WEST POINT GRAD­U­ATE ROW­LEY WINS DE­BUT AS JAYS BEAT PI­RATES 7-2

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TORONTO» Chris Row­ley pitched 5L in­nings to win his ma­jor-league de­but Sat­ur­day and Jose Bautista scored two runs as the Blue Jays beat the Pi­rates 7-2.

A for­mer first lieu­tenant in the U.S. Army — and the first grad­u­ate of the U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy in West Point, N.Y., to reach the ma­jors — Row­ley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015 mi­nor-league sea­sons while on ac­tive-duty ser­vice, in­clud­ing a stint in Bul­garia.

The right-han­der, who be­gan the sea­son in Dou­ble-a, al­lowed one run and five hits Sat­ur­day. He walked one and struck out three. The only run off him came in the sec­ond in­ning when Josh Bell hit a lead­off triple and scored on a two-out hit by Jordy Mercer, who added a solo home run off Leonel Cam­pos in the ninth.

SAT­UR­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Rookie An­drew Ben­in­tendi rock­eted a pair of three-run homers off all-star Luis Sev­erino and the Red Sox bounced back from a tough loss to beat the Yan­kees 10-5. A day af­ter blow­ing a late lead, the AL East lead­ers bat­tered Sev­erino for a ca­reer-worst 10 runs. … Justin Up­ton hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bot­tom of the ninth to send the Tigers past the Twins 12-11. … Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for the In­di­ans and Mike Clevinger struck out nine in seven in­nings in a 3-0 vic­tory over the Rays. Bruce, ac­quired in a trade from the Mets on Wed­nes­day, drove in the first run with a two-out fly ball. … Ran­dal Grichuk and Paul Dejong home­red and the Car­di­nals stretched their win­ning streak to eight games with a 6-5 vic­tory over the Braves. Car­los Mar­tinez (9-9) tossed six solid in­nings and also drove in a run for the Car­di­nals. … Patrick Corbin sruck out eight over 6M in­nings and the Diamondbacks held the Cubs to five hits through eight in­nings in a 6-2 vic­tory. The loss dropped the Cubs in the di­vi­sion into a tie for first place with the Car­di­nals. … Melky Cabr­era hit a goa­head, two-run homer against his for­mer team in the eighth in­ning, and the Roy­als beat the White Sox 5-4 to stop a five-game los­ing streak. Cabr­era, ac­quired from Kansas City on July 30, home­red with one out off Aaron Bum­mer (1-3). … Eric Sog­ard scam­pered home with the win­ning run on a wild pitch in the bot­tom of the 10th as the Brew­ers beat the Reds 6-5. … Aaron Nola struck out eight over seven in­nings and the beat the 3-1.

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