Tigers 5, Blue Jays 5
DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Ricky Romero's wildness in a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Romero (8-11) lost his 10th straight decision, allowing five runs, seven hits and eight walks in 5 1-3 innings. He didn't strike out a batter.
Austin Jackson had three hits, and Scherzer (13-6) was sharp for the Tigers. Scherzer allowed five hits, including Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer. He walked two.
Detroit needed three relievers to get through the eighth, when the Blue Jays scored two runs. Jose Valverde then pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.
Valverde allowed two baserunners but eventually struck out Encarnacion to end it.
Royals 1, Rays 0, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eric Hosmer's two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the only run in Kansas City's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in a classic pitchers' duel between the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Rays' David Price.
The run off Joel Peralta (1-5) was unearned after an error on Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist. Jeff Francouer scored the run after his single preceding Zobrist's throwing error.
Kelvin Herrera (1-1) got the win and Greg Holland pitched the 10th inning for his sixth save.
Price and Hochevar both pitched eight innings, giving up a combined four hits.
The loss snapped the Rays' five-game winning streak.
Angels 5, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his career-high 30th homer, Ervin Santana pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Mike Trout had two hits, giving him 139 in the first 100 games of his rookie season, the most since 1964 when Tony Oliva had 144 for Minnesota.
Santana (7-10) allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks, leaving after throwing 100 pitches.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Aaron Cook (3-7) was touched for five runs on 11 hits in five innings and fell to 1-6 in his last eight starts. Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games overall.
White Sox 7, Yankees 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Paul Konerko homered and Dewayne Wise had four hits Tuesday night as the Chicago White Sox rallied for the second straight game to beat the New York Yankees 7-3.
Chicago, which fell behind 3-0 in Monday night's opener before winning 9-6, trailed 2-0 after one inning Tuesday in the matchup of division leaders.
Wise, designated for assignment by the Yankees in July, had four singles from the leadoff spot and has played well while filling in for the injured Alejandro De Aza.
It was Youkilis' second grand slam this season at U.S. Cellular Field. He also cleared the bases in April for Boston against the White Sox and Phil Humber.
Since joining the White Sox in a June trade with the Red Sox, Youkilis has hit 11 of his 15 homers.
Orioles 5, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nate McLouth's two-run home run keyed Baltimore's four-run fifth inning and the Orioles held off the Texas Rangers 5-3 Tuesday night.
Chris Tillman (6-2) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out seven and walked one in 6 2-3 innings before giving way to the Orioles' bullpen, which now has a 1.57 ERA in the last 18 games. Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 38th save.
Manny Machado had a run-scoring triple and J.J. Hardy also drove in a run with a double in the fifth against Scott Feldman (6-9).
The Rangers scored two on Geovany Soto's two-run homer in the seventh inning to pull to 5-3 and then put the tying run on base, but Pedro Strop struck out Josh Hamilton on a slider to end the threat.
Athletics 5, Twins 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson pitched seven innings in his first start since undergoing elbow surgery nearly 15 months ago and the Athletics turned a triple play behind him in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Newly acquired shortstop Stephen Drew went hitless in his Oakland debut but it hardly mattered. Coco Crisp, Seth Smith and Josh Donaldson had two hits apiece for the A's, who remain one-half game behind Baltimore in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League.
Anderson struck out seven and faced one batter over the minimum in his return after being sidelined since June 5, 2011. He was activated off the disabled list Monday following a six-start rehab stint in the minors.
Ben Revere singled and scored the lone run for Minnesota.
Mariners 5, Indians 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez wasn't perfect. He was still dominant.
Hernandez allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings in the first start following his perfect game, Jesus Montero hit a three-run homer in Seattle's four-run seventh inning, and the Mariners won their seventh straight beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Greeted by a crowd of more than 39,000, most of them in yellow shirts with the words "King of Perfection" honoring his perfect game, Hernandez (12-5) gave up a leadoff single to Jason Kipnis on a 0-2 pitch. He allowed seven hits and struck out five.
Cleveland starter Roberto Hernandez (0-2) didn't allow a hit until Eric Thames' homer with two outs in the fifth. John Jaso later broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the seventh and was followed by Montero's 13th homer of the season.
Rockies 6, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES' cha-SEEN') made an impressive return from an extended absence and the Colorado Rockies backed him with a pair of sharp defensive plays, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday night.
Chacin had not pitched in the majors since May 1 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He came off the disabled list earlier in the day and held the Mets to one run and four hits in six innings, ending his seven-game losing streak that began last September.
