David Ortiz smacked an RBI double high off the Green Monster to cap a two-run third inning as the Red Sox beat the AL East-leading Blue Jays, 11-4, yesterday in Boston.
Ortiz, who has 497 homers, said he's enjoying his march toward becoming the 27th player with 500. "Baseball is fun for me," he said. "There's no pressure for me. Ever."
Jackie Bradley Jr. (four hits) had a two-run homer and four RBIs. He is hitting .446 since Aug. 9 with 24 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs in 25 games. Rick Porcello (7-12) gave up three earned runs in 71/3 innings as Boston won its fourth straight.
The Blue Jays lost for only the eighth time in 36 games.
Tigers 5, Rays 4: Rajai Davis homered twice and James McCann hit a two-run shot for host Detroit.
Rangers 3, Mariners 0: Adrian Beltre lined a two-run single in the sixth inning and Yovani Gallardo pitched into the sixth for visiting Texas, which trails AL West-leading Houston by two games.
A's 10, Astros 9: Billy Burns had a two-run single and Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead two-run double in a six-run sixth for host Oakland.
Twins 6, Royals 2: Eduardo Escobar drove in three runs for visiting Minnesota. AL Central-leading Kansas City has been outscored 31-9 in dropping four straight.
Cubs 9, Cardinals 0: Dexter Fowler had a leadoff home run and a two-run double and Dan Haren worked seven innings for visiting Chicago. NL Central-leading St. Louis maintained a 51/2-game lead over Pittsburgh. Lance Lynn (11-9) surrendered six runs in 21/3 innings on nine days' rest after getting extra time to recover from a sprained ankle in his last start.
Reds 3, Pirates 1:Anthony DeSclafani gave up a run in 71/3 innings and host Cincinnati took advantage of porous defense to knock off the wild card-leading Pirates.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Patrick Corbin threw six scoreless innings and Phil Gosselin and A.J. Pollock homered for host Arizona. San Francisco has lost eight of 10.
Dodgers 7, Angels 5: Scott Van Slyke had four hits and four RBIs and Zack Greinke (16-3) pitched six innings of seven-hit ball. Greinke's majors-best ERA rose to 1.68 after he gave up homers to C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun.
Fernandez gets Nats
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (biceps strain) plans to return to the mound Saturday against the Nationals. He will be pitching Saturday at Marlins Park, where he is 15-0 with a 1.14 ERA.
Royals promote Joba
The Royals have purchased the contracts of righthanded relievers Joba Chamberlain and Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha. Chamberlain was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA for the Storm Chasers. -- AP