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MLB Roundup: Andrew Benintendi powers Red Sox past Braves 8-6

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Andrew Benintendi homered and drove in three runs, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Saturday in Boston.

The A.L. East-leading Red Sox celebrated the return of Dustin Pedroia with their sixth win in seven games. Mitch Moreland had a key two-run double, Steven Wright (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 16th save.

The 34-year-old Pedroia went 0 for 4 with a walk and scored once in his first game after offseason knee surgery.

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer for Atlanta, and Ronald Acuna Jr. connected for a solo shot. Sean Newcomb, a Massachusetts native, struggled with his control in his first career game at Fenway Park, giving up three runs and walking four in three innings. Sam Freeman (1-2) took the loss.

Angels 11, Yankees 4: Mike Trout homered and doubled three times during his first five-hit game in the majors, and the Los Angeles quickly erased an early deficit in beating New York at Anaheim, California.

Playing not far from his southern New Jersey hometown, Trout went deep for the third straight game to tie Boston’s Mookie Betts for the big league lead with 17 home runs. The two-time MVP drove in four runs and set career bests with four extra-base hits and 11 total bases.

Jose Briceno homered in his major league debut for Los Angeles, and rookie Jaime Barria (4-1) returned from the minors to win his third consecutive major league decision.

Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Austin Romine homered for the Yankees. Sonny Gray (3-4) was tagged for five runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Mariners 4, Twins 3 (12): Mike Zunino homered with two outs in the 12th to give Seattle the victory over visiting Minnesota.

Zunino turned on a 2-2 breaking ball from Matt Magill (1-1) and lined it out to left field to give the Mariners their 15th one-run victory this season, the most in baseball. Seattle is also 5-0 in extra-inning games.

It was Zunino’s eighth home run of the season and his second career game-ending homer.

Seattle missed a chance to win it in the 11th after Gordon Beckham reached on an infield single and advanced to third with two outs. Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch from Magill to put runners at the corners, but Kyle Seager popped out to end the threat.

Chasen Bradford (4-0) worked the 12th to get the win.

Padres 7, Dodgers 5: Christian Villanueva homered twice and Jose Pirela hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, leading San Diego over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

It marked the second multi-homer game of Villanueva’s career, and second this season. He hit three home runs against Colorado on April 3 at Petco Park.

Freddy Galvis and A.J. Ellis also homered for the Padres, who won for the second time in their last five games.

Phillies 2, Blue Jays 1: Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Nick Williams hit his third pinch-hit homer in the eighth and the Phillies moved into first in the N.L. East, defeating Toronto in Philadelphia.

Nola did not allow a hit until Russell Martin’s tying RBI single with two out in the seventh. He struck out 10 and walked three while throwing 113 pitches, matching a career high.

Seranthony Dominguez (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win. Luis Garcia worked the ninth for his first save.

Williams led off the eighth with a drive to center off Joe Biagini (0-4). Williams leads the majors in pinch-hit RBIs (eight) and total bases (19).

Toronto’s Jaime Garcia allowed five hits in seven innings and gave up his only run on Maikel Franco’s homer leading off the fifth.

Indians 8, Astros 6: Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers, and Cleveland’s beleaguered bullpen hung on as the Indians defeated visiting Houston.

Michael Brantley added a solo homer and the Indians needed every bit of the power display to end Houston’s five-game winning streak.

Cleveland’s Andrew Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee before the game.

Carlos Carrasco (6-3) allowed five runs and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson (U-Hi, GU) and Dan Otero combined to record seven outs, and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

For Houston, Jose Altuve, who had four hits, and Tony Kemp hit two-run homers.

Athletics 3, Diamondbacks 0: Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for his second career shutout, leading Oakland to the victory over Arizona in Oakland, California.

Mengden (5-4) struck out five and walked none. Socrates Brito singled in the second and David Peralta singled in the sixth for Arizona’s only hits.

Matt Olson, Matt Joyce and Chad Pinder connected for the Athletics, who began the day ranked last in the majors with 15 home runs at home and tops in baseball with 47 on the road.

The Diamondbacks wasted a solid outing for Clay Buchholz in their 15th loss in 17 games. Buchholz (0-1) permitted one run and two hits in six innings.

Rangers 4, Royals 3 (10): Shin-Soo Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia, connecting for a leadoff drive in the 10th inning that lifted Texas to the victory over Kansas City in Arlington, Texas.

Choo’s 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player.

Choo hit a 3-1 pitch from Kevin McCarthy (3-2) for his eighth homer this year. It was his third career game-ending homer and first in five seasons with the Rangers.

Alex Claudio (3-2) got the win by working the 10th.

Brewers 17, Mets 6: Erik Kratz homered in his Brewers debut, and Jesus Aguilar also connected in Milwaukee’s rout of visiting New York.

Christian Yelich had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times for the N.L. Central-leading Brewers, who have won eight of their last 10.

Dan Jennings (3-1) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Kratz, acquired Friday from the Yankees, homered with two outs in the fifth against A.J. Ramos, who came unraveled during what had been a close game.

Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto homered for the Mets. Jacob Rhame (0-1) pitched one inning and took the loss.

Giants 5, Cubs 4: Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer, Brandon Belt drove in two runs and the Giants stopped a three-game slide, defeating the Cubs at Chicago.

Chris Stratton (6-3) shook off a shaky start and lasted five innings for his third straight victory. Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Chicago lost for the third time in four games. Javier Baez hit his team-leading 12th homer, and Kyle Schwarber homered, doubled and scored two runs.

The Cubs blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Jose Quintana (5-4) allowed four runs and five hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

Nationals 4, Marlins 1: Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and the visiting Nationals rallied to beat the Marlins for the 10th consecutive time.

Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen took a two-hit shutout into the eighth but gave up a one-out homer to Wilmer Difo, who pulled a pitch off the foul pole to make the score 1-all.

Reynolds connected against Brad Ziegler (0-4) for his fifth homer in 27 at-bats since being called up from the minors. Pinch-hitter Matt Adams and Trea Turner each added an RBI single.

Justin Miller (1-0) got one out for the win in his first major league appearance since 2016. Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1: Jack Flaherty pitched six crisp innings and Matt Carpenter homered, leading St. Louis to the road win.

Flaherty (2-1) gave up Starling Marte’s long home run in the first but settled down quickly. The rookie allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two.

Bud Norris worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Carpenter finished 2 for 5, including a blast off Trevor Williams (5-3) leading off the game that cleared the right-field seats.

Williams lasted just four innings and 65 pitches, his shortest start of the season. The right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits with three walks.

Rays 5, Orioles 1: Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda and Chaz Roe combined on a three-hitter on a bullpen day as Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore in St. Petersburg, Florida.

With the Rays thin in the rotation, Banda (1-0) entered with two outs in the second. He wound up allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings. Roe worked a perfect ninth.

Sergio Romo will make his second start in three days in Sunday’s series finale when the Rays complete a stretch of three consecutive days of having relievers starting games.

Baltimore’s Andrew Cashner (2-6) was tagged for five runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

White Sox 8, Tigers 4: Tim Anderson homered twice on his way to a career-high four RBIs, leading Chicago to the victory over the Tigers in Detroit.

Anderson and Jose Abreu each hit a solo drive in the fifth, tying it at 3. Daniel Palka led off the sixth with a tiebreaking shot off Francisco Liriano (3-2), and Anderson’s three-run homer against Louis Coleman made it 7-3 White Sox.

Hector Santiago (1-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in five innings in his first win since May 9, 2017, for Minnesota against the White Sox.

Jeimer Candelario homered twice for Detroit and drove in three runs. Liriano struck out eight in five-plus innings, but was charged with five runs and six hits.

Reds 6, Rockies 5: Scooter Gennett had five hits, including a solo homer, Tony Cruz also homered and Cincinnati defeated Colorado in Denver.

It marked the second time in Gennett’s career that he collected five hits, previously accomplishing the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 6, 2017. Gennett also helped preserve the win, turning a double play after the Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against reliever Jared Hughes.

Michael Lorenzen (1-0) pitched one inning in relief, and Hughes earned his third save.

MLB Roundup: Gleyber Torres homers in fourth straight game as Yankees win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games, Aaron Judge threw out a pair of runners from right field and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Friday night in New York.

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way Japanese rookie sensation, came to bat with the potential tying run on base and two outs in the eighth. New York brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani with Justin Upton at first. Chapman threw a wild pitch that advanced the runner, Ohtani sent a 100 mph pitch just foul of the left-field pole, then grounded out on a 101 mph offering.

Mike Trout tied the score in the fifth for Los Angeles with his 16th home run.

Chad Green (3-0) won in relief of Luis Severino. Chapman, pitching on five days’ rest, got four straight outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

Rockies 5, Reds 4: Pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning, Jon Gray settled down after a shaky start and Colorado beat Cincinnati to open a long homestand.

Nolan Arenado homered early for Colorado in the first of nine in a row at Coors Field.

Gray threw 100 pitches over six taxing innings in allowing four runs. Wade Davis struck out two of three in the ninth to earn his major league-leading 18th save.

Mariners 2, Twins 1: James Paxton allowing one run in seven innings and struck out 11, and Mitch Haniger’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning helped lift the Mariners past Minnesota in Seattle.

Seattle won its 14th one-run game, thanks largely to another strong performance by Paxton (4-1). The lefty allowed just three hits – two of them to Max Kepler – and didn’t walk a batter.

Paxton allowed Kepler’s home run leading off the fifth inning.

Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his A.L.-leading 18th save.

Fernando Romero (2-1) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 1: Patrick Corbin allowed four hits in seven innings and Nick Ahmed homered to help Arizona snap a seven-game losing streak with the victory over the Athletics in Oakland, California.

Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy drove in two runs apiece for the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost 13 of their previous 14 games and averaged 1.9 runs during that stretch.

Corbin (5-1) was the beneficiary of some much-needed offense and ended a streak of five starts without a victory. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Mark Canha homered for Oakland but Sean Manaea (5-5) struggled for a fifth consecutive start, sending the A’s to their sixth loss in seven home games.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Matt Kemp slugged a three-run homer in the first inning, Enrique Hernandez added a solo shot in the third and the Dodgers beat San Diego in Los Angeles in a matchup of the two worst teams in the N.L. West.

The Dodgers won their third in a row and seventh in their last eight while improving to 11-14 at home. They are next-to-last in the division. Lodged in the cellar, the Padres are 4-4 in their last eight.

Rangers 8, Royals 4: Ronald Guzman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading Texas past Kansas City in Arlington, Texas.

The rookie first baseman hit his sixth home run of the season. Guzman started three games against the New York Yankees earlier this week and homered in each, but struck out as a pinch-hitter against the Royals on Thursday night. Nomar Mazara also had a homer and three RBIs for Texas.

Red Sox 6, Braves 2: Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th and the Red Sox beat Atlanta in Boston.

Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.

Orioles 2, Rays 0: David Hess pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, helping Baltimore overcome a strong effort from Tampa Bay’s bullpen, defeating the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Danny Valencia doubled in a run off starter Sergio Romo, and Jonathan Schoop went deep against Ryan Yarbrough, spoiling a an impressive opener for the Rays’ relievers as the team plans to use bullpen days in all three games this weekend. Yarbrough replaced Romo (1-1) after two outs and struck out eight over seven innings, tying a franchise record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher.

Hess walked three and struck out three. Both of his wins have come against Tampa Bay.

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Astros 11, Indians 2: Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, and Houston scored all 11 runs in the final two innings to rout the Indians in Cleveland.

Houston scored three runs off Miller during a four-run eighth before George Springer’s three-run homer helped make it a blowout in the ninth.

Springer’s homer off Josh Tomlin highlighted the ninth, when the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate. Houston has won 13 of 16 and is 4-1 against Cleveland this season.

Joe Smith recorded the final out in the seventh.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5: Justin Smoak homered, Sam Gaviglio struck out six over six innings and Ryan Tepera escaped a ninth-inning jam for his first save to lead visiting Toronto past Philadelphia.

Yangervis Solarte and Kevin Pillar added RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who opened a nine-game road trip after going 1-6 and getting outscored 43-22 on a seven-game homestand against Oakland and the Angels.

Gaviglio (2-0) won for the second time in place of injured starter Marcus Stroman (right shoulder fatigue), allowing three runs on three hits – including the first career homer by Phillies starter Zach Eflin (1-1). Carlos Santana also homered for Philadelphia.

Pirates 8, Cardinals 1: Joe Musgrove came off the disabled list to win his Pittsburgh debut with seven scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated St. Louis in Pittsburegh. Musgrove also had his first career hit and scored the winning run.

The right-hander singled to lead off the sixth inning, when the Pirates scored three times off John Gant (1-2) to break a scoreless tie. Musgrove came home on Josh Harrison’s double.

Musgrove (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He was activated before the game after being sidelined all season with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired from Houston in January.

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run double in the seventh to make it 6-0.

Tommy Pham homered for the Cardinals.

Cubs 6, Giants 2: Kyle Hendricks limited visiting San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, and Ben Zobrist lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh for Chicago.

Hendricks (4-3) struck out seven and walked two. The Cubs scored four in the seventh while chasing Derek Holland (2-6) to grab a 5-1 lead. Gorkys Hernandez had two of San Francisco’s four hits – a leadoff homer in the fourth and a single in the sixth.

Nationals 9, Marlins 5: Max Scherzer was twice unable to hold a two-run lead and won anyway when Washington’s bullpen locked down the Marlins in Miami.

Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams each hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, and Bryce Harper’s two-run double in the seventh broke it open. Scherzer (8-1) labored through six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, both season highs.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Jeimer Candelario had a go-ahead RBI bloop single during a three-run eighth inning and the Tigers rallied past Chicago in Detroit.

Candelario was reinstated from the disabled list before the game. He dropped in what initially looked like a routine popup over first baseman Jose Abreu’s back shoulder, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score from third and giving the Tigers their first lead of the night.

Reliever Buck Farmer (1-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got the win. Shane Greene retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save. Former Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon (2-3) took the loss.

Brewers 4, Mets 3 (10): A.J. Ramos walked consecutive batters to force in the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, handing the Brewers the victory over New York in Milwaukee.

Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins with runners at first and third, walked Hernan Perez on four pitches then skipped his 3-1 pitch to Travis Shaw to end it. That scored Eric Sogard, who singled with one out off Robert Gsellman to spark the rally and snap an 0-for-28 skid.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton stays unbeaten, leads Astros over Indians

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   CLEVELAND – Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season with six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2 on Thursday night.

Morton (7-0) allowed two runs and five hits while extending his career-best winning streak to 10 games. The right-hander, who moved into a tie for the AL lead in wins, hasn’t lost since Sept. 9, 2017, against Oakland. He walked three and struck out five.

Morton fell behind after Michael Brantley’s two-run single in the third, but his offense gave him plenty of support. Houston scored three runs in the fifth and added five in the sixth to put the game away.

Mike Clevinger (3-2) opened with four scoreless innings, but couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Bregman capped the inning with his fifth homer over the 19-foot high wall in left field that put Houston ahead. He added an RBI double in the sixth.

Royals 8, Rangers 2: At Arlington, Texas, Danny Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning, Salvador Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Shin-Soo Choo in the face, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers for their season-best third straight victory.

Perez had four RBIs on a pair of two-run singles with two outs, first in the fifth and then the seventh innings. But the catcher’s caught stealing in the first inning was more memorable.

Duffy’s pitch in the dirt bounced off Perez and then hit Choo in the face, sending the left-handed hitter staggering out of the box. Perez scrambled to get the ball from in front of home plate, then threw out Delino DeShields trying to take second on the play. Choo remained in the game and drew a walk in the plate appearance.

Duffy (2-6) allowed a run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. The veteran left-hander entered the game with a 6.88 ERA this season and had allowed at least five earned runs in five of his previous 10 starts.

Orioles 9, White Sox 3: At Chicago, Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the White Sox.

Bundy (3-6) had been roughed up in losing four of five previous starts, but sparkled once again in an afternoon contest. The 25-year-old right-hander improved to 2-1 with 1.32 ERA in five day games.

Adam Jones and Trey Mancini hit solo home runs as Baltimore took a 9-0 lead after three innings. Jones and Manny Machado each had three hits, and Chance Sisco drove in three runs for the last-place Orioles. They won for just the third time in nine games and improved to 6-21 on the road.

Jose Rondon hit a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth for the first hit off Bundy. It was Rondon’s second career homer and second in two days.

Earlier in the day, White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office cited use of Erythropoietin (EPO).

Angles 8, Blue Jays 1: At Toronto, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs, and Shohei Ohtani doubled twice in Los Angeles’ victory over Toronto.

Nick Tropeano (2-3) pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.

Ohtani also walked twice and scored two runs. Martin Maldonado had two hits and three RBIs.

The Angels scored more than three runs for the third time in their past 12 and posted their biggest output since an 8-0 win at Colorado on May 9.

Tropeano (2-3) allowed one run and four hits, walked a season-low one and struck out six. The victory was his first since April 12 at Kansas City.

Trout hit a leadoff drive in the fifth that bounced off the top of the left field wall and went out. It came off right-hander Marco Estrada (2-5). Pujols connected off Deck McGuire in the ninth.

Reds 5, Pirates 4: At Cincinnati, Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova – who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati – and Jesse Winker added a solo shot for the Reds against Pittsburgh.

The Reds took two of three in the series, completing a 3-4 homestand. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.

Luis Castillo (4-4) gave up four hits in six innings, including a two-run homer by David Freese.

Austin Meadows hit his second homer of the series, a two-run shot off Amir Garrett in the ninth that cut it to 5-4. Jared Hughes got the last two outs for his second save. The Reds are without closer Raisel Iglesias, who went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained biceps in his non-throwing arm.

Athletics 4, Mariners 3: At Oakland, California, Stephen Piscotty and the Athletics tagged Felix Hernandez early, and Oakland ended Seattle’s five-game winning streak.

Oakland helped itself by turning a team record-tying five groundball double plays, and stopped a five-game home skid. The A’s scored four times in the first inning, two on Piscotty’s double off Hernandez (5-4). Hernandez settled down and retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced in going six innings.

Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings in relief. He was among five A’s pitchers manager Bob Melvin used after saying it would be a bullpen day with rookie reliever Josh Lucas making a spot start. Lucas lasted just two innings in his first career start, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks and throwing 52 pitches.

Rays 6, Red Sox 3: At St. Petersburg, Florida, Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings, Wilson Ramos drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep.

Snell (6-3) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The left-hander is 2-0 in three starts against Boston this season, giving up two runs and 11 hits in 19 innings.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and Rafael Devers had an RBI double off Matt Andriese in the ninth as Boston got within three runs. But, Alex Colome retired Sandy Leon on a two-out grounder with Devers on second to get his 11th save.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (6-2) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs – four earned – and eight hits. Boston (34-16) dropped to 9-4 against the Rays this year.

MLB Roundup: Justin Verlander finally gets some run support, leads Astros past Giants

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Justin Verlander got some run support for the first time in nearly a month and led the Houston Astros over the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday.

Verlander (6-2) struck out nine and walked one in six innings, allowing one run and three hits as his major league-leading ERA rose slightly to 1.08. He had given up just three runs over 29 innings during his previous four starts, but the Astros had scored just three runs in that span, getting shut out twice.

Ken Giles pitched the ninth to remain perfect in nine save chances.

George Springer hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth on a 93 mph fastball from Jeff Samardzija (1-3), driving the ball off the facade above the left-field seats. Carlos Correa added an RBI single later in the inning.

Indians 1, Cubs 0: In Chicago, Adam Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping Cleveland beat Chicago.

Plutko (2-0) struck out four and walked four in his second major league start. The right-hander was promoted from Triple-A Columbus to replace the struggling Josh Tomlin in Cleveland’s rotation.

Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Rajai Davis had two hits apiece as the A.L. Central leaders won for the third time in four games. The Indians completed a sweep of their two-game set versus the Cubs in their first appearance at Wrigley Field since they lost the 2016 World Series.

Chicago’s Jon Lester (4-2) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.37 in his 10th start this year.

Rangers 12, Yankees 10: In Arlington, Texas, Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double to put Texas ahead to stay in a wild, series-clinching win over New York, which matched a major league record with four more homers.

Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankee ever to homer in three consecutive games and Aaron Judge hit a 471-foot blast as New York became only the third team in major league history with 21 homers in a five-game stretch – 12 of those in Texas. Didi Gregorius and Neil Walker also went deep for the Yankees.

Torres and Judge both homered during a six-run fifth to put New York ahead 10-5. The Rangers then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, and an inning later got Profar’s three-run double to make it 11-10 after reliever David Robertson (3-2) had already given up a bases-loaded walk.

Alex Claudio (2-2), the third of six Texas pitchers, struck out three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Keone Kela struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.

Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 2: In Milwaukee, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Jesus Aguilar had a go-ahead, two-run single during a seven-run fourth inning to help Milwaukee send Arizona to its seventh straight loss.

Brent Suter (4-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings as the N.L. Central-leading Brewers moved a season-high 12 games over .500. Milwaukee’s 31-19 start is the team’s best over 50 games in franchise history.

Arizona has lost 13 of 14, falling out of the NL West lead while scoring just 26 runs in that span. The three games marked the Brewers’ first sweep of the Diamondbacks since June 2-4, 2008.

