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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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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer, Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester worked out of a pair of jams to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Zobrist’s third-inning homer put Chicago ahead after center fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped Rizzo’s two-out liner for an error. Lester (3-1) scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two.
With its seventh win in eight games, Chicago improved to a major league-best 20-6. The Cubs have won seven straight road games and completed their first sweep in Pittsburgh since Sept. 7-9, 2012. They lead second-place Pittsburgh by six games in the NL Central.
Juan Nicasio (3-3) allowed four runs — one earned — eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 5, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 509th home run to put Boston ahead to stay.
Ortiz’s two-run shot to right field off Carlos Rodon (1-4) in the fifth inning tied him with Gary Sheffield for 25th all-time. It was his sixth homer of the season and 451st with Boston, one off Carl Yastrzemski’s club mark.
Embattled Clay Buchholz (1-3) was sharp over seven innings in Boston’s fourth win in five games.
Red Sox: Farrell said the team will shed one of 13 pitchers and add a position player once restrictions on RHP Carson Smith are lifted in his return from a forearm injury. … LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) will aim for 100 pitches in what could be his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket. … RHP Joe Kelly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 55 pitches Friday for Pawtucket.
White Sox: DH Avisail Garcia (right hamstring) missed his fourth straight game after experiencing discomfort while running a day earlier.
A day after his 10-year run in Chicago ended, LHP John Danks (0-4, 7.25 ERA) told White Sox beat reporters he “can’t fault anybody” for the team’s decision to designate him for assignment.
“It’s a win-now league, and I wasn’t helping the team win,” Danks said.
Rodon drew Danks’ old No. 50 into the dirt on the back of the mound in the first.
RHP Erik Johnson arrives from Triple-A Charlotte and gets the first chance Thursday night to fill the hole in Chicago’s rotation following Danks’ departure. LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82 ERA) makes his third start for Boston to close the three-game series.
CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave St. Louis a victory.
St. Louis loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez (2-1). Stephen Piscotty delivered an RBI infield single to tie the game. Holliday then smacked a single through the left side of the infield to drive in plate the winning run.
Cardinals starter Mike Leake, the team’s big free agent addition in the offseason, entered the game with an 0-3 record and 5.83 ERA, He allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.
Kevin Siegrist (4-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the win.
ASTROS 16, TWINS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Castro homered and drove in four runs, and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both homered and knocked in three as Houston won consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Astros built a 6-0 lead after two innings and didn’t let up in setting a season high for runs. Altuve hit his fifth leadoff homer this year, Castro connected for the second straight game with his two-run shot in the third, and Correa’s first home run since April 6 came in the fourth.
Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes (1-5) allowed six hits and a season-high six runs in two innings.
Reliever Scott Feldman (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
METS 8, BRAVES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Matz (4-1) allowed two hits over 7 2/3 innings, Lucas Duda hit two of the Mets’ four home runs and New York extended its streak of winning series to six for the first time since August and September 2006.
Matz (4-1) struck out eight and walked none. He has a 0.67 ERA over his last four outings.
Jhoulys Chacin (1-2) gave up eight runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.
YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — CC Sabathia pitched seven sharp innings, Brian McCann drove in three runs and New York ended its six-game losing streak.
Playing in his 1,000th major league game, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with two walks to help the Yankees improve to 9-16 and avoid their worst skid since April 2007.
Sabathia (2-2) turned in his best performance of the season at a time when New York desperately needed a victory. The lefty allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.
He outpitched Tyler Wilson (1-1), who took a one-hitter into the sixth before the light-hitting Yankees took a 3-0 lead.
INDIANS 4, TIGERS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a five-hit shutout and Cleveland used a four-run fourth inning to defeat Detroit for the fifth straight time this season.
Kluber (2-3) worked out of jams in the second and fourth to beat Detroit for the second time in two weeks. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014, struck out seven and walked two in his second career shutout and eighth complete game.
Anibal Sanchez (3-3) didn’t allow a hit through three innings, but gave up four runs on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch in the fourth.
RAYS 8, DODGERS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat Los Angeles.
Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays.
Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2.
Ramirez (5-1) went two scoreless innings to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth and picked up his sixth save.
BLUE JAYS 4, RANGERS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Toronto beat Texas.
Edwin Encarnacion singled off Tony Barnette (1-2) to begin the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera. Justin Smoak walked, Troy Tulowitzki popped up and Kevin Pillar walked to load the bases for Martin, who drove a ball beyond the reach of Nomar Mazara into the right field corner.
The Blue Jays won 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday on Justin Smoak’s second home run of the game.
Roberto Osuna (1-0) worked one inning for the win.
MARLINS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in two runs for Miami.
Jose Fernandez (3-2) allowed three runs in five innings while striking out seven for the Marlins, who have won nine of 10.
Miami held Arizona scoreless over the final four innings for the win.
Kyle Barraclough struck out Nick Ahmed with two on to end the eighth and A.J. Ramos pitched a clean ninth for his ninth save.
REDS 7, GIANTS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Eugenio Suarez and Zack Cozart homered in a five-run second against Jake Peavy (1-3).
Peavy allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 9.00 in six starts. He had been 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 starts against the Reds.
Adam Duvall added a solo shot for the Reds, and Dan Straily (1-1) overcame solo homers by Brandon Belt and Conor Gillaspie for his first major league win since April 10, 2014, with Oakland.
ANGELS 7, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Trout had an RBI triple and sparked a four-run eighth with a solo homer.
Trout tied the game at 3 after leading off the eighth with a drive to right on a hanging curveball from Tyler Thornburg (2-1). Five batters later, pinch-hitter C.J. Cron drove in the go-ahead run after looping a two-out double. Trout, a four-time All-Star,has 18 RBIs in his last 13 games after a slow start.
Fernando Salas (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning, and Joe Smith threw two shutout innings for his second save.
NATIONALS 13, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle, slumping slugger Bryce Harper also went deep. Mrphy and Clint Robinson drove in three runs apiece.
Stephen Strasburg (5-0) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out seven.
Kris Medlen (1-3) gave up nine runs, six of them earned, and six hits in two-plus innings for Kansas City. His home ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.
MARINERS 9, ATHLETICS 8
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dae-Ho Lee hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh after an earlier solo shot for his first career multi-homer game, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep.
Mike Montgomery (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win on a day Nelson Cruz also homered, a rare shot into the second deck of seats in dead-center.
Lee hit his third and fourth homers, connecting in the seventh against John Axford (2-1) as the Mariners had a season-high 16 hits and improved to an AL-best 11-4 on the road. The A’s lost their fourth straight.
ROCKIES 2, PADRES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood (4-2) pitched three-hit ball for eight innings in his sixth start since Tommy John surgery, sending San Diego to its eighth shutout loss in 28 games this season.
Jake McGee pitched perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Cesar Vargas (0-1) allowed one run, four hits and three walks in six innings.
Christhian Adams grounded into an RBI in the fifth, and DJ LeMahieu’s squeeze bunt scored Mark Reynolds in the ninth.
Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz watches his two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon, also scoring Xander Bogaerts, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Watching with Ortiz is catcher Dioner Navarro. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana supplied the pitching, Jose Abreu took care of the offense and the defense was there all night long.
