DETROIT (AP) — Choo Shin-soo homered and Chris Gimenez had four hits as the Texas Rangers rolled to a 9-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
Texas was without Prince Fielder, who stayed home when the Rangers left for Detroit to face the big first baseman’s former team. Fielder has been out because of a herniated disk in his neck.
Yu Darvish (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking three. The Rangers broke through quickly against Detroit rookie Robbie Ray (1-1), who lasted only 3 1-3 innings. Ray allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks, and the AL Central-leading Tigers lost their fourth straight.
Ian Kinsler, who was traded to Detroit for Fielder in an offseason blockbuster, went 1 for 3 in his first game against the Rangers.
BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Mark Buehrle won his major league-leading eighth game, and Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered on consecutive pitches as Toronto completed a three-game sweep.
Toronto improved to 8-2 in its last 10 games, while Boston lost its seventh straight. The Red Sox went 0-6 on their home stand, the first time since June 1994, when they also lost six in a row at Fenway Park, that they were winless on a homestand of at least six games.
Buehrle (8-1) allowed two runs in the first two innings and left after giving up seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. He retired 11 of his last 12 batters.
RAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2, 11 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th inning to lift Tampa Bay.
Rodriguez’s team-leading fifth homer came off Luke Gregerson after Desmond Jennings’ two-out single had tied it against Dan Otero (4-1).
Yeonis Cespedes’ sacrifice fly had given the A’s a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th after tying the game with an RBI double in the ninth of Rays closer Grant Balfour.
Josh Lueke (1-2) got the win after one inning of relief for the Rays, who broke a four-game losing streak.
The Athletics lost for only the second time in 13 games.
INDIANS 8, ORIOLES 7, 13 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) — Carlos Santana doubled in two runs with two outs in the 13th inning as Cleveland won its second straight 13-inning game and fourth straight overall.
Ryan Rayburn and Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Indians, whose winning streak ties a season high. Three of Cleveland’s last four games have gone extra innings, including a 13-inning win over Detroit on Wednesday night.
After two hits and a walk loaded the bases in the 13th, Santana came to plate against Troy Patton (0-1) with a .148 batting average. He pulled a sharp grounder inside the third-base line, only his third hit in 32 at-bats with two outs and runners on.
Josh Outman (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Scott Atchison got three outs for his first save.
WHITE SOX 3, YANKEES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters over six scoreless innings in his return from an arm injury for Chicago.
The left-hander retired the first 17 hitters after missing more than a month because of a flexor strain in his pitching arm, and Chicago hung on after Mark Teixeira singled in two runs against Ronald Belisario in the ninth.
An All-Star the past two seasons, Sale (4-0) struck out 10 and didn’t even come close to allowing a runner until Zoilo Almonte — a .167 hitter entering the game — lined a single to center with two out in the sixth.
David Phelps (1-1) was a tough-luck loser for New York, allowing two runs over seven innings.
MARINERS 3, ASTROS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Saunders hit a two-run infield single in the seventh inning to lift Seattle over Houston.
With the game tied at 1, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count, Saunders hit a chopper to first and narrowly outraced pitcher Tony Sipp, who was covering the bag. The batters were running on the pitch, allowing two runs to score. The play was upheld after a brief replay review.
Jose Altuve homered on the game’s first pitch for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.
Dominic Leone (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for his first major league win in 16 appearances, and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.
Houston starter Jarred Cosart (3-4) gave up three runs on five hits and four walks over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six.