• Davis’ 23rd homer boosts O’s by Sox
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    Baltimore’s Adam Jones jumps back safely towards second against Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew on a pickoff attempt during the third inning Sunday in Baltimore.

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 23rd home run, Nick Markakis had four hits and scored three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Sunday.

    Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games and drove in a run for the Orioles, who took three of four from first-place Boston to move within 1½ games of the AL East lead. Baltimore has won six straight series over the Red Sox.

    Davis gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead in the third inning with his 100th career homer and seventh in 10 games against Boston. Davis doubled in a run in the fifth to give him 60 RBIs.

    Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, 2-5 against the Orioles this season and 5-14 in the last 19 games between the teams.

    Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez (5-2) took a two-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the seventh. He allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to improve to 3-0 against Boston.

    Jim Johnson earned his 25th save.

    Lester (6-4) fell to 14-2 against the Orioles, 7-1 at Camden Yards. The right-hander gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.

    YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mariano Rivera struck out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded to end the Angels’ five-run rally in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak with a wild victory over Los Angeles.

    CC Sabathia pitched five-hit ball into the ninth, and Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer off Jered Weaver, but the Yankees barely survived when Rivera fanned the Angels’ star slugger. New York’s famed closer gave up three hits and a walk, but still got his 24th save.

    Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix also drove in runs during a five-run third inning for the Yankees, who salvaged the finale of their 10-game road trip by battering Weaver (1-3) early and hanging on late.

    Sabathia (7-5) struck out six and walked three, but tired in the ninth, leaving with two runners on. After reliever David Robertson left with a 6-1 lead, Rivera gave up Erick Aybar’s RBI groundout, Alberto Callaspo’s two-run single and Peter Bourjos’ RBI single.

    Rivera then walked Mike Trout to load the bases before getting Pujols, finally wrapping up the 632nd save.

    TIGERS 5, TWINS 2

    MINNEAPOLIS — Doug Fister held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning and Torii Hunter connected for his 300th career home run, leading Detroit over the Twins.

    Fister (6-4) didn’t allow a baserunner until walking Ryan Doumit with two outs in the fourth inning, then lost his no-hit bid when Brian Dozier led off the sixth with a homer.

    Fister allowed two runs and two hits — both to Dozier — in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out seven, walked two and won for the first time in his last six starts.

    Joaquin Benoit pitched the final 1 1-3 innings, earning his fourth save.

    Hunter and Austin Jackson both hit two-run homers for Detroit.

    P.J. Walters (2-2) gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.

    ROYALS 5, RAYS 3

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wade Davis stopped his five-game winless streak, Jeff Francoeur homered, and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay.

    Davis (4-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings for his first win since he beat the Los Angeles Angels on May 15. It was the right-hander’s first game against the Rays, who traded him to the Royals during the offseason.

    After Francoeur hit a solo homer in the fifth inning, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon had RBI singles to put the Royals ahead 4-2 in the sixth. Gordon added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

    Francoeur had only 13 hits in 83 at-bats before delivering his third homer this season.

    Greg Holland, the fourth Kansas City reliever, earned his 14th save despite allowing a homer to Jose Lobaton in the ninth.

    Roberto Hernandez (4-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for Tampa Bay, which went 4-6 on a 10-game homestand.

    ASTROS 5, WHITE SOX 4

    HOUSTON — Jason Castro homered for the second straight game and Matt Dominguez hit a three-run double to help Houston top the Chicago White Sox for its fourth straight win.

    Dominguez put Houston on top 3-0 with a double in the second inning, and Castro hit a two-run shot to make it 5-2 in the seventh.

    The left-handed Castro hit his first career home run off a left-hander on Saturday night when he connected off John Danks, and made it two against Matt Thornton on Sunday.

    Alejandro De Aza tripled and scored in the sixth and Dayan Viciedo tripled and scored in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-2. De Aza added a two-out, two-run homer off Jose Veras to make it 5-4 in the ninth before Alexei Ramirez grounded out to give Veras his 14th save.

    Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (4-3) yielded four hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings for the win.

    Hector Santiago (2-5) allowed five hits and three runs with eight strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings. The AL-Central-worst White Sox have dropped four straight overall and 12 of their last 13 road games.

    BLUE JAYS 7, RANGERS 2

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year, Colby Rasmus homered for a third straight game, and Toronto completed a four-game sweep by beating Texas for its fifth straight victory.

    The Rangers lost their sixth in a row and fell to 1-6 on a season-high, 11-game homestand. Texas has dropped six straight for the first time since April 15-21, 2010. Wang (1-0) allowed seven hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time since last June 12 with Washington.

    Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, and J.P. Arencibia added a two-run shot for Toronto. The Blue Jays outscored the Rangers 24-4 to sweep a four-game series at Texas for the first time.

    Derek Holland (5-4) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings for the Rangers, who have only scored eight runs in their slide.

    ATHLETICS 10, MARINERS 2

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Bartolo Colon worked seven strong innings to win his sixth straight decision, Josh Reddick homered and matched a career high with four hits, and Oakland avoided a sweep with a victory over Seattle.

    Sean Smith and Brandon Moss each homered and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who moved three games ahead of Texas in the AL West — their largest lead since ending the 2006 season four games up. Josh Donaldson also went deep, and Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Jaso drove in runs for Oakland.

    Colon (9-2) allowed two runs on eight hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out three to extend his home win streak to seven.

    Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) lost for the first time since April 23, giving up four runs on a season high-tying eight hits.