The White Sox said goodbye to a longtime teammate, and then went right back to work.
Quintana pitched eight crisp innings for his third straight win, and AL-leading Chicago cooled off the Boston Red Sox with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
“They bring it every day, which is great,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Abreu had two hits and three RBIs as Chicago ran its record to 19-8 for its best start since it had the same record in 2006. It has won three straight and nine of 11 overall to keep up with the major league-leading Cubs, revving up the anticipation for an intriguing summer in the Windy City.
The White Sox kicked off a six-game homestand without John Danks after general manager Rick Hahn said the team will cut the left-hander on Thursday, ending a 10-year run with the franchise. Erik Johnson will be promoted to pitch against the Red Sox, but Hahn said the fifth starter is “going to be a bit of a fluid situation.”
Danks hasn’t been the same since he had shoulder surgery in 2012. He was hit hard while dropping his first four starts this year.
“It’s kind of sad to see a guy like that leave,” catcher Dioner Navarro said. “Everybody loves him, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great pitcher. Just going through a tough stretch right now.”
Hanley Ramirez’s one-out homer in the fifth halted Quintana’s scoreless streak at 20 1/3 innings, but the lefty bounced back by retiring Travis Shaw and Chris Young on a pair of grounders. He retired three in a row after Xander Bogaerts’ leadoff single in the seventh, including swinging strikeouts of David Ortiz and Shaw.
“He was painting pitches and hitting the corners,” Ramirez said.
Quintana (4-1) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked none while lowering his ERA to 1.40. David Robertson finished for his ninth save in 10 chances.
The Red Sox (15-11) were coming off a weekend sweep of the Yankees and had won seven of eight. But they wasted an effective start by knuckleballer Steven Wright in the opener of a six-game trip.
Abreu hit a run-scoring triple in the first and a two-run double in the eighth against Junichi Tazawa. The Cuban slugger is batting .464 (13 for 28) during a seven-game hit streak.
“I think it’s just his time,” Ventura said. “Even in BP it just sounds better. A lot is made of the slow start, but it could be something with the cold, I don’t know. But it sure looks better and it sounds better.”
Todd Frazier also had a run-scoring groundout in the third for the White Sox, who finished with just five hits.
Wright (2-3) allowed three hits and walked four in six innings.
“A little frustrated with the walks,” Wright said. “They earned the first run. I felt I kind of gave them the second run. When I’m there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it’s hard for the defense.”
Quintana got some help from his defense in the second when Austin Jackson made a leaping grab of Ortiz’s drive to the warning track in center. Adam Eaton also made a nice running catch on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s liner to right in the third.
CUBS 7, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates yet again, scattering two hits in seven shutout innings as Chicago defeated Pittsburgh.
Seven months after shutting the Pirates down in the NL wild card playoff, Arrieta allowed only singles to Sean Rodriguez in the second and Francisco Cervelli in the seventh. Arrieta (6-0) struck out five and walked two while lowering his ERA to 0.84. He became the second six-game winner in the major leagues after Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.
Kris Bryant had three hits for the Cubs, who have won seven of eight and moved five games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Jon Niese (3-1) gave up six runs and nine hits over five innings while losing for the first time since the Pirates acquired him from the New York Mets in an offseason trade.
ROYALS 7, NATIONALS 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving Kansas City a victory.
Tanner Roark lasted into the eighth inning for Washington, but he was relieved by Felipe Rivero with runners on the corners and one out. Eric Hosmer grounded into a fielder’s choice to make it 6-4.
Rivero got through the rest of the inning and turned the lead over to Jonathan Papelbon (1-1), who served up back-to-back singles to start the ninth. After Omar Infante struck out, Moustakas came on to pinch hit and guided a single through the left side to knot the game 6-all.
Alcides Escobar kept the line moving with a single to center, and Cain ripped a liner into the gap in left-center.
BRAVES 3, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Wisler wiped out New York with eight innings of one-hit ball and Mallex Smith hit a rare Atlanta homer off a scuffling Matt Harvey.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s clean single to center field with one out in the fifth was the lone hit for the defending NL champions. Wisler (1-2) walked two, struck out four and beat the Mets for the third time in his two-year career.
A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI double and the Braves, with the worst record in the majors at 7-19, won for the third time in five games following an eight-game skid.
Harvey (2-4) didn’t feel well Monday and was given fluids to help him recover Tuesday afternoon, Mets manager Terry Collins said.
PHILLIES 1, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Aaron Nola threw seven innings and Ryan Howard homered to lead Philadelphia to a victory.
Philadelphia has won seven of eight while St. Louis has lost five of six.
Jeanmar Gomez recorded his ninth save in as many opportunities after Hector Neris struck out the side in the eighth inning.
Nola (2-2) allowed two hits and struck out seven in an 111-pitch stint. He has a string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings dating to April 22. Nola, who retired the last 10 batters, has given up one run or fewer in four of six starts this season.
Howard, a St. Louis native, drilled a first-pitch offering from Michael Wacha (2-2) over the wall in right in the sixth inning.
He has 22 homers in 66 games against St. Louis and has 12 homers in 36 games at Busch Stadium.
ASTROS 6, TWINS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Castro and George Springer hit homers and Houston held on for a victory.
Castro hit his first homer of the year to lead off the three-run third inning, and Springer hit a shot that bounced off the railroad tracks in left field and out of the stadium to cap the three-run fourth.
Castro’s home run was knocked down by a fan and never made it over the wall into the Crawford Boxes, but it was called a homer, and after a lengthy review, it was confirmed.
Jose Altuve and Springer walked after Castro’s blast before Carlos Correa knocked an RBI double and Alex Meyer (0-1) uncorked a wild pitch to score Springer and give the Astros a 3-2 lead.
ORIOLES 4, YANKEES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit two home runs, Chris Tillman scattered five hits over seven innings and Baltimore extended New York’s losing streak to six games.
Trumbo hit a solo shot in the second inning and his eighth of the season with a runner on in the fifth. Both homers were off Luis Severino (0-4), who yielded only two long balls in his previous four starts.
Tillman (3-1) allowed one run, matched his career high with nine strikeouts and walked four. The right-hander also fanned nine in his last start, against Tampa Bay.
Brad Brach worked the eighth and Darren O’Day finished for his second save.
Didi Gregorius drove in the lone run for the last-place Yankees, whose six-game skid matches their longest of last season. New York fell to 8-16, including 3-9 on the road.
BLUE JAYS 3, RANGERS 1, 10 INNINGS
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak’s first two home runs of the season, a tying drive in the ninth inning and two-run shot in the 10th, led Toronto over Texas.
Rougned Odor homered on Marco Estrada’s second pitch of the game, the first leadoff home run of Odor’s big league career.
The lead stood until Smoak connected on Shawn Tolleson’s third pitch of the ninth inning, a drive over the scoreboard in left center-field.
Edwin Encarnacion singled against Phil Klein (0-1) leading off the 10th, Troy Tulowitzki struck out and Smoak homered to left. Toronto won despite going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Joe Biagini (1-1) pitched two innings of two-hit relief for the win, completing a six-hitter.
INDIANS 7, TIGERS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer, scored three times and fell a triple short of the cycle, leading Cleveland to a victory.
