NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East.
D.J. LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin (3-for-3) homered in his third consecutive game. That was all a dominant Tanaka (5-5) needed while throwing 76 of 111 pitches for strikes in his seventh complete game since coming over from Japan.
Edwin Encarnacion received an enthusiastic ovation in his Yankees debut. Batting fifth as the designated hitter, the veteran slugger went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Royals 6, Mariners 4: SEATTLE — Jorge Soler hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning off Anthony Bass, and Kansas City snapped a nine-game losing streak to Seattle. Martin Maldonado added a solo home run in the ninth.
Red Sox 2, Twins 0: MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios. The Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games.
Angels 10, Blue Jays 5: TORONTO — Justin Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in his return from the injured list, Mike Trout had a solo homer among his four hits and Los Angeles used a seven-run second inning to beat Toronto.
Braves 12, Mets 3: ATLANTA — Mike Soroka won his eighth straight decision, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in four runs, and surging Atlanta beat New York.
Cardinals 5, Marlins 0: ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter homered to back a strong outing by Miles Mikolas and lead St. Louis over Miami.
Giants 3, Dodgers 2: LOS ANGELES — Tyler Beede allowed one run over six innings to earn his first big-league victory and San Francisco defeated first-place Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game set between the NL West rivals.
Padres 2, Brewers 0: SAN DIEGO — Manny Machado homered and doubled a few hours after appealing a one-game suspension handed down by MLB, and Joey Lucchesi threw seven solid innings in a combined four-hitter as San Diego beat Milwaukee.