MLB roundup: Surging White Sox sweep Blue Jays

MLB roundup: Surging White Sox sweep Blue Jays

Dioner Navarro drove in the first runs of the game with a two-run triple in the seventh and Jose Quintana struck out 10 as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Wednesday night to complete a three-game series sweep.

It was the sixth win in a row for the White Sox (16-6) and the third straight loss for the Blue Jays (10-13).

Quintana (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings in recording his season high in strikeouts in his second straight win. The left-hander allowed five hits and three walks.

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (1-2) allowed three hits, four walks and three runs while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.

Orioles 3, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joey Rickard hit a three-run home run, and Chris Tillman threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, leading Baltimore to a victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles won the finale of a three-game series and ended a three-game skid while snapping the Rays’ three-game winning streak.

Rickard’s rocket in the fifth inning against left-hander Matt Moore was the lone production the Orioles required on a night when Baltimore was out-hit 4-3. The Rays outscored Baltimore 5-1 in the first two games of the series.

Mets 5, Reds 2

NEW YORK — Neil Walker continued his torrid April by homering and finishing with two RBIs as New York completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a win at Citi Field.

The Mets have won six straight and 11 of 13. The Reds have lost four in a row and 12 of 16.

Walker gave the Mets the lead for good with an RBI single in the first inning. His one-out solo homer in the third was his ninth home run of the month, tying a club record for April previously set by Dave Kingman, Carlos Delgado and John Buck.

Phillies 3, Nationals

WASHINGTON — Starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of shutout ball and gave up just two hits and Darin Ruf drove in a run to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning as Philadelphia shut out Washington.

Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies some insurance in the eighth when he clubbed a two-out solo homer to left off reliever Sammy Solis to make it 3-0. It was just the 13th homer allowed this year by Washington, which has hit 23 of its own.

Philadelphia had built the lead to 2-0 in the seventh as Cesar Hernandez scored on a throwing error by Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon as Peter Bourjos reached on a fielder’s choice.

Red Sox 9, Braves 4

BOSTON — Steven Wright, added to the rotation at the start of the season because of an injury to Eduardo Rodriguez, turned in his fourth straight quality start.

Backed by two Dustin Pedroia homers, one a grand slam, and three doubles by David Ortiz, Wright helped Boston to a victory over Atlanta. It was the Red Sox’s third straight win over the hapless Braves in two locations this week and fourth victory in a row overall.

Wright (2-2 with a wonderful 1.37 ERA) allowed one earned run in seven innings. He struck out seven and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts dating back to last season — the longest active streak among current American League starters.

Giants 13, Padres 9

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco took advantage of a San Diego fielding error to score three runs in the first inning and continued to pound out hits in a win over the Padres.

Brandon Belt was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Hunter Pence went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and five runs with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

The Padres had nine hits, including home runs from Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Adam Rosales.

Tigers 9, Athletics 4

DETROIT — J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez each blasted three-run homers, powering Detroit to a win over Oakland at Comerica Park.

Moved to the No. 2 spot in the order for the first time in his career, J.D. Martinez had two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly while driving in four runs. Victor Martinez reached base four times.

Winning pitcher Justin Verlander (2-2) gave up three runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Oakland’s Sonny Gray (3-2) endured the shortest start of his four-year career. He gave up four runs and two hits while walking four and hitting a batter in two innings.

Rangers 3, Yankees 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus’ two-out triple in the sixth scored Rougned Odor with the go-ahead run in Texas’ victory over New York.

The victory made a winner out of left-hander Martin Perez (1-2) for the first time this season.

Perez turned in his fourth quality start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out three for Texas, who has now won two consecutive games.

Cubs-Brewers postponed

CHICAGO — Chicago ace Jake Arrieta and Milwaukee right-hander Taylor Jungmann got an unexpected night off.

Cold weather and the likelihood of rain throughout the evening led officials to postpone the second game in a scheduled three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Arrieta and Jungmann will instead face off Thursday afternoon.

No makeup date was announced. But the teams have a mutual open date on Aug. 15 before a scheduled three-game series in Chicago. They also will meet in a four-game series in mid-September at Wrigley Field.