Pujols hit two HRs to power Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo homers against David Price, and Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Sunday.
Pujols drove an 0-2 pitch over the center-field fence in the first inning. The three-time NL MVP increased the Angels’ advantage to 6-2 in the seventh with his 12th homer this season and the 504th of his career, tying Eddie Murray for 25th place.
Price became the 319th pitcher Pujols has homered off during the regular season.
Shoemaker (2-1) was charged with a run and two hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six, five days after earning his first major league win with a 4-3 victory at Philadelphia.
Price (4-4) gave up six runs — five earned — and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kevin Kiermaier hit his first big league homer for the Rays.
TIGERS 6, RED SOX 2
BOSTON — Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, Torii Hunter added a solo shot and the streaking Detroit Tigers won their 11th straight road game to complete a three-game sweep of Boston.
It was the sixth consecutive win and 15th in 18 games for the Tigers, who have the majors’ best record at 27-12.
Ian Kinsler got four hits, and Miguel Cabrera had three hits and two RBIs as Detroit dominated the first matchup between the teams since losing last season’s AL championship series to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox.
ROYALS 8, ORIOLES 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon went 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBIs as Kansas City beat Baltimore.
Gordon connected off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) with two outs in the fifth inning. Gordon, who led the Royals with 20 home runs last year, had gone 134 at-bats without one.
He homered again in his next at-bat, a three-run shot off left-hander Troy Patton in the seventh after Eric Hosmer walked and Billy Butler doubled for his third hit.
Adam Jones hit a three-run homer off Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the ninth. It was the first runs Crow allowed in 20 relief appearances and 17 innings.
Greg Holland got two outs for his 12th save.
James Shields (6-3) picked up his fifth win in six starts, holding the Orioles to three runs over seven innings.
ATHLETICS 13, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND — Yoenis Cespedes drove in a career-high five runs, Brandon Moss had three RBIs and Oakland completed a three-game sweep with a win over slumping Cleveland.
The Athletics, who have won nine of 10, outscored the Indians 30-6 in the series.
MARINERS 6, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS — Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Robinson Cano had four hits in Seattle’s victory over Minnesota.
Hernandez (5-1) continued his recent domination of the Twins, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one. In his past four starts against Minnesota, Hernandez has pitched 34 innings and allowed three earned runs with 30 strikeouts.
RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, Alex Rios had a two-run triple and Texas avoided a three-game sweep with a victory against Toronto.
Making his second straight start at first base with Prince Fielder sidelined by a neck strain, Moreland hit a line drive just over the wall in right field off R.A. Dickey (4-4) to break a 2-all tie.
The Rangers had gone 23 innings without an extra-base hit when Rios drove one off the right-center wall in the fourth.
ASTROS 8, WHITE SOX 2
HOUSTON — Matt Dominguez homered twice and had four RBIs to lead Houston past Chicago.
Dominguez hit his sixth and seventh homers of the season off lefty John Danks (3-4). Both came with Dexter Fowler on base.
YANKEES 4, PIRATES 3, 1ST GAME
PIRATES 5, YANKEES 3, 2ND GAME
NEW YORK — Josh Harrison homered in the seventh inning to make up for a baserunning blunder and made a diving catch in left field that helped preserve Pittsburgh’s first win in the Bronx since the 1960 World Series.
Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner added an RBI double as New York won the opener of the first single-admission twinbill at Yankee Stadium since 2004.
Starling Marte hit a two-run homer for the Pirates in the second game after striking out four times in the opener. Marte, though, left with left hamstring tightness in the seventh. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez homered for Pittsburgh in the opener.
Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart had two RBIs in the second game. Fill-in closer Mark Melancon, who broke into the big leagues with New York, pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
The Pirates had lost all eight games at Yankee Stadium in interleague play. They last beat New York on the road in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.
Yangervis Solarte homered and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight. Alfredo Aceves (0-2) took the loss.
Gerrit Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.
BRAVES 6, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS — Ryan Doumit scored on a wild pitch and the Atlanta Braves got two runs in the ninth inning to rally past the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Freddie Freeman started a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-2).
With two outs, Freeman went to third on pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit’s double to right. Rosenthal intentionally walked pinch hitter Evan Gattis to load the bases and then walked Jordan Schafer to force in the tying run.
Carlos Martinez relieved Rosenthal and had a wild pitch while facing Ramiro Pena that scored Doumit to make it 6-5.
GIANTS 4, MARLINS 1
SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month, Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts, and San Francisco salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Buster Posey returned from a day off to hit a sacrifice fly, while Tyler Colvin and Brandon Hicks each hit RBI singles in a stretch of four straight base hits with two outs in the first against Jacob Turner.
Staked to an early lead, Vogelsong (2-2) struck out six in seven innings as the Giants concluded a season-long stretch with 17 games in as many days. San Francisco avoided its first three-game home losing streak.
Turner (0-2) is still searching for his first road win, falling to 0-11 in 18 career road starts.
CUBS 4, BREWERS 2
CHICAGO — Travis Wood pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Chicago got home runs from Welington Castillo and Mike Olt.
Wood (4-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven for the Cubs, who took two of three from the NL Central leaders to win a series for the second time this season. The left-hander walked three, all in the first inning.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 6, 10 INNINGS
DENVER — Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and Colorado turned the third triple play in team history in its win over San Diego.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, DODGERS 3
PHOENIX — Cody Ross hit his first home run of the year, Eric Chavez went deep for the second consecutive day and Arizona won a home series for the first time this season.
After setting a team record for runs Saturday night in an 18-5 rout, the Diamondbacks broke a 3-all tie with Chavez’s soaring, two-run shot off Dan Haren (5-2) in the fifth inning.
PHILLIES 8, REDS 3
PHILADELPHIA — Cody Asche, Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves and Marlon Byrd all homered to power Philadelphia’s victory.
Cliff Lee (4-4) struck out three in 6 2-3 innings for his first home victory of the season.
Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco had a career-high four hits, including two doubles, and an RBI. The Reds again played without the injured Joey Votto, who remained in Cincinnati during the three-game series with a strained quad.
NATIONALS 6, METS 3
WASHINGTON — Wilson Ramos drove in four runs and Ian Desmond homered to help Jordan Zimmermann earn his first win in three starts for Washington.
left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano shut out the Mets over the final three innings. Washington’s bullpen pitched 13 scoreless innings in the series as the Nationals took two of three.
Soriano worked the ninth for his 10th save.
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