Tanaka, Yanks Roll
New York — Masahiro Tanaka extended his regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 starts, and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs to help the Yankees rally past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 Saturday and end a season-high, three-game losing streak.
Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers around an RBI single by Ryan Hanigan, falling behind 3-0 by the fourth. He is 32-0 in the regular season for Japan’s Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yankees since losing to Seibu on Aug. 19, 2012.
Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth off Josh Lueke (0-2).
Twins 6, Orioles 1
Minneapolis — Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season and Minnesota ended its four-game losing streak.
Mauer had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that broke open the game. Dozier’s eighth homer, a solo shot off Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) in the third, gave the Twins the lead for good.
Mariners 9, Astros 8
Houston — Justin Smoak homered to cap an eight-run burst in the seventh inning, leading Hisashi Iwakuma and Seattle over Houston.
Four straight walks started the Mariners’ big burst as they overcame a 2-1 deficit.
Indians 2, White Sox 0
Cleveland — Justin Masterson pitched neatly into the eighth inning and Cleveland beat the White Sox in a game highlighted by Chicago rookie Jose Abreu’s snazzy glove toss.
Abreu, who leads the majors in homers and RBIs, struck out with two runners on base to end the eighth. Earlier, the Cuban first baseman made the play of the day.
Abreu fielded Lonnie Chisenhall’s grounder in the sixth and, unable to get the ball out of his mitt, flipped the glove about 10 feet to pitcher Scott Carroll covering the bag for the out.
Tigers 9, Royals 2
Kansas City, Mo. — Drew Smyly picked up where fellow Tigers starter Rick Porcello left off, tossing seven shutout innings and leading Detroit to a rout of Kansas City.
Porcello and the Tigers bullpen retired the final 18 hitters in an 8-2 victory the previous night, and Smyly (2-1) retired the first four he faced. After a issuing a walk to Alex Gordon, the former reliever then retired the next six in a dominant performance.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 0
Chicago — Jake Arrieta struck out seven and allowed four hits over 51⁄3 innings in his season debut, leading the Cubs over St. Louis for their first three-game winning streak this season.
Arrieta, slowed by shoulder stiffness this spring, walked two and threw 82 pitches.
Reds 6, Brewers 2
Cincinnati — Johnny Cueto gave up three hits over eight innings, including two solo homers, and singled home a run, leading Cincinnati over Milwaukee.
The Reds have won two of the first three in the series, leaving Milwaukee with a six-game lead in the NL Central.
Giants 3, Braves 1
Atlanta — Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse hit home runs, each to lead off an inning, and streaking San Francisco beat slumping Atlanta in a matchup of first-place teams.
The NL West-leading Giants have won four straight and eight of nine. The Braves, who lead the NL East, have lost five straight, their longest skid in two years.
Phillies 7, Nationals 2
Philadelphia — Ryan Howard and Cody Asche homered, and A.J. Burnett threw six solid innings to lead Philadelphia over Washington.
Jimmy Rollins had four hits and Marlon Byrd doubled and drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia. The Phillies won for just the third time in 11 games against the Nationals.
Pirates 8, Blue Jays 6
Pittsburgh — Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking, two-run double on the eighth inning, capping a comeback from a five-run deficit to lead Pittsburgh over Toronto.
A night after wasting a 5-3, ninth-inning lead in a 6-5 loss, Toronto surged ahead 5-0 in the fourth and 6-2 in the seventh.
Brewers Place Star on DL
Cincinnati — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a strained oblique in his right side, the latest setback for a banged-up team that’s recently struggled to score.
Yanks Promote Reliever
New York — The Yankees called up right-hander Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre early Saturday and designated reliever Chris Leroux for assignment.
Aceves struck out 14 in 132⁄3 innings as a minor leaguer this season, where he had been mostly working as a starter.
Manager Joe Girardi said Aceves, who pitched for New York from 2008-10 before spending the last three seasons with Boston, will be used as a bullpen option for now.
Leroux allowed five runs in the 14th inning of Friday night’s 10-5 loss to the Rays.