David Ortiz hit two of Boston’s eight homers and also doubled for his 2,000th career hit on Wednesday night to lead the Red Sox to a 20-4 romp over the Detroit Tigers.
Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam, Ortiz had an RBI double to reach the milestone and Daniel Nava added a two-run homer when Boston pulled away with an eight-run sixth inning.
Ortiz homered again in the five-run seventh.
After scores of 3-0 and 2-1 in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox burst out with a franchise record-tying eight homers and a season-high 20 runs.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli and Ryan Lavarnway also homered for the Red Sox.
RAYS 3, ANGELS 1: Rookie Wil Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver, and Tampa Bay kept pace in the AL wild-card race.
Jeremy Hellickson (11-8) pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning of his first victory in nearly six weeks for the Rays.
Chris Iannetta hit a pinch-hit homer in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has lost 11 of 13 at home.
Weaver (9-8) yielded six hits over seven innings, but gave up two no-doubt shots to Myers, who hadn’t homered since Aug. 14.
INDIANS 6, ORIOLES 4: Cleveland, boosted by a good-luck chicken and a pair of RBIs from both Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn, beat Baltimore.
Indians pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for batting practice. The bird, supplied by a clubhouse workers from an area farm, was a gift to reliever Cody Allen.
The chicken spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland’s pitchers in front of the warning track in center field. Allen’s teammates gave him the nickname “Chicken Al” in spring training and the chicken has been named “Cody.”
ATHLETICS 11, RANGERS 4: Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers.
Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts.
Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland.
The A’s handed Yu Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season.
YANKEES 6, WHITE SOX 5: Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping New York hold off Chicago for a three-game sweep.
Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, trying to chase down a playoff berth with a late-season charge.
Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple and Lyle Overbay an RBI double in a four-run fourth against Erik Johnson (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
New York has won 17 of 24.
ASTROS 6, TWINS 5: Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Minnesota Twins.
Jonathan Villar singled to start the ninth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve. Crowe’s line drive to left field off Brian Duensing (6-2) allowed the speedy Villar to score easily, giving Houston its first win in six tries against Minnesota.
Ryan Doumit’s leadoff home run in the ninth tied it at 5.
MARINERS 6, ROYALS 4: Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning for Seattle.
Morales hit his 18th home run to straight away center on a 1-2 pitch from Aaron Crow (7-5).
Taijuan Walker, who became the youngest Mariners starting pitcher (21 years, 17 days) to pick up a victory in his major league debut on Friday at Houston, did not allow a hit over the first three innings. He left after five innings and 79 pitches.
GIANTS 13, PADRES 5: Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs, leading a rare power show by San Francisco in a win over San Diego.
Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs this season. He then hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, a leadoff drive in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth. The star third baseman also added a single against the Padres.
San Francisco hit six home runs overall. The Giants began the game tied with Miami for the fewest homers in the majors with 80.
CARDINALS 5, REDS 4: Matt Adams’ second homer sent St. Louis to a victory over Cincinnati in 16 innings, protecting the Cardinals’ hold on second place in the NL Central.
Adams broke an 0-for-17 slump by connecting in the 14th. After St. Louis let that lead get away, he homered again off Logan Ondrusek (3-1), ending the Reds’ longest game of the season.
The Cardinals had dropped the first two games in the series, letting the Reds get within a game and a half for second place.
ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 5: Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings to win his sixth consecutive decision, Todd Helton homered and the Rockies snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak with a victory.
De La Rosa (16-6) allowed two runs and six hits in matching his career high for wins in a season and tying Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann for most wins in the National League.
De La Rosa went 16-9 in 2009 for the Rockies.
Colorado built an early lead off Edinson Volquez, who was making his first start for Los Angeles after being signed last week by the Dodgers following his release by San Diego.
METS 5, BRAVES 2: Lucas Duda had three hits, including a home run, and Andrew Brown added a towering two-run shot to lead Dillon Gee and the Mets to a win over the Braves.
Gee (11-9) cruised after he was given a 5-0 lead in the third. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.
Freddie Freeman homered off Mets reliever Vic Black with two outs in the eighth.
The Mets had 12 hits, including 11 in only 4 1-3 innings against Kameron Loe (0-2), who made his first start in the majors since 2007.
CUBS 9, MARLINS 7: Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and the Cubs connected four times to beat the Marlins.
Murphy’s two-run shot put the Cubs ahead 8-7. Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each added solo home runs for Chicago.
The Cubs avoided a sweep and prevented the Marlins from winning four straight for the first time this season.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam for Miami and Logan Morrison had a two-run homer.
Rookie left-hander Brian Flynn lasted just four-plus inning in his debut, giving up three runs on six hits for the Marlins.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2: Jordan Zimmermann became the National League’s first 16-game winner, pitching seven solid innings to lead the Nationals past the Phillies.
Zimmermann (16-8) struck out five, walked one and allowed two runs in winning his fourth straight start.
Ryan Zimmerman’s solo shot in the seventh inning tied the game at 2.
Jake Diekman (1-4) walked the leadoff batter in the eighth, then allowed pinch-runner Jeff Kobernus to score on a fielder’s choice for the winning run.
The Nationals sat outfielder Bryce Harper to rest his ailing hip.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and Arizona avoided a three-game sweep with a win over Toronto.
Eric Chavez got the final rally started by blooping a single off Luis Perez (0-1) and pinch-runner Adam Eaton moved to third on A.J. Pollock’s single off Jeremy Jeffress. Bloomquist then singled through Toronto’s drawn-in infield to cap the Diamondbacks’ franchise record-tying 21st extra-inning inning game.
Rajai Davis homered for the second straight game for Toronto.