Cleveland gave manager Terry Francona the satisfaction of victory upon his return to Fenway Park as the Indians beat Boston 12-3 on Thursday, staying top of the American League Central division, while preventing the Red Sox from going top of the East.
Francona, who led the Red Sox to two World Series titles in his eight years as manager, was let go by the team after 2011 and returned to see his new team piling on 16 hits to cruise to victory over his old one.
Also on Thursday, Pittsburgh won their fourth straight game by beating the Chicago Cubs.
Cleveland’s Drew Stubbs and Mark Reynolds drove in three runs each and every starting batter had a hit, while all but one scored. Carlos Santana reached base five times.
Cleveland’s Zach McAllister (4-3) allowed three runs in five innings.
He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts this year.
Ryan Dempster (2-5) gave up four runs in three innings in his third straight poor start for Boston.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Pirates past the Chicago Cubs 4-2.
Leadoff hitter Starling Marte singled and scored in each of the first two innings as Pittsburgh built an early 4-0 lead. The Pirates moved a season-best 11 games over .500 with their 11th victory in 13 games.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (1-7) gave up two runs in the first inning and two more in the second. He lasted only three innings and has a 6.11 ERA through 10 starts.
Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion hit his fifth career grand slam, while J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in four runs as the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 12-6, spoiling the debut of Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman.
Detroit’s Prince Fielder bounced a tiebreaking single off the pitcher’s glove in the eighth inning, leading the Tigers to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Minnesota.
Los Angeles’ Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit solo home runs, while Mark Trumbo hit a two-run shot to power the Angels to a 5-4 win over Kansas City.