Orioles 4, Rays 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Nick Johnson's first homer in two years gave Baltimore a seventh-inning lead, and the Orioles edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a duel for first place in the AL East.
Johnson's two-run drive off Joel Peralta (0-2) put the Orioles in front 4-3, and the bullpen made the margin stand up. After spending last season in the minors, Johnson received an invite to spring training, made the team and was batting .143 before his game-changing home run.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis (mar-KAY'-kihs) also connected for the Orioles, who lead the majors with 53 homers.
Darren O'Day (3-0) pitched the seventh, Pedro Strop worked a perfect eighth and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for his 10th save.
Yankees 6, Mariners 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL'ih-BAHN'-yehz) hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off former Seattle teammate Felix Hernandez with two outs in the sixth inning, Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') had four hits and the New York Yankees overcame a home run by Jesus Montero to beat the Mariners 6-2 Friday night.
Hernandez (3-2) lost for the first time at new Yankee Stadium, where the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner had allowed just one earned run in 24 innings coming in.
Hiroki Kuroda (3-4) improved to 3-1 at home, allowing a solo homer to Dustin Ackley leading off the game and another in the sixth to Montero, acquired by the Mariners in the January trade that sent Michael Pineda to New York.
Cano had three singles and double. He is 12 for 20 in his last five games, raising his average from .255 to .308. He is 14 for 34 (.412) against Hernandez in his career.
Andruw Jones added the first home run by a Yankees pinch-hitter since September 2010, a two-run drive in the eighth off Steve Delabar.
White Sox 5, Royals 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn hit his 11th homer to match his total from last season, leading Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Dunn's long homer to right off Felipe Paulino gave Floyd the lead in the first. It was Dunn's sixth homer in his last 10 games.
Floyd (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2-3 strong innings.
Red Sox 7, Indians 5
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had three hits and three RBIs to back a solid outing by Clay Buchholz, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 Friday night to snap a three-game skid.
Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run double and Daniel Nava, called up from the minors Thursday, made a pair of outstanding defensive plays to help the last-place Red Sox (13-19) win for only the second time this month. Boston had lost 11 of its last 12 home games and eight of nine overall.
David Ortiz went 1 for 3 and scored a run but left in the seventh due to a sore left heel. Ortiz was involved in a minor car accident on his way to Fenway Park but said before the game that he was uninjured.
Athletics 11, Tigers 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Inge (ihnj) hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the fourth time in five games, Josh Reddick homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics pounded the Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Friday night.
Inge sent a 2-1 pitch into the elevated left-field bleachers in the sixth inning for his fifth homer of the year and fourth since joining the A's on April 30 after the Tigers cut him. It was his second longball in two nights after he hit a grand slam in Thursday's 10-6 loss. Inge also delivered a game-ending grand slam on Tuesday against Toronto.
Inge's big bat backed Tommy Milone (5-2), who struck out six in seven innings to win for the fourth time in five starts.
Rick Porcello (3-3) took the loss.
Rangers 10, Angels 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton hit two more home runs, Yu Darvish struck out seven and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 in a rain-interrupted game Friday night when C.J. Wilson faced only five batters against his old team.
Both of Hamilton's solo homers came after a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning when the Rangers went ahead to stay against Wilson (4-3), their No. 1 starter last season who left in free agency after their second consecutive World Series appearance.
Hamilton had three hits and his second multihomer game this week. The other was Tuesday night in Baltimore when the slugger became only the 16th player in major league history with four in a game.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darin Mastroianni got his first major league hit and drove in three runs to help the Minnesota Twins overcome Jose Bautista's two homers in a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Ryan Doumit added two RBIs and Denard Span had two hits and scored twice in a game that lasted 3 hours, 17 minutes, after rain delayed the first pitch for 1 hour, 51 minutes
Bautista hit two solo homers, raising his total at spacious Target Field to nine in nine career games.
Eric Thames and Edwin Encarnacion also homered for Toronto, which lost for just the second time in nine games at Target Field.
With the potential tying run on third and Matt Capps on the mound in the ninth, Bautista popped up to third base to end the game.
It was Capps's sixth save in six chances.
Phillies 7, Padres 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and John Mayberry Jr. homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Vance Worley (3-2) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out nine, in six innings to help the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.
