White Sox 7, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Philip Humber (UM'-buhr) won for the first time since throwing a perfect game in April, and the Chicago White Sox extended their winning streak to seven games by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Hideki Matsui (hih-DEK'-ee mat-SOO'-ee) homered in his Tampa Bay debut. The Rays purchased the 2009 World Series MVP's contract from Triple-A Durham before the game.
Humber (2-2) was 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA over six starts since his gem against Seattle on April 21. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings Tuesday.
Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo both had two RBIs for the White Sox, who have won six in a row on the road.
Royals 8, Indians 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Moustakas had a career-best four RBIs to help rookie Will Smith get his first major league win, leading the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Moustakas hit a two-run homer off Justin Masterson (2-4) in the first and singled in two runs in the second.
That was more than enough support for Smith (1-1), who allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The left-hander rebounded nicely after being thumped by the New York Yankees in his major league debut last week.
Humberto Quintero added two RBIs as the Royals, despite three errors and 12 strikeouts, improved to 15-11 on the road.
Masterson, who beat Detroit ace Justin Verlander in his previous start, allowed seven earned runs in six innings.
Blue Jays 8, Orioles 6
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie had three hits and three RBIs, Ricky Romero won for the seventh time in nine starts against Baltimore and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Orioles 8-6 Tuesday night.
The bottom three hitters in Toronto's lineup, Lawrie, David Cooper and Rajai Davis, went a combined 8 for 12 with six RBIs and scored four runs.
Lawrie also made a spectacular sliding catch in foul territory for the second out of the ninth inning, helping the Blue Jays out of a late jam.
Adam Jones hit two homers, extending his hitting streak to 20 games, and Chris Davis added a two-run drive but it wasn't enough for Baltimore. The Orioles have lost four straight and seven of nine, but remain tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz homered and hit two doubles, and the Boston Red Sox moved above .500 for the first time this season, tagging Justin Verlander for 10 hits in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Verlander (5-3) lost his second straight start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on May 18. The reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner allowed five runs on 10 hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings.
Daniel Bard (5-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Mariners 10, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Jaso drove in three runs, Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Jaso's two-run homer in the second put the Mariners ahead to stay on way to matching their highest run total this season. They scored twice with two outs in the fifth for a 4-1 lead after third baseman Adrian Beltre's throwing error.
That troubled fifth for Scott Feldman (0-3) and the Rangers came at the same time team president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels were announcing that Texas had reached a minor league deal with free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt.
Josh Hamilton hit his majors-best 21st homer and drove in all three runs for the Rangers.
Twins 3, Athletics 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Justin Morneau added two doubles for the Twins, who trailed 2-0 heading into the ninth thanks to a strong start from A's right-hander Jarrod Parker.
But Jamey Carroll led off the ninth with a single against Brian Fuentes (2-1), who then walked Denard Span. With two out, Willingham hit a 1-0 pitch into the bullpen and was mobbed by teammates at home plate.
The Athletics squandered another late-inning lead to lose for the seventh time in a row. The Twins ended Ryan Cook's 23-inning scoreless streak in the eighth inning Monday en route to a 5-4 victory.
Angels 5, Yankees 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) and Mark Trumbo homered, Dan Haren pitched into the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their longest winning streak in nearly three years to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Mike Trout hit a run-scoring triple for the Angels, who have won 11 of 15. After a rough start to a season of high expectations, Los Angeles (26-25) is above .500 for the first time since opening day.
Haren (3-5) had seven strikeouts and no walks, coming through with a strong start after the Los Angeles bullpen had to pitch nine innings in relief of injured ace Jered Weaver during Monday's 9-8 victory.
Andy Pettitte (2-2) yielded nine hits and five runs over seven-plus innings for the Yankees.
Cubs 5, Padres 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Alfonso Soriano homered, Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) struck out eight in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 at Wrigley Field.
Soriano hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth. After going homerless in his first 30 games this season, Soriano has seven home runs in his last 13 games.
