TORONTO (AP) — Liam Hendriks won his season debut and Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in the American League on Friday for their ninth victory in 11 games.
Brandon Moss homered for the seventh time in 18 games for the Athletics, who lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Oakland’s loss was just its third in the past 14 games overall.
Hendriks (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out three.
Aaron Loup pitched 1 1-3 innings, Steve Delabar got one out in the eighth and Brett Cecil got the final two, striking out Derek Norris to strand runners at first and second. Casey Janssen finished for his sixth save in six chances, stranding Coco Crisp at third as Jed Lowrie grounded out.
Tolleson hit Toronto’s MLB-leading 68th home run when he connected off Scott Kazmir (5-2) in the second, his first of the year. The drive also scored Brett Lawrie, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Kazmir allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.
TIGERS 7, RANGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Anibal Sanchez gave Detroit a much-needed quality start as the Tigers ended their four-game losing streak with victory over Texas.
Austin Jackson and Andrew Romine homered for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler doubled three times against his former team. Sanchez (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.
Scott Baker (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits for the Rangers, who put Prince Fielder on the disabled list before the game with what is likely to be a season-ending neck problem.
Romine’s solo homer in the sixth was the first of his career.
ANGELS 6, ROYALS 1
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Mike Trout homered and threw out a runner at third base and Chris Iannetta also went deep as Los Angeles moved to a season-beat seven games over .500.
C.J. Wilson (6-3) allowed a run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking four. Wilson also hit two batters, including leadoff man Nori Aoki with his 105th and final pitch. Aoki had two singles and a double.
The Angels won for the 11th time in 14 games.
Danny Duffy (2-4) gave up five runs and nine hits over six innings in his fourth start since he began filling in for Bruce Chen, who has a sore back.
RAYS 1, RED SOX 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Pinch-hitter Cole Figueroa had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Tampa Bay past Boston.
Desmond Jennings drew a one-out walk in the ninth off Andrew Miller (1-3). Burke Badenhop entered and, after Jennings stole second, Figueroa drove in the winning run on a drive to right-center.
Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-0), the third Tampa Bay reliever, pitched the ninth and got the win.
John Lackey gave up five hits, including three by Evan Longoria, in seven-plus shutout innings for the Red Sox, who have lost eight in a row. Boston has only scored 16 runs during its longest skid since dropping the final eight games of the 2012 season.
ORIOLES 8, INDIANS 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered and had four RBIs and Adam Jones had three hits and scored three runs as Baltimore beat Cleveland to end the Indians’ four-game winning streak.
Nelson Cruz hit his 15th homer and Nick Markakis had four hits for the Orioles, who have 38 runs and 62 hits in their last five games.
Davis hit a two-run double in the third inning and put Baltimore up 5-4 in the fifth with his seventh homer, the fourth in four games.
Bud Norris (3-4) gave up four runs, six hits and three walks in six innings to earn his first win since May 1. Cleveland’s T.J. House (0-1) allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.
MARINERS 6, ASTROS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out nine over eight strong innings for his third straight victory and Willie Bloomquist hit his first home run since 2011 for Seattle.
Hernandez (6-1) allowed only five hits and continued a strong last two weeks on the mound. After going more than a month between victories, Hernandez has struck out 21 and walked just two over his last three starts.
Bloomquist drove in three runs, but the highlight was his two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole in the sixth off Rudy Owens, who was making his MLB debut. It was his first homer since Aug. 10, 2011, when Bloomquist was playing for Arizona, a span of 626 at-bats.