MLB roundup: Twins split day-night doubleheader in Boston

Frustrations mount for slumping Twins

Trevor May turned in the best start of his career, tying a season high with nine strikeouts and holding Boston to two hits in seven innings in the second game of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Chris Hermann went 1-for-3 and drove in a run and Danny Santana’s safety squeeze brought home a run for the Twins, who had five hits in the nightcap.

Minnesota avoided a doubleheader sweep after losing 6-3 in the afternoon game. David Ortiz had two doubles and snapped a five-game stretch without an RBI for Boston in the opener.

PHILADELPHIA — An error by reliever Ryan Mattheus in the bottom of the 11th inning allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia rookie Maikel Franco, who ended a no-hit bid by Reds starter Mike Leake with a two-out single in the seventh, tied the score with a three-run homer off Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth when the Phillies scored four times to erase a 4-0 deficit.

Cody Asche doubled off Mattheus (0-1) with one out in the 11th. Freddy Galvis then grounded a ball to Joey Votto at first base. Mattheus dropped Votto’s underhand throw, allowing Asche to score.

Leake held the Phillies without a hit until Franco lined a single to center with two outs in the seventh. Leake also surrendered singles to pinch-hitter Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur to start the ninth before giving way to Chapman.

Diamondbacks 9, Braves 8

PHOENIX — Yasmany Tomas had three hits and an RBI and A.J. Pollock homered to help Arizona overcame a six-run deficit.

Pollock, David Peralta, Chris Owings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits for Arizona, which tied a franchise record for the largest deficit overcome.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman hit two homers, and his three-run shot in the second inning staked right-hander Mike Foltynewicz to a 6-0 lead. Freeman, who had three homers in the series, also homered in the fourth for Atlanta.

Blue Jays 8, Nationals 0

WASHINGTON — Starter Mark Buehrle threw a six-hit shutout and Jose Reyes had three hits and drove in two runs as Torontoscored four runs in the first inning against Washington.

Buehrle now has 30 interleague wins, the most among active pitchers. Every Toronto starter had a hit and six different players drove in runs for Buehrle, who entered the game getting 7.96 runs of support while in the game this season. It was his 10th career shutout.

Pirates 5, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO — Francisco Liriano limited San Francisco to one run in seven innings and Jordy Mercer homered for the second day in a row, helping Pittsburgh complete a three-game sweep.

The sweep was the Pirates’ first in San Francisco in 11 years and exacted a measure of revenge from a team that ended Pittsburgh’s season with an 8-0 thrashing in the National League wild-card game in October.

The Giants have lost five in a row, their longest losing streak since an eight-gamer in April.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 4

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning — more than they had scored in each of their last six games.

In the first inning, Jhonny Peralta, Mark Reynolds, Jadier Molina and Jason Heyward all drove in runs. Matt Carpenter singled home two in the fourth as he, Peralta and Molina all had two hits.

John Lackey (4-3) scattered 10 hits in seven innings, giving up three runs. In beating Milwaukee for the second time this year, Lackey walked one and struck out five.

Yankees 3, Mariners 1

SEATTLE — Mark Teixeira and Garrett Jones each homered and Masahiro Tanaka won in his first game back from the disabled list as New York swept a three-game series against Seattle.

Tanaka, working his way back from right wrist tendinitis and a strained forearm, threw 78 pitches in seven innings, struck out nine batters and allowed just one run and three hits.

In the second inning, Teixeira hit his 16th home run of the season. Dustin Ackley’s RBI double tied it in the third, but Jones’ two-run shot in the fourth stood up as the game-winner.

A’s 6, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Sonny Gray tossed eight shutout innings and hot-hitting Billy Burns smacked a three-run triple as Oakland handed Detroit its sixth consecutive loss.

The A’s ace allowed just two two hits — singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Miguel Cabrera — while walking one and striking out seven. Cabrera broke up Oakland’s shutout bid with an RBI double in the ninth off reliever Fernando Rodriguez.

Burns’ five-game streak of multi-hit games ended, but he made his one hit count with a two-out triple in the second. Josh Reddick had a solo homer and Brett Lawrie doubled twice and drove in a run for the A’s, who have won five of their last six games.

Marlins 7, Cubs 3

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers for Miami in a game that featured a benches-clearing confrontation.

The fireworks started in the fifth inning when the Marlins hit three straight balls in a span of six pitches either over the fence in left or off the wall in right. Stanton hit his 17th homer of the season and Baker followed with his second as the Marlins took a 6-0 lead.

Chicago’s Junior Lake drilled a two-run homer in the sixth, sparking the hostilities by staying at home plate for a few seconds to admire his work. As he rounded third, he looked toward the Marlins dugout and gestured. That infuriated Jose Fernandez, who is on the disabled list after elbow surgery yet athletically leaped over the fence and ran onto the field to confront Lake in a profanity-laced tirade. No punches were thrown.

Royals 4, Indians 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas and Kansas City beat Cleveland again, and Corey Kluber continued to have his problems with the Royals.

Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, is 0-3 against the Royals. He gave up three runs on five straight hits in the third inning.

Vargas, who missed three weeks with a flexor strain before coming off the disabled list May 26, scattered eight hits in six innings. He is 3-0 against the Indians.

Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer combined to go 6-for-12 with two doubles, scored three runs and two RBIs.

Astros 3, Orioles 1

HOUSTON — Rookie Lance McCullers delivered the strongest start of his brief and promising career with 11 strikeouts and a complete game for Houston against Baltimore.

The Astros supported McCullers with solo home runs against Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (5-4). Chris Carter bashed a homer with two outs in the second inning and a 453-foot shot to left center in the fifth. George Springer lined a homer to left with one out in the sixth for a 3-1 lead.

White Sox 9, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Sale settled into a groove and struck out 13 in Chicago’s romp past Texas.

Sale pitched seven innings and posted his 22nd career game with double-figure strikeouts, extending his franchise record. He has three straight games with at least 10 Ks.

The White Sox got a boost from Jose Abreu, who returned to the lineup and drove in three runs. He had missed the previous three games with a finger sprain.