Chris Sale forced another avalanche of swings and misses. The Chicago White Sox lefty matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts. ''I got to do a few things I normally don't do,'' Sale said after the White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings on a home run by Tyler Flowers.
Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Mike Trout and Matt Joyce had two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won six of eight on their nine-game homestand. Pujols hit his AL-leading 24th homer and set an Angels record with his 13th homer of a spectacular month.
Neil Walker's RBI double in the 14th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in a game that ended early Wednesday morning. The Pirates took the lead in that inning despite a massive baserunning mistake. With one out and a runner on first, Josh Harrison doubled, but Gorkys Hernandez retreated, thinking Rajai Davis had made a diving catch.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter for his second straight shutout as the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Tuesday night.
Dallas Keuchel probably could have thrown a second straight complete game on Tuesday night. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch decided it would better not to overwork his ace. Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Scioscia addressed the report by Fox Sports before the Angels faced the Yankees, largely insisting that vehement closed-doors discussions are being misconstrued as an unbridgeable disagreement between the longest-tenured manager in baseball and the Angels' new-school top executive. ''I'm passionate, he's passionate,'' Scioscia said. The Angels largely declined to comment directly about a team meeting last weekend that apparently highlighted the differences between Scioscia's more traditional approach and Dipoto's interest in statistical analysis.
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.
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.
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.