Baseball Capsules

WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Max Scherzer, including a go-ahead three-run drive, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Tuesday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched six-hit ball for eight innings in the opener, a 2-0 victory that ended a three-game losing streak.

Bryce Harper had a go-ahead single off R.A. Dickey, then he thrilled a fan before the nightcap by taking a selfie in right field with her phone.

Scherzer (6-4) had won each of his previous five starts and appeared poised for another with a 3-1 lead.

Pillar had other ideas, though. He drove a pitch over the wall in left in the sixth for his second homer and fourth on the season for a 4-3 lead.

Marco Estrada (2-3) pitched six innings in the second game for Toronto, allowing three runs – two earned – and six hits.

Zimmermann (5-2) struck out four and walked one to win for the third time in four starts.

Dickey (2-6) gave up eight hits, struck out six and walked one.

ROCKIES 6, DODGERS 3, 1st game; DODGERS 9, ROCKIES 8, 2nd game

DENVER (AP) – Alex Guerrero hit a grand slam off reliever Rafael Betancourt with two outs in the top of the ninth, helping Los Angeles salvage a doubleheader split.

Guerrero sent a fastball from Betancourt (2-2) to the deepest part of Coors Field, just eluding the glove of leaping center fielder Charlie Blackmon. It was Guerrero’s first career grand slam and fourth homer of the day for the Dodgers.

In the opener, Jorge De La Rosa threw six solid innings with a healing cut on his middle finger and Michael McKenry homered to lead Colorado.

De La Rosa (2-2) had his start pushed back twice because of a cut he got from the seams on a baseball. The lefty allowed three runs and struck out six for his 71st win with the Rockies, one shy of matching Aaron Cook’s team record.

John Axford pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 10th save.

Ian Thomas (0-1) allowed four runs in three innings for the Dodgers, and rookie Joc Pederson hit his 15th home run, a shot estimated at 477 feet.

RED SOX 1, TWINS 0

BOSTON (AP) – Clay Buchholz pitched eight innings and got all the run support he needed on Rusney Castillo’s RBI single in the seventh as Boston ended a three-game skid.

Buchholz (3-6) struck out eight and scattered three hits before Koji Uehara took over in the ninth and picked up his 11th save to preserve the shutout.

Mike Pelfrey (4-2) had a solid start as he and Buchholz both carried a shutout into the seventh inning, when the Red Sox broke the tie. Xander Bogaerts hit a two-out double off the wall in center and scored easily on Castillo’s single up the middle.

Buchholz got his first win since Boston beat Toronto 6-3 on May 10.

MARLINS 5, CUBS 2

MIAMI (AP) – Brad Hand pitched six innings to earn his fifth victory in 33 career starts to lead Miami.

Hand (1-1) improved 5-18 in his career as a starter. Even with the victory, his winning percentage as a starter (.217) is the lowest in the majors among active pitchers with at least 20 decisions, according to STATS.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homer, his 16th. He has seven of Miami’s 14 homers at Marlins Park this year.

Rookie Addison Russell’s baserunning blunder helped A.J. Ramos earn his fifth save in seven chances.

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, three-run double off Kyle Hendricks (1-2) that put Miami ahead to stay in the fifth.

ATHLETICS 5, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) – Ben Zobrist’s grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning as Oakland rallied for the win.

Alfredo Simon (5-3) held the A’s to one hit over the first six innings, but the Tigers scuffled defensively in the seventh, and Oakland had the bases loaded with one run already in when the right-hander was pulled. Angel Nesbitt came on in relief, and Zobrist greeted him with a line drive over the wall in right field for his sixth career grand slam.

Kendall Graveman (3-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. Evan Scribner pitched two perfect innings of relief, and Tyler Clippard finished for his eighth save.

Simon allowed four runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings as the Tigers lost a season-high fifth straight.

PHILLIES 5, REDS 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Darin Ruf hit a walkoff single with one out in the ninth inning after Maikel Franco tied it in the eighth with a two-run homer to lead Philadelphia to a rare late-inning comeback victory.

Odubel Herrera led off the ninth against Tony Cingrani (0-2) with an opposite-field double to left. Herrera went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Ruf’s single to right.

Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, to earn the victory.

The Phillies looked headed to their eighth straight loss before scoring two runs with two outs in the eighth.

Philadelphia improved to 2-30 when trailing after seven innings.

RANGERS 15, WHITE SOX 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Joey Gallo hit an upper-deck homer, doubled off the top of the wall and set a Rangers franchise record for a major league debut with four RBIs as Texas cruised past Chicago.

Gallo, the top prospect in the Rangers organization, made the jump from Double-A Frisco for what is supposed to be a short stint while four-time All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

With the bases loaded in the first, Gallo hit a hard shot that got past Gold Glove first baseman Adam LaRoche. It was scored a ”bad-hop single” that drove home the first two runs off Jeff Samardzija (4-3).

When Gallo came up two innings later, he hit the first pitch into the upper deck in right field – an estimated 418 feet – for a 6-2 lead.

