Orioles 5, White Sox 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel struck out 10 and closer Jim Johnson fanned Alex Rios with the bases loaded Thursday to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Adam Jones hit his fifth homer of the season for Baltimore. The two-run shot in the fifth inning was his first this year with a runner on base.
Hammel (2-0) matched a career high for strikeouts, doing it in just six innings. He worked out of trouble early, stranding the bases loaded in the first and third.
Johnson earned his sixth save. He has converted 14 straight chances dating to last season.
Hammel bested Gavin Floyd (1-2), who allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.
Yankees 7, Twins 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit three home runs in the first four innings and matched a career high with five hits, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Granderson homered in each of his first three at-bats, driving in four runs, and helped Phil Hughes overcome a four-run first to secure his first victory of the season.
Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the year and the Yankees earned a split of the four-game series. The Twins have not won a series in New York since 2001, a year before Ron Gardenhire took over as their manager.
Rangers 10, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) homered for the fourth straight game, in the Texas Rangers' 10-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
The Rangers beat the Tigers in six games in last year's AL championship series, winning the clincher 15-5. This one wasn't much closer, with Texas scoring five runs in the eighth and finishing with 19 hits.
Detroit (9-4) has the American League's second-best record behind the Rangers (11-2).
Darvish (2-0) showed impressive poise in the opener of a four-game set at Comerica Park, allowing one run over 6 1-3 innings in his toughest test since coming over from Japan.
Adam Wilk (0-2) gave up two earned runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings for the Tigers.
Rays 9, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) — Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and came within a triple of the cycle, Desmond Jennings added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a 10-game road trip by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 Thursday night.
Longoria went 3 for 4 with a season-high four RBIs and reached base four times as the Rays tagged Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez for a career-high six earned runs. Longoria singled home a run in the first, homered in the fifth, drew an intentional walk in the seventh and hit an RBI double in the ninth.
Alvarez (0-1) allowed six hits in 6 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out four.
Indians 2, Mariners 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Jack Hannahan hit a two-run single in the ninth inning off closer Brandon League and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 2-1 victory over Seattle that cost Mariners ace Felix Hernandez a win after his dominant outing Thursday night.
Hernandez struck out 12 and walked one. He allowed five hits, three in the eighth inning, but ended up with a no-decision.
Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin just about matched the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner pitch for pitch. Tomlin tossed eight innings, yielding one run and five hits. He struck out seven, walked none and threw just 96 pitches.
Chris Perez got three outs for his fourth save in five chances.
Athletics 4, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kurt Suzuki and Kila Ka'aihue drove in runs, Oakland scored two more on C.J. Wilson's throwing error in his home debut, and the Athletics beat the struggling Los Angeles Angels 4-2 Thursday night for their third straight victory.
Tommy Milone (2-1) allowed seven hits in five innings in his native Southern California to win the eighth start of his major league career as the Athletics took three of four from the big-budget Angels, who dropped to 4-9.
Albert Pujols had three doubles and missed his first homer for the Angels by just a few inches, sending a drive off the top of the left-field wall in the fifth.
Reds 6, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bronson Arroyo worked eight strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds broke loose with three home runs Thursday for a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that averted a three-game sweep.
Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Drew Stubbs homered. The Reds had connected just once in their previous nine games and began the day with a .211 batting average.
The Reds picked on Adam Wainwright (0-3), a 20-game winner in 2010 coming off reconstructive elbow surgery that sidelined him all of 2011. Wainwright is winless in his first three decisions for the first time in his career. He allowed four runs in five innings, leaving him with a 9.88 ERA.
Matt Holliday's three-run homer in the sixth was the only damage against Arroyo (1-0), who struck out five and walked none while scattering five hits.
MARLINS 5, CUBS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Greg Dobbs hit a two-run double and the Miami Marlins' strong bullpen finished off a three-game sweep that sent Chicago to its fifth straight loss.
Ricky Nolasco (2-0) went 5 1-3 innings for the victory. Five relievers combined to throw 3 2-3 perfect innings and Heath Bell recorded his second save in four chances.
An announced attendance of 23,168 saw the Marlins complete their first home series sweep against the Cubs since September 2007 and improve to 5-2 in their new ballpark.
Jeff Samardzija (2-1) was tagged for five runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
DODGERS 4, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Kemp hit his seventh home run of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep.
Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera added RBI singles while third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. made two big late-inning defensive plays for the Dodgers.
Aaron Harang (1-1) went six innings and Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless ninth, his sixth save in seven opportunities this season.
Brewers starter Randy Wolf (0-2) went six innings. Milwaukee star Ryan Braun was 0 for 11 in the series.
Astros 11, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Houston Astros set a franchise record by hitting three triples in a five-run first inning, backing starter Bud Norris with a season-high 17 hits on the way to an 11-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Norris pitched six innings for the win, and Brian Bogusevic and Jason Castro each had three hits for Houston.
The Nationals entered with a major league-leading 1.92 ERA, but they allowed more runs or hits than they had in any of their first 13 games. Washington had won eight of nine.
Houston, which had lost four straight, also set a season high for runs and hit three triples in an inning for the first time in its 51-year history. It was the 13th time the Astros had three triples in a game.
Braves 10, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a pair of two-run home runs and drove in five runs, and Mike Minor pitched a career high eight innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
The Braves scored three runs in the sixth and eighth innings, highlighted by a two-run single by Juan Francisco in the sixth and Martin Prado's eighth-inning, two-run double. Freeman has 10 RBIs in his past three games.
Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter (0-1) had his longest outing of the season after struggling in his first two. He was charged with four earned runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings Thursday, dropping his earned run average to 10.22.
Phillies 2, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Vance Worley struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Thursday night.
The Phillies have beaten the Padres 12 straight times at Petco Park dating to 2008. Overall, the Phillies are 23-4 at the ballpark since it opened in 2004. Dating back to Qualcomm Stadium, the Phillies have won 25 of 29 in San Diego.
Worley (1-1) held San Diego to four hits while walking three. His previous strikeout high was nine against the New York Mets on Aug. 23.
Jonathan Paplebon pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The Padres struck out 12 times.