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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since the second week of the season, the New York Yankees are back at .500.
A resurgent Nathan Eovaldi combined with his bullpen on a two-hitter to win his fifth straight decision, and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to six games.
Carlos Beltran homered off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-6) and drove in New York’s first two runs. The Yankees (22-22) won for the 13th time in 18 games and evened their record for the first time since they were 4-4 on the morning of April 15.
Eovaldi (5-2) improved to 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in his last six starts and has allowed one run and three hits over 12 innings in his last two outings. He gave up two hits over six-plus innings in this one.
Dickey gave up four runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to drop to 1-6 in nine appearances since winning his opener at Tampa Bay.
ASTROS 3, ORIOLES 2, 13 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa’s RBI single in the 13th inning lifted Houston past Baltimore.
Rookie Tony Kemp hit his first career triple off Dylan Bundy (0-1) with no outs to start the 13th. The Orioles then intentionally walked George Springer and Jose Altuve to bring last year’s rookie of the year Correa to the plate.
Correa snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single into shallow center that scored Kemp and ended a four-game losing streak for the Astros.
Michael Feliz (2-1) struck out the side in the 13th for the win.
Pedro Alvarez and Manny Machado hit solo home runs for the Orioles. Luis Valbuena had a two-run homer for Houston in the fifth.
RAYS 4, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Jake Odorizzi allowed two hits in five shutout innings, Hank Conger hit a two-run single and Tampa Bay held on to beat Miami.
Odorizzi (2-2) struck out seven and walked three, plus delivered an RBI single for his first career hit. Logan Morrison had three hits and Brad Miller had two hits and two stolen bases for the Rays, who ended a three-game slide.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th home run for Miami, snapping a 6-for-57 drought. Marcell Ozuna doubled twice and reached for the 31st consecutive game, while Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich added two hits for Miami.
Alex Colome got a two-inning save for the Rays, his 12th of the season.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-5) allowed six hits and three runs in five innings, striking out six but walking five.
INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Josh Tomlin beat Chris Sale in a one-sided matchup of unbeaten pitchers and Francisco Lindor had three hits to lead Cleveland.
Tomlin pitched eight innings of two-run ball to become the first Indians starter to reach 7-0 since Dennis Martinez won his first nine decisions in 1995. Sale (9-1) was knocked out in the fourth, ending his bid to become the first pitcher to win his first 10 starts in a season since Andy Hawkins for San Diego in 1985.
It was baseball’s first matchup of 6-0 or better pitchers since 1988, and only the fourth time in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Chris Gimenez homered for Cleveland, which had lost three in a row before Monday’s 5-1 victory at Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader. Jose Ramirez walked twice and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.
TIGERS 3, PHILLIES 1
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez held on for his 400th save as Detroit beat Philadelphia.
Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for Detroit. Since losing 11 of 12 earlier this month, the Tigers have now won eight of nine.
Verlander (4-4) has allowed only four runs over his last four starts. He gave up three hits and two walks in a 108-pitch effort Tuesday.
Cabrera hit an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring groundout in the sixth. Rodriguez allowed a run in the ninth but closed the game out for his 14th save in 15 chances this year. He is the sixth pitcher to reach 400 career saves.
Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez finally got a win after another strong May start and rookie Nomar Mazara homered in his home park for the first time, leading Texas past Los Angeles.
Perez (2-4) was winless for the month despite a 2.59 ERA in four starts coming in, and the left-hander dropped that number to 2.08 with six strikeouts in six shutout innings.
Mazara pulled his seventh homer into the upper deck in right field off Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) in the sixth inning. Mazara had three hits and reached base all four times.
The 21-year-old’s two-run shot put Texas ahead 3-0 after Perez escaped the top of the sixth by getting through the middle of the order after putting runners at first and third with no outs.
NATIONALS 7, METS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Strasburg remained unbeaten with an 11-strikeout performance, and Washington hit three of their season-high five home runs off struggling New York Mets starter Matt Harvey.
Strasburg (8-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings in defeating Harvey and the Mets for the second time in six days. Strasburg has five games this season with at least 10 strikeouts and 26 over his seven-year career.
Harvey (3-7) stumbled through a third straight ineffective start, allowing five runs and eight hits over five rocky innings. The right-hander has yielded 16 earned runs and 31 hits over his last three outings.
Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon hit successive solo shots to put Washington ahead in the fourth inning, and Daniel Murphy added a two-run drive off his former teammate in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.
RED SOX 8, ROCKIES 3
BOSTON (AP) — David Price scattered five hits over seven innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits to extend his streak to 28 games in Boston’s win over Colorado.
David Ortiz had a two-run double and a two-run single, and Dustin Pedroia added three hits to help Boston win its third straight game. Price (7-1) allowed three runs, walking one and striking out six to earn his third consecutive win.
Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games.
Jorge De La Rosa (1-4) made his first start after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He gave up two runs in the first, two more in the second and left with one out in the fourth with two on and one run already in.
BREWERS 2, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Scooter Gennett’s tiebreaking single in the eighth inning helped Milwaukee spoil Brian Snitker’s home debut as Atlanta’s interim manager.
With two outs in the eighth, Bud Norris (1-6) walked Jonathan Villar, who stole second base. Gennett then lined a single to right field. Villar scored as Nick Markakis’ throw to the plate from right field was up the third-base line.
Ryan Braun’s eighth homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
Atlanta’s Julio Teheran set a personal high with 12 strikeouts while allowing one run in seven innings.
Michael Blazek (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh. Jeremy Jeffress recorded the final three outs to earn his 12th save.
ROYALS 7, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and two RBIs, and Kansas City picked up where its bats left off the night before.
Wade Davis worked a wobbly ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 attempts, preserving the seventh win for the Royals in their last nine contests. They raised their two-game total in Minnesota this week to 30 hits and improved to 5-0 against the Twins this season.
After going 5 for 5 in the series opener, missing the cycle by a home run, Perez went deep just one day and a couple of innings too late. The three-time All-Star catcher followed a leadoff walk by Kendrys Morales in the second inning with a soaring drive off his 2013 teammate Ervin Santana.
That was all Edinson Volquez (5-4) needed to pick up his fifth victory, matching the cumulative total for Twins starters this season.
Santana (1-3) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, six runs and two walks.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 5
SEATTLE (AP) — Leonys Martin hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning to rally Seattle past Oakland.
The Mariners trailed 5-2 after seven innings but got a two-run homer from Robinson Cano in the eighth inning.
Oakland closer Ryan Madson (2-1) came on in the ninth and got two quick outs before Norichika Aoki punched a double down the left-field line.
Martin then drove a 1-2 pitch deep over the wall in right-center for his ninth home run.
Oakland erased a 2-1 deficit in the sixth, jumping on the Mariners bullpen to complete a four-run rally capped by Coco Crisp’s bases-loaded double.
Mike Montgomery (2-0) threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
GIANTS 8, PADRES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford drove in four runs and Jarrett Parker homered to lead Jeff Samardzija and streaking San Francisco past San Diego.
Buster Posey and Denard Span each knocked in a run for the Giants, who have won four straight and 12 of 13.
John Jay homered for the Padres, who lost their third in a row and fell to 0-8 against the Giants this season. Hector Sanchez also drove in a run.
Samardzija (7-2) has won three consecutive decisions and six of seven after giving up a run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Andrew Cashner (2-4) came off the disabled list and gave the Padres a six-inning start. He allowed three runs and four hits, walked four and struck out one.
DODGERS 8, REDS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson doubled in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the fourth inning, helping Los Angeles hand Cincinnati its season-high ninth straight loss.
The Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak against the Reds is their longest active run against any opponent and their most since beating the Reds nine straight times in 2008-09.
Mike Bolsinger (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a spot start, having been brought back from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in place of injured Chin-hui Tsao, who went on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger struck out six and walked one.
Daniel Wright (0-1) made his major league debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
CUBS 12, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched 7 1/3 stingy innings and had a two-run double in Chicago’s six-run first as the Cubs went on to rout St. Louis.
Michael Wacha (2-5) gave up a career-worst eight runs in four innings and has lost five consecutive decisions for the first time. The 24-year-old right-hander was a 17-game winner last season and the NL championship series MVP as a rookie in 2013, but this season has a 5.04 ERA.
Jorge Soler drew a bases-loaded walk in the first and hit a two-run home run in the fifth.
The six-run inning was a season-best for the NL Central leaders, who snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Hammel (6-1) bounced back from his first loss in his previous start.
PIRATES 12, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-best five runs as Pittsburgh rolled past Arizona.