Lindor singled in the first inning when Cleveland scored three times, doubled and scored in the third and homered in the fifth as the Indians ended Detroit’s five-game winning streak.
Josh Tomlin (4-0) remained unbeaten in four starts, allowing two runs in six innings.
Justin Verlander (2-3) gave up seven runs in five innings.
The Indians beat the Tigers for the fourth straight time this season.
DODGERS 10, RAYS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Trayce Thompson, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig homered as Los Angeles pulled out of an offensive funk with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Howie Kendrick had four hits, including a two-run double that broke a fifth-inning tie, to help left-hander Scott Kazmir (2-2) get his 100th win. The RBIs were the first of the season for Kendrick, coming in his 59th at-bat.
Only Tampa Bay’s Logan Morrison has more at-bats (64) this season without driving in a run.
Thompson hit a two-run homer in the second inning and added a two-run single off Matt Moore (1-3) to finish a four-run fifth. Pederson hit a solo shot with two outs in the second, and Puig added a three-run homer off Ryan Webb in the ninth.
GIANTS 3, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Samardzija went eight innings to win his third straight start — a career first — and San Francisco rallied for two runs in the eighth inning against Cincinnati’s historically bad bullpen.
Cincinnati’s bullpen gave up at least one run for the 21st consecutive game, surpassing the 2013 Colorado Rockies for the major league record, according to information provided by the Reds from the Elias Sports Bureau.
With the game tied 1-1, Kelby Tomlinson drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single off Caleb Cotham (0-1). Gregor Blanco followed with another run-scoring single, putting the Giants in position for their fifth straight win at Great American Ball Park.
Samardzija (4-1) had been 0-5 in his last nine starts against the Reds, but limited them to three hits — including Adam Duvall’s homer — to end the slump.
MARLINS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run pinch-hit single put Miami ahead in the sixth inning to rally past Arizona.
Miami trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the sixth, when three Arizona pitchers combined to give up three walks and a hit batsman.
Suzuki’s one-out single put Miami up 5-4 and improved his career average with the bases loaded to .383.
Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer for Miami, his third in as many games. Christian Yelich drove in two runs with a fielder’s choice and his second homer.
Arizona’s Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer off Justin Nicolino (2-0), who won despite allowing four runs in six innings. A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
BREWERS 5, ANGELS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit two long home runs and drove in three, Junior Guerra won his first career major league start, and Milwaukee rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat Los Angeles.
With the Brewers trailing 4-0, Carter’s two-run homer in the third caromed off the black batter’s backdrop in center. His solo shot in a three-run fifth to deep left-center off starter Nick Tropeano (1-1) put Milwaukee up for good.
Guerra (1-0), who was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs this week, allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings.
The Angels nearly spoiled Guerra’s night after loading the bases in the seventh with two walks and a single and nobody out. Reliever Michael Blazek escaped the jam after Cliff Pennington popped out and Yunel Escobar bounced into a double play.
MARINERS 8, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Leonys Martin hit home runs and Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven solid innings for Seattle.
Iwakuma (1-3) took a shutout into the sixth inning and allowed four hits to end a career-worst, four-game losing streak dating to last September. He walked two and struck out three.
Norichika Aoki and Adam Lind drove in runs for the Mariners, who have won 10 of 13 games. Aoki has hit safely in all 14 games he’s had an at-bat against the A’s.
Khris Davis homered and Jed Lowrie had two hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have lost five of seven and have dropped six consecutive series to the Mariners.
Sonny Gray (3-3) allowed a career high-matching seven runs and 11 hits in his seven-plus innings.
PADRES 6, ROCKIES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Cashner recovered from a shaky first inning to lead San Diego.
Kemp’s homer in the fourth was the first hit of the game against Rockies starter Eddie Butler, who retired the first 11 batters. Wallace followed with an opposite-field shot into the first deck in left.
Cashner (2-2) gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Charlie Blackmon, and fell behind 2-0 in the first inning.
Colorado added a run in the second when Trevor Story singled home DJ LeMahieu.
Having exited his last outing after 2 2/3 innings, Cashner lasted six innings while allowing three runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out six.
Butler (0-1) allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Hammel raised his record to 4-0 and Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night.
Hammel’s ERA rose to 1.24 after entering the game with a National League-leading 0.75 mark. He gave up two runs and five hits in five-plus innings with three strikeouts and one walk. His streak of five straight starts of allowing one run or fewer ended.
Rizzo hit an RBI double and scored in the third inning as the Cubs went ahead 2-1, then doubled again during a four-run fifth that pushed the lead to 6-1.
The Cubs improved to 18-6, tops in the major leagues, and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season while winning for the fifth time in six games.
NATIONALS 2, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen combined on a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy drove in first-inning runs and the Nationals beat Kansas City.
Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits and a pair of walks over six innings in his latest smooth start. He’s only allowed four earned runs combined in his first five outings.
Sammy Solis needed eight pitches for a spotless seventh, and Shawn Kelley and Oliver Perez combined to strike out three straight after a leadoff double in the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon breezed through a perfect ninth as the Nationals followed up a sweep of the Cardinals with their fourth straight win.
METS 4, BRAVES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda hit home runs in the first inning as New York teed off, sending Bartolo Colon and the Mets over Atlanta for their ninth win in 10 games.
The Mets’ homer barrage came in a span of 16 pitches. The Braves have hit just five homers all season, by far the fewest in the majors for the team with the worst record in the big leagues.
A few weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, Colon (2-1) pitched eight scoreless innings. He coasted to his 220th career victory, breaking a tie with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers and trailing only the 243 by Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.
Colon gave up seven hits, six in the first three innings, walked none and struck. He threw 99 pitches — 77 strikes — in the longest outing by a Mets starter this year. He was 4-0 against Atlanta last season.
CARDINALS 10, PHILLIES 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six innings and hit a three-run home run — the first of five for St. Louis — as the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak.
Matt Adams, rookie Aledmys Diaz and Randal Grichuk added solo homers and Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to help St. Louis overcome a 3-0 deficit and avoid its first five-game slide since losing seven straight from July 26-31, 2013.
Wainwright, who has struggled since missing most of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, has won two straight. Wainwright (2-3) was the last Cardinals pitcher to get a win after yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 11-4 rout at Arizona on April 27.
In this victory, Wainwright pitched six innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He improved to 6-2 in 11 career starts against the Phillies.
TWINS 6, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Dozier broke out of a slump with three hits and Minnesota snapped Dallas Keuchel’s 17-game home winning streak with a victory over Houston.
Keuchel (2-4) allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and struggled with his command for the third time this season, walking five. The Cy Young winner hadn’t lost at home since Aug. 10, 2014, against Texas.
Dozier snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a double in the first and singled to start the three-run fourth as the Twins ended a four-game losing streak.
Jose Berrios (1-1) earned his first career win, giving up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his second major league start. Berrios was tagged for five runs in four innings in his first start.
GIANTS 9, REDS 6
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati roughed up Johnny Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but San Francisco rallied against the Reds’ historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford’s three-run homer to a victory.
Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game. It was Cueto’s worst showing since he gave up eight runs during Kansas City’s 11-8 loss at Toronto in the AL Championship Series last season.
