Indians' Anderson takes perfect game into 7th
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Anderson (1-0) didn't allow a baserunner until Grady Sizemore homered against his old team on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh. Evan Longoria followed with a single before the 24-year-old right-hander settled to retire the last four batters he faced.
Yan Gomes had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth for the Indians, who limped into town after being shut out in both games of a doubleheader at Baltimore on Sunday. Michael Brantley also had three hits, including a RBI single, and Jason Kipnis drove in a run off rookie Nathan Karns (4-4) with one of his three hits.
ASTROS 6, ROYALS 1: At Houston, Chris Carter and Jose Altuve homered to back a solid start by rookie Lance McCullers, and Houston beat Kansas City.
In a matchup of teams with the best records in the American League, Houston snapped Kansas City's four-game winning streak. The Royals are 44-29 and the Astros are 45-34.
ANGELS 4, YANKEES 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Trout and C.J. Cron homered, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun added run-scoring doubles, and Los Angeles beat New York for its fifth victory in seven games.
Trout hit his 20th homer of the season in the third inning against CC Sabathia (3-8). The reigning AL MVP also saved a couple of runs with two sprinting catches in center field on balls hit over his head by Chris Young.
RED SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 1: At Toronto, Clay Buchholz pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start, Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs and Boston beat Toronto.
Buchholz (6-6) improved to 10-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 15 career starts in Toronto as the Red Sox won back-to-back games for the first time since June 19.
ATHLETICS 7, ROCKIES 1: At Oakland, Calif., Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Colorado.
Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.
RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Mitch Moreland hit two of the Rangers' four home runs off Bud Norris, and Texas got another winning effort on the road from left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in a victory over Baltimore.
Moreland hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. It was his sixth career two-homer game, the first since May 2013.
REDS 11, TWINS 7: At Cincinnati, Billy Hamilton scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on against Minnesota.
The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs and a 9-1 lead in the third inning, when Mike Pelfrey (5-5) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Pelfrey gave up eight runs — matching his season high — and nine hits, retiring only six of 17 batters.
BREWERS 7, PHILLIES 4: At Philadelphia, Jonathan Lucroy had four of the Brewers' season high-tying 16 hits and drove in two runs, leading Milwaukee to a victory over Philadelphia in a matchup of the two worst teams in baseball.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, DODGERS 6: At Phoenix, Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, capping a pair of comebacks by the Arizona Diamondbacks.