Blue Jays 7, Rays 5
With every outing, R.A. Dickey feels he's getting closer to his Cy Young Award form of last season.
Dickey won his second straight start, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning, and Toronto beat Tampa Bay Monday.
"I've felt like I've been stuck in a quagmire for the last week, two weeks," Dickey said. "So it's nice to feel like you've got at least one foot out of it.
"I'm not going to say I feel great," Dickey continued. "I've had a few maladies over the season, and I'm hopeful to continue to progress. But I'm not all the way there yet."
Dickey (4-5) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in a season-high eight innings as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight home game. The reigning NL Cy Young winner walked four and struck out five.
"You look forward to when he takes the mound," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Dickey has walked 28 batters in 62 innings this season. He walked 54 in 233 2-3 innings while pitching for the New York Mets last year.
"Still walking more guys than I hope to, which is causing my pitch counts to be higher," Dickey said. "You've just got to keep grinding it out."
Casey Janssen gave up a two-run homer to former Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar in the ninth. Booed by the crowd of 29,885, Escobar thumped his chest and made an exaggerated safe sign as he crossed the plate, prompting more jeers.
"I'm sure that was an emotional moment for him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "The booing probably promoted the reaction that he had. I'm going to talk to him about that tomorrow. I'm certain you're not going to see that again."
Janssen said he hadn't noticed Escobar's gesture, and said he wasn't bothered by it.
"I don't think it was directed at me," Janssen said. "We were good teammates, I had no problem with him. He had no problem with me. I did hear the chorus of boos and I'm sure he was a little frustrated at times. He's an emotional guy, he's a prideful guy. It was his moment to shine and he did his thing."
Desmond Jennings followed with a single and Matt Joyce walked, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but Janssen struck out Ben Zobrist on three pitches to end it.
Encarnacion doubled in the seventh after Josh Lueke (0-1) walked the bases loaded around a sacrifice and a flyout. Encarnacion's hit off the left-field wall ricocheted past outfielder Sam Fuld, allowing all three runners to score.
Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-out RBI triple off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth.
Making his Rays debut and just his third major league start, right-hander Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He walked one, struck out a career-high six and retired 10 of his final 11 batters.
"Starting off I just couldn't get in a groove," Odorizzi said. "Once I did, it felt good."
Henry Blanco hit a one-out double in the second and was called safe by C.B. Bucknor even though replays appeared to show he was tagged out by second baseman Ben Zobrist. One out later, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI double to right.
Indians 10, Mariners 8 (10)
Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Indians, twice revived by Seattle's fielding errors, to complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners.
Gomes, who also homered in the second, drove a 3-2 pitch from Charlie Furbush (0-3) over the wall in left, giving the Indians their fifth straight win and third walk-off over the Mariners in four days. As Gomes reached the plate he was mobbed by his teammates following an improbable win that came after Cleveland's bullpen gave up homers in three consecutive innings.
It was the Indians' first four-game sweep of Seattle since 1981, and the comeback gave Cleveland its 18th win in 22 games.
Joe Smith (2-0) won despite giving up a go-ahead homer to Justin Smoak in the 10th.
Astros 6, Royals 5
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Astros a win over the Royals.
The Astros trailed by one in the fourth inning before Dominguez launched his fourth homer of the season into the Crawford Boxes in left field to give Houston a 6-4 lead.
Castro's homer came in Houston's two-run third inning before Kansas City took the lead on a three-run home run by Miguel Tejada in the fourth. It was his first homer since 2011.
Houston's Dallas Keuchel (1-1) allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out six in 6 2-3 innings for the win. Closer Jose Veras struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-2) allowed eight hits and a season-high six runs in five innings — his shortest start of the season.
Athletics 9, Rangers 2
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Athletics beat the Rangers.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (3-3) since April 23 at Boston.
Coco Crisp got three hits, and had the first of three straight Oakland doubles in a four-run fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. He scored when Yoenis Cespedes hit a line drive just over Adrian Beltre's head with the third baseman playing in, and Cespedes came home on Brandon Moss' line drive to the wall in right.
