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Rangers score 10 in the 2nd inning to defeat Athletics

 The Associated Press  |    May 7th, 2024 10:35pm EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien had four hits and five RBIs, and the Texas Rangers scored 10 times in the second inning of a 15-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Jonah Heim added four hits and two RBIs as Texas extended its season-high win streak to four games, outscoring opponents 37-16 during that stretch.

The Rangers sent 16 batters to the plate in the second in their biggest inning since May 23, 2015, when they also scored 10 in the third against the New York Yankees.

Texas’ 15 runs matched a season high, and its 19 hits set a new mark.

Kyle McCann and Seth Brown homered for Oakland, which lost its third straight game after winning six in a row.


CLEVELAND (AP) — his first major league hit and three RBIs in his debut for Detroit, leading the Tigers to a win over Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Ibáñez homered on the third pitch of the game from Logan Allen and added a three-run shot in the second. Ibáñez hit a double in the eighth inning and finished 4 for 4 with a walk and four runs.

Vilade, who was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Toledo, singled home two runs in the third off Pedro Avila (1-1) and another in the seventh to put the Tigers up 9-7. His first plate appearance and hit as a major leaguer spanned 963 days.

Matt Vierling’s two-run single in the eighth helped Detroit open a four-run lead.

Tigers reliever Tyler Holton (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings after starter Kenta Maeda got roughed up for seven runs in two innings.

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer and José Ramírez and Will Brennan had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland had its winning streak stopped at three.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Gallen threw six shutout innings in his first start in 11 days and Corbin Carroll had a three-run homer and five RBIs as Arizona dealt Cincinnati a sixth straight loss.

Gallen (4-2) made his first start since April 26 when he left the game early due to a hamstring cramp. The right-hander allowed just one Reds hit through six innings, struck out six and walked three in not allowing a runner past second base.

The woes continued for the Reds, who scored just two runs in the three-game sweep by the Orioles at Great American Ball Park. With Tuesday’s loss, Cincinnati fell to three games under .500 for the first time this season.

Frankie Montas (2-3), making his first start since he was hit in the arm with a line drive April 21, allowed one earned run and four hits through six innings while striking out seven.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Williams struck out eight in five scoreless innings, and Washington stole four bases in a 3-0 victory over Corbin Burnes and Baltimore, lifting the Nationals above .500 for the first time since July 2021.

Burnes (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six with three walks. He was the first Baltimore starter in four games to allow any scoring at all, and it was the first time in eight games the Orioles allowed more than two runs as a team.

The Orioles lost for just the second time in eight games, and they were shut out both times. Williams (4-0) yielded two hits and no walks, and four relievers pitched an inning apiece, permitting one hit total. Kyle Finnegan worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

The Nationals, who lead the major leagues in steals, were ready to run on Burnes. Luis García Jr. walked in the first inning and swiped second, but Burnes struck out the other three hitters and made it out of the inning. Then Jesse Winker led off the second with a single and a stolen base. He came home immediately on a single by Joey Meneses.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a grand slam, Cristopher Sánchez pitched seven strong innings and red-hot Philadelphia routed Toronto.

Kody Clemens homered, tripled and drove in four runs for the Phillies, who have won seven straight games, 11 in a row at home and 18 of 21 overall. Philadelphia is leading baseball with 26 victories.

Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk each doubled for Toronto. The Blue Jays have lost six of seven.

Sánchez (2-3) gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Harper, who had three hits, chased José Berríos (4-3) with a bases-loaded drive to right with two outs in the fourth on a 2-0, 84 mph curveball to give the two-time NL MVP home runs in three consecutive contests.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zach Eflin allowed one run and six hits in seven innings as Tampa Bay beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 for their fifth consecutive win.

Eflin (2-4) lost the shutout when Paul DeJong homered with two outs in the seventh.

The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth by getting a flyball from Gavin Sheets on a 3-0 pitch. Eflin also retired Sheets on a grounder with two on and two outs in the seventh.

Randy Arozarena and Isaac Paredes homered for the Rays, who moved over .500 at 19-18.

The AL-worst White Sox (8-28) have dropped the first two games of the series to fall 20 games under .500, equaling a season high. Chicago swept a three-game series from the Rays at home April 26-28.


ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna’s run-scoring single in the eighth inning gave Atlanta the lead and the Braves beat Boston to snap a three-game losing streak.

Boston’s Kutter Crawford and Atlanta’s Reynaldo López each allowed two runs in a matchup of right-handers with ERA’s under 2.00.

With the game tied at 2, Boston right-hander Justin Slaten (2-1) walked Ozzie Albies and gave up a single to Austin Riley to open the eighth. With one out, Ozuna bounced a grounder through the infield to drive in Albies for a 3-2 lead. Riley advanced to third on the play and scored on Orlando Arcia’s grounder to first, extending the lead to two runs.

Crawford hit Travis d’Arnaud with a pitch in the third inning before Jarred Kelenic pulled a belt-high cutter 368 feet over the high right-field wall for a two-run homer, his first, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead.

It was only the second homer allowed in eight starts for Crawford, each coming in his last two starts.

Crawford (1.56) and López (1.50) began the night ranked among the ERA leaders in the majors for pitchers with at least five starts.


NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Verdugo homered and tied a career high with four RBIs, powering the New York Yankees past Houston.

Anthony Volpe and Giancarlo Stanton also went deep off Verlander as the Yankees won their fourth straight game. Volpe finished with three RBIs and Juan Soto had three hits.

Verdugo accounted for New York’s first four runs with a three-run homer in the first and an RBI single in the third against Verlander (1-1). The three-time Cy Young Award winner lasted five innings and gave up seven runs — the second-most he’s allowed in 37 regular-season and postseason starts versus the Yankees. He yielded eight runs in Detroit’s 13-9 loss on Sept. 1, 2008.

The four-RBI game was the second of the season for Verdugo and the fifth of his career.

Volpe hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Stanton led off the fifth with a 421-foot drive to left field that was clocked at 118.8 mph off the bat. Aaron Judge and Jon Berti also had run-scoring singles for the Yankees.

Luis Gil (3-1) allowed just one hit — Kyle Tucker’s first-inning homer — and walked four with five strikeouts over six innings.

Trey Cabbage had a two-run single in the ninth for the Astros, who have lost three straight to fall to 12-23 — tied for the fifth-worst record through 35 games in franchise history.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Pillar homered twice and drove in six runs, helping Patrick Sandoval and the Los Angeles Angels beat Pittsburgh.

Logan O’Hoppe had four hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles, which had dropped three in a row and five of six overall. Willie Calhoun walked twice and scored three times.

Sandoval (2-5) struck out seven in seven innings in his first win since April 3 against Miami. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one.

The Angels went ahead to stay when Pillar connected for a three-run drive against Quinn Priester in the fourth. Mickey Moniak singled and Calhoun walked before Pillar reached the left-field bleachers for his second homer of the season.