Zack Godley (4-4) gave up a season-high eight runs – six earned – and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Phillies 4, Braves 0: In Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta (4-2) struck out seven in 6 2/3 sharp innings, Carlos Santana’s swinging-bunt broke a scoreless tie and Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

The Phillies took two of three to win their first series against the N.L. East-leading Braves in four tries and closed to within a half-game of first place.

Seranthony Dominguez retired the four batters he faced after entering with runners on second and third in the seventh. Hector Neris pitched the ninth to complete the eight-hitter.

Braves starter Luiz Gohara (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits in four innings.

Marlins 2, Mets 1: In New York , J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro each hit an RBI single off closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning, and Miami rallied past New York.

Jacob deGrom dodged trouble throughout seven scoreless innings and Brandon Nimmo homered in the fifth for the Mets, who carried a slim lead into the ninth. But the Marlins broke through against Familia (2-2), who has four blown saves in 17 chances this season.

Familia was booed by the crowd of 24,808 after Castro’s hit and again when he got out of the inning.

Adam Conley (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his ninth save, retiring pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores with a runner on second to end it.

Angels 5, Blue Jays 4: In Toronto, Shohei Ohtani hit a tying two-run single in the ninth inning, Andrelton Simmons added another two-run hit and Los Angeles rallied to beat Toronto.

Toronto turned to Tyler Clippard (4-2) in the ninth to protect a 3-1 lead, but he loaded the bases with consecutive walks to Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols. Ohtani broke his bat but lined a single to center for his first hit of the series, and Simmons chased Clippard with a single through the drawn-in infield.

Justin Anderson (1-1) pitched one inning for the win and Blake Parker survived a shaky ninth to record his third save.

Royals 5, Cardinals 2 (10): In St. Louis, Drew Butera had a two-run single in the 10th to lead Kansas City past St. Louis.

Butera’s RBIs were his first since May 2. Jon Jay followed with an RBI single as the Royals won their first series since taking three of four from Detroit May 3-6.

Blaine Boyer (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Kelvin Herrera earned his 10th save with a perfect 10th.

Bud Norris (1-1) pitched a perfect ninth, but couldn’t record an out in the 10th, giving up back-to-back singles to Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon before compounding the issue by committing an error on Alcides Escobar’s sacrifice attempt to load the bases ahead of Butera.

Red Sox 4, Rays 1: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Xander Bogaerts sparked a three-run rally in the ninth inning, David Price pitched the bulk of a three-hitter and Boston won its fourth straight.

Bogaerts doubled off Alex Colome (2-5) to drive in J.D. Martinez, who reached on a throwing error by shortstop Willy Adames to lead off the ninth. After a wild pitch, Eduardo Nunez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Boston tacked on another on a passed ball.

Price pitched three-hit ball over six innings, allowing a run while striking out nine. Joe Kelly (3-0) got the win and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Padres 3, Nationals 1: In Washington, Christian Villanueva hit a two-run double, Tyson Ross pitched into the seventh inning and San Diego salvaged the finale of a three-game series against Washington.

Ross (4-3) didn’t allow a runner past second base until the seventh, struck out nine and yielded one run in 6 2/3 innings. Brad Hand recorded the final five outs for his 15th save, escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth by inducing Spencer Kieboom to ground into a game-ending double play.

In his season debut for the Nationals, Erick Fedde (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.

Pirates 5, Reds 4 (12): In Cincinnati, Josh Harrison tripled in the go-ahead run off Dylan Floro (1-1) in the 12th inning – his fourth hit of the game – and Pittsburgh rallied after wasting a late lead.

The Pirates blew a three-run lead in the eighth before rallying to end their four-game losing streak.

Left-hander Steven Brault (4-1) pitched two innings. Kyle Crick escaped a bases-loaded threat in the 12th for his first career save, retiring Brandon Dixon on a grounder to end it.

Tigers 4, Twins 1: In Minneapolis, Michael Fulmer won for the first time in four starts, Niko Goodrum ended an 0-for-14 skid with a home run and Detroit stopped a five-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota.

Fulmer (2-3) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, improving to 4-0 against Minnesota as he threw a season-high 112 pitches. He had lost his previous three starts, allowing 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.

Shane Greene pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances, completing a five-hitter.

Goodrum, Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez had two hits each for the Tigers.

Kyle Gibson (1-3) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.

White Sox 11, Orioles 1: In Chicago, Dylan Covey (1-1) tossed seven strong innings for his first major league win, Yoan Moncada and Adam Engel each hit three-run homers and Chicago pounded Baltimore.

Jose Rondon added his first major league homer as last-place Chicago rolled to its fifth win in seven games. Baltimore, last in the A.L. East, has lost four of five overall and is 5-21 on the road.

Alex Cobb (1-6) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since April 19. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits.

Mariners 1, Athletics 0: In Oakland, California, Marco Gonzales allowed two hits in seven innings in the longest start of his career, and Seattle scored its only run on an error in a victory over Oakland.

Gonzales (4-3) struck out six and walked two, combining with two relievers on a three-hitter as Seattle recorded its fourth shutout of the season. The Mariners have won five straight and seven of their last nine.

Over his last two starts, the 26-year-old left-hander has allowed one unearned run in 12 2/3 innings.

Daniel Gossett (0-2) allowed one unearned run on four hits in seven innings in his third big league start of the season and first since he was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on April 7.

The Mariners scored in the top of the fourth when Guillermo Heredia doubled leading off the inning. He was at third with one out when A’s shortstop Marcus Semien bobbled Kyle Seager’s fielder’s choice grounder before he could get off a throw.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 0: In Los Angeles, Kenta Maeda tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to help Los Angeles beat N.L. West-leading Colorado for its second straight series win.

The Japanese right-hander didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning, when Ian Desmond singled to right with one out. Maeda (4-3) walked four over 6 2/3 innings in earning just his second win since April 18.

The Dodgers took two of three from the Rockies, outscoring them 9-5 to improve to 10-14 at home. Los Angeles has won six of seven, including a three-game sweep at Washington last weekend.

Kenley Jansen struck out three and allowed a single to Trevor Story in the ninth for his 10th save.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts powers Red Sox past Rays 4-2

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez’s 12 in 2001.

Joe Kelly finished the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got into a bases-loaded jam before finishing his 14th save in 16 chances when Mallex Smith grounded into a game-ending forceout.

Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. The 22-year-old shortstop prospect went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Betts hit a three-run drive in the third off Jake Faria (3-3), who left two batters later because of a strained left oblique.

Two hitters following Faria’s departure, Wilson Ramos was taken out due to a bruised left hand after Austin Pruitt’s 0-2 pitch to Xander Bogaerts bounced and struck the catcher.

Braves 3, Phillies 1: At Philladelphia, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and Brandon McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, leading Atlanta to the victory.

McCarthy (5-2) allowed one run and four hits. He is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA against Philadelphia this season and 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA against the rest of the league.

Vince Velasquez (4-5) gave up two runs – one earned – and fanned nine in 4 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-4 against the Braves.

The NL East’s top two teams have already met 11 times, with Atlanta winning seven games.

Arodys Vizcaino finished with a perfect inning for his ninth save in 11 tries.

Indians 10, Cubs 1: At Chicago, Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Indians routed the Cubs in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.

The AL Central leaders moved back to .500 with an easy victory against the team that beat them two years ago to end a 108-year championship drought.

Ramirez got the blowout going with his three-run drive in the third. The Indians scored four times in the inning while chasing a wild Tyler Chatwood (3-4).

Trevor Bauer (4-3) went six innings in his second straight scoreless start. The right-hander gave up seven hits and struck out six.

Yonder Alonso had three of Cleveland’s 11 hits, including a three-run double in the fifth.

Chicago’s Ian Happ led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer against Josh Tomlin.

Astros 11, Giants 2: At Houston, Gerrit Cole struck out eight in six innings, leading Houston to the victory.

Both of the runs off Cole (5-1) scored on a fifth-inning homer by Brandon Crawford, whose sister Amy is married to Cole.

Tony Kemp had two hits and a career-high five RBIs as Houston won for the fifth time in six games.

San Francisco’s Andrew Suarez (1-4) was tagged for five runs over four-plus innings in his sixth major league start.

Rangers 6, Yankees 4: At Arlington, Texas, Texas ace Cole Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the last-place Rangers.

Profar’s three-run homer in the first that just cleared the 8-foot wall in center put the Rangers ahead to stay against Domingo German (0-2). Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before the Yankees starter came out.

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven in his first start in 11 days. The lefty was scratched from his precious turn because of neck stiffness.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels.

Reds 7, Pirates 2: At Cincinnati, Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons.

Harvey (1-2) gave up three hits in his third start for the Reds, who acquired him from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the first inning with the help of a pair of walks, but Harvey escaped the threat by fanning Colin Moran for the first of his five strikeouts. Moran hit a solo homer in the fourth.

Gennett led the majors with a club-record four grand slams last season. He got his first of this season off Jameson Taillon (2-4), connecting in the fifth inning.

Nationals 2, Padres 1: At Washington, Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 15th homer for Washington, and Michael Taylor’s one-out double in the ninth scored the game-winning run.

Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors, reached base in all four at-bats in his second career start. The 19-year-old led off the ninth with his third walk, took second on Wilmer Difo’s groundout and scored on Taylor’s hit off the center-field wall against Matt Strahm (0-2).

Washington’s Sean Doolittle (2-2) struck out the side in the ninth.

Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres.

Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 0: At Milwaukee, Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, sending Milwaukee to the win.

Domingo Santana drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the NL Central leaders. Milwaukee (30-19) moved a season-high 11 games over .500, while the Diamondbacks have lost six in a row and 12 of 13 – scoring just 24 runs in that stretch.

Chacin allowed two hits in five innings. Matt Albers (3-1) got three outs, Josh Hader pitched two innings and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his third save.

Arizona starter Matt Koch (2-3) permitted three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Twins 6, Tigers 0: At Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Lance Lynn gave up five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his most efficient outing of the season, and Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.

Lynn (2-4) lowered his jumbo ERA from 7.47 to 6.34 in his ninth start, striking out four and walking one. Dozier’s two-run liner capped a three-run fifth for Minnesota, which won its third straight game.

Detroit’s Matt Boyd (2-4) departed with a left oblique spasm after walking the first two batters of the bottom of the fifth. Boyd gave up two runs.

Royals 5, Cardinals 1: At St. Louis, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City, helping Jason Hammel to his first victory of the season.

Hammel (1-5) allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Gordon added two singles in a 3-for-4 night after entering the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. He was in a 4-for-40 skid that dated to May 9.

St. Louis’ Luke Weaver (3-4) struck out eight in seven innings. He yielded three runs and seven hits.

Blue Jays 5, Angels 3: At Toronto, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and Toronto stopped a four-game losing streak.

Morales connected for his fourth homer in the Blue Jays’ five-run first against Garrett Richards (4-3).

Angels outfielder Chris Young misplayed Russell Martin’s first-inning line drive, allowing two runs to score and ending the longest active errorless streak in the major leagues at 236 games.

Los Angeles has lost eight of 11.

Happ (5-2) allowed two runs in seven innings. Tyler Clippard got three outs for his second save in three chances, finishing a four-hitter.

Marlins 5, Mets 1: At New York, Miami’s Caleb Smith pitched neatly into the seventh inning against a Mets lineup that included newcomer Jose Bautista.

Derek Dietrich homered and J.T. Realmuto got three hits as the Marlins, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, ended a three-game skid. The Mets had won four in a row.

Bautista signed with the Mets two days after being cut by Atlanta. He doubled and scored New York’s only run on Tomas Nido’s sacrifice fly.

Smith (3-5) pitched with poise, giving up three hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine in six innings. He allowed one earned run and seven hits.

White Sox 3, Orioles 2: At Chicago, Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to the victory.

Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore. Mychal Givens (0-1) got the loss.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 3: At Los Angeles, Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying Los Angeles past NL West-leading Colorado.

The victory snapped the Dodgers’ five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14 overall.

Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His RBI single with two outs in the first provided the Dodgers’ first run.

J.T. Chargois (2-1) won in relief, and Kenley Jansen closed for his ninth save.

Ian Desmond homered and drove in two runs for the Rockies. Bryan Shaw (1-3) gave up both Dodgers homers.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2 (10): At Oakland, Athletics, Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th to lift Seattle over Oakland.

The Mariners have won four straight games and six of eight.

Jean Segura singled in the 10th ahead of Heredia’s one-out double off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1).

Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save.

Seattle trailed 2-0 when Zunino hit his seventh homer, off starter Trevor Cahill.

MLB Roundup: 19-year-old rookie Juan Soto powers Nationals to win over Padres

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run home run in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday in Washington.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto’s drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto’s homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington’s starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings to pick up the win.

Cardinals 6, Royals 0: In St. Louis, Miles Mikolas pitched his first career shutout and Tyler O’Neill homered for the third straight game and drove in four runs, leading St. Louis over Kansas City.

Mikolas needed just 109 pitches to remain unbeaten and struck out a career-high nine. The Cardinals won for the third time in four games and beat the Royals for the fifth straight time.

Mikolas (6-0) retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. The only trouble he faced came after he allowed back-to-back singles to start the third, but got out of it with the help of a double play.

O’Neill’s three-run homer, his first career to the opposite field, capped a four-run third in which the Cardinals strung together five two-out hits. O’Neill’s double in the fifth scored Marcell Ozuna, giving the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.

Ozuna proceeded O’Neill’s blast with an RBI single, breaking a 0-for-22 slump. Ozuna reached three times and had a pair of hits.

Matt Carpenter homered in the seventh as part of a three-hit night. Carpenter is hitting .542 (13 for 24) in his last six games, including seven doubles, to raise his average to .210. It is the first time since April 7 that Carpenter’s average rose north of .200.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy (1-5) gave up five runs, all with two outs, in 5 2/3 innings.

Phillies 3, Braves 0: In Philadelphia, Nick Pivetta struck out seven over seven innings, and Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr each homered to lead the Phillies past Atlanta.

The Phillies took the opener of the three-game series and moved a half-game behind Atlanta for first place in the N.L. East.

Philadelphia hasn’t had a winning record since it made the last of five straight postseason berths in 2011. The Phillies lost 96 games in 2017 – the third straight season of more than 90 losses.

Under first-year manager Gabe Kapler, the Phillies are back in a battle for first in late May for the first time since Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels dominated during the glory years. But in a year where the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Villanova won a national championship and the 76ers won 52 games, perhaps Philly fans need more than 45 games to hop on the bandwagon. Citizens Bank Park – the site of an NL-record 257 straight sellouts that ended in 2012 – was thin with just over 21,000 fans announced on a gorgeous night.

Mets 2, Marlins 0: In New York, Jason Vargas returned to the rotation with five excellent innings, AJ Ramos pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and the Mets beat Miami.

The Mets got their fourth straight win, following up a three-game sweep of N.L. West-leading Arizona. New York is 6-2 in its past eight games, 5-1 on this homestand and 24-19 overall.

The 35-year-old Vargas (1-3) had his previous turn skipped after three sloppy outings to open the season, but he shut down Miami with changeups and guile for his first victory with the Mets. Ten of his outs came via the change, and he struck out seven without reaching 90 mph even once with his fastball. He allowed two hits and a walk before leaving after 86 pitches.

New York used three pitchers in a scoreless – but eventful – sixth inning. Paul Sewald got two outs but put two on before left-hander Jerry Blevins entered to face lefty slugger Justin Bour. Blevins walked Bour on a full count and was replaced by Ramos, and the right-hander struck out pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich swinging to leave the bases loaded and preserve a 1-0 lead.

Ramos followed with a scoreless seventh, ending the inning by beginning a bold 1-6-3 double play on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s hit-and-run comebacker. Ramos’ throw to second narrowly nabbed Miguel Rojas.

Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch on Brian Anderson’s two-out line drive to help Seth Lugo escape the eighth unscathed. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth to cap a five-hitter for his 13th save and New York’s second shutout this season.

Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 2: In Milwaukee, Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain each hit home runs off Zack Greinke, and Milwaukee beat Arizona.

Arizona has lost five in a row and 11 of 12, scoring just 24 runs in that span.

Greinke (3-3) struck out nine, walked none and gave up five hits in six innings, but the home runs did him in.

Shaw hit a two-run homer in the first, Santana sliced an opposite-field solo shot in the fourth and Cain homered leading off the sixth. Greinke hadn’t allowed more than two home runs in a game this season.

Greinke, who got an extra day of rest before this game, slipped to 1-4 at Miller Park after a 15-0 stretch while pitching for the Brewers from May 9, 2011 to June 6, 2012.

Chase Anderson (4-3) threw six strong innings in his return to the rotation. He’d been ill and on the 10-day disabled list, came back and allowed three hits in his first start since May 6.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 1: In Los Angeles, pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Monday night.

German Marquez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Gerardo Parra homered for the Rockies, who moved into first place in the N.L. West ahead of slumping Arizona.

The loss snapped the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak as they returned home after sweeping three games against the Nationals.

Los Angeles committed two errors in the eighth and another in the ninth in the first of 19 meetings with the Rockies.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler gave up one run and two hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

Twins 4, Tigers 2: In Minneapolis, Logan Morrison forced in the go-ahead run with a four-pitch walk in the eighth inning after striking out in his first three at-bats, propelling Minnesota over Detroit.

Jose Berrios (5-4) struck out nine, giving up just three hits and two walks over eight innings.

Fernando Rodney closed for his 10th save in 13 tries. Rodney, whose first eight seasons of his major league career were with the Tigers, has converted eight straight saves in 10 consecutive scoreless innings.

The more relevant reunion was the return of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire to Minnesota, where he managed the Twins for 13 seasons. This was the first game between the division rivals since Gardenhire was hired by Detroit.

Nicholas Castellanos gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a home run to straightaway center field in the first inning and a two-out RBI single in the third, both hits on first pitches. Berrios retired 15 straight batters after that to sail past the seven-inning mark he’s reached in half of his 10 starts.

Yankees 10, Rangers 5: In Arlington, Texas, Gleyber Torres hit two of the four Yankees homers off Bartolo Colon and New York won to deny the Texas starter a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.

Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon. Judge’s 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits.

Colon (2-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his 178th career loss. He remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial’s 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.

No. 9 hitter Torres, the rookie second baseman in his 25th career game, was only three months old when Colon made his big league debut on April 4, 1997. Torres hit a two-run homer in the second, and his solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer of the season, ended Colon’s night.

Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The right-hander struck out three.

Joey Gallo’s 14th homer led off the Texas second. Rougned Odor’s three-run blast, his first this season, tied the game at 4 in the fourth.

Orioles 3, White Sox 2: In Chicago, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo homered, helping Andrew Cashner and Baltimore beat Chicago.

Machado hit a line drive to left in the fourth inning for his 15th homer, moving into a tie for the major league lead with Boston’s Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Trumbo connected in the fifth against Hector Santiago, and Jones went deep in the sixth after leaving Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Red Sox due to an illness.

Cashner (2-5) got his first win since April 5, helped by some terrific relief work by Mychal Givens. Cashner pitched five-plus innings and was charged with two runs and eight hits.

Baltimore improved to 2-3 on an 11-game trip to Boston, Chicago and Tampa Bay. The last-place Orioles (15-32) had dropped four of five heading into the four-game series between two of the A.L.’s worst teams.

MLB Roundup: Ohtani sparkles for Angels

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Martin Maldonado homered and drove in two runs, and Zack Cozart drove in two more runs on sacrifice flies as the Angels wrapped up a disappointing 11-game homestand with only four victories – including both games started by Ohtani (4-1).

Los Angeles’ rookie two-way sensation had another strong outing in the longest start of his stateside career. Ohtani retired 12 straight Rays after yielding rookie Johnny Field’s homer leading off the third. Blake Parker pitched the ninth for his second save.

While Ohtani threw 110 pitches, reliever Sergio Romo started for Tampa Bay for the second consecutive day. He faced the Angels’ first six batters and got four outs while becoming the first pitcher in 38 years to last at least one inning in back-to-back starts. The reliever gave way to Matt Andriese (1-2), who gave up two unearned runs in the fourth.

YANKEES 10, ROYALS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tyler Austin hit a pair of two-run homers, Sonny Gray (3-3) allowed four hits in eight innings and New York won its eighth consecutive series for the first time since 1998.

Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine added back-to-back homers in the ninth for the Yankees, who have won 14 of their last 15 against the AL Central.

Eric Skoglund (1-4) gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings.

RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 0

BOSTON – J.D. Martinez had hit first multihomer game for Boston and drove in three runs, and Andrew Benintendi had a two-run homer among his three hits. Boston is 6-1 against Baltimore this season.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1) scattered nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Baltimore lost for the 15th time in 16 road games. David Hess (1-1) gave up five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in his second major league start.

ATHLETICS 9, BLUE JAYS 2

TORONTO – Daniel Mengden (4-4) allowed two hits over seven shutout innings to win his second straight start as Oakland completed a four-game sweep.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Matt Chapman had three hits.

Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales had two of Toronto’s four hits and made his first big league pitching appearance with a scoreless ninth.

Joe Biagini (0-3) allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits in four-plus innings. He has lost eight straight decisions.

CUBS 6, REDS 1

CINCINNATI – Yu Darvish (1-3) recovered from a shaky start for his first win with the Cubs, allowing one run and two hits in six innings.

In his second outing since coming off the disabled list Tuesday, the four-time All-Star overcame a 39-pitch first inning and finished six for the third time this season. It was Darvish’s first start with Chicago since signing a $126 million, six-year contract in the offseason.

Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer, and Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist each had a solo shot off Tyler Mahle (3-6).

