Baltimore wins with 6 in the 11th
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Davis snapped a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run uprising that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Washington Nationals 8-2 on Monday night.
Manny Machado had a career-high five hits, including a homer in the 11th, and Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run to help the AL East-leading Orioles earn their seventh win in eight games.
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
After Cruz led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Craig Stammen (0-4), Davis worked the count full before launching a drive into the center-field seats to end a 2-for-38 funk. J.J. Hardy followed with a solo shot, Nick Markakis chased Stammen with an RBI double and Machado added a two-run drive off Aaron Barrett.
T.J. Macfarland (2-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
METS 4, BRAVES 3, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning after Curtis Granderson hit a tying homer in the eighth as the Mets beat Atlanta.
David Wright went deep early, Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI double and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched seven shutout innings for the Mets, who have won three of four.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and a walk for the Braves, who have lost two straight after a nine-game winning streak. Andrelton Simmons singled twice for his sixth straight multihit game.
Carlos Torres (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Juan Lagares doubled off Anthony Varvaro (3-2) with one out in the 11th, and Lucas Duda was intentionally walked before Lagares went to third on d'Arnaud's long fly to center. Tejada lined the next pitch up the middle and tossed his helmet aside after rounding first.
YANKEES 5, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win and All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save to help New York beat Cleveland.
Greene (1-0) didn't allow a hit until former Yankee Nick Swisher's two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old right-hander, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, was pressed into service after scheduled starter Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.
Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits apiece for New York.
Justin Masterson (4-6) continued to pitch poorly and was pulled without retiring a batter in the third. Cleveland's opening-day starter allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings.
Betances pitched the final two innings, giving closer David Robertson a rest day.
REDS 9, CUBS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run, but later homered to help Cincinnati rally for the win in the opener of a five-game series.
Billy Hamilton drove in a career-high four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple.
The Reds have won 11 of their last 16 games despite getting little production from injured first baseman Joey Votto.
Mike Leake (7-7) gave up a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo and an unearned run off Bruce's error during seven innings. Leake is 8-2 in his career against Chicago, including 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA.
After Bruce's error let in a run that tied it 1-all in the fifth, he singled and scored on Devin Mesoraco's double off Edwin Jackson (5-9). Bruce hit a two-run homer off left-hander James Russell in the seventh, and Hamilton had his three-run triple in the eighth.
WHITE SOX 4, RED SOX 0
BOSTON (AP) — Scott Carroll pitched 6 2-3 innings of one-hit ball, and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer to lead Chicago.
Making the eighth — and best — start of his career, Carroll (3-5) walked two and struck out five while shutting down the defending World Series champions. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer in the second inning and doubled and scored on Viciedo's home run in the fourth.
Clay Buchholz (3-5) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out seven in seven innings. The Red Sox have lost six of seven and 12 of 17 to fall into last place in the AL East.
ROYALS 6, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City's James Shields sparkled in his return to Tropicana Field, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 over seven innings.
Shields (9-4) spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rays before being dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.
Shields allowed singles to Ben Zobrist and James Loney in the first two innings, then worked through a jam in the third after giving up a one-out double to Kevin Kiermaier. He retired 10 straight, six by strikeout, before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch leading off the seventh.
PHILLIES 3, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, and Cole Hamels allowed one earned run over 6 2-3 innings for his first victory in a month as Philadelphia edged Milwaukee.
Hamels (3-5) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out seven and walking two for his first victory since June 6 — a span of six starts. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.
Utley, the starting National League All-Star second baseman, staked the Phillies to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his seventh homer. It was the 27th home run allowed by Marco Estrada (7-6), the most in the majors.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Brewers, who have had sole possession of first place in the NL Central since April 9.
ASTROS 12, RANGERS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs, Marwin Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple and Houston snapped a seven-game skid.
