Ortiz homers and doubles as Red Sox beat Rangers, 8-3
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, is congratulated by Mike Napoli after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. leaps unsuccessfully for a ball hit to center field for an RBI-triple by Texas Rangers' Alex Rios during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Rangers' Adrian Beltre scored on the play. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, left, tags out Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) attempting to score on a hit by Red Sox's Shane Victorino during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Boston Red Sox' Shane Victorino, right, connects for a single in front of Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez throws to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo, right, is congratulated by teammate Alex Rios (51) after scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Prince Fielder against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia connects for a double against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre, left, is congratulated by manager Ron Washington, right, after scoring on an RBI-triple hit by Alex Rios against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
David Ortiz homered and doubled, Shane Victorino drove in four runs with three hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 8-3, last night.
A night after they managed only a single by Ortiz off Yu Darvish, the Red Sox broke loose. And there will be no official scoring debates for Ortiz after he hit his seventh home run and lined a double into the right-field corner.
Jon Lester (4-4) gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, a week after striking out a career-high 15 against Oakland. The lefty struck out eight, matching Detroit’s Max Scherzer at 66 for the American League lead.
Angels 5, Blue Jays 3
Tyler Skaggs pitched into the ninth inning and retired 21 straight batters, leading Los Angeles over Toronto.
Rookie C.J. Cron hit his first major league homer and Chris Iannetta added a two-run shot as Angels won their sixth in a row at Toronto dating to 2012.
Angels bench coach Dino Ebel ran the team for the second straight day while Manager Mike Scioscia attended his daughter’s college graduation. Scioscia is due to return today.
TIGERS 9, TWINS 3
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run second inning, sending Max Scherzer and Detroit past Minnesota.
On a day when the Tigers honored former manager Jim Leyland, they won with a familiar formula they used to reach the playoffs under him: Power by Cabrera, the two-time AL MVP, and pitching by Scherzer, the reigning Cy Young Award winner.
Scherzer (5-1) wasn’t sharp yet still won, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out six – his team-record streak of fanning at least seven in seven starts to begin a season ended.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, WHITE SOX 3
Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings, Cody Ross had three hits and Arizona beat Chicago.
Miley (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. His only mistake came on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth inning that Paul Konerko hit over the left-field fence for a two-run home run.
Former White Sox closer Addison Reed flirted with disaster in his first meeting against his former team before getting his 11th save in 12 chances. Reed, who was traded to the Diamondbacks from the White Sox in the offseason, gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie, who ended up scoring on Alexei Ramirez’s two-out single. Ramirez stole second but was stranded after Reed got Konerko to bounce out to second.
RAYS 7, INDIANS 1
Erik Bedard gave up one hit in six shutout innings, James Loney had three hits and drove in two runs, and Tampa Bay broke a four-game skid with a victory over Cleveland.
Winning his second straight start after 15 consecutive starts without a win, Bedard gave up a double to Ryan Raburn in the second inning, Cleveland’s only hit until Lonnie Chisenhall led off the ninth with a single off Grant Balfour.
Juan Carlos Oviedo took over in the seventh for Bedard (2-1) and pitched two perfect innings.
Zach McAllister (3-3) gave up eight hits and five runs in 4 1-3 innings for the Indians, who had won four straight. McAllister is winless in four starts since winning three straight.
Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
Pedro Alvarez singled in the go-ahead run and Pittsburgh won its season-high fourth consecutive game.
Alvarez’s hit capped a four-run fourth inning against Lance Lynn (4-2) that helped the Pirates wipe out a 3-0 deficit.
Josh Harrison and Ike Davis each had two hits for the Pirates, who have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Cardinals in Pittsburgh. Harrison also hit an RBI single in the fourth.
Braves 2, Cubs 0
Ervin Santana pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to remain unbeaten, Ryan Doumit snapped a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit double in the seventh as Atlanta beat Chicago.
Santana (4-0) overcame a rain delay in the third inning and outlasted Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who had his long winless streak continue. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 1.45, second in the NL, but he is still without a win this season.
Rockies 11, Reds 2
Corey Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles, driving in a career-high four runs as Colorado routed Cincinnati.
Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki also homered for the Rockies. Nolan Arenado doubled twice, a day after his 28-game hitting streak ended.
Dodgers 6, Giants 2
Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tie game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning against San Francisco’s bullpen, Matt Kemp homered in the eighth and Los Angeles beat the NL West-leading Giants.
Zack Greinke (6-1) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three. The right-hander extended his streak to 20 consecutive starts in which he’s allowed fewer than three runs – the longest by any pitcher since the “dead ball” era.