Baseball Roundup

Toronto's Rajai Davis spins through air after being brushed back by Chicago pitcher Chris Sale during the fifth inning of Thursday's game in Toronto. Davis, the former New London High School and UConn-Avery Point standout, had two hits and scored in the Blue Jays' 3-1 win.
Toronto's Rajai Davis spins through air after being brushed back by Chicago pitcher Chris Sale during the fifth inning of Thursday's game in Toronto. Davis, the former New London High School and UConn-Avery Point standout, had two hits and scored in the Blue Jays' 3-1 win.

American League

Orioles 10, Rays 6 (10)

Baltimore evidently figure if it's going to work overtime, it might as well make the most of it.

Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and Baltimore withstood four solo homers by Tampa Bay in a victory Thursday night.

Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce also homered for the Orioles, who have won 17 straight in extra innings, including 16 last season. It's the longest such streak since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 21 in a row from June 1959 to July 1960.

"It's huge for us to get the feel for it, how we did it last year," third baseman Manny Machado said.

Nick Markakis led off the 10th with a single against Jamey Wright (0-1). Brandon Gomes came in to face Machado, who reached on a bunt single that hugged the first base line. Adam Jones followed with a long single to the warning track that eluded right fielder Ben Zobrist, but Markakis held up initially and could only make it to third.

Wieters drove Gomes' next pitch over the right-field wall. It was Baltimore's first game-ending grand slam since Harold Baines did it against the Chicago White Sox on May 4, 1999.

"I felt like it was going to go," Wieters said. "I knew it was going to get a run in, whether it went out or not. I knew the game was going to be over. That was a good feeling."

Asked if he'd ever finished a game with a grand slam, Wieters replied, "I don't think a grand slam. Anytime you get a walk-off and get to celebrate with your teammates, it's a good day."

Troy Patton (1-0) worked the 10th for the Orioles, who took two of three from their AL East rivals.

Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria homered for the Rays in the first inning, Jose Molina connected in the sixth and James Loney went deep in the eighth against Darren O'Day to knot the score at 6.

"Offense was fantastic," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We did a lot of good things, but Baltimore outplayed us in this series."

Tampa Bay starter David Price, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, walked off the mound with the lead but remained winless in four starts this season.

The Rays were ahead 5-4 when Price gave up a leadoff double to J.J. Hardy in the seventh inning. Jake McGee then served up a 3-2 pitch that Pearce drove over the left-field wall — his first hit in 16 at-bats this season.

Price gave up five runs and eight hits, striking out six. The left-hander is 0-1 with an uncharacteristic 6.26 ERA.

"It's a frustrating time for myself and this team right now," Price said. "I play this game to win, and most importantly, I want our team to win every fifth day when it's my time to pitch. I'm not helping the team right now so I'll have to make some adjustments and find what works."

The Rays scored six runs on 11 hits Wednesday, and they put up those same exact numbers on Thursday — but lost.

Jennings got the Rays started with his second leadoff homer of the series, a drive to left on a 1-2 pitch. Two outs later, Longoria hit his third home run in four games.

A sacrifice fly by Jennings made it 3-0 in the second before Zobrist fouled out with three runners on, leaving the Rays 0 for 12 this season with the bases loaded.

In the bottom half, Chris Davis singled in a run and Reimold homered to tie the score.

A throwing error by Hardy provided the Rays an unearned run and a 4-3 lead in the third.

After Baltimore put runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth, Machado hit an RBI double off the left-field wall. But Markakis overran third base and was tagged out to end the inning with the score tied at 4.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1

R.A. Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back during Toronto's victory over Chicago.

Dickey (2-2) retired his first 11 batters and allowed two hits, both singles. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked one, struck out a season-high seven and lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.30.

Esmil Rogers got four outs and Casey Janssen finished for his fifth save.

Rajai Davis sparked the Blue Jays' offense with two stolen bases and an RBI double.

Chris Sale (1-2), who gave up a career-high eight runs in his previous start Sunday in Cleveland, was much better in this one. He allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits over seven innings.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista missed his fourth straight game with a sore back.

Mariners 2, Tigers 0

Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help Seattle beat Detroit.

The teams played the series finale about 13 hours after the Tigers' 2-1 victory in 14 innings Wednesday night, a game that featured a combined 40 strikeouts and ended with Justin Smoak tagged out at home plate in a collision with Detroit catcher Brayan Pena.

Verlander (2-2) threw 126 pitches in seven innings. He struck out 12 and gave up nine hits.

Endy Chavez followed Seager's double with a run-scoring single.

Carter Capps (1-1) worked two innings in relief of starter Hisashi Iwakuma for his first major league win. Tom Wilhelmsen earned his sixth save.

National League

Brewers 7, Giants 2

Yovani Gallardo homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge, and Milwaukee beat San Francisco for a three-game sweep.

Gallardo (1-1) was arrested early Tuesday morning. The right-hander allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run in six innings.

Milwaukee won its season-high fourth in a row after a 1-8 skid.

Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which swept the Giants for the first time since July 18-20, 2008.

San Francisco fell to 0-4 when Matt Cain (0-2) pitches.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 3

Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and St. Louis held on to beat Philadelphia.

Philadelphia put runners at first and third with no outs in the ninth against Edward Mujica, but the fill-in closer retired three straight batters for his first save. The Phillies lost their fourth in a row.

Wainwright (3-1) gave up three runs and nine hits while striking out four and walking none.

Beltran broke a 3-all tie with one out in the eighth when he hit an opposite-field homer to left off Mike Adams (0-1).

Braves 6, Pirates 4

Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis connected for a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh.

Atlanta brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the same game for the second time this season as the Braves kept up their torrid play. Atlanta improved to a major league-best 13-2 after Gattis hit a sinker from Jared Hughes (1-1) into the left-field bleachers for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

Justin Upton leads the majors with nine home runs.

Anthony Varvaro (1-0) won in relief of starter Julio Teheran. Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Reds 11, Marlins 1

Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and Cincinnati beat Miami for its fourth win in a row.

The 23-year-old Cingrani (1-0) gave up five hits, including Justin Ruggiano's solo homer, in five innings. He struck out eight and threw 102 pitches.

Rookie Jose Fernandez (0-1) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits while taking his first big league loss.

Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was back in the Miami lineup after missing six games with a bruised left shoulder. He committed two errors, including one that let a run score.


Cubs 6, Rangers 2

Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season, Anthony Rizzo also homered and Chicago beat Texas at a soggy Wrigley Field.

Despite torrential rains that caused citywide floods, the teams were able to play in an occasional drizzle. The Cubs and Texas were rained out Wednesday.

Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Soriano followed with a shot that gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead against Alexi Ogando (2-1). Soriano's homer accounted for his first RBI of the season.

Welington Castillo added a career-high four hits as Chicago ended its three-game losing streak.

Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched seven innings and gave up two runs and four hits.


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