METS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1

NEW YORK – Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the season and pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera connected for a go-ahead drive, leading Noah Syndergaard and the Mets over the Arizona Diamondbacks for a surprising sweep.

The Mets hadn’t won back-to-back games in more than a month before rolling past the NL West leaders for their first three-game sweep at home since September 2016 vs. Minnesota. Arizona has lost four in a row and 10 of 11.

Pitching in the majors for the first time in over a year, Clay Buchholz blanked the Mets on one hit until Rosario led off the sixth with his first home run, tying it at 1. Cabrera batted for Syndergaard with two outs in the seventh and launched a two-run shot off Jorge De La Rosa (0-2).

Syndergaard (4-1) gave up one run, on a groundout, and struck out seven. Robert Gsellman got five outs for his first big league save.

BRAVES 10, MARLINS 9

ATLANTA – Dansby Swanson’s two-run single capped a six-run ninth inning, and the NL-leading Braves rallied to stun the Miami Marlins.

Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in two runs in the seventh and another in the ninth as the Braves moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since July 5, 2014. Atlanta has won nine of its last 12.

Miami led 6-0 after four innings and 9-4 to begin the ninth. Lewis Brinson’s first career grand slam highlighted a six-run fourth, and Miguel Rojas homered twice and drove in four runs for the last-place Marlins, who have lost three of four.

Atlanta started the ninth with three runs off closer Brad Ziegler on Acuna’s single, a throwing error by first baseman Justin Bour and a single by Nick Markakis. Taylor Guerrero (0-2) came on with two outs and allowed four straight batters to reach base.

A.J. Minter (3-0) allowed Rojas’ homer in the ninth, but benefited from the rally.

DODGERS 7, NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON – Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals.

Hernandez’s blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save.

Trea Turner homered for Washington. Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

MARINERS 3, TIGERS 2 (11)

SEATTLE – Mitch Haniger hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the 11th gave the Mariners the victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh but closer Shane Greene blew his third save of the season, giving up Haniger’s 11th home run on an 0-2 pitch with one out.

Dee Gordon led off the 11th with a single against Buck Farmer (0-3), stole second, then scored on Segura’s single down the right-field line. Nick Vincent (2-1) picked up the win in relief.

WHITE SOX 3, RANGERS 0

CHICAGO – Reynaldo Lopez allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings and the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers for their first home series win this season.

Lopez (1-3) struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City. Jace Fry pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row at Kansas City from April 26-28.

Mike Minor (3-3) struck out nine in five innings, but was charged with three runs and six hits. Texas was shut out for the first time this season.

CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 1

ST. LOUIS – Jack Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 to earn his first major league win and Tyler O’Neill homered for the Cardinals.

Making his ninth big league start, Flaherty (1-1) gave up just two hits and walked one in 7 2/3 dominant innings. He also singled in the third for his first hit.

Jordan Hicks got four outs to finish the two-hitter and threw the fastest pitch in the majors this season, according to Statcast – a 105 mph fastball to Odubel Herrera in the ninth. Hicks hit 105 mph twice and 104 three times against Herrera, the five fastest pitches in the big leagues this year.

O’Neill, who had three hits, homered for the second time in two games. His solo shot off Aaron Nola (6-2) in the sixth made it 3-1.

Rhys Hoskins homered off Flaherty for the Phillies. Herrera went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, ending his on-base streak at 45 games.

GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 5

SAN FRANCISCO – Brandon Belt snapped a seventh-inning tie with a three-run homer for the Giants.

Nick Hundley added a solo shot later in the seventh for the Giants, who salvaged a four-game split after dropping the first two games of the series. Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

Belt connected for his 12th home run this season and fifth in seven games to give San Francisco an 8-5 lead. He came to the plate with Hernandez aboard on a leadoff single and Evan Longoria on following a one-out walk by reliever Bryan Shaw (1-2).

The Rockies trailed 5-4 going into the seventh before Nolan Arenado singled home a run off winner Sam Dyson (2-0).

PADRES 8, PIRATES 5

PITTSBURGH – Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied for their third win of the four-game series.

Pittsburgh took a 5-4 lead into the ninth, but Jose Pirela and Christian Villaneuva singled to start the comeback against Felipe Vazquez (2-1), who blew a save for the first time in 10 chances this season.

Kirby Yates (3-0) allowed a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth to Josh Harrison, but got the win. Brad Hand worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 13th save.

TWINS 3, BREWERS 1

MINNEAPOLIS – Logan Morrison hit a two-run single, and four relievers worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings to lift the Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Addison Reed (1-3) struck out one batter in one hitless inning. Fernando Rodney fanned the side in the ninth for his ninth save.

Taylor Williams (0-2) walked Brian Dozier to lead off the eighth. Boone Logan entered and walked Max Kepler. Eddie Rosario was out on a swinging bunt that moved the runners to second and third, and Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked to load the bases in front of Morrison.

ASTROS 3, INDIANS 1

HOUSTON – Lance McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros over the Cleveland Indians.

With the game still scoreless in the seventh inning, McCann sent the ball over the Astros’ bullpen in right-center field off an 87 mph changeup from Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (5-3). The homer brought home Yuli Gurriel, who had led off the inning with a single.

The defending champion Astros had recently struggled against Cleveland, entering Sunday as losers of six of their previous seven meetings. But McCullers (6-2) was perfect through five innings, retiring the first 15 batters he faced with six strikeouts, two ground balls and seven fly balls.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton extends winning streak to nine, Astros top Indians

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Morton (6-0) allowed one run and four hits with eight strikeouts in extending his career-high winning streak to nine straight dating back to last September. Morton retired 19 of the first 21 batters.

After Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (3-1) walked Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to lead off the seventh, Brian McCann popped out before Kemp hit his RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line to give Houston a 2-1 lead. George Springer followed with a grounder to Kipnis, but Fisher beat the throw home.

Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Royals 5, Yankees 2: Whit Merrifield had three hits, stole three bases and scored twice off CC Sabathia in the first four innings, Jakob Junis held down the Yankees’ potent offense and Kansas City beat New York in Kansas City, Missouri.

Salvador Perez homed and added three RBIs for the Royals, who had lost five straight and seven of eight.

Junis (5-3) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk to slow down the Yankees, who had won 19 of their past 22.

Kelvin Herrera capped a strong bullpen effort with a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Sabathia (2-1) lasted just five innings, struggling all night with his command.

Mariners 5, Tigers 4: Mitch Haniger’s RBI double capped a five-run seventh inning as Seattle rallied for the victory over Detroit in Seattle.

Trailing 4-0 entering the seventh, the Mariners coaxed four walks in their first six at-bats of the inning.

Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly to right field cut Detroit’s lead to 4-3 with two outs. Jean Segura followed with a run-scoring single on a grounder up the middle off reliever Warwick Saupold, scoring Mike Zunino to tie the game at 4-all.

Haniger gave the Mariners the lead by lining Saupold’s curve ball down the left field line, scoring Guillermo Heredia.

Dan Altavilla (3-2) picked up the win in relief ad closer Edwin Diaz notched his A.L.-leading 15th save.

Buck Farmer (0-2) took the loss, walking the two batters he faced.

Rays 8, Angels 3: Wilson Ramos homered twice and drove in three runs to lead Tampa Bay’s fifth straight win, a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

Blake Snell (5-3) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight to help the Rays to their sixth win in seven games.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: Slumping Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs to back another strong start by Kyle Freeland and Colorado beat the Giants in San Francisco.

Desmond came into the game in a 3-for-33 rut with one RBI in his previous nine games before providing the offensive boost that improved the Rockies to 18-9 on the road this season.

The night didn’t start off well for Desmond, who hit into a fielder’s choice with a man on third and one out in the second to cost Colorado a chance to score. But he quickly made up for it by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Derek Holland (2-5) and then adding an RBI double in the sixth.

Marlins 2, Braves 0: Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings, J.T. Realmuto had an RBI triple and Miami beat the Braves in Atlanta.

Straily (2-0) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six to shut down the N.L.’s top-scoring offense. He also beat Atlanta in his previous start a week prior.

Miami got both its runs in the sixth. Martin Prado singled and scored on Realmuto’s triple, and Starlin Castro chased Matt Wisler (1-1) with a double.

Brad Ziegler induced a double-play grounder from Tyler Flowers to retire the side in the ninth and earn his eighth save in eight chances.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 4: Jonathan Schoop homered and Alex Cobb got his first win of the season as Baltimore ended its 13-game road losing streak.

Manny Machado went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Adam Jones had two hits and drove in two for the Orioles, who won on the road for the first time since April 8.

Mookie Betts doubled twice and hit his 14th homer for Boston, which lost to Baltimore for the first time in the five meetings so far this season.

Cobb (1-5) held Boston to three runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Drew Pomeranz (1-2) lasted only four innings for Boston, getting pulled after the Orioles scored four in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.

Cubs 8, Reds 1: Jon Lester pitched six dominant innings, Addison Russell tied his career high with four hits and Chicago defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Playing in a steady downpour that delayed the start of the game by 93 minutes, Willson Contreras added three hits and six different players each drove in at least one run for the Cubs, who’d lost three of their last four games.

Lester (4-1) faced one batter over the minimum through the first four innings. The left-hander allowed Cincinnati’s only two hits and one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts and even contributed a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt while Chicago was breaking the game open with a two-run fifth inning.

Homer Bailey (1-6) allowed 10 hits in five or fewer innings for the second consecutive game.

Rangers 12, White Sox 5: Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years, leading Texas over the White Sox in Chicago.

Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore.

Jose Abreu had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs. But Carson Fulmer (2-4) made another early exit in his third straight loss.

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Jacob deGrom matched a career high with 13 strikeouts, Michael Conforto went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and the Mets beat Arizona in New York.

Wilmer Flores drove in one run and scored another to help the Mets win a series opener between struggling teams.

After an abbreviated outing last weekend in his return from the disabled list, deGrom (4-0) threw seven dominant innings this time and has won his first four decisions in a season for the first time.

Robert Gsellman worked a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.

Conforto, who equaled his career high for hits with four singles, had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and another in the fifth. Both came off starter Zack Godley (4-3).

Padres 3, Pirates 2: Eric Hosmer hit two doubles and scored the go-ahead run and Tyson Ross won for the first time in more than a month as visiting San Diego cooled off Pittsburgh. Hosmer doubled with two outs in the sixth inning off Ivan Nova and Franchy Cordero followed by a lining a single into left field. That broke a 2-2 tie and sent Pittsburgh to its second loss in 10 games. Ross ended a five-start winless streak by giving up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out two and walking four. Brad Hand got the final four outs for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1: Dustin Fowler hit his first career home run and also had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning, Josh Phegley hit an RBI double in his season debut, and Oakland beat the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Danny Coulombe (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory as Oakland won for the fourth time in five games.

Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-4) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to lose his third straight decision as the slumping Blue Jays lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.

Brewers 8, Twins 3: Jesus Aguilar homered twice and Ji-Man Choi hit a solo home run in his return to the majors as Milwaukee beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Brent Suter (3-3) pitched a season-high 5 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, which has won six of its past eight. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Kyle Gibson (1-2) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings for Minnesota, which has lost four of five. Gibson surrendered eight hits and walked four batters. Max Kepler had two hits, including a two-run home run.

First baseman Joe Mauer was pulled from the game in the fifth inning with neck tightness and is considered day to day.

Cardinals 12, Phillies 4: Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings for his fifth win of the season and St. Louis pounded out a season-high 15 hits to blow past visiting Philadelphia in a game delayed 1 hour and 35 minutes by rain.

MLB Roundup: Price goes all the way in Red Sox’s 6-2 win over Orioles

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   BOSTON — David Price took a shutout into the ninth inning and held Baltimore to five hits in his first complete game this season, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Orioles 6-2 on Thursday night.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game. Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop‘s pop-up.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two.

DODGERS 7, MARLINS 0

MIAMI — Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBI and Kenta Maeda pitched eight sharp innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak by beating the Marlins.

Turner, who broke his left wrist in spring training and made his season debut Tuesday, hit a three-run double for the Dodgers’ first hit in the third inning. He added a two-run double in the fourth and also singled in finishing 6 for 13 in the series (.462).

Maeda (3-3) allowed two hits and no walks in his longest outing of the season, and retired the final 17 batters he faced while throwing 96 pitches. Kenley Jansen gave up two hits in the ninth, but struck out the side to complete the Dodgers’ sixth shutout.

Yasiel Puig hit his third homer of the season, all in the past four games.

Caleb Smith (2-5) threw 60 pitches before he gave up a hit. But he walked the bases loaded in the third, and Turner cleared them with a double. Kemp followed with an RBI double, and Smith departed after three innings trailing 4-0.

PHILLIES 6, CARDINALS 2

ST. LOUIS — Vince Velasquez pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon each hit home runs in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ victory over the Cardinals.

Velasquez (4-4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in recording his third straight win. The Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 17-2 against opponents outside of the NL East. At 25-16, the Phillies are nine games over .500 for the first time since they were 102-60 at the close of the 2011 season.

Odubel Herrera reached base three times to extend his on-base streak to 43 games, fifth-longest in franchise history. It is also the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman reached in 46 successive games in 2016.

Luke Weaver (3-3) gave up one run and four hits over seven innings in the loss.

WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 2

CHICAGO — Welington Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in Chicago’s four-run eighth, helping the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game series between two of the worst teams in the AL.

Yoan Moncada sparked the winning rally with a ground-rule double after Jose Leclerc (1-1) retired the first two batters of the inning. Moncada advanced on a passed ball and scored when Leclerc committed a throwing error on Yolmer Sanchez‘s tapper back to the mound. The White Sox then used three consecutive walks to tie it at 2 before Rangers manager Jeff Banister pulled Leclerc in favor of Kevin Jepsen, who was greeted by Castillo’s hit that dropped in front of diving center fielder Delino DeShields.

Moncada finished with three hits for Chicago, which had lost nine of 10. The White Sox improved the majors’ worst record to 11-29, still a franchise record for worst 40-game start.

Luis Avilan (1-0) got two outs for the win and Nate Jones worked the ninth for his second save.

PIRATES 5, PADRES 4

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco led off the seventh inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run on an error, leading the Pirates over the San Diego Padres for their eighth win in nine games.

Polanco took third on Francisco Cervelli‘s deep flyball, then came home when rookie third baseman Christian Villanueva misplayed Corey Dickerson‘s two-out grounder.

Rookie Edgar Santana (2-0) retired the only batter he faced, getting Jose Pirela to ground out to end the seventh with a runner on second. He was credited with another win a day after notching his first major league victory against the Chicago White Sox. Felipe Vazquez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his ninth save in as many opportunities.

Matt Strahm (0-1) took the loss. Eric Hosmer drove in three runs for San Diego.

ATHLETICS 10, BLUE JAYS 5

TORONTO — Matt Olson hit a three-run home run, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman added two-run shots, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Blue Jays.

Davis went 4 for 4 and scored three times as Oakland won for the second time in its past 13 games north of the border. Davis singled in the first, homered in the third, singled and scored in the fifth, came around to score after being hit by a pitch in the sixth, and singled in the eighth.

Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the win. Aaron Sanchez (2-4) took the loss, the Blue Jays’ ninth in their last 12 home games.

RAYS 7, ANGELS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — C.J. Cron homered and scored two runs against his former teammates, and Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Denard Span hit a two-run homer during the Rays’ four-run seventh inning, and Johnny Field added a two-run shot in the eighth as the Rays pushed their longest winning streak of the season to four games. Archer (3-3) repeatedly struggled with his control while walking four and hitting Justin Upton with a pitch, yet he limited Los Angeles’ potent lineup to two singles while earning his first victory since April 26.

Mike Trout extended the longest hitting drought of his career to 0 for 19 with four hitless at-bats for the Angels, who have lost five of eight on their 11-game homestand. Shohei Ohtani hit his sixth homer in the ninth inning, ending a personal 0-for-8 slump and 21 consecutive scoreless innings for the Angels.

Tyler Skaggs (3-3) took the hard-luck loss despite limiting Tampa Bay to six hits and one run over six innings.

TIGERS 3, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE — Jose Iglesias‘ two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Detroit the lead, and Tigers pitchers allowed just two hits over the final six innings in a win over the Mariners.

Detroit rallied against Seattle’s bullpen and specifically eighth-inning regular Nick Vincent (1-1) to take the opener of the four-game series. With two outs in the eighth, Vincent allowed a single to Mikie Mahtook and walked James McCann to load the bases. Seattle stayed with Vincent and Iglesias got enough of a 1-0 cutter to send it up the middle and off the glove of shortstop Jean Segura diving to try and stop the grounder.

Boyd combined with Buck Farmer, Blaine Hardy, Warwick Saupold (2-1), Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene to retire 20 of the final 23 batters faced. Jimenez struck out the side in the eighth inning and Greene pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 3, 12 INNINGS

SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Gonzalez blooped a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the 12th, lifting the Colorado Rockies past the Giants in the clubs’ first meeting of the year.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy and shortstop Brandon Crawford were ejected in the bottom of the 12th after Crawford was called out on strikes and argued with plate umpire Chris Segal.

Gonzalez connected off Cory Gearrin, who relieved after Pierce Johnson (2-2) allowed one-out walks to pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta and Charlie Blackmon.

Jake McGee (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, and Wade Davis finished for his 16th save with the tying run on first.

Brandon Belt homered in a fourth straight game for the second time this season, the first Giants player to do so since home run king Barry Bonds in 2004.

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MLB Roundup: Brewers overpower Diamondbacks

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich and Tyler Saladino homered in the first four innings off Matt Koch (2-0), who allowed all eight runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers breezed to an 8-2 victory over Arizona on Wednesday in Phoenix.

Brandon Woodruff (2-0) gave up one hit in five innings, Daniel Descalso’s two-run homer in the first, to pick up the win.

Milwaukee has won three of four, outscoring opponents 23-9. Arizona finished a 1-6 homestand and has lost seven of eight heading into a nine-game trip.

Rangers 5, Mariners 1: In Seattle, Bartolo Colon laughed off having Jean Segura’s line drive hit him in the stomach, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Texas Rangers a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Colon (2-1), who turns 45 on May 24, struck out two, walked none and threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes.

Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a two-out RBI double in the eighth inning that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who had singled off James Pazos (1-1). The Rangers added four more in the ninth, all after Ryon Healy’s two-out error.

Phillies 4, Orioles 1: In Baltimore, Nick Pivetta (3-2) tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, and Cesar Hernandez homered as Philadelphia (24-16) climbed eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

Odubel Herrera singled in the first and extended his on-base streak to 42 games for the Phillies, who have won six of seven.

Andrew Cashner (1-5) allowed three runs, five hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. He has not won since April 5. Baltimore (13-29) has the second-worst record in the A.L.

Pirates 3, White Sox 2: In Pittsburgh, pinch-hitter Josh Bell singled off Joakim Soria (0-2) to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh and lift Pittsburgh over Chicago.

Pittsburgh has won seven of eight and improved to 10-2 in interleague play this season. Chicago has lost eight of nine and 13 of 15. A major league-worst 10-29, the White Sox have matched their worst start since 1948.

Rookie Edgar Santana (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win, and Felipe Vazquez remained perfect in eight save opportunities.

Indians 6, Tigers 0: In Detroit, Trevor Bauer (3-3) struck out 10 in eight innings and allowed four hits as Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep.

Ryan Carpenter (0-1) gave up six runs – five earned – and seven hits in five innings, and his throwing error to first on a comebacker allowed the first run to score. Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones left in the third with a left hip injury.

Michael Brantley had three hits, including a solo homer for Cleveland.

Cardinals 7, Twins 2: In Minneapolis, Dexter Fowler reached base four times and drove in two runs in his return to the lineup. Matt Carpenter had three hits after being demoted to seventh in the batting order, and Tommy Pham added two hits, including his eighth homer of the year as St. Louis topped Minnesota.

Jordan Hicks (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning, and Bud Norris got five outs for his ninth save.

Former Cardinal Lance Lynn (1-4) gave up three runs, four hits and four walks in three innings.

Blue Jays 12, Mets 1: In New York, J.A. Happ (5-3) reached three times and allowed only two runners over seven innings, and Toronto got its first road victory over the Mets after going 0-12.

Happ struck out 10 while pitching two-hit ball. The left-hander also singled twice and walked in his first multihit game since 2011, when he had two hits for Houston at Citi Field.

New York’s Brandon Nimmo homered off Danny Barnes with two outs in the ninth and Wilmer Flores added a double before Barnes finished a four-hitter.

Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez and Richard Urena each homered and drove in three runs as Toronto piled up 15 hits.

Zack Wheeler (2-3) was charged with six runs, seven hits and three walks in four-plus innings, bringing his ERA to 5.92.

Rays 5, Royals 3: In Kansas City, Missouri, C.J. Cron homered and scored three runs, and Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the woeful Royals.

Cron extended his on-base streak to 22 games when he was hit by a pitch from Jason Hammel (0-5) in a three-run first that included Brad Miller’s RBI groundout and Adeiny Hechavarria’s two-run single.

Matt Andriese (1-1) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, and Alex Colome pitched a one-hit ninth for his ninth save. Tampa Bay swept the Royals for the first time since 2011.

Kansas City has lost five straight, dropping to 13-30 for its worst start since 2006. Hammel gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings and is 0-8 with a 7.28 ERA in 13 starts since winning at Detroit on Sept. 6.