Gonzalez's triple followed five consecutive singles in a six-run second inning, and Singleton's towering flyball landed two rows above the Texas bullpen in right-center for a three-run shot and a 9-2 lead in the fourth.
Jarred Cosart (9-6) won for the first time in 12 career starts against AL West opponents despite allowing nine hits and six runs — five earned — in five innings.
Every Houston batter had at least one hit after George Springer's infield single with one out in the fourth. Singleton followed with his sixth homer to knock out Texas starter Miles Mikolas (0-1), who gave up 12 hits and nine runs in 3 1-3 innings.
CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift St. Louis past Pittsburgh.
Matt Carpenter walked to lead off the ninth and Matt Holliday flied out. Adams then hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 pitch from Justin Wilson (2-1) for his first career game-winning homer. It was the Cardinals' first game-winning homer since Skip Schumaker connected against the Kansas City Royals on June 19, 2011.
Charlie Morton allowed one hit in seven innings for Pittsburgh, which stranded 12 runners. Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals' 11-game winner, scattered seven hits in seven scoreless innings.
Pat Neshek (3-0) worked a perfect ninth against the top of the order for St. Louis.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, MARLINS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta drove in three runs and Miguel Montero knocked in two to lead Arizona.
The Diamondbacks jumped on Tom Koehler (6-7) early, scoring five runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth.
Peralta extended his hitting streak to eight games and the Diamondbacks had seven extra base hits to help Chase Anderson (6-4) end a four-game losing streak.
Martin Prado homered and Paul Goldschmidt broke an Arizona record with his 33rd double before the All-Star break, extending his streak of reaching base to 28 games.
Garrett Jones had three hits for the Marlins, who stranded 10 runners.
PADRES 6, ROCKIES 1
DENVER (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched seven sharp innings, Rene Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and San Diego beat Colorado.
Chase Headley added four hits for the Padres, including a two-run triple in the seventh inning to break open a close game.
Kennedy (7-9) seemed to gain strength the deeper he got into the game, striking out five of the last six batters he faced before wind, rain and lightning forced the delay heading into the eighth inning. Kevin Quackenbush stepped in for Kennedy when play resumed.
Kennedy finished with nine strikeouts, boosting his team-leading total this season to 125. He also drew a leadoff walk from Tyler Matzek (1-3) to start a three-run seventh inning.
ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each had run-scoring hits in the fifth inning and five relievers helped fill in for an injured Jered Weaver, leading Los Angeles past Toronto.
The Angels extended their home winning streak to 11 games, one shy of the franchise record set in 1967 — their second season in Anaheim. They are 16 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2012 season at 89-73, and remain 3 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
Weaver departed after two perfect innings and 24 pitches because of tightness in his lower back. The 31-year-old right-hander was taking his warmups for the third when he felt some discomfort.
The winning pitcher was Matt Shoemaker (7-2).
ATHLETICS 5, GIANTS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Chavez matched a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings, and three relievers pitched scoreless ball to lead Oakland for its fifth straight win.
Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run double, and three others drove in a run to power the A's in front of an announced sellout crowd of 36,067 festive fans.
The Coliseum had a colorful sprinkling of green and gold from Oakland revelers mixed with the orange and black of San Francisco supporters for the Bay Bridge Series opener.
Chavez (7-5) allowed four hits and two walks to help extend the A's record to a major-league best 56-33. Fernando Abad, Dan Otero and Ryan Cook shut down San Francisco the final three innings.
Ryan Vogelsong (5-6) lost his third straight start for the Giants, who had just five hits.
MARINERS 2, TWINS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and Seattle beat Minnesota.
Iwakuma (7-4) has not allowed an earned run to the Twins in five career starts, which spans 33 2-3 innings. After allowing a combined 10 runs in two consecutive starts to close out June, Iwakuma has given up just one in his two outings in July.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his American League-leading 26th save in 28 chances.
Kevin Correia (4-11) was credited for the loss despite allowing only five hits in seven innings.