LOS ANGELES -- Matt Shoemaker blanked Oakland on five hits over seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Oakland A's with an 8-1 rout Sunday.
The Angels thoroughly dominated the reeling A's, outscoring them 18-4 in the series. Los Angeles pitchers shut out Oakland for 29 consecutive innings, a streak broken in the eighth inning Sunday.
Mike Trout had two hits and three RBIs, including his career-high 31st home run of the season, and the Angels increased their American League West lead over the A's to a season-high five games.
The Angels put this one away early, scoring six runs in the second inning. In the process, they knocked out not only A's starter Scott Kazmir but also manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after Kazmir walked three in a row. Kazmir (14-7) gave up six runs on two hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Orioles 12, Twins 8
BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam, and Nelson Cruz connected for his league-leading 35th home run as Baltimore beat Minnesota.
The Orioles pounded 18 hits and increased their lead over the New York Yankees to nine games in the AL East. The Twins lost for the 11th time in 15 games, and they will try to avoid their first-ever, four-game sweep in Baltimore on Monday.
Baltimore's Caleb Joseph had a career-high four hits, while Ryan Flaherty hit his sixth homer. Nick Markakis and David Lough had three hits apiece for the Orioles.
White Sox 6, Tigers 2
CHICAGO -- Chicago split the series by beating Detroit on a day it traded former designated hitter Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics and called up a couple of prospects a day ahead of rosters expanding for the final month.
Aided by three Tigers fielding errors in the first two innings, Chicago scored twice in the first and three times in the second to give starter Jose Quintana a quick 5-0 lead.
The left-hander took it from there, limiting Detroit to just two runs on six hits in his seven innings and departing with a four-run lead.
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3
TORONTO -- Munenori Kawasaki singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Jose Bautista homered in his fifth straight game for Toronto.
Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner had a homer, a triple and a double in the game. Designated hitter Derek Jeter, playing his final game at Rogers Centre before he retires, hit a soft line drive to second to end the game and give Casey Janssen his 20th save of the season.
Bautista made it five home runs in five consecutive games in the sixth inning with a shot to left when he followed a solo shot to right by left fielder Melky Cabrera.
Cardinals 9, Cubs 6
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's bases-loaded two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a 6-6 tie and capped St. Louis' rally from a 5-0 deficit.
Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single right after Holliday's go-ahead hit as the Cardinals salvaged a series split and crawled within a half-game of first place Milwaukee in the National League Central.
Reds 3, Pirates 2
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Heisey homered twice while Johnny Cueto limited Pittsburgh to two runs in eight innings as Cincinnati avoided a sweep.
Cueto (16-8) is now tied for the league lead in victories after working eight innings and allowing two runs, nine hits, one walk and striking out six.
Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon off Pittsburgh right-hander Jared Hughes with one out in the ninth.
Mets 6, Phillies 5
NEW YORK -- Catcher Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead New York.
The Mets won two of three from the Phillies to avoid falling into last place in the National League East for the first time since June 27 -- which was also the most recent day in which the Phillies were not in last place.
Recker hit the first pitch he saw from right-hander A.J. Burnett deep into the left field seats for his fifth homer of the season. Four of those homers tied the game or gave the Mets the lead. In addition, of Recker's 12 career homers, nine have either tied the game or put his team ahead. The home run made a winner out of right-hander Dillon Gee.
Red Sox 3, Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz won for the first time in six weeks and the rookies kept getting the job done for Boston.
Buchholz allowed just three hits and struck out six in a subtly dominating performance. The complete game was his second of the season and first since July 13.
Meanwhile, rookies Brock Holt, Mookie Betts and Xander Boegarts finished a collective 5-for-12 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI to factor into every Boston run.
Astros 3, Rangers 2
HOUSTON -- Matt Dominguez smacked a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Jose Altuve capped a four-hit game with a game-winning RBI single for Houston.
Dominguez cranked his 15th home run of the season off Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts after Cotts doused an Astros uprising by retiring Houston catcher Jason Castro with the bases loaded to close the seventh. Cotts gave way to right-hander Neftali Feliz two batters later, but Feliz walked left fielder Robbie Grossman in prior to his meeting with Altuve.
Altuve followed with a sharp single to center fielder, scoring right fielder Jake Marisnick to push the Astros in front.
Giants 15, Brewers 5
SAN FRANCISCO -- Completing a three-game sweep, San Francisco got four hits and two RBIs from Hunter Pence and three hits and three RBIs apiece from Pablo Sandoval and Andrew Susac.
The Brewers might have lost more than just a game. Standout center fielder Carlos Gomez exited with pain in his left wrist after a third-inning at-bat.
Coming off a one-hit shutout Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner benefitted from a 16-hit attack to record a career-best-tying 16th win. Bumgarner (16-9) allowed one run in six innings.
Dodgers 7, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO -- Los Angeles left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list and held San Diego to one run on four hits over seven innings.
The Dodgers, who lost the first two games of the series on walk-off, extra-inning hits, broke open a one-run game with four runs in the eighth inning.
Ryu (14-6), back after recovering from a right hip strain, struck out seven and didn't issue a walk. He was supported by a 12-hit attack, with Adrian Gonzalez collecting four hits.
Mariners 5, Nationals 3
SEATTLE -- Dustin Ackley and Seattle overcame two home runs from Washington slugger Bryce Harper to avoid a three-game sweep.
Ackley's three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning put Seattle on top 4-3, the Mariners' first lead since the second inning of Friday's series opener. That was enough on a day when Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three solo home runs, two of them to Harper, in six innings.
Seattle closer Fernando Rodney earned his 39th save of the season, the second-highest total of his career, despite giving up a leadoff single to Harper in the top of the ninth.
Braves 1, Marlins 0
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Alex Wood pitched eight scoreless innings and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in Atlanta win over Miami.
A second-inning homer by Evan Gattis produced the game's only run.
Wood (10-10) retired the last eight men he faced before turning the game over to closer Craig Kimbrel, who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 41st save. It was the first time in 61 games that Miami was shut out.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2
PHOENIX -- Aaron Hill had three hits and two RBIs and Nolan Reimold had his first career pinch-hit home run to help Arizona beat Colorado.
Reimold's two-run homer off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (13-10) gave Arizona a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning, sparking a four-run inning that included Hill's RBI double and Mark Trumbo's RBI single.
Hill finished a home run short of his third career cycle. He singled home a run in the first inning and tripled and scored in the third as the D-backs built a 2-0 lead.