June 19, 2018
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Teixeira sets HR record in Yankees’ victory

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mark Teixeira set a major league record by homering from both sides of the plate for the 12th time and Phil Hughes pitched six innings to send the New York Yankees to their fifth straight victory, 6-0 over the fading Chicago White Sox in a game called after 6 1-2 innings because of rain.
Teixeira’s two-run shot to left batting right-handed against John Danks made it 4-0 in the third and was his 30th homer of the season — marking the seventh straight season the slugger has reached that mark. He added a solo drive batting left-handed against Jason Frasor in the seventh.
Teixeira broke a tie with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who each homered 11 times from both sides in the same game.
Hughes (2-3), who spent nearly two months on the disabled list this season, allowed only three hits against the punchless White Sox, who played their second straight game without leading hitter Paul Konerko, sidelined by a bruised calf. Hughes improved to 2-1 with a sparkling 0.75 ERA in eight career appearances against the Chicago.
Hughes’ strong outing could force the Yankees to make a tough decision. New York is using a six-man rotation this week but probably will need to decide between Hughes and Ivan Nova for the fifth spot at some point. Nova gets the start on Thursday.
Chicago has lost four straight and fell 5 1-2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. The game was delayed twice — by the threat of bad weather for 45 minutes at the start and for 57 minutes just before the bottom of the seventh by a thunderstorm — before it was called.

Orioles 8, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mark Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Tuesday night.
Reynolds hit his 24th home run in the ninth with Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero aboard to break open a 5-2 game. Chris Davis also homered in the ninth off Royals rookie left-hander Everett Teaford, who was just recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Reynolds, who leads the Orioles with 60 RBIs, stroked a two-out double in the third, scoring J.J. Hardy, who snapped an 0-for-18 slide with a single, and Markakis, who had walked.
Reynolds’ five RBIs matched a career high, done three times previously.
Alfredo Simon curbed the Royals on four hits for seven innings to pick up the victory.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ricky Romero and Jon Rauch combined on a three-hitter, Jose Bautista hit his 32nd homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Romero (9-9), who didn’t allow a hit until Desmond Jennings started the sixth with a homer, struck out seven and walked four over eight innings. Rauch allowed two-out singles in the ninth to Casey Kotchman and B.J. Upton before retiring Matt Joyce on a fly to left on a 3-0 pitch for his 10th save.
Toronto, which is three games over .500 (56-53) for the first time since April 8, also got a homer from Yunel Escobar.
Tampa Bay was one-hit by Seattle’s Michael Pineda in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners last Saturday. The Rays have lost 11 of 17.

Cubs 11, Pirates 6
PITTSBURGH — Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season-high six home runs and the Cubs had 21 hits in an 11-6 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Soriano hit solo shots in the third inning off Kevin Correia (12-9) and the fourth off Anthony Watson. Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Geovany Soto had a two-run blast and Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin also connected.
Colvin’s homer cleared the right-field stands and bounced into the Allegheny River.
The home run barrage sent the Pirates to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 13 games. Pittsburgh fell back to .500 at 54-54. The franchise has had a record 18 consecutive losing seasons.
Ramirez, who snapped an 0-for-20 slump, drove in four runs while Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Colvin had three hits each. Ramirez, Byrd, Soto, Soriano and winning pitcher Randy Wells (3-4) each had two hits.
Wells went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven. Wells had compiled a 7.88 ERA in his other five road starts this season.
Correia was hammered for four home runs in two-plus innings. He gave up eight runs and 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Correia fell to 2-7 at home while failing in his bid for a career-high 13th victory.
Garrett Jones had three hits, including two home runs, and four RBIs, for Pittsburgh. Brandon Wood also connected and Neil Walker had two hits.
The Cubs won their third straight game, just the second time all season they have won that many games in a row.
Castro, Barney and Ramirez hit consecutive singles to start the game and give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Jones answered with a two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the first to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1.
The Cubs then broke the game open with four runs in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to move in front 10-2.
Colvin’s solo homer in the second tied it and Ramirez then put Chicago ahead with a three-run shot to the shrubbery beyond the center-field fence. Soto’s two-run homer and Soriano’s first homer chased Correia in the third. In the fourth, Byrd and Soriano connected off Tony Watson.
Castro hit an RBI single in the seventh to push the Cubs’ lead to 11-2.
Pittsburgh scored three times in the eighth off Ramon Ortiz as Jones hit a solo homer and Wood had a two-run blast, the Pirates’ first pinch-hit home runs of the season.
NOTES: The six home runs tied the record for most hit by one team in a game at 11-year-old PNC Park. San Francisco set the mark on Aug. 4, 2002. The two-homer game was the 28th of Soriano’s career. Struggling RHP Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.04 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night against RHP Matt Garza (4-8, 3.99) in the third game of the four-game series. Morton is 2-4 with a 7. 18 ERA in his last eight starts. Garza has struggled on the road, going 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in nine starts, compared to his 3-3 record and 2.70 ERA in 11 home starts.

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