The Reds’ bullpen tied history while letting a 6-3 lead slip away.
Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco singled in runs off J.C. Ramirez (0-2) in the seventh. Crawford connected off Drew Hayes for his third homer and an 8-6 lead.
RANGERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Nomar Mazara hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Texas beat Toronto for its fifth win in six games.
In the bottom of the eighth, Mazara preserved the one-run lead by throwing out Michael Saunders at home plate to end the inning.
Tony Barnette (1-1) worked one inning for the win and Shawn Tolleson finished for his ninth save as the Rangers handed the Blue Jays their fourth consecutive home loss. It’s Toronto’s longest slump at Rogers Centre since a four-game skid from April 23-26, 2014.
Named the AL’s top rookie in the month of April earlier Monday, Mazara broke a 1-1 tie with a shot to center off Gavin Floyd (0-2).
Brett Nicholas also homered.
BREWERS 8, ANGELS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson pitched seven strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run to lead Milwaukee past Los Angeles.
Nelson (4-2) retired 15 of 16 batters before giving up a solo home run to Mike Trout in the sixth. He allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings.
Ryan Braun reached base four times for Milwaukee, which broke through in the fifth against Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver (3-1) when left fielder Rafael Ortega misplayed Yadiel Rivera’s liner, leading to a run. Nelson, who entered the game with just one hit in 11 at-bats this season, drove in Rivera with his second single of the game to put the Brewers in front 2-1.
With two outs, Weaver intentionally walked Braun but Jonathan Lucroy doubled to drive in two more runs, putting Milwaukee up 4-1.
Milwaukee added four runs in the sixth.
Trout had four hits for Los Angeles, which left the bases loaded in the ninth.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano had three hits and scored twice and Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning for Seattle.
Nelson Cruz added three hits, and Chris Iannetta and Adam Lind drove in runs for the Mariners, who have won five straight at the Oakland Coliseum.
Nathan Karns (3-1) gave up three runs over six-plus innings. Seattle’s right-hander struck out six and walked one to earn his third straight win.
Steve Cishek struck out pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie with two runners on for his seventh save.
Khris Davis homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s.
All of Seattle’s runs came off starter Kendall Graveman (1-3).
PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in the first inning to help James Shields earn his first victory of the season as San Diego overcame 11 strikeouts by Jon Gray.
Shields (1-4) allowed one run while scattering nine hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
The Padres took a quick lead against Gray after their first four batters reached. Jon Jay and Wil Myers singled, and Kemp doubled them in.
Shields had received just five runs of support in his previous five starts. The right-hander was coming off a hard-luck defeat at San Francisco on Tuesday, when he allowed three hits in a 1-0 loss to Johnny Cueto.
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DENVER (AP) — Slumping outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit three homers and drove in five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Tuesday night.
This was the second time McCutchen has gone deep three times in a game. He also accomplished the feat on Aug. 1, 2009, against Washington.
The perennial All-Star entered the game in a 3-for-23 funk on this road trip but rediscovered his swing. McCutchen hit solo shots in the first and second innings off starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-3). He also lined a three-run homer off reliever Christian Bergman in the sixth.
The major league record for homers in a game is four, which has been done 16 times and last by Josh Hamilton in 2012. McCutchen had a chance to equal the mark in the eighth, but grounded out.
Gerrit Cole (2-2) threw six innings and allowed four runs — two earned — to win his second straight start.
WHITE SOX 10, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Sale won again, pitching eight sharp innings and leading Chicago over Toronto for its fifth straight win.
Sale (5-0) has won all of his starts this season and leads the majors in victories. The lefty ace has a 1.66 ERA.
Sale carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning, retiring 13 straight batters before Edwin Encarnacion homered. Sale gave up four hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two.
Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer and Avisail Garcia and Adam Eaton added solo shots for Chicago.
The three home runs, 15 hits and 10 runs were all season highs for the White Sox.
R.A. Dickey (1-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. The knuckleballer is winless in his last four outings and dropped to 2-6 in 12 career games against Chicago.
CUBS 4, BREWERS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell’s two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning snapped a tie and Chicago held off Milwaukee to secure its best 20-game start since 1907.
Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single in the seventh and Adam Warren (2-0) struck out three in two scoreless innings as the Cubs improved to 15-5, surpassing the 1969 club’s 14-6 start. The 1907 World Series-winning team began 16-4.
Ryan Braun’s pinch-hit, two-run double off Pedro Strop in the eighth got the Brewers within a run. But Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
With a 16 mph wind blowing in and the wind chill 34 degrees at first pitch, runs were at a premium. Third baseman Aaron Hill’s fielding error to begin the sixth led to two unearned runs off Jimmy Nelson (3-2) in the Brewers’ fourth loss in five games.
TWINS 6, INDIANS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano singled in a run with one out in the ninth inning, giving Minnesota walk-off win over Cleveland.
Minnesota rallied after Mike Napoli homered off Kevin Jepsen (2-3) in the top of the ninth to tie the game 5-5. It was Jepsen’s third blown save in five chances.
The Twins came back against closer Cody Allen (0-2). Minnesota’s Brian Dozier doubled with one out in the ninth and intentionally walked Joe Mauer. Sano followed with a line drive to center field to score Dozier.
Minnesota is now 6-4 at Target Field and 1-10 on the road.
Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs on five hits and struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 11, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — David Price matched his career high with 14 strikeouts, Travis Shaw homered and drove in five runs and Boston beat Atlanta as the Braves’ staggering home-run drought reached 15 games.
The Braves, who opened the season with nine straight losses, have lost seven straight.
The homer drought is the longest for the Braves in their 51 years in Atlanta. It’s the franchise’s longest span since a 16-game streak in September, 1946, when the Braves were based in Boston. Atlanta is 1-12 at home.
Price (3-0) allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings. The left-hander struck out the side in the eighth to match his career high.
Shaw hit a three-run homer off Matt Wisler (0-2) in the first and added a two-run double off Ryan Weber in Boston’s five-run ninth.
MARLINS 6, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third straight game, hitting a go-ahead, three-run shot off Clayton Kershaw, and Miami rallied to beat Los Angeles for its third straight victory.
The Marlins trailed 3-0 before scoring five runs in the sixth inning off Kershaw (2-1), capped by Stanton’s drive into the center-field bleachers.
Kershaw’s five earned runs allowed in the inning were as many as he allowed in his first 35 innings to start this season. He hadn’t allowed five runs in an entire game in his last 30 starts.
Kershaw finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings but got his first loss in his last eight regular-season starts dating to last year.
Tom Koehler (2-2) pitched five innings for the win and A.J. Ramos worked around a two-out, two-on jam in the ninth to close it out for the Marlins.
METS 4, REDS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes returned from a leg injury to line a tying, three-run homer as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning off Brandon Finnegan, slumping David Wright had a go-ahead single later in the inning and New York rallied past Cincinnati for its 10th straight win against the Reds.
Cespedes had missed three straight games because of a bruised right thigh and had fluid drained Monday. He electrified the small Citi Field crowd on a cool night when he rocketed a 93 mph fastball, the first pitch he saw from Finnegan, off the green wall that was the fence when the ballpark opened in 2009.
Wright, who had been 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position, broke the tie later in the inning against Tony Cingrani (0-2).
