Papi powers Sox to victory
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Ortiz’s three-run home run helped the Boston Red Sox end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Ortiz’s 25th home run came off Chris Archer in the third inning after a walk and Dustin Pedroia’s infield single. The loss ended the Rays’ nine-game winning streak, their longest in 10 years and second-longest in franchise history.
Ortiz’s homer was his fifth in seven games and his 29th at Tropicana Field, most among visiting players. It was the 456th of his career.
Desmond Jennings drove in the Tampa Bay’s runs with a double off Boston starter Allen Webster in the third.
Webster (1-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings in his major league season debut, giving up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four. He left after Jackie Bradley caught Evan Longoria’s 400-foot line drive before crashing into the center field wall in the sixth. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 21st save, striking out the last three batters.
Archer (6-6) gave up three runs, all on Ortiz’s home run, on six hits in six innings, losing for the first time since June 24.
The win was the first of the season for the Red Sox at Tropicana Field, where they had lost five straight. Pedroia and Daniel Nava had two hits each for the Red Sox, who did not have a hit over the last five innings.
NOTES: Boston manager John Farrell has talked with backup INF-OF Mike Carp, who recently requested a trade. "I respect his desire to play more, and yet we’ve been very consistent with his role," Farrell said. "I understand when players want to get on the field more consistently." ... Derrick Brooks, who will be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame next month, threw the ceremonial first pitch. ... The Rays open a three-game interleague series Monday night with RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-8) pitching against Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (11-4). ... Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (5-6) and Toronto knuckleballer R.A.Dickey (8-10) are the scheduled starters Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4
NEW YORK -- Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied after wasting three leads to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years.
After snapping a 17-game skid at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Toronto did not relent in the humidity. Jose Bautista reached on a fielder’s choice against David Robertson (1-3) in the ninth, stole second without a throw and scored on Navarro’s liner to center field.
Toronto hadn’t taken a series against the Yankees in New York since Aug. 27-29, 2012, the last time the Blue Jays had won on the road against the AL East rival. With the win, the Blue Jays left town with a one-game lead over the Yankees for the second AL wild card.
Aaron Sanchez (1-0) gave up Carlos Beltran’s tying RBI hit in the eighth. Munenori Kawasaki had put Toronto ahead with a sacrifice fly that followed Dellin Betances’ two-base error on a pickoff attempt.
Juan Francisco homered off Shane Greene leading off the fifth to put Toronto up 2-0. But Chase Headley hit his first homer with the Yankees, off J.A. Happ, and two pitches later Francisco Cervelli hit his first homer in 15 months to tie it in the sixth.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Indians 10, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carlos Santana hit two more home runs, giving him six in six games, and the Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City 10-3 Sunday to end the Royals’ winning streak at five.
Santana hit a pair of two-run homers. He has connected in three straight games.
Santana went 3 for 3 and reached base in all five plate appearances. He homered in a four-run fifth inning and hit another drive in the ninth for his fifth career multihomer game and his second of the series.
In his past six games, Santana is 14 for 23, including three doubles and 10 RBIs.
Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes also homered for the Indians, who had lost six straight at Kauffman Stadium. Cleveland had lost four in a row overall.
Danny Salazar (3-4) gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out seven.
Bruce Chen (2-3) allowed up six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
Nick Swisher hit an RBI single in the Indians seventh to end an 0-for-21 streak.
Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals, including an RBI double. Butler had homered in his previous two games.
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