ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tyson Ross allowed five hits in six strong innings to snap a three-start skid, Josh Reddick homered and Seth Smith hit a two-run double in the Oakland Athletics' 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Smith also doubled and scored on Josh Donaldson's sacrifice fly for the A's, who have won five of their last six road games and four straight at Angel Stadium. Kurt Suzuki drove in another run in Oakland's eighth win in 12 games overall, moving four games ahead of big-budget Los Angeles in the AL West standings.
Dan Haren (1-4) yielded six hits and four runs during another poor start for the Angels, who were shut out for the eighth time in 31 games.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 with an eighth-inning single, drawing scattered boos as his batting average improved to .197.
Ross (2-3) carved up the struggling Angels before three relievers contributed one scoreless inning apiece.
RED SOX 6, MARINERS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Jon Lester pitched his second complete game of the season and Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach each homered, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez added consecutive RBI doubles for the Red Sox, who won their fourth straight — all at home. Boston is on its longest home winning streak since capturing nine straight last July.
Lester (2-3) didn't allow a runner past second base until there was one out in the ninth. Kyle Seager's grounder scored the Mariners' run.
Lester allowed eight hits and didn't walk a batter in his eighth career complete game. He struck out six. He threw 119 pitches.
Jason Vargas (4-3) had his worst start of the season, allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings.
RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Cesar Ramos got his first career win after replacing the injured Jeff Niemann, and Ben Zobrist homered in Tampa Bay's win over Toronto.
Luke Scott and Sean Rodriguez each had two RBIs for the Rays, who have won two straight after losing six of their previous seven.
The Rays had to go to their bullpen early, with Niemann knocked out after he was struck on the right foot by Adam Lind's grounder in the first.
Ramos (1-0) allowed one run and two hits in three innings, walked three and struck out three, to win for the first time in 80 career appearances.
Tampa Bay broke it open with a six-run fifth, taking advantage of an error by Adam Lind to score five unearned runs off Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow (4-2).
INDIANS 5, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning to back Jeanmar Gomez's seven superb innings and lift the Cleveland Indians to a victory over Minnesota.
Choo's base hit off Twins closer Matt Capps (0-2) scored pinch-runner Lou Marson from second base, bailing out an Indians bullpen that squandered a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning.
Gomez allowed one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Casey Kotchman had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Joe Smith (3-1) picked up the win for the Indians.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, Curtis Granderson also connected, and the New York Yankees got three hits from Alex Rodriguez in a victory over the Orioles.
Teixeira had five hits in his previous 33 at-bats and was hitting .220 when he drove a 1-2 pitch from former Yankee Luis Ayala (1-1) into the right-field seats.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a bruised and sprained right foot.
David Phelps (1-1) entered in the sixth and got three outs. Rafael Soriano, the sixth New York pitcher, worked the ninth for his second save.
ROYALS 3, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bruce Chen pitched into the seventh inning for his second straight win and the Kansas City took advantage of Adrian Beltre's throwing error for a win at Texas.
Chen (2-4) has won his last two starts since a four-game losing streak. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two over 6 2-3 innings, giving up only a massive homer to Nelson Cruz.
Scott Feldman (0-1) allowed two unearned runs over 4 2-3 innings in his second spot start this season.
Feldman gave up three hits, the last a two-run single by No. 9 hitter Alicides Escobar right after third baseman Beltre's two-out throwing error.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Dayan Viciedo homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single to finish with four RBIs, helping the White Sox rally for a victory over Detroit.
Adam Dunn hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning for Chicago, surpassing his total from all of last year.
John Danks got off to a rough start for the White Sox, giving up three runs in the first. Danks surrendered five runs on nine hits in three innings of work — his shortest outing of the season.
Zach Stewart (1-1) earned the win, allowing only one hit over three scoreless innings.
Trailing 5-4, the White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against reliever Luke Putkonen (0-2).
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outpitched Ian Kennedy after exchanging brushback pitches with his fellow ace, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night without injured star Matt Kemp.