Logan Verrett (3-0) won in relief for the second straight day. Jeurys Familia closed for his seventh save in seven chances.
ATHLETICS 5, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Rich Hill allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and Oakland beat Detroit.
Marcus Semien homered for the A’s, and Hill (3-2) breezed through Detroit’s righty-heavy lineup with little trouble. The left-hander struck out eight and wasn’t really in any jams after he escaped the first inning with two on.
Mike Pelfrey (0-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings and remains winless since signing with Detroit this past offseason. He allowed three runs in the fourth inning and then gave up Semien’s two-run shot with two out in the seventh.
Justin Upton made a terrific catch in left field in the third, reaching above the wall on a drive by Oakland’s Chris Coghlan. The ball actually popped out of Upton’s glove, but he was able to gather it in before it hit the ground.
RAYS 3, ORIOLES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.
After Steven Souza Jr. had a two-out single in the sixth, Kiermaier put the Rays up 3-1 on his two-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2).
Tampa Bay has won three in a row, with 11 of its 13 runs over the stretch coming with two outs.
Reliever Enny Romero (1-0) gave up a hit in one-plus innings for win. Alex Colome got the final two outs to get his fifth save.
Jimenez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings as the Orioles lost for the eighth time in 12 games since starting the season 7-0.
GIANTS 1, PADRES 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched a seven-hitter for his seventh career shutout to outwork James Shields, and San Francisco beat San Diego.
Cueto (4-1) struck out a season-high 11 batters, walked one and repeatedly pitched out of trouble to help the Giants to their seventh straight home win against the Padres. It was his 13th career complete game.
Denard Span drove in the game’s only run with a two-out double in the fifth inning that scored Brandon Crawford.
Alexei Ramirez had two hits for San Diego. The Padres were blanked for the sixth time this season.
The matchup between the two former All-Stars lived up to the hype.
Shields (0-4) remained winless despite giving up only three hits over seven innings. The Padres’ hard-luck ace did not allow a hit until Crawford’s leadoff single in the fifth but received no run support again.
MARINERS 11, ASTROS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, Nathan Karns threw seven shutout innings and Seattle beat Houston.
Cano reached 1,000 RBIs in his career with a two-run single in the fifth and then crushed his seventh-inning grand slam.
Karns (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out six while walking three.
Dallas Keuchel (2-3) pitched six innings of six-hit ball in the defeat. The left-hander allowed five runs while striking out five and walking two.
The Mariners took the lead in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Nelson Cruz.
RANGERS 10, YANKEES 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A.J. Griffin pitched eight strong innings, Mitch Moreland hit a bases-loaded two-run single during a five-run third and Texas beat New York.
The Rangers ended a four-game skid, during which they totaled five runs. They were no-hit for six innings by Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Monday night.
In the third, Texas got all five runs with two outs after Prince Fielder was intentionally walked by Luis Severino (0-3) to load the bases. Ian Desmond walked, then Moreland hit his single. Desmond scored on a wild pitch, and Elvis Andrus had an RBI single.
Griffin (3-0) allowed four singles and a walk and struck out five. Griffin, who didn’t pitch in the majors during the past two seasons following Tommy John surgery, has limited opponents to a .189 batting average in four starts.
Desmond and Rougned Odor homered for Texas, and Andrus had three hits.
ANGELS 9, ROYALS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Giavotella drove in three runs with his first homer of the season, Mike Trout and Carlos Perez had two-run singles and Los Angeles beat Kansas City.
Jered Weaver (3-0) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings and struck out four. The Angels scored one more run than they totaled in the right-hander’s first three starts this season.
Edinson Volquez (3-1) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in in five innings. The right-hander, facing the Angels for the first time since 2007, was coming off a 4-0 win over Detroit in which he allowed five hits through seven innings.
Mike Moustakas homered and Jarrod Dyson hit a pair of RBI doubles for the defending World Series champions, who had six two-base hits altogether — all against Weaver. The franchise record is 11, set on Aug. 11, 2003 against the Yankees.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andres Blanco’s three hits included a two-run homer and he scored the go-ahead run on Maikel Franco’s seventh-inning double, helping Philadelphia edge Bryce Harper and Washington.
Jeanmar Gomez, Philadelphia’s fourth pitcher, got Harper to ground out to third with a man on first in the ninth to end the game and earn his fifth save.
Before the game, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin spoke about “a theory” for how to pitch to reigning MVP Harper, who came in leading the NL in homers and RBIs.
Philadelphia walked Harper three times, but he delivered a run-scoring single off Vincent Velasquez (3-1) in the fifth.
CARDINALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Martinez gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings, Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty homered and St. Louis beat Arizona.
Martinez (4-0) won for the fourth time in four starts. The 24-year-old right-hander held the Diamondbacks without a hit until David Peralta’s one-out single in the fourth.
Moss had four hits, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Piscotty added a two-run shot in the seventh.
Former Cardinal Shelby Miller (0-2) threw four scoreless innings before St. Louis broke through for five runs in the fifth.
Still, it was a small step forward for Miller, who had battled control issues and hadn’t made it past the second inning in his previous two outings.
Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas homered for Arizona off reliever Tyler Lyons in the ninth.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen tips his helmet as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Christian Bergman in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered for the third consecutive game on Friday night, and Jon Lester gave a fitting follow-up to Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter by going seven innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs improved to 13-4, the best record in the majors and one of the best starts in the last 100 years. They also opened 13-4 in 1908 — the last time they won the World Series — and in 1970. The 1907 team went 14-3 on its way to a Series title.
Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter in the series opener on Thursday night, a 16-0 win. Lester (2-1) limited the Reds to five hits, including Zack Cozart’s solo homer, and one walk.
Rizzo hit a solo shot — his team-high sixth — off Jon Moscot (0-1).
WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago pulled off its first triple play in nearly 10 years to secure Jose Quintana’s scoreless outing and beat Texas.
Quintana retired 11 straight through six innings until he loaded the bases on Prince Fielder’s double, Adrian Beltre’s single and a walk. Mitch Moreland drilled a ball down the right field line that Adam Eaton caught on the run as the runners took off.
Eaton threw to first to get Ian Desmond, and the White Sox eventually got Fielder in a rundown between third and home to finish the play. It was the first time Texas got caught in a triple play since 1991 and the first one the White Sox turned since Sept. 18, 2006, against Detroit.
Quintana (2-1) allowed just four hits over seven innings to help snap the Rangers’ four-game winning streak. Brett Lawrie had a two-run double in a three-run sixth off Rangers starter Martin Perez (0-2).
ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 5
DENVER (AP) — Brandon Barnes hit a tie-breaking two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting Colorado past Los Angeles.
Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn homered for the Rockies, who have won their last four against the Dodgers.
Adrian Gonzalez homered and singled to drive in three runs and Corey Seager hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for the Dodgers.
Trailing 5-4, the Rockies evened the score on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Arenado drew a one-out walk in the eighth off Chris Hatcher (2-2) and Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. One out later, Barnes, who entered in the eighth as a defensive replacement for Raburn, tripled off the wall in right-centerfield to drive in his first runs of the season.
Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee got three outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
RED SOX 6, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Steven Wright pitched into the seventh inning, and Mookie Betts finished a home run shy of the cycle for Boston.
