2 shy of 3,000
Jeff Niemann gave up Derek Jeter’s 2,998th hit but little else, B.J. Upton homered and drove in three runs, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees, 5-1, to start strong in a long stretch of games against their biggest division rivals.
Ben Zobrist homered, tripled, and singled for Tampa Bay, which tagged Bartolo Colon early in one of the worst outings of his surprising comeback season. Evan Longoria had an RBI single and the Rays won the first of 11 straight games against New York and the Red Sox, the teams they trail in the AL East.
Marlins 5, Astros 0 - Mike Stanton homered and Brad Hand allowed two hits over seven innings for his first victory in the major leagues as Florida shut out Houston in Miami.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 4 - Travis Hafner hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap Cleveland’s five-run rally over Toronto.
Braves 6, Rockies 3 - Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, his fourth of the series, and host Atlanta completed its first four-game sweep of Colorado in 18 years.
Cubs 10, Nationals 9 - Darwin Barney’s tiebreaking ninth-inning double, capped off a wild comeback and visiting Chicago rebounded from an eight-run deficit to beat Washington.
Twins 6, White Sox 2 - Joe Mauer had three hits, drove in two runs, and was flawless in his first game at first base as visiting Minnesota whipped Chicago.
Brewers 5, Reds 4 - Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee’s bullpen held off visiting Cincinnati to open an important four-game series.
Tigers 3, Royals 1 - Max Scherzer held visiting Kansas City in check while pitching into the seventh inning, Ryan Raburn belted a two-run homer, and a shaky Detroit bullpen held on for the win.
Giants 2, Padres 1 - Barry Zito won his third straight start since coming off the disabled list, Eli Whiteside homered, and host San Francisco edged San Diego.
Angels 5, Mariners 1 - Jered Weaver pitched a six-hitter for his 11th victory and fellow All-Star selection Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring double for host Los Angeles.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 1 - Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and Joe Saunders threw five scoreless innings to lead visiting Arizona over St. Louis.
Dodgers 6, Mets 0 - Clayton Kershaw scattered five hits over eight innings and host Los Angeles parlayed four extra-base hits into a five-run sixth inning to snap a five-game losing skid.