Rays 12, Orioles 10
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon wanted to stay away from overworked closer Fernando Rodney and setup man Joel Peralta.
He had to throw that idea out when Baltimore staged a big rally, and Peralta stepped up.
The right-hander got four outs for his first save of the season and the Rays held on for a victory over the slumping Orioles on Friday night.
"We've been blowing some games, so tonight was really special for me," Peralta said.
Kelly Johnson hit a three-run homer and an RBI single in Tampa Bay's highest scoring game of the season. Yunel Escobar had three hits and three RBIs, and Desmond Jennings added a two-run single.
The Orioles surrendered a season-high 17 hits for the second straight game and gave up their most runs in any game this season. Baltimore has allowed 27 runs and 52 hits while losing four of its last five games.
Chris Dickerson hit a three-run homer in Baltimore's six-run eighth inning, but the Orioles' rally stalled from there.
"I felt like we were going to make a run at them somewhere if we could keep them from scoring. That was our challenge tonight," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We dug ourselves a pretty big hole."
Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) was charged with eight runs and 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings, but still managed to get the win.
Johnson drove a full-count pitch from Jason Hammel (5-2) over the wall in right in the third, cappingTampa Bay's four-run outburst with his sixth homer. Johnson singled in James Loney, Escobar doubled home a run and Jennings had his big hit in the fifth, helping the Rays open a 9-3 lead.
"We've been playing good offense up and down the lineup," Maddon said.
Hammel (5-2) allowed a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks in his first loss since April 7. The right-hander's ERA has increased from 4.10 to 5.72 after allowing 13 runs and 18 hits over his last two starts.
"I'm missing over the plate, arm-side fastballs," Hammel said. "That's honestly about it. It's a pretty simple fix, but for right now it's seemingly difficult for me."
Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters each drove in two runs for Baltimore, which finished with 13 hits. J.J. Hardy went 2 for 3 with his eighth homer, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
After Dickerson connected against Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth, Yamaico Navarro reached on a two-out single. Peralta came in and got Nate McLouth to fly out, then pitched a perfect ninth.
"We really should have been able to put that game away a lot better," Maddon said. "I did not want to have to get Joel or Fernando up tonight. That was the concern."
Tampa Bay had lost two in a row after winning six straight games. Rodney blew a save opportunity when he was charged with three runs in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
Indians 6, Mariners 3
Jason Kipnis' three-run homer in the 10th inning gave Cleveland a win over Seattle.
Kipnis' home run came on an 0-1 pitch from Lucas Luetge and capped a two-out rally that began with a walk and an infield hit.
The Indians have won 15 of 19 and are 10-2 at Progressive Field since April 30.
Vinnie Pestano (1-0), activated from the disabled list before the game, worked around a one-out walk in the 10th.
Drew Stubbs, who homered in the fifth, drew a walk off Luetge (0-1). Stubbs broke for second with a 1-2 count on Michael Bourn, and Luetge threw to first baseman Justin Smoak, but Stubbs beat the throw to shortstop Brendan Ryan.
Bourn hit a slow roller past the mound and second baseman Dustin Ackley's throw to first was late. Kipnis followed with his seventh homer.
Tigers 2, Rangers 1
Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a go-ahead double in the sixth inning to back Rick Porcello and lift Detroit over Texas in a matchup of division leaders.
Jim Leyland earned his 1,699th win as a major league manager as the Tigers remained tied with Cleveland atop the AL Central.
Porcello (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk as the Tigers rebounded from a 10-4 loss to Texas on Thursday night in which ace Justin Verlander was knocked out in the third inning.
Jose Valverde got three groundouts around a one-out walk to Geovany Soto in the ninth, getting his fourth save in five chances this season.
Rookie Nick Tepesch (3-4) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks in five innings.
Athletics 2, Royals 1
Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and reigning AL West champion Oakland earned just its third victory in the last 11 games.
Sean Doolittle (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win in relief of Jarrod Parker.
Oakland finally got to James Shields (2-4) in the late innings, nearly 10 months after he pitched a three-hit shutout here last July 31 for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
White Sox 3, Angels 0
Chris Sale stifled Los Angeles' bats for the second time in six days, scattering three hits over 7 2-3 innings with a season-high 12 strikeouts and Chicago extended its winning streak to a season-high four games.
Alex Rios and Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.