Reds 6, Giants 3: In San Francisco, Scooter Gennett homered a half-inning after the second baseman saved two runs with a diving catch on a difficult popup, helping Cincinnati avoid a sweep.

Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer in the first, and Jared Hughes (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings as Cincinnati won for the seventh time in nine games.

Staked to a 4-0 first-inning lead, Reds Matt Harvey allowed three runs, seven hits and four walks in four innings. Raisel Iglesias got three outs for his eighth save.

Andrew Suarez (1-3) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Braves 4, Cubs 1: In Atlanta, Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in Ozzie Albies with the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to send Atlanta past Chicago.

Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1) allowed five straight baserunners in Atlanta’s three-run eighth, including a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Flowers, without getting an out. Justin Hancock also forced in a run with a walk to Johan Camargo.

The Braves’ big inning was set up by Albies’ triple to the wall in center field past Albert Almora Jr., who robbed Flowers of a probable home run earlier in the game.

Marlins 6, Dodgers 5: In Miami, Los Angeles erased a four-run deficit and still lost its sixth game in a row when J.T. Realmuto hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning to lift Miami to a victory.

The Marlins clinched the series after another last-place team, Cincinnati, swept a four-game set at Los Angeles. The defending N.L. champion Dodgers and the rebuilding Marlins have identical 16-26 records.

Miami bopper Justin Bour hit a two-run homer, his ninth. Starlin Castro tied a career high with four hits to hike his batting average to .300.

Yasmani Grandal hit his seventh home run and singled in a run for the Dodgers.

Astros 2, Angels 0: In Anaheim, California, Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as Houston won the rubber game of a three-game series against Los Angeles.

Verlander (5-2) was superb in ending his two-game skid, finishing with seven strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career. He walked one and lowered his ERA from 1.21 to 1.05 with his fourth start of at least six innings without giving up a run this season.

The right-hander threw 118 pitches in his 24th career complete game and first since 2016 with Detroit. With two runners on, he retired Zack Cozart on an infield popup to polish off his eighth major league shutout and first since 2015 with the Tigers.

Red Sox 6, A’s 4: Xander Bogaerts loves watching from the on-deck circle and learning what J.D. Martinez does at the plate.

Bogaerts’ start this season has been quite impressive, too.

The Red Sox shortstop hit a three-run homer, Martinez added a two-run shot and Boston avoided its first series sweep this season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

“It’s pretty impressive what he does when you’re behind looking at him,” Bogaerts said. “Normally I’m a guy who gets to the on-deck circle a little bit later. I’ve got to get there early if he swings at the first pitch and gets a hit. He hits some bombs on the first pitch.”

Signed as free agent to a $110-million, five-year contract during spring training, Martinez is hitting mainly in the cleanup spot and has a .344 average with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. Bogaerts, who spent some time on the disabled list with an injured left ankle, is batting .306 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

Chris Sale (4-1) gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings, striking out nine and walking four – his most bases on balls since also allowing four on August 31, 2016.

“Four walks, that’s not my game,” Sale said. “That’s not who I am. Obviously, you want to be better than that. Anytime your bullpen throws almost as many innings as you do, that’s not what you’re looking for.”

Craig Kimbrel, the fourth reliever, got the final three outs for his 12th save.

The win also prevented Boston from matching its season-high losing streak of three games.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer, and Matt Joyce and Matt Olson each hit a solo shot for the Athletics, who won the first two games and finished the season series by winning four of six.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) gave up three runs to the first four batters he faced, but held the Red Sox scoreless the rest his five innings.

“Had a rough first inning, but recovered well enough to give us five and keep us in the game against a guy that typically you’re not going to score a whole lot off of,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Coming off a career high-tying 15-strikeout performance over nine innings in his previous start, Sale struggled with his command on a chilly, misty evening and was lifted after 102 pitches.

Martinez’s homer into the center-field seats highlighted a three-run first. Hanley Ramirez had a run-scoring grounder before Martinez’s drive into the first section of the bleachers to the right of the Green Monster.

“I wouldn’t say I wasn’t sharp, but, yeah, the first was rough, but after that you just kind of mix it around,” Cahill said.

Bogaerts’ homer completely left Fenway Park over the Monster and made it 6-2 in the sixth.

Semien’s drive also left Fenway over the Monster.

MLB Roundup: Dodgers lose 5th straight against last-place team

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.

The NL champions managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati. Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.

Nick Wittgren (2-0) entered in the fifth and worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 0.69. Brad Ziegler gave up a home run to Cody Bellinger in the ninth but earned his sixth save.

Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated from the disabled list but couldn’t spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 0

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Lyles came (1-1) within five outs of a perfect game and the first no-hitter in San Diego history before allowing Trevor Story‘s single.

Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and made way for Kirby Yates. Brad Hand got four outs to complete the one-hitter and earn his 12th save.

San Diego is the only major league that without a no-hitter. The Padres have played 7,858 games since their expansion season of 1969.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the first off German Marquez (2-5) and Christian Villanueva hit a two-run drive in the sixth against Christian Villanueva.

ATHLETICS 5, RED SOX 3

BOSTON — Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead Oakland in a game delayed almost two hours because of weather.

Piscotty, who returned to the A’s Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. He slowly made his way around the bases, then after rounding third placed his right hand over his heart and patted it with a glance to the sky in tribute to Gretchen Piscotty, who died May 6 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Daniel Mengden (3-4) pitched six solid innings for Oakland. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings.

MARINERS 9, RANGERS 8, 11 innings

SEATTLE — Guillermo Heredia‘s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift Seattle.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-2) and advanced to second when David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

The late-game rally provided a positive end for the Mariners on a bummer day in which star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers’ slugger to first base.

Seeing Diaz and Gallo run into each other just past the bag, Jurickson Profar raced home without a throw to tie the score 8-all

METS 12, BLUE JAYS 2

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard (3-1) won for the first time in five weeks, knocking in two early runs against the team that traded him to rouse a sluggish New York offense.

Missing injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier from a slumping lineup, the Mets finally broke through anyway against Jaime Garcia (2-3) and the skidding Blue Jays after an 86-minute rain delay at the start.

Juan Lagares had four hits, three RBI and a stolen base to help New York improve to 12-0 at home against Toronto — the longest such streak in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, BREWERS 1

PHOENIX — Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and Arizona snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks managed just three hits against starter Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers, but starter Zack Greinke stifled Milwaukee over six innings and Arizona tied together just enough offense to get by.

Taylor Williams (0-1) walked Jeff Mathis to start the Arizona eighth, and Descalso singled through the shift to score pinch-runner Dyson. It gave Archie Bradley (1-1) a win after striking out two in a perfect eighth. Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

PIRATES 7, WHITE SOX 0

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams (5-2) scattered six hits in seven innings, and Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first.

Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history, in 1948.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-3) gave up six runs and seven hits with two walks in two-plus innings.

YANKEES 3, NATIONALS 3, 5+ INNINGS, SUSPENDED

WASHINGTON — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit in a game suspended because of rain with the score 3-3 after 5+ innings. The game is scheduled to continue at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday before the finale of the two-game interleague series.

Washington built a 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka when Anthony Rendon homered in the first, and Andrew Stevenson hit a run-scoring single in the second and scored on Pedro Severino‘s double.

TIGERS 9, INDIANS 8

DETROIT — JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and Detroit rallied in a five-run seventh as Andrew Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up two runs of his own. Pete Kozma hit a tying, two-run double, and Miller walked John Hicks with the bases loaded.

Cleveland led 4-0 on Brandon Guyer‘s first-inning grand slam and 8-4 before Detroit rallied for its third straight win. Miller faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

Louis Coleman (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh and Shane Greene, pitching for the fourth straight day, worked the ninth for his ninth save.

CUBS 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras helped Chicago throw out two runners at home plate and another at third base before rallying for two runs in the ninth inning.

After Ronald Acuna Jr. homered against Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) for a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell hit consecutive doubles and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Arodys Vizcaino (1-2). Brandon Morrow got three outs for his 10th save.

TWINS 4, CARDINALS 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Wilson hit his first home run since Sept. 21, 2016, for Tampa Bay, a two-run drive off Luke Gregerson that capped a three-run seventh.

Jose Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and struck out 10, leaving after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth.

Addison Reed struck out both batters he faced and Fernando Rodney retired three straight batters for his eighth save.

Brett Cecil (0-1) allowed a double to Logan Morrison starting the seventh, and Morrison scored on Byron Buxton‘s bunt attempt when Gregerson threw the ball wide of first and into foul territory for an error.

RAYS 6, ROYALS 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jonny Venters (1-0) got two outs for his first victory since Sept. 27, 2012, while with Atlanta against the Mets. The left-hander had been out since 2012 due to four major elbow surgeries, including three Tommy John operations, before returning to the majors this season.

Joey Wendle singled in a run with two outs in the ninth against Kelvin Herrera (1-1).

Alex Colome worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save. The Royals lost their fourth straight and sixth in seven.

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MLB Roundup: Sean Manaea pitches A’s past Red Sox again

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Sean Manaea beat the Boston Red Sox again in his first outing against them since pitching a no-hitter, and Khris Davis hit one of three solo homers by the Oakland Athletics in a 6-5 victory Monday night in Boston.

Matt Joyce and Matt Olson also went deep for the A’s, who had lost five of six to the Astros and Yankees. Davis connected for his team-leading 12th home run as Oakland handed Rick Porcello his first loss of the season.

J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each hit a solo shot for the Red Sox.

Manaea (5-4) allowed four runs – three earned – and eight hits in six-plus innings, snapping his two-game skid. He threw the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history at home against the Red Sox on April 21.

Blake Treinen got three outs for his seventh save.

Porcello (5-1) gave up five runs and nine hits over six innings.

Braves 6, Cubs 5: In Chicago, Ozzie Albies hit a leadoff drive for his 13th homer, Jose Bautista belted a three-run shot and Atlanta held off Chicago.

Julio Teheran (4-1) pitched six innings and Tyler Flowers hit his first homer this season as N.L.-leading Atlanta (25-15) won for the sixth time in seven games. The surprising Braves moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 28, 2014.

A.J. Minter worked a shaky ninth inning for his second save in the makeup of an April 15 rainout. Minter hit Ian Happ with a pitch to force in a run with two outs, but Kris Bryant lined out to left field to end the game.

Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. each hit a two-run homer, but Jose Quintana (4-3) struggled for the Cubs.

The 21-year-old Albies drove Quintana’s second pitch the opposite way into the bleachers in right for his fourth career leadoff homer. The rookie second baseman also doubled and singled.

Rays 2, Royals 1: In Kansas City, Missouri, Tampa Bay’s Adeiny Hechavarria danced around catcher Salvador Perez with an inventive slide at home plate to score the go-ahead run as the Rays topped Kansas City.

Hechavarria dashed home on Matt Duffy’s single to right field in the sixth inning, sidestepped Perez to the right, then dove back toward the plate. Hechavarria faked toward the dish with his right hand, then jabbed his left hand just past Perez’s outstretched glove to touch the plate. Umpire Rob Drake immediately signaled safe.

Ryan Yarbrough (3-2) allowed one run over five innings for the Rays, and Duffy had three hits and drove in both runs. Alex Colome got his seventh save.

Eric Skoglund (1-3) permitted two runs in 7 2/3 innings, his longest career outing. He tied a Royals record with six assists by a pitcher.

Tigers 6, Indians 3: In Detroit, Niko Goodrum homered twice and drove in five runs as injury-plagued Detroit beat Carlos Carrasco and Cleveland.

For the second straight day, the Tigers won despite fielding a patchwork lineup. Miguel Cabrera is on the disabled list, and Detroit has also been without Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario.

Jose Ramirez hit his 13th homer for the Indians, but the A.L. Central leaders fell back to .500 and are only two games ahead of Detroit. Carrasco (5-2) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Mike Fiers (4-2) yielded a run and three hits in six innings for Detroit.

Mariners 1, Twins 0: In Minneapolis, first baseman Logan Morrison’s throwing error in the eighth inning accounted for the game’s only run as Seattle defeated Minnesota after a long rain delay to the make-up game.

Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double against reliever Trevor Hildenberger (1-1). Jean Segura laid down a sacrifice bunt and Morrison threw the ball into right field, allowing Gordon to score.

James Pazos (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Wade LeBlanc, who tossed six scoreless innings. Nick Vincent worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his A.L.-leading 14th save in 15 chances.

LeBlanc made his third start since joining the Mariners’ rotation at the beginning of May and was sharp once again. He allowed just three runners, none of whom reached second base. He’s given up only one earned run in 15 innings as a starter this year.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi wasn’t quite as sharp, but he also threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out seven. He worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth to keep the Mariners off the scoreboard.

Angels 2, Astros 1: In Anaheim, California, Andrew Heaney struck out 10 during a career-high eight innings of four-hit ball, and Los Angeles pulled virtually even with Houston atop the A.L. West with a victory.

Justin Upton singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning for the Angels (25-16), who beat the defending World Series champions (26-17) for the third time in four meetings this season.

Houston native Justin Anderson allowed three baserunners in the ninth, but the Angels rookie still earned his first career save with help from Kole Calhoun. The right fielder caught Alex Bregman’s long fly in foul territory and then threw out George Springer trying to take second, completing a double play with his major league-leading sixth outfield assist.

Anderson then allowed Jose Altuve’s single and walked Carlos Correa, but survived when Yuli Gurriel grounded out.

Heaney (2-2) produced the most impressive start of his career against the powerhouse Astros, who have scored just one earned run against Heaney in 19 career innings over three games.

Rockies 6, Padres 4: In San Diego, Gerardo Parra hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning and rookie Noel Cuevas went deep for the first time as Colorado beat San Diego.

Daniel Castro also homered for the Rockies, who won for the second time in six games.

Franmil Reyes made his big league debut for the Padres after leading all of professional baseball in homers with 14 while at Triple-A El Paso. He started in right field and went 0 for 4. He reached on a throwing error by shortstop Trevor Story that allowed Franchy Cordero to score for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Freddy Galvis of the Padres finished a homer short of the cycle. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado had three hits and an RBI.

Tyler Anderson (3-1) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and reached base twice against rookie lefty Joey Lucchesi. Anderson walked with one out in the third and scored on Arenado’s single. He singled in the fifth before being forced out.

Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 2: In Phoenix, pinch-hitter Tyler Saladino dashed around the bases for an inside-the-park home run after Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock was injured diving for the ball, and Milwaukee beat the slumping Diamondbacks.

Pollock dived for Saladino’s line drive in the ninth inning, missed and rolled over his glove hand. He sat in center favoring his left arm while Saladino slid head-first for the 28th inside-the-park homer in club history. A trainer led Pollock off the field.

Jonathan Villar homered and scored three runs for Milwaukee, and Arizona lost its sixth straight.

Junior Guerra (3-3) allowed two runs and walked four, and the Brewers’ bullpen finished up with three scoreless innings.

Giants 10, Reds 7: In San Francisco, Andrew McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach 1,500 career hits and San Francisco snapped Cincinnati’s six-game winning streak.

McCutchen sparked a three-run first inning against Sal Romano (2-4) with his first hit and drove home a run in the second with another double. Kelby Tomlinson added a two-run single in the third and Brandon Belt homered and knocked in three runs to give the Giants consecutive wins following a six-game skid.

Tucker Barnhart homered and had three RBIs, Scott Schebler hit a solo shot and Adam Duvall added a three-run homer but the Reds failed to move out of last place in the National League because of a rough start by Romano.

The right-hander put Cincinnati in an early hole when Evan Longoria drove in McCutchen with a two-out single in the first and Brandon Crawford added a two-run double.

MLB Roundup: Stanton 4 for 4 with HR in Yankees’ victory

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 in a game that started after a 2-hour, 45-minute rain delay.

Luis Severino (6-1) struck out seven in six innings as New York won for the 19th time in 22 games to remain tied with rival Boston for the best record in the majors at 28-12. Aaron Hicks drove in two runs, Aaron Judge extended his RBI streak to seven games and the Yankees took two of three from Oakland to win their seventh consecutive series.

After a 7-2 homestand, New York plays 19 of its next 25 games on the road.

Brett Anderson (0-2) was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings.

NATIONALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 4

PHOENIX – Mark Reynolds homered twice in his first game with Washington, lifting Washington over Arizona to complete a four-game sweep.

Reynolds had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He homered off Zack Godley in the sixth inning, then broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run shot off Archie Bradley (0-1) in the eighth after the Diamondbacks rallied with a three-run seventh.

Reynolds signed a minor league deal with Washington in April after collecting 30 home runs and 97 RBIs with Colorado last season. The Nationals are Reynolds’ eighth major league team in 12 seasons, including four years with Arizona. The 34-year-old was called up when Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique strain.

Bryce Harper and Trea Turner also homered for the Nationals, winners of 13 of 15. Ryan Madson (1-2) went 1 1/3 innings in relief.

TIGERS 5, MARINERS 4

DETROIT – Robinson Cano broke his right hand when hit by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy in the third inning of the Seattle’s loss to Detroit on Sunday.

The Seattle star, who has played in at least 150 in 11 straight years, said he might need surgery.

Jose Iglesias hit a game-ending single off Juan Nicasio (1-2), and Niko Goodrum homered and had three hits for the Tigers.

Shane Greene (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth. Seattle lost a road series for the first time all season.

ANGELS 2, TWINS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single.

Ohtani allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his sixth big league start, leaving with a 2-1 lead after Logan Morrison’s walk. Joe Mauer hit a tying single off Cam Bedrosian.

Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth, Martin Maldonado sacrificed and Cozart singled to left. Blake Parker (1-1) stranded the bases loaded in the top half when Brian Dozier popped out.

REDS 5, DODGERS 3

LOS ANGELES – Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto homered, and last-place Cincinnati swept a four-game series from the Dodgers for the first time since the Big Red Machine accomplished the feat in August 1976.

Luis Castillo (3-4) allowed three runs – two earned – and four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias got three straight outs for his seventh save, finishing a four-hitter.

The defending NL champion Dodgers finished a 1-5 homestand and have lost seven of eight. At 16-23 they are fourth in the NL West, just one game ahead of San Diego. Rich Hill (1-2) gave up three runs – two earned – six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.

Cincinnati has won six straight games following an 8-27 start yet remains last in the NL Central.

WHITE SOX 5, CUBS 3

CHICAGO – Matt Davidson hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off Kyle Hendricks (3-3)

Lucas Giolito (2-4) matched a career high with seven walks, tossed three wild pitches and hit a batter, but pitched two-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings in his first victory since April 26. Bruce Rondon got his first save as the White Sox (10-27) stopped a seven-game slide and became the last major league team to reach 10 wins.

The Cubs (21-16) had won five in a row.

RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3

TORONTO (AP) — J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox wrapped up their longest road trip of the season so far the same way they’ve finished off almost every series: with a win.

Martinez homered and had three RBIs, Mookie Betts had two hits and made a sensational diving catch, and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday.

Boston is 12-1 in series finales this season, winning its past six. The Red Sox went 6-4 on a trip to Texas and AL East rivals New York and Toronto.

“Overall, I think we had a really good road trip,” Martinez said.

Boston also maintained a share of the best record in the majors with the Yankees, who beat Oakland on Sunday.

“To come out of a road trip like that is definitely something to be proud of,” said reliever Joe Kelly, who needed four pitches to record his second save in three opportunities.

Boston, which has already had two three-city trips, plays 13 of its next 16 and 19 of its next 26 at Fenway Park.

“It’s nice to go home, play in front of our own fans and sleep in our own beds,” Martinez said.

Martinez’s 10th homer was a two-run shot in the first inning off right-hander Joe Biagini (0-2). John Axford came on to face Martinez in the fifth, and Martinez greeted him with an RBI single, scoring Betts.

Betts, who had two singles and two stolen bases, ended the fourth by sliding into foul territory down the right-field line to catch Richard Urena’s sinking liner.

“He’s becoming a force, not only the field but in the clubhouse, in the dugout,” manager Alex Cora said. “He’s becoming a leader. It’s fun to watch. On a daily basis you’re expecting something great and he’ll do it.”

Russell Martin had three hits for the Blue Jays, who lost for the eighth time in 11 home games. Toronto is 11-11 at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays chased left-hander Drew Pomeranz during a three-run fifth. Justin Smoak hit a two-run double and Yangervis Solarte walked before Hector Velazquez replaced Pomeranz. One out later, Martin added an RBI single to get Toronto within 4-3.

Pomeranz allowed three runs and five hits in four-plus innings, failing to complete six innings for the first time in three starts.

“Nothing felt good coming out of my hand,” Pomeranz said.

Velazquez (5-0) worked two scoreless innings. Barnes and Heath Hembree each pitched one inning, and Kelly finished.

“They did an outstanding job,” said Cora, who was without closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Carson Smith, both of whom needed a day off.

Solarte singled off Matt Barnes in the seventh and tried to score from first on Martin’s two-out double, but was thrown out at home plate to end the inning. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded the throw from left fielder Andrew Benintendi and fired it to catcher Christian Vazquez, who tagged Solarte to preserve Boston’s narrow lead.

“Pretty solid,” Cora said. “Under control. Nobody panicked.”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he had no problem with third base coach Luis Rivera’s decision to send Solarte.

“When the team’s struggling, you try to score some runs,” Gibbons said. “Those kind of things happen.”

Making his third start of the season and pitching in place of the injured Marcus Stroman, Biagini allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

RUNNING WILD

Boston’s Brock Holt was thrown out trying to steal third in the ninth, the second Red Sox player in as many days to be caught stealing at third. Cora said it’s something he’ll talk to the team about.

