HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the Houston Astros snapped the New York Yankees’ nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.
Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s AL Championship Series, when Morton allowed two hits over five innings for the win in a 4-0 victory that sent the Astros to the World Series.
Houston has won seven straight at home against the Yankees including the postseason, holding them to no more than one run in their past six games here.
Morton (4-0) had allowed just one hit when Gleyber Torres chased him with a two-out double in the eighth. Brad Peacock walked pinch-hitter Aaron Judge, who didn’t start for the first time this season, and Torres stole third base.
Chris Devenski was greeted with an RBI single by Brett Gardner that cut the lead to 2-1. Devenski then fanned AL player of the week Didi Gregorius on three pitches to end the inning.
RED SOX 10, ROYALS 6
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April with its most wins ever by beating Kansas City.
Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.
Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.
Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.
Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.
It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the 1996 Montreal Expos for most ever in the majors by May 1.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, DODGERS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock hit three home runs and Arizona topped Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series between NL West rivals.
Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 10 in six innings as Arizona won for the 12th time in the last 13 regular-season meetings — six of seven this year. In the 2017 playoffs, however, the Dodgers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.
Nick Ahmed drove in two runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle for the first-place Diamondbacks.
The NL champion Dodgers, who found out earlier in the day that star shortstop Corey Seager is headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, have lost three straight and six of seven to fall to 12-16, eight games behind Arizona. The Diamondbacks (20-8) have the best record in the National League and second-best in baseball behind Boston (21-7).
CUBS 3, ROCKIES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched effectively into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago’s rotation and helping the Cubs beat the Colorado for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Lester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save.
The Rockies put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth before Cishek struck out Nolan Arenado.
BREWERS 6, REDS 5
CINCINNATI (AP) — Homers by Manny Pina and Lorenzo Cain ended Milwaukee’s historically bad slump, and Domingo Santana doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning for a victory over Cincinnati.
The Brewers managed only two runs while getting swept four games at Wrigley Field, matching their lowest total for a four-game series. They had 14 hits total, their worst for such a series, and were blanked on two hits in each of the past two games.
INDIANS 7, RANGERS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez’s RBI double broke an eighth-inning tie and Cleveland rallied for a win over Texas.
Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians quickly regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched seven efficient innings and drove in his first run since 2016, and Washington beat Pittsburgh.
Roark (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and induced two double play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.
BLUE JAYS 7, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged Minnesota.
Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake Toronto to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as the Blue Jays won their second game in a row..
MARLINS 8, PHILLIES 4
MIAMI (AP) — Brian Anderson homered, drove in four runs and made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to preserve a lead, helping Miami beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia.
The Marlins have won three games in a row for the first time this season, and five of six. The Phillies lost their third consecutive game.
RAYS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — C.J. Cron and Brad Miller each homered in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay held on for a victory over Detroit.