Zack Greinke was outpitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels’ debut, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Sunday.
Obtained on Friday from Milwaukee, the 2009 American League Cy Young pitching award winner allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings and struck out eight. Greinke (0-1), eligible for free agency after the season, was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts with the Brewers.
Hellickson (6-6) pitched two-hit ball through six innings, striking out five and walking none.
Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 30th save in 31 attempts, tying Baltimore’s Jim Johnson for the AL lead.
ORIOLES 6, ATHLETICS 1
In Baltimore, Maryland, Taiwanese rookie Chen Wei-yin struck out a career-high 12, Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland to avoid a three-game sweep.
It was a rare setback for the A’s, who fell to 18-4 this month.
Chen (9-6) allowed one unearned run, three hits and four walks in 5-2/3 innings against a torrid Oakland team that had scored 40 runs in its previous four games.
RED SOX 3, YANKEES 2, 10 Inns
In New York, Pedro Ciriaco blooped an RBI single in the 10th inning for his latest big hit against New York as Boston squeaked out the victory moments after manager Bobby Valentine was ejected.
Felix Doubront held the Yankees scoreless until Russell Martin homered leading off the seventh inning. Martin also hit a tying single with two outs in the eighth off closer Alfredo Aceves (2-6), who went the rest of the way for the win.
Ryan Sweeney hit an early two-run double for the Red Sox, who took two of three in their first visit to New York this season, despite grounding into four double plays.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Rangers 2, White Sox 0
‧ Tigers 4, Blue Jays 1
‧ Twins 5, Indians 1
‧ Mariners 7, Royals 6
AP, DENVER, Colorado
The Cincinnati Reds posted their 10th straight win and matched their best streak in 14 years as Mat Latos pitched eight strong innings and Drew Stubbs homered on Sunday in a 7-2 victory over the Rockies.
The Reds’ winning streak is their longest since they took 10 in a row in 1998. They are two short of the franchise record, done twice and last accomplished in 1957.
Cincinnati opened a three-game lead over Pittsburgh in National League Central, their biggest edge since the middle of last month.
Jay Bruce also homered and Stubbs drove in three runs for the Reds, who have won 17 of 19.
Latos (9-3) allowed four hits and struck out eight. Jonathan Sanchez (0-2) took the loss as Colorado dropped their third straight.
ASTROS 9, PIRATES 5
In Houston, Texas, the Astros ended their team-record losing streak at 12 games, beating Pittsburgh behind three hits and three RBIs from Marwin Gonzalez.
Hours after Houston traded third baseman Chris Johnson to Arizona, Jordan Schafer homered and drove in three runs.
Houston, a big league-worst 35-68, won for only the third time in 28 games.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Dodgers 4, Giants 0
‧ Nationals 11, Brewers 10
‧ Braves 6, Phillies 2
‧ Mets 5, Diamondbacks 1
‧ Marlins 5, Padres 4
‧ Cubs 4, Cardinals 2