- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Michael Pineda matched his career high with eight shutout innings and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice as the AL East leaders improved to 11-4 away from home, the best road record in the league. Alex Rodriguez hit an early two-run double.

New York has gone 14-4 since a 3-6 start.

Pineda (4-0) allowed five hits and struck out six to win his fourth straight road start, a streak that began in Boston last September. The right-hander has road wins over all four division opponents in that span.

Andrew Miller got one out for his 11th save, stranding runners at first and second.

Teixeira’s 373rd home run tied teammate Carlos Beltran for fourth-most by a switch-hitter.

Marco Estrada (1-1) yielded five runs, four earned, over 4 2-3 innings in his first start of the season.


BOSTON (AP) - Mookie Betts homered to lead off the sixth inning - the first hit off Rays starter Drew Smyly - and added another in the eighth to lead Boston over Tampa Bay.

On the night the Red Sox honored their 1975 AL championship team, Betts hit two solo shots over the Green Monster that Carlton Fisk cleared in the World Series 40 years ago. It was Betts’ first career multihomer game.

The Red Sox had lost four straight and nine of 12 to fall into last place in the AL East.

Rick Porcello (3-2) pitched seven innings and scattered eight hits. Koji Uehara earned his fifth save.

Smyly (0-1) left trailing 1-0 despite allowing only two hits.


NEW YORK (AP) - Bartolo Colon became the first pitcher in at least 100 years to beat the same opponent with seven different teams, stopping Baltimore once again and leading the New York Mets past the Orioles.

Colon (5-1) took a shutout into the eighth inning before Manny Machado hit a solo home run. The Mets won after getting blanked 1-0 in their previous two games.

New York ended its scoreless streak at 21 innings when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single in a three-run fourth, and won for just the second time in seven games. Kevin Plawecki had a two-run double off Bud Norris (1-3).

Baltimore began its weeklong visit to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium with its second loss in seven games. The Orioles have lost seven in a row to the Mets overall.

Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Colon struck out nine and walked none in 7 2-3 innings. Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-leading 11th save in as many chances, giving up Chris Davis’ sixth homer on his first pitch.

Colon improved to 13-8 vs. the Orioles. He first beat them in 1999.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marlon Byrd homered and drove in four runs, Todd Frazier belted his National League-leading ninth home run and Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh.

Byrd hit a two-run shot in the third inning off Jeff Locke (2-2) and added two-run double in the ninth. Frazier finished 2 for 5 for the Reds, unbeaten against the Pirates this season.

Cincinnati rookie Michael Lorenzen (1-1) worked six-plus innings for his first major league victory. He gave up three hits, including Starling Marte’s homer.

The Pirates have lost four straight and six of seven.


ATLANTA (AP) - Shelby Miller threw his third career shutout, Freddie Freeman and Kelly Johnson homered to spoil Chad Billingsley’s first start in more than two years, and Atlanta routed Philadelphia.

Miller (4-1) allowed three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. He has not allowed more than two runs in any of his six starts.

Billingsley (0-1) gave up six runs, five earned, in five innings. The right-hander fought back from two major operations on his pitching arm to make his first start since April 15, 2013, for the Dodgers against San Diego.

Freeman had three hits, including a two-run homer. Johnson, who drove in four runs, hit a three-run shot.


HOUSTON (AP) - Kyle Blanks had three hits, including a homer, and Carlos Peguero added a two-run shot to back a solid start by Wandy Rodriguez as Texas beat Houston to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Rangers also won their first series of the year after a victory Monday night that snapped Houston’s 10-game winning streak. They entered as the only team in the majors not to have won a series or two games in a row.

In his third start, Rodriguez (1-1) allowed three hits and one run in a season-high eight innings against his former team to get his first win since May 26, 2013, with the Pirates.

Texas tagged Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and Peguero’s first home run of the season. Feldman (2-3) allowed nine hits and six runs in a season-low three innings.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Mat Latos and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Miami beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.

Strasburg (2-3) left for a pinch hitter in the third inning after allowing two runs and throwing 64 pitches. His departure might have been due to an injury, because one inning earlier the right-hander grimaced after throwing a pitch and was visited by the team trainer, pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Matt Williams.

Strasburg stayed in the game, but not for long. He was scheduled to lead off the third and put on a batting helmet, but was told to take a seat in the dugout.

Strasburg gave up four hits, walked two and hit a batter with a pitch in his shortest outing since a two-inning stint against Miami on Aug. 28, 2013.

Latos (1-3) allowed one run and two hits over 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win with Miami.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer, Jason Vargas shut down the Indians for the second straight start, and Kansas City went on to beat Cleveland.

Hosmer also had an RBI triple and Alex Gordon drove in a run for the Royals, who bounced back nicely after losing two straight to Detroit last weekend.

Vargas (3-1) allowed two hits, one a two-run homer by Michael Brantley, over six stingy innings.

Kelvin Herrera gave up a home run to Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth, ending his streak of 105 1-3 innings without allowing one. Wade Davis earned his sixth save.

Danny Salazar (3-1) allowed four runs in seven innings, striking out nine.


CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija pitched seven effective innings, and Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.

Back at home after a strange road trip, the White Sox chased Shane Greene (3-2) in the third inning of their first win in nine days. Two of their three games in Baltimore were postponed due to rioting near Camden Yards, and they were swept in a four-game series at Minnesota.

Samardzija (2-2) allowed a run in each of the first two innings, and then pitched four-hit ball for the rest of his outing. David Robertson closed for his fourth save

Alex Avila homered for Detroit.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jesse Chavez struck out seven and allowed one unearned run in 7 1-3 innings as Oakland ended Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.

Chavez (1-2) gave up four hits and threw just 87 pitches. Billy Butler had two hits and an RBI for the Athletics. Tyler Clippard got five outs for his third save.

Trevor May (2-2) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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