The Tampa Bay Rays blew out the Toronto Blue Jays, the Miami Marlins shut out the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in major league games on Tuesday.
Pitcher Drew Smyly pitched eight solid innings and Mexican-American Evan Longoria reached base four times as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 9-2.
Smyly (4-11), recording just his fourth win, allowed just two runs on six hits to go 3-0 unbeaten in five road starts at the Blue Jays’ Rogers Center.
For his part, Longoria had three hits, including a double, in addition to a base on balls, drove in three runs and scored two.
Tampa Bay finished with 15 hits, three short of the best mark for the Floridian team this season.
The ‘nica’ reliever Erasmo Ramírez worked the last three innings for his first save of the championship.
Heads down, Mexican starter Marco Estrada (7-5) left the box, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings.
In Miami, right-hander Tom Koehler pitched a solid seven scoreless innings and Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double as both guided the hometown Marlins to a 2-0 shutout win over the Giants.
The Marlins, who lost the day before in 14 innings 8×7, had excellent pitching work from Koehler (9-8), who allowed just two hits and struck out six men.
Dominican reliever Fernando Rodney, for injured closer AJ Ramos, hung up the scoreless in the ninth and recorded his 19th save in 21 chances.
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who was the Giants’ hero on Monday with seven hits, went 0-for-4 on Tuesday.
The Marlins’ second run in the same first inning was Marcell Ozuna’s RBI groundout that drove in Martin Prado.
The disaster was for fellow starter Matt Moore (7-8), penalized with two runs and three hits in six innings.
In Boston, Italian-born pitcher Rick Porcello continued to dominate at his home in Fenway Park and with offensive help from star Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Benintendi and Dominican David Ortiz, his Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5×3.
Porcello (15-3) was huge with six strikeouts and two runs allowed to post an unbeaten record at home this season of 11-0 in 12 starts.
Meanwhile, second baseman Pedroia drove in three runs and Benintendi and ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz drove in one each.
The ‘patirrjos’ have 10 wins in the last 14 meetings between both rivals.
The setback was for the Dominican Luis Severino (1-7), who endured the five runs of the Boston team.
In other results, Pirates to Padres 6×4, Daimondbacks to Mets 5×3, Astros to Twins 7×5, White Sox to Royals 7×5 in 10 innings, Braves to Brewers 2×1, Rangers to Rockies 7×5, Indians to Nationals 3×1 and Cubs to Angels 5×1. (AFP).