OAKLAND, California (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam as the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support Thursday than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.
Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.
Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter’s 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Scott Feldman (4-8) lost his straight start, lasting 5 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs on nine hits, walking five and striking out four.
YANKEES 4, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon McCarthy threw six solid innings and fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit as the Yankees beat the Rangers for their sixth win in seven games.
Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.
Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.
McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him in a deal with Arizona earlier this month.
Colby Lewis (6-8) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 0
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, and Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle as the Blue Jays shut out the Red Sox.
Stroman’s no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli’s double-play grounder.
Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and struck out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.
Todd Redmond worked the eighth and Rob Rasmussen finished.
Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (3-3) allowed seven runs, six earned, in a season-low four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 2.64 to 3.54.
PHILLIES 2, GIANTS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning to lift the Phillies over the Giants.
Hamels (5-5) got the better of Tim Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
Hudson (8-7) gave up two runs in six innings although both were unearned. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.
The Giants, who were looking for their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since 1998, lost for just the second time in eight games.