“We need to address that,” Cora said. “If we’re going to go, we’d better be safe. When we make decisions like that, it can’t be a gamble. We have to be 100 percent sure we make it.”

LEISURELY DAY

At 3 hours, 42 minutes, this was Toronto’s longest nine-inning game of the season by 15 minutes.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto selected RHP Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Triple-A. Minor league RHP Carlos Ramirez was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire on the 40-man roster. … Following the game, the Blue Jays optioned OF Anthony Alford to Triple-A. A corresponding move will be made before Toronto’s next game, Tuesday at New York against the Mets.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Boston returns home Monday to begin a three-game series against Oakland. RHP Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.79) starts for the Red Sox. LHP Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11) starts for the Athletics. Manaea threw a no-hitter against Boston on April 21.

Blue Jays: Toronto is off Monday before beginning a two-game road series against the Mets on Tuesday night. LHP Jaime Garcia (2-2, 5.40) starts for the Blue Jays against RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09).

 

PHILLIES 4, METS 2

PHILADELPHIA – New York’s Jacob deGrom was removed after a 45-pitch scoreless and hitless first inning as a precaution in his first start after a stint on the disabled list caused by a hyperextended right elbow.

Pinch-hitter Nick Williams hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Paul Seward (0-3) in the sixth.

Aaron Nola (6-1) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first and allowed one run and nine hits in six innings. Edubray Ramos worked around a walk in the ninth for his first big league save.

New York has lost 17 of 25 after an 11-1 start.

ORIOLES 17, RAYS 1

BALTIMORE – Joey Rickard had his first big league multihomer game and drove in four runs following his recall from the minor leagues, and Baltimore scored its most runs since an 18-2 win over Oakland on Aug. 16, 2015. Tampa Bay gave up its most runs since a 17-11 defeat at Toronto on Aug. 7, 2010.

Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who have scored 58 runs in their last seven games. Valencia tied career highs with four hits and four RBIs.

Dylan Bundy (2-5) allowed two hits and four walks in seven scoreless innings.

Blake Snell (4-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, and reliever Andrew Kittredge was sent to the minors after allowing six runs, six hits and one walk while failing to get an out.

INDIANS 11, ROYALS 2

CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber (6-2) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits.

Yan Gomes had four hits, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.

Danny Duffy (1-5) allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings.

BRAVES 4, MARLINS 3

MIAMI – Sean Newcomb (4-1) allowed one hit in six innings and stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings. Brian Anderson’s double in the second was the lone hit off the left-hander.

Arodys Vizcaino gave up a three-run pinch-hit homer to Justin Bour with one out in the ninth, then retired the next two batters for his seventh save, completing a four-hitter.

Ender Inciarte hit his third homer of the year and his second in two games. Jose Urena (0-6) allowed three runs in six innings.

GIANTS 5, PIRATES 0

PITTSBURGH – Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova (2-3) to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive against Richard Rodriguez and San Francisco stopped a season-high six game-losing streak.

Derek Holland (2-4) allowed four hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings.

ASTROS 6, RANGERS 1

HOUSTON – Dallas Keuchel (3-5) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, struck out eight and walked one.

Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered for the second straight game

Matt Moore (1-5) allowed three runs and six hits in three innings.

BREWERS 7, ROCKIES 3

DENVER – Freddy Peralta (1-0) took a no-bid into the sixth inning of his major league debut and set a Milwaukee rookie record with 13 strikeouts.

Peralta allowed one hit and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Jon Gray (4-5) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Shaw and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Brewers, who opened a 7-0 lead by the sixth.

PADRES 5, CARDINALS 3

SAN DIEGO – Clayton Richard (2-5) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in eight innings for his first win since April 9.

Brad Hand got his 11th save, allowing Harrison Bader’s leadoff homer in the ninth, loading the bases with one out on two walks and a hit batter, then striking out Carson Kelly and Kolten Wong. Bader also had an RBI triple.

Adam Wainwright (1-3) re-aggravated an elbow injury that had landed him on the disabled list and left after 2 1/3 innings. Cory Spangenberg hit a go-ahead single in the third and Freddy Galvis followed with a sacrifice fly off John Gant.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   HOUSTON – Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.

McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa’s two-run homer extended Houston’s lead to 5-1 in the eighth.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.

Yankees 7, Athletics 6 (11): At New York, Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a fly ball to left.

Gardner’s one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez’s mitt just glancing Olson’s jersey.

New York stopped a two-game losing streak that followed its 17-1 run. A.J. Cole (2-1) pitched two innings for his first win with the Yankees.

Chris Hatcher (3-1) got the loss.

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1: At Phoenix, Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals earned their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.

Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.

Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley each got two outs before Ryan Madson finished the five-hitter for his third save.

Arizona dropped its season-high fourth consecutive game. The Diamondbacks also lost a series for the first time after opening with 10 wins and two ties.

Troy Scribner (0-1) walked six in 3 2/3 innings for Arizona.

Braves 10, Marlins 5: At Miami, Freddie Freeman connected twice for Atlanta, and Jose Bautista atoned for a costly error with his first homer of the season.

The Braves broke a 5-all tie in the eighth inning, when Marlins relievers issued three consecutive walks – each on a 3-2 pitch, and the last two with the bases loaded.

Bautista, who joined the Braves on May 4, made his first error when he bobbled Brian Anderson’s two-out grounder to third in the fifth. One run scored on the play, and Derek Dietrich followed with a three-run double to put Miami ahead 5-4.

All four runs in the inning were unearned, but Bautista tied the game leading off the next inning with the 332nd homer of his career.

A.J. Minter (1-0) retired one batter in the seventh for his first career win. Drew Steckenrider (1-1) got the loss.

Cubs 8, White Sox 4: At Chicago, Willson Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, leading the Cubs to the win at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.

Contreras finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields (1-4) after the start was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes. Jon Lester (2-2) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Brandon Morrow came in with runners on second and third in the ninth after right fielder Kris Bryant dropped Trayce Thompson’s fly and got three outs for his ninth save.

Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox, who lost their seventh straight to fall to 9-27 – the worst 36-game start in franchise history.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2: At Toronto, Boston left-hander David Price pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each had three hits.

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Making his first start in nine days, he permitted two runs and five hits in his first victory since April 17.

Justin Smoak hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10 at home. Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Indians 6, Royals 2: At Cleveland, Francisco Lindor homered twice and doubled twice to power Cleveland to the victory.

Lindor also scored four times. His third career four-hit game extended the All-Star shortstop’s hitting streak to 13 games.

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth.

Mike Clevinger (3-0) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Indians won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Jon Jay and Jorge Soler each had three hits for Kansas City. Jakob Junis (4-3) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Rockies 4, Brewers 0: At Denver, Kyle Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Trevor Story homered twice and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak.

Freeland (3-4) gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four in 6 1/3 innings.

Story put together his first multihomer game of the season, hitting both off Brent Suter (2-3), who pitched a day ahead of his scheduled start after Chase Anderson was scratched because of a stomach illness.

Orioles 6-3, Rays 3-10: At Baltimore, Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and the Rays stopped a five-game slide by splitting a doubleheader.

In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs.

Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, Hess (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits. Mychal Givens worked 1 2/3 innings for his first career save.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (2-3) went seven innings, allowing six runs and seven hits – including a season-high three homers.

In the second game, the Rays scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thunderstorm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Baltimore ultimately cut the gap on an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who also homered in the first inning. But Tampa Bay pulled away, ending the Orioles’ season-high winning streak at four games.

Mallex Smith had three hits and three RBIs for the Rays. Sergio Romo (1-0), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, got the win.

Tigers 4-5, Mariners 3-9: At Detroit, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Mariners slugged their way to a split of their doubleheader with the Tigers.

Detroit won the opener 4-3, thanks in part to a terrific catch by center fielder JaCoby Jones in the ninth inning. The nightcap didn’t go nearly as well for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos left in the second inning because of an injured finger on his left hand, and manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth.

Cano and Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners in the second game, and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias hit a two-run shot in the first game.

Matthew Boyd (2-3) allowed three runs and three hits in six-plus innings for the Tigers in the opener. Detroit broke a 1-all tie in the sixth against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (3-3). With two out and nobody on, Jones hit a hard grounder that bounced off the left leg of third baseman Kyle Seager and into foul territory for a double. Grayson Greiner followed with a single to right, and Jones scored on a very close play at the plate.

In the second game, Healy’s two-run homer off Michael Fulmer (1-3) put Seattle up 3-2 in the fourth, and Cano made it 6-2 in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season.

Felix Hernandez (5-3) got the win but labored through five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.

Padres 2, Cardinals 1 (13): At San Diego, Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double with no outs in the 13th inning to give the Padres a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hosmer, San Diego’s $144 million man, drove the first pitch from Mike Mayers down the right field line and after a few strides, tossed his batting helmet aside in celebration.

John Brebbia (1-0) had thrown two perfect innings for the Cardinals before walking A.J. Ellis to open the 13th. Ellis was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Lyles, a starting pitcher, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Travis Jankowski walked and the Cardinals brought on Mayers to face Hosmer.

Adam Cimber (2-1) pitched a perfect 13th for the win.

Reds 5, Dodgers 3: At Los Angeles, Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Dodgers for their fifth straight win.

Schebler’s homer to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (1-2) in the Reds’ four-run fifth was his fourth of the season and first since April 28. Venditte, who pitched both lefty and righty against the Reds, allowed a hit and struck out one while getting four outs in his first big league game since 2016, when he was with Seattle.

Homer Bailey (1-5) allowed three runs and 10 hits to win for the first time this season. Jared Hughes got five outs for the save.

Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, his first since May 1.

Twins 5, Angels 3 (12): At Anaheim, California, Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver’s double in the 12th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels.

After Jefry Marte grounded out to Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) with the bases loaded to end the 11th, Rosario came all the way around on Garver’s grounder down the third-base line to put the Twins back in front. Rosario had singled on a groundball past Noe Ramirez (1-2). Garver then scored from second on Gregorio Petit’s single to center.

Fernando Rodney earned his seventh save, getting Zack Cozart to fly out to left to end the game after walking Rene Rivera with two outs.

MLB Roundup: Blue Jays beat Boston 5-3 in 12th on Luke Maile’s 2nd HR of game

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   TORONTO – Luke Maile hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the 12th inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Maile’s drive off Boston’s Brian Johnson (1-2) improved the Blue Jays to 5-0 in extra innings after they overcame an impressive outing by Red Sox starter Chris Sale.

Curtis Granderson walked to begin the 12th before Maile went deep to right. Maile also hit a game-tying homer off Sale in the seventh. It was the first multihomer game of his career.

Sale matched his career high by striking out 15 over a season-high nine innings.

Sam Gaviglio (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier Friday, pitched three innings for the win in his Blue Jays debut.

Mets 3, Phillies 1: At Philadelphia, Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Philadelphia closer Hector Neris for New York’s second win in 10 games.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and they led 1-0 until Neris allowed a one-out single, Conforto’s third homer and a homer to Devin Mesoraco on the next pitch. It was the second blown save in six days for Neris (1-3), both costing Arrieta a victory.

Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 40 games with a first-inning home run for the Phillies, who had won four straight.

Jeurys Familia (2-1) worked a perfect ninth for the Mets, who had scored two or fewer runs in seven of their previous nine games.

Cubs 11, White Sox 2: At Chicago, Willson Contreras had two homers, two doubles and drove in a career-high seven runs on his bobblehead day to lead the Cubs over the crosstown White Sox.

Contreras capped a five-run first against Carson Fulmer (2-3) with his second career grand slam. He has three doubles, two triples and two homers in his past 10 at-bats. Kris Bryant homered for the fourth time in five games and Tyler Chatwood (3-3) improved to 3-0 in his past four starts.

With their sixth straight loss, the White Sox matched the 1948 team for the worst 35-game start in franchise history at 9-26.

Rangers 1, Astros 0: At Houston, Cole Hamels allowed one hit over six innings to narrowly outduel Justin Verlander, leading Texas over Houston.

Hamels (2-4) cruised through the first four innings without allowing a hit before Evan Gattis led off the fifth with a single. He entered the game having lost six of his previous seven decisions. Keone Kela earned his eighth save.

Astros outfielder George Springer left in the fourth after being hit by a 92 mph fastball from Hamels.

The Rangers finally got to Verlander (4-2) in the seventh. Nomar Mazara hit a leadoff double and Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Chris Devenski relieved, and Jurickson Profar’s sacrifice fly scored Mazara.

Pirates 11, Giants 2: At Pittsburgh, Starling Marte, Josh Bell and Jose Osuna hit two-run homers, Max Moroff added a three-run blast and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco in Andrew McCutchen’s return to PNC Park.

McCutchen, a five-time All-Star who played his first nine seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to the Giants in January, received an extended ovation from the largest crowd to watch a Pirates home game this season when he came to bat in the second inning. The right fielder went 1 for 5 with a double and threw out Pittsburgh’s Colin Moran at home plate to end the sixth.

Steven Brault (3-1) picked up the win in relief after Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon left after three innings with a laceration on his right hand. San Francisco rookie Andrew Suarez (1-2) lasted just four innings.

Nationals 3, Diamondbacks 1: At Phoenix, Max Scherzer struck out 11 over seven innings of four-hit ball and Trea Turner led off the game with a home run to lead Washington over Arizona.

Scherzer (7-1) retired 15 in a row after giving up a home run to David Peralta leading off the third inning. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner also hit an RBI double, and remained unbeaten since April 4.

Anthony Rendon also homered for the Nationals, who have won five of six. Sean Doolittle earned his second save in two nights and eighth of the season. Matt Koch (2-1) went eight innings and allowed three runs and seven hits.

Orioles 9, Rays 4: At Baltimore, Manny Machado hit two home runs, including his eighth career grand slam, as Baltimore won its third straight. Machado ripped a two-run shot in the first inning off Jake Faria (3-2) and made it 8-1 in the seventh with a drive off Ryne Stanek. Machado has three home runs in his last two games and 12 for the season.

Kevin Gausman (3-2) gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings and Brad Brach got four outs for his fifth save.

Carlos Gomez had two hits and two RBIs for the Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight and six of eight.

Athletics 10, Yankees 5: At New York, Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered for Oakland, and New York lost back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month.

The A’s had lost three in a row before roughing up Sonny Gray (2-3), their former ace. The Yankees acquired Gray from the A’s before last year’s trade deadline for outfielder Dustin Fowler and two minor leaguers. Making his first start in the majors, Fowler singled in his second at-bat against the player he was traded for.

Recalled from the minors to make the start, Kendall Graveman (1-5) allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over six innings. Blake Treinen got four outs for his sixth save.

Marlins 6, Braves 3: At Miami, J.T. Realmuto had three hits, including his fifth homer, and Miami broke a four-game losing streak. Starlin Castro hit his second homer and drove in two runs for the Marlins.

Ozzie Albies moved into a tie for the NL lead in homers, connecting for his 12th in the third inning for Atlanta, which had won eight straight on the road.

Dan Straily (1-0) allowed two earned runs in five innings. Four relievers completed a five-hitter. Brandon McCarthy (4-2) endured his second rocky outing in a row, allowing six runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Royals 10, Indians 9: At Cleveland, Andrew Miller, activated from the disabled list before the game, gave up Salvador Perez’s two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kansas City rallied from a 9-4 deficit to beat Cleveland.

Miller (1-1) entered the game in the seventh with a one-run lead, but walked Jon Jay on a 3-2 pitch. Jorge Soler and Mike Moustakas struck out before Perez hit a 1-1 pitch onto the home run porch in left field. Miller, who had pitched 10 scoreless innings before the injury, was removed following the homer.

Alcides Escobar had four RBIs for Kansas City while Lucas Duda doubled three times and drove in a run. Brad Keller (1-1) pitched three scoreless innings for his first major league win and Kelvin Herrera earned his eighth save.

Reds 6, Dodgers 2: At Los Angeles, Matt Harvey tossed four innings of one-hit ball in his Reds debut, Scooter Gennett homered and drove in three runs, and Cincinnati defeated the scuffling Dodgers, extending their season-high winning streak to four games.

Harvey struck out two and walked none in a 55-pitch outing that was cut short because of his lack of recent game competition. The right-hander’s fastball topped out in the mid-90s.

The lone hit Harvey gave up was a fluke. Right fielder Scott Schebler lost a high popup by Cody Bellinger in the lights against a sky dark with clouds, allowing Bellinger to slide into third for a triple in the second.

Harvey is seeking to revive his career after going 9-19 over the last three seasons with the New York Mets.

Austin Brice (1-2) got the win in relief. Raisel Iglesias pitched two-thirds of an inning for his sixth save.

The Dodgers fell to 8-11 at home and got no help from Kenta Maeda (2-3), who hasn’t won in nearly a month.

Twins 5, Angels 4: At Anaheim, California, Eddie Rosario homered twice, Bobby Wilson hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied for a victory over the Angels.

Rosario’s solo shot to right pulled Minnesota to 4-2 in the sixth and his drive in the ninth cut the deficit to 4-3. Logan Morrison then doubled to left, and pinch-hitter Mitch Garver drove him in on a single down the first base line to tie it at 4. Wilson’s sac fly scored pinch-runner Max Kepler to cap the three-run ninth.

Fernando Rodney got Mike Trout to ground out to short with a runner on first for his sixth save.

Matt Magill (1-0) picked up the win for his scoreless eighth inning in relief. Justin Anderson (0-1) gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Brewers 11, Rockies 10 (10): At Denver, Manny Pina hit a tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth and Travis Shaw delivered a two-out RBI single in the 10th, lifting the Brewers to a victory over the Rockies.

Trailing 10-8 and down to their last out, the Brewers rallied to tie it off closer Wade Davis, who blew a save for only the second time in 16 chances this season. Hernan Perez singled with two outs and Pina followed by driving Davis’ 1-1 offering into the right field bleachers above the scoreboard.

Lorenzo Cain hit a one-out single in the 10th off Jake McGee (0-2), and pinch-hitter Tyler Saladino singled one out later. Shaw, who homered and had another RBI single earlier, then drove a solid single to center to score the decisive run.

Jeremy Jeffress (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win and Josh Hader got three outs for his sixth save.

Cardinals 9, Padres 5: At San Diego, Paul DeJong homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Jedd Gyorko, Marcell Ozuna, Harrison Bader and Tommy Pham also went deep to lead the Cardinals to a victory against the Padres.

The Cardinals scored all but one run on the homers. Four of the five long balls were off Padres rookie Eric Lauer (1-2), who lasted only 2 1/3 innings.

DeJong hit a three-run shot to left in the second, with Ozuna and Gyorko having reached on singles. It was his eighth.

Cardinals starter Luke Weaver (3-2) held San Diego to four hits in five scoreless innings while striking out four and walking one.

MLB Roundup: J.D. Martinez hits go-ahead home run as Red Sox rebound to cool off Yankees

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances (1-2) leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge’s reach at the right-field wall, and the visiting Boston Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead to beat New York 5-4 Thursday night and send the Yankees to only their second loss in 19 games.

In another dramatic game before a sellout crowd, Boston moved back into a tie with the Yankees for the A.L. East lead at 26-11, the best record in the major leagues. The rivals next meet June 29, again in the Bronx.

Boston built a 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia as Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs with an RBI groundout in the first, an RBI single in a two-run third and a solo homer in the fifth just before a 55-minute rain delay. But the Yankees tied the score in the seventh.

Joe Kelly (2-0) got the win and Craig Kimbrel closed for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Mookie Betts had three hits, raising his batting average to a major league-leading .361.

New York had won eight straight games overall and 11 in a row at home.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 3: Kyle Seager hit two home runs, including his fourth career grand slam, and Jean Segura had four hits as Seattle beat the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Seattle’s Mike Leake (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Seager hit a two-out grand slam off left-hander J.A. Happ (4-3) in the first and a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game.

Seager also turned in a great defensive play at third base, a sliding catch in foul territory to retire Yangervis Solarte.

Ryon Healy and Mike Zunino added solo home runs for the Mariners, who had 17 hits to match their season high for a nine-inning game.

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer but the Blue Jays lost for sixth time in eight home games.

Reds 4, Dodgers 1: Scooter Gennett went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs, Tyler Mahle and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Cincinnati defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Mahle outdueled Walker Buehler in a matchup of 23-year-old right-handers. Mahle fanned two, giving him 44 strikeouts in eight starts this season, which leads the majors among pitchers his age or younger.

Mahle (3-4) allowed one run and three hits in five innings and walked four. Dylan Floro and Wandy Peralta followed with one hit over 2 2/3 innings before Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

Angels 7, Twins 4: Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in Los Angeles’s seventh win in nine games, defeating Minnesota at Anaheim, California.

Justin Upton also homered in his third straight game and Kole Calhoun drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning as the Angels snapped Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.

Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning before Max Kepler followed with a tying solo shot for the Twins, but the Angels reclaimed the lead moments later and eventually ended Minnesota’s longest streak of the season.

National 2, Diamondbacks 1 (11): Matt Adams singled in a run in the 11th inning and Washington opened a four-game series with a victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

Trea Turner opened the 11th with a single off Fernando Salas (3-4) and Anthony Rendon walked. Left-hander Andrew Chafin relieved Salas and, with the shift on, Adams singled through the shortstop’s normal position to give Washington its first lead of the night.

