MLB roundup: HR’s by Ramirez, Shaw help Red Sox beat Twins

MLB roundup: HR’s by Ramirez, Shaw help Red Sox beat Twins

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw slugged three-run home runs to help keep Rick Porcello perfect at Fenway Park as Boston beat Minnesota.

It was Ramirez’s 13th homer of the season and fifth in five games. He had a trio of two-runs blasts Tuesday against San Francisco and hit a three-run shot Saturday.

The Red Sox have homered in 15 consecutive contests dating back to July 4, second only to their 22-game homer streak from April 29 to May 2

Orioles 5, Indians 3

Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold roped a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Cleveland’s Cody Allen in the ninth inning and the Orioles completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday.

After losing three straight games to the New York Yankees that knocked them out of first place, the Orioles rebounded this series and once again sit atop the American League East. Despite the losses, the Indians are still in first in the AL Central.

Jonathan Schoop gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead in the fifth with his 17th homer of the season. The Indians tied the game in the eighth on an RBI single by Mike Napoli off Brad Brach.

The Orioles rallied in the ninth when Pedro Alvarez struck out but took first base when catcher Roberto Perez dropped the ball and then hit Alvarez in the back with an errant throw to first. Alvarez moved to second on a bunt by Ryan Flaherty, and two batters later, Reimold hit a 2-0 pitch off Allen (2-4) for his homer.

Yankees 5, Giants 2

NEW YORK — Nathan Eovaldi pitched effectively into the seventh innings, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira hit early home runs and New York concluded a 10-game homestand with a victory over San Francisco.

Eovaldi (9-6) threw a season-high 118 pitches and allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, highlighting the outing by getting through a bases-loaded jam in the fourth unscathed.

Beltran and Teixeira hit two-out home runs in the opening two innings off Jeff Samardzija (9-6) before the Yankees added three runs in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury had a double-play grounder which scored a run, Starlin Castro added an RBI single and Didi Gregorius contributed a run-scoring double.

Mets 3, Marlins 0

MIAMI — Steven Matz pitched six scoreless innings and Jose Reyes drilled a go-ahead RBI triple to lead New York over Miami.

Reyes’ second triple since being activated on July 5 drove in the game’s first run. The Mets added two in the eighth on RBI singles from Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney.

Matz (8-6), who had been 0-5 with a 4.79 ERA in his previous nine outings, turned things around by striking out six and allowing just four hits and two walks. He got eight ground ball outs and four fly-ball outs.

Blue Jays 2, Mariners 0

TORONTO — J.A. Happ allowed one hit over six innings and Edwin Encarnacion hit a home run as Toronto defeated Seattle.

The win was the 13th of the season for Happ, a career high for one season. Happ (13-3) walked four and hit a batter besides yielding the one hit. The left-hander struck out six before being replaced by left-hander Brett Cecil to open the seventh.

The Blue Jays averted a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mariners by winning the finale.

Diamondbacks 9, Reds 8

CINCINNATI — Arizona homered four times, including two by Yasmany Tomas, and held on to beat Cincinnati.

Paul Goldschmidt and Wellington Castillo also homered for the Diamondbacks, who avoided being swept in a three-game series at Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2007.

Arizona’s bullpen shut out the Reds until the ninth, when Tyler Clippard walked the first two batters before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer, his 21st of the season, to cut the Reds’ deficit to one run.

Padres 10, Nationals 6

WASHINGTON –Yangervis Solarte had a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon as the Padres took two of three games in the series.

Later in the ninth, Alexei Ramirez had his second hit, a three-run double to left off Papelbon, who had entered the game in the ninth with the score tied.

Wilson Ramos was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Daniel Murphy was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Nationals.

Ryan Buchter (2-0), drafted by the Nationals in 2006, got the win by pitching a scoreless eighth inning while Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for the Padres.

Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf hit home runs for the Padres in the eighth to tie the score at 6. Schimpf has nine homers this month — the most by any San Diego rookie in a calendar month

Astros 13, Angels 3

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve bashed two home runs and the Astros completed a three-game series sweep.

