The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians shared a doubleheader on Monday, as Vidal Nuno allowed just three hits over five innings in his first major league start in the Yankees’ 7-0 win after losing the opening game 1-0.
Justin Masterson allowed four hits for his third career shutout for the Indians’ win in the first game that stopped the Yankees’ five-game winning streak.
Pitching in just his second game for the Yankees, Nuno (1-1) walked three and struck out three. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay had two RBIs each.
In Oakland, California, Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit consecutive home runs and A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts to lead the Athletics over the Texas Rangers 5-1.
It was Texas’ first trip to Oakland since being swept in the final three games of the regular season last year and giving up the American League West title to the surprising A’s. The Rangers (24-14) arrived in the Bay Area having won seven of nine and began the day with the best record in the majors, but again ran into their division nemesis.
Detroit’s Andy Dirks hit his first career grand slam in a six-run fourth inning as the Tigers downed the Houston Astros 7-2.
In the National League, Justin Upton broke a 14-game homerless drought and had four hits to help the Atlanta Braves thrash the Diamondbacks 10-1 on his return to Arizona.
Upton was playing his first game at Chase Field since the offseason trade that sent him and third baseman Chris Johnson to Atlanta in a seven-player deal.
Upton followed his brother B.J., who was hit on the left shoulder by Wade Miley (3-2) to lead off the sixth, and powered a fastball onto the porch above the center field fence for his 13th home run and first since April 27 in Detroit.
Johnson hit a two-run homer to cap Atlanta’s three-run fifth and Brian McCann also homered for the Braves.
In Los Angeles, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL and major league-leading seventh game, and Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs as the Washington Nationals defeated the Dodgers 6-2 after losing Bryce Harper in a violent collision with the wall in right field.
Harper left the game in the fifth inning after hitting the scoreboard wall face-first while tracking a ball hit by A.J. Ellis over his left shoulder. Harper bounced off the wall and crumpled to the ground, with Ellis getting a triple.
In other games, the Kansas City Royals trounced the Los Angeles Angels 11-4 and the Minnesota Twins downed the Chicago White Sox 10-3 in the AL, while in the NL, the Chicago Cubs downed the Colorado Rockies 9-1, the St Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets 6-3 and the Milwaukee Brewers were 5-1 winners over the Pittsburgh Pirates.