Cruz puts charge in Texas win
Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and tied his career high with eight RBIs, Josh Hamilton hit his 19th home run of the season and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 14-3, Friday night in Arlington, Texas.
Cruz went 4 for 5, with a three-run double in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (5-3) was knocked out after recording just two outs in the first. He allowed six runs and five hits in the shortest start of his career.
Adrian Beltre’s two-run single and Cruz’s bases-loaded double gave the Rangers a 5-0 lead before Mitch Moreland’s RBI single capped the scoring in the first inning.
Derek Holland (4-3) struck out a season-high nine, while allowing two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 15th home run of the season for the Blue Jays, who have lost three in a row.
Marlins 7, Giants 6 - Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Tim Lincecum in the sixth inning as Miami rallied past visiting San Francisco. Coghlan was batting .104 when he hit his first home run since last June 11. Lincecum (2-5) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings, which hiked his ERA to 6.41.
Orioles 8, Royals 2 - Jason Hammel pitched six shutout innings, Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs, and host Baltimore cruised past Kansas City. Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy had two RBIs apiece for the Orioles. Hammel (6-1) gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
Mets 6, Padres 1 - Dillon Gee struck out a career-high nine and doubled and scored the go-ahead run to lead New York over visiting San Diego. Gee (4-3) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.
Pirates 1, Cubs 0 - A.J. Burnett and four relievers worked out of trouble all game as host Pittsburgh sent Chicago to its 10th straight loss. Burnett (3-2) gave up six hits, struck out six, and walked two over 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Dempster (0-3) is winless since last August.
Nationals 7, Braves 4 - Rick Ankiel hit a two-run triple in a four-run first inning, Ryan Zimmerman added a three-run double in the seventh, and first-place Washington picked up a road win, sending Atlanta to its fifth straight loss. Chien-Ming Wang (1-0) won his season debut, giving up one run in three innings after taking over for Ross Detwiler.
Rockies 6, Reds 3 - Todd Helton had a two-run homer and drove in three runs to lead Colorado past Cincinnati, ending the host’s six-game winning streak. Troy Tulowitzki added three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth.
White Sox 9, Indians 3 - Adam Dunn hit his 15th homer, and A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo each went deep for the second night in a row, to lead host Chicago over Cleveland for their seventh win in eight games. Pierzynski also tripled and scored three runs while driving in two to help Jose Quintana (1-0), who allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in his first major league start.
Tigers 10, Twins 6 - Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs as the struggling Detroit offense broke out in a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis. Alex Avila drove in three runs on two doubles, Drew Smyly (2-1) gave up four runs - three earned - on six hits in five innings and Brennan Boesch added three hits and two RBIs in the win.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 - Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, his team-leading 11th, in the 10th inning off Jason Motte to give Philadelphia the win at St. Louis. Raul Valdes (2-0) struck out Tyler Greene and Matt Holliday with two on in the ninth inning.
Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 1 - Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart homered and Yovani Gallardo (3-4) improved to 6-0 in six career starts against Arizona in Milwaukee’s victory in Phoenix.
Yankees 6, Athletics 3 - Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher hit two-run homers and Robinson Cano added a solo shot, all off Tyson Ross (2-5) to help New York win for the seventh straight time in Oakland. Ivan Nova (5-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.
Angels 6, Mariners 4 - Pinch hitter Howie Kendrick broke a tie in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run single off closer Brandon League (0-4), and Los Angeles rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat host Seattle.
Astros 3, Dodgers 1 - Lucas Harrell took a shutout into the eighth inning, J.D. Martinez homered and Houston used four relievers in the eighth to get out of a bases-loaded jam and secure the win at Los Angeles.