- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Nick Castellanos hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers avoided a humiliating loss Monday night by beating the Minnesota Twins 10-8.

The Tigers led 8-0 after one inning with AL ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, only to see the Twins come back to tie the game in the seventh. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the middle of the rally for arguing a called third strike. During the argument, he took off his sweatshirt and used it to cover up the plate.

Castellanos homered off Pat Dean (0-1) in the bottom of the seventh to put Detroit back in front. Dean had entered the game in the first inning and threw 90 pitches in 5 1/3 innings.

J.D. Martinez, whose dropped fly ball allowed the tying run to score in the seventh, homered in the eighth to give the Tigers a two-run lead.

ANGELS 7, DODGERS 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Albert Pujols and Mike Trout combined to drive in six runs and the Angels beat the Dodgers for their fourth straight win in the opener of the Freeway Series.

Matt Shoemaker (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two. The right-hander made it past four innings for just the second time this season.

Fernando Salas retired the side on 11 pitches in the ninth for his second save.

Pujols singled in two runs in the seventh, extending the Angels’ lead to 6-3. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour hit solo homers, Adam Conley threw six effective innings and Miami beat Philadelphia for its third straight win.

Conley (3-2) gave up one run and eight hits, striking out five. A.J. Ramos allowed a run in the ninth but earned his 12th save in as many tries.

Philadelphia’s Jerad Eickhoff (1-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He’s winless in his last six starts.

Bour drove his seventh homer the opposite way to left-center to make it 3-1 in the sixth.

PIRATES 8, BRAVES 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Joyce homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, Gregory Polanco had three hits and three runs scored and Jon Niese pitched six effective innings to lead Pittsburgh over Atlanta.

Joyce connected for his fifth home run, a two-run shot deep into the left field bleachers, off Alexi Ogando in the seventh.

Niese (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.

Williams Perez (1-1) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings.

INDIANS 15, REDS 6

CLEVELAND (AP) - Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had four RBIs, and Cleveland rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat Cincinnati.

Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth and the Indians erased a 4-0 deficit while recording season highs in runs and hits.

Cincinnati scored four times in the first three innings, but Cleveland tied it with a four-run third and added three in the fourth.

Francisco Lindor, who was 3 for 5, Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli all had two RBIs for the Indians, who had 19 hits.

Kipnis’ two-run single broke a 4-all tie and helped the Indians take a three-run lead in the fourth.

RAYS 13, BLUE JAYS 2

TORONTO (AP) - Curt Casali hit a three-run homer, Tim Beckham and Steve Pearce each hit two-run blasts and Tampa Bay had four homers while beating Toronto.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Winters for arguing a called third strike in the fourth. It was the third ejection of the season for Gibbons and his second in two games - his was one of eight tossed in a game Sunday against Texas that included Rougned Odor’s punch to the jaw of Jose Bautista. Toronto has lost three straight.

Desmond Jennings also homered, and the Rays set season highs in runs and hits (17).

Drew Smyly (2-4) allowed one run and four hits in five innings to win for the first time in four starts.

The Rays roughed up Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (5-1).

ATHLETICS 3, RANGERS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Semien homered in support of Sean Manaea, who allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Oakland beat Texas.

Manaea (1-1) earned his first major-league victory in his fourth career start. He entered the game with a gaudy 11.37 ERA. He gave up a run, walked one and struck out two.

Texas starter Derek Holland (3-3) turned in a quality start, though the one bad inning cost him. He gave up two runs and three hits over six innings. Holland walked one and struck out one and is winless over his last three starts.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, YANKEES 2

PHOENIX (AP) - Jake Lamb broke open the game with a three-run home run and Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak with a rout of New York.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1 for 14 in the Giants series, also homered off Chad Green (0-1) in the Yankee right-hander’s major league debut.

Robbie Ray (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, his longest outing of the season, and got his first career RBI. The left-hander struck out six and walked one.


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