MLB roundup: Benintendi fuels Red Sox past Yankees
(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Andrew Benintendi continued his torrid month by hitting two three-run homers as the Boston Red Sox posted a 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Benintendi tied a career high with six RBIs by homering in consecutive at-bats off Luis Severino (9-5) when Boston scored five times in the third and fifth innings.
It was Benintendi's third career multi-homer game. In his last eight games, he is batting .484 (15-for-31) with four homers and 11 RBIs after hitting .222 during July.
Mookie Betts added a two-run single and rookie Rafael Devers hit a two-run double as the Red Sox won for the ninth time in 10 games and moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East.
Blue Jays 7, Pirates 2
TORONTO -- Chris Rowley has made the unusual transition from West Point graduate to a major league pitcher and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in Toronto's victory over Pittsburgh.
The 26-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in 2013 after he was not drafted before embarking on his U.S. Army commitment.
Rob Refsnyder had three hits for Toronto, which gained a split of the first two games of the three-game interleague series.
Indians 3, Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs since joining Cleveland, helping his new team to a win over Tampa Bay.
Bruce had an RBI bloop double in the first inning and an RBI single in the sixth, accounting for the only RBIs for the Indians. Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (6-4) held the Rays to four hits in seven innings, striking out nine batters while walking only one.
Tampa Bay dropped to .500 for the first time since June 16, and the Rays were shut out for the second straight night and the fifth time in eight games. They've scored just eight runs in those eight games, the lowest-scoring eight-game stretch in the franchise's 20-year history.
Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 2
PHOENIX -- Brandon Drury's two-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning that broke up Jon Lester's pitching duel with Patrick Corbin, and Arizona ended a three-game losing streak by beating Chicago.
Corbin (9-11) was coming off two successive rough starts that included a 16-4 loss to Chicago in which he allowed eight runs in three innings. On Saturday, he consistently shut down Cubs threats while scattering five hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Arizona had dropped five of six before Saturday's victory. Archie Bradley followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, but closer Fernando Rodney gave up Kris Bryant's two-run single in the ninth to end the shutout. David Hernandez came on to strike out Ben Zobrist with two runners on for his second save of the season and first with Arizona.
Cardinals 6, Braves 5
ST. LOUIS -- Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk each homered to support Carlos Martinez's six solid innings as surging St. Louis edged Atlanta.
DeJong's team-leading 17th homer in the bottom of the seventh finished the scoring for St. Louis, which was held below eight runs for the first time since a 4-1 win on Aug. 5 in Cincinnati.
Martinez (9-9) allowed seven hits and three runs in winning his second straight start, walking one and striking out seven. Tyler Lyons followed with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Trevor Rosenthal survived a shaky ninth for his 11th save.
Royals 5, White Sox 4
CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Kansas City held on for a win over Chicago.
Eric Hosmer also homered as Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak. Jose Abreu hit two solo home runs to lead the White Sox at the plate. Leury Garcia drove in two runs for Chicago, which had its four-game winning streak end.
Cabrera stung his former team with a two-run shot to erase a 4-3 deficit in the eighth. He lifted a low pitch to the opposite field for his 16th homer of the year and his third since Kansas City acquired him from Chicago. Scott Alexander (3-3) posted the win in relief.
Tigers 12, Twins 11
DETROIT -- Justin Upton drilled a walk-off, two-run homer with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Detroit a comeback victory that snapped Minnesota's six-game winning streak.
Mikie Mahtook lined a single to right-center field off reliever Matt Belisle (0-2) to start the ninth and Upton followed with his 22nd home run off a 2-1 fastball. Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead and trailed 11-6 in the seventh before mounting its comeback.
Joe Mauer hit a three-run double and added a two-run homer to drive in five runs for Minnesota. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer, his fourth home run of the year, in the eighth inning after James McCann reached a career-best five RBIs by hitting into a forceout with runners on first and third. McCann's grand slam in the first put the Tigers on top 5-0.
Marlins 4, Rockies 3
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors in homers, drilled a tiebreaking, three-run shot to left field to lead Miami over Colorado.
Stanton has 41 homers, one short of the franchise season record set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton has 20 homers in the past 32 games.
Former Marlins manager Mike Redmond, now a bench coach for Colorado, directed the Rockies. The Rockies announced that manager Bud Black missed the game because he was "under the weather." Charlie Blackmon led Colorado with four hits and two steals.
Brewers 6, Reds 5
MILWAUKEE -- Eric Sogard scored on an 10th-inning wild pitch as Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Cincinnati.
The Brewers and Reds combined for six homers, with each side hitting three. Milwaukee's Eric Thames tied it in the sixth with his team-leading 27th homer of the season.
Corey Knebel (1-2) worked around a one-out single in the top of the 10th, giving his offense one more shot. The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs against Tim Adleman (5-10), whose 0-2 curveball to Ryan Braun got past catcher Tucker Barnhart, allowing Sogard to slide home with the winning run.
Phillies 3, Mets 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola stifled New York for seven innings, allowing one earned run and two hits while striking out eight in Philadelphia's come-from-behind victory.
Nola (9-7, 3.02 ERA) is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, posting a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes crushed the only bad pitch from Nola, a 2-1 curveball, deep over the left field fence to give New York a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Cespedes continues to swing a hot bat in Philadelphia. His 10 home runs in 18 games at Citizens Bank Park are the most he has in any visiting ballpark.
Updated August 12, 2017