Brandon Kintzler (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win. Sean Doolittle threw a perfect 11th for his seventh save in as many tries.

Cardinals 2, Padres 1: Miles Mikolas won his fifth straight decision to begin the season and Tommy Pham homered, sending St. Louis past the Padres in San Diego.

Mikolas (5-0) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings against his former team, lowering his ERA to 2.51. The right-hander had never faced the Padres, who drafted him in 2009 and used him as a reliever from 2012-13.

Bud Norris earned his eighth save, and the N.L. Central leaders opened a six-game trip with their sixth victory in eight games.

Phillies 6, Giants 3: Vince Velasquez recovered from a slow start to strike out 12 in six innings, Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and Phillies rallied past San Francisco for a four-game sweep in Philadelphia.

Odubel Herrera added three hits and drove in two runs, extending his on-base streak to 39 games for the Phillies, who improved to 15-5 at home.

Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson homered to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning before Velasquez (3-4) began a string of five straight strikeouts. The right-hander allowed five hits and helped the Giants set a dubious team mark. The Giants struck out 53 times in Philadelphia, obliterating the previous team record of 44 in a four-game series set in 2003, according to Stats LLC.

Santana, batting .153 entering May, continued his recent tear when he connected off Ty Blach (3-4) in a four-run fourth.

Braves 9, Marlins 2: Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a career-high five hits and the N.L. East-leading Braves beat the Marlins in Miami.

Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out. Albies also had a run-scoring single in the ninth to cap his five-RBI night.

The Braves have won eight straight games on the road, outscoring opponents 50-8 in that span. Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) gave up three hits and one unearned run in five innings, and Luiz Gohara got a three-inning save.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith (2-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five.

Orioles 11, Royals 6: Adam Jones homered, scored three runs and had three RBIs, and Baltimore outslugged visiting Kansas City to emerge with its second winning streak of the season.

Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also went deep for the Orioles, who trailed 4-0 in the first inning and 6-3 in the second before rallying to beat the Royals for the second night in a row. The only other time Baltimore (10-27) won successive games this season was April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium.

Miguel Castro (1-1) replaced ineffective starter Chris Tillman and blanked Kansas City over 4 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season.

Brewers 5, Rockies 2: Lorenzo Cain homered on the first pitch of the game, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and Milwaukee beat Colorado in Denver.

Cain lined a fastball from German Marquez (2-4) to deep center for his second career leadoff homer. The Milwaukee outfielder also accomplished feat on June 25, 2014, as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

Chacin (3-1) cruised along in the place where he kicked off his career, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Jeremy Jeffress struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in four chances.

MLB Roundup: James Paxton pitches no-hitter as Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-0

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   TORONTO – James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.

Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.

Paxton, who’s from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf – a national symbol of Canada – as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre.

The 29-year-old lefty nicknamed “The Big Maple” threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year – all three have come in different countries.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton (2-1) was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.

Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, the former Gold Glover made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.

Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single off Yankees enemy Joe Kelly and New York edged Boston for its 16th victory in 17 games.

In the opener of a three-game showdown between baseball’s top two teams, Luis Severino struck out 11 during a pitching duel with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz.

After their bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park last month, touched off when Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a pitch, a revved-up crowd of 45,773 showed up in the Bronx. There were no incidents this time.

Neil Walker got the decisive rally started in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit double off Heath Hembree (2-1), who walked the next two batters sandwiched around a balk. Kelly was greeted out of the bullpen with loud boos and a bases-loaded single by Judge.

David Robertson (3-1) gave up a tying triple to Mookie Betts in the seventh. Aroldis Chapman worked a hitless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Nationals 4, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO – Jeremy Hellickson was perfect until Travis Jankowski’s single leading off the seventh inning and led Washington over San Diego.

Hellickson (1-0) struck out eight and kept the Padres off balance four nights after they were no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Mexico.

Hellickson allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and walked none. He also hit an RBI double.

Clayton Richard (1-5) gave three runs in eight innings. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk.

Astros 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs as Houston beat Sean Manaea and the A’s.

A day earlier, Springer became the first Astros player to get six hits in a nine-inning game. Manaea (4-4) lost in his first start in Oakland since pitching a no-hitter against Boston.

Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth straight start and Ken Giles got his fourth save.

Stephen Piscotty returned to the A’s lineup following the death of his mother late Sunday night. Gretchen Piscotty, who died less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was honored with a moment of silence before the game.

Piscotty caught the first out of the game on Springer’s fly to right and received an extended ovation from the crowd before hitting a single in his first at-bat. Piscotty’s father was in attendance and later congratulated his son while being interviewed on the video board.

Braves 1, Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ronald Acuna Jr. became the youngest player to homer in a 1-0 game since 1935, lifting Atlanta over Tampa Bay.

The last player younger than the 20-year-old Acuna to go deep in a 1-0 game was the Chicago Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 25, 1935, according to MLB.com. Cavarretta was 19 years old at the time.

Sean Newcomb (3-1) allowed two singles in six innings and has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta ended a three-game skid and won its sixth consecutive road game, including three consecutive road shutouts.

Four relievers pitched the final three innings for Atlanta, including Arodys Vizcaino, who earned his fifth save.

Acuna’s third homer was a long one off Blake Snell (2-2) in the third.

Royals 15, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy set a dubious modern-day record, yielding four homers and leaving without getting an out, part of a 10-run first inning that propelled Kansas City past hapless Baltimore.

Bundy (1-5) was lifted after allowing five hits and two walks to the only seven batters he faced. The Orioles have lost seven in a row and 19 of 22.

Jon Jay started the onslaught with a leadoff single before Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez homered in succession.

Two walks and a home run by Alex Gordon followed, ending Bundy’s night. It marked the first time in the current era (1908-present) that a pitcher gave up four home runs during an outing in which he did not retire a batter, according to baseball-reference.com.

Moustakas finished with three hits, two homers and five RBIs. Danny Duffy (1-4) allowed one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Cubs 4, Marlins 3

CHICAGO – Kris Bryant slid home safely with the go-ahead run on Victor Caratini’s grounder to the right side in the eighth inning as Chicago beat Miami.

Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami’s Derek Dietrich.

Bryant drew a leadoff walk from Kyle Barraclough (0-2) in the eighth, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder. With the infield playing in, Caratini grounded to second baseman Starlin Castro, who took his time and threw a bit wide and high to the plate, allowing Bryant to easily score.

Caratini was in the middle of a tense moment in the Miami fourth, when Dietrich got thrown out by right fielder Ben Zobrist attempting to score from second on Lewis Brinson’s single.

Dietrich tried to run over Caratini after the ball easily beat him to the plate. The two exchanged words as the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but there appeared to be no punches or shoves. There were no ejections.

Carl Edwards Jr. (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Morrow retired all three batters in the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Brewers 3, Indians 2

MILWAUKEE – Reliever Brent Suter homered off AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and threw 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball, leading Milwaukee over Cleveland.

Suter connected on the first pitch by Kluber (5-2) in the third for the first homer of his professional career. It was the first home run given up by Kluber to a pitcher in his eight years with the Indians.

Suter (2-2) had an eventful night on the mound, too. The left-hander entered with one out in the first for starter Wade Miley, who left following 19 pitches with a strained right oblique.

Suter allowed five hits, including solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss. Josh Hader fanned three over the last two innings for his fifth save.

Reds 7, Mets 2

CINCINNATI – Catcher Devin Mesoraco made the short walk between clubhouses shortly before the first pitch as New York dealt for help at its neediest position, and he watched the Mets lose to Cincinnati.

The Mets traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds – he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers – and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch. He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as the Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Eugenio Suarez had a bases-loaded single and an RBI double off left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3). He added another RBI single in the seventh, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.

Luis Castillo (2-4) retired the first 14 Mets before Amed Rosario singled.

Twins 7, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS – Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run homer as Minnesota won its season-high fifth straight game.

The win capped a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed just two hits and one run, a homer by St. Louis’ Jose Martinez in the first inning. The right-hander combined with three relievers to retire the final 18 batters of the game.

Carlos Martinez (3-2) saw his stretch of six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs end.

Phillies 4, Giants 2

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 12 in seven stellar innings and Odubel Herrera had two hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games for Philadelphia.

Aaron Altherr, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro hit solo home runs for the Phillies. Nola (5-1) allowed one run and five hits while walking none.

Hector Neris got the last two outs, striking out both batters, for his seventh save in nine chances. Manager Gabe Kapler elected to leave Tommy Hunter in for the first batter in the ninth rather than go to Neris, who blew a save in Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Washington.

Derek Holland (1-4) got the loss.

Pirates 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO – Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and Pittsburgh cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the White Sox.

Corey Dickerson had four hits. The Pirates have dropped five of seven, but they love to plunder the other league, specifically their counterparts in the A.L. Central. Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 in interleague play this year and 65-44 over the last six seasons, tops in the NL.

Welington Castillo homered twice for the last-place White Sox, who have lost four straight.

Tyler Glasnow (1-1) won in relief. Chris Volstad (0-2) took the loss.

Tigers 7, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas – Victor Martinez, Jeimer Candelario and Jose Iglesias homered for Detroit.

Adrian Beltre got three hits for Texas after missing 12 games with a strained hamstring. He is MLB’s active leader in hits with 3,078.

Mike Fiers (3-2), winless with an 8.90 ERA in six previous appearances against Texas, took a shutout into the fifth. Shane Greene struck out the side after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first four-out save of the season and seventh overall in nine chances.

Mike Minor (3-2) took the loss.

Rockies 4, Angels 2

DENVER – Jon Gray continued Colorado’s strong stretch of starts with seven scoreless innings, and the Rockies won their sixth in a row.

Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado’s ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels’ potent lineup to four hits.

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth to cut Colorado’s lead in half but closer Wade Davis got the last three outs for his major-league leading 14th save.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third off starter Andrew Healey (1-2).

MLB Roundup: George Springer collects six hits as Astros rout Athletics

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    George Springer went 6 for 6 with a home run to match a Houston record as the Astros routed the Oakland Athletics 16-2 on Monday night in Oakland, California.

Last year’s World Series MVP doubled and scored in the first inning, hit a three-run homer in the second and then singled and scored in the fourth. Needing a triple for the cycle, he reached on infield singles in the fifth and seventh before adding a fourth single up the middle in the ninth.

Springer’s batting average jumped from .264 to .292. He became the second player in team history to go 6 for 6 and the first to do it in a nine-inning game. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan accomplished the feat in a 12-inning game against the Milwaukee Braves on July 8, 1965.

Marwin Gonzalez also went deep and matched his career high of five RBIs. Derek Fisher hit his third home run and Max Stassi doubled twice and scored two runs for the Astros.

Houston set season highs for runs and hits (20) in its most lopsided win this season. The Astros beat the A’s 11-0 on April 28.

Dallas Keuchel (2-5) yielded one run and five hits over eight innings. The Houston left-hander, who gave up three homers and six runs the last time he faced the A’s on April 27, struck out four and walked two.

Jonathan Lucroy had two hits and an RBI for Oakland.

The A’s played without outfielder Stephen Piscotty, whose mother died late Sunday night, less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Rangers 7, Tigers 6: In Arlington, Texas, Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI triple, Nomar Mazara homered again and Texas beat Detroit after a strange game-deciding seventh inning.

Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo both scored from first in the seventh. DeShields reached on a two-out error and then raced around the bases when Choo singled on a grounder that trickled off the outstretched glove of second baseman Dixon Machado into shallow right field. Profar followed with his big hit.

Mets 7, Reds 6: In Cincinnati, Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of solo home runs and Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in his former ballpark to help New York end a six-game skid.

Michael Conforto got it going with a leadoff homer against Homer Bailey (0-5), and Bruce had a two-run shot off his former teammate in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Left-hander P.J. Conlon lasted 3 2/3 innings in his major league debut, filling in with Jacob deGrom on the disabled list because of a hyperextended elbow. Conlon also had a single off Bailey, who gave up six runs in four innings. The Reds have lost all of Bailey’s eight starts.

Robert Gsellman (4-0) gave up only a solo homer in 2 2/3 innings for the win. Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Phillies 11, Giants 0: In Philadelphia, Odubel Herrera homered twice and drove in five runs, helping Zach Eflin and Philadelphia rout San Francisco.

Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez also connected for Philadelphia, which had dropped six of eight. Santana drove in four runs, and Hernandez had two RBIs. Eflin (1-0) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and walked three.

Herrera hit a three-run drive off Jeff Samardzija (1-2) in the first and a two-run shot off D.J. Snelten in the sixth.

Cubs 14, Marlins 2: In Chicago, Ian Happ homered from both sides of the plate, and Chicago stopped a five-game slide by routing Miami.

The Cubs collected 15 hits after scoring three or fewer runs in 10 of the previous 11 games. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez connected, and Happ finished with five RBIs.

Kyle Hendricks also provided a lift for Chicago by pitching eight innings of two-run ball. The Cubs dropped their previous two on game-ending hits in St. Louis, taxing their bullpen.

The only downer for the Cubs was an early exit for Baez, who departed in the sixth with right groin tightness.

Twins 6, Cardinals 0: In St. Louis, Fernando Romero didn’t allow a run for the second straight start to begin his major league career, throwing six sharp innings to lead visiting Minnesota over St. Louis.

The victory was a season-high fourth straight for the Twins, who have won 13 of their last 16 games against National League opponents dating to last year. St. Louis had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped.

Romero (2-0) permitted just three hits and struck out nine while throwing 97 pitches. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut last week, a win over Toronto.

Nationals 8, Padres 5: In San Diego, Matt Adams homered in consecutive innings, Trea Turner went deep in his first at-bat at Petco Park and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg beat his hometown team again.

Adams hit a towering two-run drive to right off Tyson Ross in the sixth and a three-run shot to right-center in the seventh off Matt Strahm.

Turner, San Diego’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft who never played for the Padres, drove a 1-1 pitch from Ross an estimated 396 feet into the home bullpen in center field with one out in the first inning.

Strasburg (4-3) improved to 7-2 in nine career starts against the Padres. He allowed three runs in seven innings.

Jose Pirela had three hits and drove in a run for San Diego. Ross (2-3) allowed five runs in six innings.

MLB Roundup: Torres hits walkoff homer as Yanks win again

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(Phatzradio Sport / AP)   —   NEW YORK – Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankees player to hit a walkoff homer, a three-run shot in the ninth inning that gave New York a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday for its 15th victory in 16 games.

At 21 years and 144 days, bettered Mickey Mantle, who was 21 years and 185 days when he hit three-run, ninth-inning drive of Boston’s Ellis Kinder in a 6-3 win on April 23, 1953.

Aaron Hicks and Neil Walker, who began the day batting .182, opened the ninth with consecutive doubles to tie it, chasing Allen (2-1). One out later, pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked and Torres drove a full-count pitch from Dan Otero over the center-field fence.

Chasen Shreve (2-0) struck out two in a perfect ninth for the win.

ANGELS 8, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE – Shohei Ohtani returned from a sprained ankle and took a shutout into the seventh inning while outpitching Felix Hernandez, Mike Trout hit his 12th home run and the Angels beat the Mariners.

Ohtani (3-1) made his first start on the mound since April 24. The two-way Japanese star looked to be completely in rhythm and showed no effects, striking out six.

Trout’s home run, which put him one behind Boston’s Mookie Betts for the major league lead, was the last of three hit by the Angels. Zack Cozart and Chris Young connected for solo drives off Felix Hernandez (4-3) in the second.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, ASTROS 1

PHOENIX – Matt Koch outpitched Justin Verlander to become the first pitcher to beat MVPs in consecutive starts in at least 71 years, lifting the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Astros.

Koch (2-0) outlasted Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in his previous start and faced Verlander to become the first pitcher since 1947 to face different MVPs in consecutive starts.

Koch allowed a run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks, who have yet to lose a series this season.

Verlander (4-1) took the loss, ending his 11-game regular season winning streak.

BLUE JAYS 2, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Kevin Pillar scored the tiebreaking run on Alex Colome’s wild pitch in the ninth inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Rays to stop a three-game losing streak.

Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz was carted off the field in the fifth inning after spraining his left ankle. Diaz drove in a run with an infield single to first baseman Brad Miller and hit the side of the base while trying to avoid a collision with pitcher Chris Archer, who was covering.

Pillar doubled off Colome (2-4) leading off the ninth, advanced on Kendrys Morales’ grounder and came home without a throw when Colome bounced a pitch off the mitt of catcher Wilson Ramos, who tried for a backhand pickup.

Ryan Tepera (2-1) failed to protect an eighth-inning lead, allowing a home run to Carlos Gomez leading off the inning.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 3

CHICAGO – Chicago’s James Shields pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Twins rallied late for a victory over the White Sox.

With the Twins trailing 2-0, Eduardo Escobar broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the seventh.

Zach Duke (2-1) got the win with Fernando Rodney pitching the ninth for his fifth save.

Bruce Rondon (1-2) took the loss.

ROYALS 4, TIGERS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals won a series for the first time in 11 tries this season, beating the Tigers as Mike Moustakas drove in three runs with a double and sacrifice fly.

Kansas City took three of four from the Tigers. The Royals had lost nine previous series this year and split one.

Jakob Junis (4-2) improved to 3-0 against the Tigers this year and matched his career high with eight strikeouts.

Kelvin Herrera retired pinch-hitter Nicholas Castellanos on a game-ending flyout with a man on for his seventh save in eight chances.

Matthew Boyd (1-3) gave up four runs.

RED SOX 6, RANGERS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas – Chris Sale struck out 12, J.D. Martinez homered again and the Red Sox beat the Rangers to maintain their AL East lead heading into a highly anticipated showdown at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox hold a major league-best 25-9 record and a one-game lead over the Yankees. Boston and New York tangled earlier this season at Fenway Park, and the Yankees have won 15 of 16 overall entering this three-game set that begins Tuesday night.

Sandy Leon added a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who took three of four to start a 10-game road trip.

Sale (3-1) got his first five outs by strikeouts and the only run against him was Ryan Rua’s solo homer in the seventh.

Doug Fister (1-3) allowed six runs.

ROCKIES 3, METS 2

NEW YORK – Ian Desmond hit a pair of solo homers, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that sent the Rockies over the sagging Mets for their season-high fifth straight win.

The Mets finished an 0-6 homestand, getting swept by Atlanta and Colorado, in which they were outscored 34-11 and shut out three times.

Desmond homered off Noah Syndergaard in the second. He hit his sixth homer with two outs in the eighth off Hansel Robles (2-1).

Kyle Freeland (2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced.

Adam Ottavino earned his first save of the season.

GIANTS 4, BRAVES 3

ATLANTA – Andrew Suarez outpitched Mike Soroka in a rookie matchup, and San Francisco survived Atlanta’s ninth-inning rally for a win and the Giants’ first series sweep of the Braves in four years.

Suarez (1-1) allowed only one unearned run and seven hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves rallied with two runs off closer Hunter Strickland in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s double drove in Jose Bautista, who singled. Ender Inciarte’s groundout drove in Johan Camargo, before Ozzie Alibies popped out to end the game. Strickland earned his eighth save.

Soroka (1-1) lasted only four innings in his first home start, allowing four runs.

NATIONALS 5, PHILLIES 4

WASHINGTON – Max Scherzer struck out 15 in only 6 1/3 innings, and the Nationals then rallied for two runs in the ninth to beat the Phillies.

Scherzer and Phillies starter Jake Arrieta, who have combined to win the last three NL Cy Young Awards, kept things close into the late innings before both bullpens faltered.

Philadelphia closer Hector Neris (1-2) took a 4-3 lead into the ninth, but didn’t get an out. He walked pinch hitter Pedro Severino with the bases loaded to tie it and Wilmer Difo followed with a winning single.

Sean Doolittle (1-1) pitched the ninth to get the win.

PIRATES 9, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE – Chad Kuhl and Richard Rodrguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pirates over the Brewers.

Adam Frazier, Jordy Mercer and Josh Bell hit solo homers for the Pirates.

Kuhl (4-2) allowed one hit in seven innings.

Rodriguez struck out his first four batters, allowed Hernan Perez’s single up the middle, then struck out his final two hitters.

Chase Anderson (3-3) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 1

OAKLAND, Calif. – Andrew Triggs allowed two hits over seven innings, Khris Davis and Matt Olson drove in runs and the Athletics rallied to beat Baltimore and extend the Orioles’ losing streak to six games.

Triggs (3-1) struck out nine and retired his last 12 batters. Blake Treinen finished the three-hitter for his fifth save in seven chances.

Cobb (0-4) yielded two runs in six innings.

PADRES 3, DODGERS 0

MONTERREY, Mexico – Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead, two-run homer for the second straight day, rookie Eric Lauer got his first major league win and the Padres beat the Dodgers to take two of three in Major League Baseball’s first regular-season series in Mexico since 1999.

Los Angeles put Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list before the game with left biceps tendinitis, and the defending NL champions said their ace had returned to Los Angeles to be examined.

Hosmer connected in the fifth off Tony Cingrani (0-2), who had relieved Ross Stripling at the start of the inning.

Lauer (1-1) lost at Colorado in his major league debut on April 24 and did not get a decision when he started six days later at San Francisco.

MARLINS 8, REDS 5

CINCINNATI – Starlin Castro drove in three runs for the second straight game, Cameron Maybin added two hits and two RBIs and the Marlins won their fourth straight series, holding on against the Reds.

J.T. Realmuto reached base four times and scored twice for the Marlins, who won the last two games of the series after losing Friday’s opener.

