Beltre’s blasts beat Baltimore
BALTIMORE — Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4 with two homers and a season-high five RBIs to help the surging Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night.
Beltre hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run drive in the fifth, both off Zach Britton (2-3). Beltre has six home runs in his last six games and is batting .488 (21-for-43) during an 11-game hitting streak that began on June 28.
Texas has won 14 of 19 to move a season-high 16 games over .500 (53-37) — tied for the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games. The Rangers have won four in a row on the road.
Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore is 3-12 in its last 15 regular-season games against Texas.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 4
DETROIT — Alex Rios tied an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift Chicago over Detroit.
Dayan Vicideo’s second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth, and they added three more in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer to give him a major league-high 92 RBIs and a .363 batting average.
He broke the franchise mark for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season
RED SOX 11, MARINERS 8
SEATTLE — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tiebreaking homer, Shane Victorino slugged the last of Boston’s five long balls, and the Red Sox snapped a three-game skid with a win over Seattle.
Boston rallied from an early 5-1 deficit, using two-run homers from Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli along with Bradley’s solo shot to come back against the Mariners. Pedroia and Napoli homered in the third inning, and Bradley gave Boston the lead in the fifth against Blake Beavan (0-2).
Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day.
Victorino’s drive was part of a three-run eighth.
Seattle was just as potent early, with Kendrys Morales going deep twice, but couldn’t solve the Red Sox bullpen. Alfredo Aceves, Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey kept the Mariners scoreless for 4 2/3 innings after starter Allen Webster was tagged for seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
ROYALS 3, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK — James Shields wiggled out of early trouble and got home run help from Billy Butler and David Lough as Kansas City sent New York to its third straight loss.
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain contributed four nifty catches, defensive replacement Elliot Johnson ranged a long way for a grounder, and Kansas City backed Shields (4-6) with a pair of double plays.
CC Sabathia (9-7) gave up seven hits in his second complete game.
Once again, the Yankees had trouble scoring. They’ve managed exactly one run in each of their last three games — not since 2005 had they scored one run or fewer in three straight, STATS said.
The hitting slump left the Yankees with a three-game home losing streak for the first time since they dropped four in a row in late July 2012.
Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 22nd save, and second in two nights.
INDIANS 3, BLUE JAYS 0
CLEVELAND — Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout as Cleveland defeated Toronto.
Jimenez (7-4) dodged constant trouble in six innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez blanked the Blue Jays the rest of the way. Perez allowed two hits in the ninth but earned his 10th save as the Indians completed their AL-leading 11th shutout.
Cleveland managed only four hits. Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley had RBI singles in the fourth when the Indians put together a walk and three straight singles off starter Josh Johnson (1-4), who gave up two runs in seven innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Toronto was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
RAYS 4, TWINS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, and Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help surging Tampa Bay extend its winning streak to a season-best six games with a victory over sputtering Minnesota.
Archer (3-3) limited the Twins to an unearned run and three hits to outpitch fellow rookie Kyle Gibson (1-2), who was done in by one bad inning in his third career start for Minnesota.
The Twins have lost nine of 10. The Rays matched their longest winning streak of the year and are 8-1 during a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the struggling Twins, White Sox and Astros leading up to the All-Star break.
Alex Torres, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney each pitched a scoreless inning for the Rays, with Rodney finishing a combined five-hitter for his 21st save.
Braves 6, Marlins 4
MIAMI — Justin Upton homered, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Atlanta Braves earn their 27th comeback victory.
The Braves, who lead the NL in come-from-behind wins, overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-3.
Pitchers for the two teams combined to retire 30 consecutive batters Monday, when Atlanta won 7-1 in 14 innings. But the second game of the series was a slugfest, with Upton leading the way.
He doubled home a run in the third, doubled and scored to make it 4-all in the fifth, then hit his 16th home run — but first since June 12 — leading off the seventh against reliever Ryan Webb.
DODGERS 6, D’BACKS 1
PHOENIX — Ricky Nolasco gave up four hits over seven innings in his Dodgers debut, and surging Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for its 14th victory in 17 games.
Nolasco (6-8), acquired Saturday in a trade with the Miami Marlins, also doubled and singled, driving in a run and scoring another.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs for Los Angeles, but Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4, snapping his 19-game hitting streak.
Ian Kennedy (3-5), facing the Dodgers for the first time since serving a 10-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl a month ago in Los Angeles, allowed six runs, five earned, and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He hit Ramirez with a pitch in the first inning.
The Dodgers pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 2
PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels threw eight sharp innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double, and Philadelphia beat Washington for its third straight win.
Hamels (4-11) allowed one run and six hits to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. The Phillies have won six of their past eight games.
Jayson Werth hit a solo homer for Washington. The defending NL East champs have lost two straight and are only 1 1/2 games ahead of third-place Philadelphia.
Making his third career start, Taylor Jordan (0-2) gave up four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Nats.
BREWERS 2, REDS 0
MILWAUKEE — Wily Peralta tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout, and Logan Schafer hit his first homer, a two-run shot that lifted Milwaukee to a victory over Cincinnati.
Peralta (6-9), whose start was pushed back from Sunday to give his aching left hamstring a couple extra days of rest, struck out six and walked four for his first complete game. It also was the Brewers’ first shutout and complete game of the season.
Tony Cingrani (3-1), was almost as effective as Peralta, allowing only two singles and Schafer’s home run, striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings.
Schafer was a last-minute replacement for Norichika Aoki.
CARDINALS 9, ASTROS 5
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright earned his 12th win to tie for the NL lead, pitching seven scoreless innings, and Matt Holliday hit his team-high 13th homer to lead the Cardinals to a win over the Astros.
Matt Carpenter had three hits and drove in three runs for St. Louis, which has won four in a row and five of six.
Houston dropped its ninth in the last 11 and leads the majors with 58 losses.
METS 10, GIANTS 6
SAN FRANCISCO — Marlon Byrd’s two-out grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning, and the Mets beat the Giants for their third consecutive win.
A day after needing 16 innings to top the Giants in a game that ended at 12:42 a.m., the Mets squandered leads of 3-2 and 5-3 but held off the slumping World Series champions by scoring five times against their bullpen.
PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1
SAN DIEGO — Eric Stults pitched a four-hitter, Alexi Amarista drove in two runs, and the Padres snapped their 10-game losing streak with a win over the Rockies.
Stults (7-7) struck out five and walked three in the complete game, supporting his cause with two hits. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when Josh Rutledge legged out an infield hit on a grounder to shortstop. He lost his shutout in the ninth when he gave up a one-out double to Wilin Rosario and a two-out RBI single to pinch-hitter Nolan Arenado.
CUBS 7, ANGELS 2
CHICAGO — Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season high five home runs, and Travis Wood earned his first win in nearly six weeks in a victory over Los Angeles.
Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney also homered for Chicago.
Wood (6-6) gave up four hits over 6 2/3 innings and retired 14 straight from the second inning into the sixth for his first victory since May 30.
Rizzo and Soriano hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, Castro hit a solo homer to center in the third, and Barney hit a three-run homer in the sixth. All came off Joe Blanton (2-11), who leads the majors in losses.
ATHLETICS 2, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH — Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and the Athletics beat the Pirates.
Straily (6-2) struck out seven and walked three in 6 1/3 innings for his second straight strong outing. Grant Balfour worked the ninth to remain perfect in 24 save chances this season. The A’s have won 10 of 13.