Orioles end skid with 4-1 win against Dodgers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 06, 2016 05:54 PM
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baltimore's Manny Machado hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, lifting the Orioles to a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in a game that represented a form reversal for both teams and boosted Baltimore's lead atop of the American League East.
The Orioles were coming off five straight losses, and the Dodgers off five straight wins, but turned that around and moved 2-1/2 games clear in the AL East ahead of Toronto, which moved up to second ahead of Boston, which was beaten at home by Texas.
Elsewhere, Cleveland continued its dominance of division rival Detroit, and Colorado ended its offensive slump and defeated San Francisco.
Baltimore's Machado, a newly named All-Star starter who turns 24 on Wednesday, came up with the key hit in the fifth as he sent a 2-2 pitch from Kenta Maeda into the upper corner of the left field pavilion, putting the Orioles ahead 4-1.
The Orioles lead the majors with 129 home runs; they had 56 in June.
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman allowed one run in seven innings in his first career game against the Dodgers.
Texas' Shin-Soo Choo homered on David Price's first pitch of the game to set up a 7-2 win against Boston.
Price needed 46 pitches to get through just the first two innings; 45 after Choo drove the first one of the game out to center.
Elvis Andrus scored to break a sixth-inning tie as the Rangers snapped a three-game losing run.
Cleveland extended its perfect record against Detroit this season to 11-0 by routing the Tigers 12-1.
Lonnie Chisenhall was 4 for 5 with three RBIs, while Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin homered for the Indians, who have outscored the Tigers 77-24 this season.
Cleveland has won 13 straight home games and is now 7-1/2 games above Detroit in the AL Central.
Colorado's All-Star Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Rockies the big hit they have missed for much of the past week and lead them to a 7-3 win at San Francisco, ending a season-worst six-game losing skid.
Colorado catcher Nick Hundley and San Francisco's Angel Pagan exchanged words in the seventh during Pagan's at-bat. Rockies manager Walt Weiss rushed out, then the umpires warned both benches and no ejections were made.
Toronto's Josh Donaldson hit two solo home runs as the Blue Jays beat Kansas City 8-3
Fresh off being named a reserve to the AL All-Star team, Donaldson went 3 for 4 and scored four runs while the Blue Jays won their fourth straight.
Donaldson has scored 77 runs, a franchise record for runs before the All-Star break. Carlos Delgado had 76 in 2003.
Troy Tulowitzki had a three-run blast, and all four Toronto homers came off Chris Young, who matched Runelvys Hernandez's unwanted team record by allowing at least one home run in 13 consecutive starts.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to match his career high with five RBIs, powering the Marlins to a 5-2 victory that end the New York Mets' five-game streak.
Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of three-hit ball.
Houston's Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer and Colby Rasmus and rookie A.J. Reed added two-run shots in the fourth inning to power the Astros to a 5-2 win against Seattle.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner who has struggled this season, allowed two runs in six innings for his season-high third straight win.
Milwaukee's Hernan Perez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning to lift the Brewers over Washington 5-2.
Milwaukee starter Zach Davies allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. The rookie retired 10 in a row before giving up three straight singles in the seventh.
Pittsburgh's Eric Fryer burned his former team with two hits and three RBIs to lead the Pirates past St. Louis 5-2.
New York's Carlos Beltran celebrated his ninth All-Star selection with three of the Yankees' season-high 20 hits as the cruised to a 9-0 win at the Chicago White Sox.
Cincinnati beat the struggling Chicago Cubs 9-5, extending pitcher John Lackey's winless streak to five games while Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected.
Arizona's Rickie Weeks Jr. hit a three-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt had two RBIs after being named to his fourth straight NL All-Star team, powering the Diamondbacks to a 7-5 win against San Diego.
Los Angeles' C.J. Cron homered twice and drove in four runs as the Angels defeated Tampa Bay 13-5.
Philadelphia's Maikel Franco homered for the third straight game to help the Philiies defeat Atlanta 5-1.
Minnesota's Kennys Vargas, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano hit home runs as the Twins beat Oakland 11-4 in a game that stretched into Wednesday morning due to a thunderstorm that delayed the start.