Joey Votto had a two-run homer among his four hits and four RBIs, but couldn’t keep the Reds from slipping to 8-26 for the third time in franchise history and first since 1934. Votto’s third-inning opposite-field homer to left snapped Cincinnati’s 18-inning scoreless streak.

Nick Wittgren (1-0) took over after a 73-minute rain delay and got the win.

Brandon Finnegan (0-3) lasted 3 1/3 innings in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list.

MLB Roundup: Padres beat Dodgers 7-4 in Mexico

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   The San Diego Padres rebounded nicely from Los Angeles’ combined no-hitter, using two-run homers by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez to beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico, in the first major league series in Mexico since 1999.

A day after the first no-hitter outside the U.S. or Canada, Travis Jankowski led off the first with a triple for San Diego’s first hit of the series. Hosmer then hit a drive over the wall in right against Kenta Maeda.

Lopez’s first homer of the season erased a 4-3 Los Angeles lead in the sixth, and Chase Headley and Carlos Asuaje contributed RBI singles in the eighth against Daniel Hudson.

Kirby Yates got two outs for the win, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save.

Josh Fields (2-1) allowed Lopez’s homer.

On Friday night, Walker Buehler and three relievers posted the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history, leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory.

Mariners 9, Angels 8 (11): Ryon Healy scored Kyle Seager in the 11th inning with a single just fair down the left-field line and Seattle rallied twice in extra innings to beat visiting Los Angeles.

The Angels took the lead in the 11th when Andrelton Simmons was safe on an infield single off Eric Goeddel (1-0) with two outs, allowing Mike Trout to score – the second straight inning the Angels took the lead with two outs.

Seattle answered immediately both times. In the 11th, Seattle got a run off Jim Johnson (2-1) before Healy turned on an 0-1 pitch from Eduardo Paredes. Zack Cozart made a diving attempt, but the ball ricocheted off his glove, and Seager scored with ease.

Yankees 5, Indians 2: Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer, and the Yankees won for the 14th time in 15 games, defeating Cleveland in New York.

New York is in its first 14-1 stretch since 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles.

Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings in his first win since April 7. David Robertson worked the ninth for his first save.

Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he has made three errors in the past two games.

Bauer (2-3) pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He was charged with four runs, two earned.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 5: Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out Boston’s win after the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning in Arlington, Texas.

Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save this season. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple off the right-center wall in the ninth against Keone Kela (2-2) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 6 (10): Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting St. Louis to its fourth straight victory, defeating Chicago in St. Louis.

The Cardinals trailed 6-4 before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double off Brandon Morrow in the ninth, handing the closer his first blown save of the season.

Paul DeJong led off the 10th with a walk and Wong followed with a drive to right against Luke Farrell (1-1). It was Wong’s third career game-ending homer.

Tyler Lyons (1-0) earned the win after Bud Norris exited in the top of the 10th inning due to tightness in his triceps.

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered for the Cubs, who lost for a season-high fourth time in a row despite scoring more than three runs for the first time since April 24th.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3: A.J. Pollock singled off the glove of third baseman Alex Bregman with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting Arizona over Houston in Phoenix.

Pollock delivered off reliever Brad Peacock on the first pitch after Chris Devenski (1-1) had walked the previous two hitters to load the bases. Brad Boxberger (1-2) got the win in relief.

Athletics 2, Orioles 0 (12): Khris Davis homered in the 12th inning, lifting the Athletics to the win over visiting Baltimore at Oakland, California.

Jed Lowrie singled with one out before Davis drove a 3-1 fastball from Pedro Araujo (1-3) into the bleachers in left. It was Davis’ third career game-ending homer.

Chris Hatcher (3-0) got two outs for the win, finishing the A’s seven-hitter. Trevor Cahill got the start and struck out 12 while pitching six innings of four-hit ball.

Baltimore wasted a terrific performance by Kevin Gausman in its fifth straight loss. Gausman pitched nine innings of two-hit ball.

Phillies 3, Nationals 1: Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and Philadelphia snapped Washington’s six-game win streak, defeating the Nationals in Washington.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. Hector Neris worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Tigers 3, Royals 2: Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings and Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits, leading Detroit to the win in Kansas City, Missouri.

Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances against the Royals. Shane Greene allowed an unearned run in the ninth before striking out Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay for his sixth save.

Castellanos had an RBI double as the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning off Jason Hammel (0-4).

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler went 0 for 4, snapping his career-high 19-game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak.

Rockies 2, Mets 0: Chad Bettis pitched seven smooth innings, Nolan Arenado homered early off the big apple at Citi Field, and the visiting Rockies shut down the slumping Mets.

Pinch hitter David Dahl gave the Rockies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Robert Gsellman in the ninth, though left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate on the play. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis finished a six-hitter that took just under 2 1/2 hours, sealing Colorado’s fourth straight win.

Despite a solid start by Steven Matz (1-3), the staggering Mets fell to 0-5 on their six-game homestand.

Bettis (4-1) allowed six hits. Davis got his 13th save in 14 chances.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee to the home win.

Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score Domingo Santana and Eric Sogard. Braun got a chance to bat after Kontos walked Sogard, batting .105, on four pitches.

Josh Hader (1-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. He surrendered Starling Marte’s tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and then retired the Pirates in order in the ninth.

Giants 11, Braves 2: Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen each had three of San Francisco’s 18 hits, leading the Giants to their third straight victory, defeating the Braves in Atlanta.

Alen Hanson homered and drove in four runs, Gorkys Hernandez had four hits and Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Ty Blach (3-3) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings.

Hanson’s second-inning double to center field drove in Brandon Belt and Crawford. Hanson pulled a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run homer in the third.

Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy (4-1) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.

Marlins 6, Reds 0: Starlin Castro drove in three runs with a homer and a double, backing another strong performance by Caleb Smith as Miami defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Smith (2-3) has been stingy in his last three starts, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 18 2/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Against the Reds, he gave up three hits and fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, escaping threats created by a couple of Marlins errors. Three relievers completed a four-hitter.

Miami’s struggling offense got the early lead as Castro and Justin Bour homered off rookie Tyler Mahle (2-4).

Rays 5, Blue Jays 3: Denard Span drove in his team-leading 24th run to help surging Tampa Bay beat Toronto in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Rays chased Aaron Sanchez (2-3) in the fourth, taking a 4-1 lead on Span’s single and a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy. Span’s 24 RBIs have come in 90 at-bats.

Jake Faria (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays got their 11th victory in 14 games to improve to 15-16. Alex Colome got five outs for his sixth save.

Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 12.

Twins 8, White Sox 4: Eddie Rosario homered and drove in five runs, Lance Lynn earned his first A.L. win, and visiting Minnesota posted back-to-back victories from the first time since April 12.

Rosario had four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth. Minnesota tagged Hector Santiago (0-1) for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Tim Anderson homered twice for Chicago, which has lost six of seven.

Lynn (1-3) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out seven without a walk and left his sixth start for the Twins with a 7.28 ERA.

MLB Roundup: Albert Pujols joins 3,000-hit club as Angels blank Mariners

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    Albert Pujols became the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club with a broken-bat single in the fifth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in Seattle, then added another hit to pass Roberto Clemente on the career list.

In his sixth attempt to join the exclusive list after getting to 2,999 career hits, Pujols got just enough of Mike Leake’s pitch to find the outfield grass and add another accolade to a likely Hall of Fame career. He received a standing ovation from the crowd in Seattle after reaching first base and being congratulated by his teammates.

The slugger made his career out of hitting the ball out of the yard, but reached the milestone by throwing his bat at a sinker that was probably out of the strike zone. Pujols didn’t make great contact but was strong enough to loft the ball over the infield and into right in front of Mitch Haniger.

Pujols’ two-run single in the ninth inning scored Mike Trout and Justin Upton with hit No. 3,001.

The 38-year-old Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the fourth major leaguer with 3,000 hits and 600 homers. He’s the first player to reach the 3,000 hits since Adrian Beltre last year against Baltimore.

Pujols became the second Dominican to reach the mark after Beltre. With Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki stepping away this week for the remainder of the 2018 season, Beltre is the only active player with more hits than Pujols.

And it may be a while before another player joins the club. The next closest player to 3,000 is Miguel Cabrera, who is more than 300 hits away. After Cabrera is Robinson Cano, nearly 600 hits shy of the mark.

Pujols’ accomplishment came in a victory thanks to the pitching of Garrett Richards, who took a shutout into the seventh inning. Richards (4-1) scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts in his first start against Seattle since late 2015.

Shohei Ohtani was lustfully booed by Seattle fans in his first game in the Pacific Northwest. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last offseason, only to see him choose a division rival. He showed what they missed out on with two hits, including a two-out RBI double after Pujols’ 3,000th hit, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead.

Leake (3-3) lost for the third time in four starts. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks.

Nationals 7, Phillies 3: In Washington, Bryce Harper hit two more homers from the leadoff spot and Washington beat Philadelphia for its sixth straight win.

Harper opened the Washington first by lining a fastball from Nick Pivetta (1-2) to the opposite field in left. With a runner on first in the third inning, Harper crushed a changeup 473 feet to dead center for his 12th homer this season – including four long balls from the leadoff slot.

Gio Gonzalez (4-2) allowed two hits in five scoreless innings.

Dodgers 4, Padres 0: In Monterrey, Mexico, Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise’s 23rd no-hitter in a victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a neutral-site series.

Mexico had waited since 1999 to host a regular-season major league game, and it got a historic one: the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.

Buehler pitched six innings in his third major league start. The touted rookie right-hander struck out eight and walked three over 93 pitches before handing off to left-hander Tony Cingrani, who walked two in the seventh but kept the no-no intact.

Yimi Garcia struck out two in a perfect eighth and Adam Liberatore threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Franchy Cordero to end it.

Yankees 7, Indians 6: In New York, rookie Miguel Andujar flared an RBI single off Cody Allen with two outs in the ninth and New York, after blowing 5-0 and 6-5 leads, won for the 13th time in 14 games.

Gleyber Torres, at 21, became the youngest Yankees player to hit a home run since John Ellis in 1969. Aaron Judge homered, doubled and drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth that put the Yankees ahead 6-5. Cleveland tied it in the ninth, scoring on the second wild pitch of the inning by Aroldis Chapman (1-0).

Giancarlo Stanton doubled off Alexi Ogando (0-1) to begin the Yankees ninth.

Giants 9, Braves 4: In Atlanta, Jose Bautista doubled in his first at-bat of the season and Atlanta set a SunTrust Park attendance record with 41,807 on hand as 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr. went 0 for 4 in his home debut. San Francisco snapped the Braves’ five-game winning streak.

Gregor Blanco hit a two-run triple during a six-run second inning against Mike Foltynewicz (2-2),

Chris Stratton (3-2) gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in six innings.

Bautista, who signed a minor league contract on April 18, was called up went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in his Atlanta debut.

Rockies 8, Mets 7: In New York, Charlie Blackmon homered as Colorado raced to a big early lead, and Antonio Marquez (2-3) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Hours after the Mets said they are cutting ties with former ace Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler (2-2) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 5.79. New York has lost four in a row and 12 of 18 after an 11-1 start.

Down 8-2, the Mets closed with two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth. With runners on second and third, Wade Davis struck out Michael Conforto for his 12th save.

Red Sox 5, Rangers 1: In Arlington, Texas, Mookie Betts hit his MLB-best 13th homer – his fifth in three games, and Rick Porcello (5-0) struck out eight in six innings, allowing one run and three hits.

Rafael Devers hit two of the four solo homers off 44-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon (1-1). J.D. Martinez also went deep for the Red Sox, whose 23-9 record is the best in the majors.

Rays 6, Blue Jays 2: In St. Petersburg, Florida, relief pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (2-1) made his case for a spot in Tampa Bay’s injury-depleted rotation by giving up just one hit in five scoreless.,

Johnny Field homered off J.A. Happ (4-2) and Brad Miller added a two-run shot. Wilson Ramos, Denard Span and Adeiny Hechavarria also drove in runs for the Rays, who have won 10 of 13 after a slow start.

Royals 4, Tigers 2: In Kansas City, Missouri, Jorge Soler hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning to lift Kansas City over Detroit.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the eighth when the ball boy down the first-base line mistakenly picked up a fair ball, resulting in a ground-rule double. Blaine Boyer (1-0) walked Victor Martinez and allowed JaCoby Jones’ two-run double.

Francisco Liriano walked Cheslor Cuthbert starting the bottom half, Daniel Stumpf (1-1) gave up a pair of singles and Joe Jimenez threw a run-scoring wild pitch, then gave up Whit Merrifield’s sacrifice fly.

Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth, getting some help from Soler’s spectacular catch in foul territory down the right-field line, for his sixth save.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2: In St. Louis, Miles Mikolas (4-0) allowed seven hits in seven shutout innings and Tommy Pham hit a three-run homer in the second off Jose Quintana (3-2) as St. Louis won its third straight.

Bud Norris got his seventh save despite allowing three hits and a pair of runs.

Twins 6, White Sox 4: In Chicago, Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs and Brian Dozier broke out of a 3-for-42 slump with a triple in the first, homer leading off the third and single in the seventh. Logan Morrison homered in his second straight game.

Jose Berrios (3-3) gave up four runs and six hits over six innings for his first win since he dominated the White Sox at home on April 12. Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Carson Fulmer (2-2) gave up season highs with five runs, seven hits and four homers over 3 2/3 innings.

Pirates 6, Brewers 4: In Milwaukee, Starling Marte hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer, and rookie Nick Kingham (2-0) won his second straight big league start despite allowing four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh stopped a four-game losing streak.

Junior Guerra (2-2) gave up five runs and six hits in five innings. Milwaukee stranded the potential tying run at stranded in both the seventh and eighth innings. Felipe Vazquez struck out Orlando Arcia to end the eighth, allowed Jett Bandy’s leadoff single in the ninth, then got a double play and strikeout for his sixth save.

Reds 4, Marlins 1: In Cincinnati, Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer, extending his surge since he returned from a broken thumb, leading the Cincinnati over Miami.

The Reds ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-24, their worst start since the Great Depression.

Suarez homered into the upper deck in left field in the first inning off Wei-Yin Chen (1-1), who lasted only four innings in his second start of the season. Adam Duvall followed with another homer.

Astros 8, Diamondbacks 0: In Phoenix, Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and Houston routed Arizona in Phoenix.

Cole (3-1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to Chris Owings in the fifth inning of his second career complete game. The only other baserunner against the dominant right-hander was David Peralta, who walked to lead off the fourth. Cole leads the majors with 77 strikeouts in seven starts, reaching double-digits in punchouts five times.

Yuli Gurriel had four hits and drove in three runs for Houston.

Athletics 6, Orioles 4: In Oakland, California, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-out single in the sixth, Khris Davis launched an earlier three-run homer and Oakland beat Baltimore.

After Davis connected in the first for his eighth homer, Matt Chapman followed with a solo drive, but the A’s bullpen couldn’t hold a three-run lead for Daniel Mengden.

Lowrie singled against Brad Brach (0-2) into the shift in right, scoring Jonathan Lucroy from third. It was Lowrie’s 10th go-ahead RBI this season.

MLB Roundup: Albert Pujols gets 2,999th hit, Angels beat Orioles 12-3

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   ANAHEIM, Calif. – Albert Pujols had a two-run double for his 2,999th career hit, and Luis Valbuena and Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs apiece in the Los Angeles Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Pujols did not get a hit in his final three plate appearances after moving to the brink of the 3,000-hit club in the second inning. He gets another chance Friday in Seattle.

Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third career start, finishing with six innings of four-hit ball.

Manny Machado drove in two runs for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 15 of 18. Chris Tillman (1-5) recorded just three outs and was charged with seven runs.

Mariners 4, Athletics 1

SEATTLE – Dee Gordon had a big night on the bases, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Mariners won their first game since Ichiro Suzuki was moved from the roster to the front office.

Hours after the Mariners announced Suzuki’s new role for the rest of 2018, Gordon gave the longtime Japanese star a fitting tribute. With “Thanks 51” written on his cap, Gordon went 3 for 4, stole two bases and scored twice.

Chasen Bradford (3-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win, and Edwin Diaz handled the ninth for his major league-leading 13th save.

Oakland ace Sean Manaea (4-3) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.

Yankees 6, Astros 5

HOUSTON – Aroldis Chapman struck out AL MVP Jose Altuve on three straight 101 mph fastballs with two on to end the game, and the Yankees got a key hit from rookie Gleyber Torres during a three-run rally in the ninth inning.

The Yankees won a wild one to take three of four from the team that beat them in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last October.

New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, trailed 5-3 going into the ninth and let a bounced third strike give the Astros their final chance.

Evan Gattis fanned but reached on Chapman’s two-out wild pitch, and George Springer followed with a single. Altuve went down swinging, giving Chapman his seventh save.

Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth for the win. Will Harris (1-2) got the loss.

Nationals 3, Pirates 1

WASHINGTON – Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the sixth inning, helping Washington complete a four-game series sweep.

Jeremy Hellickson and four relievers combined on a five-hitter for Washington, which has won a season-high five in a row.

Sammy Solis (1-1) retired the only batter he faced, ending the sixth to keep the game scoreless. Sean Doolittle recorded the last five outs for his sixth save.

Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (4-2) allowed only two runners over the first five innings. Wilmer Difo led off with a single, and after Bryce Harper flied out, Turner hit his second home run of the season.

Two batters later, Zimmerman connected for his fifth homer.

Braves 11, Mets 0

NEW YORK – Julio Teheran took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his second big league home run and Atlanta finished a three-game sweep that vaulted the young Braves into the NL East lead.

Kurt Suzuki, Acuna and Nick Markakis homered as Atlanta built a 6-0 lead against Jason Vargas (0-2), and 21-year-old Ozzie Albies went deep off an equally shaky Matt Harvey.

The Braves opened a 1 1/2-game division lead, the latest in a season they have been in first place since July 20, 2014.

Teheran (2-1) was virtually untouchable until Asdrubal Cabrera doubled down the right field line with two outs in the seventh.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX – Arizona reliever Jorge De La Rosa threw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches during an eighth-inning rally that sent the Dodgers to the victory.

The Dodgers scored four times in the eighth and handed Arizona its first two-game losing streak this year. The four-game split ended the Diamondbacks’ string of nine straight series victories to start the season.

J.T. Chargois (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Kenley Jansen earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth.

Fernando Salas (3-2) got the loss.

Blue Jays 13-4, Indians 11-13

CLEVELAND – Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and Adam Plutko won his first major league start as Cleveland split an extra-long doubleheader with Toronto.

The victory in the second game was No. 1,500 for Terry Francona, who became the 24th manager to reach the milestone.

Erik Gonzalez had four RBIs for Cleveland. Plutko (1-0) allowing three runs – all on homers – and six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays right-hander Joe Biagini (0-1) was tagged for 10 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

In the opener, Toronto’s Yangervis Solarte hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the 11th inning. Solarte went 8 for 10 with seven RBIs in the doubleheader.

Tim Mayza (1-0), Toronto’s sixth reliever, pitched one inning for the win.

Francisco Lindor homered twice for the Indians. Tyler Olson (0-1) got the loss.

Rangers 11, Red Sox 5

ARLINGTON, Texas – Nomar Mazara drove in five runs while homering in his third straight game, and the Rangers handed former A.L. Cy Young Award winner David Price his third loss in a row.

Mazara hit a two-run double off Price (2-4) in the third. He belted a towering three-run homer in the fourth as the first batter after Price was pulled from the game. Mazara’s sixth homer gave Texas a 10-3 lead.

Mookie Betts connected again for Boston in the third, his major league-leading 12th homer coming a day after he went deep three times at Fenway Park against Kansas City. Betts also had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly.

Mike Minor (3-1) worked six innings for the win.

White Sox 6, Twins 5

CHICAGO – Trayce Thompson homered with two out in the ninth, and the White Sox stopped a four-game slide.

Thompson connected against former White Sox reliever Addison Reed (0-2), driving a 3-1 pitch 403 feet to left. It was Thompson’s third homer in 43 at-bats this season and third game-ending shot of his career.

Chicago trailed 5-1 in the fourth inning. Nate Jones (2-0) got the win, retiring his only batter.

Logan Morrison went deep in his first three-hit game for the Twins.

Royals 10, Tigers 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lucas Duda had three hits and drove in four runs, leading Kansas City to the victory.

Salvador Perez, Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon homered for the Royals, who have quietly gotten on track offensively after a miserable start.

Kansas City pounded out 13 hits in all against Mike Fiers and the Tigers’ bullpen. Reliever Chad Bell (0-1) allowed five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Eric Skoglund wasn’t much better on the mound for Kansas City, but Kyle McCarthy (3-0) wiggled out of a key sixth-inning jam before pitching a clean seventh to earn the victory in relief.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera left with a strained hamstring in the sixth inning. He planned to test it on Friday.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts belts three home runs to lead Red Sox past Royals

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.

American League East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Drew Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings for the win and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.

Indians 12, Rangers 4: In Cleveland, Edwin Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping the Indians to the runaway win over Texas.

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also connected in Cleveland’s highest scoring game of the season. Corey Kluber (5-1) allowed three solo homers in seven innings in his fifth straight win.

Rangers starter Matt Moore (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs in four innings, including three homers.

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Juan Centeno homered for Texas, which lost for the third time in four games.

Braves 7, Mets 0: In New York, Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb.