The Dodgers center fielder was sidelined by a strained left hamstring, ending his consecutive game streak at 399. It was the longest active streak in the majors until Monday. Andre Ethier homered in Kemp's absence as the Dodgers won their fifth straight.
Kershaw (3-1) scattered four hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked three, helping the Dodgers improve the best record in the majors to 24-11. The reigning NL Cy Young winner bounced back from winless starts against Colorado and San Francisco in which he gave up four home runs.
NATIONALS 8, PADRES 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit his first big league home run and Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady each connected in the eighth inning, leading the Washington Nationals to an 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
Harper became the youngest major leaguer to homer since 1998, going deep on a solo shot to straightaway center field in the third inning off right-hander Tim Stauffer. The home run came in the outfielder's 15th game and 54th at-bat with the Nationals.
Washington also lost another player to injury in a season that has been filled with them. Catcher Sandy Leon — making his major league debut — left the game in the fourth inning after spraining his right ankle in a collision at home plate.
Craig Stammen (3-0) got the win in relief, while Sean Burnett picked up his first save. Miles Mikolas (0-1) took the loss.
PHILLIES 5, ASTROS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Blanton pitched seven-plus strong innings and Placido Polanco homered for his 2,000th career hit to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Houston Astros.
Blanton (4-3) allowed six hits and one run, struck out seven and walked one while pitching in a steady light rain throughout. The right-hander continued his solid recent stretch, improving to 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last four starts.
Freddy Galvis had three hits and drove in a pair of runs and Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Phillies, who have won three of four since manager Charlie Manuel's much-publicized team meeting last Wednesday.
Marwin Gonzalez, pinch hitting to lead off the eighth, hit his first major league homer for the Astros' lone run. Lucas Harrell (2-3) took the loss.
REDS 3, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run with a double off the centerfield wall and the Cincinnati Reds scored two runs off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves.
The game was tied 1-1 when Drew Stubbs led off the eighth with an infield hit between the pitcher's mound and third base. Stubbs moved to second base on a wild pitch by Venters (2-2). With one out, Phillips drove in Stubbs with the double. Chris Heisey added another double, his third hit of the game, to drive in Phillips.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left the game after the seventh inning with blurred vision in his right eye. His status was to be updated after the game.
Logan Ondrusek (3-0) gave up one hit and one walk while recording two outs for the win, while Sean Marshall pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
METS 3, BREWERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Batista pitched seven shutout innings of four-hit ball and Daniel Murphy supplied the offense, sending the surprising New York Mets past the Milwaukee Brewers.
Given a vote of confidence by manager Terry Collins before the game, struggling closer Frank Francisco bounced back from a pair of rough outings to earn his ninth save. Murphy extended his recent tear at the plate by hitting an RBI single and scoring on a suicide squeeze — a play the Brewers failed to execute earlier.
The 41-year-old Batista (1-1), replacing injured Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, outpitched Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (2-4), who matched his career high with six walks in six shaky innings.
PIRATES 3, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Brad Lincoln pitched six innings to earn a victory in his first start of the season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a streak of eight consecutive losses against the Marlins.
Lincoln (3-0), who had come out of the bullpen in his seven previous appearances this season, departed for a pinch-hitter with a 3-2 lead and an ERA of 1.33. He allowed four hits and walked one.
The Pirates, who rank last in the majors in runs, won with only six hits. Rod Barajas, who came into the game batting .162, hit his second homer, and Pedro Alvarez put Pittsburgh ahead to stay with an RBI double in the sixth.
The Pirates hadn't beaten the Marlins since 2010 and went 0-6 against them last year. Miami's Anibal Sanchez (2-1) took the loss.
CUBS 6, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alfonso Soriano singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs sent the St. Louis Cardinals to their fourth straight loss at home.
Bryan LaHair had three hits for the Cubs, including a two-run homer to break a 1-for-14 slump. Chicago's late rally wasn't enough to make a winner of starter Ryan Dempster, whose winless streak reached 15 starts dating to last August.
Shawn Camp (2-1) allowed one hit in two innings of work and Rafael Dolis worked the ninth for his fourth save. Mitchell Boggs (0-1) took the loss.