Rays Continue to Roll
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a complete-game shutout, and Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs each as the Tampa Bay Rays opened a five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
The Rays won for the 21st time in 25 games this month and maintained their half-game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Hernandez (6-11) opened the game by hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch and giving up a single to Aaron Hill. He then retired 22 of the next 25 batters before Parra singled leading off the ninth.
Eric Chavez ended Hernandez’s shutout bid with a two-out home run.
Orioles 4, Astros 3
Baltimore — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 38th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Orioles their first lead in a victory over Houston.
Davis had gone 10 straight games without a long ball until connecting off Lucas Harrell (5-11).
Indians 7, White Sox 4
Cleveland — Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn’s two-run single in the eighth inning rallied the Indians to their sixth straight win.
Raburn, batting for Jason Giambi, who won Monday night’s game with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, singled off Matt Lindstrom as the Indians stormed back and won for the 11th time in 15 games.
Royals 7, Twins 2
Minneapolis — Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in four runs to back another strong start from Ervin Santana, and surging Kansas City beat Minnesota.
Santana (7-6) gave up two runs on four hits and struck out eight in seven innings and Eric Hosmer had three hits and an RBI for the Royals.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1 (11)
Pittsburgh — Alex Presley hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting Pittsburgh to over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a doubleheader.
Brewers 6, Cubs 5
Chicago — Jean Segura hit a solo homer and the go-ahead double, Khris Davis added a three-run shot, and Milwaukee beat Chicago after Yovani Gallardo left with a hamstring injury in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Phillies 7, Giants 3
Philadelphia — Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and Philadelphia beat San Francisco to snap an eight-game losing streak.
The Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-8 in their first game after the All-Star break, but scored a total of 14 in the next eight losses to drop out of contention.
Braves 11, Rockies 3
Atlanta — Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Brian McCann added a three-run shot and the Braves won their fifth straight game.
The Braves, who scored 10 unanswered runs, moved 10 games ahead of second-place Washington on the NL East. They lead the majors with a 36-15 home record.
Mets 4, Marlins 2 (10)
Miami — Marlins reliever Chad Qualls took a tumble after escaping late trouble, but Miami stumbled in the 10th inning when John Buck hit a tiebreaking two-run single that lifted New York.
Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Juan Lagares had three hits and two RBIs for the Mets.
Tigers 5, Nationals 1
Detroit — Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg and Detroit beat Washington.
Anibal Sanchez (9-7) gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit. Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut.
Joaquin Benoit, who will keep his job as the team’s closer, gave up one hit in the ninth inning.
Strasburg (5-9) allowed five runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Strasburg is winless in his last four starts and has given up at least four earned runs in three of his last five outings.