Orioles 2, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brian Matusz (MAH'-tihs) pitched effectively into the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles ended a six-game losing streak by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Saturday.
Matusz (5-5) didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning. He permitted two hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven and walking three.
The Orioles scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a two-out throwing error by Drew Sutton.
Endy Chavez homered in the third off Jeremy Hellickson (4-2).
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) — Felix Doubront won for the fifth time in six starts, Nick Punto homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Saturday.
Punto fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs to lead Boston to its 10th win in 14 games. Daniel Nava also had two RBIs as the Red Sox (28-25) moved a season-high three games above .500.
Doubront (6-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, improving to 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in his past five starts. The left-hander walked one, struck out seven and matched a career-high by allowing two home runs.
Doubront, who matched his longest start of the season, has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his past five outings.
Jose Bautista and Jeff Mathis each hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10 and fell into last place in the AL East. Eight of the past nine runs scored by Toronto, dating to Wednesday's win over Baltimore, have come on solo homers.
Matt Albers got two outs in relief. Andrew Miller retired the only batter he faced, Vicente Padilla worked 2-3 of an inning and Alfredo Aceves finished in the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.
Athletics 9, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The struggling Oakland Athletics took advantage of some bumbling Kansas City defense to pile up their most offense in more than three weeks, helping them snap a nine-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday.
Brandon McCarthy (4-3) came off the disabled list to throw six innings, Jemile Weeks reached base four times and Josh Reddick had a two-run triple during a four-run fifth for Oakland.
The A's nine runs surpassed their total from the previous six games combined.
One of the worst offenses in baseball hardly looked like it against Luke Hochevar (3-6), who has become something of a salve for scuffling attacks. The former first overall draft pick allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings, the sixth time he's failed to get past the fifth this season.
Mariners 10, White Sox 8, 12 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) homered twice, John Jaso hit a tiebreaking double in the 12th inning and the Seattle Mariners ended Chicago's nine-game winning streak by beating the White Sox 10-8 Saturday.
Jesus Montero led off the 10th with a double against Addison Reed (0-1). One out later, Jaso drove in pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki. Chone Figgins followed with an RBI single.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, for the victory. Hisashi Iwakuma earned his second save by pitching the 12th, retiring Adam Dunn on a grounder with a runner on second to end it.
Michael Saunders homered and had four of Seattle's 15 hits.
Chicago's Dayan Viciedo tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the eighth off Stephen Pryor — the eighth home run of the game, four by each team.
Twins 7, Indians 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Mauer broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Mauer entered the game in an 0-for-10 skid, but had an RBI single in Minnesota's four-run first inning. He also singled in the second and hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Tony Sipp.
Trevor Plouffe's one-out homer in the sixth off Josh Tomlin (2-3) broke a 4-all tie.
Brian Duensing (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings as the Twins won for the fourth time in five games. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
The Indians have lost six of eight, due primarily to poor starting pitching. Cleveland's starters are 2-6 with a 9.52 ERA in the last eight games.
Tigers 4, Yankees 3
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit two prodigious homers and Omir Santos' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a wild 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
Detroit overcame a blown save by Jose Valverde (3-1) and an awful night of defense from Santos, a third-string catcher pressed into duty because of injuries. Santos made two errors and allowed five stolen bases — but his fly to right off Boone Logan with the bases loaded in the ninth was deep enough to score Brennan Boesch.
David Phelps (1-2) took the loss.
Valverde hit two batters with pitches and walked two in the ninth, allowing New York to tie it after Cabrera's homer onto a camera platform gave Detroit a 3-2 lead.
Angels 3 Rangers 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched six scoreless innings against his former teammates, Alberto Callaspo singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and the surging Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 3-2 Saturday night to pull within 3½ games of the AL West-leading Rangers.
Bobby Cassevah (1-0) got two outs for the victory, the Angels' 10th in 11 games. Ernesto Friere, the fifth Angels pitcher, worked 1 1-3 innings for his fourth save in as four chances after the Rangers scored an unearned run in the eighth against Scott Downs.
Friere ended it by striking out Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded after an 11-pitch walk to Ian Kinsler and a throwing error by Gold Glove shortstop Erick Aybar on a routine grounder by Elvis Andrus kept the inning alive.