Betts tripled in the first and ninth innings, scoring both times. He had an RBI double in the second and singled and scored in the fourth. He flied out in the sixth.
Wright (1-2) had his third straight good start to begin the season, allowing one run — no earned — and four hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He did walk five, with Carlos Gomez scoring on a passed ball in the seventh.
The knuckleballer has gone at least six innings in each of his starts and has allowed two runs or less in each of his starts this season.
Craig Kimbrel got Carlos Correa to end the game for his fifth save.
PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 7
PHOENIX (AP) — Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer homered and Pittsburgh held on to beat Arizona and snap its five-game winning streak.
All three home runs came off Patrick Corbin (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings.
Arizona’s Welington Castillo homered twice and has four in his last four games. David Peralta also hit a home run for the Diamondbacks in the opener of their 10-game homestand.
Jonathon Niese (3-0) got the win despite surrendering four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Mark Melancon allowed three straight singles with two outs in the eighth but pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
NATIONALS 8, TWINS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a home run and robbed one in left field and Gio Gonzalez pitched six-plus innings for Washington.
Jose Lobaton drove in three runs with a triple and a single, and National League batting leader Daniel Murphy had two more hits for first-place Washington, which has won six straight at home.
Gonzalez (1-0) enjoyed offensive support for the first time in three starts while allowing three runs – two earned – on six hits.
In the third, Byron Buxton’s high fly gave Werth time to get back to the fence. He timed his jump perfectly, getting his glove just above the wall and bringing Buxton’s drive down with him.
In the fifth, Werth hit a solo shot to left center, his third.
Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson (0-3) lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits.
METS 6, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Curtis Granderson homered twice, including a grand slam, to drive in five runs and Matt Harvey got his first win of the season for New York.
Granderson’s sixth career grand slam was a line-drive shot he pulled into the right-field seats off Bud Norris (1-3) in the second inning. Granderson had three hits, including another homer off Norris in the fourth, giving him four on the season.
New York has 21 homers in its last seven games — the most in a seven-game span in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Harvey (1-3) ended a streak of four straight losing decisions, including his first three starts this year. He needed 101 pitches to make it through five innings as he allowed two runs and seven hits and one walk.
Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Young struck out 10 in six innings, Mike Moustakas homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs for Kansas City.
Young (1-3), who came in with a 7.90 ERA and had allowed 20 hits in 13 2/3 innings, baffled the Orioles. Young recorded his sixth career double-figure strikeout game and his first since April 24, 2008, when he struck out 10 against San Francisco while with San Diego.
Young gave up two runs and four hits, including a sixth inning leadoff home run to Manny Machado, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.
Wade Davis pitched a spotless ninth to log his seventh save in as many chances.
Moustakas hit his sixth home run on Yovani Gallardo’s second pitch with Alcides Escobar aboard. Moustakas had a two-out, RBI double in the second off Gallardo (1-1).
PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco homered twice and Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings as Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee.
The Phillies snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Brewers.
Franco hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. He blasted a solo shot over the Brewers bullpen in left in the seventh to stake the Phillies to a four-run lead.
Nola (1-2) allowed four hits and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point and 16 of 17 to close out his outing.
Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (0-2) surrendered four runs and nine hits over six innings.
YANKEES 6, RAYS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury stole home, a daring dash that seemed to startle most everyone at Yankee Stadium and helped New York rush past Tampa Bay.
Ellsbury became the first Yankees player to pull off a straight steal of home since Derek Jeter in 2001. And Ellsbury’s timing in the fifth inning was really surprising: He took off with two outs on a full-count pitch to Brett Gardner, who let it go high for ball four.
Ellsbury added a two-run double in eighth. Brian McCann hit an early two-run homer, then sliced a tiebreaking single in the sixth as the Yankees ended a three-game losing skid.
Ivan Nova (1-0) won in relief of CC Sabathia. Dellin Betances struck all three batters in the eighth and Andrew Miller closed for his fourth save as a light sprinkle fell.
ATHLETICS 8, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Coghlan hit a three-run home run, Stephen Vogt had three hits and Oakland won its sixth straight.
The Athletics snapped a six-game skid at Rogers Centre and set season-highs in runs and hits (14).
Sonny Gray (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as Oakland improved to 7-0 on the road, its best start since opening 8-0 away from home in 1990.
Kevin Pillar’s two-run single off Sean Doolittle pulled Toronto to 6-5 in the eighth. Khris Davis replied with an RBI single in the ninth and a second run scored as the ball skipped past left fielder Ezequiel Carrera for an error and rolled to the wall.
Ryan Madson finished for his AL-leading seventh save.
Aaron Sanchez (1-1) allowed a career-worst six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays lost their third straight.
INDIANS 2, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Santana and Marlon Byrd homered off Justin Verlander, lifting Cleveland to a victory.
Josh Tomlin (2-0) allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Cody Allen pitched the ninth, getting Miguel Cabrera to pop up in foul territory for the first out, and earned his fifth save in as many chances.
Verlander (1-2) gave up four hits, but two were costly because they went over the fence in right field. He walked two and struck out 10.
Cleveland had lost three of four. Detroit has dropped four of its last five games.
MARINERS 5, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez came through with a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning and Nelson Cruz added a two-run homer for Seattle.
No. 9 hitter Ketel Marte greeted Jose Alvarez (0-1) with a leadoff single, advanced on a sacrifice by Norichika Aoki and scored when Gutierrez lined a 1-0 pitch to center field. Cruz then lined his third homer of the season just over the short fence in the left field corner on a full count.
Joel Peralta (1-0) got the victory with a perfect inning of relief.
Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th for his fourth save in four chances. The seven-year veteran right-hander is back to being a full-time closer, two seasons after posting a career-high 36 saves for the Miami Marlins.
GIANTS 8, MARLINS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija struck out five over 7 2-3 innings and drove in a career-high three runs with a double to win in a memorable home debut as San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak.
Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds made his return to AT&T Park.
Samardzija (2-1), who signed a $90 million, five-year contract, left to a standing ovation when he walked off in the eighth. He allowed one run and six hits and didn’t walk a batter in the 117-pitch gem.
Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan and Denard Span had RBI singles, while Matt Duffy had a sacrifice fly and Brandon Crawford drove in a run on a groundout for the Giants, who had gone 3 for 35 with runners in scoring position during their skid.
Samardzija hit a two-run double in the sixth and RBI single in the fifth.
Marlins starter Jarred Cosart (0-1) walked six batters over 4 1-3 innings for his second straight start allowing six free passes. He has 15 walks over 14 2-3 innings in his initial three starts. Cosart allowed six runs and eight hits.
PADRES 4, CARDINALS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers had a solo homer among his three hits and drove in three runs, and Andrew Cashner threw six strong innings for San Diego.
The Padres have won four of six games.
Myers’ homer to right-center off Adam Wainwright with one out in the first was estimated at 418 feet. It was his fourth.
Myers hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Cashner, who beat out a leadoff bunt single and advanced to third on Jon Jay’s single to right. Myers’ third hit was an RBI double in the seventh.
Adam Rosales hit an RBI double for the Padres in the fourth.
