Robinson Cano homered and drove in three runs, while Hiroki Kuroda took a shutout into the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Monday.
Nick Swisher and Dewayne Wise also went deep for the homer-happy Yankees, who opened a seven-game homestand against the top two teams in the American League Central with their third consecutive victory and their 13th in 16 games.
New York roughed up Josh Tomlin (3-5) early and breezed the rest of the way.
Cano, who hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday against the New York Mets, picked up where he left off. He smacked a two-run double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third.
TIGERS 8, RANGERS 2
In Arlington, Texas, Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, while Rick Porcello struck out seven in six innings as Detroit beat Texas.
After their first 12 batters, the Tigers had already roughed up Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1) for six runs and eight hits. They had only five runs and 15 hits while losing two of three in Pittsburgh over the weekend.
In a rematch of last year’s American League championship series, Cabrera put the Tigers ahead to stay with a two-run double in the first.
Josh Hamilton hit his first homer in 12 games for Texas, a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 23rd of the season.
BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 6
In Boston, Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit two-run homers to lead Toronto past Boston.
The Blue Jays overcame three errors, blowing an early four-run lead and two homers by David Ortiz, tying him for the most multi-homer game in Red Sox history.
Ortiz had his 37th multi-homer game for Boston, tying Ted Williams for the club record.
Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (4-6) pitched five innings, before leaving because of a sore right elbow. He allowed six hits and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (8-4) gave up seven runs in six innings.
Monday’s other results:
‧ Royals 8, Rays 0
‧ Twins 4, White Sox 1
‧ Athletics 1, Mariners 0
AP, SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to help the Giants to an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, cutting the gap between the West’s top teams to two games.
Angel Pagan and Hector Sanchez each drove in two runs for the Giants, who are closest to the National League West lead since early April.
San Francisco starter Barry Zito (6-5), who had allowed 17 runs in 14-1/3 innings during a three-start losing skid, pitched seven scoreless innings.
Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi (0-4) was tagged for a season-worst eight runs in five innings, stretching his winless stretch to 11 starts since a victory in his major league debut last year.
ROCKIES 4, NATIONALS 2
In Denver, Colorado, Stephen Strasburg came up short in his record-breaking attempt as Colorado downed Washington.
Strasburg (9-2) allowed three runs in six innings. He was bidding to become the first Washington-based pitcher to win seven straight starts since Bob Porterfield did it for the Senators in 1953.
Todd Helton hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the Rockies. Dexter Fowler had two hits and Carlos Gonzalez delivered a tying RBI single.
Colorado’s Josh Roenicke (3-0) took the win with two scoreless innings.