Here's a look at Friday's MLB action.
Athletics 14, Blue Jays 6: Josh Reddick hit three home runs, and Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes also went deep as part of the Athletics' 17-hit pounding of Esmil Rogers and the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus both hit home runs in the eighth for Toronto, but there was no catching the Athletics in this game.
Royals 9, Red Sox 6: The Red Sox took a three-run lead into the six, but starter Jake Peavy ran out of gas, and relievers Drake Britton and Pedro Beato could not stop the bleeding. The three combined to allow six runs in the inning. Newly-acquired center fielder Justin Maxwell led the Royals charge, homering off Peavy in the second and kicking off their big sixth inning with a lead-off single. David Ortiz homered for Boston.
Braves 5, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out six over eight shutout innings. Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both homered in the Braves four-run first inning and Brian McCann added a solo shot in the third, burying the Marlins early. At 14 consecutive wins, the franchise has the longest streak since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002, per ESPN Stats&Info.
Reds 7, Padres 2: Bronson Arroyo's only real mistake here was a solo home run to Padres short stop Logan Forsythe in the fifth. The Reds starter went seven innings, allowing four hits, no walks and that one run while striking out seven. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips each drove in two and Todd Frazier scored three runs at the heart of the Red lineup.
Nationals 9, Phillies 2: Dan Haren continues to bounce back from his early season woes, going seven innings here and allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven. It was a team effort on offense, with every starter but Haren getting at least one hit and seven players driving in runs. Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman both took Phillies starter John Lannan deep.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 0: The Cubs shut out their division rivals for the first time since 1997 thanks to a strong start from Chris Rusin. The Cubs' lefty went six innings and allowed seven hits and two walks, but managed to keep the Cards scoreless and out duel fellow southpaw Lance Lynn, who ran into trouble in the seven. Junior Lake's RBI-single in that frame was the difference-maker and one batter later, Anthony Rizzo followed that with a two-run single for some insurance.
Angels 5, Indians 2: Scott Kazmir allowed all five runs in the first inning, allowing the first four batters to reach base before getting an out, and giving up a three-run homer to Josh Hamilton after finally getting someone out. Jered Weaver took the mound with a big lead and held it deep into the game, going seven and allowing two runs on six hits and no walks and striking out four.
Twins 7, White Sox 5: Justin Morneau gave the Twins the lead in the seventh with a grand slam and added a second home run in the ninth to provided some breathing room. The Twins needed breathing room, too, as the White Sox crept back in the bottom of the inning on Alexei Ramirez's two-run single off closer Glen Perkins. Ramirez and Paul Konerko both went deep for Chicago, and Chris Colabello and Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Twins.
Twins 3, White Sox 2 (10 innings): It was fitting that Oswaldo Arcia's solo blast in the 10th was the difference in the second game at US Cellular. All five runs in the game came on solo shots. Chris Herrmann and Josh Willingham had the other two for Minnesota and Alexei Ramirez and Blake Tekotte found the seats for the White Sox.
Rockies 10: Pirates 1: The Rockies just went to town on Francisco Liriano here. They ran up 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings against the Pirates lefty, putting this one well out of reach early. Jorge De La Rosa allowed just one run despite eight hits and three walks with three strike outs and cruised to an easy win.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4: Paul Goldschmidt came to the plate in the ninth 0-2 with two walks and two strikeouts in the game and delievered, homering against Scott Atchison to give the Diamondbacks the walk-off win. Only Goldschmidt and Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes have multiple games with walk-off homers this season, according to ESPN stats.
Yankees 4, Tigers 3 (10 innings): Miguel Cabrera took a Mariano Rivera offering to center field to tie the game with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning after fouling two pitches off his leg. However, the Yankees recovered to snap Detroit's win streak at 12 games, walking off with the win on a Brett Gardner single hit off Al Alburquerque.
Dodgers 7, Rays 6: Los Angeles rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off when Rays closer Fernando Rodney committed a throwing error. Earlier, Rays starter David Price pitched seven innings of one-run ball, presumably in front of his No. 1 fan, Astro. However, he did allow his first walk since June 19, a streak that stretched 62 1/3 innings.
Orioles 5, Giants 2: Baltimore scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning off Javier Lopez to break a 2-2 tie and lift Baltimore to a victory over host San Francisco. Chris Davis drove in two of the runs with a double that inning, giving him 108 RBI on the year, and Matt Wieters added the third. Earlier, the Giants forced extra innings with a game-tying single off the bat of Hunter Pence against O's closer Jim Johnson.