Chris Young retired the first 15 Colorado batters, but his throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Chacin helped the Rockies score four times in the sixth.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler made a sparkling catch and hit a pair of RBI singles as the Rockies won their third in a row. The Mets lost their third straight, giving away another run on a botched rundown.
Chacin (1-3) twice got help on balls hit hard by David Wright.
Reds 5, Phillies 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Cozart hit a tiebreaking homer on Jonathan Papelbon's first pitch in the ninth and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Phillies 5-4 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against Philadelphia.
Kevin Frandsen hit a tying RBI triple off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth, but the NL Central-leading Reds went up to stay on Cozart's shot off Papelbon (3-5).
Cliff Lee took a shutout into the seventh before allowing three runs to remain winless at home this season.
The Reds took a 4-3 lead when Todd Frazier connected off Antonio Bastardo with two outs in the eighth for his 18th homer. The Phillies answered off Broxton (2-1). Domonic Brown hit a two-out single, and Frandsen tripled down the right-field line.
Aroldis Chapman finished for his 30th save in 34 tries.
Nationals 4, Braves 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 batters and allowed one run in six innings for his 15th win in one of his final starts of the season as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Tuesday night.
For weeks, the impending shutdown of Strasburg has been the talk of baseball and though the Nationals haven't said exactly what their limit for the star right-hander is, it's thought to be between 160 and 180 innings. After this start, his fourth straight win, when he allowed four hits and walked one, he has thrown 145 1-3 innings.
Talk of his innings limit overshadowed discussion of the NL East race. Washington's win gave the Nationals a seven-game lead over second-place Atlanta, their largest of the season.
The Braves have lost four straight.
Cardinals 7, Astros 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hitter and the St. Louis Cardinals punished rookie Lucas Harrell with six runs in the first three innings, getting over an excruciating 19-inning loss two days earlier with a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Skip Schumaker and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece for the Cardinals, who got six hits the first seven at-bats in a four-run first and then capitalized on a pair of walks to open a two-run third. Jon Jay had three hits and an RBI.
Wainwright (12-10) threw his second shutout and third complete game of the season. Two of the complete games have come during a string of six consecutive victories at home with a 1.42 ERA. He pitched a five-hitter on Aug. 4, a 6-1 victory over the Brewers.
Brewers 5, Cubs 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marco Estrada allowed two hits in six solid innings to win for the first time in almost a year, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Tuesday night.
Estrada (1-5) started for the 16th time this season and made 14 relief appearances over this season and last since his 11-4 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 23, 2011.
The Brewers right-hander gave up Alfonso Soriano's double leading off the second and rookie starter Chris Rusin's first major league hit, a one-out triple in the third. Estrada worked retired David DeJesus on a comebacker and then Josh Vitters took a called third strike to end the inning.
Estrada retired 18 of 21 batters before turning over a 1-0 lead to Kameron Loe to start the seventh.
Giants 4, Dodgers 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) bounced back from consecutive home losses with his third straight road win and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1. That increases the Giants' NL West lead to one and a-half games over their division rival.
The two-time NL Cy Young winner allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings after failing to pitch past the fourth inning in his last start, a loss to Washington last week. Lincecum (7-13) struck out four and walked one while the Giants provided him slightly more than his average of 3.91 runs of support.
Joe Blanton (8-12) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked two to fall to 0-3 in four starts with the Dodgers since being acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 4.
Padres 7, Pirates 5, 10 Innings
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chase Headley hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Headley's home run came off Daniel McCutchen (0-1) and gave San Diego its fourth straight win.
McCutchen issued a leadoff walk to Will Venable, who stole second before Headley hit his 21st homer. The home run was Headley's ninth this month with 26 RBIs, both major-league highs.
Venable and Cameron Maybin each tied their career high with four hits. It was the second time in three games that Maybin has equaled his mark.
Miles Mikolas (2-1) pitched one inning for the win.
Pittsburgh dropped 7 1-2 games behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central. The Pirates are one-half game ahead of Los Angeles and St. Louis for the second wild-card slot.
Marlins 6, D-Backs 5, 10 innings
PHOENIX (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Gorkys Hernandez beat out an infield single to shortstop off Sam Demel (0-1), the Diamondbacks' sixth pitcher, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Demel intentionally walked Jose Reyes and retired Carlos Lee on a flyball to center field before Stanton looped a clean single to left with the go-ahead run.
Chad Gaudin (2-1) struck out one and walked one in the bottom of the ninth for the win, his first since April 15 against Houston.