Polanco’s shot to the concourse in right-center field off Shelby Miller (1-6) in the first inning gave Pittsburgh an early boost. Francisco Liriano (4-3) scattered two hits in 5 2/3 innings and added an RBI single as the Pirates improved to 6-2 during a 10-game homestand.
After a short adjustment period, Polanco has thrived batting third in the lineup, hitting .317 (20 of 63) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 15 games. The Pirates spread their 17 hits among 11 batters.
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 in a baseball game, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers avoided a humiliating loss Monday night by beating the Minnesota Twins 10-8.
The Tigers led 8-0 after one inning with AL ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, only to see the Twins come back to tie the game in the seventh. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the middle of the rally for arguing a called third strike. During the argument, he took off his sweatshirt and used it to cover up the plate.
Castellanos homered off Pat Dean (0-1) in the bottom of the seventh to put Detroit back in front. Dean had entered the game in the first inning and threw 90 pitches in 5 1/3 innings.
J.D. Martinez, whose dropped fly ball allowed the tying run to score in the seventh, homered in the eighth to give the Tigers a two-run lead.
ANGELS 7, DODGERS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols and Mike Trout combined to drive in six runs and the Angels beat the Dodgers for their fourth straight win in the opener of the Freeway Series.
Matt Shoemaker (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two. The right-hander made it past four innings for just the second time this season.
Fernando Salas retired the side on 11 pitches in the ninth for his second save.
Pujols singled in two runs in the seventh, extending the Angels’ lead to 6-3. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour hit solo homers, Adam Conley threw six effective innings and Miami beat Philadelphia for its third straight win.
Conley (3-2) gave up one run and eight hits, striking out five. A.J. Ramos allowed a run in the ninth but earned his 12th save in as many tries.
Philadelphia’s Jerad Eickhoff (1-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He’s winless in his last six starts.
Bour drove his seventh homer the opposite way to left-center to make it 3-1 in the sixth.
PIRATES 8, BRAVES 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Joyce homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, Gregory Polanco had three hits and three runs scored and Jon Niese pitched six effective innings to lead Pittsburgh over Atlanta.
Joyce connected for his fifth home run, a two-run shot deep into the left field bleachers, off Alexi Ogando in the seventh.
Niese (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Williams Perez (1-1) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings.
INDIANS 15, REDS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had four RBIs, and Cleveland rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat Cincinnati.
Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth and the Indians erased a 4-0 deficit while recording season highs in runs and hits.
Cincinnati scored four times in the first three innings, but Cleveland tied it with a four-run third and added three in the fourth.
Francisco Lindor, who was 3 for 5, Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli all had two RBIs for the Indians, who had 19 hits.
Kipnis’ two-run single broke a 4-all tie and helped the Indians take a three-run lead in the fourth.
RAYS 13, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Curt Casali hit a three-run homer, Tim Beckham and Steve Pearce each hit two-run blasts and Tampa Bay had four homers while beating Toronto.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Winters for arguing a called third strike in the fourth. It was the third ejection of the season for Gibbons and his second in two games — his was one of eight tossed in a game Sunday against Texas that included Rougned Odor’s punch to the jaw of Jose Bautista. Toronto has lost three straight.
Desmond Jennings also homered, and the Rays set season highs in runs and hits (17).
Drew Smyly (2-4) allowed one run and four hits in five innings to win for the first time in four starts.
The Rays roughed up Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (5-1).
ATHLETICS 3, RANGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien homered in support of Sean Manaea, who allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Oakland beat Texas.
Manaea (1-1) earned his first major-league victory in his fourth career start. He entered the game with a gaudy 11.37 ERA. He gave up a run, walked one and struck out two.
Texas starter Derek Holland (3-3) turned in a quality start, though the one bad inning cost him. He gave up two runs and three hits over six innings. Holland walked one and struck out one and is winless over his last three starts.
DIAMONDBACKS 12, YANKEES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb broke open the game with a three-run home run and Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak with a rout of New York.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1 for 14 in the Giants series, also homered off Chad Green (0-1) in the Yankee right-hander’s major league debut.
Robbie Ray (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, his longest outing of the season, and got his first career RBI. The left-hander struck out six and walked one.
Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier (2) reacts to a called third strike by umpire Doug Eddings (88) in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, May 16, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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NEW YORK (AP) — As usual, Big Papi was in the pink against the New York Yankees.
David Ortiz homered twice, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second place on Boston’s career list, and Steven Wright pitched a three-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-1 on Sunday night.
Swinging a pink bat and wearing pink wrist bands for Mother’s Day, Ortiz hit two long solo shots off a struggling Luis Severino. And in his farewell season, the 40-year-old Ortiz has already been a major New York nemesis again: He has five home runs against the Yankees since April 29, giving him 52 in his career — all but one with the Red Sox.
“I do what I do,” the slugger said.
Dustin Pedroia lofted an early two-run homer and Xander Bogaerts also went deep for the Red Sox, who prevented a three-game sweep and won for the fourth time in six meetings with their longtime rivals this year.
Wright (3-3) walked one and struck out seven, sailing to his first complete game in 17 major league starts and lowering his ERA to 1.52. He was two strikes from a shutout, too, when Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning.
The knuckleballer hardly got rattled, whiffing pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes with his 101st pitch to end it.
“It definitely helps when the wind’s not blowing as hard. There was a little bit of breeze but it was almost like throwing inside,” Wright said.
Mixing his 73-75 mph knuckleballs with the occasional 87 mph fastball, Wright baffled the last-place Yankees all night. When he threw something soft, they seemed to hit it even softer. When he dialed up a heater, they swung late and missed.
“He was really good. He’s been great all year,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “I felt like he could do whatever he wanted tonight with the ball.”
Ortiz took out some frustrations from the series opener, when he went wild and got ejected after he was called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a one-run game. He connected in the fourth and seventh to give him three homers in five at-bats against Severino (0-5) since the 22-year-old righty made his big league debut against Boston last August.
Big Papi has hit 454 of his 512 career homers with the Red Sox, moving him ahead of Yastrzemski (452) and leaving Ortiz behind only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise list.
“You’re starting to get into names that are historic. A great career. And no signs of slowing down,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
It was Ortiz’s 51st career multihomer game and first since Sept. 12, 2015, at Tampa Bay.
“He’s in such a good groove. So many balls are squared up, hit hard,” Farrell said. “He’s having fun.”
Severino matched a career best with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, but gave up a career-high three home runs. He retired 10 straight, seven on strikeouts, before Ortiz’s first long ball.
“I think he’s on the right track,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If he throws the ball like tonight, I think he’s going to win games if we score runs. … To me, this is going to make him better in the long run.”
Wright faced two batters more than the minimum and improved to 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four outings (three starts) against the Yankees.
NATIONALS 4, CUBS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs walked Washington star Bryce Harper a record-tying six times, then beat the Nationals 4-3 when Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning Sunday for a four-game sweep.
The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the best record in the majors to 24-6. Washington lost its fourth straight.
Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game, last done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999, and walked 13 times in the series. Harper was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.
Baez homered with one out off Blake Treinen (2-1). Travis Wood (1-0) was the last of four Cubs relievers who combined for eight scoreless innings.
DODGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Chase Utley sparked a go-ahead, eight-inning rally with a leadoff walk against Drew Storen (0-2), Yasmani Grandal hit a tying sacrifice fly off Roberto Osuna and Howie Kendrick followed with a go-ahead single.
Joc Pederson connected for his sixth homer as Los Angeles took two of three.
Chris Hatcher (3-3) won despite giving up a seventh-inning single to Kevin Pillar that put Toronto ahead 2-1. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his major league-leading 11th save.
RANGERS 8, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Wilson broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with a grand slam against the team that just traded him, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep.
After being shut out for seven innings by Justin Verlander, the Rangers broke through against relievers Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe (1-1) for seven runs in the eighth.
Wilson didn’t hit any home runs for the Tigers before they sent him to Texas on Tuesday. His first shot of the season sent Detroit to its sixth straight loss.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) pitched a perfect seventh.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin (5-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings and became the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011. Tomlin is 12-0 in 13 starts following a loss since the beginning of last season.
Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli homered off Edinson Volquez (3-3) as the Indians took two of three from the defending World Series champions, and Cody Allen finished for his eighth save.
Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals, just 3-9 in their last 12.
PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 5
MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Goeddel tied the score 5-5 with a double against David Phelps (2-2) in the eighth, his first big league extra-base hit, and scored on by Andres Blanco double
Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola allowed three runs in six innings, and his scoreless streak ended at 23 innings. Hector Neris (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched around a two-out single in the ninth for his 11th save.
