Monday’s American League results
Twins 7, Royals 0 — Andrew Albers allowed four hits while pitching into the ninth inning in his major league debut Tuesday night, easily outdueling Royals ace James Shields and leading the visiting Minnesota Twins to a victory over Kansas City. The first big leaguer from Saskatchewan in more than 20 years, Albers at one point retired 15 straight. He was two outs shy of his third straight complete game dating back to Triple-A Rochester, and the first shutout in a big league debut since Detroit’s Andy Van Hekken did it in 2002. Brian Dozier homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Morneau and Chris Colabello also went deep for the Twins.
White Sox 3, Yankees 2 — Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda in to the eighth inning, and the host Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees. Alex Rodriguez singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and lined out to center field after going 1 for 4 in his season debut Monday. The Yankees lost for the 13th time in 19 games after scoring a run in the ninth against closer Addison Reed.
Red Sox 15, Astros 10 — Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice and Jonny Gomes added a three-run shot and the visiting Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit for a win over the Houston Astros. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway tied a major league record with four passed balls in the first inning as he struggled to handle pitches from knuckleballer Steven Wright, and the Astros took a 3-0 lead. Houston extended its lead to 5-0 before Ellsbury’s two-run shot in a three-run third closed the gap.
Monday’s National League results
Braves 2, Nationals 1 — Hit by a pitch two innings after homering, Bryce Harper jawed and pointed at Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but the only haymakers thrown during the NL East-leading Braves’ victory over the Nationals came from the teams’ Twitter feeds. All in all, it was the sort of stuff rivalries and high-drama playoff chases are made of. Except, in this particular case, Evan Gattis’ two-run single in the fifth inning and the six innings thrown by Teheran (9-5) while allowing one run combined to produce Atlanta’s season-high 12th consecutive win.
Phillies 9, Cubs 8 — Darin Ruf and Chase Utley sparked a three-run fifth inning to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies to a win over the Chicago Cubs. Utley, who had three hits, drove in the tying run on a triple to deep center field. He soon scored on a Domonic Brown ground out to give the Phillies the lead.
Pirates 4, Marlins 3 — Josh Harrison homered leading off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a win over the Miami Marlins. Harrison sent a fastball from Miami’s Mike Dunn (2-3) into the first row of seats in left-center field for his first career walk-off homer. Dunn had worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the eighth. Bryan Morris (5-4) pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the victory.
Mets 3, Rockies 2 — Eric Young made a diving catch to take a go-ahead hit away from Todd Helton in the sixth inning, then raced home with the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the host New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have lost 12 of 18 since the All-Star break and have scored five runs in their last three games.
Monday’s interleague results
Reds 3, Athletics 1 — Jay Bruce homered and made a run-saving catch on the warning track, and Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning against Oakland’s slumping lineup, leading the host Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Athletics. Latos (11-3) allowed four hits through 7⅓ shutout innings, leaving him 3-0 in his last four starts.
— Associated Press