Samardzija (5-3) allowed eight hits and was one strikeout from tying his career high. He departed after Will Venable's RBI triple with no outs in the eighth. Shawn Camp kept the lead intact, getting Carlos Quentin on a fly to left to end the inning.
James Russell got the last two outs for his first career save.
Samardzija also singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth on his own bobblehead day.
Quentin homered and had three hits for San Diego. His drive deep into the left-field bleachers on the first pitch of the fifth was his first home run as a Padre.
The Cubs won their second straight win after snapping a 12-game losing streak with an 11-7 win over San Diego on Monday. The Padres have lost five straight and eight of nine. San Diego dropped a game behind Chicago for the worst record in the National League.
Braves 5, Cardinals 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer, Michael Bourn also went deep and the Atlanta Braves snapped their longest losing streak in more than two years byholding off the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 to end an eight-game skid.
Bourn led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer of the season, tying a career high. Uggla made it 4-0 in the third, sending one into the seats in left-center.
Randall Delgado (3-5) worked into the sixth, allowing three runs. The Cardinals closed within a run in the seventh on Yadier Molina's (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nahz) third RBI of the night, a run-scoring single. Molina went 4-for-4, including a solo homer. But Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Jake Westbook (4-4) took the loss.
Marlins 3, Nationals 1
MIAMI (AP) — Anibal Sanchez allowed only an unearned run in seven innings to remain unbeaten in 19 starts against Washington, and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-1 Tuesday night to break the franchise record for victories in a month.
The Marlins are 20-8 since May 1, best in the majors, and they're six games above .500 for the first time since last June 4.
Greg Dobbs, pinch-hitting for Sanchez, drove in the run that put Miami ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Hanley Ramirez hit his eighth homer leading off the eighth.
Sanchez (3-3) allowed only three hits and one walk and lowered his ERA to 2.56.
Edwin Jackson (1-3) allowed only two runs, one earned, in 6 2-3 innings.
Mets 6, Phillies 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Hefner earned his first victory in the majors, highlighting the occasion by homering for his first big league hit as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on a rainy Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old rookie became the first major league pitcher to hit his first homer in his first win since 2002, when Dennis Tankersley did it with San Diego, STATS LLC said.
Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a two-run homer and newcomer Omar Quintanilla doubled twice and singled to help New York win for the fourth time in five games. After a storm delay of 64 minutes in the eighth inning, the Mets improved to 6-2 against Philadelphia this year.
Reds 8, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jay Bruce had three hits, including a pair of doubles, Todd Frazier drove in two runs to cap an eventful day and the Cincinnati Reds cruised by the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Tuesday night.
Homer Bailey (4-3) gave up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out four while pitching his second career complete game.
Frazier doubled and tripled in his first two at-bats hours after saving a Pittsburgh restaurant-goer from choking on a piece of steak by giving him the Heimlich maneuver.
Charlie Morton (2-6) struggled with his trademark sinker and the Reds took advantage by knocking him around soggy PNC Park following a nearly 2-hour rain delay.
The Pirates were looking for their first five-game winning streak since September 2010 but faltered on a night Morton took another step backward.
Brewers 2, Dodgers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer, getting back at Dodgers fans who booed his every move and leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Mike Fiers (1-0) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking none in his first major league start and third appearance after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up his only run when Andre Ethier doubled home Ivan De Jesus in the sixth for his NL-leading 43rd RBI.
Braun, who beat out Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp for NL MVP last season, homered in the first inning.
Giants 3, D-Backs 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Melky Cabrera got his 50th hit of the month to spark the go-ahead rally and Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Posey drove in Cabrera with an RBI double in the sixth inning to tie the game and followed Cabrera's single in the eighth with a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Theriot to make it 2-1 and help the Giants win for the 12th time in 18 games.
Cabrera finished with three hits to pass Willie Mays for the second most productive month in San Francisco history — one shy of the record set by Randy Winn in September 2005. The Giants have one game left this month.