AMERICAN LEAGUE: Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3
In a game that was scoreless until the ninth inning, Brett Lawrie’s three-run homer highlighted a big burst for Toronto in a win over host Detroit on Tuesday night. After eight innings of crisp, scoreless baseball between the AL East and AL Central leaders, both bullpens came unglued in the ninth. The Blue Jays broke through against Joe Nathan (2-2).
Orioles 8, Rangers 3
Nelson Cruz hit a towering three-run homer in his return to Texas and visiting Baltimore won its third straight game. Cruz hit the first pitch thrown by reliever Shawn Tolleson, an estimated 404 feet deep into the left field seats to cap a six-run Orioles outburst in the eighth. The slugger, who spent the previous eight seasons in Texas, is hitting .313 and leads the majors with 21 homers and 55 RBI.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Nationals 7, Phillies 0
Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from a mini-slump to throw eight scoreless innings, Ryan Zimmerman hit two doubles and handled two chances with aplomb in his left field debut, and host Washington beat slumping Philadelphia to open a three-game series. Zimmermann (4-2) allowed five hits and struck out four, recovering well from four middling starts that had raised his usually impeccable ERA to 4.07.
Reds 8, Giants 3
Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer and Jay Bruce emerged from a slump by driving in two runs, leading host Cincinnati to its season-high fourth win in a row, a victory over sloppy San Francisco. Mesoraco hit his ninth homer off Tim Lincecum (4-5), who has beaten the Reds during the playoffs but never during the regular season. Bruce, who spent time on the disabled list following surgery for torn knee cartilage, knocked in his first run since April 25.
Cubs 2, Mets 1
Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan homered to tie it in the eighth, and host Chicago beat New York. Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets failed to win a season-high four straight games. Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.
INTERLEAGUE: Mariners 7, Braves 5
John Buck had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Seattle the lead, and the Mariners rallied to beat host Atlanta for their fourth straight win. The Braves led 4-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the second before falling to the Mariners’ comeback. Buck’s homer, his first of the season, came off Alex Wood (5-6), Atlanta’s third pitcher. The shot to right field drove in Dustin Ackley, who had a two-out single.
Marlins 1, Rays 0
Henderson Alvarez needed only 88 pitches to toss an eight-hitter for his third shutout this year, and host Miami beat Tampa Bay, sending the reeling Rays home after a winless eight-game trip. The only run scored when Christian Yelich walked on a full-count pitch with two out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Alvarez (3-3) didn’t allow a run for the third start in a row, a stretch covering 19 innings.
Royals 8, Cardinals 7
Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and Kansas City beat host St. Louis for its second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series. Rookie Kolten Wong’s first career home run was a grand slam in the second that ended the Cardinals’ 20-inning scoreless drought and gave them an early four-run cushion.