Bautista’s bat boosts Blue Jays to 10th straight win

TORONTO — Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Bautista had a two-run drive for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.

The Blue Jays led 2-1 heading into the eighth, but Taylor Teagarden tied it with a homer off reliever Darren Oliver.

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left after Munenori Kawasaki hit a one-out single in the bottom half. One out later, Bautista hit his 16th homer of the season.

Tigers 10, Red Sox 3: In Detroit, Max Scherzer won his 11th straight decision to start the season, and Victor Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam for the Tigers.

Scherzer (11-0) allowed two runs in the first, including a solo homer by David Ortiz.

Scherzer shut down Boston after that . He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Yankees 7, Rays 5: In New York, Shreveport native Vernon Wells broke out of his slump with a pinch-hit, three-run double as the Yankees rallied past Tampa Bay.

Wells was in a 9-for-87 slide that landed him on the bench the past two days, with rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte starting in his place. But with the Yankees trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Wells batted for No. 9 hitter Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs.

Wells’ drive to right-center bounced above the top of the wall, where it hit a fan’s glove and was ruled fan interference. The umpires allowed all three runners to cross home plate, determining David Adams would have scored from first base if not for the fan interference.

Tampa Bay led 5-3 after top prospect Wil Myers hit a grand slam for his first career home run in the sixth.

White Sox 3, Royals 2: In Kansas City, Mo., Alejandro De Aza drove in Jordan Danks with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning for Chicago.

Jesse Crain (2-1) got through a shaky eighth inning for the White Sox, putting a runner on third with one out and then leaving him there. Addison Reed handled a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Indians 8, Twins 7: In Cleveland, Michael Bourn had three hits and three RBIs for the Indians.

Cleveland took advantage of five first-inning walks to score six runs. Jason Kipnis added three hits to pace the Indians.


Astros 4, Cubs 3: In Chicago, Ronny Cedeno’s squeeze bunt scored Justin Maxwell with the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning for Houston.

J.D. Martinez tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth for the Astros.

Jose Cisnero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Jose Veras earned his 15th save in 18 chances.

Rangers 4, Cardinals 2: In St. Louis, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Rangers. A.J. Pierzynski also hit a two-run homer for Texas.