Josh Lindblom (0-1) lost in his 2013 debut and first major league start.
Giants 8, Nationals 0
Ryan Vogelsong broke his throwing hand on a swing after pitching himself toward his first win in seven starts, and San Francisco returned from a terrible road trip to beat Washington.
The right-hander fouled a ball off his right hand in the fifth inning and grimaced in pain. He was quickly examined near the batter's box and left the game.
Vogelsong (2-4) snapped a six-start winless stretch with his first victory since April 11 against the Cubs. He allowed three hits in five sharp innings and lowered his ERA from 8.06 to 7.19.
Brandon Belt hit a solo home run, matched his career best with four hits and scored three runs as the Giants pounded a season-high 17 hits. Angel Pagan hit an RBI double and a two-run single. He also made a leaping catch against the center-field wall.
San Francisco snapped a three-game skid after a 1-5 road trip through Toronto and Colorado.
Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 in his return to the Nationals' lineup after missing two games with a bruised left knee. Zach Duke (0-1) lasted 3 1-3 innings in a spot start for Ross Detwiler, sidelined with back spasms.
Padres 4, Cardinals 2
Jason Marquis combined with four relievers on a four-hitter to win his fifth straight start and Will Venable homered to lead San Diego over NL Central-leading St. Louis.
Marquis (6-2) has won five consecutive starts for the first time since 2007 with the Chicago Cubs. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in six innings.
Chris Denorfia went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Padres, who have won three straight and five of seven. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
The Padres chased St. Louis rookie Shelby Miller (5-3) in the sixth, when they scored two runs on three walks, one hit and a hit batter. Miller entered with a 1.40 ERA, tied for the lowest in the majors.
Marlins 5, Phillies 1
Alex Sanabia outpitched Cole Hamels in a matchup of struggling starters to lead Miami past Philadelphia.
Justin Ruggiano and Nick Green each drove in two runs for Miami in front of a season-low crowd of 13,231 at Marlins Park. Sanabia (3-6) allowed one run and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Hamels (1-7) struck out 10 in six effective innings but has not won since April 28. Domonic Brown homered for the Phillies.
Miami had 11 hits and struck out 13 times on its way to scoring more than three runs for just the second time in 13 games. The Marlins have won two straight after dropping seven in a row and 10 of 11.
Dodgers 3, Brewers 1
Clayton Kershaw scattered three singles in his second complete game of the year and Matt Kemp hit his first home run since April 24, lifting Los Angeles to a victory over Milwaukee.
Ryan Braun managed a pair of singles and Yuniesky Betancourt also singled for the only hits off Kershaw (5-2). The lefty struck out five and walked one.
Andre Ethier homered and tripled for the last-place Dodgers before being ejected by plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning.
The victory was a respite for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. He addressed speculation before the game on whether he would be fired this week, insisting he didn't feel as if he was about to be replaced.
Yovani Gallardo (3-4) gave up three runs, including two homers, in six innings. The right-hander lost his third consecutive start and the reeling Brewers have dropped 15 of 18 games.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 1
Patrick Corbin tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and struck out a career-high 10, lifting Arizona over Colorado.
Corbin (7-0) joined Randy Johnson as the only lefties in team history to begin the season 7-0. He also turned in his club-record ninth straight start in which he's pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less.
Didi Gregorius drove in two runs for the NL West leaders. A.J. Pollock had three hits and scored twice. Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez had RBI singles in the third.
Pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco broke up Corbin's shutout bid with an RBI double in the eighth. Jon Garland (3-5) went six innings, allowing five runs and a season-high 11 hits.
Braves 5, Twins 1
Julio Teheran pitched into the ninth inning, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer in the first and Atlanta beat struggling Minnesota for its fourth straight victory.
Teheran (3-1) gave up five hits, including Josh Willingham's homer in the ninth. He struck out four, walked one and threw 80 of 123 pitches for strikes during the longest outing of his career.
Cory Gearrin earned his first major league save. Minnesota has lost six straight. After rallying late to win three in a row against the Dodgers last weekend, Atlanta jumped on Twins starter Kevin Correia (4-4) early.
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