Rangers Blank Red Sox
Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus, right, is tagged out by Boston Red Sox shortstop Pedro Ciriaco (23) after he was caught off second base during the fist inning of a baseball game Friday, May 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Arlington, Texas — Adrian Beltre had a three-run double among his four hits, Derek Holland pitched eight scoreless innings for his fifth consecutive victory over Boston and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox 7-0 last night.
While Holland (2-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts and held Boston to six singles, the Rangers had a season-high 18 hits.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (3-1) allowed a career-worst 12 hits in 32∕3 innings.
Holland is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in his six career starts against the Red Sox. The lone loss came as a rookie at Fenway Park in June 2009, his third career start.
After Holland threw 112 pitches, Derek Lowe worked a perfect ninth to wrap up the Rangers’ fifth shutout this season.
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 0
Toronto — Felix Hernandez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third straight start, Kyle Seager and Jason Bay homered and Seattle blanked Toronto.
Seager had three hits as the Mariners won for the sixth time in eight games.
Hernandez (4-2) allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven, improving to 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his past four starts. He’s 95-24 in his career when he receives two or more runs of support.
Athletics 2, Yankees 0
New York — A.J. Griffin pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and Adam Rosales homered on CC Sabathia’s first pitch, leading Oakland over New York.
Derek Norris hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to help Oakland open its 10-game road trip with its fourth win in five games.
Griffin (3-2) serenaded his teammates in the visiting clubhouse with guitar and song in English, Spanish and French before preparing for his sixth start of the season. Coming off two losses in which he allowed 11 earned runs and 13 hits in 11 innings, Griffin was smooth on the mound, too.
Indians 7, Twins 6 (10)
Cleveland — Drew Stubbs’ RBI double with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Indians to their fifth straight victory.
Stubbs, who had four hits, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien off the wall in left-center to give Cleveland its first five-game winning streak since winning seven in a row from April 26-May 3, 2011.
Mike Aviles started the rally with a leadoff single off Fien (1-2). Pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera, claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Thursday, moved Aviles to second with a sacrifice. Stubbs, who had two singles and two doubles, then drove in the game-winner.
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
Philadelphia — Jonathan Pettibone pitched neatly into the seventh, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Domonic Brown hit solo homers and Philadelphia beat Miami.
Pettibone (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in 61∕3 innings in his third start filling in for injured lefty John Lannan.
Reds 6, Cubs 5
Chicago — Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and Cincinnati held off Chicago.
The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman before reliever J.J. Hoover came on and struck out Darwin Barney with the bases loaded to pick up his first save.
Nate Schierholtz drew a two-out bases-loaded walk and Welington Castillo followed with a two-run single to pull the Cubs within one. After pinch-hitter Cody Ransom drew a walk to load the bases again, Hoover replaced Chapman.
Pirates 3, Nationals 1
Pittsburgh — A.J. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaker home run to lead Pittsburgh over Washington.
Burnett (3-2) gave up five hits and one walk in winning his third straight after going 0-2 in his first three starts. He also raised his NL-leading strikeout total to 57.
Mercer’s two-run home run off Ross Detwiler (1-3) in the fifth inning put the Pirates ahead for good 3-1.
Mets 7, Braves 5 (10)
Atlanta — David Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning off closer Craig Kimbrel and New York scored twice in the 10th.
The Mets, who have won two in a row after dropping six straight, scored four of their first five runs on homers before taking a two-run lead off Jordan Walden (1-1) in the 10th.
Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin drew a two-out walk from Walden and stole second base when closer Bobby Parnell (2-0) squared around to bunt while taking a strike on the first pitch he saw.
New York manager Terry Collins brought in pinch-hitter Mike Baxter, whom Walden hit with a pitch, and Tejada followed with an RBI single that scored Valdespin from second to make it 6-5.
Baxter scored on Daniel Murphy’s RBI single.