Nava, Aceves power Boston past Tampa Bay


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alfredo Aceves threw six solid innings, Daniel Nava homered, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Aceves (3-1), recalled before the game from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed one run, four hits and four walks. This is the right-hander’s third stint with the Red Sox this season.

Nava put the Red Sox up 2-0 on a third-inning, two-run homer off Chris Archer (1-2), who gave up two runs, four hits and four walks. He struck out seven over four innings. The Rays right-hander exuberantly left the mound after striking out Nava with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

ASTROS 6, MARINERS 1

SEATTLE —Houston rallied to score six runs off closer Tom Wilhelmsen in the ninth inning and beat Seattle, snapping a six-game losing streak and giving the Astros their first victory this season when trailing after eight innings.

Trailing 1-0, Jason Castro and J.D. Martinez led off with a pair of singles and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Carlos Corporan. After an intentional walk of Carlos Pena, Chris Carter doubled off the wall in left field to score a pair and give the Astros their first lead of the game. Another intentional walk loaded the bases again and brought the hook for Wilhelmsen (0-2), who blew his fourth save in his last nine tries.

INDIANS 5, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jason Kipnis had a home run among his three hits, and Cleveland got a series-clinching victory over Texas.

A night after ending an eight-game losing streak, and a span of 12 straight losses away from home, the Indians earned consecutive victories to clinch their first road series in a month.

ANGELS 9, ORIOLES 5

BALTIMORE — Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple, and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning, helping Los Angeles beat Baltimore to stop a four-game losing streak.

Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help the Angels avert a three-game sweep and put a positive finish on a 2-4 trip that began in Boston.

ROYALS 3, TIGERS 2 (10)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth, and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th as Kansas City overcame Justin Verlander’s seven scoreless innings in a victory over Detroit.

Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season.

ATHLETICS 5, YANKEES 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and Oakland beat New York for its 10th consecutive home victory.

Moss’ power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third straight decision.

Moss hit his 10th homer in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected twice April 29 against the Angels. Of his five hits over 40 at-bats in his last 19 games, all are home runs.

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TWINS 4, PHILLIES 3

MINNEAPOLIS — Clete Thomas had a career-high four hits for Minnesota and came home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, sending Philadelphia to its fifth straight loss.

Thomas went 4-for-4 with two RBI doubles.