Sale (5-2) threw 79 of his 113 pitches for strikes in another competitive duel with fellow lefty C.J. Wilson, whom he beat 3-0 last Sunday night at Chicago. Sale extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings.
Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Wilson (3-3) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings in his longest outing of the season.
Braves 8, Dodgers 5
Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating Los Angeles.
Upton drove in five runs hitting behind Jason Heyward, who had two hits with a RBI in his first game back after having his appendix removed April 22.
It was the first time this season the Braves had Heyward in the lineup along with catcher Brian McCann, who missed the first 30 games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Scott Van Slyke hit two homers for the Dodgers, who led 4-2 before Upton's third career grand slam. Los Angeles had won four of its previous five coming in — its best stretch since early April.
Paul Maholm (5-4) allowed eight hits and four runs — two earned — in six innings, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Hyun-Jin Ryu overcame a career-high five walks to give up only two runs in five innings, but Dodgers relievers Matt Guerrier and Poco Rodriguez (0-2) quickly blew the 4-2 lead in the sixth.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 6
David Freese hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season during a five-run first inning for St. Louis, and the Cardinals held on to beat Milwaukee.
The Brewers made it close on a pair of three-run homers by Aramis Ramirez off Jaime Garcia before losing for the 13th time in 15 games. The bottom four spots in the lineup were a combined 0 for 15.
The Cardinals had five hits and a walk while batting around against Wily Peralta (3-4) in the first, but the right-hander was still in the game when Garcia (5-2) was chased in the sixth.
Milwaukee got one hit in 3 2-3 innings against three relievers, with Edward Mujica working the ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.
Rockies 10, Giants 9
Jordan Pacheco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the fifth inning and Carlos Gonzalez added a solo homer, helping Colorado hold on for a win over San Francisco that snapped a 10-game skid against the Giants.
Pacheco laced his first homer of the season to left on a hanging slider from Madison Bumgarner (4-2), who failed to protect an early four-run lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (5-3) entered the game without giving up a run at Coors Field in 12 innings. He was hit hard, surrendering five runs in five innings, only to settle down enough to earn the win.
In the ninth, Rafael Betancourt struck out the side for his 10th save in as many chances.
Phillies 5, Reds 3
Domonic Brown drove in the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the eighth and Philadelphia snapped Cincinnati's six-game winning streak.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Cliff Lee threw seven sharp innings for the Phillies, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Lee gave up two runs and six hits, striking out seven. Justin De Fratus (2-0) got two batters out in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his eighth save in eight tries.
Joey Votto hit a solo homer, Jay Bruce added a two-run shot and Tony Cingrani allowed three runs and five hits in five innings for the Reds. Sean Marshall (0-1) took the loss.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2
Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, tied his career high with four hits and drove in four runs to lead Arizona over Miami.
Eric Chavez homered and also had four hits, and Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado had three hits apiece for Arizona, which had 16 hits in all and won its third straight game.
Trevor Cahill (3-4) won for the third time in four decisions following an 0-3 start, allowing one run, five hits and four walks in eight innings. He walked his first two batters in the third before retiring 13 in a row, 10 on groundballs.
Kevin Slowey (1-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings for the Marlins.
Nationals 6, Padres 5 (10)
Adam LaRoche hit two towering home runs and Chad Tracy's solo shot in the 10th inning lifted Washington over San Diego.
Tracy's seventh career pinch-hit home run negated a blown save from closer Rafael Soriano, who gave up two runs with two outs in the ninth.
The Padres tied the game with three straight singles. Chase Headley's RBI made it 5-4 and Yonder Alonso pushed him to third with another single. Kyle Blanks evened the score with another single, which sent the game into extra innings.
It was Soriano's second blown save in 14 chances. Drew Storen got his first save of the season in the 10th.
Tracy's home run came off Padres closer Huston Street (0-3), who has allowed six home runs in 17 1-3 innings. He gave up two in 39 innings last season.
Pirates 5, Astros 4
Jimmy Paredes dropped Russell Martin's bases-loaded fly ball when he collided with second baseman Jake Elmore with two outs in the ninth, the second missed catch by a Houston right fielder, and Pittsburgh rallied past the Astros.
Down 4-1, Pittsburgh started its comeback in the sixth when Chris Carter dropped Andrew McCutchen's fly ball for a three-base error and Garrett Jones followed with a double.
Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Justin Wilson (4-0) worked the tenth inning to pick up the win for the Pirates.
Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss.
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