the second start in a row and Miami completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.
Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer, and Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson had two-out RBI hits.
Conley (2-1) gave up two hits in 5 1/3 innings and departed after throwing 88 pitches. The left-hander allowed no hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings last Friday against Milwaukee.
A.J. Ramos completed the five-hitter by pitching the ninth, lowering his ERA to 0.73.
Robbie Ray (1-2) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings for Arizona.
Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist, left, celebrates with Kris Bryant after they defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 in a baseball game Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-2.
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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)