Marwin Gonzalez, Byron Buxton hit homers as Twins beat Rays

Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton both homered and drove in two runs as the visiting Minnesota Twins kept scoring, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday.

Minnesota, which owns the best record in the majors at 39-18, has scored at least three runs in 25 straight games, setting a single-season franchise record.

The Twins, who lead the majors with 108 homers, failed to go deep while splitting the first two games of the series at Tropicana Field.

Kyle Gibson allowed one unearned run and six hits over five innings for Minnesota.

Angels 6, Mariners 3: Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout homered late, Andrew Heaney struck out 10 and Los Angeles overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to win in Seattle. Calhoun’s second home run of the series broke a 3-3 tie and helped overcome Encarnacion’s 34th multi-home run game. The designated hitter tied the score in the sixth with a two-run shot, his second of the game and 15th this season.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: Gary Sanchez hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning, Aroldis Chapman escaped trouble in the ninth and New York’s bullpen held tight again to beat visiting Boston. After starter Domingo German was chased early, six Yankee relievers combined for 5 ⅓ scoreless innings. Boston went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, including seven strikeouts.

Brewers 12, Pirates 10: Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent visiting Milwaukee over Pittsburgh. Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae for his first multi-homer game in the majors. Earlier, Arcia hit a two-run homer in the second.

Indians 5, White Sox 2: Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin homered and Cleveland ended host Chicago’s five-game streak. The Indians climbed back to .500 and prevented the White Sox from reaching the break-even mark for the first time since April 5. Indians reliever Oliver Perez went 1 ⅔ innings for the win. Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Rangers 6, Royals 2: Joey Gallo hit a tie-breaking home run for the second straight game before leaving in the fifth inning with an injury as Texas won at home. Gallo was removed because of tightness in his left oblique while batting. He initially felt the injury while in the outfield and then again on a check swing during a plate appearance. He had an MRI exam and passed some strength tests after the game.

Nationals 5, Reds 2: Gerardo Parra hit a three-run homer that ended Tanner Roark’s streak of keeping the ball in the park and Matt Adams added a solo shot, leading Washington to victory in Cincinnati. The Nationals faced Roark for the first time since trading him to the Reds in the offseason. Parra’s homer in the second inning ended Roark’s string of 36 ⅔ innings without allowing a homer, the second longest of his career.

Braves 10, Tigers 5: Rookie Mike Soroka won his sixth straight decision, Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley each hit a two-run homer, and Atlanta beat visiting Detroit to snap a three-game skid. Soroka scuffled a bit, allowing season highs of three runs and seven hits and striking out five in 6 ⅔ innings.

Rockies 4, Blue Jays 2: Jon Gray struck out seven in a solid seven-inning outing, Nolan Arenado singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs as Colorado won at home.

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