Rick Porcello pitched a four-hitter for his second consecutive shutout Tuesday night, running his scoreless innings string to 25 1/3, and hot-hitting J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-run home run to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Porcello blanked the Texas Rangers on three hits in his previous start for his first career shutout and turned in only the third complete game of his career Tuesday, throwing just 95 pitches. The right-hander did not walk a batter nor did he strike one out. Porcello became the first Detroit pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts since right-hander Jack Morris in 1986.
Martinez, subbing for injured designated hitter Victor Martinez a second straight night, hit a first-pitch changeup from lefty Brad Mills (1-1) into the left field seats one out after second baseman Ian Kinsler led off the sixth with a single. It was Martinez's 10th home run of the season.
Rays 2, Yankees 1
David Price struck out nine in seven innings, and Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over New York in the Bronx.
Price (7-7) held the Yankees to one run on four hits and three walks while winning for the third time in four starts. He nearly joined Nolan Ryan (six times), Randy Johnson (five times) and Pedro Martinez (three times) as the only pitchers with six consecutive double-digit strikeout games.
Rays first baseman James Loney hit the go-ahead home run off New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) to open the sixth inning.
Angels 8, White Sox 4 (Game 1)
Center fielder Mike Trout and first baseman Albert Pujols hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead -- Trout's just clearing the fence in left field for a three-run shot -- and Los Angeles surged to a victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Chicago.
Los Angeles added runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Designated hitter Josh Hamilton (2-for-4) provided a solo homer in the seventh.
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (9-2) allowed the 26th homer of the season by Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu in the first inning, but he gave up only one other hit in his eight-inning outing. Richards struck out nine and walked two.
Braves 5, Mets 4
Four Atlanta relievers combined to retire 15 of the game's final 16 hitters, helping the Braves top New York for their sixth straight victory.
Rookie Shae Simmons (1-0) picked up his first major league win by retiring all five batters he faced.
Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in the fourth inning gave Atlanta a 5-2 lead. Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy homered for the Mets.
Orioles 8, Rangers 3
Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz and Caleb Joseph all homered for Baltimore, which continued its power surge.
The Orioles hit four homers Monday in a 7-1 win over Texas, three of which came in the first two innings. Baltimore also got three homers in the first two innings Tuesday.
Cruz, who swatted his 26th of the season, and Pearce hit solo homers. Joseph's two-run shot gave the Orioles the lead for good in the second inning. Baltimore spot starter T.J. McFarland (1-1) gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings and left with an 8-2 lead.
Blue Jays 4, Brewers 1
Drew Hutchison struck out a career-best 10 and Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit home runs as Toronto defeated Milwaukee.
The Blue Jays, who wore red uniform tops in honor of Canada Day, snapped a three-game losing streak and gave the Brewers their second consecutive loss before a crowd of 45,088 in Toronto.
Hutchison (6-6) held the Brewers to three hits, two walks and one run in seven innings. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 13th save of the season.
Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2
Starling Marte hit a tying two-run double in the ninth inning, then scored the winning run on pinch hitter Ike Davis' single as Pittsburgh rallied past visiting Arizona.