ORIOLES 11, ATHLETICS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s season-high six homers, including a grand slam, and had a career-high six RBIs.
Machado connected with a man on in the first inning and added his third career slam in the eighth.
Machado, Pedro Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo homered off Kendall Graveman (1-4). Joey Rickard added a solo shot off Ryan Dull before Machado capped the fence-clearing barrage against J.B. Wendelken, making his major league debut.
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (4-1) gave up three first-inning runs before settling down and allowed six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings to send Oakland to its sixth loss in seven games.
WHITE SOX 3 TWINS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana (5-1) allowed six hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.38.
David Robertson pitched a hitless ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries as the White Sox (22-10) completed a three-game sweep and moved 12 games above .500 for the first time since September 2012.
Austin Jackson hit a go-ahead double in the fifth off Tyler Duffey, who struck out four batters in the seventh.
Minnesota has lost five straight games and nine of 10.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Herrmann’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive off Jim Johnson with two outs in the 11th inning, lifted Arizona to a three-game sweep.
Herrmann hit a seventh-inning homer off Mike Foltynewicz, then connected off Johnson (0-4) for his first multihomer game in the major leagues.
The Braves (7-23) have lost four straight overall and are off to their worst 30-game start since at least 1900. They are 1-15 at home, including 10 straight losses.
Randall Delgado (1-1), wearing pink high-top shoes for Mother’s Day, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Brad Ziegler got three outs for his seventh save.
ASTROS 5, MARINERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Tyler White doubled twice and drove in a run to back Collin McHugh (4-3), who allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win his third straight start.
Jose Altuve had two hits and tied a career-high with three stolen bases on a day the Astros swiped five.
Robinson Cano homered in the fourth and has five homers and 17 RBIs in seven games against Houston this season.
Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4) yielded three runs and seven hits in five innings.
PIRATES 10, CARDINALS 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and John Jaso added a two-run drive.
Gerrit Cole (3-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, and Mark Melancon got his ninth save when Yadier Molina grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Michael Wacha (2-3) lost his third consecutive decision for only the second time in his career, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. In his last three starts against the Pirates, Wacha has given up 15 runs and 20 hits in 14 1/3 innings.
BREWERS 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy greeted Ross Ohlendorf (3-3) with a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning, then caught Billy Hamilton stealing for the final out — a call upheld in a video review.
Milwaukee overcame a 4-1 deficit; on Saturday, the Brewers won 13-7 in 10 innings after trailing 4-0 and 6-2.
Ryan Braun homered the second straight game and is 15 for 35 (.429) during an eight-game hitting streak.
Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Jeremy Jeffress, Saturday’s winning pitcher, got his eighth save.
METS 4, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Harvey (4-3) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings, Yoenis Cespedes homered off Andrew Cashner (2-3) and New York escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth to salvage a four-game split.
The Mets moved into sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season. They trailed Washington by five games in mid-April.
Harvey allowed two runs and four hits. With the bases full in the eighth, Antonio Bastardo struck out pinch-hitter Derek Norris, getting Melvin Upton Jr. to pop up to first and striking out Alexei Ramirez.
Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
RAYS 3, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Andriese (1-0) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his season debut, Brad Miller hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep.
Curt Casali also homered as the Rays (15-14) won four straight games and moved above .500, accomplishing both for the first time since August. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Nick Tropeano (1-2) struck out 10 while pitching into the sixth inning for Los Angeles, yielding seven hits and two walks. He is winless in five straight starts.
ROCKIES 2, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nolan Arenado had three hits, and Eddie Butler (1-1) gave up four hits in six innings for his first win since being promoted from the minors.
Gerardo Parra singled in a run and made a diving catch, helping the Rockies salvage a four-game split. Rookie Trevor Story doubled and scored.
Arenado, the majors’ leading home run hitter, hit a run-scoring triple off the brick wall in right-center in his first at-bat, singled in the third and doubled in the eighth.
Jeff Samardzija (4-2) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his fourth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer, Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester worked out of a pair of jams to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Zobrist’s third-inning homer put Chicago ahead after center fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped Rizzo’s two-out liner for an error. Lester (3-1) scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two.
With its seventh win in eight games, Chicago improved to a major league-best 20-6. The Cubs have won seven straight road games and completed their first sweep in Pittsburgh since Sept. 7-9, 2012. They lead second-place Pittsburgh by six games in the NL Central.
Juan Nicasio (3-3) allowed four runs — one earned — eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 5, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 509th home run to put Boston ahead to stay.
Ortiz’s two-run shot to right field off Carlos Rodon (1-4) in the fifth inning tied him with Gary Sheffield for 25th all-time. It was his sixth homer of the season and 451st with Boston, one off Carl Yastrzemski’s club mark.
Embattled Clay Buchholz (1-3) was sharp over seven innings in Boston’s fourth win in five games.
Red Sox: Farrell said the team will shed one of 13 pitchers and add a position player once restrictions on RHP Carson Smith are lifted in his return from a forearm injury. … LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) will aim for 100 pitches in what could be his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket. … RHP Joe Kelly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 55 pitches Friday for Pawtucket.
White Sox: DH Avisail Garcia (right hamstring) missed his fourth straight game after experiencing discomfort while running a day earlier.
A day after his 10-year run in Chicago ended, LHP John Danks (0-4, 7.25 ERA) told White Sox beat reporters he “can’t fault anybody” for the team’s decision to designate him for assignment.
“It’s a win-now league, and I wasn’t helping the team win,” Danks said.
Rodon drew Danks’ old No. 50 into the dirt on the back of the mound in the first.
RHP Erik Johnson arrives from Triple-A Charlotte and gets the first chance Thursday night to fill the hole in Chicago’s rotation following Danks’ departure. LHP Henry Owens (0-0, 4.82 ERA) makes his third start for Boston to close the three-game series.
CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave St. Louis a victory.
St. Louis loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez (2-1). Stephen Piscotty delivered an RBI infield single to tie the game. Holliday then smacked a single through the left side of the infield to drive in plate the winning run.
Cardinals starter Mike Leake, the team’s big free agent addition in the offseason, entered the game with an 0-3 record and 5.83 ERA, He allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.
Kevin Siegrist (4-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the win.
ASTROS 16, TWINS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Castro homered and drove in four runs, and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both homered and knocked in three as Houston won consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Astros built a 6-0 lead after two innings and didn’t let up in setting a season high for runs. Altuve hit his fifth leadoff homer this year, Castro connected for the second straight game with his two-run shot in the third, and Correa’s first home run since April 6 came in the fourth.
Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes (1-5) allowed six hits and a season-high six runs in two innings.
Reliever Scott Feldman (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
METS 8, BRAVES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Matz (4-1) allowed two hits over 7 2/3 innings, Lucas Duda hit two of the Mets’ four home runs and New York extended its streak of winning series to six for the first time since August and September 2006.
Matz (4-1) struck out eight and walked none. He has a 0.67 ERA over his last four outings.
Jhoulys Chacin (1-2) gave up eight runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.
YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — CC Sabathia pitched seven sharp innings, Brian McCann drove in three runs and New York ended its six-game losing streak.
Playing in his 1,000th major league game, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with two walks to help the Yankees improve to 9-16 and avoid their worst skid since April 2007.
Sabathia (2-2) turned in his best performance of the season at a time when New York desperately needed a victory. The lefty allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.
He outpitched Tyler Wilson (1-1), who took a one-hitter into the sixth before the light-hitting Yankees took a 3-0 lead.
INDIANS 4, TIGERS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a five-hit shutout and Cleveland used a four-run fourth inning to defeat Detroit for the fifth straight time this season.
Kluber (2-3) worked out of jams in the second and fourth to beat Detroit for the second time in two weeks. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014, struck out seven and walked two in his second career shutout and eighth complete game.
Anibal Sanchez (3-3) didn’t allow a hit through three innings, but gave up four runs on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch in the fourth.
RAYS 8, DODGERS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat Los Angeles.
Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays.
Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2.
Ramirez (5-1) went two scoreless innings to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth and picked up his sixth save.
BLUE JAYS 4, RANGERS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Toronto beat Texas.
Edwin Encarnacion singled off Tony Barnette (1-2) to begin the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera. Justin Smoak walked, Troy Tulowitzki popped up and Kevin Pillar walked to load the bases for Martin, who drove a ball beyond the reach of Nomar Mazara into the right field corner.
The Blue Jays won 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday on Justin Smoak’s second home run of the game.