CARDINALS 1, BREWERS 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Lance Lynn allowed five hits while pitching into the eighth inning and Mark Reynolds had an RBI single in the second to lead St. Louis.

Tyler Cravy (0-1) made an impressive major debut for Milwaukee, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings.

The Brewers won the series opener 1-0 and Milwaukee pitchers had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings before Reynolds’ RBI.

Lynn (4-4) struck out five and walked one in 7 2/3 innings.

Kevin Siegrist got the last out in the eighth and most of a sellout crowd of 42,835 stuck around to see Trevor Rosenthal earn his 16th save in 17 chances. The Cardinals are 6-2 with one game to go on the home stand.

ASTROS 6, ORIOLES 4

HOUSTON (AP) – Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and Luis Valbuena added a go-ahead solo shot in a five-run third inning for AL-leading Houston.

The Astros were in a big hole early after a four-run second inning by the Orioles, but bounced back an inning later for their major league-leading 17th comeback victory this year.

Houston trailed by 3 when the homer by Gattis made it 4-all and the Astros went back to back when Valbuena homered to right field to put Houston on top. The Astros added an insurance run in the eighth inning.

Houston starter Collin McHugh (6-2) settled down after giving up four runs in the second, and the last out of that inning was the first of eight straight and 15 of 16 he retired before being replaced by Pat Neshek for the eighth inning.

Baltimore rookie Mike Wright (2-1) yielded eight hits and five runs in five innings after allowing just three runs combined in his first three starts.

INDIANS 2, ROYALS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Michael Brantley drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning, backing a strong performance by Carlos Carrasco and sending Cleveland past Kansas City.

Carrasco (7-4) allowed five hits over seven innings to win his third straight start. The big right-hander struck out eight while dominating Kansas City for the second time in a month.

Cody Allen handled a perfect ninth for his 12th save as the Indians won for the 11th time in 14 games. AL Central rival Kansas City lost for the sixth time in its last seven.

Wade Davis (2-1) was summoned in the eighth to keep the game tied, but he walked Michael Bourn to lead off the inning.

RAYS 6, ANGELS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Tampa Bay rookie Chris Archer overcame another milestone home run by Albert Pujols to win his third straight decision, tying a franchise record with 15 strikeouts over eight innings.

Pujols tied Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the career home run list with his 534th, putting him two behind Mickey Mantle. And he did it in his 8,134th big league at-bat – the exact same number that Foxx finished his career with.

Archer (6-4) matched James Shields’ club record for strikeouts, which was set on Oct. 2, 2012 in a complete-game 1-0 loss to Baltimore. The 26-year-old right-hander did not walk a batter and allowed six hits, including Pujols’ 14th homer and sixth in as many games.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, BRAVES 6

PHOENIX (AP) – A.J. Pollock hit a two-out, two-run home run into the Chase Field swimming pool in the seventh inning and Arizona won a back-and-forth game.

The homer was the 51st splashdown in the water beyond the right field fence since the ballpark opened in 1998.

Ender Inciarte had two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases for the Diamondbacks. He drew a two-out walk from Brandon Cunniff (2-1) and scored on Pollock’s home run.

A.J. Pierzynski and Todd Cunningham each drove in a pair of runs in the Braves’ five-run sixth inning after the Diamondbacks had taken a 4-1 lead off Shelby Miller.

PADRES 7, METS 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Ian Kennedy threw six strong innings and outpitched rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard, lifting San Diego past New York.

Kennedy (3-5) broke a four-start losing streak as he held the Mets to two runs and six hits.

Syndergaard (2-3) flashed enough quality pitches to strike out 10 but the Padres reached the righty for seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. It was Syndergaard’s shortest of his five career starts.

Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Alexi Amarista and Will Venable drove in two runs each in a four-run second inning.

PIRATES 7, GIANTS 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Andrew McCutchen had four hits and drove in two runs, Pedro Alvarez drove in twor and Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Jordy Mercer hit his first home run of the season and Neil Walker drove in a run as the Pirates clinched their third series win in the last five played in San Francisco.

Brandon Crawford hit a two-run home run and Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs for the Giants, who lost their fourth straight.

McCutchen improved to .398 (37-for-93) over his past 26 games, with 11 doubles, a triple, five homers, 21 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

YANKEES 5, MARINERS 3

SEATTLE (AP) – Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to give the Yankees the lead and Andrew Miller preserved the win in the bottom half by striking out Nelson Cruz with two on.

Stephen Drew tied it in the ninth with an RBI double off Seattle closer Fernando Rodney as New York took the first two games of this three-game series.

With two outs, Jones drilled a fastball over the wall in center off reliever Joe Beimel, who relieved Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) after he allowed two-out hits to Drew and Brett Gardner.

Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched a clean 10th for the win. Miller gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano in the 11th. Then with Cano and Austin Jackson, who was hit by a pitch from the Yankees closer to reach base for the sixth time, aboard, Miller struck out Cruz for his 16th save.