The Astros improved to a season-best 10 games over .500 by recording their third consecutive series sweep of the Angels, who entered the series riding a six-game winning streak. Houston stretched its winning streak over Los Angeles to 11 games by clubbing a season-high five homers, with Altuve blasting his in consecutive at-bats.

Altuve finished 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBIs. The first homer came off Angels right-hander Tim Lincecum, who recorded only four outs while slipping to 2-4.

Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for Houston.

Rangers 2, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A.J. Griffin and four Texas relievers held Kansas City Royals to seven hits in the Rangers’ win.

Griffin left after five innings and four hits, allowing a run on a Kendrys Morales home run. Rangers relievers Alex Claudio, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson held the Royals to one hit the final four innings. Claudio (2-1) claimed the victory.

Mitch Moreland’s RBI single in the sixth scored Texas’s first run. Delino DeShields led off the Rangers seventh with a go-ahead homer run off Luke Hochevar (2-3). Rougned Odor went 3-for-3 and walked for the Rangers.

The loss dropped the Royals to below .500 for the first time since May 15. They have lost seven of their past 10.

Pirates 5, Phillies 4

PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Adam Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to lift the Pirates past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 at PNC Park. The solo shot to right, off of reliever Edubray Ramos, was Frazier’s first major-league homer.

The Pirates won three of their past four games and five of their past seven. They won four home series in a row.

The Phillies lost eight of their past nine games at PNC Park.

The Phillies’ Vince Valasquez, who had been 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts since coming off the DL in late June, allowed four runs on seven hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.

Neftali Feliz (4-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

White Sox 5-4, Tigers 4-3

CHICAGO — Melky Cabrera drilled a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Chicago to a 5-4 victory and its second win of the day against Detroit.

Chicago finishing Saturday’s suspended game with a 4-3 win earlier Sunday. Adam Eaton hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to cap the first game, which was suspended by rain one night earlier with the score even at 3-3. The teams reconvened 30 minutes later to play the series finale.

Detroit (51-48) dropped the final two games of the series after winning the first two. Andrew Romine, Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Jared Saltalamacchia each hit solo home runs in the series finale as the Tigers erased a four-run deficit to even the score at 4-4 in the ninth inning.

White Sox right-hander David Robertson (2-2) earned the victory despite allowing three home runs in the ninth inning. Robertson had allowed three home runs all season before Sunday’s meltdown.

Athletics 3, Rays 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Oakland held on for the win.

The A’s won their third consecutive series since the All-Star break, beating the Rays three straight times after dropping the series opener. Oakland went 7-3 on it homestand and will begin a nine-game road trip Monday at Texas.

With one out in the eighth, Butler sent reliever Erasmo Ramirez’s 0-1 pitch over the right-center-field fence for his third home run of the season and first since June 7 at Milwaukee. Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

A’s right-hander Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two, for his 21st save.

Rockies 7, Braves 2

DENVER — Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story continued their home-run duel Colorado completed a four-game sweep of its series with the Braves.

Arenado hit a three-run homer, his 25th of the season, in the first when the Rockies jumped on Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins for four runs. Story belted his 27th homer in the fourth, a two-run shot that made it 7-0. It was Story’s fourth homer in three games and fifth in his past seven. During that span, Story has driven in 12 runs, giving him 69 RBIs for the season.

DJ LeMahieu, who had three hits, led off the fourth with his career-high-tying sixth home run, matching his 2015 total.

Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood had a bizarre outing. He allowed one hit — a first-inning single — in five scoreless innings with a career-high eight walks and six strikeouts. Chatwood (9-6) threw just 51 strikes among his 97 pitches but won for the first time in five starts since June 11.

Dodgers 9, Cardinals 6

ST. LOUIS — Pounding St. Louis right-hander Mike Mayers for nine runs on eight hits in 1 1/3 innings, Los Angeles established a 9-1 lead and then held on for a 9-6 win at sultry Busch Stadium.

Mayers, whose contract was purchased earlier Sunday from Triple-A Memphis, was starting because St. Louis (52-46) needed a spot starter after a Tuesday night rainout forced a makeup doubleheader on Wednesday.

It went about as badly as possible. Mayers allowed six runs in the first and three more in the second, becoming only the second MLB pitcher to allow nine earned runs and not last through two innings since ERA became an official stat in 1913.