Juan Rivera hit a three-run home run against his old team as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat their city rivals 5-2 in interleague play on Tuesday, ending the Angels’ 10-game road winning streak.
Andre Ethier celebrated a new US$85 million Dodgers contract by hitting his 500th career RBI in the eighth inning. That came after an umpire called Dee Gordon safe on a two-out stolen base. Replays appeared to show he was in fact out.
Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth to earn the save.
Angels starter Jerome Williams (6-4) gave up five runs in 7 2-3 innings. The Angels failed to tie the club record for consecutive road wins, set in 1988.
ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 6
In Baltimore, Brian Roberts returned from a 13-month layoff to get three hits and an RBI, and Baltimore homered three times in a victory against Pittsburgh.
Roberts went 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Playing in the majors for the first time since sustaining a concussion, Baltimore’s longtime leadoff hitter received a standing ovation in the first inning before lining a single up the middle.
The two-time All-Star second baseman also singled in the fourth and eighth.
Orioles starter Chen Wei-yin (6-2) of Taiwan allowed four runs in 6-1/3 innings. He improved to 4-0 at Camden Yards.
The Pirates’ four-game winning streak ended and they fell out of a first-place tie with Cincinnati in the National League Central.
Pittsburgh starter Brad Lincoln (3-2) gave up four runs in 4-1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 4, BLUE JAYS 2
In Toronto, Bryce Harper homered off the restaurant in center field to help Washington edge Toronto.
Harper posted his second straight three-hit game, finishing 3 for 4.
Danny Espinosa added a two-run blast for the Nationals, who have won five in a row.
The Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped to 31-31. Toronto has not been below .500 this season.
Washington’s Wang Chien-ming (2-2) earned his first victory as a starter this season in his third attempt, allowing four hits in five innings while striking out five.
Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (3-6) allowed four runs in seven innings. His winless streak extended to six starts.
In other interleague play, it was:
‧ Yankees 6, Braves 4
‧ Mets 11, Rays 2
‧ Rangers 9, Diamondbacks 1
‧ Reds 7, Indians 1
‧ White Sox 6, Cardinals 1
‧ Red Sox 2, Marlins 1
‧ Giants 6, Astros 3
‧ Twins 11, Phillies 7
‧ Royals 2, Brewers 1
‧ Athletics 8, Rockies 5
‧ Cubs 4, Tigers 3
‧ Padres 5, Mariners 4