BALTIMORE (AP) ― Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run, Steve Pearce and Caleb Joseph also went deep against rookie Nick Martinez and the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the skidding Texas Rangers 8-3 Tuesday night.
Pearce and Cruz delivered solo shots in the first inning and Joseph connected with a man on in the second. It was the third homer in two nights for Pearce, and Cruz hit his third in seven games on his 34th birthday.
Signed as a free agent to a one-year contract, Cruz is closing in on his career high of 33 home runs with Texas in 2009. He is already one homer short of matching his total last year with the Rangers, a season cut short by a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
T.J. McFarland (1-1) allowed two runs in a career-high five innings to win his second career start compared to 51 relief appearances.
Martinez (1-6) gave up eight runs, six earned, and seven hits in five innings. The right-hander is 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA in seven starts since earning his lone career win at Detroit on May 24.
The Rangers (37-46) have lost 11 of 13 overall to fall nine games under .500 for the first time since they were 9-18 on April 29, 2008. Texas has dropped seven straight on the road, its longest such skid in six seasons.
For the second game in a row, Baltimore homered twice in the first inning. Pearce hit a liner in front of the left-field foul pole that glanced off the glove of Choo Shin-soo and dropped over the wall. One out later, Cruz smacked a 1-1 pitch over the center-field wall.
Indians turn triple play in win
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required two replay reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits in a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett. Murphy, Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, who won a nine-inning game with double-digit runs for the fifth time this season after getting held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.
Toronto 4, Milwaukee 1
LA Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 4
Washington 7, Colorado 1
Pittsburgh 3, Arizona 2
Detroit 3, Oakland 0
Chicago Cubs 2, Boston 1
Atlanta 5, NY Mets 4
Miami 5, Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 10, Kansas City 2
Seattle 13, Houston 2
LA Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 5
San Francisco 5, St. Louis 0
San Diego 8, Cincinnati 2
Tampa Bay 2, NY Yankees 1