DeGrom pitched smoothly through the heart of Atlanta’s order in his final inning. But he was replaced by Paul Sewald (0-2) to begin the fifth.

Atlanta also had an injury concern when shortstop Dansby Swanson was lifted in the sixth inning with a sore left wrist. The Braves said it was a precautionary measure.

Newcomb (2-1) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. He also doubled and scored on Ender Inciarte’s two-run homer in the seventh.

Nationals 9, Pirates 3: In Washington, Bryce Harper hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.

Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in seven innings.

Batting at the top of the lineup for the second straight game, Harper sent a first-inning pitch from Ivan Nova (2-2) into the second deck in right-center for his 10th homer this season and second in two nights.

Francisco Cervelli homered for Pittsburgh, which will try to avoid a series sweep on Thursday.

Rockies 11, Cubs 2: In Chicago, Nolan Arenado hit two of Colorado’s four homers and drove in five runs, lifting the Rockies to the road win.

Arenado hit a long two-run homer to center off Yu Darvish (0-3) in the first inning. He connected again in the eighth, hitting a three-run drive to left off Luke Farrell.

Trevor Story led off the fifth with a long homer to left, and Chris Iannetta chased Darvish one out later with a solo drive that made it 6-1.

Tyler Anderson (2-0) pitched a season-high seven innings after leaving his previous start because he was feeling light-headed. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine while permitting two runs and three hits.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs, who finished with four hits in their eighth consecutive game with three or fewer runs.

Cardinals 3, White Sox 2: In St. Louis, Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez hit his first major league home run and threw 7 1/3 effective innings.

Dexter Fowler added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who won their second game in a row.

Chicago has dropped four straight and 13 of 17. The White Sox fell to a season-low 12 games under .500.

Martinez (3-1) got St. Louis on the board with a 407-foot shot off Lucas Giolito (1-4) with two outs in the sixth. Martinez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Bud Norris got four outs for his sixth save in six chances.

Brewers 3, Reds 1: In Cincinnati, Christian Yelich homered, Wade Miley pitched six effective innings in his Milwaukee debut and the Brewers swept the sloppy Reds.

Yelich hit a tiebreaking drive to right off Luis Castillo (1-4) in the fifth.

Miley (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. The veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and was promoted ahead of the finale of the three-game set, replacing Brent Suter in the rotation.

Jeremy Jeffress worked two innings for this second save in two nights.

Cincinnati committed three errors while slipping to 7-24, matching the franchise’s worst 31-game start.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0: In Minneapolis, Fernando Romero pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in his major league debut, giving Minnesota a badly needed boost.

Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, who won for only the second time in their last 13 games. Romero (1-0) was a big reason why, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers preserved the shutout, allowing only two singles the rest of the way.

Marcus Stroman (0-4) had his best performance in six turns for the Blue Jays this season. The right-hander, who turned 27 on Tuesday, gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Tigers 3, Rays 2: In Detroit, JaCoby Jones led off the 12th inning with a triple and scored on John Hicks’ bunt single, lifting Detroit to the victory over Tampa Bay.

Hicks bunted toward first and the Rays didn’t have a chance to make a play at the plate. First baseman Brad Miller fielded the ball and collided with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-1).

Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.

Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell was pulled after he surrendered James McCann’s tying solo homer with two out in the seventh. Snell, who had won his previous four starts, gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit.

Phillies 6, Marlins 0: In Miami, Aaron Nola allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, helping Philadelphia stop a four-game slide.

Nola (4-1) retired 17 consecutive batters at one point. He struck out seven and walked one.

Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a home run and Maikel Franco had two doubles and drove in a run.

Miami’s Jose Urena (0-5) remained winless in his last nine starts dating to last season despite allowing two runs, one earned, in seven innings.

Giants 9, Padres 4: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley matched his career high with four hits, Brandon Crawford broke out of a lengthy slump with three RBIs and the Giants beat the Padres.

Austin Jackson added two hits and two RBIs, and Derek Holland (1-3) pitched five innings for his first win of the season for San Francisco.

The Giants finished 7-3 on their homestand and celebrated reliever Will Smith’s first appearance in the big leagues in nearly 19 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2017. Smith pitched one scoreless inning.

Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen left in the third after getting hit in the back of his elbow by a pitch. X-rays were negative.

Eric Hosmer had two hits and three RBIs for San Diego. Clayton Richard (1-4) got the loss.

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1: In Phoenix, Alex Verdugo doubled and scored twice, and a struggling Los Angeles bullpen picked up injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to help the Dodgers defeat Arizona.

The Dodgers ended a four-game losing streak and won after eight consecutive regular-season losses at Chase Field, home to the top team in the National League this season.

Verdugo, a 21-year-old outfielder from Tucson, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning. He doubled off reliever T.J. McFarland, beat the throw to third on a wild pitch and came home on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

In the first, Verdugo doubled with one out and scored on Cody Bellinger’s single off Zack Godley (4-2), who allowed five hits in six sharp innings.

Three of the five Dodgers relievers had allowed at least a run in their previous outings, but all five combined to limit the Diamondbacks for 7 2/3 innings, including Kenley Jansen’s fourth save in six chances.

The Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu, their most successful starter this season at 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA coming in, exited with a left groin strain.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2: In Seattle, James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings, but the Seattle bullpen blew a late lead and Oakland rallied past the Mariners.

Paxton was overpowering in arguably the finest performance of his career, posting the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. He got 14 A’s on swinging strikeouts.

Paxton left with a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, then Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz (0-1). Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season.

The left-handed Paxton was the fourth different pitcher in Mariners history to strike out at least 16 in a game, joining Johnson, Mike Moore and Mark Langston. Johnson struck out 19 twice, 18 once, and 16 twice in his Mariners career, while Moore and Langston reached the mark once.

But none of those other performances were as efficient as Paxton. He threw 80 strikes among his 105 pitches, gave up five hits and walked one.

Seattle led 2-0 after Ryon Healy’s solo homer and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the third inning. The M’s left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees 4, Astros 0: In Houston, Luis Severino pitched a five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts for his first career complete game, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs, and New York shut out Houston for the second straight night.

Stanton hit a two-run homer to right field that just made it over the wall in the first inning. He added a solo homer to left off Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel (1-5) in the fourth and tacked on an RBI double in the eighth.

Severino (5-1) walked one and threw 110 pitches in his 60th major league start, earning his third straight win. He was still throwing 99 mph in the ninth inning as he polished off New York’s third complete game over the last three seasons.

The 24-year-old righty became the youngest Yankees pitcher to toss a shutout since Sterling Hitchcock, who was also 24, in 1995.

Angels 10, Orioles 7: In Anaheim, California, Albert Pujols reached 2,998 career hits with a home run and a double, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as Los Angeles held off Baltimore.

Mike Trout and Pujols both homered in the first, and Upton drove in four runs while the Angels earned their second straight win following a 3-9 skid.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) yielded five hits and one run over six solid innings to earn his second major league victory since September 2015. The left-hander missed large portions of the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Manny Machado drove in two runs and made another throwing error for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 14 of 17.

MLB Roundup: Moved to top of order, slumping Bryce Harper homers for Nationals

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   WASHINGTON – Slumping Bryce Harper was moved to the leadoff spot for the first time since 2013 and responded with a three-run homer that helped Max Scherzer win his fifth straight start as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-4 Wednesday night.

Harper entered in a 5-for-35 slump and had not gotten an extra-base hit since April 16. He grounded out in the first inning against Chad Kuhl (3-2), followed Wilmer Difo’s go-ahead homer in the third with a flyout, then gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead in the fifth with his ninth homer this season.

Scherzer (6-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walked one.

YANKEES 4, ASTROS 0: At Houston, Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Ken Giles (0-1), who punched himself on the face and chin when he walked to the dugout after he was knocked out later in the inning, then threw a bat in the dugout and kicked it. New York won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery was removed after one inning and seven pitches because of tightness in his left elbow and will return to New York on Wednesday to be examined.

Justin Verlander allowed tied a career-high by striking out 14 and allowed just three hits – all singles – in eight innings.

Domingo German, who could take over Montgomery’s starting spot, scattered four hits over four innings, and David Robertson (2-1) pitched around Jose Altuve’s two-out single in the eighth.

ROCKIES 3, CUBS 1: At Chicago, Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl opened the game with consecutive homers off Kyle Hendricks (2-2), and Nolan Arenado also homered as Colorado stopped a three-game slide.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon put Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot to try to help the big first baseman out of his slump, and he opened with his fourth career leadoff homer.

Jon Gray (3-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, Adam Ottavino worked the eighth and Wade Davis finished the three-hitter for his 11th save.

RANGERS 8, INDIANS 6: At Cleveland, Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered on consecutive pitches off Nick Goody (0-2) in the 12th inning.

Michael Brantley tied the game in the ninth with a two-out grand slam off Keone Kela, but the Rangers bailed out their closer who entered the game with a 6-2

Alex Claudio (1-1) allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.

BRAVES 3, METS 2: At New York, Mike Soroka (1-0) gave up one run and six hits in six innings as the 20-year-old right-hander won his big league debut Soroka joined Ronald Acuna Jr., who is about four months younger, and the 21-year-old Ozzie Albies to give Atlanta the three youngest players in the majors.

Atlanta (17-11) began the game with four consecutive hits off Noah Syndergaard (2-1) to build a three-run cushion. Freddie Freeman laced a two-run double to drive in Albies and Acuna, and Nick Markakis added an RBI single.

Arodys Vizcaino got his fourth save when Jose Reyes flied to Acuna at the edge of the center-field warning track with a runner on second.

Syndergaard lasted six innings but allowed 10 of Atlanta’s 15 hits, equaling a career high.

BREWERS 7, REDS 6: At Cincinnati, Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking double off Homer Bailey (0-4) for a 5-3 lead in the fifth and Travis Shaw ended his 0-for-19 slide with a two-run homer. The Reds fell to 7-23, matching the 1931 and 1934 teams for worst 30-game start in franchise history, and are winless in Bailey’s seven starts.

Chase Anderson (3-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jeremy Jeffress pitched out of a two-on threat by fanning Joey Votto and retiring Scott Schebler on a grounder, then finished for his first save since 2016.

MARLINS 2, PHILLIES 1: At Miami, Pinch-hitter Yadiel Rivera improved his .100 batting average with a one-out RBI single in the 10th that followed Cameron Maybin’s triple against Yacksel Rios (3-1). Miami won its fourth straight and Philadelphia lost its fourth in a row.

Junichi Tazawa (1-1) loaded the bases in the 10th, but escaped when Maikel Franco lined out. The Phillies went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

TIGERS 2, RAYS 1: At Detroit, Matthew Boyd (1-2) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. Shane Greene, who allowed a pair of ninth-inning homers in a loss to Tampa Bay on Monday, worked a perfect ninth a night later for his fifth save.

Leonys Martin hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth.

Chris Archer (2-2) gave up two runs and six hits as Tampa Bay (13-15) lost for only the second time in 11 games,

ROYALS 7, RED SOX 6: At Boston, Alex Gordon hit a tying home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, and Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer against Brian Johnson (1-1) in the 13th.

Boston led 3-2 before Gordon’s one-out drive off Kimbrel, who was trying for his 299th save but instead blew an opportunity for the first time in eight tries this season.

Jon Jay had four singles and a sacrifice fly in the 12th that put Kansas City up 4-3. But Eduardo Nunez homered against Kelvin Herrera (1-0) in the bottom half.

After Boston scored twice in the 13th, Brian Flynn got the first save of his five-year big league career when Nunez flied out to the center-field wall.

CARDINALS 3, WHITE SOX 2: At St. Louis, Matt Carpenter tied the score against Joakim Soria (0-1) when he led off the ninth with his 100th home run, and Yadier Molina hit a game-ending single as St. Louis stopped a three-game losing streak.

Bud Norris (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with a perfect ninth.

BLUE JAYS 7, TWINS 4: At Minneapolis, Kendrys Morales homered twice for Toronto and reached base all five times he batted, including an intentional walk in the 10th inning when the Blue Jays scored twice on wild pitches by John Curtiss.

Toronto’s bullpen finished with five scoreless innings. Tyler Clippard (4-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Roberto Osuna needed just six pitches in a 1-2-3 10th for his eighth save.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 3: At Phoenix, Daniel Descalso atoned for a costly error with a two-run, go-ahead triple in the seventh inning and Arizona rallied to beat Los Angeles, handing the Dodgers their fourth straight loss and seventh in eight games.

The Diamondbacks won for the fifth time in six games, improving to 21-8, tied with Boston for best record in baseball and Arizona’s best start through 29 games in the franchise’s history.

Clayton Kershaw left the game after six innings with a 3-2 lead but the Dodgers couldn’t hold it.

A.J. Pollock homered for the fourth time in six at-bats – after his three-homer performance the previous night – and Christian Walker hit a towering pinch-hit solo shot measured by Statcast at 479 feet. They were the only runs allowed by Kershaw, who gave up six hits, struck out six and walked one and remained 1-4.

Lefty Adam Libertore (1-1) relieved Kershaw and gave up singles to Deven Marrero and John Ryan Murphy to bring up Descalso, who lashed a triple into the right-field corner to bring home both runners and make it 4-3.

Silvino Bracho (1-0), just up from Triple-A Reno, pitched a scoreless seventh to get the win. Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save in 10 tries.

ANGELS 3, ORIOLES 2: At Anaheim, California, Justin Upton hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded, and Los Angeles blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning before snapping a four-game skid with a victory over Baltimore.

Martin Maldonado and Ian Kinsler delivered one-out singles in the ninth against Brad Brach (0-1) before Mike Trout drew his fourth walk to load the bases. Upton, who had gone 0 for 3 after Trout’s three previous walks, lined a clean single to left.

Nick Tropeano pitched scoreless one-hit ball into the seventh inning for Los Angeles, but was denied a victory when Cam Bedrosian (1-0) blew his second save in three chances this season.

Manny Machado had a run-scoring double before Adam Jones delivered the tying RBI single off Bedrosian, who struggled in place of injured closer Keynan Middleton.

Machado had two hits and a key throwing error for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.

PADRES 3, GIANTS 2: At San Francisco, Eric Hosmer homered off Giants closer Hunter Strickland with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting San Diego over San Francisco.

Hosmer also tripled earlier and scored, and Christian Villanueva hit his ninth home run of the season in the Padres’ third win in 10 games.

Kirby Yates (1-0) retired three batters for the win. Brad Hand, who took the loss after giving up three runs in the ninth on Monday, pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

The Giants retired 10 consecutive batters before Hosmer connected on a 2-1 pitch from Strickland (2-1).

MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 3: At Seattle, Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, Dee Gordon had five hits, and Felix Hernandez pitched six solid innings to send Seattle over Oakland.

A’s right-hander Andrew Triggs kept his team in a 1-1 tie through four innings at Safeco Field, but struggled in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on, Cruz hammered Triggs’ first pitch over the fence in left-center to give Seattle a lead it would not relinquish.

The Mariners held on for their third consecutive victory and sixth in their past seven.

Seattle closer Edwin Diaz struck out two in a shutout ninth to earn his majors-leading 12th save, protecting a quality start by Hernandez (4-2), who gave up three runs and three hits while striking out seven and walking four.

Triggs (2-1) lost for the first time in 2018 after lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs and six hits while striking out three and walking four.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton, Astros end Yankees’ nine-game win streak

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the Houston Astros snapped the New York Yankees’ nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night in Houston.

Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s American League Championship Series, when Morton allowed two hits over five innings for the win in a 4-0 victory that sent the defending champion Astros to the World Series.

Houston has won seven straight at home against the Yankees including the postseason, and the Astros have held them to no more than one run in their past six games here.

Morton (4-0) had allowed just one hit when Gleyber Torres chased him with a two-out double in the eighth. Brad Peacock took over and walked pinch-hitter Aaron Judge, who didn’t start for the first time this season, and Torres stole third base.

Chris Devenski replaced Peacock and was greeted with an RBI single by Brett Gardner that cut the lead to 2-1. Devenski then fanned A.L. player of the week Didi Gregorius on three pitches to end the inning.

Ken Giles struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

Sonny Gray (1-2) allowed four hits and two runs while walking three in six innings to snap a streak of three straight starts in which he didn’t get out of the fifth inning.

Red Sox 10, Royals 6: In Boston, Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April with its most wins ever by beating Kansas City.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.

Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.

Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.

Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.

It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the 1996 Montreal Expos for most ever in the majors by May 1.

Cubs 3, Rockies 2: In Chicago, Jon Lester pitched effectively into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago’s rotation and helping the Cubs beat the Colorado for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Lester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save.

The Rockies put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth before Cishek struck out Nolan Arenado.

Lester extended the streak for Chicago’s starting pitchers to 33 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. The Cubs have permitted just four runs and 21 hits during their last five games.

Colorado wasted a solid start by Kyle Freeland (1-4) in its third straight loss. The left-hander pitched seven innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Brewers 6, Reds 5: In Cincinnati, homers by Manny Pina and Lorenzo Cain ended Milwaukee’s historically bad slump, and Domingo Santana doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning for a victory over Cincinnati.

The Brewers managed only two runs while getting swept four games at Wrigley Field, matching their lowest total for a four-game series. They had 14 hits total, their worst for such a series, and were blanked on two hits in each of the past two games.

Wandy Peralta (1-2) gave up a hit and a pair of walks to fuel the rally. A throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart let in one run, and Santana doubled over Billy Hamilton’s head in center field for a 6-5 lead.

Brandon Woodruff (1-0) retired the four batters he faced. Josh Hader got the last eight outs – all on strikeouts – for his fourth save in as many chances.

Cincinnati fell to 7-22, matching the worst 29-game start in franchise history. The Reds had the same record in 1931 and 1934.

Indians 7, Rangers 5: In Cleveland, Jose Ramirez’s RBI double broke an eighth-inning tie and Cleveland rallied for a win over Texas.

Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians quickly regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).

Cody Allen (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander put two runners on with one out in the ninth. Jurickson Profar grounded out, but Nomar Mazara’s infield hit cut the deficit to 7-5.

Allen, the Indians’ closer, was pulled after throwing 41 pitches. Jeff Beliveau fell behind Joey Gallo 3-0, but came back to strike him out for his first save of the season and second of his career.

Nationals 3, Pirates 2: In Washington, Tanner Roark pitched seven efficient innings and drove in his first run since 2016, and Washington beat Pittsburgh.

Roark (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and induced two double play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (2-3) drove in the first run for the Pirates with a two-out double to deep left-center in the fifth. He worked six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, as N.L. Central-leading Pittsburgh lost for the first time since his previous start. The Pirates had won five straight.

Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his first save in place of regular closer Sean Doolittle, who had pitched in the previous three games.

Marlins 8, Phillies 4: In Miami, Brian Anderson homered, drove in four runs and made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to preserve a lead, helping Miami beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia.

The Marlins have won three games in a row for the first time this season, and five of six. The Phillies lost their third consecutive game.

Arrieta (3-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs after giving up three or fewer in each of his past 18 starts.

Jorge Alfaro and Maikel Franco each hit a two-run homer off Miami starter Dan Straily.

The Phillies’ Odubel Herrera singled in the first inning to reach base safely in his 30th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors.

Merandy Gonzalez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Rays 3, Tigers 2: In Detroit, C.J. Cron and Brad Miller each homered in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay held on for a victory over Detroit.

With the game scoreless, Detroit closer Shane Greene (1-2) walked Denard Span to start the ninth. Cron followed by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right-center field seats for his seventh homer of the season. After Matt Duffy popped out, Brad Miller homered into the left-field bullpens to make it 3-0 and end Greene’s night.

But Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth on two hit batters and an infield single. Jose Alvarado replaced Chaz Roe and allowed a two-run single to Victor Martinez, then retired James McCann before walking John Hicks to load the bases again. Dixon Machado then grounded into a game-ending force at second to give Alvarado his first career save.

The Rays have won nine of their past 10 games after a 4-13 start.

Rays starter Jake Faria (2-1) had the longest outing of his career, holding the Tigers scoreless for eight innings. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 5: In Minneapolis, Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged Minnesota.

Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake Toronto to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as the Blue Jays won their second game in a row.

The Twins have lost 10 of their past 11 games.

Even with slugger Josh Donaldson on the disabled list and Jose Bautista gone, Toronto is powering up again. The Blue Jays entered the night tied for second in the majors in home runs.

Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs and six hits and three walks. Roberto Osuna allowed two hits in the ninth, but stranded runners at second and third to earn his seventh save in eight chances.

Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn’t get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked five batters. He has an 8.37 ERA for the season.

Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 5: In Phoenix, A.J. Pollock hit three home runs and tArizona beat Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series between N.L. West rivals.

Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 10 in six innings as Arizona beat Los Angeles for the 12th time in their last 13 regular-season meetings – six of seven this year. In the playoffs last year, however, the Dodgers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

All three of Pollock’s drives were solo shots in the first three-homer game of his career. He connected off Ross Stripling in the second, Brock Stewart in the sixth and Josh Fields in the eighth to become the 12th Arizona player with a three-homer game.

Pollock had a two-homer game at Dodger Stadium on April 14.

Nick Ahmed drove in two runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle for the first-place Diamondbacks, who have won each of their first nine series to start the season – the first National League team to do so since the 1907 Chicago Cubs.

Giants 6, Padres 5: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a three-run rally against San Diego closer Brad Hand and San Francisco pulled out a win against the Padres.

Evan Longoria added an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to get the Giants’ rally started.

Franchy Cordero drove in two runs for San Diego.

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