Blue Jays top Orioles for 10th straight win
TORONTO — Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Bautista had a two-run drive for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streak in 1987 and 1998.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-3) allowed three runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.
YANKEES 7, RAYS 5
NEW YORK — Vernon Wells broke out of his big slump with a pinch-hit, three-run double, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Rays.
Wells was in a 9-for-87 slide that landed him on the bench the past two days, with rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte starting in his place. But with the Yankees trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Wells batted for No. 9 hitter Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs.
Wells’ clutch hit got CC Sabathia (8-5) off the hook after he allowed five runs in seven innings. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alejandro De Aza drove in Jordan Danks with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, sending the White Sox to a victory over the Royals.
Jesse Crain (2-1) got through a shaky eighth inning for the White Sox, putting a runner on third with one out and then leaving him there. Addison Reed handled a perfect ninth for his 21st save.
Aaron Crow (3-3) was the loser.
TIGERS 10, RED SOX 3
DETROIT — Max Scherzer won his 11th straight decision to start the season, and Victor Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Tigers to a victory over Boston.
Scherzer (11-0) allowed two runs in the first, including a towering solo homer by David Ortiz, but Martinez’s drive put the Tigers ahead to stay.
Martinez also hit an RBI double in the fifth, and Scherzer shut down Boston after the first. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Allen Webster (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Scherzer became the first pitcher to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997, according to STATS.
INDIANS 8, TWINS 7
CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn had three hits and three RBIs to help Corey Kluber win his third consecutive start as the Indians won their fourth straight.
Cleveland took advantage of five first-inning walks to score six runs. Jason Kipnis added three hits to pace the Indians, who are 8-2 since losing eight in a row.
Kluber (6-4) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs in 21 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-3) walked five of the nine batters he faced, hit one and didn’t get through the first inning when Cleveland had only two hits.
MARINERS 7, ATHLETICS 5
SEATTLE — Nick Franklin had tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning for his third hit of the game, lifting the Mariners over the Athletics.
Brendan Ryan singled off Ryan Cook (1-1) to lead off the eighth. Ryan moved up on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Endy Chavez’s bunt single. Chavez took second on indifference before Franklin delivered a hit to right field to put the Mariners ahead by two.
Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Jerry Blevins in the seventh to pull Seattle to 5-all.
Yoervis Medina (2-2) earned the victory with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.
PIRATES 6, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Francisco Liriano took a shutout into the seventh inning, Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Gaby Sanchez hit solo homers, and left fielder Starling Marte threw a runner out at the plate, leading the Pirates to a victory over the Angels.
Liriano (6-3) allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked three. The Angels’ run came in the seventh, when rookie J.B. Shuck hit a ground-rule double just inside the right field line and Mike Trout drove him in with a two-out single.