Monday’s American League results
Tigers 5, Orioles 1 — Max Scherzer improved to 10-0 and struck out 10, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and host Detroit beat Baltimore. Scherzer became the first pitcher to begin a season 10-0 — with all decisions coming in starts — since Roger Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997, according to STATS. Scherzer is the second pitcher in Detroit history to start this strong since 1909 when George Mullin was 11-0 with one victory as a reliever, the Elias Sports Bureau said in information provided by the Tigers. Scherzer allowed one run and seven hits in six innings.
Rangers 8, Athletics 7 — Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and host Texas snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over AL West-leading Oakland. The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors. Cruz’s second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski’s RBI double. Pierzynski also homered.
White Sox 4, Astros 2 — Dayan Viciedo’s bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning sent Chicago to a win over host Houston. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the White Sox and allowed them to avoid being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008. Chicago trailed 2-0 before Alejandro De Aza singled in the sixth and went to third on Adam Dunn’s two-out single. Paul Konerko pulled Chicago to 2-1 with an RBI single that went between the legs of starter Bud Norris and into center field. Conor Gillaspie barely beat the throw to first on a single that loaded the bases.
Monday’s National League results
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2 — Rookie Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings and Yadier Molina had a two-run double to lead host St. Louis to a win over Chicago. Miller (8-4), who had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes to start the game, left due to cramping in his right leg. He allowed just two hits and struck out five in the shortest start of his career. His previous shortest stint was 5⅓ innings at Los Angeles on May 26.
Phillies 5, Nationals 4 — Domonic Brown hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and host Philadelphia beat Washington. The Nationals tied it at 4 when Chad Tracy hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon (1-0). It was the first blown save for Papelbon, who had converted his previous 13 chances.
Reds 4, Pirates 1 — Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano, and host Cincinnati moved a season-high 15 games over .500 by beating Pittsburgh. The Reds hit four solo homers in all, extending their best start since 1995, the last time they won a playoff series. Cozart connected in the fourth and Frazier in the sixth off Liriano (5-3), who hadn’t allowed a homer in his seven previous starts. He opened the season on the disabled list, recovering from a broken right arm last December.
Monday’s Interleague result
Blue Jays 2, Rockies 0 — Maicer Izturis hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and host Toronto won their sixth consecutive game, beating Colorado behind Josh Johnson and two relievers. Johnson struck out a season-high 10 over 7⅓ innings but remained winless in seven starts with Toronto, having received only 13 runs of support. Brett Cecil (3-0) got two outs for the victory and Casey Janssen finished for his 14th save in 15 chances. Izturis had two of Toronto’s three hits as the Blue Jays won six straight for the first time since May 10-16, 2011.
— Associated Press