Zito helps Giants avoid A's sweep

SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth to help Barry Zito end a six-start winless stretch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday to avoid a season sweep.

A day after San Francisco made three errors and two other defensive miscues, the Giants finally got to A.J. Griffin (5-4) to snap the A's six-game winning streak with their lone win in the four-game Bay Bridge Series between last year's West division champions.

Brandon Belt doubled in two runs in San Francisco's four-run sixth.

Zito (4-3) won against his former club for his first victory since beating San Diego at home April 21.

Cubs 8, White Sox 3

At Chicago, Cubs pitcher Travis Wood hit a fourth-inning grand slam off Jake Peavy and allowed two runs in six innings to lead the way in a win.

Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena each hit their sixth home runs in an 11-hit effort by the Cubs offense, keying a fourth straight win overall and third consecutive convincing victory over their crosstown rivals.

Wood (5-3) hit his fifth career home run and second this year in the fourth inning with the Cubs leading 2-1.

Rangers 9, Diamondbacks 5

At Arlington, Texas, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer, rookie right-hander Justin Grimm took a shutout into the sixth inning and Texas snapped its first three-game losing streak with a victory over Arizona..

Grimm (5-3) allowed four hits through five innings and was replaced after giving up three runs in the sixth.

Mariners 7, Padres 1

At San Diego, Nick Franklin hit his first two big league home runs and Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez also went deep to give the Mariners a victory over the Padres, earning a split of their home-and-home, two-game series.

Felix Hernandez (6-4) snapped a two-start losing streak, holding the Padres to one run and three hits in eight innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Franklin homered into the sandy play area beyond the fence in right-center off Andrew Cashner (4-3) with two outs in the sixth inning. He connected again with two outs in the eighth, driving a pitch from Tim Stauffer deep into the seats in right.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 2

At Philadelphia, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes homered and Jacoby Ellsbury set a club record with five stolen bases to lead Boston's rout of Philadelphia.

Ellsbury added three hits and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two doubles and three RBIs for the Red Sox, who enter this weekend's series against their AL East rival New York Yankees having won 11 of 16 games.

Indians 7, Reds 1

At Cleveland, Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven innings and Cleveland scored seven runs with two outs in the fourth to defeat Cincinnati.

The fourth-inning rally, which featured six straight run-scoring hits, gave the Indians a split of the annual Ohio Cup interleague series. The Reds won in Cincinnati on Monday and Tuesday before the Indians took both games when the series shifted to Cleveland.

Mets 3, Yankees 1

At New York, Dillon Gee finished off the New York Mets' most unexpected Subway Series sweep.

Gee (3-6) struck out a career-high 12 and limited the Yankees to four hits over 71/3 innings to give the Mets a four-game season sweep of their older, more prestigious rival.

Orioles 2, Nationals 0

At Baltimore, Freddy Garcia pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to get the best of Dan Haren in a duel of veteran right-handers.

Nick Markakis hit an RBI double in the third inning and Manny Machado doubled in a run in the eighth for the Orioles, who took three of four from the Nationals in a home-and-home series that began Monday in Washington.

Pirates 1, Tigers 0, 11 innings

At Pittsburgh, Russell Martin hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift Pittsburgh past Detroit.

Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew McCutchen walked. Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield.

Martin then ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap to give the Pirates (34-20) their 16th win in 20 games.

Braves 11, Blue Jays 3

At Atlanta, Ramiro Pena drove in four runs with three hits, including a go-ahead, run-scoring single in the sixth, Mike Minor pitched seven strong innings and Atlanta's makeshift lineup had 16 hits in the win over R.A. Dickey and Toronto.

Rays 5, Marlins 2

At Miami, Matt Joyce and James Loney homered to support pitcher Alex Colome in his major league debut and Tampa Bay sent Miami to its ninth straight loss.

Colome (1-0) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 52/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven as the Rays won their fifth straight.

Twins 8, Brewers 6

At Minneapolis, Joe Mauer had two hits, two RBIs and one of Minnesota's four home runs to help the Twins sweep the season series against their neighbors to the east for the first time in franchise history.

Chris Parmelee, Brian Dozier and Ryan Doumit also went deep to back P.J. Walters (2-0), who gave up four runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Twins have won five of their last six following a 10-game losing streak.

Astros 7, Rockies 5

At Denver, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez hit consecutive homers during a six-run sixth, Lucas Harrell won for the first time in six starts and Houston beat Colorado to sweep the two-game series at Coors Field.

Angels 3, Dodgers 2

At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Vargas completed an undefeated May with seven sharp innings, Howie Kendrick doubled twice and scored three runs, and the Angels beat the Dodgers on Chris Nelson's tiebreaking RBI single to salvage a split of the four-game Freeway Series.

Vargas (5-3) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out six and walked two. The left-hander was 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six starts this month, after going 0-3 with a 4.85 ERA in five starts during April.

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