Yanks beat White Sox, get Encarnación in trade with Seattle
Torres capped New York's four-run fourth with his 15th homer off Reynaldo López. He also had a sacrifice fly.
The Yankees have been battling the Rays for the division lead for much of the season, and help is on the way.
New York acquired Edwin Encarnación on Saturday night in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for minor league pitcher Juan Then. The 36-year-old Encarnación leads the AL with 21 home runs.
Chicago had won five of six to get back to .500 for the first time since April 5. But it was unable to overcome another shaky performance by López (4-7), who permitted five runs and six hits in six innings after the start of the game was delayed 32 minutes by rain.
Catcher Welington Castillo and manager Rick Renteria were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the eighth.
The Yankees improved to 5-0 this year when employing an opener, with Chad Green starting each one of those victories. The right-hander struck out six in two dominant innings against the White Sox.
ATHLETICS 11, MARINERS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Frankie Montas struck out nine in six innings for his team-leading ninth win, and Oakland beat Seattle. After the game ended, the Mariners announced they had traded AL home run leader Edwin Encarnación to the New York Yankees.
Domingo Santana singled twice for Seattle, which lost for the third time in five games.
Trading Encarnación was the latest indication the last-place Mariners are looking toward the future after beginning the season 13-2. Seattle traded Jay Bruce to Philadelphia on June 2 and may be in line to make additional moves before next month's deadline.
Montas (9-2) won his fifth straight, allowing two runs, six hits and walked one.
Sale (3-7) gave up two runs, six hits and a walk. Both runs came in the sixth, after the left-hander extended his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 22. Sale ended his outing by blowing a third strike past Keon Broxton with runners on the corners and Boston nursing a 3-2 lead.
Martinez hit his 16th home run, the fourth in three games, to provide the Red Sox with a two-run cushion in the seventh on the way to their fourth straight win.
Baltimore got an RBI double from Renato Núñez and sacrifice fly from Jonathan Villar. The Orioles have gone winless in 15 straight series (0-14-1) since taking two of three from the White Sox on April 22-24.
Morton (8-1) struck out nine in six innings, giving up four runs on five hits in his first loss since Aug. 11.
Hansel Robles picked up his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
Yandy Diaz hit a three-run homer, his 11th, for the Rays.
Jose Suarez (2-1) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
ATLANTA (AP) — César Hernández singled in two runs off closer Luke Jackson in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia rallied from a one-run deficit to snap Atlanta's eight-game winning streak.
It was a big comeback for the Phillies, who looked poised to lose for the fifth time in six games and fall 3½ games behind their rivals in NL East race.
Hernández hit his seventh homer in the fourth.
Héctor Neris earned his 15th save in 16 chances. Edubray Ramos (1-0) earned the win.
Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for Atlanta. Jackson (3-2) blew his sixth save in 16 chances.
Alvarez became the fourth player in major league history to hit four home runs in his first five games. He sent a solo drive into the upper deck in right field and finished with three hits.
Framber Valdez (3-2), another rookie, struck out eight in six innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
Clayton Richard (0-3) yielded five runs and seven hits in five innings.
Tanner Roark (4-6) has lost all of his three starts in June.
The Reds also lost rookie center fielder Nick Senzel, who fouled a pitch off his left eye in the fifth inning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Catcher Steven Vogt hit two triples and left fielder Mike Yastrzemski made a nifty catch for the final out to help San Francisco beat Milwaukee.
The Giants rallied from a 5-1 deficit for their fourth straight win.
Vogt became the first Giants catcher to triple twice in a game since Steve Nicosia did it in July 18, 1984. Vogt hadn't hit a triple since May 4, 2017.
Strasburg (7-4) allowed four homers in a game for the second time in his career, the first since August 8, 2014, at Atlanta. Strasburg gave up a season-high nine hits and tied a season-high by allowing six earned runs.
Yoshihisa Hirano (3-3) allowed two hits while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.
Bieber (6-2) allowed four hits and struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings. Detroit managed only one baserunner through the first six innings before scoring twice in the seventh.
Martin provided the highlight of the game in the eighth, taking off from third while reliever Victor Alcantara was preparing to make a pitch. Alcantara stepped off and threw to the plate, and although the ball arrived at the same time as Martin, the Cleveland runner's hand knocked the ball away as he reached for home.
Brad Hand earned his 20th save in 20 chances.
Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the sixth.
The first three Cleveland runs came in the fifth off reliever Nick Ramirez (3-1).
MIAMI (AP) — Pablo Lopez pitched seven strong innings and allowed three runs tas Miami edged Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have lost eight of nine.
Lopez (5-5) gave up seven hits and one walk. He struck out four.
Sergio Romo earned his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Pirates' 24-year old right-hander Dario Agrazal, a native of Panama, made his debut. He pitched four innings and allowed six hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out three.
Geoff Hartlieb (0-1) took the loss.
NEW YORK (AP) — Second baseman Jeff McNeil made a game-saving throw from right field to home plate for the final out, and New York held off St. Louis after starter Noah Syndergaard exited with a strained right hamstring.
Pete Alonso smashed a mammoth three-run homer for the Mets off the facing of the third deck in a five-run first inning against Michael Wacha (4-3). J.D. Davis homered and had four hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle. And this time, New York's beleaguered bullpen finally held on.
Syndergaard (5-4) reached for his right hamstring after throwing a pitch in the seventh. He threw 102 pitches and was charged with five runs, four earned, and six hits in six-plus innings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Cron drove in the go-ahead run for Minnesota with a sixth-inning double, making Jake Odorizzi the second 10-game winner in the majors this season and capping a comeback victory.
Jorge Soler sent Odorizzi (10-2) and the Twins to an immediate deficit with a towering two-run homer in the first, and Whit Merrifield's solo shot started a two-run fifth inning that ended with a 4-1 lead for the Royals.
The teams played in front of Minnesota's fifth sellout crowd of the season, thanks to the pregame ceremony for Joe Mauer's uniform retirement.
Jansen hit Kris Bryant in the arm leading off the ninth. Rizzo followed with his 19th homer.
Jansen (2-2) retired the next three batters, including two on strikeouts, to end the inning.
Kyle Ryan (2-1) got the victory with one-third inning of relief.
Buehler struck out six and walked none.
Darvish gave up one run and two hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.
Blackmon became the first Rockies player to have three straight four-hit games.
San Diego third baseman Manny Machado had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke in the fifth inning after a called third strike.