- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A feud simmering since Jose Bautista’s bat flip in last year’s AL Division Series boiled over into a wild brawl in the final game of the season between Toronto and Texas, a 7-6 victory for the Rangers on Sunday.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger in the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field as Odor landed a punch to Bautista’s face.

Umpires needed about 10 minutes to restore order, and Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez (0-1) hit Prince Fielder with the next pitch when the game resumed. He was ejected after an earlier warning for both teams when Bautista was hit by a pitch from Matt Bush.

Toronto manager John Gibbons was among eight ejections in the game.

Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give Bush (1-0) his first major league win two days after the 30-year-old rookie made his major league debut.

RED SOX 10, ASTROS 9

BOSTON (AP) - Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and Ryan Hanigan had three singles and drove in four to lead Boston.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Red Sox, and completed a 6-1 homestand in which they score 73 runs.

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. had a single to extend his majors’ longest hitting streak this season to 21 games.

Luis Valbuena had a three-run homer and five RBIs for the Astros, and Carlos Correa added a solo homer.

Heath Hembree (2-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 10th save.

Scott Feldman (2-3) took the loss.

PIRATES 2, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) - Starling Marte singled with one out in the seventh inning to end Jon Lester’s no-hit bid, then scored on Jung Ho Kang’s double to put Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh ahead to stay.

Kang added an eighth-inning home run to help the Pirates beat the major league-leading Cubs for the first time in six tries this season.

Cole (4-3) allowed three hits in eight shutout innings. Mark Melancon gave up a run in a shaky ninth but held on for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Lester (4-2), who threw a no-hitter with Boston in 2008, had permitted only two walks and retired 16 straight batters before Marte’s opposite-field liner to right on a changeup.

Marte stole second and scored on Kang’s drive to the gap in right-center, chasing Lester after 109 pitches. He struck out nine.

CARDINALS 5, DODGERS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Carpenter homered for the fifth time in eight games, Yadier Molina had a tiebreaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and St. Louis beat Los Angeles to avoid being swept in the three-game series.

Molina pinch hit for starting pitcher Mike Leake and put the Cardinals up 3-1 when he lined reliever Joe Blanton’s pitch into the left field corner with two outs.

Leake (2-3) pitched six innings to win his second straight start, and Trevor Rosenthal got his seventh save.

Corey Seager homered twice for the Dodgers, the first multihomer game of his career.

J.P. Howell (1-1) took the loss after allowing a one-out single to Jeremy Hazelbaker, who scored on Molina’s double.

YANKEES 7, WHITE SOX 5

NEW YORK (AP) - Pinch-hitter Chase Headley lined a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran launched his 400th career home run and New York wrapped up a successful homestand.

The Yankees finished 7-3 against the White Sox, Kansas City and Boston, a much-needed boost for the last-place team.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have dropped four of five overall, and lost for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Yankee Stadium.

A day after striking out all four batters he faced, Dellin Betances (1-2) was wobbly. He took over in the seventh with a 5-4 lead, but Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier greeted him with singles and Melky Cabrera hit a tying double. Betances recovered to retire the next three batters.

Aroldis Chapman closed for his third save. Matt Albers (1-2) took the loss.

MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jose Fernandez struck out 11 over seven innings and drove in two runs during a three-run sixth to help Miami defeat Washington.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 11th home run as Miami salvaged a four-game split. He also survived an outfield collision with Marcell Ozuna that led to Ryan Zimmerman’s inside-the-park home run for Washington.

Fernandez (5-2) threw a career-high 117 pitches while allowing the one run on four hits and three walks.

A.J. Ramos came on in the ninth for his 11th save.

Nationals starter Joe Ross (3-3) allowed five runs - three earned - over 5 2/3 innings.

GIANTS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX (AP) - Manager Bruce Bochy successfully challenged to get a game-ending double play after Brandon Crawford singled in a run in the ninth inning and San Francisco completed a four-game sweep.

Bochy challenged that Rickie Weeks was safe at first base on what turned out to be a 4-6-3 double play. If the call had stood, the tying run would have scored from third. .

Santiago Casilla escaped the trouble for his ninth save.

The Giants had just one hit - Trevor Brown’s home run - through eight innings. But they opened the ninth with three singles off Brad Ziegler (1-2).

Hunter Strickland (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory.

ROCKIES 4, METS 3

DENVER (AP) - Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn came through with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that carried Colorado past New York for a three-game sweep.

