Rays End 10-Game Slide
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Erik Bedard struck out eight in six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Friday night.
The skid tied Boston for the longest in the majors this season. The Red Sox dropped 10 straight from May 15-25, with Tampa Bay handing them the last three losses in the streak. This was the Rays’ first victory since then.
Bedard (3-4) scattered four hits and walked one in ending a three-start losing streak.
Yankees 4, Royals 2
Kansas City, Mo. — Chase Whitley pitched seven innings for his first career win, Brian McCann drove in three runs with a timely double and New York beat Kansas City.
Brian Roberts drove in a run for the Yankees, who finally gave their young right-hander some support. Whitley (1-0) had allowed five earned runs in his first four starts, and left two of them with the lead, only for his team to saddle him with a series of no-decisions.
McCann helped take care of that with one swing of the bat. His bases-loaded double off Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) in the third inning broke a 1-all tie and gave New York the lead for good.
Athletics 4, Orioles 3 (11)
Baltimore — Pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, and Oakland got home runs from Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris in a victory over Baltimore.
It was the sixth win in seven games for the Athletics, who own the best record in the AL (38-23) and the best road record in the majors (21-11).
Phillies 8, Reds 0
Cincinnati — Left-hander Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten against Cincinnati, and Jimmy Rollins moved closer to the Phillies’ hit record with a solo homer.
Pirates 15, Brewers 5
Pittsburgh — Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, and Pittsburgh rolled over Milwaukee, handing nemesis Kyle Lohse his first loss since April 1.
Cubs 5, Marlins 3 (13)
Chicago — Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give Chicago a victory over Miami.
Rizzo also had a two-run double in the eighth as the Cubs earned their season-high fourth consecutive victory.
Blue Jays 3, Cardinals 1
Toronto — Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each homered, rookie Marcus Stroman won his second straight start and the Blue Jays beat St. Louis for their sixth straight victory.
Bautista hit a leadoff homer against Lance Lynn in the third and Lawrie connected with a two-out drive off Lynn (6-4) in the fifth. The AL East-leading Blue Jays have hit an MLB-best 89 home runs.
The Cardinals turned their first triple play in nine years but still lost for the eighth time in 10 games. They dropped their fifth straight meeting with Toronto.
Stroman (3-0) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, walked one and struck out a career-high seven.
Toronto has won 15 of 17.