MLB roundup: Dozier’s two HR’s help Twins shut out White Sox

MLB roundup: Dozier’s two HR’s help Twins shut out White Sox

Brian Dozier hit two home runs and drove in all four runs, and Kyle Gibson threw seven shutout innings as Minnesota beat Chicago.

The Twins earned their fifth in their past eight games, their first over the White Sox in seven meetings this season.

Dozier’s second homer — a three-run blast with two outs in the sixth inning — broke the game open and provided Gibson and the Twins (25-51) with some breathing room.

Cardinals 8, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in a pair of runs and Michael Wacha pitched six useful innings as St. Louis held off Kansas City.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Seung Hawn Oh, but came away empty. Pinch hitter Alex Gordon popped up foul to third baseman Jhonny Peralta, while Eric Hosmer grounded out to end the game.

Carpenter, who leads the National League in on-base-plus-slugging percentage and with 43 extra-base hits, homered to lead off a two-run sixth and contributed a RBI-double in a three-run sixth.

Wacha (4-7), who snapped a personal career-worst seven-game losing streak in his previous start, gave up four runs, one unearned, on nine hits and a walk in six innings.

Mariners 5, Pirates 2

SEATTLE — Twelve hits and a strong outing from Hisashi Iwakuma were enough for Seattle to beat Pittsburgh.

Robinson Cano had three hits, and Nelson Cruz hit his 20th home run of the season as the Mariners (39-38) improved to 9-2 in interleague games. Cano had three singles, an RBI and two runs, while Cruz delivered the big hit with a two-run homer in the fifth.

Cruz’s blast gave the Mariners a 5-0 lead.

Indians 5, Braves 3

ATLANTA — Carlos Santana’s run-scoring single in the ninth inning drove in the deciding run and the Cleveland Indians won their 11th straight game, beating the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Tuesday at Turner Field.

With the game tied 2-2, Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino walked Tyler Naquin and Juan Uribe to start the ninth inning. Santana delivered a single to right field to drive in Naquin.

The Indians added two insurance runs. Pinch runner Rajai Davis scored on shortstop Erick Aybar’s fielding error and Santana scored on a single by Jose Ramirez.

The victory gave Cleveland its first 11-game winning streak since 1982. The franchise record is 13, last accomplished in 1951.

Rangers 7, Yankees 1

NEW YORK — Cole Hamels pitched seven shutout innings for his ninth straight road victory and the Texas Rangers extended their road winning streak to eight games with a victory over New York.

Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run off CC Sabathia (5-5) and it was enough for Hamels (9-1). Beltre added an RBI single and Prince Fielder contributed an RBI double as Texas won for the 28th time in its last 36 games.

Pinch hitter Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar had RBI singles for the final margin for Texas.

Tigers 7, Marlins 5

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera blasted a go-ahead, three-run homer during a seven-run fifth and Detroit held on for a victory over Miami at Comerica Park.

Cabrera’s homer was sandwiched by two-run shots from Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak. Castellanos wound up a double shy of a cycle.

Mike Pelfrey (2-7) lasted 5 1/3 innings despite giving up four runs on 12 hits and got the win. Francisco Rodriguez collected his 21st save.

Red Sox 8, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Travis Shaw had a solo home run and five RBIs, helping Boston bounce back with a win over Chris Archer and Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Boston had dropped six of eight before Tuesday’s win, which saw starter Rick Porcello (9-2) keep the Rays bats in check, one day after an 18-hit, 13-run barrage. Tampa Bay saw Archer (4-11) become the majors’ first 11-game loser, matching the team record for losses before the All-Star break. Archer has also lost his last eight decisions against Boston.

If Archer kept the Rays close, leaving in the seventh down 3-1, reliever Enny Romero quickly took care of that. Romero inherited a runner, gave up a single to David Ortiz, an RBI single to Hanley Ramirez and after an out, Shaw’s two-run double to make it a 6-1 game. Shaw, who had been 1-for-12 on Boston’s road trip, had a solo home run in the second, a two-run double in the seventh and a two-run single in the ninth. It’s his third game this season with five RBIs.

Nationals 5, Mets 0

WASHINGTON — Lucas Giolito pitched four scoreless innings in his major league debut and combined with four others on a five-hitter as Washington beat New York in a game that ended around 12:15 a.m. ET on Wednesday after two rain delays.

Wilson Ramos, who caught the shutout, had two hits and his two-run double in the seventh gave the Nationals a 5-0 cushion. Bryce Harper also had two hits for the Nationals, including a homer.

The first-place Nationals are five games ahead of the Mets, who have lost seven of their last 11 games.

Astros 7, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Carlos Correa drove in four runs and recorded a home run and double among three hits, Jose Altuve had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and Houston rolled to a victory over reeling Los Angeles.

The win for the Astros was their ninth in 10 games, but they remain 10 games behind the equally hot Texas Rangers in the American League West. The Angels, meanwhile, continue to slip into oblivion. The loss was their eighth in nine games as they fell 14 games below .500 (32-46) and 19 games out of first, both season-worsts.

Astros right-hander Scott Feldman had not started a game since April, making a spot start Tuesday in place of Lance McCullers (blister on index finger). Feldman (5-3) was up to the task, allowing only an unearned run and three hits in five innings.

Orioles 11, Padres 7

SAN DIEGO — Baltimore hit three home runs to power past San Diego.

The Orioles won their sixth straight by flexing their muscles and leaning on the solid pitching of Ubaldo Jimenez. Adam Jones, Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis all went deep for the Orioles, who lead the majors in home runs this season and in June.

Kim had three RBIs, one of four Orioles with multiple runs batted in. Jonathan Schoop and Davis had three hits. Jimenez (5-7) worked five innings, surrendering one run on three hits. He struck out five and walked four in beating the Padres for the second time since Wednesday.

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX — Ryan Howard walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in the ninth inning when Philadelphia compounded Arizona’s loss of ace Zack Greinke with a victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes doubled to open the ninth inning off Brad Ziegler (2-3) and scored on a single by Andres Blanco to tie the game at 3.

Odubel Herrera singled to right to send Blanco to third and Peter Bourjos walked to load the bases. Ziegler struck out Maikel Franco to bring up Howard, who walked on a 3-2 pitch.

Ziegler has failed to convert two of his last three save opportunities after setting a franchise record with 43 straight.

Athletics 13, Giants 11

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Smolinski smacked a three-run, pinch-hit home run in a five-run eighth inning, rallying Oakland to a victory over San Francisco in the second game of their interleague series.

Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie also drove in runs in the game-swinging eighth for the A’s, who recorded a two-game sweep of the San Francisco portion of the four-game set between San Francisco Bay Area rivals.

The two-site series moves to Oakland for games Wednesday and Thursday.

Blue Jays 14, Rockies 9

DENVER — Toronto sat through a fierce rainstorm that pelted Coors Field with hail and delayed the start of the game until 9:21 p.m. The Blue Jays then tore into two Colorado pitchers while beating the Rockies 14-9.

The Blue Jays had lost their seven previous games at Coors Field — three each in 2006 and 2010 and Monday night. The win was just their third in nine games.

The Blue Jays had 18 hits and went 10-for-24 with runners in scoring position in a game that lasted 3 hours, 51 minutes and ended at 1:12 a.m.