Mets 5, Cardinals 0
NEW YORK (AP) — R.A. Dickey followed up Johan Santana's no-hitter by shutting out St. Louis, David Wright homered and the New York Mets beat the Cardinals 5-0 on Saturday.
Dickey (8-1) gave up seven hits, struck out nine and walked none in his third career shutout — first this season. The Mets scored three runs in the second, on a mishandled grounder and two run-scoring groundouts to win for the sixth time in eight games.
Carlos Beltran had a clean double against Dickey in the second inning — a day after he hit a shot down the line that looked fair but was ruled foul against Santana. The Cardinals have lost four straight and seven of nine.
Marlins 5, Phillies 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and drove in three runs to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Saturday.
Ricky Nolasco (6-3) allowed four runs on eight hits in seven-plus innings to improve to 6-1 in seven career starts at Philadelphia for the Marlins. Miami has won four of its last five and denied Cole Hamels (8-2) his ninth victory.
Jose Reyes had an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Hunter Pence homered for the second straight game for the Phillies, who lost for just the third time in 10 games.
Ramirez homered in his second straight at-bat in the sixth, a two-run shot to left, to give Miami a 4-3 lead. After Omar Infante led off the inning with an infield single, Ramirez drove Hamels' 2-2 changeup into the seats in left for his 12th career multihomer game.
Nationals 2, Braves 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched four-hit ball for seven sharp innings and Jesus Flores homered, leading the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Saturday.
Strasburg (6-1) completed seven shutout innings for the first time in his major league career. He opened the game with a flourish, striking out the first four Braves batters.
Strasburg struck out nine, walked none and threw 90 pitches. Twice he gave up singles and then induced double-play grounders.
Sean Burnett allowed two singles in a scoreless eighth and Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in fifth chances.
Brandon Beachy (5-4) allowed just three hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 2
DENVER (AP) — Aaron Harang pitched six strong innings, Bobby Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) homered for the first time this year and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
Andre Ethier and Elian Herrera had two hits and two RBIs each and James Loney also had two hits for the Dodgers.
Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario had RBI doubles and DJ LeMahieu had two hits for the Rockies, who had their five-game win streak snapped.
A day after the Rockies roughed up Los Angeles pitchers for 13 runs on 15 hits, Harang (4-3) held Colorado's suddenly potent offense to one run on four hits.
Giants 2, Cubs 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain pitched into the ninth inning on the way to winning his fifth straight start and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Saturday.
Aubrey Huff drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 1 in the sixth, then San Francisco went ahead on an RBI fielder's choice by Joaquin Arias on which Huff broke up a would-be double play. Huff produced his first RBI since April 16 and just his fifth this season after he spent a stint on the disabled list with anxiety disorder and is no longer a regular.
David DeJesus homered but it wasn't enough to help the Cubs avoid their ninth straight road loss. It is Chicago's longest skid away from Wrigley Field since also dropping nine in a row from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, 2006.
D-Backs 4, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Daniel Hudson pitched eight strong innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
The Diamondbacks, who have scored two runs or less in three of their last four games, got an assist from San Diego reliever Joe Thatcher, who balked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Hudson, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one. Hudson also had a sacrifice fly.
Goldschmidt extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a solo homer in the fifth inning into the second deck in left field that tied the score 2-all.
Brewers 5, Pirates 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brooks Conrad ended his 0-for-27 slump to start the season, hitting a homer and driving in three runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Saturday night.
Shawn Marcum (4-3) pitched seven strong innings for Milwaukee, giving up five hits while striking out eight without a walk.
Pirates starter Erik Bedard (3-6) lasted just 3 2-3 innings. He allowed five hits, five runs and three walks in his shortest outing of the season other than a May 9 game against Washington that he left in the second because of back spasms.
Cody Ransom had a two-run single for Milwaukee and Rickie Weeks — hitting just .158 coming in — reached base all four times with two hits and two walks.
Reds 12, Astros 9
HOUSTON (AP) — Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs, Brandon Phillips added three RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted Houston 12-9 Saturday night to hand the Astros their eighth straight defeat.
Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with a home run and a walk. Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick also connected for the Reds, who set a season high for runs. Brandon Phillips doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and added two RBIs in the eighth.
The Reds were up 8-2 after hitting three homers off starter Wandy Rodriguez in the first two innings. Houston closed the gap with a three-run third and went on top by adding four in the fourth.
Ludwick's solo homer tied it in the fifth.