Tyler Chatwood (5-3) pitched seven solid innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies, who swept the Mets for the first time since April 2013.

Yoenis Cespedes homered but it wasn’t enough for the Mets, who wasted a strong start by Jacob deGrom and finished 4-7 on their NL West road trip.

DeGrom allowed just three hits until Gonzalez went deep with two outs in the sixth. DJ LeMahieu led off the seventh with a 12-pitch walk against deGrom, who left one out later.

Jim Henderson (0-2) came on and Raburn hit a 2-2 pitch into the Rockies’ bullpen.

That took away a potential win from deGrom, who yielded three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 5

BALTIMORE (AP) - J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning, and Detroit ended Baltimore’s seven-game winning streak.

The home runs came against Darren O’Day, who fanned the first two batters in the eighth with Baltimore up 5-4. O’Day (2-1) thought he struck out the side when Martinez checked his swing with two strikes, but first base umpire Mark Wegner ruled the batter did not go around.

Martinez hit the sidearmer’s next pitch over the center-field wall, and Cabrera followed with a drive to left.

Manny Machado homered for the Orioles.

Warwick Saupold (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of two-hit relief. Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his ninth save.

ANGELS 3, MARINERS 0

SEATTLE (AP) - Hector Santiago pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and Daniel Nava’s two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning gave Los Angeles the cushion it needed to complete a three-game sweep.

Santiago was dominant, outpitching Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (3-3). Santiago allowed just two hits overall, the first not coming until the sixth inning when Shawn O’Malley led off with a bunt single that Santiago mishandled on the transfer. Chris Iannetta had Seattle’s only other hit with a line drive single in the seventh.

Santiago (3-2) struck out five, allowed only one base runner to reach second base and matched a career high in innings pitched.

Joe Smith pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

REDS 9, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer, Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 and Cincinnati rebounded from a difficult loss.

Dan Straily (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings as last-place Cincinnati won for the third time in 16 road games this season.

The Phillies hung on for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night when Suarez was cut down at the plate on the final play of the game.

Odubel Herrera had two hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which had won six of seven.

Philadelphia left-hander Adam Morgan (1-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He allowed seven runs and eight hits.

ROYALS 4, BRAVES 2, 13 INNINGS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kendrys Morales hit a walk-off two-run homer with two out in the 13th inning and Kansas City overcame a rare blown save by Wade Davis to defeat Atlanta.

Alcides Escobar, who had four hits to match his career high, singled before Morales’ blast off Jason Grilli.

The Royals used nine pitchers, tying a club record for one game, with Chien-Ming Wang (2-0) picking up the victory. Lefthander Eric O’Flaherty (0-3), the sixth of seven Braves pitchers, took the loss.

The Braves rallied to tie it with two runs in the ninth off Davis, who blew his first save since July 12 against Toronto.

ATHLETICS 7, RAYS 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Danny Valencia hit three home runs, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning that lifted Oakland to a win.

Valencia’s final homer - his fifth of the season, all in the three-game weekend series - came on the first pitch from Steve Geltz (0-2), Tampa Bay’s fifth pitcher.

John Axford (3-1) pitched an inning for the win and Ryan Madson got three outs on four pitches for his 10th save.

Brandon Guyer went deep twice for the Rays in a game that featured seven home runs. Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria also connected for his seventh homer.

BREWERS 3, PADRES 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Chris Carter hit a towering solo homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, breaking out of a long slump and leading Milwaukee to a victory.

Carter was mired in an 0-for-23 slide before he belted a 443-foot homer off the scoreboard in center field in the third. Carter, who finished with three hits, doubled home the winning run against Kevin Quackenbush (1-2) in the seventh.

Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which salvaged a split of the four-game series. Blaine Boyer (1-0) got two outs for the win and Jeremy Jeffress worked the ninth for his 10th save.

Brett Wallace homered for San Diego.

TWINS 5, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tyler Duffey pitched seven scoreless innings, Eddie Rosario drove in three runs and Minnesota won its first road series of the season.

Duffey (1-2) allowed six hits and struck out six, giving the Twins back-to-back wins for only the third time this year. Minnesota broke an eight-game losing streak Saturday and has won four of six against Cleveland this season.

Jorge Polanco hit his first major league home run in the seventh.

Minnesota hadn’t won a road series since Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 last season in Cleveland.

Trevor Bauer (3-1) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which has lost four of six.

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