Zunino's first career HR helps M's slip past A's

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Zunino hit his first career home run on a tiebreaking solo shot in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

Two days after making his big league debut, Zunino connected on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Tommy Milone (6-6) and hit a towering shot to center field to help snap Oakland's 11-game home winning streak.

Raul Ibanez added two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, while Joe Saunders (5-6) allowed five hits over seven innings for his first road victory of the season.

Chris Young homered and had three hits but the A's, coming off an 18-inning win against the New York Yankees, couldn't get much else going.

Orioles 2, Red Sox 0

At Baltimore, Chris Tillman took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 22nd home run and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox in a duel between the top two teams in the AL East.

Manny Machado had three hits for the Orioles, who have won five of six — including the first two in this four-game series. Baltimore moved within 11/2; games of the division-leading Red Sox, the closest the Orioles have been to first place since May 13.

Blue Jays 8, Rangers 0

At Arlington, Texas, Mark Buehrle threw four-hit ball for seven innings, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia homered and the Blue Jays handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss.

Buehrle (3-4) improved to 13-5 against the Rangers. The left-hander equaled his season high with seven strikeouts to win his first road game of the year.

Royals 7, Rays 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Luis Mendoza pitched six innings to win for the first time in six starts and Elliot Johnson had another big hit against his former team, leading Kansas City over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Astros 2, White Sox 1

At Houston, Erik Bedard pitched six solid innings and Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead RBI single to give the Astros a win over the White Sox.

Tigers 4, Twins 0

At Minneapolis, Prince Fielder broke open a scoreless game with a two-run double in the sixth inning, the spark that Rick Porcello and the Tigers used to beat the Twins.

Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta followed Fielder's soaring drive with RBI doubles of their own, ending the night for Twins starter Scott Diamond (4-6).

Angels 5, Yankees 2

At Anaheim, Calif., C.J. Wilson outdid Andy Pettitte with seven effective innings, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo each had three hits and Chris Iannetta singled home the go-ahead run as the Angels handed the Yankees their fourht straight loss.

Wilson (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out four and walked three while winning for only the second time in his last eight starts.

Pettitte (5-4) gave up four runs and 11 hits through seven innings on the eve of his 41st birthday.

National League

Giants 6, Braves 0

At Atlanta, Madison Bumgarner allowed two hits in seven innings and combined with Sandy Rosario for a three-hit shutout in the San Francisco Giants' victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Bumgarner (6-4) was dominant in earning his second straight win. The left-hander did not allow a baserunner for 42/3 innings before losing his bid for a perfect game in the fifth and shot at a no-hitter in the sixth.

Bumgarner matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while walking one.

Atlanta's Kris Medlen (3-7) lasted six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, including a homer by Gregor Blanco to lead off the game. The Giants had five doubles off Medlen.

Buster Posey had three doubles. Blanco had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the second.

Pirates 3, Dodgers 0

At Pittsburgh, Jeff Locke allowed just two hits over seven innings and Pittsburgh sent Los Angeles to its fifth loss in six games.

Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision while shaving his ERA to 2.19. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double in the third inning off Stephen Fife (1-2).

Marlins 5, Cardinals 4

At Miami, Rookie Jose Fernandez outpitched a rusty Jake Westbrook, and the team with the worst record in the majors beat the team with the best record.

Fernandez had a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, and Miami Marlins Westbrook's return from an elbow injury by defeating the St. Louis.

Reds 4, Brewers 3, 10 innings

At Cincinnati, Jay Bruce homered off Burke Badenhop with one out in the 10th inning, rallying Cincinnati to victory over Milwaukee in a game full of errors and wasted chances.

It was Cincinnati's second straight extra-inning game. The Reds fell 6-5 in 14 innings at Wrigley Field on Thursday, leaving their bullpen depleted.

Cubs 6, Mets 3

At New York, David DeJesus hit a bases-loaded triple before injuring his shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall, and Chicago beat New York behind resurgent starter Edwin Jackson.

Phillies 8, Rockies 7

At Denver, Freddy Galvis hit two 2-run triples and scored the go-ahead run on Humberto Quintero's single, and Philadelphia rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Colorado.

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1

At San Diego, Left-hander Eric Stults threw a career-best two-hitter and Logan Forsythe hit a bases-loaded, two-run single with two outs in the sixth to give San Diego the victory against NL West-leading Arizona.

Interleague

Indians 2, Nationals 1

At Cleveland, Jason Kipnis' run-scoring fielder's choice in the ninth inning lifted the Indians to a victory over the Nationals.

Joe Smith (3-0) retired the side in order in the ninth for the Indians.


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