Roberto Osuna (1-0) worked one inning for the win.
MARLINS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in two runs for Miami.
Jose Fernandez (3-2) allowed three runs in five innings while striking out seven for the Marlins, who have won nine of 10.
Miami held Arizona scoreless over the final four innings for the win.
Kyle Barraclough struck out Nick Ahmed with two on to end the eighth and A.J. Ramos pitched a clean ninth for his ninth save.
REDS 7, GIANTS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Eugenio Suarez and Zack Cozart homered in a five-run second against Jake Peavy (1-3).
Peavy allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 9.00 in six starts. He had been 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 starts against the Reds.
Adam Duvall added a solo shot for the Reds, and Dan Straily (1-1) overcame solo homers by Brandon Belt and Conor Gillaspie for his first major league win since April 10, 2014, with Oakland.
ANGELS 7, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Trout had an RBI triple and sparked a four-run eighth with a solo homer.
Trout tied the game at 3 after leading off the eighth with a drive to right on a hanging curveball from Tyler Thornburg (2-1). Five batters later, pinch-hitter C.J. Cron drove in the go-ahead run after looping a two-out double. Trout, a four-time All-Star,has 18 RBIs in his last 13 games after a slow start.
Fernando Salas (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning, and Joe Smith threw two shutout innings for his second save.
NATIONALS 13, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle, slumping slugger Bryce Harper also went deep. Mrphy and Clint Robinson drove in three runs apiece.
Stephen Strasburg (5-0) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out seven.
Kris Medlen (1-3) gave up nine runs, six of them earned, and six hits in two-plus innings for Kansas City. His home ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.
MARINERS 9, ATHLETICS 8
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dae-Ho Lee hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh after an earlier solo shot for his first career multi-homer game, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep.
Mike Montgomery (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win on a day Nelson Cruz also homered, a rare shot into the second deck of seats in dead-center.
Lee hit his third and fourth homers, connecting in the seventh against John Axford (2-1) as the Mariners had a season-high 16 hits and improved to an AL-best 11-4 on the road. The A’s lost their fourth straight.
ROCKIES 2, PADRES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood (4-2) pitched three-hit ball for eight innings in his sixth start since Tommy John surgery, sending San Diego to its eighth shutout loss in 28 games this season.
Jake McGee pitched perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Cesar Vargas (0-1) allowed one run, four hits and three walks in six innings.
Christhian Adams grounded into an RBI in the fifth, and DJ LeMahieu’s squeeze bunt scored Mark Reynolds in the ninth.
Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz watches his two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon, also scoring Xander Bogaerts, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Watching with Ortiz is catcher Dioner Navarro. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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BOSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox finished their high-scoring April with another big night at the plate.
Bradley tripled twice and drove in three runs, David Ortiz homered again and the Red Sox blanked the struggling New York Yankees 8-0 on Saturday night.
Mookie Betts also had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who shut out the Yankees at home for the first time since 2011. Boston had not beaten New York by eight or more runs in a shutout at Fenway Park since 1973.
The Red Sox will look to sweep the three-game series Sunday night when new ace David Price gets his first regular-season taste of the longtime rivalry.
Boston isn’t just piecing runs together. The Red Sox are scoring in bunches and hitting the ball hard. Bradley also doubled Saturday in addition to his triples.
“I think it just makes for a longer run,” Bradley said, joking about his triples. “It’s always good. That means you’re put in a good place usually when you’re able to get triples.”
Rick Porcello (5-0) had six strikeouts and gave up five hits in seven innings to tie for the major league lead in wins.
Porcello has pitched at least six innings in each of his last 13 starts since coming off the disabled list last August. That is the longest such streak of his career and the longest active streak in the majors.
“I felt like my sinker was actually a little sporadic the first two innings,” Porcello said. “I kind of found a groove with it, settled in.”
The Yankees managed five hits. Michael Pineda (1-3) took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings.
New York has dropped four straight and 12 of 16. In their last four losses, the Yankees have been outscored 25-5. This defeat marked their second four-game skid this season.
The lack of production is not going unnoticed in the locker room.
“It’s frustrating,” Brett Gardner said. “I feel like we have a good team, a good offensive unit. … Right now, things obviously are going more wrong than right.”
Boston entered the night leading the American League with 5.13 runs per game, and the bats didn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Pineda had won his previous three starts at Fenway Park, giving up just one earned run in each victory. That changed in the second inning when Betts dropped in a little flare down the right-field line for a double that scored Christian Vazquez and Bradley.
Boston scored twice in the sixth. Ortiz added the fifth home run of his farewell season — and second in two nights against the Yankees — in the seventh, taking Johnny Barbato’s fastball over the right-field fence.
“We had a number of good at-bats up and down the lineup,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “There’s not one guy that’s looking to be the hero on a given night. It’s a unit the way it’s functioning right. So we stay with that approach that should pay good dividends.”
METS 6, GAINTS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores homered and the New York Mets won their eighth in a row, building an early lead for Jacob deGrom and holding off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Saturday.
The crowd of 44,466 was the largest for a regular-season game at Citi Field since the park opened in 2009, with a lot of fans attracted by the Noah Syndergaard Garden Gnome giveaway.
San Francisco loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning and trimmed it to 6-5 with a pair of long sacrifice flies caught just in front of the outfield fence.
Jeurys Familia closed for his eighth save in as many chances.
Conforto tied a Mets record by hitting a double in his sixth straight game. He also singled and drove in three runs.
Neil Walker hit a two-run single off Matt Cain (0-3), who has gone a career-worst 12 starts without a win, dating to his last victory July 22.
DeGrom (3-0) overcame his first four walks of the season, pitching two-hit ball for six innings.
NATIONALS 6, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jayson Werth’s three-run homer capped a four-run first inning and Joe Ross had another stingy outing for Washington in a victory over St. Louis.
Ross (3-0) allowed one run in six innings, raising his ERA to 0.79. He has given up only two runs in 22 2/3 innings and bounced back nicely after skipping a turn because of a blister on his middle finger.
Werth added an RBI single in the eighth. Washington goes for a sweep Sunday after raising its record to 8-24 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.
Daniel Murphy had an RBI single off Jaime Garcia (1-2) in the first.
TIGERS 4, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann won his fifth straight start since signing with Detroit, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the first inning to help the Tigers top Minnesota.
Zimmermann (5-0) gave up one run with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings. His ERA actually rose to 0.55 as he became the first Tigers pitcher to win five games in April since Frank Tanana in 1988, according to STATS.
Victor Martinez doubled twice for the Tigers, who have won five of six. Francisco Rodriguez earned his sixth save.
The Twins lost their third straight and fell to 7-17 overall. Tyler Duffey (0-1) gave up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 2, ASTROS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Hahn pitched into the seventh inning in his return to the majors and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as Oakland held off Houston.
The Astros loaded the bases in the ninth before Ryan Madson got Evan Gattis to ground into a game-ending double play for his eighth save, completing Oakland’s first shutout this season.
Billy Burns drove in the only runs with a two-out single in the second.
Hahn (1-0) was called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game and pitched as well as he did for most of 2015 before missing the final three months with a right forearm strain that also delayed his debut in spring training this year.
Chris Devenski (0-1) went five innings in his first major league start.
RAYS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a grounder. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali’s hit, the first game-ending hit of his career.
Logan Forsythe tied it for the Rays with a home run in the seventh after Kevin Pillar’s first homer of the season gave Toronto a 3-2 lead. Forsythe went 3 for 3 and walked. Evan Longoria also homered for the Rays, and Xavier Cadeno (2-0) got the win.
Jose Bautista’s two-run homer off Chris Archer gave Toronto the lead in the third. That was the only hit Archer allowed in six innings.
PIRATES 5, REDS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano won for the first time since opening day and John Jaso hit a leadoff homer as Pittsburgh won its sixth straight and handed Cincinnati its sixth consecutive loss.
Liriano (2-1) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since April 3 against St. Louis. The left-hander held the Reds to five hits and struck out six while walking none.
Jaso hit the first pitch from Alfredo Simon (0-3) for his first home run of the season and his fifth career leadoff homer. Sean Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Simon lowered his ERA to 13.50 from 16.39 by allowing three runs in four-plus innings. Francisco Cervelli’s RBI single in the fifth snapped a 1-all tie.
Mark Melancon got one out for his seventh save. Cincinnati has scored just 10 runs during its losing streak.
WHITE SOX 8, ORIOLES 7
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off reliever Vance Worley, lifting Chicago over Baltimore.
After Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Darren O’Day in the eighth to give the White Sox a 7-5 lead, Chris Davis tied it in the bottom half with a two-run double off Zach Duke. Those runs were charged to Matt Albers, ending his streak of 30 consecutive scoreless appearances.
Adam Eaton and Carlos Sanchez reached base with two outs in the ninth against Zach Britton (1-1).
Nate Jones (2-0) got four outs for the win.
Pedro Alvarez had three hits, including a homer, off Chicago starter Mat Latos, who is 5-0. Latos allowed four runs and a career-high 11 hits over five innings.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the third.
PHILLIES 4, INDIANS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis homered and hit the go-ahead single to lead Philadelphia past Cleveland for its fifth straight victory.
The surprising Phillies (14-10) have won eight of nine and are four games over .500 for the first time since they finished the 2011 season 102-60.
Jeanmar Gomez had Phillies fans on edge in the ninth before he earned his eighth save. With runners on second and third, Jason Kipnis lined one to right that forced Peter Bourjos to leap and snag the ball for the final out.
Phillies reliever Colton Murray retired Juan Uribe on a deep fly to end the eighth that left runners stranded on second and third.
Galvis’ bloop single off Tommy Hunter (0-1) gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Andrew Bailey (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
MARLINS 7, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits, including one of four solo home runs that helped streaking Miami beat Milwaukee.
Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna also homered as the Marlins won their seventh consecutive game. It is their longest winning streak since a seven-game run in early May 2012. The Marlins are 12-11, the first time they’ve been over .500 since they were 64-63 on Aug. 22, 2014.
Wei-Yin Chen (2-1) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings one night after the team took a combined no-hitter into the ninth. David Phelps got three outs for his first save.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson (1-3) had his third consecutive subpar outing. Milwaukee has lost four straight and seven of eight.
RANGERS 7, ANGELS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor matched a Rangers record with three doubles, Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer and Texas benefited from another replay challenge in a victory over Los Angeles.
Odor’s second double was part of the Rangers’ six-run third inning. The play was initially ruled a foul ball, but manager Jeff Banister challenged the call. After a delay of about 3 1/2 minutes, the replay showed the ball kicked up a small bit of chalk and Odor was awarded a double.
Nomar Mazara followed with a sacrifice fly off Matt Shoemaker (1-4) before the next six Rangers had hits, including Moreland’s third homer for a 7-0 lead.
Derek Holland (3-1) pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits. The Angels were scoreless until Albert Pujols homered in the ninth.
Texas has won four straight since a four-game skid.
ROCKIES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Story’s two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning broke a tie, and Colorado beat Arizona.
Story, who homered in the four previous meetings between the teams this season, also doubled and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who have won four of five in Arizona this year.
Carlos Gonzalez had three of the Rockies’ 13 hits. Nolan Arenado drove in a third run in the ninth, all off closer Brad Ziegler (1-1).
Chad Qualls (2-0) worked a scoreless inning and Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke allowed two runs in seven innings. He struck out eight. Brandon Drury hit a two-run homer in the sixth, ending an 18-inning scoreless drought for Arizona.
PADRES 5, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melvin Upton Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth inning, and San Diego also got RBI doubles from Wil Myers and Matt Kemp.
Colin Rea (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in his Dodger Stadium debut, helping send the three-time defending NL West champions to their sixth straight loss. The 25-year-old right-hander’s only mistake resulted in a two-run homer by Chase Utley in the third.
Fernando Rodney got three outs for his fourth save in four chances. Since July 2014, the Padres have won 101 consecutive games in which they led after eight innings.
Ross Stripling (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits through 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two in his fifth big league start.
MARINERS 6, ROYALS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning as Seattle handed Kansas City its fifth consecutive loss.
Miley (2-2) struck out four and walked none for his second complete game in 139 starts. His only other complete game was last September with Boston in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia, when he allowed two runs and five hits.
Seth Smith, whose homer accounted for the Mariners’ only hit in a 1-0 victory Friday night, homered in the first inning, a one-out solo shot, his fourth.
The Mariners capitalized on two walks in the first off Ventura (2-1), who allowed five runs, three hits with six walks in four-plus innings.
With two outs in the first, Ventura walked Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind, and Seager followed with his fifth homer to make it 4-0.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
Blake Snell, perhaps the top pitching prospect in baseball, makes his major league debut when he starts for the Rays at Yankee Stadium. The 23-year-old zoomed through the minors last season, going a combined 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA at three levels. He struck out 163 in 134 innings.
The lanky lefty will certainly look a little different than most pitchers — he’ll be wearing a jersey with his favorite No. 4. The previous lowest number worn by a Tampa Bay pitcher was 11, by Hideo Nomo.
The Orioles might learn more about right-hander Yovani Gallardo, a day after he left his start in Kansas City after two innings because of a shoulder injury. Gallardo, in his first season with the O’s, is heading back to Baltimore to be examined by the team orthopedist.
“It just didn’t feel right,” Gallardo said. “The previous starts in the spring and the previous starts I had during the season, I tried to go out there and hopefully it went away, but as the game went on it just kept getting a little bit worse and worse, each and every pitch that I made.”
Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs try to keep up their streaks when they play the Reds. Rizzo has homered in three straight games and Chicago has taken six straight in Cincinnati, its longest such streak since 1945-46.
Oakland tries to improve its 7-0 road record when Chris Bassitt starts at Toronto against J.A. Happ. Every other team in the majors has lost at least twice away from home. The Athletics have won six in a row overall.
Corey Kluber (0-3, 6.16 ERA) has lost all of his starts this season for Cleveland. He’ll aim to end that streak when he pitches at Detroit. Kluber won the 2014 AL Cy Young Award when he went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA for the Indians. He was 9-16 with 3.49 ERA last year.
Oakland Athletics celebrate an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Friday, April 22, 2016, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts for the Chicago Cubs, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night.
The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season.
Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine fly to right field to end it.
Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter last Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium, beating Los Angeles 2-0. That gem came as Arrieta put together one of the best pitching stretches in club history.
The Reds hadn’t been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.
Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old righty is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum and Homer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013 against the Giants.
Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win his first four starts in a season since Greg Maddux went 5-0 in 2006. Ken Holtzman is the only other Cubs pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.
Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Arrieta contributed a pair of singles and a walk.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez tossed seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas went deep and Kansas City Royals pounded Mike Pelfrey.
Volquez (3-0) retired the first eight batters and only had to wiggle out of one jam, when Alcides Escobar let a grounder go through his legs in the fourth inning. The Tigers went on to load the bases before Volquez struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end it.
Escobar atoned for his gaffe with a sacrifice fly off Pelfrey (0-3) in the bottom half of the fourth. Volquez scattered five hits and a walk while striking out five.
RANGERS 7, ASTROS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Desmond’s first homer of the season was good for three runs and A.J. Griffin outpitched 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel as Texas completed a three-game sweep.
The Rangers have won four straight and have swept three straight home series from the Astros for 10 total games.
Griffin (2-0) trailed 1-0 two batters in after giving up back-to-back doubles to Jose Altuve and George Springer but allowed only one other run and four hits through six innings.
Keuchel (2-2) gave up season highs of six runs and 13 hits in six innings.
ATHLETICS 7, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Khris Davis and Coco Crisp homered on consecutive pitches, backing Rich Hill’s sox strong innings, and Oakland completed a three-game sweep.
With the score tied at 2-all to start the seventh inning, Davis greeted reliever Chasen Shreve (1-1) by sending his first pitch deep over the center-field wall. Crisp then lined the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left for the A’s first back-to-back home runs of the season.
The 36-year-old Hill (2-2) kept his former club’s anemic offense off-balance with a big, sweeping curve, limiting them to just two runs and three hits while striking out 10.
Oakland won its fifth straight and remained the only team in baseball with a perfect road record. It was the first time they swept a series in the Bronx since 2006.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yasmani Tomas hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth, Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs, and Arizona beat San Francisco for a four-game sweep.
Tyler Wagner (1-0) allowed two hits in five relief innings of Shelby Miller as Arizona wrapped up a 7-3 road trip with a fifth straight win and first four-game sweep ever in the Giants’ 17th-year ballpark.
The benches cleared and both teams were warned in the eighth after Josh Osich hit Arizona’s David Peralta with a pitch for the second straight day. Peralta walked toward the mound, but there were no ejections.
Johnny Cueto (3-1) was tagged for his first loss since joining the Giants on a $130 million, six-year contract.
PIRATES 11, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched six impressive innings for his first win this season and Pittsburgh beat San Diego to avoid a three-game sweep.
