Orioles Batter Verlander
Detroit — After homering off Justin Verlander for the third time this month, Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy was at a loss for words.
“Speechless,” he said. “I couldn’t tell you how it happened or what happened. I feel like I just kind of blacked out — and I’m happy about it.”
Hardy and Adam Jones went deep against the Detroit ace, and Manny Machado added a double and two sparkling plays at third base to lead the Orioles to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers last night.
Verlander (8-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out five. Hardy homered twice off Verlander in Baltimore’s 10-3 loss to the Tigers on June 1, and he opened the scoring yesterday with two-run shot to left in the fourth.
Indians 4, Royals 3
Cleveland — Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly capped Cleveland’s three-run eighth inning, rallying the Indians over Kansas City.
Held to one run and three hits over seven innings by Ervin Santana, the Indians finally strung something together in the eighth off Kelvin Herrera (3-5) and Tim Collins.
Athletics 6, Rangers 2
Arlington, Texas — Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered off Yu Darvish and the AL West-leading Oakland beat Texas.
Jarrod Parker (6-6) limited the Rangers to two runs and three hits over seven innings to improve to 4-0 his last five starts.
Twins 7, White Sox 5
Minneapolis — Ryan Doumit hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning, leading Minnesota over Chicago.
Joe Mauer homered and Trevor Plouffe had an RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run first inning off Dylan Axelrod.
Astros 10, Brewers 1
Houston — Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs to back another solid performance by Jordan Lyles, and Houston rolled over Milwaukee.
Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3
Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis added back-to-back shots as Toronto beat Colorado.
and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Tuesday night.
Toronto has its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in late 2008.
Esmil Rogers (3-2) worked 6 2-3 innings to beat his former team and win his second straight start.
Rogers didn’t allow a hit until Jonathan Herrera singled with one out in the sixth. He left to a standing ovation after allowing two earned runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out five.