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Nelson Cruz cracks a grand slam as Rangers slay Jays

AP, ARLINGTON, TEXAS

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas’ Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and tied his career high with eight RBIs, while Josh Hamilton added his 19th home run of the season as the Rangers belted the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3 on Friday.

Cruz’s grand slam came in the seventh inning and gave Texas a 14-1 lead. He also had a three-run double in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.

Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (5-3) was knocked out after recording just two outs in the first. The right-hander, who had two shutouts in his prior four starts, gave up six runs in the shortest start of his career.

Rangers starter Derek Holland (4-3) struck out a season-high nine in 7-1/3 innings, and allowed two runs.

RAYS 7, RED SOX 4

In Boston, Matt Joyce hit his second grand slam in six games and Elliot Johnson had a two-run shot in Tampa Bay’s win over Boston.

Carlos Pena, inserted into the leadoff spot after a miserable slump, added a solo homer for the Rays.

The Red Sox (22-23) failed to move above .500 for the fourth time this season. It’s the latest into a season they haven’t passed that mark since 1996.

Benches and bullpens cleared in the top of the ninth, when Boston reliever Franklin Morales threw at Luke Scott with the first pitch and hit him in the hip area. Scott was restrained by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ White Sox 9, Indians 3

‧ Orioles 8, Royals 2

‧ Yankees 6, Athletics 3

‧ Angels 6, Mariners 4

‧ Tigers 10, Twins 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES

Lucas Harrell took a shutout into the eighth inning, steering Houston to a 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

Harrell (4-3) scattered five singles during the longest of his 15 big league starts. The Astros clung on for their fourth straight win, using four relievers to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.

J.D. Martinez homered for Houston.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (4-2) was charged with three runs over seven innings.

MARLINS 7, GIANTS 6

In Miami, Chris Coghlan snapped out of a season-long slump with a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth as Miami rallied past San Francisco.

Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to hit the Marlins’ home run sculpture in their new ballpark when he connected against Tim Lincecum (2-5), who has lost his past three decisions and has an unexpected 6.41 ERA.

The Marlins improved to 17-7 this month, best in the majors, and broke the franchise record for victories in May.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Nationals 7, Braves 4

‧ Phillies 5, Cardinals 3, 10 inns

‧ Rockies 6, Reds 3

‧ Mets 6, Padres 1

‧ Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 1

‧ Pirates 1, Cubs 0

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