MLB: Yankees’ Michael Pineda tossed for using pine tar
BOSTON — Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 Wednesday.
The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda’s neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.
Both Pineda and Davis said it was pine tar. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda and the organization were “embarrassed.”
John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a nonsave situation.
Mike Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, CUBS 5
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday in dramatic fashion, allowing Arizona to rally for five runs in the ninth inning and a victory.
After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.
Trevor Cahill (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings for Arizona, which ended a four-game losing streak, and Addison Reed got his fourth save. The game drew 32,323 — about 9,000 under capacity.
TWINS 6, RAYS 4, 12 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Colabello drove in four runs, including two on a 12th-inning single that lifted Minnesota past Tampa Bay.
Colabello’s game-winning hit came off Josh Lueke (0-1) after hits by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe.
Casey Fien (1-0) got the win and Glen Perkins pitched the 12th inning for his fourth save.
MARINERS 5, ASTROS 3
SEATTLE — Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Seattle rallied to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Seager homered for his second straight at-bat after being mired in a slump for most of the season.
Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Jarred Cosart, then added the winning shot on the first pitch from Josh Fields in the ninth. The five RBIs were a career high.
RANGERS 3, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — Martin Perez (4-0) pitched a three-hitter for his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep.
Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A’s since August 2011.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 4
DETROIT — Marcus Semien’s seventh-inning grand slam lifted Chicago over Detroit.
Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien’s first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending Cleveland past Kansas City.
Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s bloop RBI single.
ORIOLES 10, BLUE JAYS 8
TORONTO — Nelson Cruz hit two of Baltimore’s season-high four home runs and Chris Davis and Matt Wieters also connected for the Orioles.
Cruz hit a solo homer off Dustin McGowan in the third and a grand slam off Todd Redmond (0-2) in the fifth, giving him six homers this season and 11 career multihomer games. The slam was his seventh.
DODGERS 5, PHILLIES 2
LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for Los Angeles against Philadelphia.
Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 11 and walking one batter intentionally.
Manager Don Mattingly tried to squeeze one more inning out of Greinke, but lifted him after Jayson Nix drove the right-hander’s 108th pitch to left-center for a leadoff homer.
BRAVES 3, MARLINS 1
ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos as Atlanta took two of three from Miami and won for the ninth time in 12 games overall. The Marlins are 1-8 on the road.
Braves pitchers struck out 16, giving them 41 strikeouts and five walks — one intentional — in the three-game series. Miami pitchers struck out 37 and walked nine.
GIANTS 12, ROCKIES 10
DENVER — Hector Sanchez hit two of San Francisco’s six homers, including a grand slam in the 11th off Chad Bettis.
Michael Morse also hit two homers — a solo shot in the second and a three-run homer the following inning — as two Giants hit multiple homers in the same game for the first time since May 25, 2005. Brandon Hicks and Brandon Belt also went deep as the Giants rallied from a 5-1, second-inning deficit.
METS 3, CARDINALS 2
NEW YORK — Lucas Duda hit a long home run and New York threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off St. Louis.
Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call, which was upheld following a replay review.
BREWERS 5, PADRES 2
MILWAUKEE — Jean Segura hit a three-run homer, and Milwaukee broke out of an offensive slumber at home to support Kyle Lohse.
Segura homered for a 4-1 lead in the second. Khris Davis added a solo shot for the Brewers, who have won five of six and are a big league-best 16-6.
REDS 5, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH — Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control and Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game to lead Cincinnati.
Simon (3-1) worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season as a replacement for the injured Mat Latos. Simon pitched exclusively in relief the previous two years.
NATIONALS 5, ANGELS 4
WASHINGTON — Adam LaRoche’s tiebreaking RBI single off the first pitch from Fernando Salas capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning that kept Washington from getting swept.