Astros break out in 3rd to beat Orioles
Houston’s Evan Gattis hit a threerun homer and Luis Valbuena added a goahead solo shot in a five- run third inning that lifted the American Leagueleading Astros to a 6-4 win against Baltimore on Tuesday.
The victory moved the Astros five games clear atop the AL West division as their nearest rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, lost to an outstanding performance by Tampa Bay’s rookie pitcher Chris Archer.
In the National League, Pittsburgh continued its form surge by downing San Francisco, and San Diego dropped the New York Mets out of the NL East lead.
Baltimore got on top of Houston early with a four-run second inning but the Astros responded in the next frame and went on to post a majors-leading 17th come-from-behind win this season.
Houston trailed by 3 when the homer by Gattis made it 4-4 and the Astros went back to back when Valbuena homered to right field.
Tampa Bay won 6-1 at the Angels, with pitcher Archer tying a franchise record with 15 strikeouts over his eight innings.
Archer (6-4) matched James Shields’ club record set over nine innings in a game in 2012. The 26-year-old rookie did not walk a batter and allowed only the one run.
The run he did allow was Albert Pujols 14th homer of the season, moving him to 534 in his career, tied with Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the alltime list, and putting him two behind Mickey Mantle. And he did it in his 8,134th big league at-bat - the exact same number that Foxx finished his career with.
Pittsburgh made it 10 wins in 12 games by beating San Francisco 7-4, with Andrew McCutchen having four hits and driving in two runs.
Pedro Alvarez also drove in two as the Pirates clinched a series victory in their first encounter this season with the team that they lost to in last year’s NL wild-card playoff.
The Giants have lost five straight games, and have dropped two games off the division lead.
San Diego pitcher Ian Kennedy threw six strong innings and outpitched New York’s rookie sensation Noah Synder- gaard as the Padres beat the Mets 7-2.
Kennedy (3-5) broke a four-start losing sequence as he held the Mets to two runs.
Syndergaard ( 2- 3) flashed enough quality pitches to strike out 10 but the Padres scored seven runs in four innings; Syndergaard’s shortest of his five career starts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers split a double-header at Colorado, with Alex Guerrero hitting a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the visitors a 9- 8 win in the night game.
Guerrero sent a fastball from Rafael Betancourt ( 2- 2) to the deepest part of Coors Field, just eluding the glove of the leaping center fielder. It was Guerrero’s first career grand slam and fourth homer of the day for the Dodgers.
In the opener, Jorge De La Rosa threw six solid innings despite a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand, steering the Rockies to a 6-3 win.
De La Rosa ( 2- 2) had his start pushed back twice because of a cut from the ball seams. He notched his 71st win with the Rockies, one shy of matching Aaron Cook’s team record.
Cleveland’s Michael Brantley drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Indians a 2-1 win against Kansas City.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco ( 7- 4) struck out eight over seven innings to win his third straight start.
The reigning AL champion Royals have lost six of their past seven games.
Toronto’s Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Washington ace Max Scherzer, including a go-ahead three-run drive, as the Blue Jays beat the Nationals 7-3 in the night game to split a doubleheader.
Scherzer ( 6- 4) had won each of his previous five starts and appeared poised for another with a 3-1 lead. Pillar, however, drove a pitch over the wall in left field in the sixth for his second homer of the game for a 4-3 lead.
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura #9 fails to catch a foul ball by St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter, between third baseman Aramis Ramirez #16 and left fielder Gerardo Parra during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 2.