MLB ROUNDUP: Ortiz hits two homers (again)
David Ortiz homered twice for the second straight game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Ortiz went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, one night after a four-hit performance against his former team. Both of his home runs — off Kevin Correia (1-5) in the third inning and Caleb Theilbar in the fifth — traveled more than 400 feet into the right-field upper deck at Target Field, where he’s batting .528 (28 of 53) in 13 career games.
It was more than enough for Felix Doubront (2-3), who allowed a run on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and retired nine straight at one point.
WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 2: Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Chicago snap a four-game losing streak. Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game for the White Sox, who rallied against Oakland’s bullpen to end a seven-game losing streak at the Coliseum. John Jaso and Josh Donaldson hit solo homers off Andre Rienzo for the Athletics. Abreu, a rookie slugger from Cuba, is the fourth player in major league history to hit 15 homers in his first 42 games, joining Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner.
TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 5: Rajai Davis homered, and Detroit overcame a rare shaky performance by Justin Verlander to complete a three-game sweep. The Tigers have won 12 of their past 15 games, including eight in a row on the road. Baltimore has lost four straight. Verlander (5-2) allowed a season-high five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. He still improved to 7-0 in eight outings at Camden Yards. But it was the first time in 15 games a Detroit starter allowed more than three runs.
RAYS 2, MARINERS 0: Jake Odorizzi pitched one-hit ball for six innings, but Tampa Bay lost All-Star Ben Zobrist in a win. Zobrist dislocated his left thumb on a head-first slide while trying to steal second base in the fifth. The valuable all-purpose player jammed himself into the bag after being tagged out. Odorizzi (2-3) picked up his first win since the opening week of the season, teaming with three relievers on a combined two-hitter. Brandon Maurer (1-2) and the Seattle bullpen held the Rays to three hits.
INDIANS 15, BLUE JAYS 4: David Murphy had five hits and five RBIs and Lonnie Chisenhall had five hits and an RBI and Cleveland beat Toronto. Corey Kluber (4-3) pitched seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered as the Indians set season-highs with 22 hits and 15 runs in winning for the sixth time in eight games. Infielder Steve Tolleson came on to record the final out in the ninth inning after Gomes drilled a three-run homer off Neil Wagner.
ASTROS 5, RANGERS 4: Matt Dominguez hit an RBI single off the right-field wall in the ninth inning and Houston won a series against their in-state rivals for the first time since 2008. The Astros took two of three after losing 15 straight series to the Rangers. Dexter Fowler singled with one out in the ninth, Jason Castro drew a walk and Dominguez hit a long fly ball off Nick Martinez (0-1). Alex Rios hit a solo homer, Adrian Beltre had three hits and Prince Fielder drove in two runs for Texas.
ROYALS 3, ROCKIES 2: Mike Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning, and Jason Vargas and Kansas City bullpen made it stand up. Vargas (4-1) did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and did not allow a run until Drew Stubbs belted a two-run homer in the seventh. Louis Coleman got the Royals out of the inning without any more damage, and Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect eighth before Greg Holland survived a shaky ninth for his 10th save.
ANGELS 3, PHILLIES 0: Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings and the Angels swept the two-game series. Mike Trout, who grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey, went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and stolen base. Richards (4-0) struck out eight, had no walks and lowered his ERA to 2.42. Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect eighth and Joe Smith finished off the five-hitter for his fifth save in seven tries. A.J. Burnett (2-3) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked five.
YANKEES 4, METS 0: Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira at Citi Field. Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight. Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches. He struck out eight and walked none in his first complete game in the majors. He also singled, giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season.
MARLINS 13, DODGERS 3: Ed Lucas homered for Miami during a six-run second inning in which second baseman Dee Gordon’s fielding error led to five unearned runs, and the Marlins scored another six runs two innings later. Anthony DeSclafani (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings to earn the win in his major league debut. He had a single and drove in two runs. Reed Johnson had a two-run homer and Jeff Mathis added a three-run shot for Miami.
GIANTS 10, BRAVES 4: Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford homered to power San Francisco. Gregor Blanco stole three bases and scored three runs as the Giants continued to dominate the matchup of NL division leaders. San Francisco finished 5-1 against Atlanta this season. Madison Bumgarner (5-3) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. Julio Teheran (2-3) lasted only 3 1-3 innings. He gave up five runs and seven hits in his second loss to the Giants this season.
NATIONALS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each lined two-run singles in the ninth inning to break open a close game, helping Washington beat Arizona. Nationals starter Doug Fister was locked into a pitcher’s duel with Brandon McCarthy before Washington pulled away. Jayson Werth homered and Tyler Clippard (4-3) tossed one scoreless inning for Washington. Brad Ziegler (0-1) had pitched 18 1-3 straight scoreless innings.