Rays Drop 6th in Row
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice to help the Seattle Mariners send the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.
Miller has four home runs this season, which have come in a pair of two-homer games. He connected for his first two big league homers on July 19 at Houston.
Tampa Bay also got two homers from its leadoff hitter, Ben Zobrist.
According to the Rays, it is just the third time since 1916, when records are available, that both leadoff hitters had multihomer games. The others were June 5, 1994 (Minnesota’s Chuck Knoblauch and Tony Phillips of Detroit) and July 8, 1965 (Houston’s Joe Morgan and Felipe Alou of the Milwaukee Braves).
After Justin Smoak ended Chris Archer’s night with a leadoff single in the sixth, Dustin Ackley gave Seattle a 5-4 lead on a triple off Wesley Wright.
Zobrist got the Rays even at 4 on his second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the fifth against Erasmo Ramirez (4-0), who allowed four runs and seven hits in 51∕3 innings.
Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Yankees 14, Angels 7
New York — Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double, and the Yankees’ bats bailed out a wild CC Sabathia for a rout of Los Angeles.
Vernon Wells homered against his former team, and leadoff batter Eduardo Nunez drove in four runs as New York equaled its highest run total of the season. The second-worst, run-producing offense in the AL won by more than three runs for the first time in 26 games.
Jason Vargas (6-5) gave up two homers in his first start since having surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left armpit on June 26, including Soriano’s go-ahead two-run drive in the fifth.
Indians 5, Twins 2
Minneapolis — Zach McAllister won for the first time in almost three months, Ryan Raburn homered and Cleveland beat Minnesota.
Coming off his worst start of the season on Thursday against Detroit, McAllister (5-7) bounced back and held Minnesota to one earned run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven in his first win since May 23.
Josh Willingham homered for the Twins in the second inning, Minnesota’s 23rd straight run from a home run.
Braves 3, Phillies 1
Atlanta — Kris Medlen continued his late-season surge by winning his fourth straight start, Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run and Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
Medlen (10-10) appeared to be in danger of being sent to the bullpen one month ago. In late July, Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken right ankle and Paul Maholm went on the 15-day DL with a bruised left wrist.
Though Maholm may be only one minor league rehab start away from coming off the disabled list, Medlen’s spot in the rotation appears more secure.
Marlins 1, Royals 0 (10)
Kansas City, Mo. — Christian Yelich singled home the go-ahead run with one out in the 10th inning and Miami beat Kansas City after a tidy matchup of contrasting starters.
Hard-throwing Marlins prodigy Jose Fernandez and wily Royals veteran Bruce Chen each lasted seven innings before handing the scoreless game over to their bullpens.
It continued to extra innings before Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera (4-6) brushed the jersey of the Marlins’ Jake Marisnick with a pitch in the 10th. Marisnick stole second and then scored on Yelich’s single through the right side of the infield, his third hit of the game.