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Morton strikes out 14 as, Astros maul Rangers 6-1

Rays rebound to beat Orioles for doublehead­er split


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Bu-Sheri shows off his trophies. HOUSTON, May 13, (AP): Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.

McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa’s two-run homer extended Houston’s lead to 5-1 in the eighth. Yankees 7, Athletics 6, 11 Innings

In New York, left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a fly ball to left. Nationals 2, Diamondbac­ks 1 In Phoenix, Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6-2/3 innings, and the Nationals earned their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.

Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunner­s, but Bryce Harper and

Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game on May 12, in Houston. (AP)

Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.

Braves 10, Marlins 5 In Miami, Freddie Freeman connected twice for Atlanta, and Jose Bautista atoned for a costly error with his first homer of the season.

The Braves broke a 5-all tie in the eighth inning, when Marlins relievers issued three consecutiv­e walks – each on a 3-2 pitch, and the last two with the bases loaded.

Cubs 8, White Sox 4 In Chicago, Willson Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, leading the Cubs to the win at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.

Contreras finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields (1-4) after the start was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes. Jon Lester (2-2) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2 In Toronto, Boston left-hander David Price pitched 5-1/3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each had three hits.

Indians 6, Royals 2 In Cleveland, Francisco Lindor homered twice and doubled twice to power Cleveland to the victory.

Lindor also scored four times. His third career four-hit game extended the All-Star shortstop’s hitting streak to 13 games.

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth.

Rockies 4, Brewers 0 In Denver, Kyle Freeland pitched effectivel­y into the seventh inning, Trevor Story homered twice and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak.

Freeland (3-4) gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four in 6-1/3 innings.

Story put together his first multihomer game of the season, hitting both off Brent Suter (2-3), who pitched a day ahead of his scheduled start after Chase Anderson was scratched because of a stomach illness.

Orioles 6, Rays 3, Game 1

Rays 10, Orioles 3, Game 2 In Baltimore, Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and the Rays stopped a five-game slide by splitting a doublehead­er.

In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs.

In the second game, the Rays scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thundersto­rm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Baltimore ultimately cut the gap on an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who also homered in the first inning. But Tampa Bay pulled away, ending the Orioles’ season-high winning streak at four games.

Tigers 4, Mariners 3, Game 1

Mariners 9, Tigers 5, Game 2 In Detroit, Robinson Cano hit a threerun homer in the fifth inning, and the Mariners slugged their way to a split of their doublehead­er with the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers’ Jose Iglesias connects for a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the first game of a baseball doublehead­er against the Seattle Mariners, on

May 12, in Detroit. (AP)

Detroit won the opener 4-3, thanks in part to a terrific catch by center fielder JaCoby Jones in the ninth inning. The nightcap didn’t go nearly as well for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellano­s left in the second inning because of an injured finger on his left hand, and manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth.

Cano and Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners in the second game, and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias hit a two-run shot in the first game. Padres 2, Cardinals 1, 13 Innings In San Diego, Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double with no outs in the 13th inning to give the Padres a victory against the St Louis Cardinals.

Hosmer, San Diego’s $144 million man, drove the first pitch from Mike Mayers down the right field line and after a few strides, tossed his batting helmet aside in celebratio­n.

Reds 5, Dodgers 3 In Los Angeles, Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Dodgers for their fifth straight win.

Schebler’s homer to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (1-2) in the Reds’ four-run sixth was his fourth of the season and first since April 28.

Twins 5, Angels 3, 12 Innings In Anaheim, Calif, Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver’s double in the 12th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels.

After Jefry Marte grounded out to Trevor Hildenberg­er (1-0) with the bases loaded to end the 11th, Rosario came all the way around on Garver’s grounder down the third-base line to put the Twins back in front. Rosario had singled on a groundball past Noe Ramirez (1-2). Garver then scored from second on Gregorio Petit’s single to center.

Pirates 6, Giants 5 In Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pirates are learning to win without Andrew McCutchen. A sudden power surge and a more mature approach on the bases is certainly helping.

Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of a sloppy inning by former closer Tony Watson to slip by the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.

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