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Rays 8, Athletics 3
Tampa Bay is finally showing signs of heating up offensively.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles to pace a 10-hit attack that carried the struggling team to a victory over Oakland on Friday night.
A night after slugging four solo home runs in a 10-inning loss that concluded a 2-7 road trip, the Rays matched a season-high for runs, with much of the production coming from unlikely sources.
"It's still not there. We still need to improve in certain areas, but it's wins like this that can get you going in the right direction," manager Joe Maddon said after his team won for just just the third time in 11 games. "It's all about confidence."
Jose Lobaton also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to back the pitching of Alex Cobb (2-1), who allowed three runs and 10 hits over 7 1-3 innings.
Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie, who went 4 for 4, had run-scoring singles off Cobb in the first for the A's. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson (1-3) left with an ankle injury after Tampa Bay scored four times in the bottom half of the inning.
"It's pretty sore, a little swollen. It's kind of early to tell the severity of it," said Anderson, who was hurt on his next-to-next pitch. "It's kind of depressing. I just landed and felt not great. ... I don't know if my heel hit too hard and kind of jarred something there or what. Just landed a little wrong."
Oakland's Coco Crisp extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double and added a solo homer off Cobb in the seventh.
The A's loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth before Fernando Rodney — in a non-save situation — struck out John Jaso and got Seth Smith to ground into a game-ending double play.
"You always want to keep grinding and try to get the closer in the game, which we did, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He threw some pitches. We had him on the ropes, but he got out of it. It's kind of who we are and try to be is not go down quietly."
Longoria homered for the fourth time in five games and has reached base safely in each of the Rays' 16 games. Only two players in franchise history have had longer streaks to begin a season — Rocco Baldelli (24 in 2003) and Jorge Cantu (20 in 2005).
The Tampa Bay star went deep in the fourth inning off Evan Scribner, who allowed an RBI single to Ryan Roberts in the third and Zobrist earlier in the fourth.
Before Lobaton's hit made it 4-2, the Rays had gone 0 for 12 with the bases loaded this season. Four of Tampa Bay's first five runs were driven in by the bottom half of the batting order, with the switch-hitting Lobaton and Roberts each picking up their first RBIs of the year.
"We had a good look about us," Maddon said. "I've talked about us needing to get more productivity up and down the lineup."
The A's said a sprained right ankle forced Anderson's departure after allowing four runs, four hits and two walks during a 36-pitch first inning.
Rangers 7, Mariners 0
Yu Darvish struck out 10 while allowing only three hits over seven innings for Texas, and the Rangers had their biggest inning of the season.
In his first start in a week, and 33rd in the major leagues, Darvish (3-1) had his 10th career 10-strikeout game.
Jeff Baker put Texas up 1-0 with a two-out solo homer in the second off Joe Saunders (1-2). The Rangers added a six-run fifth, scoring twice as many runs as they had in any inning this year. The seven runs overall matched their season high.
Angels 8, Tigers 1
Peter Bourjos had three hits and three RBIs, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece, and the Angels slowed the worst start in franchise history with a victory over Torii Hunter and the Tigers.
Pujols had three hits and Brendan Harris added an early RBI double for the Angels, who had a season-high 16 hits. Their 5-10 start still matches the 1961 expansion team's miserable beginning.
Tommy Hanson (2-1) and four relievers combined on a rocky 10-hitter for the beleaguered Angels pitching staff.
Hunter extended his hitting streak to 12 games after receiving a standing ovation in the former Los Angeles outfielder's first night back at Angel Stadium.
Anibal Sanchez (2-1) pitched into the seventh inning for Detroit, giving up 11 hits, but avoiding major trouble.
Astros 3, Indians 2
J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and the Astros held on for a win over the Indians.
The win snaps a five-game skid for Houston and extends Cleveland's losing streak to five.
Houston starter Lucas Harrell (1-2) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings before three relievers combined to shut Cleveland out the rest of the way.
Closer Jose Veras allowed one hit in the ninth for his first save in two tries.
Carlos Pena walked with one out in the second inning before Martinez got Houston's first hit by launching a homer in the stands in right field off former Astros pitcher Brett Myers (0-3).
