Garza wins first start as a Ranger
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Rangers debut, the only run he allowed unearned after his throwing error, and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Garza (1-0) was 6-1 in his 11 starts this season for the Chicago Cubs before being traded Monday to the Rangers, who had long coveted the right-hander. He was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts for Chicago, winning the last five.
After giving up consecutive singles to start his first game in a Rangers jersey, Garza retired 15 of the next 16 batters before his throwing error on Brett Gardner's comebacker leading off the sixth.
A.J. Pierzynski drove in two runs for Texas, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the bottom of the sixth off Andy Pettitte (7-8). David Murphy also homered, off reliever Shawn Kelley in the eighth.
RAYS 5, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched a five-hitter for his third complete game of the season, Wil Myers had a two-run single, and the surging Rays won for the 19th time in 22 games by beating the Red Sox.
James Loney had two hits and drove in a run for the Rays. Tampa Bay moved within a half-game of the AL East-leading Red Sox.
Mike Napoli homered for Boston, which lost for the fifth time in eight games.
Price (5-5) needed only 97 pitches for his seventh career complete game. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Since returning from a 47-day stint on the disabled list because of a triceps strain, he is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in five starts.
Felix Doubront (7-4) gave up three runs and six hits and took the loss.
ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland's three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics to a win over the Astros.
The A's trailed by two before an RBI double by Eric Sogard with one out cut the lead to 3-2 and chased starter Bud Norris. Crisp launched his home run off Travis Blackley (1-1) to put Oakland on top.
John Jaso had a solo homer in the first inning for the A's, who have won 11 of 12 against Houston this season.
A.J. Griffin (9-7) allowed six hits and three runs and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings for the win.
ANGELS 1, TWINS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver outpitched Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball and Albert Pujols drove in the only run, leading the Angels to a victory over the Twins.
Weaver (5-5) struck out nine and walked one in his first home start against the Twins since his no-hitter on May 2, 2012. The three-time All-Star retired 19 consecutive batters during one stretch — just four days after teammate C.J. Wilson set down 18 in a row against Oakland.
Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 25th save in 27 chances, less than 24 hours after giving up five runs including a grand slam by Chris Herrmann in the 10th inning of the Angels' 10-3 loss.
Pelfrey (4-8) pitched six innings and allowed five hits, including Pujols' run-scoring single in the first.
INDIANS 10, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over his eight innings, Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam and the Indians routed the Mariners.
The only hit Kazmir (6-4) gave up was a clean leadoff single to center by Justin Smoak in the fifth. Kazmir struck out seven, walked two and allowed an unearned run. He threw 103 pitches and was relieved by Vinnie Pestano in the ninth. Pestano allowed a hit.
Bourn blew the game open in the fifth with his slam on a full-count pitch from reliever Hector Noesi.
Asdrubal Cabrera had two hits, including his eighth home run. Carlos Santana had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.
Joe Saunders (9-9) took the loss. He lasted just 4 2-3 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits, walking three and striking out five.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings to help the Tigers overcome Miguel Cabrera's absence in a win over the White Sox.
Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, left Monday's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a left hip flexor injury. He hasn't played since and might sit out Thursday, too, when the Tigers go for a four-game sweep.
Detroit has won four straight and 13 of 21.
Sanchez (8-7) earned his first win since July 6, allowing six hits and striking out five. The right-hander had only allowed five earned runs in his previous two starts, both losses.
John Danks (2-8) lost his second straight start and is winless since July 2.
ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit two home runs and Alcides Escobar drove in the winning run in the ninth to lift the Royals to a victory over the Orioles.
David Lough singled and scored the game-ending run when Escobar doubled off the fence in left center with one out in the ninth.
Hosmer homered in the first and his two-run home run in the eighth tied the score at 3. It was Hosmer's third multi-homer game and his second this season.
Darren O'Day (5-1) took the loss, while Luke Hochevar (3-1), picked up the victory after working a scoreless ninth.
DODGERS 8, BLUE JAYS 3, 10 innings
TORONTO (AP) — Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer to highlight Los Angeles' five-run 10th inning as the Dodgers beat the Blue Jays to complete a three-game sweep.
Yasiel Puig also went deep in the 10th for the streaking Dodgers, who have won six straight and 23 of 28 to go from last in the NL West on June 21 to first place.
Los Angeles won its 10th straight road game, the franchise's longest streak since the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first 11 away from home in 1955.
Brandon League (5-3) pitched two innings to beat his former team for the second straight game and Kenley Jansen finished for the Dodgers.
Juan Perez (1-2) gave up all five runs and four hits in the 10th inning for Toronto.