Placido Polanco had a pair of doubles for Philadelphia, which was playing its first game after manager Charlie Manuel's much-publicized team meeting on Wednesday with the slumping five-time NL East defending champs who entered Friday four games below .500.
Astros 1, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bud Norris allowed three hits in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night.
Brian Bogusevic tripled and scored in the second to provide all the offense the Astros needed in support of Norris (3-1), who struck out eight without walking a batter.
Brett Myers pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Pittsburgh's James McDonald (2-2) extended his impressive start, giving up just four hits in eight innings while striking out eight and walking two.
Norris worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the sixth and Houston's improved bullpen made it stand up.
Marlins 6, Mets 5
MIAMI (AP) — Greg Dobbs' single with two outs in the ninth inning scored Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) from second base with the winning run Friday night, and the Miami Marlins rallied to end the New York Mets' five-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory.
The Marlins scored twice in the ninth off Frank Francisco to win for the ninth time in 10 games. They were coming off an 8-1 trip, the best in franchise history.
The Mets overcame an early 3-0 deficit and entered the ninth on the verge of their fourth consecutive comeback win.
The Marlins trailed 5-4 when Giancarlo Stanton led off the ninth with a double off Francisco (1-2). Stanton scored on a single by Emilio Bonifacio, who stole second, and Dobbs singled on the first pitch.
Nationals 7, Reds 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa each hit a two-run homer Friday night in one of Washington's biggest scoring splurges of the season, leading the light-hitting Nationals to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Washington matched its season high for runs by taking advantage of Mike Leake (0-5), who lasted three innings and remained winless in six starts. He gave up seven hits and six runs, including the homers by Bernadina and Espinosa.
It's the second time Leake has failed to last four innings this season.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (4-1) struck out a season-high nine batters — including six in a row — but lasted only five innings because of a high pitch count. His performance came one day after Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Pirates, including seven in a row.
Diamondbacks 5, Giants 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run since his initial at-bat of the season, rookie Patrick Corbin allowed three hits over seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday night.
A.J. Pollock added his first major league homer for the Diamondbacks. Both long balls came off Madison Bumgarner (5-2), who had won five in a row since losing his first start of the season at Arizona on April 7.
Corbin (2-1) struck out four with no walks.
Melky Cabrera homered for the Giants, who have lost nine straight to the Diamondbacks dating to last season.
Braves 9, Cardinals 7, 12 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 9-7 on Friday night, ruining the Cardinals' celebration honoring former manager Tony La Russa.
Dan Uggla homered and Michael Bourn had three hits for the Braves. Craig Kimbrel gave up a hit but struck out two for his NL-leading 11th save in 12 chances.
Carlos Beltran homered twice during a four-hit day for the Cardinals that also included a two-run triple. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig also went deep.
A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Cardinals retire La Russa's No. 10 in a pregame ceremony that included several of the managers' former players. But seven Atlanta relievers combined for 7 1-3 innings of one-run ball, helping the Braves end a seven-game losing streak in St. Louis that included a three-game sweep last September that propelled the Cardinals past Atlanta for the NL wild card on the way to their second World Series championship in five years.
St. Louis loaded the bases in the 10th and 11th but came up empty against Livan Hernandez (1-0). Pinch-hitter David Freese grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the 10th and Craig popped out to second to end the 11th.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Capuano won his fourth straight outing and the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur), Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) to open a six-game lead in the NL West with a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Capuano (5-0) equaled the best start of his eight-year career, allowing a run and four hits through seven innings with three strikeouts and no walks. The left-hander, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract as a free agent in December, retired 17 of 18 batters during one stretch before Michael Cuddyer hit a two-out solo homer in the seventh on Capuano's 101st pitch to end his scoreless streak at 24 2-3 innings.
Jamie Moyer (1-3) gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings and struck out seven.
Brewers 8 Cubs 7, 13 Innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Hart sent Lendy Castillo's first pitch back up the middle to end the game after five hours, four minutes. Castillo (0-1) plunked Rickie Weeks on the left hand and Ryan Braun in the back before Aramis Ramirez hit a flare single to right to bring Hart to the plate.
Hart also hit a two-run homer in the ninth to tie it at 7. Vinnie Chulk (1-0) pitched the final two innings for his first victory since Aug. 19, 2007, for San Francisco against the Los Angeles Dodgers.