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Highly touted right-hander Noah Syndergaard made his major league debut but the New York Mets were handed a 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Syndergaard (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He worked out of jams in the third and fifth but allowed an RBI double to Starlin Castro and a two-run home run to Chris Coghlan in the sixth.

Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched a season-high eight innings and allowed one run and three hits. He struck out 10 and walked two.

Chicago rookie third baseman Kris Bryant went 3-for-4, including his second home run in as many nights.

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Mark Buehrle beat Baltimore for the fifth straight time and Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in a comfortable win for Toronto.

Buehrle allowed two runs and four hits in six innings while Josh Donaldson also got his team-leading eighth home run for the Blue Jays, who have scored 10 or more runs in four of eight games against Baltimore this season.

Baltimore’s Chris Tillman lost his third straight start against Toronto, allowing five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Rays 4, Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay scored two runs in the seventh inning and two runs in the eighth and rallied for their second win in eight meetings with the New York Yankees this season.

Tampa Bay tied it on a two-run single by David DeJesus. The Rays took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria and a wild pitch by Dellin Betances.

Chris Archer did not get a decision for Tampa Bay as he allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Nathan Eovaldi was charged with four runs and allowed six hits in 7 1/3 innings in his first loss with the Yankees.

Pirates 7, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA — A.J. Burnett celebrated the 12th anniversary of his no-hitter by pitching seven strong innings for Pittsburgh in a win over Philadelphia.

Now 38 and in his 17th season, Burnett scattered six hits and allowed two runs (one earned). He struck out five and walked one — eight fewer than his no-hitter for the Florida Marlins in San Diego.

Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen added a two-run shot for the Pirates, who won their fourth straight and their fifth in six games

Cardinals 8, Indians 3

CLEVELAND — Matt Holliday hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and St. Louis scored all its runs in a win over Cleveland with two outs.

Mark Reynolds collected three hits for St. Louis, which improved the best record in the major leagues to 23-9. The Cardinals are off to their best 32-game start since the 1941 team had the same mark.

Lance Lynn allowed four hits in six scoreless innings. He struck out nine and walked four.

Reds 4, Braves 3

CINCINNATI — Devin Mesoraco came through with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning and Cincinnati edged Atlanta.

Todd Frazier hit his sixth home run in his last 13 games for the Reds, moving into a tie with Washington’s Bryce Harper for the league lead.

Mesoraco’s hit came off Braves closer Jason Grilli, who had missed three games with back spasms.

White Sox 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE — Chris Sale struck out 11 in eight innings and the Chicago White Sox rallied late to get past Milwaukee.

In his return from a five-game suspension, Sale (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits.

Jose Abreu reached three times and had an RBI single. Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Micah Johnson drove in the other runs for Chicago.

Giants 8, Astros 1

HOUSTON — Chris Heston tossed a two-hitter for his first complete game and San Francisco rolled past Houston.

Heston struck out and retired the final 22 hitters after allowing a home run to Houston’s Jason Castro with two outs in the second inning. Matt Duffy had three hits and five RBIs for the Giants, who scored more than six runs for the first time this season.

Houston lost for the sixth time in eight games after winning 10 in a row. Collin McHugh allowed seven runs (four earned) and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings for his first loss in 15 starts, a streak that dated back to Aug. 12.

A’s 9, Red Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Vogt, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien each homered, powering Oakland past Boston.

Drew Pomeranz allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings for the A’s, who snapped their season-high, six-game losing streak. Pomeranz ended his three-game skid and won for the first time since his first start of the season on April 10. He struck out three and walked none.

Vogt hit his team-high ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. He scored twice and drove in two runs, giving him an American League leading 30 RBIs for the season. Vogt matched his career high for homers in a season. Reddick went 4-for-5.

Royals 7, Rangers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Gordon drove the first pitch of the 10th inning into the seats just inside the right-field foul pole, giving Kansas City a wild victory over Texas at Globe Life Park.

The American League Central-leading Royals led on three other occasions, only to watch the Rangers come back to tie before the final blow. Kansas City previously went in front in the top of the ninth.

Gordon finished 3-for-5 as the Royals racked up 12 hits off six Texas pitchers. The winning blast came off reliever Stolmy Pimentel (0-1).

Diamondbacks 14, Nationals 6

PHOENIX — Mark Trumbo hit two home runs and drove in four runs, and Aaron Hill had three hits and two RBIs in Arizona’s victory over Washington.

Trumbo hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning off right-hander Stephen Strasburg and added a bases-empty homer in the sixth. Hill had a two-run double in the first inning as the Diamondbacks had a season high in runs while winning for the second time in three games.

Strasburg gave up a career-high eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Angels 5, Rockies 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Johnny Giavotella’s one-out RBI single in the eighth inning scored Albert Pujols from second base, snapping a 2-2 tie and leading Los Angeles past Colorado.

Matt Joyce, in a season-long slump, followed Giavotella’s hit with a two-run double to provide closer Huston Street (11th save) a cushion for the ninth inning.

The Rockies lost their 10th game in a row, their longest skid since they dropped 10 straight during the 2005 season. The franchise record is 13, set in the club’s inaugural season of 1993.

Dodgers 11, Marlins 1

LOS ANGELES — Howie Kendrick and Andre Ethier homered, and Los Angeles pounded Miami before 49,628 at Dodger Stadium.

Adrian Gonzalez stroked an RBI double in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games as the Dodgers (22-10) won their fifth in a row and improved to 15-2 at home. Ethier had a career-tying five-hit performance, going 5-for-5 with three RBIs. Kendrick went 4-for-5 as Los Angeles hammered out a season-high 21 hits.

Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier Tuesday, allowed a run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks. One of the five hits, though, was a mammoth home run served up to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning.

Mariners 11, Padres 4

SEATTLE — Thanks to a big first inning and a season-high six home runs, Seattle rode to its fourth consecutive win, beating San Diego.

Seattle returned from an off day to extend its longest winning streak of the season in convincing fashion. The seven-run victory was the Mariners’ largest of the season, while the six home runs matched the most Seattle ever hit in a game played at Safeco Field.

Mike Zunino homered twice, while Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano and Nelson Cruz also homered during the Mariners’ most productive offensive night of the season. The last time Seattle hit six home runs in a home game was in August 2004.