Beltre leads Texas over Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adrian Beltre went 4 for 4 with two homers and a season-high five RBIs to help the surging Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night.
Beltre hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the fifth, both off Zach Britton (2-3). Beltre has six home runs in his last six games and is batting .488 (21 for 43) during an 11-game hitting streak that began on June 28.
Texas has won 14 of 19 to move a season-high 16 games over .500 (53-37) — tied for the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games. The Rangers have won four in a row on the road.
Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore is 3-12 in its last 15 regular-season games against Texas.
Martin Perez (3-1) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in six-plus innings for the Rangers. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Rios tied an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift Chicago over Detroit.
Dayan Vicideo's second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth, and they added three more in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer to give him a major league-high 92 RBIs and a .363 batting average.
He broke the franchise mark for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season
Verlander (9-6) gave up a season-high 12 hits, five runs and struck out three to match a season low in seven-plus innings.
Jose Quintana (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits over eight innings, winning for the first time since May 21.
The last-place White Sox, who had lost four straight, finished with a season-high 23 hits and a season high in runs.
RED SOX 11, MARINERS 8
SEATTLE (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tiebreaking homer, Shane Victorino slugged the last of Boston's five long balls and the Red Sox snapped a three-game skid with a win over Seattle.
Boston rallied from an early 5-1 deficit, using two-run homers from Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli along with Bradley's solo shot to come back against the Mariners. Pedroia and Napoli homered in the third inning and Bradley gave Boston the lead in the fifth against Blake Beavan (0-2).
Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day.
Victorino's drive was part of a three-run eighth.
Seattle was just as potent early, with Kendrys Morales going deep twice, but couldn't solve the Red Sox bullpen. Alfredo Aceves, Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey kept the Mariners scoreless for 4 2-3 innings after starter Allen Webster was tagged for seven earned runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Seattle got a run off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth, but Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Breslow (3-2) got the victory after throwing 2 1-3 innings.
David Ortiz had four hits — including a solo homer in the second off struggling Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma — to give him 1,688 hits as a designated hitter, tying Harold Baines for the career record. Ortiz also doubled twice.
ROYALS 3, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — James Shields wiggled out of early trouble and got home run help from Billy Butler and David Lough as Kansas City sent New York to its third straight loss.
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain contributed four nifty catches, defensive replacement Elliot Johnson ranged a long way for a grounder and Kansas City backed Shields (4-6) with a pair of double plays.
CC Sabathia (9-7) gave up seven hits in his second complete game.
Once again, the Yankees had trouble scoring. They've managed exactly one run in each of their last three games — not since 2005 had they scored one run or fewer in three straight, STATS said.
The hitting slump left the Yankees with a three-game home losing streak for the first time since they dropped four in a row in late July 2012.
Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 22nd save, and second in two nights.
INDIANS 3, BLUE JAYS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout as Cleveland defeated Toronto.
Jimenez (7-4) dodged constant trouble in six innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez blanked the Blue Jays the rest of the way. Perez allowed two hits in the ninth but earned his 10th save as the Indians completed their AL-leading 11th shutout.
Cleveland managed only four hits. Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley had RBI singles in the fourth when the Indians put together a walk and three straight singles off starter Josh Johnson (1-4), who gave up two runs in seven innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Toronto was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
RAYS 4, TWINS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, and Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help surging Tampa Bay extend its winning streak to a season-best six games with a victory over sputtering Minnesota.
Archer (3-3) limited the Twins to an unearned run and three hits to outpitch fellow rookie Kyle Gibson (1-2), who was done in by one bad inning in his third career start for Minnesota.
The Twins have lost nine of 10. The Rays matched their longest winning streak of the year and are 8-1 during a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the struggling Twins, White Sox and Astros leading up to the All-Star break.
Alex Torres, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney each pitched a scoreless inning for the Rays, with Rodney finishing a combined five-hitter for his 21st save.