Brewers 5, Cubs 4
Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer, and Jean Segura produced some bizarre baserunning in the Brewers' win over the Cubs.
Segura somehow wound up safe at first base after attempting to steal third, only to later be thrown out attempting to steal second base again.
Segura led off the eighth inning with a single and stole second before Braun walked. The two attempted a double steal, but Shawn Camp didn't deliver a pitch. Instead, he threw to third well ahead of Segura, who turned and went back to second. Braun was there, and shortstop Luis Valbuena tagged both runners as they stood on the bag.
The rules say only the trailing runner is out in that case, but Segura trotted back toward first base and the home dugout, then appeared to realize what had happened and sped into the unoccupied base.
He later attempted a straight steal of second, but Cubs catcher Welington Castillo threw him out.
It didn't matter, though, because Braun went deep against Jeff Samardzija (1-3) and Anthony Rizzo hit his fifth homer of the year for the Cubs, who never trailed.
Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (2-0) pitched out of trouble in his six innings.
Pirates 6, Braves 0
Wandy Rodriguez faced the minimum while throwing seven innings of one-hit ball to outpitch Tim Hudson and help the Pirates beat the Braves.
Hudson came up short in his first attempt at win No. 200.
Pedro Alvarez homered for the second consecutive game and Russell Martin, Neil Walker and Travis Snider each reached base three times for Pittsburgh, which has won seven of its past 10 after a 1-5 start.
Rodriguez (2-0) allowed only Jason Heyward's one-out single in the fourth. Justin Upton followed by grounding into a double play.
Hudson (2-1) fell to 199-105 in his 15-year career.
Phillies 8, Cardinals 2 (7)
Roy Halladay tossed a two-hitter over seven innings and the Phillies beat the Cardinals in a rain-shortened game to snap a four-game losing streak.
Halladay (2-2) allowed two runs, walked two and struck out six to record a complete game. He's had consecutive strong outings after starting the season with two poor ones.
Jimmy Rollins, Ben Revere, Humberto Quintero and John Mayberry Jr. each had two hits for the Phillies, who busted out of their slump with five runs off Jaime Garcia (1-1) in the first inning.
Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday hit solo homers for the Cardinals.
Garcia allowed eight runs — four earned — and nine hits in three innings.
Marlins 2, Reds 1
Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning sending the Marlins to a victory that snapped the Reds' winning streak at four games.
It was a stunning moment for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had only four homers — fewest in the majors — when Ruggiano connected off the Reds' spotless closer for his second homer in two games.
Chapman (2-1) hadn't allowed a run in his eight previous appearances.
Left-hander Mike Dunn (1-0) retired the last two batters in the eighth. Steve Cishek gave up a hit in the ninth while earning the Marlins' first save of the season.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 1
Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning and became the first Rockies starter to throw 100 pitches in a game since June before leaving with left oblique tightness, and Colorado beat the Diamondbacks.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer and Chacin helped himself by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Rockies won their seventh in row and remained unbeaten in seven home games this season.
Chacin (3-0) was seen grabbing his lower left back after throwing his fourth pitch to Arizona's Cody Ross with one out in the seventh inning.
The last time a Colorado starter reached the century mark in pitches was June 12, a stretch of 117 games. It was the longest string in the majors since records started being kept by STATS in 1988. Before the Rockies' streak, the longest string of starters not throwing 100 pitches in a game was held by Washington, which went 33 games from Aug. 31, 2011, to April 10, 2012.
Giants 3, Padres 2
Angel Pagan lined a game-ending double to right field with one out in the ninth inning, and the Giants returned from a rough road trip to beat the Padres.
Santiago Casilla (2-1) struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for the win. Shortstop Brandon Crawford made a great pickup on Jesus Guzman's grounder for the second out.
Luke Gregerson (1-2) gave up Gregor Blanco's leadoff bloop single to shallow left to start the rally, then pinch-hitter Andres Torres reached on a fielder's choice and stole second before coming home on Pagan's hit.
Chase Headley hit a tying, two-out homer in the sixth just over leaping left fielder Blanco