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Rays shut down Mariners, put end to 10-game skid

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Erik Bedard struck out eight in six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 4-0 Friday night.

The skid tied Boston for the longest in the majors this season. The Red Sox dropped 10 straight from May 15-25, with Tampa Bay handing them the last three losses in the streak. This was the Rays' first victory since then.

Bedard (3-4) scattered four hits and walked one in ending a three-start losing streak. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Grant Balfour, who gave up a ninth-inning single, all went one inning to complete a five-hitter.

Chris Young (5-3) gave up three runs, seven hits and five walks over five innings for the Mariners, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Tigers 6, Red Sox 2

At Detroit, Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Victor Martinez cleared the fences in the eighth, helping the Tigers beat the Red Sox to end a season-high five-game skid.

Drew Smyly (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked only one.

Yankees 4, Royals 2

At Kansas City, Mo., Chase Whitley pitched seven innings for his first career win, Brian McCann drove in three runs with a timely double and the Yankees beat the Royals.

McCann's bases-loaded double off Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) in the third inning broke a 1-all tie and gave New York the lead for good.

Athletics 4, Orioles 3, 11 innings

At Baltimore, pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, and the Athletics got home runs from Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris in a victory over Orioles.

Chris Davis and Manny Machado homered for the Orioles.

John Jaso led off the 11th with a pinch-hit double off Evan Meek (0-2). With one out, Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy botched a grounder, his fourth error in two games. Meek went to third on the play and scored when Vogt hit a liner to left.

Rangers 6, Indians 4

At Arlington, Texas, Michael Choice hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning after ace Yu Darvish blew a four-run lead and the Rangers snapped the Cleveland's six-game winning streak.

Astros 5, Twins 4

At Minneapolis, Dallas Keuchel shut out Minnesota for six innings, George Springer hit his 11th home run and the Astros held on to beat the Twins.

Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Dominguez also homered off Phil Hughes (6-2), who lost for the first time in nine starts. The Astros have won six straight road games and 10 of their last 13 overall.

Angels 8, White Sox 4

At Anaheim, Calif., Kole Calhoun homered and drove in three runs, Albert Pujols also went deep and Los Angeles beat Chicago behind Jered Weaver.

Weaver (7-4) won for the sixth time in eight starts, allowing two runs, five hits and four walks in six innings. His teammates staked him to a 7-1 lead through four.

National League

Giants 4, Mets 2

At San Francisco, Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and San Francisco won for the eighth time in 10 games by beating New York.

The big shot off Carlos Torres (2-3) capped a three-hit day for Posey, who entered with only four hits in his past 42 at-bats at home.

Angel Pagan started the rally with a leadoff walk. The Giants (40-21) became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins.

Matt Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings in his first start back from a stint on the disabled list for a strained right hamstring.

Phillies 8, Reds 0

At Cincinnati, Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten against Cincinnati, and Jimmy Rollins moved closer to the Phillies' hit record with a solo homer.

Philadelphia ended its longest losing streak of the season at six games. Cincinnati dropped its third straight.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 2

At Denver, Dee Gordon tripled twice among his three hits and drove in three runs as Los Angeles handed Colorado its eighth straight defeat.

Hanley Ramirez had two hits and stole two bases, and Justin Turner also had two of Los Angeles' 12 hits.

Nationals 6, Padres 0

At San Diego, Tanner Roark pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a career-high 11, and Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer to lead Washington over floundering San Diego.

Cubs 5, Marlins 3, 13 innings

At Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give Chicago a victory over Miami.

Rizzo also had a two-run double in the eighth as the Cubs earned their season-high fourth consecutive victory. Jason Hammel pitched seven scoreless innings and Chris Coghlan had an RBI double in his first game against his former team.

Pirates 15, Brewers 5

At Pittsburgh, Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, and Pittsburgh rolled to a victory over Milwaukee, handing nemesis Kyle Lohse his first loss since April 1.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

At Phoenix, Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs to break the Atlanta record for career saves in the Braves' victory over Arizona.

Kimbrel, with his 16th save of the season (in 18 tries), has 155 for his career, one more than John Smoltz. Kimbrel's 155 saves have come in 172 opportunities.


Blue Jays 3, Cardinals 1

At Toronto, Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each homered, rookie Marcus Stroman won his second straight start and the Blue Jays beat the Cardinals for their sixth straight victory.

The Cardinals turned their first triple play in nine years but still lost for the eighth time in 10 games.