Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Pillar homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs against former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 to split a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. Pillar's homers including a three-run blast with two outs in the sixth inning that gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead. Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak, bouncing back from a 2-0 loss to Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals in Tuesday's opener, which was a make-up of Monday's rainout. The three-game series finale is Wednesday.
Final Score: Oakland 5, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Zobrist continued the Detroit Tigers' recent misfortune by clubbing a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning that propelled the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win at Comerica Park. The A's had been held scoreless by Alfredo Simon until Billy Burns singled in a run with the bases loaded during the tide-turning seventh. Zobrist then hammered the second pitch he saw from Angel Nesbitt over the wall in right to erase Oakland's 3-1 deficit and ultimately send the reeling Tigers to a season-high fifth straight loss. Zobrist's blast made a winner out of Kendall Graveman (3-2) after the rookie gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings. Simon (5-3) was charged with four hard-luck runs over a 6 1/3-inning effort in which he surrendered just four hits.
Final Score: Boston 1, Minnesota 0
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Clay Buchholz tossed eight scoreless innings and Boston edged Minnesota by a 1-0 count in the opener of a four-game series from Fenway Park. Buchholz (3-6) gave up three hits and a pair of walks while fanning eight, needing only 92 pitches to finish his start. The lanky but struggling right-hander picked up his first win since May 10. Xander Bogaerts ended up with two hits and scored the lone run for the Red Sox, with Rusney Castillo picking up the lone RBI.
Final Score: Texas 15, Chicago 2
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey Gallo finished a triple shy of the cycle in his major league debut as the Texas Rangers romped to a 15-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series. Drafted by Texas with the 39th overall pick in 2012, Gallo made his debut in place of injured third baseman Adrian Beltre and went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBI and three runs scored. Carlos Corporan clubbed a three-run homer and drove in five and Shin-Soo Choo added a solo blast and two RBI for the Rangers, who have won their last four. Colby Lewis (5-3) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings for the win. Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost three of their last five. Jeff Samardzija (4-3) was tagged for nine runs on 12 hits in just five-plus innings.
Final Score: Houston 6, Baltimore 4
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena hit back-to- back homers to cap a five-run third inning, and the Houston Astros held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Tuesday. Houston starter Collin McHugh (6-2) rebounded nicely after giving up four runs in the second. The right-hander allowed six hits while striking out six and walking two over seven innings. Mike Wright (2-1) gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings for the Orioles, who have lost four in a row.
Final Score: Cleveland 2, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Brantley's eighth-inning single knocked in the deciding run as the Cleveland Indians came through with a somewhat controversial 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Brantley's two-out hit off Wade Davis came shortly after Jose Ramirez was ruled safe on a potential double-play grounder, with the close call upheld following an unsuccessful challenge from the Royals. The run was the first allowed by Davis (2-1) in 23 innings of work this season, and ultimately sent slumping Kansas City to a sixth loss in seven games.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Archer continued to roll through opposing hitters with a career-high 15 strikeouts in the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Archer (6-4), who struck out a previous career high of 12 in a no-decision against Seattle his last time out, scattered six hits and allowed one run in eight innings of work. Archer has recorded 35 strikeouts over his last three starts and tied James Shields for the club record for punchouts in a game. Logan Forsythe homered to back Archer and Jake Elmore knocked in two runs for Tampa Bay, which has won three of its last four.
Final Score: New York 5, Seattle 3 (11 innings)
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Jones smacked a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning and the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-3 in the second of a three-game set. Stephen Drew, who hit a game-tying double in the ninth, hit a one-out single against Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1). Brett Gardner followed with a double and Jones hammered his three-run shot into the front row of seats into right-center. Robinson Cano hit an RBI single in the home 11th against his former team to get Seattle within 5-3, but Andrew Miller struck out Nelson Cruz to end the game and notch his 16th save of the season. Gardner finished with two hits and a pair of runs scored for the Yankees, who have won the first two games of the series. Justin Wilson (2-0) blanked Seattle in the 10th to record the win. Mike Montgomery fired six innings of one-run ball in his MLB debut, scattering four hits and walking two for the Mariners, who have dropped five of their last six games. Austin Jackson posted four hits to go with an RBI and a run scored in defeat.