    INDIANS 2, NATIONALS 0

    CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber pitched eight shutout innings, and Cleveland spoiled Stephen Strasburg’s return with a win over Washington.

    Kluber (5-4) escaped three big jams to win for the first time in 11 career starts at Progressive Field. He gave up seven hits, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. He wiggled out of trouble in the seventh after the Nationals loaded the bases with no outs.

    Strasburg (3-6), activated from the disabled list before the game, held the Indians to one run and one hit in five innings. Making his first start since May 31 when he strained a muscle in his back, the right-hander struck out four, walked four and threw 82 pitches.

    Carlos Santana’s RBI single with one out in the fourth — the only hit Strasburg allowed — gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead. Jason Kipnis’ sacrifice fly in the eighth scored the Indians’ run.

    Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth for his first save.

    METS 4, CUBS 3

    NEW YORK — Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run homer that capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets salvaged what had been shaping up as another sorry afternoon, startling the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday.

    Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Cubs scored twice on a madcap play that featured three bad throws by Mets infielders, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.

    But New York came back against Carlos Marmol (2-4)in the ninth, starting with Marlon Byrd’s leadoff home run. Nieuwenhuis connected with one out.

    Bobby Parnell (5-3) pitched the top of the ninth. Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed one earned run and struck out five in five innings.

    Garza gave up three hits and struck out five, and was all set up for his second win in five starts this season. The Cubs had used closer Kevin Gregg on four consecutive days and manager Dale Sveum turned to Marmol, who had been unseated as closer earlier this season.

    REDS 5, BREWERS 1

    CINCINNATI — Johnny Cueto pitched six solid innings in his return to Cincinnati’s rotation and Jay Bruce homered in a win over Milwaukee.

    Donald Lutz drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and Zack Cozart and Joey Votto each had two hits as Cincinnati rebounded after losing 6-0 on Saturday.

    Cueto, activated from the disabled list Sunday, improved to 4-0 in his seventh start of the season. He allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts and no walks as the Reds took two of three in the weekend series.

    Cueto made his first start since a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh on May 31. He was placed on the disabled list on June 5 for the second time this season because of a strained muscle in his right shoulder.

    Alfredo Simon allowed two hits and had six strikeouts in three innings of relief for his first save of the season and second in two years with Cincinnati.

    Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta gave up all five Reds runs — four earned — in 5 1-3 innings.

    MARLINS 7, CARDINALS 2

    MIAMI — Ricky Nolasco allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to help Miami take the rubber game of its three-game series against St. Louis.

    The NL Central-leading Cardinals lost a series for the first time since April 26-28 against Pittsburgh.

    The Marlins climbed above .300 at 21-47, still baseball’s worst record. They scored 19 runs in the series against a team with the lowest ERA in the majors.

    The abundance of offense was a refreshing change for Nolasco (4-7), who has endured the worst run support of any pitcher with at least 14 starts.

    Juan Pierre drove in two runs and had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, and Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco each had a two-RBI hit. The Marlins have won eight of 14, their best stretch this season.

    Tyler Lyons (2-3), making his fifth major-league start, lost for the third time in a row after winning his first two decisions. He gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings.

    PIRATES 6, DODGERS 3

    PITTSBURGH — Rookie Gerrit Cole won again, getting home run help from Pedro Alvarez and pitching Pittsburgh past Los Angeles.

    Cole (2-0) allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks in 5 2-3 innings. The top pick from the 2011 draft won in his big league debut last week.

    Alvarez snapped a 2-all tie when he connected off Zack Greinke (3-2) for a three-run homer in the fifth.

    Alvarez leads the Pirates with 15 homers.

    The Pirates won for the sixth time in nine games. Alex Presley had three hits for the Pirates, including a home run, and Garrett Jones added a two-run single.

    Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig had three hits and raised his batting average to .479 in his first 48 at-bats in the majors.

    ROCKIES 5, PHILLIES 2

    DENVER — Jhoulys Chacin came within an out of his second career shutout, and Colorado topped Philadelphia.

    Chacin gave up six hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. His 8 2-3 innings marked the longest outing by a Rockies starter this season.

    Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI double with two outs in the Phillies’ ninth, and Ryan Howard followed with a single to finish Chacin (5-3).

    Rex Brothers got the final out for his second save of the season.

    Wilin Rosario and Carlos Gonzalez homered for Colorado. The teams combined for 30 runs and 55 hits in splitting the first two games of the series, but pitchers dominated the finale at Coors Field.

    Phillies starter Cole Hamels (2-10) was sharp early, but Chacin was efficient throughout. Chacin needed just 74 pitches — 59 strikes — to get through the first eight innings.

    Hamels has lost two straight decisions and eight of nine.

    PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1

    SAN DIEGO — Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to a snap a tie and lift San Diego to its season-high sixth straight victory.

    Blanks’ eighth home run of the season came off Arizona reliever David Hernandez (2-4) and made a winner of Clayton Richard (2-5), giving the Padres a three-game sweep.

    Huston Street came on in the ninth to earn his 13th save in 14 opportunities for the Padres (35-34), who moved above 500. for the first time since closing the 2010 season with a 90-72 record.

    The Padres have gone 30-19 since May 1, are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and have pulled within two games of first-place Arizona in the NL West.

    Everth Cabrera opened the eighth with his third single of the game and Chase Headley walked with two outs before Blanks hit a 1-2 pitch 379 feet into the left-field bleachers.

    Until then the game had been an outstanding pitcher’s duel between Richard and Arizona’s Ian Kennedy.

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