Odor back from ban to help Rangers beat Mariners 10-4
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 05, 2016 09:16 PM
Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor swings at a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Nathan Karns that he singled in the first inning of a baseball game on, Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas' Rougned Odor scored twice in his return from a seven-game suspension, helping the Rangers beat Seattle 10-4 on Saturday to open a two-game lead on the Mariners atop the American League West standings.
Odor was banned for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista in a hangover from a feud that erupted between the Blue Jays slugger and the Rangers in last year's playoffs. He received a standing ovation from the fans, and responded as the Rangers notched an important win.
Boston took the outright lead in the AL East by beating Toronto, while the key National League games saw San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto notch another win as the Giants won at St. Louis, and the Chicago Cubs continued to set the pace in the majors by defeating Arizona.
Elvis Andrus homered for Texas, which led by three runs after the first inning. It was the fourth game in a row that the Mariners had been down three runs after one frame, losing three.
Rangers starter Martin Perez (4-4) allowed three runs over six innings to take the win.
Boston's David Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, helping the Red Sox down Toronto 6-4.
Ortiz, who announced his retirement on his 40th birthday in November, leads the majors in RBIs with 53.
Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox.
San Francisco's Johnny Cueto issued a season-worst five walks but still posted his ninth win of the season — tying the major league lead — as the Giants beat St. Louis 5-1.
Cueto (9-1) allowed one run in six innings to join Stephen Strasburg, Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale on nine wins. Six of Cueto's victories have come on the road.
The Cardinals were held to one run for the second straight game.
Chicago's Jason Hammel allowed one hit over seven innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single to lead the sizzling Cubs past Arizona 5-3.
Chicago trailed 2-0 after Hammel gave up a walk then a homer in the first inning, but he settled down and allowed only one more walk, retiring his last 13 batters
The D-backs issued an intentional walk to load the bases in the fourth, counting on removing Hammel, but he responded with a grounder up the middle that got past the pitcher, hit second base and darted into right field to bring in two runs.
The Cubs have won 10 of their past 11 to move 9-1/2 games clear in the NL Central and are six games ahead of San Francisco, which has the NL's second-best record.
Cleveland's Francisco Lindor hit one of the Indians' three home runs, leading them into first place in the AL Central with a 7-1 win over Kansas City.
Lindor, whose two-run homer came in the seventh inning, became the first Indians player to record three extra-base hits in a game this season. He also started an outstanding defensive play in the ninth, making a backhand stop on a hard-hit grounder and flipped it to the third baseman to start a double play.
New York's Michael Conforto ended a 0-for-20 personal slump with an RBI single in the eighth and scored the tiebreaking run on Matt Reynolds' two-out single later in the inning to help the Mets rally past Miami 6-4.
Conforto also hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. He only came into the lineup at the last minute when slugger Yoenis Cespedes withdrew with a sore hip.
The Mets' crosstown rival, the New York Yankees, also won, holding on to take an 8-6 victory at Baltimore.
Starlin Castro and Austin Romine each drove in two runs and Alex Rodriguez had three hits for the Yankees, who were cruising at 7-0 before the Orioles hit three homers in a six-run seventh inning.
New York finished with 16 hits, one short of its season high.
Detroit pitcher Mike Pelfrey ended his run of 18 starts without a win and got the better of Chicago ace Chris Sale as the Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4.
Pelfrey (1-5) posted his first win since August last year. He allowed two runs in six innings.
J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth and drove in three runs for Detroit.
Sale (9-2) failed again to become the first 10-game winner in the majors. He allowed nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, and is now 0-2 in his past three starts.
During the game, the White Sox announced they had acquired former All-Star pitcher James Shields and cash from San Diego for two players.
Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco and Matt Joyce hit home runs during a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Pirates to an 8-7 win against the Los Angeles Angels.
Cincinnati overcame a pair of rain delays to beat Washington 6-3 and notch a fourth straight win as Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg limped off in the sixth with an apparent calf injury.
Milwaukee's Domingo Santana hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Brewers to a 6-3 win against Philadelphia.
Houston's Carlos Correa had three hits and his single with one out in the 12th drove in the winning run as the Astros edged Oakland 6-5.
San Diego's Wil Myers homered, singled and doubled for the second time in four games, helping the Padres defeat Colorado 4-3.
Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw pitched six scoreless innings and scored the game's opening run as the Dodgers beat Atlanta 4-0.
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria homered for the third straight game to power the Rays past Minnesota 7-4.