Cashner (1-1) allowed Randal Grichuk’s homer to left-center with two outs in the fourth, his third. He gave up one run and three hits while striking out four and walking one.
Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, center, celebrates in the dugout with Jason Heyward (22) after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jon Moscot during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts for the Chicago Cubs, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night.
The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season.
Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine fly to right field to end it.
Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0. That gem came as Arrieta put together one of the best pitching stretches in club history.
The Reds hadn’t been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.
Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old righty is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum and Homer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013 against the Giants.
Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Greg Maddux went 5-0 in 2006. Ken Holtzman is the only other Cubs pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.
Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Arrieta contributed a pair of singles and a walk.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez tossed seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas went deep and Kansas City Royals pounded Mike Pelfrey.
Volquez (3-0) retired the first eight batters and only had to wiggle out of one jam, when Alcides Escobar let a grounder go through his legs in the fourth inning. The Tigers went on to load the bases before Volquez struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end it.
Escobar atoned for his gaffe with a sacrifice fly off Pelfrey (0-3) in the bottom half of the fourth. Volquez scattered five hits and a walk while striking out five.
RANGERS 7, ASTROS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Desmond’s first homer of the season was good for three runs and A.J. Griffin outpitched 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel as Texas completed a three-game sweep.
The Rangers have won four straight and have swept three straight home series from the Astros for 10 total games.
Griffin (2-0) trailed 1-0 two batters in after giving up back-to-back doubles to Jose Altuve and George Springer but allowed only one other run and four hits through six innings.
Keuchel (2-2) gave up season highs of six runs and 13 hits in six innings.
ATHLETICS 7, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Khris Davis and Coco Crisp homered on consecutive pitches, backing Rich Hill’s sox strong innings, and Oakland completed a three-game sweep.
With the score tied at 2-all to start the seventh inning, Davis greeted reliever Chasen Shreve (1-1) by sending his first pitch deep over the center-field wall. Crisp then lined the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left for the A’s first back-to-back home runs of the season.
The 36-year-old Hill (2-2) kept his former club’s anemic offense off-balance with a big, sweeping curve, limiting them to just two runs and three hits while striking out 10.
Oakland won its fifth straight and remained the only team in baseball with a perfect road record. It was the first time they swept a series in the Bronx since 2006.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yasmani Tomas hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth, Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs, and Arizona beat San Francisco for a four-game sweep.
Tyler Wagner (1-0) allowed two hits in five relief innings of Shelby Miller as Arizona wrapped up a 7-3 road trip with a fifth straight win and first four-game sweep ever in the Giants’ 17th-year ballpark.
The benches cleared and both teams were warned in the eighth after Josh Osich hit Arizona’s David Peralta with a pitch for the second straight day. Peralta walked toward the mound, but there were no ejections.
Johnny Cueto (3-1) was tagged for his first loss since joining the Giants on a $130 million, six-year contract.
PIRATES 11, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched six impressive innings for his first win this season and Pittsburgh beat San Diego to avoid a three-game sweep.
Cole (1-2), who grew up in Newport Beach and pitched at UCLA, held San Diego to four singles while striking out seven and walking none. Only two Padres baserunners reached scoring position against Cole.
After scoring three runs against James Shields (0-3) through four innings, the Pirates piled on with eight runs against two relievers in the seventh. John Jaso and Starling Marte had RBI doubles in the big inning while David Freese and Francisco Cervelli had two-run singles.
Leonel Campos, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso, allowed seven runs, five earned, while getting only one out in the big inning. He walked one, hit a batter and had a batter reach on a strikeout-passed ball.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied.
Rookie Joey Rickard had three hits and scored the decisive run for the Orioles, who won despite leaving 13 on base and going 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Baltimore erased a 2-1 deficit in the seventh before taking the lead for the first time in the eighth.
Rickard singled off Brett Cecil (0-3) with one out and moved up on a passed ball by Russell Martin. Machado then hit an opposite-field fly to right that dropped between two fielders, scoring Rickard with an unearned run.
Darren O’Day (1-0) got three straight outs in the eighth and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his fourth save.
ANGELS 3, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and reached base four times, helping back Jered Weaver as Los Angeles beat Chicago to close a 10-game trip.
Melky Cabrera’s solo homer in the seventh was the lone run off Weaver (1-1), who allowed three hits in seven innings despite velocity that topped out at 85 mph.
Trout connected on a fastball from John Danks (0-3), driving the ball 419 feet to left-center with two outs in the fifth — he has been 0 for 8 with four strikeouts against Danks. Trout also singled and walked twice.
DODGERS 2, BRAVES 1, 10 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Yasmani Grandal doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Los Angeles overcame a not-quite-overpowering performance by Clayton Kershaw.
Enrique Hernandez singled with one out against Alexi Ogando (1-1) and came around to score on Grandal’s shot off the center-field wall. Chris Hatcher (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth before Kenley Jansen earned his seventh save.
Coming off his first career save, Matt Wisler pitched four-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings for the Braves.
Both teams scored in the first, and that was it until Grandal gave the Dodgers their second straight extra-inning win over the Braves.
Kershaw came in with a 1.64 ERA. The Braves got to the three-time Cy Young winner for 10 hits in eight innings, only the fourth time in 246 career starts that he’s given up double figures. He struck out 10.
TWINS 8, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ricky Nolasco struck out seven and allowed five hits over six-plus innings, and Minnesota snapped a season-opening, seven-game road losing streak.
Miguel Sano hit his second homer of the year and an added an RBI single for the Twins, who were the only winless road team in the majors entering the afternoon.
Nolasco (1-0) allowed an RBI double to Ryan Braun in the first before settling down and retiring 16 of the next 18 Brewers hitters. Taylor Jungmann (0-3) struggled for the Brewers, allowing a career-high six walks, four hits and three runs over four-plus innings.
The Twins had classic songs by pop superstar Prince blaring over the audio system in the visiting Miller Park clubhouse. “Little Red Corvette” played on a loop before someone switched the track to “Purple Rain.” The Minnesota native died Thursday.
RAYS 12, RED SOX 8
BOSTON (AP) — Evan Longoria and Curt Casali homered off David Price, and Tampa Bay chased their ex-teammate in the fourth inning.
The Rays gave up five runs in the first inning but scored six in the fourth to take a three-run lead. It was tied 8-all in the eighth when Steven Souza Jr. doubled home the go-ahead run.
The Rays, who entered the game with the fewest runs scored in baseball, topped their previous season high of seven.
Erasmo Ramirez (4-0) struck out Mookie Betts with the bases loaded in the seventh, then pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth. Alex Colome got two outs for his third save.
MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki had two hits, scored twice and made two sliding catches in right field for Miami, who used a makeshift lineup to beat Max Scherzer and Washington.
Bryce Harper hit his eighth home run for Washington, boosting his majors-leading RBIs total to 22.
The 42-year-old Suzuki batted leadoff for the first time this season and started in right field for a slumping Giancarlo Stanton, who was given the day off.
Also sitting out for the Marlins at the start of the series finale were Dee Gordon and J.T. Realmuto. But the lineup shakeup produced four runs in the first two innings against Scherzer (2-1).
Tom Koehler (1-2) and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, while Scherzer allowed five runs in five innings.
