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.