Cole (1-2), who grew up in Newport Beach and pitched at UCLA, held San Diego to four singles while striking out seven and walking none. Only two Padres baserunners reached scoring position against Cole.
After scoring three runs against James Shields (0-3) through four innings, the Pirates piled on with eight runs against two relievers in the seventh. John Jaso and Starling Marte had RBI doubles in the big inning while David Freese and Francisco Cervelli had two-run singles.
Leonel Campos, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso, allowed seven runs, five earned, while getting only one out in the big inning. He walked one, hit a batter and had a batter reach on a strikeout-passed ball.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied.
Rookie Joey Rickard had three hits and scored the decisive run for the Orioles, who won despite leaving 13 on base and going 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Baltimore erased a 2-1 deficit in the seventh before taking the lead for the first time in the eighth.
Rickard singled off Brett Cecil (0-3) with one out and moved up on a passed ball by Russell Martin. Machado then hit an opposite-field fly to right that dropped between two fielders, scoring Rickard with an unearned run.
Darren O’Day (1-0) got three straight outs in the eighth and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his fourth save.
ANGELS 3, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and reached base four times, helping back Jered Weaver as Los Angeles beat Chicago to close a 10-game trip.
Melky Cabrera’s solo homer in the seventh was the lone run off Weaver (1-1), who allowed three hits in seven innings despite velocity that topped out at 85 mph.
Trout connected on a fastball from John Danks (0-3), driving the ball 419 feet to left-center with two outs in the fifth — he has been 0 for 8 with four strikeouts against Danks. Trout also singled and walked twice.
DODGERS 2, BRAVES 1, 10 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Yasmani Grandal doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Los Angeles overcame a not-quite-overpowering performance by Clayton Kershaw.
Enrique Hernandez singled with one out against Alexi Ogando (1-1) and came around to score on Grandal’s shot off the center-field wall. Chris Hatcher (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth before Kenley Jansen earned his seventh save.
Coming off his first career save, Matt Wisler pitched four-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings for the Braves.
Both teams scored in the first, and that was it until Grandal gave the Dodgers their second straight extra-inning win over the Braves.
Kershaw came in with a 1.64 ERA. The Braves got to the three-time Cy Young winner for 10 hits in eight innings, only the fourth time in 246 career starts that he’s given up double figures. He struck out 10.
TWINS 8, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ricky Nolasco struck out seven and allowed five hits over six-plus innings, and Minnesota snapped a season-opening, seven-game road losing streak.
Miguel Sano hit his second homer of the year and an added an RBI single for the Twins, who were the only winless road team in the majors entering the afternoon.
Nolasco (1-0) allowed an RBI double to Ryan Braun in the first before settling down and retiring 16 of the next 18 Brewers hitters. Taylor Jungmann (0-3) struggled for the Brewers, allowing a career-high six walks, four hits and three runs over four-plus innings.
The Twins had classic songs by pop superstar Prince blaring over the audio system in the visiting Miller Park clubhouse. “Little Red Corvette” played on a loop before someone switched the track to “Purple Rain.” The Minnesota native died Thursday.
RAYS 12, RED SOX 8
BOSTON (AP) — Evan Longoria and Curt Casali homered off David Price, and Tampa Bay chased their ex-teammate in the fourth inning.
The Rays gave up five runs in the first inning but scored six in the fourth to take a three-run lead. It was tied 8-all in the eighth when Steven Souza Jr. doubled home the go-ahead run.
The Rays, who entered the game with the fewest runs scored in baseball, topped their previous season high of seven.
Erasmo Ramirez (4-0) struck out Mookie Betts with the bases loaded in the seventh, then pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth. Alex Colome got two outs for his third save.
MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki had two hits, scored twice and made two sliding catches in right field for Miami, who used a makeshift lineup to beat Max Scherzer and Washington.
Bryce Harper hit his eighth home run for Washington, boosting his majors-leading RBIs total to 22.
The 42-year-old Suzuki batted leadoff for the first time this season and started in right field for a slumping Giancarlo Stanton, who was given the day off.
Also sitting out for the Marlins at the start of the series finale were Dee Gordon and J.T. Realmuto. But the lineup shakeup produced four runs in the first two innings against Scherzer (2-1).
Tom Koehler (1-2) and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, while Scherzer allowed five runs in five innings.
MARINERS 10, INDIANS 7, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning off Cody Allen, lifting Seattle.
Cano had an early single and then an RBI double in the sixth before connecting with two outs for his sixth home run this season. He had been hitless in seven previous at-bats against Allen (0-1).
Steve Clevenger, who hit a two-run homer in the second, drew a leadoff walk from Allen. Franklin Gutierrez walked on a full count with two outs before Cano homered to dead center.
Tony Zych (1-0) pitched the ninth for his first major league win. Steve Cishek worked the 10th for his second save in as many days.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, left, celebrates with catcher David Ross after the final out of his no-hitter in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Cubs won 16-0. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale became the major leagues’ first four-game winner, allowing two hits in seven innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Wednesday.
Sale (4-0) allowed a pair of singles by Mike Trout and an unearned run. David Robertson got four outs for his sixth save in as many attempts, allowing Trout’s third hit and completing a fourth-hitter.
Chicago improved to 10-5. Last season, the White Sox began 10-14 and didn’t reach double digits in victories until May 26.
Tyler Saladino homered in the first off Garrett Richards (0-3), who gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
RANGERS 2, ASTROS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels extended his career-best winning streak to 10 games, Rougned Odor had a two-run homer and Texas beat Houston.
Hamels hit the first two batters of the game, gave up three straight singles to start the second and surrendered a leadoff hit in the third. But the Astros couldn’t score, helping Hamels (3-0) by making an out on the bases in each inning.
The ace left-hander allowed rookie Tyler White’s fifth home run in the sixth but combined with reliever Sam Dyson to strand the tying run at third with one out in the seventh.
Jake Diekman got called third strikes on Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis with the tying run at second in the eighth, and closer Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Doug Fister (1-2) allowed Odor’s second homer in the second inning as the Astros lost their ninth straight at the Rangers.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner both pitched well in a showdown of NL West aces, but Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to help Arizona beat San Francisco.
Greinke (1-2) got his first win with Arizona and remained undefeated against the Giants — he’s 8-0 in 11 starts against San Francisco and 3-0 against Bumgarner. He gave up a run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out seven.
Brandon Drury added two hits for the Diamondbacks, who won their fourth straight and have taken 11 of their last 13 in San Francisco.
Bumgarner (1-2) went seven innings, giving up the two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out eight as the Giants lost their fourth straight and seventh of eight.
Brad Ziegler earned his fourth save, extending his team record to 32 consecutive.
REDS 6, ROCKIES 5
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart hit a game-ending single off Christian Bergman (0-3) over a five-man infield in the ninth as Cincinnati overcame a bullpen meltdown and took advantage of a Colorado baserunning blunder.
Colorado appeared to tie the score 3-3 in the seventh when Dustin Garneau doubled with two outs and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn singled to right. But Raburn was called out on appeal by umpire Adrian Johnson for missing third base.
But Colorado tied the score in a three-run eighth when the first two batters reached against Blake Wood, Gerardo Parra hit into a run-scoring forceout off Tony Cingrani, and Paulsen hit a two-run double.
Ross Ohlendorf (3-2) pitched a perfect ninth.
CARDINALS 5, CUBS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered, Carlos Martinez (0-3) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings and St. Louis avoided getting swept in the three-game series.
Trevor Rosenthal got his fourth save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth. It was his 100th career save.
Kyle Hendricks (1-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 5, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Kendall Graveman (1-1) tossed three-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight for Oakland, 5-0 in the road this season. Slumping New York (5-8) has lost six of seven and is last in the AL East.
Billy Burns had three hits, Khris Davis delivered a two-run single and the A’s won their fourth straight following a four-game slide.
Burns and Chris Coghlan hit consecutive doubles off Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) to start a three-run fourth inning. Josh Reddick had an RBI single and Stephen Vogt added a sacrifice fly.
RED SOX 7, RAYS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and David Ortiz drove in three runs with a pair of doubles to back Rick Porcello as Boston stopped a three-game skid.
Porcello (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one. He held the Rays scoreless on two hits through five innings while the Red Sox opened a 6-0 lead against Chris Archer (0-4).
Archer gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Rays’ three-game winning streak ended. He is 0-7 with a 6.39 ERA in his last 10 starts.
DODGERS 5, BRAVES 3, 10 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Turner gave Los Angeles the lead with a 10th-inning double to snap Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.
The Braves failed in a bid to become the first team to win five straight games after starting a season 0-9, according to STATS.
