Published : 2014-07-08 20:06
Updated : 2014-07-08 20:06
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ― Jon Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs, Marwin Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple and the Houston Astros snapped a seven-game skid with a 12-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Gonzalez’s triple followed five consecutive singles in a six-run second inning, and Singleton’s towering flyball landed two rows above the Texas bullpen in right-center for a three-run shot and a 9-2 lead in the fourth.
Jarred Cosart (9-6) won for the first time in 12 career starts against AL West opponents despite allowing nine hits and six runs ― five earned ― in five innings.
Every Houston batter had at least one hit after George Springer’s infield single with one out in the fourth. Singleton followed with his sixth homer to knock out Texas starter Miles Mikolas (0-1), who gave up 12 hits and nine runs in 3 1-3 innings.
Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double in the third inning and a solo homer in the fifth that pulled the Rangers to 9-6. Beltre’s team-leading 12th home run came an inning after Elvis Andrus’ three-run double down the left field line.
Houston relievers Josh Fields and Tony Sipp kept the Rangers from getting any closer, combining to strike out seven in a row starting in the sixth, when Texas trailed 10-6. The streak included Jake Smolinski in his major league debut for Texas in the seventh.
The Rangers lost for the 16th time in 19 games since they were 35-35 after winning a series opener in Oakland to get within seven games of the A’s last month. Texas, a playoff contender the past four seasons, started the day 17 games behind Oakland and finished it just two ahead of last-place Houston.
Singleton had the first of the five straight singles and reached base four times, capped by an RBI double in the eighth. Carlos Corporan also had three hits as the Astros finished with a season-high 17.
Alex Presley hit his fifth homer ― a solo shot in the sixth ― and was one of four Houston players with two hits. He had to come out after the 10th pitch of an at-bat in the eighth inning when he appeared to injure his right side on a swing. Pinch-hitter L.J. Hoes had a sacrifice fly to right on the first pitch he saw.
Orioles score 6 in 11th to beat Nationals 8-2
WASHINGTON (AP) ― Every now and then, Chris Davis breaks free from his agonizing season to send out a reminder of just how dangerous he can be at the plate.
Davis interrupted a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run uprising that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Washington Nationals 8-2 on Monday night.
Manny Machado had a career-high five hits, including a homer in the 11th, and Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run to help the AL East-leading Orioles earn their seventh win in eight games.
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
After Cruz led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Craig Stammen (0-4), Davis worked the count full before launching a drive into the center-field seats to end a 2-for-38 funk that had dropped his batting average to .198.