Tanaka, Yanks Tame A’s
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval slides hard past Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) trying to break up a double play at second base in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. Phillips thre Michael Morse out at first to complete the double play. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
New York — Masahiro Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the New York Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland 2-1 Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-game winning streak.
Facing the A’s for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run Tanaka allowed in six innings, and he left with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.
David Robertson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helped by a lucky bounce.
Stephen Vogt singled with one out and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second. Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard grounder that deflected off Robertson’s leg, and first baseman Mark Teixeira corralled the carom and flipped to the pitcher covering the bag for an out. Pinch-hitter Derek Norris looked at strike three for the final out.
Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3
Detroit — Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning off Justin Verlander, and Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays have won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defending champion Boston, AL West-leading Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit.
Astros 8, Angels 5
Houston — Jose Altuve and George Springer drove in two runs each during Houston’s four-run eighth inning as the Astros pulled away for a win over Los Angeles.
Altuve had two hits, including a two-run double in the eighth, and Springer finished with three RBIs for the Astros.
Giants 6, Reds 1
Cincinnati — Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and San Francisco beat the Reds, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.
San Francisco moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 39-21.
Nationals 4, Phillies 2
Washington — Doug Fister kept himself and his club on a roll, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings as Washington capped a sweep of Philadelphia.
Fister (4-1) struck out five and didn’t walk any as he won his fourth consecutive start for what’s starting to look like the tough-act-to-follow rotation expected from the Nationals this season.
Cubs 7, Mets 4
Chicago — Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer, Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and Chicago beat New York to complete the three-game sweep.
Marlins 11, Rays 6
St. Petersburg, Fla. — J.T. Realmuto had three RBIs in his major league debut, Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs, and Miami handed Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss.
Kevin Kiermaier and Ben Zobrist homered for the Rays, who matched the longest skid in the majors this season. Boston dropped 10 straight from May 15-25, with Tampa Bay handing them the last three losses in the streak. The Rays haven’t won since.
Royals 3, Cardinals 2
Kansas City, Mo. — Yordano Ventura threw six innings in his return from a sore elbow, and Kansas City rallied to beat St. Louis and end a string of eight straight home losses to their in-state rivals.
Ventura (3-5) was skipped his previous time through the rotation because of minor elbow pain, but he looked sharp in his return.
He pitched to contact and took advantage of some sharp defense, which helped him to limit the damage whenever he ran into trouble.
The Royals rallied for three runs off Michael Wacha (4-4) to take the lead in the sixth inning, and Francisley Bueno and Wade Davis each pitched a perfect inning in relief of Ventura.