Braves rookie center fielder Mallex Smith, charging toward left field, made a diving attempt for Turner’s sinking drive off Jason Grilli (1-1) but the ball bounced off his glove. Smith slipped and crawled before finally retrieving the ball as Chase Utley, who led off with a single, scored from second. Yasmani Grandal added a run-scoring single off Alexi Ogando.
Daniel Castro’s two-run single in the fourth gave the Braves a 3-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Eric O’Flaherty to tie the game in the sixth.
Joe Blanton (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth. Kenley Jansen got the final three outs for his sixth save.
MARINERS 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Taijuan Walker (1-0) allowed just an unearned run and three hits over six innings, and Norichika Aoki had a two-run triple in the second.
Jason Kipnis’ sacrifice fly in the third scored Cleveland’s run, which was unearned thanks to first baseman Adam Lind’s fielding error.
Danny Salazar (2-1) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Bryce Harper doubled in a run and Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) allowed one run in four innings of relief after starter Joe Ross departed in the third inning because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Harper, who began the night leading the majors with 20 RBIs, hit a two-out double in the third to score Ross from first base for a 2-0 lead.
Michael Taylor homered with two outs in the fifth off Wei-Yin Chen (0-1). The ball wouldn’t have cleared the center field fence last year, before the Marlins Park dimensions were shortened.
Washington’s Daniel Murphy, who entered leading the majors in hitting, went 2 for 4 and hiked his average to .429.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann (3-0) scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in his third straight scoreless start, and Victor Martinez drove in the 1,000th run of his career.
Francisco Rodriguez served up back-to-back homers to Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez in the ninth before striking out Mike Moustakas to leave runners on first and second. It was K-Rod’s fourth save of the season and 390th overall, matching Dennis Eckersley for sixth-most.
Ian Kinsler drove the other two runs for Detroit. Ian Kennedy (2-1) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Caleb Joseph doubled off Joe Biagini (0-1) with two outs in the 10th inning and scored on Josh Thole’s passed ball.
Mychal Givens (1-0) worked the 10th for Baltimore.
Josh Donaldson hit his sixth home run and Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs for the Blue Jays, whose three-game winning streak ended.
PHILLIES 5, METS 4, 11 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Peter Bourjos drove in the winning run on an infield single with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Philadelphia over New York.
Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda hit consecutive homers and Neil Walker had four hits for the Mets.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who avoided a three-game sweep. Jeanmar Gomez (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win.
Galvis ripped a one-out double to right off Hansel Robles (0-1) with one out in the 11th.
A few batters later, Bourjos hit a sharp bouncer down the third-base line. David Wright made a backhanded grab but the speedy ninth-place hitter easily beat the throw and Galvis scored.
PADRES 8, PIRATES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz struck out a career-high 10 and held Pittsburgh to four singles and Matt Kemp homered to lead San Diego.
The Padres have taken the first two of three games against the Pirates for their first home series win this season.
Pomeranz’s previous career high in strikeouts was eight, accomplished twice before, most recently Thursday at Philadelphia. Only two Pirates baserunner reached scoring position against Pomeranz (2-1) over 6 2/3 innings.
San Diego roughed up lefty Jeff Locke (0-2) for eight runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings.
Kemp hit his fifth homer leading off the fourth. It was estimated at 441 feet off Locke into the Padres’ bullpen beyond the fence in left-center.
BREWERS 10, TWINS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Hill, Chris Carter and Domingo Santana each hit home runs to help Jimmy Nelson and Milwaukee beat Minnesota.
Nelson, who had never faced the Twins, allowed four runs on 10 hits. He struck out six and walked one to keep the Twins winless in seven games on the road.
Hill led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot off Ryan Pressly (1-1) after the Twins tied it at 4 in the sixth on Oswaldo Arcia’s two-run homer and Eddie Rosario’s home run.
Brian Dozer chased Nelson (3-1) with a double down the first-base line. Carlos Torres walked the next two batters, but escaped the jam when he struck out Arcia.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer threw seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double, Bryce Harper hit another homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Saturday night.
The Nationals are off to a 9-1 start, best in franchise history.
Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven.
Harper connected in the fifth, sending a deep drive out to right for his fifth homer. The reigning NL MVP has gone deep in his last five games in Philadelphia, dating to last year.
Aaron Nola (0-2) was the second Phillies starter roughed up by the Nationals in two games. He gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.
TIGERS 5, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and Detroit rallied for a win over Houston.
Detroit trailed 3-0 after George Springer and Tyler White both homered off Justin Verlander (1-1) in the first inning. Detroit scored a run in the second and cut the lead to 1 in the fifth when White was charged with an error after a throw busted through the webbing of his glove, allowing another run to score.
There was one out in the sixth when Saltalamacchia connected against Collin McHugh (1-2), launching his two-strike shot off the foul pole in right field to make it 4-3. Victor Martinez added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.
RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s go-ahead double off the right-field fence and Rougned Odor’s two-run single highlighted a six-run seventh inning, leading Texas to a victory over Baltimore.
Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara each had three hits for the Rangers. Mazara, promoted from Triple-A Round Rock last week, has two three-hit games in seven starts.
Keone Kela (1-0), who turned 23 on Saturday, worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief, striking out two and walking one.
The Rangers’ big seventh inning helped them overcome solo home runs by Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who increased the Orioles’ major league-leading homer total to 23.
A.J. McFarland (0-1) took the loss after retiring only one of the four batters he faced in relief of starter Yovani Gallardo.
CUBS 6, ROCKIES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings and Chicago hit three home runs to beat Colorado.
Arrieta (3-0), the reigning NL Cy Young winner, struck out eight and allowed five hits in his home debut. He has not allowed a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field.
Dexter Fowler hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back shots in the fourth.
The Cubs have won nine of 11 for their best start since they went 10-1 in 1969.
The Rockies saw their three-game winning streak end. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his fourth, off Travis Wood in the ninth.
Christian Bergman (0-2) matched a career high of seven strikeouts and allowed two runs in five innings in his first start of the season.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Pittsburgh blanked Milwaukee to end its four-game losing streak.
McCutchen’s solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.
The drive to left field came in the star center fielder’s 54th plate appearance. McCutchen was so happy that he stopped in front of dugout after rounding the bases, broke into a big smile and raised his hands skyward.
Niese (2-1) won his second straight start, giving up all three hits while walking three and striking out three in seven innings.
Jungmann (0-2) had his road woes continue as he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta won for the second consecutive night after losing their first nine games, beating Miami.
The Braves came to Miami mired in their worst start since 1988, but they’re now 27-12 at Marlins Park and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday.
Miami fell to 0-4 at home under first-year manager Don Mattingly.
Markakis put the Braves ahead to stay in the fourth when he drove in a run with his eighth double, most in the majors. He led off the game with a single and hit a two-out, two-run single in the second.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Bour each hit his first homer off Bud Norris (1-2), who allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Tom Koehler (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs.
RAYS 7, WHITE SOX 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Guyer homered to end Tampa Bay’s scoreless drought, Brad Miller added a two-run shot and the Rays stopped Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
Desmond Jennings also hit his first home run of the year for Tampa Bay, and Erasmo Ramirez pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings. In his first start of the season, Ramirez (2-0) gave up three hits and no walks while striking out four, becoming the first Rays starter to win in 2016.
Guyer’s home run off Chicago starter John Danks in the third halted Tampa Bay’s streak of 21 scoreless innings.
Miller’s two-run drive in the fourth gave the Rays a 4-0 lead after an RBI single by Steven Souza Jr. Evan Longoria singled home a run in the seventh.
INDIANS 7, METS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis and Cleveland handed New York’s Matt Harvey his third straight loss to begin the season.
Josh Tomlin pitched five solid innings for Cleveland after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced this season. Kipnis had an RBI double off Harvey and scored twice, and Mike Napoli drove in two runs.
Harvey (0-3) retired his first 13 batters before Cleveland scored twice in the fifth. The Indians added three runs in the sixth, and Harvey was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Jose Ramirez tied the game with a double and scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single. Kipnis’ run-scoring double and RBI singles by Napoli and Yan Gomes in the sixth finished Harvey.
REDS 9, CARDINALS 8
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce had two RBIs apiece for Cincinnati, which erased an early four-run deficit against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a victory.
Stephen Piscotty had four RBIs for St. Louis, and his three-run homer made it 4-0 in the second.
J.J. Hoover allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Moss before finishing for his first save.
