MLB roundup: Sale wins 5th straight start, leads Red Sox over Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings to win his fifth consecutive start, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1 victory on Sunday for their 19th win in 23 games.
Sale (11-4) allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an AL-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision.
Blaine Hardy (3-3) gave up four runs and five hits in three-plus innings.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Manny Machado had a double to drive in his first run since he was acquired from Baltimore, Matt Kemp hit a pair of solo homers off Brent Suter (8-7) and Chris Taylor had three RBIs for the NL West leaders.
Alex Wood (6-5) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.
Milwaukee has lost eight of nine, dropping 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Carpenter’s streak of consecutive games with home runs ended at six as Jose Quintana (9-6) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Mike Mayers (2-1) with two outs in the sixth.
ATHLETICS 6, GIANTS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeurys Familia got the win in his Oakland debut when Marcus Semien scored from second base on Matt Chapman’s infield chopper in the 10th inning.
A day after he was acquired from the Mets, Familia (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
ANGELS 14, ASTROS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout drove in a teammate for the first time in more than a month, homering to cap a seven-run burst in seventh inning.
Trout hit his 26th home run, a drive off Chris Devenski that followed Andrelton Simmons’ single. Trout’s only RBIs since June 19 had been a pair of solo homers.
Andrew Heaney (6-6) won his fourth consecutive home start, allowing one run, four hits and two walks in six innings.
BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 4
TORONTO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning off Tanner Scott (1-2), and Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep. The Blue Jays are 9-1 against the Orioles this season, including seven straight wins.
John Axford (4-1) won despite allowing two runs in the eighth. Tyler Clippard finished for his seventh save.
PADRES 10, PHILLIES 2
PHILLIES 5, PADRES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez (6-8) allowed two hits over seven innings, struck out seven and walked one to gain the split and Philadelphia widened its NL East lead to one game over second-place Atlanta.
Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer in the fourth against Luis Perdomo (1-5). After a pair of batters reached against Perdomo in the seventh, Carlos Santana hit a bloop run-scoring single against Phil Maton and Rhys Hoskins added his second homer of the day and 16th this season, a three-run drive.
Freddy Galvis was 6 for 11 with four RBIs in the series. He spent six seasons with the Phillies before he was dealt to San Diego in December for right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.
Tyson Ross (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in the opener. He had been 0-5 in seven starts since beating Cincinnati on June 3, losing his previous three outings.
Nick Pivetta (6-8) gave up six runs — four earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
PIRATES 9, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Corey Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days, and Pittsburgh extended a winning streak to nine for the first time since June 2013.
Dickerson and Starling Marte hit consecutive homers in a four-run second off Matt Harvey (5-6), who allowed eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings
Dickerson went 4 for 5 and finished the series with 21 total bases, helping the Pirates outscore the Reds by a combined 27-5. Last-place Cincinnati has lost four in a row.
Ivan Nova (6-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 4-1 in his last eight starts. He also singled to stop his hitless slide at 63 at-bats.
NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper homered and Max Scherzer (13-5) won his third straight start, striking out seven in six innings while allowing two runs and eight hits.
Kelvin Herrera got five outs for his first save with Washington, and Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in two runs.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 55 minutes by rain, and another downpour stopped play for almost 100 minutes between the sixth and seventh innings.
RAYS 6, MARLINS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson connected for a game-ending grand slam off Kyle Barraclough (0-4).
Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer struck out 13 in six innings. But he allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in front of scouts from several playoff contenders.
Adam Kolarek (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Slow-footed catcher Drew Butera broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run, inside-the-park home run off Zach Duke (3-4) when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning.
Kansas City swept a series for the first time since last July 24-26 at Detroit.
RANGERS 5, INDIANS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor drove in three runs, Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer and Texas withstood the heat on a 108-degree afternoon to stop a four-game losing streak.
Yovani Gallardo (4-1) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter against the AL Central leader, which had outscored Texas 25-11 in the first two games of the series.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke (11-5) allowed two hits and struck out a season-high 13 in eight innings to stop Colorado’s seven-game winning streak and move ahead of the Rockies back into second in the NL West, 1½ games behind the Dodgers.
Nick Ahmed drove in three runs with a two-run triple and bases-loaded walk.
MARINERS 8, WHITE SOX 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Ryon Healy hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs,.
Healy homered in a five-run first off Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) and in the eighth against Hector Santiago, giving him 20 homers and 53 RBIs this season.
Marco Gonzales (11-5) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did not give up a hit or a walk in the first five innings.
NEW YORK (AP) — The scheduled Subway Series finale between the New York Mets and New York Yankees has been postponed because of rain.
The game will be made up on Aug. 13 at Yankee Stadium.