Celebrating his first home run of the year, Dee Gordon trotted to the dugout wearing a grin and a jersey caked with dirt, thanks to his headfirst slide. The major league batting leader hit the first inside-the-park homer in the four-year history of Marlins Park, and his three-run shot helped Miami beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Tuesday night. ''That was pretty cool,'' Gordon said.
Minus injured stars Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia, the Boston Red Sox managed to match their longest winning streak of the season. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Tuesday night for their third straight win. ''Guys have stepped up,'' manager John Farrell said.
Danny Salazar had his best fastball Tuesday night and didn't see much reason to use anything else. Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs and sending the Rays to their third straight loss.
Two games against the Baltimore Orioles have enabled Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers to rediscover the joy of trotting around the bases. Moreland hit two home runs in a second straight game, and Texas celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton with an 8-6 victory Tuesday night. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for the Rangers, who have hit eight home runs over the past two nights.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is downplaying a report of a renewed rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto, saying the two are ''a good team.''
Jordan Zimmermann says the Washington Nationals are happy to win two of three in every series. Against the Atlanta Braves, they are doing much better. Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Nationals beat Atlanta 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry.
Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. The performance comes after Keuchel (10-3) threw a six-hit shutout in a win over the New York Yankees in his previous start. Keuchel struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to lower his ERA to 2.03.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the eighth straight game, matching the best run in major league history.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed first-round pick Garrett Whitley, the 13th overall selection in this year's baseball draft.
Josh Hamilton is back on the Texas Rangers' 25-man roster, eager to jump-start a season that has been marred by injury. The 34-year-old slugger was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and put in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. Hamilton was sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.
Houston's young hitters were disciplined Monday night against a veteran pitcher struggling with command, and it propelled the Astros to a win over the top team in the American League. Chris Carter and Jose Altuve homered to back a solid start by rookie Lance McCullers in a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. In a matchup of teams with the best records in the AL, Houston snapped Kansas City's four-game winning streak.