The duel between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros for the lead of the American League West Division lasted one more day, while the Boston Red Sox suffered a surprise loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Starter Mike Leake pitched into the ninth inning, while Mitch Haniger homered and produced three runs for the Mariners, leaders of the West, who won 4-5 at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Leake (6-3) was relieved with a 5-1 advantage, after allowing his eighth unstoppable, a double by Venezuelan catcher Wilson Ramos who opened the ninth.
Johnny Field hit a three-run double against reliever Alex Colome, before the Rays excerciser forced Daniel Robertson to hit a run that ended the game.
Haniger accumulated 46 RBIs, one of the best of his professional career, imposed the previous week. The Mariners reaped their tenth victory in 13 games.
Robertson homered for Tampa Bay, who has scored 16 times during a seven-game losing streak. That run includes a sweep in three games played last weekend in Seattle.
The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the second inning against starter Austin Pruitt (1-3), which took the loss.
Designated hitter Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and a RBI single to the solid work of starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, who accepted a run in six innings, for the Houston Astros to defeat the Texas Rangers 2-5.
Third baseman Alex Bregman hit another homer for the Astros, while Venezuelan second baseman Jose Altuve totaled three singles after reaching the accumulated 85, the biggest of the majors in the campaign.
Cole (7-1) allowed only three singles, but none after the third inning. He distributed eight strikeouts and delivered three tickets in his work of 102 pitches.
He arrived at the meeting as leader of the American League in strikeouts (116) and as second in batting average tolerated to his opponents (.171).
Cole Hamels (3-6) did not admit any hits until Bregman fired a double with one out in the fourth. Altuve pushed Bregman with a single to tie 1-1 and scored in a Gattis home run with two outs.
Bregman put an end to the work of Hamels with his fly-near in the eighth chapter.
The Astros’ Latin batting was led by Altuve, who went 4-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Cuban center fielder Leonys Martin hit a two-run homer to cap a five-runner in the first, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Red Sox 2-1 at home.
Detroit cut a four-game winning streak to Boston. The Red Sox had outscored the Tigers 13-1 in a combined way during the first two games of the series.
Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4) looked solid during his third career start against Boston. He allowed only four hits and two touchdowns, in addition to prescribing six strikeouts in six innings and one third.
He accepted a solo flight from Andrew Benintendi and made three uncontrolled pitches. But none of it was more important during a night of discreet batting in Boston.
Detroit’s ruthless early attack spoiled the major league debut by left-hander Jaken Beeks (0-1), 24, who had a night of oblivion after being summoned Tuesday from the Triple A branch in Pawtucket .
Puerto Rican starter Jose Berrios won his second full game of the season with a six-hitter and the Minnesota Twins hit three homers against James Shields to beat the White Sox 7-2.
Berríos (7-5) retired his first 14 opponents before receiving a double from Omar Narváez. By then, the 23-year-old right-hander had a 7-0 lead.
The Puerto Rican delivered 10 strikeouts, without giving tickets, to pocket his fourth victory in five starts. He added 44 strikeouts and four walks on 37 innings and two thirds during that period, and he has completed five consecutive starts of six innings or more, the best mark as a professional.
Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer after Puerto Rican double Eddie Rosario in the first inning against Shields (1-7), who has not won in 12 starts since the opening day of the season.
In the second act, the Venezuelan Ehire Adrianza added a solitary bambinazo. And in the fourth, right after Brian Dozier hit a RBI single with two outs, Rosario found a cut straight at 130 kilometers per hour and hit a three-run homer to Shields.
Rosario leads the Twins with 14 homers and 43 RBIs. Escobar marches nearby, with 12 homers and 38 produced.
Matt Chapman drove with a double the lead race in the sixth inning to assist in the victory of Paul Blackburn in his first start of the season and the Oakland Athletics won at home 1-4 against the Kansas City Royals.
The Cuban Aledmys Diaz defined the encounter by means of a simple producer in the tenth episode, and the Blue Jays of Toronto traced a disadvantage of three races to overcome 5-4 the Baltimore Orioles.
The Dominican Teóscar Hernández started the tenth chapter with a double against his compatriot Miguel Castro (1-2). Justin Smoak got the intentional ticket before the Cuban Kendrys Morales and Luke Maile were struck out.