BOSTON (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury and Johnny Gomes homered, and Felix Doubront outpitched Andy Pettitte on Friday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the depleted New York Yankees in the opener of their three-game series.
Ellsbury homered on Pettitte’s second pitch of the game, and Gomes made it 3-0 in the second.
Until Lyle Overbay doubled to lead off the fifth inning, Doubront (7-3) held New York’s lineup hitless, though the Yankees were without Derek Jeter and a handful of other regulars. In all, the Red Sox left-hander gave up two runs — one earned — on three hits and three walks while striking out five in 6 1-3 innings. It was the 12th consecutive start in which Doubront has allowed three or fewer earned runs.
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
MARINERS 10, ASTROS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Brad Miller hit his first two major league homers and drove in five runs, and Seattle overcame rookie Brandon Barnes’ cycle in the win over Houston.
Miller, who started the season in Double-A, launched a two-run shot to the second deck in right field to chase starter Bud Norris (6-9) and make it 6-2 in the sixth. He finished with three hits and added a three-run homer when he sent a shot into the first row in right field in the eighth.
Kyle Seager extended his major league-best hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run homer that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the second, and Justin Smoak hit a solo home run in the ninth.
After doubling in the eight to complete his cycle, Barnes singled in the ninth to finish 5 for 5 and become the first Astro to collect five hits since Hunter Pence did it in May 2008.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders (9-8) yielded nine hits and three runs with six strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings for his fourth straight win. Tom Wilhelmsen allowed two hits and a run in 1 1-3 innings for his 20th save.
RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Roberts singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay beat Toronto to win for the 15th time in 17 games.
Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Kelly Johnson and Ben Zobrist all went deep off Toronto starter Esmil Rogers, but it was former Blue Jay Roberts whose two-out single off Steve Delabar was the key for the Rays.
Zobrist and Myers both had three hits, each coming within a triple of the cycle.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who got solo shots from Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia, but couldn’t protect a 4-1 lead, losing for the ninth time in 12 games.
David Price (4-5) pitched seven innings for the win, improving to 7-0 in eight career starts at Rogers Centre.
Johnson singled off Brett Cecil (3-1) to begin the eighth, bringing Delabar on in relief. Pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez advanced Johnson with a sacrifice bunt and Jose Molina flied out before Roberts hit an RBI single. Roberts took second on the throw and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Desmond Jennings’ double.
ORIOLES 3, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Wieters homered, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning and Baltimore Orioles beat Texas to give manager Buck Showalter his 250th victory with the team since being hired in July 2010.
Nick Markakis had an RBI double and a home run-robbing catch for the Orioles.
Showalter joined Joe Torre, Gene Mauch and Dick Williams as the only major league managers to win 250 games with at least four different teams. Showalter also won at least 250 games with the New York Yankees (1992-95), Arizona (1998-2000) and Texas (2003-06), where he was replaced by current Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Left-hander Chen (5-3) allowed only one run and eight hits and two walks over 6 1-3 innings. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his majors-best 34th save even after allowing a hit and hitting a batter.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Minnesota to a victory over Cleveland that was set up by an error by Indians first baseman Nick Swisher.
Four Twins relievers struck out six over 3 1-3 hitless innings, including Casey Fien (2-2) in the eighth and All-Star Glen Perkins in the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 tries.
Trevor Plouffe hit a tying two-run single in the sixth against Scott Kazmir, who stifled them for two hits over six innings.
With Joe Smith (4-1) pitching in the eighth, Pedro Florimon singled and Brian Dozier reached on an error when Swisher couldn’t hold onto a throw from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Smith got Plouffe to ground into a double play, but Mauer followed with the go-ahead single.
ROYALS 1, TIGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ervin Santana allowed two singles in 7 1-3 innings and Kansas City beat Detroit to snap a five-game losing streak.
Santana can be a free agent after the season and has been widely speculated to be traded before the July 31 deadline without a player clearing waivers. He did not allow a runner to reach second base, striking out six and walking one.
Santana (6-6) retired the first 10 Tigers before Torii Hunter’s one-out single in the fourth. He was coming off his worst outing of the season, when he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in a July 11 loss at Cleveland.
Greg Holland worked a flawless ninth for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities, striking out one.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar and Mike Trout each homered, Jered Weaver extended his scoreless-innings streak against Oakland to 24 2-3, and Los Angeles came out of the All-Star break with a victory.
Weaver (4-5) allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings while striking out a season-high eight and walking four. The previous club record for scoreless innings against the A’s was 21, by Bob Lee in 1964-65.
Last season, Weaver gave up a solo homer to Seth Smith over 30 2-3 innings while going 3-0 in four starts against the A’s. Since 2011, the right-hander has dominated the A’s with a 7-1 record in 10 starts.
Ernesto Frieri earned his 23rd save in 25 chances on his 28th birthday.
A.J. Griffin (8-7) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one for the first-place A’s. His three-game winning streak in his previous four starts ended with his first loss since June 15 against Seattle.
BRAVES 6, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break open a tie game and Atlanta started the second half of the season with a victory over Chicago.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (7-7) earned his third straight win after a 10-start winless streak. He pitched 7 1-3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking two. Craig Kimbrell pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 29 outings.
White Sox starter John Danks (2-7) took his seventh loss in his last 10 starts. Danks pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, including homers by McCann and Andrelton Simmons. He struck out four and walked none. Danks also uncorked a wild pitch before to McCann’s homer.