Morton stays unbeaten, leads Astros to win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season with six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2 on Thursday night.
Morton (7-0) allowed two runs and five hits while extending his career-best winning streak to 10 games. The right-hander, who moved into a tie for the AL lead in wins, hasn’t lost since Sept. 9, 2017, against Oakland. He walked three and struck out five.
Morton fell behind after Michael Brantley’s two-run single in the third, but his offense gave him plenty of support. Houston scored three runs in the fifth and added five in the sixth to put the game away.
Mike Clevinger (3-2) opened with four scoreless innings, but couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Bregman capped the inning with his fifth homer over the 19-foot high wall in left field that put Houston ahead. He added an RBI double in the sixth.
ORIOLES 9, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the White Sox.
Bundy (3-6) had been roughed up in losing four of five previous starts, but sparkled once again in an afternoon contest. The 25-year-old right-hander improved to 2-1 with 1.32 ERA in five day games.
Adam Jones and Trey Mancini hit solo home runs as Baltimore took a 9-0 lead after three innings. Jones and Manny Machado each had three hits, and Chance Sisco drove in three runs for the last-place Orioles. They won for just the third time in nine games and improved to 6-21 on the road.
ANGELS 8, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs, and Shohei Ohtani doubled twice in Los Angeles’ victory over Toronto.
Nick Tropeano (2-3) pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.
Ohtani also walked twice and scored two runs. Martin Maldonado had two hits and three RBIs.
The Angels scored more than three runs for the third time in their past 12 and posted their biggest output since an 8-0 win at Colorado on May 9.
Tropeano (2-3) allowed one run and four hits, walked a season-low one and struck out six. The victory was his first since April 12 at Kansas City.
REDS 5, PIRATES 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova — who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati — and Jesse Winker added a solo shot for the Reds against Pittsburgh.
The Reds took two of three in the series, completing a 3-4 homestand. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
Luis Castillo (4-4) gave up four hits in six innings, including a two-run homer by David Freese.
Austin Meadows hit his second homer of the series, a two-run shot off Amir Garrett in the ninth that cut it to 5-4. Jared Hughes got the last two outs for his second save. The Reds are without closer Raisel Iglesias, who went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained biceps in his non-throwing arm.
ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty and the Athletics tagged Felix Hernandez early, and Oakland ended Seattle’s five-game winning streak.
Oakland helped itself by turning a team record-tying five groundball double plays, and stopped a five-game home skid. The A’s scored four times in the first inning, two on Piscotty’s double off Hernandez (5-4). Hernandez settled down and retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced in going six innings.
Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings in relief. He was among five A’s pitchers manager Bob Melvin used after saying it would be a bullpen day with rookie reliever Josh Lucas making a spot start. Lucas lasted just two innings in his first career start, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks and throwing 52 pitches.
RAYS 6, RED SOX 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings, Wilson Ramos drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep.
Snell (6-3) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The left-hander is 2-0 in three starts against Boston this season, giving up two runs and 11 hits in 19 innings.
Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and Rafael Devers had an RBI double off Matt Andriese in the ninth as Boston got within three runs. But, Alex Colome retired Sandy Leon on a two-out grounder with Devers on second to get his 11th save.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (6-2) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs — four earned — and eight hits. Boston (34-16) dropped to 9-4 against the Rays this year.
ROYALS 8, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Danny Duffy didn’t need much help Thursday night. Still, he and catcher Salvador Perez got a nifty assist from Shin-Soo Choo’s face.
Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning after Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 for their season-best third straight victory.
Perez had four RBIs on a pair of two-run singles with two outs, first in the fifth and then the seventh innings.
Duffy (2-6) allowed a run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2/3 innings in his longest outing of the season.
The veteran left-hander entered the game with a 6.88 ERA this season and had allowed at least five earned runs in five of his previous 10 starts.
“It was nice to do something beneficial to the team,” said Duffy, who said his slider might have been his best of the season.
“He needed it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He was on the attack. He was throwing the ball in good spots and was ahead in the count.”
Last season against Texas, Duffy allowed only one run in 15 2/3 innings. Both of Duffy’s 2017 appearances vs. Texas were 1-0 Rangers wins. He got one loss and one no-decision.
“I’ve been throwing baseballs professionally for almost 11 years now. You notice trends that you have success against people,” Duffy said.
After DeShields led off Texas’ first inning with a single to right field, Duffy didn’t allow another hit until Choo singled in the seventh. Rougned Odor broke up the shutout bid with a two-out single in the eighth, ending Duffy’s night.
Texas’ offense struggled a night after matching a season high for runs in a 12-10 win over the New York Yankees.
“(Duffy) had a good start tonight,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “There’s not a whole lot other that you can say.”
Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He made his season debut for Texas after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day.
Ramon Torres had two hits and three runs in his first appearance of the season. He was a late lineup replacement for Alex Gordon, who had a sore hip and a stiff neck.
The Royals scored two unearned runs in the second inning after having no one on with two outs. Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last Saturday, followed Ryan Goins’ single to center that rolled past DeShields’ glove. Goins and Torres both scored on the three-base error.
Bibens-Dirkx filled the rotation spot left vacant when left-hander Matt Moore went on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right knee.
THE OLDEST GETS OLDER
Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the major leagues’ oldest active player, turned 45 on Thursday. His teammates honored him with a cake before the game, and his face ended up in the cake during the celebration.
Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, from the Dominican Republic like Colon, said he had pictures of Colon on his bedroom walls when he was a teenager.
“He was my idol,” Herrera said.
To make room for Bibens-Dirkx on Texas’ 40-man roster, left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock. Mann appeared in three games, making his major league debut on May 13, after pitching 15 years in the minors and Japan.
Royals: Gordon was injured making a diving catch during Wednesday’s win at St. Louis.
Royals LHP Eric Skoglund (1-4) has lost three straight. He allowed six earned runs in five innings Sunday in the New York Yankees’ 10-1 win.
Rangers LHP Mike Minor (3-3), who spent last season as a Royals reliever, has also lost three straight. He gave up 14 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings in the three games.
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