Rays Edge Orioles, 2-1
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings and Desmond Jennings hit a two-run homer to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles last night.
Archer (1-1) limited the Orioles to Manny Machado’s third-inning RBI single and Ryan Flaherty’s fifth-inning double in his second start of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Durham and allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings of a 5-0 loss to Cleveland after being promoted to the majors last weekend.
Jennings homered to the deepest part of the ball park in the seventh inning off Jason Hammel (7-4), who lost on the road for the first time this year after winning his first six decisions away from Camden Yards.
Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1
Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double, Neil Wagner earned his first major league win and Toronto beat Texas
Melky Cabrera homered, scored twice and drove in two runs to help the Blue Jays win for the ninth time in 13 home games.
Texas batters struck out 13 times against five Blue Jays pitchers as the slumping Rangers lost for the seventh time in 11 games.
Making his second start of the season, Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers allowed one run and three hits in four innings.
Aaron Loup struck out four of the five batters he faced, Wagner (1-0) pitched 1 1∕ 3 innings, Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Steve Delabar fanned two in the ninth.
Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5) lost for the fourth time in his past five decisions.
Tigers 7, Indians 5
Detroit — Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez homered and Detroit beat Cleveland to take a 3½-game lead over the Indians atop the AL Central.
Martinez and Torii Hunter had three hits each for the Tigers in the opener of this three-game series. Detroit led 5-0 before Cleveland scored three runs in the fifth off Verlander.
That was all the Indians could manage against the Tigers’ ace. Verlander (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits on the night. He walked two and struck out six.
Athletics 4, White Sox 3
Chicago — Josh Donaldson hit his first career grand slam, Josh Reddick made a homer-saving catch in the ninth inning, and Oakland rallied from a three-run deficit for a victory over Chris Sale and Chicago.
Donaldson’s ninth home run of the season came in the sixth inning and helped Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker (5-6) earn his fourth win in five decisions.
Reddick made a leaping catch to take away a home run from Chicago’s Conor Gillaspie with one out in the ninth to preserve the win.
Sale (5-4) hadn’t given up more than two earned runs since April 11, and he cruised out to a 3-0 lead through five innings in this one.
Pirates 2, Cubs 0
Chicago — Francisco Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat Chicago yesterday for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh’s total for all of last season.
Liriano (4-2) walked five, his most since Sept. 1 last year, but struck eight to help Pittsburgh stop a three-game losing streak. He had lost his previous two starts.
Cardinals 9, Reds 2
Cincinnati — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings for his ninth win, and every Cardinals starter had a hit in a victory over Cincinnati that gave St. Louis a four-game lead in the NL Central, its biggest of the season.
Wainwright (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits as the Cardinals improved the major leagues’ best record to 40-21.
Slumping Pete Kozma drove in three runs, David Freese and Jon Jay knocked in two apiece, and four Cardinals extended long hitting streaks against a pitching staff in a downturn. Mike Leake (5-3) lasted only five innings for the Reds, who have given up 26 runs while losing their last three games.
St. Louis has won the last four series between the teams.