Tigers beat Rangers 9-3, Indians defeat Astros 3-0
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs in the first inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 9-3 on Saturday night, ending the Rangers’ 10-game winning streak.
Nicholas Castellanos added a three-run homer in the third and Justin Verlander (4-3) pitched seven solid innings for the Tigers.
The Rangers were on their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2011, but it ended emphatically against Detroit.
Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after missing three games with a strained oblique as A.J. Griffin (4-1) allowed nine runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Rangers.
INDIANS 3, ASTROS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completed the three-hitter to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Houston Astros.
Clevinger (2-1) yielded two hits and struck out a career-high eight in 7-plus innings, the longest outing of his career.
Houston didn’t get its first hit until Jose Altuve’s sharp grounder down the left-field line for a single with no outs in the seventh inning. Clevinger was lifted after Evan Gattis singled with no outs in the eighth. Miller struck out two in the eighth and Allen allowed one hit in the ninth to convert his 12th save in as many opportunities and give him 21 straight dating to Aug. 18.
Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and homered for the second straight day with a solo shot off Mike Fiers (1-2) in the fourth inning to help the Indians take their second straight from Houston.
METS 7, ANGELS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes had three instrumental hits, including the 2,000th of his career, as the New York Mets held off the Los Angeles Angels.
New York gave up three runs in a nervous ninth inning before fill-in closer Addison Reed struck out pinch-hitter Danny Espinosa on a full-count fastball with the bases loaded for his sixth save.
Terry Collins became the longest-tenured manager in team history, passing Davey Johnson (1984-90) by reaching 1,013 games with the Mets.
The oldest skipper in the majors, seven days shy of his 68th birthday, he massaged an unreliable bullpen through four innings after starter Zack Wheeler (3-2) unraveled in the sixth.
Angels rookie Alex Meyer (2-2) allowed four runs — three earned — and three hits in four-plus innings.
ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a go-ahead home run for the second consecutive game to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Toronto Blue Jays at sold-out Camden Yards.
The Orioles improved to 15-3 at home — the best mark in the majors — and can complete a three-game sweep Sunday. Baltimore took over first place in the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees, who lost to Tampa Bay earlier Saturday.
Jose Bautista had given Toronto a 5-4 lead with a three-run homer off winning pitcher Mychal Givens (5-0) in the seventh.
Baltimore responded in the bottom half when Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo hit one-out singles. Castillo followed with the biggest blow when he hit an 0-2 pitch from Danny Barnes (0-2) over the fence in left.
BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Rio Ruiz, Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers hit home runs as the Atlanta Braves again relied on their bullpen for a victory over Max Scherzer and Washington, the Nationals’ fourth straight loss.
After Bartolo Colon allowed two runs, one earned, in 4 1/3 innings, five relievers combined for 4 2/3 hitless innings. Ian Krol (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the fifth. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
Ruiz and Kemp hit homers off Scherzer (4-3). The shot by Ruiz in the second was his first career homer and first hit of the season.
PIRATES 6, PHILLIES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched into the eighth inning for his first win in four starts since April 29, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Philadelphia Phillies.
Nova (4-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. The NL Pitcher of the Month in April struck out three and walked none.
Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier hit two-run singles during a four-run sixth inning that extended the Pirates’ lead to 6-1. David Freese’s leadoff home run, his fourth, in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie.
ATHLETICS 8, RED SOX 3
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Chad Pinder hit a monster home run while Khris Davis and Mark Canha also connected in the fifth inning as the Oakland Athletics cleared the fences four times in all to beat the Boston Red Sox for their third straight win.
Hanley Ramirez homered for Boston, which has lost three in a row.
Jed Lowrie had a solo shot in the sixth for Oakland, which leads the AL with 63 home runs. A’s manager Bob Melvin didn’t see any of them in person after being ejected in the second inning.
While no official records are kept, the A’s said Pinder’s deep drive into the plaza reserved section is believed to be just the fourth home run to reach the second-deck seating level since it was built in 1996.
RAYS 9, YANKEES 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Corey Dickerson homered twice as the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating the New York Yankees in a game that included three hit batters, three ejections and one animated argument.
Yankees rookie Aaron Judge hit his 15th home run, most in the majors. He also doubled and has a career-best eight-game hitting streak.
New York manager Joe Girardi used his hands to cover the plate with dirt after being tossed by umpire Scott Barry in the fifth inning. That came right after pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected by Barry during a mound visit.
Rays starter Matt Andriese hit Matt Holliday after giving up a home run to Gary Sanchez in the fifth. In the bottom half, Yankees reliever Tommy Layne plunked Dickerson, who had hit two home runs off Masahiro Tanaka. Andriese (4-1) hit Judge with a pitch leading off the sixth and was thrown out.
GIANTS 3, CARDINALS 1, 13 INNINGS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Christian Arroyo’s two-run double broke a scoreless tie as the San Francisco Giants outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arroyo’s double off the wall in left field scored Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford and came on the 12th pitch he saw from Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist (0-1). Posey, Crawford and Eduardo Nunez singled to load the bases, giving the Giants their first runners in scoring position in the game.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings, scattering five hits and striking out eight. Hunter Strickland (1-1), Derek Law and Josh Osich pitched in relief for the Giants, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Mark Melancon earned his eighth save.
REDS 12, ROCKIES 8
CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Schebler’s homer completed Cincinnati’s comeback from a five-run deficit as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak — their longest in a year — with a victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela was in line for an NL-leading seventh win before the Rockies’ bullpen let the big lead slip away. Senzatela had a bases-loaded single during a six-run fifth inning that put the Rockies ahead 8-3.
Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer to start the Reds’ sixth against Chad Qualls, who faced only four batters. Schebler’s three-run shot off Mike Dunn (2-1) finished a six-run rally.
WHITE SOX 16, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Avisail Garcia homered in his first two at-bats and had a career-high six RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox battered Seattle’s depleted pitching staff.
The White Sox knocked around Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo (2-4) and no one provided more shots than Garcia. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning, added a solo shot in the third and greeted reliever Dillon Overton with a two-run double in the fourth. The four hits were a career high.
Garcia wasn’t alone in pounding Seattle’s pitching staff. Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer, Willy Garcia hit the first home run of his career and the 16 runs were the most scored by the White Sox since April 20, 2014, at Texas when they also scored 16.
Mike Pelfrey (1-4) allowed just one run and four hits in six innings.
MARLINS 10, DODGERS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit three doubles in a game for the first time in his career while Dan Straily didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning as the Miami Marlins snapped a five-game losing streak.
J.T. Riddle had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs for the Marlins, who had lost 10 of their previous 11 games.
The first hit allowed by Straily (2-3) was Kike Hernandez’s home run with two outs in the fifth. Straily pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to cut the deficit to 10-6. Bellinger also became the fastest to hit nine home runs (24 games) in Dodgers history.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robbie Ray took a shutout into the eighth inning and David Peralta had four hits as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres for their fifth straight win.
Ray (3-3) limited the Padres to just two hits and three walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen struck out Wil Myers with the bases loaded in the eighth, and J.J. Hoover allowed the Padres’ lone run on an infield single by Allen Cordoba in the ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run single in the Diamondbacks’ five-run first inning as the first four batters got hits against Luis Perdomo (0-1). Jake Lamb had an RBI double and Chris Herrmann added a two-run homer in the inning.