CHICAGO (AP) Aaron Hicks tied a career high with four hits, Starlin Castro homered and drove in three runs against his former team, and the New York Yankees pounded Brett Anderson and the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday night.
Hicks connected for a three-run homer in the eighth inning as the AL East leaders (19-9) earned their fourth straight win, extending their surprising start. Jordan Montgomery (2-1) pitched into the seventh for his first road win in his fifth major league start.
Castro, a three-time All-Star with the Cubs before he was traded to the Yankees in December 2015, hit an RBI double in New York’s five-run first. He drove a 3-1 pitch from reliever Felix Pena deep into the bleachers in left for a two-run shot in the fourth, giving the Yankees an 8-0 lead.
Anderson (2-2) allowed hits to six of his first seven batters before he was pulled with one out in the first with lower back tightness. He also committed a throwing error that brought in a run.
NATIONALS 6, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ryan Zimmerman homered, drove in three runs and led Washington over Philadelphia.
A.J. Cole (1-0) allowed a run over six innings in his first start of the season and helped the Nationals win their fourth straight game.
The Nationals lead the majors with a 21-9 record and won the last two games without 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper. Harper strained his left groin on Thursday and could return to the lineup Sunday.
Zimmerman’s 13th homer of the season gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead and gave him a 13-game hitting streak. Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer off Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (2-3) in the sixth.
INDIANS 3, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Cleveland over Kansas City.
Kelvin Herrera (1-1) gave up the home runs in a span of three pitches. Santana took a 2-0 pitch out to right-center. Lindor hit his eighth, which landed in the Indians’ bullpen.
Andrew Miller (2-0) picked up the victory, while Cody Allen earned his eighth save in as many opportunities.
The Royals led 1-0 going into the eighth, but the bullpen could not hold it. Joakim Soria, the third Kansas City pitcher, gave up three hits and the tying run in the eighth for his second blown save. Jason Kipnis’ two-out single scored Michael Brantley.
PIRATES 2, BREWERS 1, 10 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Josh Harrison singled home Gift Ngoepe with one out in the 10th inning to lift Pittsburgh over Milwaukee.
Ngoepe led off the inning with a single against Carlos Torres (1-3), advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on pinch-hitter Jose Osuna’s fly ball. Harrison drove a ball over the head of right fielder Domingo Santana for his seventh career walk-off hit.
Tony Watson (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and Milwaukee’s Matt Garza each allowed a run over seven innings.
METS 11, MARLINS 3
NEW YORK (AP) – Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to spark a five-run first inning against fill-in starter Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1), then joined New York’s long injury list when he hurt his left thumb and was forced to leave a rout of Miami.
Jay Bruce drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, and Michael Conforto forced home runs with a pair of bases-loaded walks as the Mets won for the sixth time in eight games. Miami has lost nine of 11.
A sloppy evening included a 39-minute rain delay after Cabrera landed on his thumb diving for Marcell Ozuna’s ground single through the shortstop hole in the third inning.
Robert Gsellman (2-2) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings for New York.
ORIOLES 6, WHITE SOX 5
BALTIMORE (AP) – Dylan Bundy pitched six effective innings to earn his fourth straight victory, Trey Mancini homered and drove in three runs and Baltimore beat Chicago.
Manny Machado hit his team-leading eighth home run for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Bundy (5-1) allowed three runs and six hits, walking one and striking out three.
Mychal Givens surrendered a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the eighth before Darren O’Day worked the ninth for his second save. The Orioles are without a clear-cut closer after lefty Zach Britton was placed on the disabled list for a second time Saturday with a strained left forearm.
Still seeking his first major league victory, Chicago rookie Dylan Covey (0-3) gave up six runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings.
REDS 14, GIANTS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) – Adam Duvall, Patrick Kivlehan and Eugenio Suarez each hit a solo home run in the first three innings, and Cincinnati set a season high in runs for the second straight game with a rout of San Francisco.
Nine players drove in at least one run for the Reds, who got 18 hits and have scored 27 runs over a two-game span for the first time since May 2010 against Houston. Nine of Cincinnati’s 18 hits went for extra bases.
Reds rookie left-hander Amir Garrett (3-2) turned in his fifth start of six or more innings in six appearances.
Left-hander Ty Blach (0-2) became the first Giants pitcher to allow as many as 10 runs in one game since the San Diego Padres scored 10 in 5 1/3 innings against Jamey Wright during a 10-4 win at San Francisco on May 1, 2006.
RED SOX 11, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings and got some rare run support for his first victory since opening day, and Chris Young homered twice to lead Boston over Minnesota.
After equaling last season’s loss total in less than a month, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner finally got to pitch with a lead again when Boston took advantage of a costly Minnesota error and scored eight two-out runs in the second. Porcello (2-4) cruised the rest of the way, allowing only Robbie Grossman’s homer in the third.
Nick Tepesch (0-1) gave up seven runs – six unearned – in his first major league appearance since last June, and his second since the 2014 season.
CARDINALS 5, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) – Mike Leake won his fourth straight decision, Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams homered and St. Louis beat Atlanta.
Leake (4-1) allowed three hits, three runs, two walks and struck out two in seven innings. Leake gave up a single to Nick Markakis in the second and retired the next 12 batters before pinch-hitter Lane Adams reached on third baseman Greg Garcia’s throwing error in the sixth.
Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh earned his seventh save in eighth opportunities
Braves ace Julio Teheran (2-3) gave up nine hits, four runs, two walks and struck out three in five innings.
RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Logan Morrison and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers and Jake Odorizzi pitched seven strong innings for Tampa Bay in a victory over Toronto.
Odorizzi (2-1) gave up a run in seven innings, the seventh straight time the right-hander has given up two runs or fewer in starts against Toronto. Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up five earned runs in six innings.