Thursday’s American League results
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1 — Ryan Dempster won his second consecutive start and the host Boston Red Sox took advantage of a season-high 10 walks to beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Dempster (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. The right-hander, who walked three and struck out four, retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Winless in his first four starts this season, Dempster posted his first victory by beating Houston a week ago. Andrew Miller got two outs in seventh and Junichi Tazawa got the third. Koji Uehara pitched the eighth and Joel Hanrahan finished for his fourth save in five chances. Boston improved its major league-best road record to 9-3 and won its seventh series in nine tries this season.
White Sox 3, Rangers 2 — Tyler Flowers hit a three-run home run with two out in the sixth inning to rally the visiting Chicago White Sox. The Rangers had held a 1-0 lead since Adrian Beltre led off the second inning with a home run to left field. Texas starter Justin Grimm retired the first two White Sox hitters in the sixth, but Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez hit back-to-back singles. Flowers then followed with his game-winning blast to left field. Hector Santiago limited the Rangers to one run on two hits over 5⅓ innings.
Rays at Royals, ppd. — The Kansas City Royals’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed after heavy rain turned to sleet and snow during the middle of the fourth inning. No makeup date has been set.
Thursday’s National League results
Padres 4, Cubs 2 — Yonder Alonso’s two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted the San Diego Padres over the host Chicago Cubs for a four-game series split. Travis Wood (2-2) retired his first 14 batters before Kyle Blanks singled, and he led 2-0 when Jesus Guzman reached on an infield single leading off the eighth. Blanks walked, Jedd Gyorko flied out and Nick Hundley fouled out. Alonso, pinch hitting for Joe Thatcher, lofted a ball to right on the windy afternoon. Second baseman Darwin Barney backpedaled and Borbon sprinted in. Borbon called for the ball, Barney peeled off, and the ball fell just in front of Borbon’s outstretched glove as Guzman scored.
Nationals 3, Braves 1 — Dan Haren pitched eight sharp innings, Denard Span hit a two-run double and the Washington Nationals beat the host Atlanta Braves. The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday, allowed their NL East rivals to get only three runners in scoring position over two nights. Haren (3-3) won his second consecutive start, giving up four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts. Rafael Soriano earned his ninth save in 10 chances by pitching the ninth. He retired Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman on groundouts before Evan Gattis singled and Dan Uggla popped up.
Phillies 7, Marlins 2 — Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and the host Philadelphia Phillies won. Kendrick (3-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his ninth consecutive win against the Marlins, dating to May 28, 2010. Justin Ruggiano hit a solo shot for Miami. Alex Sanabia (2-4) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. Kendrick followed up a three-hitter against the New York Mets with his fifth consecutive solid start.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 5 — Jake Westbrook allowed one run over six innings for his 100th career win to lift the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Westbrook (2-1) walked three and struck out four. Westbrook left with a 6-1 lead on the strength of two-run singles by Allen Craig and Pete Kozma.
— Associated Press