CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Lowe allowed one run over six innings and the Cleveland Indians handed the Kansas City Royals their 12th straight loss, 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Royals have been outscored 73-44 during the streak, which ties for third-longest in team history. They also lost 12 in a row in 1997 and 2008. Kansas City lost 13 straight in 2006 and had a team-record 19 consecutive losses in 2005.
RANGERS 2, YANKEES 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Rangers in a victory over the Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda.
In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings.
ORIOLES 2, BLUE JAYS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tommy Hunter allowed three hits over six innings, Matt Wieters homered off the glove of left fielder Eric Thames, and the Orioles beat the Blue Jays.
Hunter (2-1) allowed one run, walked three and struck out three. The only runner to get past first base was Thames, who hit a long home run in the third inning.
RAYS 5, ANGELS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Tampa Bay homered four times, and the Rays beat the Angels.
Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto on April 25, 2010.
RED SOX 11, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Beckett had five strikeouts and one confrontation with an umpire in six sharp innings and David Ortiz homered with three RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a romp over the Twins.
Beckett (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits and Mike Aviles went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Red Sox.
A’s 2, WHITE SOX 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Tommy Milone outdueled Gavin Floyd and the Athletics beat the White Sox.
Daric Barton drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and Luke Hughes struck out before Matt Thornton relieved Floyd (1-3). Suzuki doubled to left and Barton scored easily, then Eric Sogard added an RBI single as the A’s ended a 16-inning scoreless stretch going back to Sunday’s 5-1 victory against Cleveland.