Scherzer earns 12th win...Orioles top Yanks...Bucs' Cole improves to 4-0
UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer is the first starting pitcher to win 12 consecutive decisions to begin a season in more than a quarter century. Scherzer allowed three runs, four hits, walked one and struck out nine in seven innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3. Miguel Cabrera slugged a pair of towering home runs for the Tigers, while Cecil Field had an equally impressive blast.
Elsewhere in the AL:
— Jason Kipnis reached base six times and scored four runs, and Ryan Raburn homered and drove in four as the Cleveland Indians rallied from five down to pound the Chicago White Sox 19-10 in first game of a doubleheader. Cleveland also rallied for a 9-8 win in the second game, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth. Nick Swisher drove a solo home run deep to right for the game winning run.
— Jonny Gomes broke a tie with a seventh-inning single and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 despite squandering a five-run lead. The Red Sox won their fourth in a row and improved to 49-33, the best record in the AL.
— Nate McLouth hit a tiebreaking homer off CC Sabathia in the seventh inning, Manny Machado had two RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-3.
— Eric Hosmer hit two of Kansas City's season-high four home runs, while James Shields pitched six strong innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3. Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas also homered for the Royals.
— An eighth inning throwing error by Astros' shortstop Ronny Cedeneo allowed pinch-runner Peter Bourjos to score the go-ahead run and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 4-2 victory in Houston.
In the National League:
— Julio Teheran pitched six strong innings, Andrelton Simmons homered as the East-leading Braves stifled the West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 in Atlanta. It's the first time the Diamondbacks have been shut out this season.
— Ian Desmond doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied after a dominant Matt Harvey departed, overtaking the New York Mets for a 6-4 win. Harvey struck out 11 and left with a 4-1 lead after seven innings. But Ryan Zimmerman lined a three-run double with two outs in the eighth that made it 4-all.
— Gerrit Cole overcame a rocky start to become the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts in more than a century as Pittsburgh thumped the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3. Cole gave up three runs in the first inning but no more as he made it through six innings, allowing eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
— Will Venable drove in three runs and saved one with a diving catch in right field to help the San Diego Padres beat Ricky Nolasco and the Miami Marlins, 9-2. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer for the Padres and had three of their 15 hits.
— Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a home run and Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES' cha-SEEN') pitched eight scoreless innings as the Colorado Rockies beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1. Wilin Rosario also went deep and Jordan Pacheco had three hits for the Rockies, who moved within three games of Arizona in the NL West.
— The Philadelphia Phillies snapped the Dodgers' six-game winning streak with 16-1 battering. Delmon Young had a career-high six RBIs, helping John Lannan breeze to his first victory with Philadelphia, and the Phillies got homers from Michael Young and John Mayberry.
In interleague play:
— The AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the struggling Cincinnati Reds 4-0, as Martin Perez pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning for the Rangers. The Reds have lost six of their last seven. They also have more concerns about right-hander Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh). The Reds' opening day starter left in the second inning because of tightness in his right side. He's already been on the disabled list twice this season.
— Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of one-run ball to win his eighth straight start, powering the Oakland Athletics past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. The 40-year-old allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one to improve his record to 11-2. The loss drops St. Louis a game behind Pittsburgh for the best record in the majors and the NL Central lead.
— Mike Zunino hit a game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift The Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
NASCAR-QUAKER STATE 400
Earnhardt sets record to take Kentucky pole
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — The questions during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday were how many drivers would raise Kentucky Speedway's record and by how much.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided the best answer of the eight that broke it, clocking 183.636 mph to wrest the mark from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson and the pole for Saturday night's race. Earnhardt's speed was nearly 2 mph faster than Johnson's last June.
Carl Edwards grabbed the outside front in the No. 99 Ford. Johnson settled for third with Kyle Busch fourth in a Toyota.
Brad Keselowski wins rain-shortened Nationwide race at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened victory Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Showers halted the race at lap 170 in the scheduled 200-lap event, but drivers were expecting it to resume before another pocket of rain forced officials to call it off. Keselowski settled for doing victory spinouts, being careful to avoid sliding into the wall on a night mostly spent on firm footing.
Inbee Park leads US Women's Open at 9 under with second round suspended by fog
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Inbee Park leads the U.S. Women's Open, after shooting a 4-under 68 before the mist rolled in off the Peconic Bay and the second round was suspended at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.
Park is 9-under for the tournament to lead fellow South Korean I.K. Kim by two strokes. Park is seeking to win the year's first three majors; no one has accomplished that feat in a season with at least four.
Of the players yet to finish the round, the closest, England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, was five strokes back with three holes to go.
Second round update
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Roberto Castro finished second round play tied for the clubhouse lead during the second round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. Spieth shot a 5-under-66 to finish 7-under par overall, while Castro shot a 2-under-69.
D.H. Lee is in the clubhouse at 5-under.
Storms halted play early. Andres Romero was at 5 under with five holes remaining. No one else was within four shots of the lead.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Second round suspended in Senior Players
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fred Couples was the on-course leader when second round play was suspended at the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.
Couples birdied 7 of his first 11 holes to take the lead before heavy rains hit. He is two shots ahead of John Huston (HYOO'-stuhn), who is four under through 15 holes.
Jeff Hart is the clubhouse leader after completing his round. He's at 7-under for the tournament.
Play will resume at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.
Depleted field continues play
LONDON (AP) — Men's No. 2 Andy Murray was the highest seed in action on Day 5 at Wimbledon. He defeated 32nd seed Tommy Robredo (roh-BRAY'-doh), 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
Men's fourth-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') defeated fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
The player who stunned Roger Federer in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets didn't stick around very long. Sergiy Stakhovsky fell to Jurgen Melzer in four sets Friday in the third round.
Last year's women's semifinalist Angelique Kerber joined the list of seeded players knocked out of the tournament. The seventh-seed lost to 46th-ranked Kaia Kanepi (KY'-uh kuh-NEP'-ee). Kanepi will now face American wild-card entry Alison Riske (RISK), who has reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
In doubles play, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan opened their bid for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title with a win.
Allen returning to Heat
MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen is returning to the Miami Heat next season.
Allen exercised his $3.2 million player option Friday, barely a week after the Heat finished off the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals in seven games. Allen turns 38 next month, yet still played in 102 games during the regular season and playoffs for Miami. That was the most appearances by any player in the league this past season. Allen averaged 10.9 points in the regular season, and 10.2 points in the playoffs for the Heat.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Bobcats have extended a qualifying offer to guard Gerald Henderson, making him a restricted free agent, but not to center Byron Mullens. The qualifying offer of $4.2 million to Henderson will allow the Bobcats to match any offer he receives from another team.
Alfredsson return to Sens...Canadiens buyout Kaberle
UNDATED (AP) — Daniel Alfredsson will be returning for an 18th season with the Ottawa Senators. The 40-year-old Alfredsson had been contemplating retirement after last season, but the Senators received word from his agent Friday letting them know he'd be back. The Swede had 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games last season and four goals, six assists in 10 playoff games.
Elsewhere, the Montreal Canadiens used a compliance buyout on defenseman Tomas Kaberle (KAB'-ur-lay). The 14-year NHL veteran had a year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million.
And the Columbus Blue Jackets have added a year to head coach Todd Richards's contract. He's now signed through the 2014-15 season.