Thursday’s American League results
Tigers 7, Twins 6 — Prince Fielder bounced a tiebreaking single off Jared Burton’s glove in the eighth inning to rally the host Detroit Tigers to a come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins. Omar Infante started the inning with a single and was bunted to second by Torii Hunter. Ron Gardenhire then ordered Miguel Cabrera intentionally walked, but Fielder foiled the plan with a grounder that Burton (0-2) deflected past second baseman Brian Dozier. Cabrera drove in three runs, including his sixth homer in four games. Cabrera has now matched a career high by homering in four consecutive games. He has also walked five times in the four games, and Fielder has followed all five with hits, driving in seven more runs. Joaquin Benoit (1-0) pitched a perfect inning of relief, while Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers trailed 6-3 going into the seventh, but scored three times off three Minnesota pitchers. Infante singled and Cabrera walked with one out, bringing Brian Duensing into the game. He allowed RBI singles to Fielder and Victor Martinez before giving way to Burton. Jhonny Peralta greeted Burton with a tying double, and Matt Tuiasosopo was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Brayan Pena and Andy Dirks popped out to end the inning.
Blue Jays 12, Orioles 6 — Edwin Encarnacion hit his fifth career grand slam, J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in four runs and the host Toronto Blue Jays spoiled the debut of Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. Brandon Morrow (2-3) allowed six runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five. Brett Cecil and Brad Lincoln each worked one inning of scoreless relief as Toronto won for the third time in four games. Baltimore’s Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 15th home run, a leadoff shot in the fourth. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones hit back-to-back homers off Morrow in the eighth but it wasn’t enough for the Orioles, who lost for the seventh time in nine games. Baltimore’s Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with three doubles, boosting his major league-leading total to 21.
Angels 5, Royals 4 — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit solo home runs, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot to power the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Joe Blanton got his first victory of the season after going 0-7 in his first nine starts. He held the Royals to seven hits and two runs in 6⅓ innings. Trumbo put the Angels up 5-2 in the eighth with his team-leading 11th homer. Ervin Santana (3-4) struck out eight but allowed eight hits — four of which were homers. Chris Iannetta hit one in the fifth. Ernesto Frieri gave up two runs in the ninth. Perez, who had three hits, and George Kottaras hit RBI singles before Robert Coello was summoned to get the final out. He retired Alcides Escobar on a fly to strand two runners for first big-league save.
Thursday’s National League result
Pirates 4, Cubs 2 — Andrew McCutchen had three hits and two RBI to lead the host Pittsburgh Pirates to their fourth consecutive win. Leadoff hitter Starling Marte singled and scored in each of the first two innings as Pittsburgh built an early 4-0 lead. The Pirates moved a season-best 11 games over .500 with its 11th victory in 13 games. The Cubs lost their fourth in a row. Edwin Jackson (1-7) gave up two runs in the first inning and two more in the second. He has a 6.11 ERA through 10 starts. Jackson is in his first season with the Cubs after signing a four-year, $52 million contract over the winter as a free agent. Reliever Vin Mazzaro (3-0) pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings. He replaced starter Jeanmar Gomez in the fourth inning following a rain delay of 1 hour, 47 minutes. Gomez allowed one run and three hits in 3⅔ innings. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and is a perfect 19-for-19 in save opportunities. Marte led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, stole second with one out and scored on McCutchen’s single. McCutchen stole second and scored on Michael McKenry’s single. Marte singled in the second and scored on Travis Snider’s triple. McCutchen added his second RBI single.
— Associated Press