Wainwright (0-2) retired his first eight before Reds starter Brandon Finnegan (1-0) singled with two outs in the third. The two-time 20-game winner was charged with seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and has struggled mightily with an 8.27 ERA after missing most of 2015 with a torn left Achilles.
MARINERS 3, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Hernandez looked uncomfortable all afternoon but overcame a career high-tying six walks, and Seattle held off New York for a third straight win.
The Yankees lost their fourth in a row when Chase Headley grounded out with runners on second and third to end it, leaving them 0 for 24 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series. Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and the 40-year-old heard boos as his hitless slump reached 19 at-bats.
Hernandez (1-1) tied Randy Johnson’s team record for career strikeouts, but seemed out of sorts throughout his five innings. The ace constantly pawed the rubber, scuffed the mound and tugged his jersey.
TWINS 6, ANGELS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oswaldo Arcia and Byung Ho Park homered in the eighth inning to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles for its second consecutive comeback victory after opening the season with nine straight losses.
Arcia broke a 4-all tie with his first home run of the season. It came off reliever Joe Smith (0-1) and was Minnesota’s first hit since the fifth inning. One batter later, Park — who had the decisive hit Friday night — added his own solo shot to give the Twins some insurance.
Trevor Plouffe had three hits and also homered for Minnesota.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win in relief of starter Ricky Nolasco. Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.
RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 2
BOSTON (AP) — David Price rebounded from a rough start in Boston’s home opener with seven solid innings, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run and the Red Sox beat Toronto.
It was Boston’s third straight win. The Red Sox have defeated the defending AL East champs four times in five meetings.
Price (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits, struck out nine and didn’t allow a walk. He finished by striking out the side.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Signed to a $217 million, seven-year deal during free agency, the left-hander had his best start for Boston. In his Fenway Park debut with the Red Sox on Monday, he gave up five runs in five innings after allowing two in six at Cleveland on opening day.
ATHLETICS 5, ROYALS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt homered to back Sonny Gray’s solid effort, and Oakland ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City.
Gray (2-1) pitched through trouble, lasting six innings to earn his first victory against the Royals in four starts, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only AL team he has not yet beaten.
Gray gave up two runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.
Reddick, who hit the ball hard in every at bat, erased the Royals’ early lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off Chris Young (0-3), who failed to get through five innings for the second straight start.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 14th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first victory in five home games this season.
Upton drove the first pitch he saw from Ruby De La Rosa (0-3) over the center-field fence. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates after ending the game that lasted 5 hours, 25 minutes.
Luis Perdomo (1-0) got the win.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings and the San Francisco Giants got run-scoring hits from Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cueto (3-0) helped manager Bruce Bochy celebrate his 61st birthday, allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.
Javier Lopez gave up Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the eighth on a full count, but Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.
Scott Kazmir (1-1) was charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson’s pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball’s first black player nearly 70 years ago.
When Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies in 1947, he was told to “go back to the cotton fields” by the Phillies’ manager, refused service at a local hotel and taunted by players with racial slurs when he came to bat. On Friday, Philadelphia’s city council publicly acknowledged the incident as a dark chapter in the city’s history.
“He faced tremendous racism in our city,” Councilwoman Helen Gym said. “It was something he never forgot … but neither should we.”
April 15 is recognized nationally as Jackie Robinson Day, and ballparks around the country are also celebrating the 69th anniversary of the day he broke the league’s color barrier in 1947. Robinson played for the Dodgers until 1956.
All MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires wore his No. 42 for games. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, at Yankee Stadium for the Seattle-New York game, said he was in his office earlier in the day and saw Colorado playing the Cubs on television, with everyone wearing the same number.
“It’s a constant reminder that today’s different,” Manfred said.
Gym presented a resolution , passed by the council last month, before about 100 children, city leaders and Robinson fans — some wearing his No. 42 Dodgers jersey — gathered at the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park. Among them was 79-year-old Carolyn Mitchell, who saw Robinson play as a girl.
Mitchell, who is black, said Friday’s ceremony was “very meaningful” and that passing by the park gave her back fond memories of watching baseball growing up. The youngest of eight children and her parents’ only daughter, Mitchell took to sports early and saw Robinson play in Philadelphia in the early 1950s.
“He was unbelievable,” she recalled, smiling. “He could run like crazy. He used to love to steal bases.”
In Los Angeles, where the Dodgers played their first game in 1958, Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and daughter Sharon were part of a pregame ceremony at Chavez Ravine – where the club first retired Robinson’s uniform number on June 4, 1972.
Rachel Robinson was escorted to the mound by Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in baseball history. The former Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles slugger threw a ceremonial first pitch to Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts, who this year became the first minority manager in franchise history.
In Philadelphia, Robinson’s skill for basestealing is depicted in a mural on the city’s north end painted nearly a decade ago in his honor. Walking near the mural on Friday afternoon with her 10-year-old daughter Nate, Tikeena Harris explained that blacks and whites didn’t used to play sports together.
Tommy Keels, who lived nearby and passes the mural regularly, said Robinson was a groundbreaker who represented his race well.
“I lived through Jim Crow,” said Keels, 60, who is from Miami. “I was raised in the South. I experienced a lot of things I know he did on a monumental scale.”
Jackie Robinson’s teammate and roommate Don Newcombe says his friend deserves all the accolades.
“The world owes him whatever they can say about him and do about him that is good, because he was a great man,” the former Brooklyn pitcher told the AP on Friday while the Dodgers were taking batting practice.
“I was with him, I roomed with him, he was my good friend, my good buddy, and I loved him. I still love him today like he was still here,” said Newcombe, who was the first black pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1949. “I remember Jackie sitting me and Roy Campanella down one day in Roy’s apartment and he told us: ‘I can’t do it without you. I need you. And one day, we’re going to change the letter I in bitter to an E for better.’ And he became so right. God bless him.”
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who was there for Robinson’s career in Brooklyn, said Robinson’s “self-control under some pressurized circumstances was remarkable.”
“We all knew that that fire of competitiveness was always on high, and he was not always welcomed. But he overcame all of that,” Scully said. “That, to me was the most remarkable thing — how controlled he was with all the hell that was running around him. He took a lot of abuse, but kept his jaw tight. He had to be an unusual man, and he was.”
Orlando Hudson, a 12-year veteran who played second base for the Dodgers in 2009, still has a couple of framed No. 42 jerseys hanging in his home, along with a photo of himself and Rachel Robinson — among his most treasured souvenirs from his playing career.
“Being an African-American male, playing the same position with the Dodgers that he did and wearing number 42 on this day, you can’t get better than that,” said Hudson, who now works for the Arizona Diamondbacks and has done some speaking engagements with Robinson’s widow over the years.
Robinson died on October 24, 1972, at the age of 53, months after he became the first black player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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RAYS OF HOPE
Tampa Bay hopes for good news on second baseman Logan Forsythe and Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier after both left Friday night’s loss following a fourth-inning collision. The team said Kiermaier has a head bruise and underwent concussion tests. “More of it hit around my jaw,” he said. “I’m not dizzy or have any of the symptoms.” Forsythe has a bruised left hip and lower leg. “I think it could have been a lot worse,” said Forsythe, who is day to day.
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta (2-0, 1.93 ERA) faces Trevor Story and the visiting Rockies. Story, the rookie shortstop who leads the majors with seven homers, went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts Friday in his first game at Wrigley Field, but Colorado won its third straight game.
TEX AND THE KING
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (0-1, 0.69 ERA) is looking for his first win and some run support. He is 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA in eight starts at the new Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira has hit six home runs off him, the most by any batter vs. King Felix.
Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo (1-0) returns home to Texas to face the Rangers. Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA over 33 starts last year in his only season with Texas, then became a free agent and turned down a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Rangers. He signed a $22 million, two-year deal with Baltimore.
New ace David Price (1-0) pitches for the Red Sox against hard-hitting Toronto. Price was moved up a day to get back on a regular five-day turn. He looks to bounce back from a rough home opener when he gave up five runs in five innings. Marco Estrada (1-0) goes for the Blue Jays after throwing seven shutout innings against Boston on Sunday.
Johnny Cueto (2-0) starts for San Francisco at Dodger Stadium against Los Angeles lefty Scott Kazmir (1-0) in a matchup of free agent signees who are new to their NL West teams.
People pass by a Philadelphia Mural Arts Program mural of Jackie Robinson in Philadelphia on Friday, April 15, 2016. On Jackie Robinson Day, Philadelphia is acknowledged its racist treatment of the baseball pioneer when he played in the city nearly 70 years ago. City leaders issued an official apology in March, and highlighted its official apology during a ceremony Friday, also honoring Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first black Major League player. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)