Twins Rally Past Rangers 4-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota's Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck. Fill-in Scott Baker gave up three hits over six innings and Chris Gimenez hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single in the sixth off Phil Hughes.
But Soria took his first blown save in nine chances with a shaky ninth inning patched together by the Twins, who ended their four-game losing streak.
Jays hit 3 more homers to help Buerhle get ninth win
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays continued their power surge and extended their winning streak tonight.
Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion hit back-to-back homers during a four-run fifth that put the Jays ahead to stay in a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay. Lind snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run blast before Encarnacion smacked his team-high 16th home run of the year. Juan Francisco added a solo shot in the seventh, giving Toronto a major league-leading 76 homers in 53 games this season.
Mark Buehrle is the majors' first nine-game winner after allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Buehrle is 9-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
In other major league action:
— Houston blanked Kansas City 3-0 as Collin McHugh allowed five hits while striking out nine in seven innings. The Astros have won four in a row on the road for the first time in almost a year.
— C.J. Cron had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored as the Los Angeles Angels topped the Mariners 6-4 in Seattle. Cron, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta hit RBI doubles in the Angels' three-run second.
— Lance Lynn tossed a five-hit shutout in his first career complete game as St. Louis whipped the New York Yankees 6-0. Allen Craig and Matt Holliday hit solo homers, and Craig finished with two RBIs in the Cardinals' 10th victory in 13 games.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single while Boston was scoring four times in the seventh to pull out a 6-3 victory in Atlanta. David Ortiz tied the game with a run-scoring single, one day after hitting a three-run homer and collecting four RBIs to help the Red Sox end a 10-game losing streak.
— Pitcher Yovani Gallardo won a game as a pinch-hitter, delivering an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th to give Milwaukee a 7-6 win against Baltimore. Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer before Mark Reynolds and Khris Davis added solo shots, but the Brewers blew a 5-0 lead and trailed 6-5 until Jonathan Lucroy singled home the tying run in the ninth.
— Tim Hudson dropped his ERA to 1.92 by scattering six hits over seven innings of the Giants' 4-0 shutout of the Cubs in San Francisco. Buster Posey hit a pair of sacrifice flies as the Giants improved to a major league-best 33-19.
— Andre Ethier belted a solo homer and added a bases-loaded triple to put the Dodgers ahead 4-0 in a 6-3 triumph against Cincinnati. Zack Greinke is 8-1 after allowing three runs with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
— Tommy Medica hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning of San Diego's 4-3 verdict over Arizona. Medica also had a run-scoring single in the Padres' three-run third inning.
— Wilin Rosario hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa gave up one run in six innings to lift Colorado past the Phillies 6-2 in Philadelphia. Drew Stubbs went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI to help the Rockies win for just the second time in six games.
— Juan Lagares drove in two runs and Daniel Murphy doubled twice as the New York Mets beat Pittsburgh 4-2. Winning pitcher and former Pirate Vic Black got four big outs in his first major league outing this season.
— The Nationals and Miami Marlins were rained out in Washington. No makeup date has been announced.
— Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter hit solo homers before Austin Jackson's RBI grounder snapped a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning of Detroit's 6-5 win at Oakland. Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, who received three hitless innings from their bullpen.
— Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer and the White Sox's bullpen tossed six innings to complete a 2-1 win over the Indians in Chicago. White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out four in three hitless innings but was lifted following a two-hour rain delay.
UNDATED (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start at Minnesota after waking up with a stiff neck Tuesday morning. The Rangers were hoping Darvish would be able to avoid the disabled list, but they were waiting for results of a precautionary MRI test. His neck was stiff enough in spring training to keep him from pitching for nearly three weeks and delayed his season debut by one start until April 6.
Also in the majors:
— The Cleveland Indians have shelved two of their regulars. Catcher Carlos Santana has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, and infielder Nick Swisher is on the 15-day DL with a left knee injury. The Indians filled the roster by promoting catcher George Kottaras and infielder Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus.
— Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has undergone an MRI that revealed no ligament damage to his sore right elbow. Ventura was lifted from Monday night's loss to Houston due to discomfort in his elbow and will miss his next start. Top prospect Kyle Zimmer has been shut down after straining a muscle in his back.
— Struggling Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will test out an ailing knee during a bullpen session Wednesday in Boston before learning when he'll make his next start. Buchholz set a career high with eight walks and allowed six runs in only three-plus innings on Monday before the Bosox rallied to beat Atlanta 8-6, ending a 10-game losing streak. Boston manager John Farrell revealed that Buchholz remained in the game after his left knee buckled.
— The Chicago Cubs have released a revised plan for Wrigley Field's renovation that includes new signs, new seats and lights. The Cubs also fired a warning that the team would consider moving to another Chicago site if it is not allowed to "control our ballpark." The revised plan includes signs that would fully block views of the field from rooftops and comes days after the team announced it would no longer seek the approval of nearby rooftop venue owners.