ThursDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Red Sox 7, Astros 2: David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs and Clay Buchholz won his fifth straight start. Ortiz, who also scored three runs, is 11 for 20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend. He missed 71 of last year's final 72 games and most of the first three weeks this season because of a heel injury.

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 2: Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run in the fourth inning powered Arizona.

  • The Rockies placed first baseman Todd Helton on the 15 DL with left forearm inflammation, retroactive to April 20

    Rangers 2, Twins 1: Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win, and Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead Texas to its sixth victory in seven games.

    Dodgers 3, Mets 2: Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning after another sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu.

    Mariners 6, Angels 0: Carlos Peguero hit the third-longest homer in Safeco Field history (451 feet) in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer.

    Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: With Derek Jeter making his first visit to the Bronx this season, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer. Jeter, out until probably mid-July because of a broken ankle, watched a no-frills New York lineup improve to 12-9. The Yankees captain said he was meeting some of his teammates for the first time.


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    Royals 8, Tigers 3: Alex Gordon's grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for the Kansas City, which rallied against Detroit's bullpen after Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury.

    Verlander is day-to-day with what the team said was cracked skin on his throwing thumb. The right-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings and left with a 3-2 lead.

    Nationals 8, Reds 1: Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in eight innings after allowing 12 runs in his previous nine innings.

    -- ASSOCIATED PRESS