Thursday’s American League results
Orioles 6, Rays 2 — Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis homered and drove in four runs, and the host Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid a three-game sweep. Nick Markakis had two hits for the Orioles, who had scored only one run in each of their three previous games. It was just the second time in 10 games that Baltimore scored more than four runs. Tillman (3-1) allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in six-plus innings. It was the 40th career start for the right-hander, who was coming off a solid effort in Cleveland and has won two straight decisions for the first time. Baltimore batted around against James Shields (8-7) during a five-run fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Adam Jones drove in two runs with a single. A walk to Matt Wieters filled the bases for Davis, who collected three RBI with a double into the gap in left-center. After the Rays chased Tillman by scoring twice in the seventh, Davis hit his 16th home run of the season off Burke Badenhop in the bottom half. Sam Fuld had a two-run double for the Rays in the seventh. Shields struck out 10 in a second consecutive start.
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 4 — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the host Toronto Blue Jays ended the Oakland Athletics’ seven-game winning streak. Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep. Travis Snider had two hits and two RBI, driving in the tying run with a squeeze bunt, and Brett Lawrie scored three runs for Toronto. Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer and Josh Reddick added a solo drive for the Athletics, who are 16-3 in July. Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched 1? innings for his first win. Darren Oliver handled the eighth, and Casey Janssen finished. Reddick’s 22nd homer put Oakland ahead in the first, and Inge hit a two-run drive in the third for a 3-0 lead. Held hitless in the first three innings, Toronto tied it in the fourth on Encarnacion’s career-high 27th homer. Reddick’s RBI grounder gave Oakland a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Toronto went ahead 5-4 in the sixth when Snider bunted home a run on a safety squeeze and Lawrie scored as Milone’s throw hit Snider in the back for an error. Johnson homered in the seventh. Toronto added four runs in the eighth against Sean Doolittle. Snider, Johnson and Jeff Mathis hit RBI doubles and Yan Gomes added a sacrifice fly.
Thursday’s National League results
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 4 — David Freese and Matt Carpenter each had three of the host St. Louis Cardinals’ season-high 18 hits. Matt Holliday hit his 17th homer, his third on a 6-1 homestand for St. Louis, which fell behind 4-2 by allowing four runs in the fifth and then scored four in the bottom half. Allen Craig and Tony Cruz each had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals. Jake Westbrook (9-8) pitched seven innings and allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits with six strikeouts. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Pirates 5, Astros 3 — Clint Barmes and Garrett Jones each hit a two-run homer and Starling Marte added a solo shot in his first big-league at-bat to back the dominant pitching by A.J. Burnett and power the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Marte gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first with a homer to left and Jones upped the margin to 3-0 later in the inning with a bomb to right. Barmes increased the margin to five runs in the second with his fifth homer. Burnett (12-3) gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one over 7? innings before the Astros Chris Johnson and Carlos Corporan each hit a solo home run in the eighth. Joel Hanrahan allowed a run in the ninth but earned his 30th save.
Nationals 8, Brewers 2 — Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings and Steve Lombardozzi hit a three-run triple as the visiting Washington Nationals pushed their winning streak to six games to match a season high and improve to 59-39. Jackson (6-6) scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss was Milwaukee’s seventh in a row.
— Associated Press