Dodger Bats Turn Reds to Pink
Los Angeles Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke gets a broken bat single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek in the seventh in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Cincinnati. Van Slyke hit two home runs and had four rbi's in the game won by the Dodgers 6-2. Van Slyke reached base in all five at bats. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Cincinnati — Scott Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series.
Van Slyke hit a solo homer and a three-run shot off Cingrani (2-7), who could lose his spot in the rotation when Mat Latos returns from the disabled list later this week. Cingrani gave up a career-high six runs in 4 2⁄ 3 innings for his fifth straight loss.
Dan Haren (6-4) gave up five hits in 5 1⁄ 3 innings, including Ryan Ludwick’s solo homer, for his first win since May 12.
Pirates 6, Cubs 2
Pittsburgh — Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh over Chicago.
McCutchen drove a two-run shot to right field in the third inning and added an RBI double in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (4-6).
Charlie Morton (3-7) allowed one run over seven innings to win for the third time in his last four starts after beginning the season 0-6. Ike Davis hit his fifth homer and Starling Marte broke out of a long slump with three hits.
Mariners 3, Rays 0
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and Seattle blanked Tampa Bay for the second straight game.
Five Seattle pitchers combined on a five-hitter. The Mariners extended their scoreless streak to 19 innings and won for the eighth time in nine games.
Blue Jays 5, Twins 4
Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Kevin Pillar singled home the winning run in the ninth to lift Toronto over Minnesota.
The first two batters of the game, Danny Santana and Brian Dozier, homered for the Twins off R.A. Dickey, but Encarnacion’s 20th of the season soon put Toronto ahead.
White Sox 6, Tigers 5
Chicago — Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in Chicago’s three-run fifth inning, and the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
Gordon Beckham had three hits as Chicago bounced back from a sluggish trip to Southern California. The White Sox took two of three from the Dodgers before getting swept in a weekend series against the Angels.
Indians 17, Rangers 7
Arlington, Texas — Lonnie Chisenhall had nine RBIs and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and Cleveland beat Texas.
The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory for the Indians on May 4, 1991, against Oakland.
Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot down the right field line in the eighth to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.
The offensive outburst puts Chisenhall in rare company. He is only the fourth major league player since RBIs became a statistic in 1920 to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game, and he is the first since Boston’s Fred Lynn did it in 1975, according to the Indians.
The Indians won three straight in the four-game set after coming to the Lone Star State with the worst road record in the majors.