Rookie Paces Yankees
New York — Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles last night that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.
Almonte started in place of slumping left fielder Vernon Wells and quickly delivered, a day after getting a pinch single for his first hit. The 24-year-old rookie was promoted from Triple-A this week, joining an injury-ravaged team that’s had trouble scoring.
Almonte also showed off a strong arm in helping the Yankees win for the third time in 10 games.
David Phelps (5-4) beat Roberto Hernandez (4-8) and the Rays for the second time in a month. Tampa Bay was trying for its first three-game winning streak in June.
Indians 5, Twins 1
Cleveland — Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven strong innings and Jason Kipnis drove in three, leading Cleveland over Minnesota.
Kazmir (4-4) gave up just a leadoff homer to Brian Dozier in the sixth and four other hits. The left-hander struck out seven, including five in his final two innings. Kazmir has been a pleasant addition for the Indians, who signed him during the winter after he pitched for the independent Sugarland Skeeters last season.
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6
Toronto — Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win.
Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run, a tying two-run shot in the seventh, while Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion also connected for the Blue Jays.
Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the win as Toronto evened its record at 36-36.
Facing Orioles reliever Brian Matusz (2-1), Maicer Izturis singled to begin the ninth and moved to second on Josh Thole’s sacrifice. Pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa was intentionally walked to bring up Kawasaki, who moved up both runners with a grounder.
White Sox 9, Royals 1
Kansas City, Mo. — Hector Santiago shut down the Royals’ punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and Chicago roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game skid with their best offensive output in nearly two weeks.
Cubs 3, Astros 1
Chicago — Matt Garza pitched into the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since May 18 to lead Chicago over Houston after a rain delay that lasted more than 3 hours.
The subject of trade speculation, Garza (2-1) allowed four hits and struck out eight in eight-plus innings for his first win since beating Arizona on May 31.
Mets 4, Phillies 3
Philadelphia — Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead double, Jeremy Hefner pitched six effective innings and New York beat Philadelphia.
Hefner (2-6) gave up three runs — two earned — and 10 hits to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak against the Phillies.
Nationals 2, Rockies 1
Washington — Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh to help give the righty his first win in June and Washington beat slumping Colorado.
Making his 14th start of the season, Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. After DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third inning, Strasburg kept the Rockies scoreless.
Brewers 2, Braves 0
Milwaukee — Jean Segura hit a home run and Wily Peralta allowed two hits in seven innings to lead the Brewers to their second shutout of the season.
Peralta (5-8) won for the second time in his last eight starts, giving up two singles to go with four strikeouts and four walks.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth and Jim Henderson the ninth for his 10th save.
Segura finished with three hits, including his 11th homer of the season, and Norichika Aoki added three singles.
Atlanta was shut out for the 10th time and lost for the fourth time in five games.
Julio Teheran (5-4) gave up two earned runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and did not allow a walk.