MARINERS 10, INDIANS 7, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning off Cody Allen, lifting Seattle.
Cano had an early single and then an RBI double in the sixth before connecting with two outs for his sixth home run this season. He had been hitless in seven previous at-bats against Allen (0-1).
Steve Clevenger, who hit a two-run homer in the second, drew a leadoff walk from Allen. Franklin Gutierrez walked on a full count with two outs before Cano homered to dead center.
Tony Zych (1-0) pitched the ninth for his first major league win. Steve Cishek worked the 10th for his second save in as many days.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, left, celebrates with catcher David Ross after the final out of his no-hitter in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Cubs won 16-0. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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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)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins became the last team in the major leagues to win this season, after Byung Ho Park drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Angels.
Both Minnesota and Atlanta stopped nine-game losing streaks Friday. The Braves beat Miami earlier in the night. That left the 2002 Detroit Tigers with the dishonor of being the last team to start a season 0-10 or worse.
Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe hit consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth off Angels starter Garrett Richards, the third multi-run inning for the Twins this season. This was the first time they topped three runs in a game, but they’re still last in the majors with 19 runs.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Adonis Garcia drove in three runs in the final three innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for their first victory of the year after nine consecutive losses, beating Miami.
The Braves managed just one hit in the first six innings, trailed 3-0 in the seventh and appeared on the verge of falling to 0-10, which would have matched the worst start in franchise history in 1988.
Their comeback began with three consecutive hits in the seventh, including a double by Garcia to drive in the first Atlanta run. Nick Markakis’ RBI single in the eighth made it 3-all, and Garcia’s two-run double put the Braves ahead.
WHITE SOX 1, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sale tossed a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera singled in Jimmy Rollins in the ninth and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.
Sale (3-0), from nearby Lakeland, struck out nine for his best start to a season since going 5-0 in 2014. He retired 16 straight between singles by Desmond Jennings in the second and Steve Pearce in the seventh.
The game was delayed for about 10 minutes after the seventh so a woman struck by a foul ball in the bottom of the inning could get treatment.
The fan, sitting in box seats next to the Tampa Bay dugout on the first-base side, was taken off on a stretcher. The ball came off the bat of Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr.
METS 6, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, and New York held off Cleveland.
Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza also went deep for the Mets, who entered with 20 runs and a major league-low two homers in their first eight games.
De Aza had a leadoff homer in the fifth and finished with three hits from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Cespedes also had three of New York’s 14 hits.
Cleveland scored three times in the ninth before Jeurys Familia retired Jose Ramirez with two on for his third save.
Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and earned his 219th win, tying Pedro Martinez for second-most by a Dominican-born pitcher behind Juan Marichal (243).
ASTROS 1, TIGERS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched eight scoreless innings, Colby Rasmus provided the offense with an RBI single and Houston snapped a three-game skid with a win over Detroit.
Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout and earn his third save.
Keuchel (2-1), who was last year’s American League Cy Young winner, has won a franchise-record 17 straight regular season games at home. He hasn’t lost in Houston since Aug. 10, 2014.
On Friday he allowed five hits and struck out four with one walk for his second win this season.
Mike Pelfrey (0-2) allowed five hits, one run and tied a career-high with six walks in six innings for his second straight loss to start the season.
ROCKIES 6, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Chad Bettis pitched six scoreless innings, Ben Paulsen had an RBI single and threw out a runner at the plate, and Colorado took advantage of Chicago’s shaky defense for a victory.
The Cubs, who had won eight of nine in their best start in 47 years, managed only four singles and made four errors. Third baseman Kris Bryant committed two of the errors, including a wild throw on a bunt that scored a run in the seventh.
Bettis (2-0) was sharp in first career start against the Cubs. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.
Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1) was charged with four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. The Cubs had won five in a row.
MARINERS 7, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano got two more hits to celebrate his special connection to Jackie Robinson Day as Seattle sent New York to its third straight loss.
Cano’s father, a former major league pitcher, named his son for the Brooklyn Dodgers great. Cano improved to 14 for 38 (.368) on the day all major leaguers honor the late Hall of Famer by wearing his No. 42.
Cano was 1 for 19 when he hit an early RBI single. The former Yankees star began the season on a home run binge, but had cooled off.
Chris Iannetta homered, singled twice and drove in three runs. The Mariners opened a nine-game trip by boosting their road record to 3-1. They are 1-5 at Safeco Field.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and Travis Shaw hit a two-run double to lead Boston to a victory over Toronto.
David Ortiz added a run-scoring double for Boston, moving him one RBI behind Hall of Famer Tony Perez (1,652) for 26th all time. Big Papi also stole a base, joining Ted Williams, Cy Young and Rickey Henderson as the only four Red Sox players with a steal at 40-years-old.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his first two homers of the season, drove in all three Toronto runs and had all of three of the Blue Jays’ hits.
Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and two hits, striking out eight and walking one. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his third save.
R. A. Dickey (1-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
NATIONALS 9, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, and Joe Ross allowed three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings to help Washington to its best start in club history.
Jayson Werth added two doubles and three RBIs, and Michael Taylor also went deep for Washington, which improved to 8-1 to mark the best nine-game beginning since the franchise was born in 1969 as the Montreal Expos.
Ross (2-0) struck out five and walked two. The 22-year-old, facing the Phillies for the first time, retired 12 straight before Freddy Galvis’ two-out single in the eighth ended his night.
BREWERS 8, PIRATES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.
Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter’s eye in center field off Kyle Lobstein in the sixth to put the Brewers ahead 5-0. After the Pirates drew within a run, Braun hit a 415-foot shot to dead center in the eighth off Neftali Feliz for his third of the season to make it 7-4.
It was Braun’s 23rd career multi-homer game.
Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, his first, to chase Nelson (2-1) with none out in the seventh. The Pirates cut the gap to 5-4 later in the inning on back-to-back doubles by David Freese and Starling Marte with two outs.
Jeff Locke (0-1) gave up three runs, five hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 11, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit two of Baltimore’s four home runs in a nine-run seventh inning and the Orioles beat Texas.
The Orioles were still down 5-3 after Trumbo’s two-run homer chased Martin Perez with no outs in the seventh. They went ahead to stay when Jonathan Schoop and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back homers off Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1), and Trumbo added a three-run shot off a second reliever later in the inning.
Trumbo is the first Baltimore batter ever with two homers in the same inning, and first in the majors since Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion against Houston on July 26, 2013, according to STATS.
Schoop homered again in the eighth, a solo shot that was his third of the season and gave him his third career game with multiple homers.
CARDINALS 14, REDS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday had two of St. Louis’ six home runs in a rout of Cincinnati.
Aledmys Diaz and Brandon Moss each added three-run homers to help the Cardinals to their sixth win in the last seven games. They have scored seven or more runs in all six wins and hit double-digits four times.
Moss and Matt Adams also homered. Adams’ pinch-hit homer was the second of the game and sixth of the season. That surpasses the Cardinals total of four from pinch hitters last season.
Holliday drove in four runs and reached base four times in recording the 20th multi-homer game of his career.
Carlos Martinez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings.
Starter Tim Melville (0-1) gave up seven runs in three innings.
Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano, left, gets a high-five from manager Paul Molitor and Byung Ho Park after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2016, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)