Mariners' Hernandez stays hot, blanks the Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — All King Felix needs is one.
Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
Hernandez (13-5), who picked up his 23rd career complete game and ninth shutout, hasn't lost a decision since June 12. He is 4-0 in 1-0 games this season, becoming just the third pitcher since 1969 to be that successful in 1-0 ballgames.
"He's the real deal. That's why he's King Felix," Thames said. "That's why he's got the Cy Young, the perfect game, all that stuff. I'm officially a believer. I'm glad he's on my team."
Franklin Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with two stolen bases in his first game since being sidelined June 28 because of a concussion.
Liam Hendriks (0-7) was almost King-like, but it wasn't quite enough to get him his first career victory. He gave up three hits and struck out six in nine innings, his only blemish the homer to Thames.
Rangers 6, Rays 5
At New York, Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning and Toronto took advantage of Derek Lowe's wild pickoff throw in the 11th to beat New York, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
Moments after Rasmus' drive put Toronto ahead 7-6, Derek Jeter tied it with a home run off Casey Janssen. The last-place Blue Jays stopped an eight-game slide at Yankee Stadium.
Rangers 6, Rays 5
At Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, for Texas.
Elvis Andrus scored on Beltre's single to give the AL West leaders a series-opening win. Nelson Cruz also homered and Mike Olt added an RBI for Texas.
Red Sox 5, Royals 1
At Boston, Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the disabled list with his best start of the season and Cody Ross drove in three runs for Boston.
The Red Sox took three of four games in the wraparound series and won for the second time in three games since trading Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford in a salary-dumping, nine-player deal to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3
At Baltimore, Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Lew Ford also connected as Baltimore ended Chicago's six-game winning streak.
It was the franchise-record 13th consecutive one-run win for the Orioles, who trailed 2-1 in the sixth and 3-2 in the eighth.
Athletics 3, Indians 0
At Cleveland, Brett Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings for Oakland, which earned its ninth win in 11 games.
The Indians lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 21/3 innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July 27.
Rockies 10, Dodgers 0
At Denver, Jeff Francis and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Colorado topped Los Angeles to spoil the Dodgers debut of Josh Beckett.
Beckett (0-1) was acquired in a nine-player megadeal deal with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. His career in Los Angeles got off to an inauspicious start as he gave up a leadoff homer to Tyler Colvin on his second pitch, a 91-mph fastball that Colvin hit into the second deck.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3
At Pittsburgh, Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Pirates.
Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead for good at 3-2.
Brewers 15, Cubs 4
At Chicago, Aramis Ramirez hit two of Milwaukee's five homers to lead the Brewers to a victory over the Cubs.
Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003-11, hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the ninth as Milwaukee beat Chicago for the sixth straight time.
Padres 3, Braves 0
At San Diego, Casey Kelly combined with three relievers on a four-hitter to win his major league debut and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who beat the Braves to extend their season-high streak to eight straight wins.
The 22-year-old Kelly was the key player among the four obtained from the Boston Red Sox in the trade for Adrian Gonzalez on Dec. 6, 2010.
Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, Bronson Arroyo pitched six strong innings and homered in the sixth inning for the go-ahead run of the Reds' victory over the Diamondbacks.
Brandon Phillips added an RBI double for the Reds.